District 16 - New Ulm area

Last updated: 2014-11-18

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) continued to check deer hunters who were having limited success. He continued to field calls regarding injured deer, shooting from the roadway and trespass. Denz also checked snowmobile operators and received multiple complaints on snowmobiles operating off trail.

CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) worked the busy deer hunting season with hunters seeing a few more deer moving around in the snow. Deer hunters were also reminded to register their deer 48 hours after the kill. Duck hunters were also checked during the week as they tried to hunt the little open water that was left. One duck hunter was reminded that he still needed a plug in his gun for duck hunting even during the deer season. There are also people heading out onto the ice for the early ice fishing. They are reminded about ice safety and told to check the ice as they go out.

CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) reports that the cold weather and snow slowed down the activity for the last push of the deer season. License and registration problems make up the majority of violations. Most of the lakes froze over last week pushing waterfowl hunters to the fields. Those that braved the weather had good results.

CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) reports working a very uneventful end to the firearms deer season. This year hunters appeared as scarce as deer at times. Cold weather and blustery winds no doubt played a large role in hunter participation and the low number of deer harvested. Officer Oberg took several calls from hunters looking for public land to deer hunt. Officer Oberg also checked several hunters out driving around and found very good compliance with firearms being unloaded.

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) received calls concerning taking deer from the road and numerous questions regarding deer/predator hunting laws. The weather conditions made deer hunting difficult. Geese are migrating in good numbers and field hunting could be very successful for geese and mallards. Open water waterfowl hunting opportunities are limited to pools on the rivers.

CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) worked primarily big game enforcement the past week and weekend. Some duck and pheasant hunters as well as trappers were checked. Complaints pertaining to trespass and shoot from a motor vehicle were investigated.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) concentrated efforts on deer hunting activity. A family dog was intentionally shot with a shotgun slug near its place of residency and left on the road. Complaints of trespassing, shooting from motor vehicles and illegal dumping of deer carcasses were worked on. Assistance was given to local law enforcement agencies for traffic accidents. The first snowfall of the season arrived with a few snowmobiles coming out. The first snowmobile accident with injuries also arrived for the area. Enforcement action was taken for trespassing and blaze orange violations.

Willmar #1 - vacant.

Windom - vacant.