District 16 - New Ulm area
Last updated: 2013-12-03
CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) worked the muzzleloader opener in addition to spending time at a special deer hunt in Sibley State Park. He started checking angling and spearing activity that were out on 3-5 inches of ice. He received numerous sick/injured animal complaints and continued to follow up on wetland violations.
CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) spent the week following up on various TIP calls. Calls included baited deer hunting areas, shinning complaints and illegal party hunting with youth deer licenses. Issues also arose with failing to register deer within 48 hours. Time was also spent on dumped deer carcasses and trespassing complaints.
CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) received calls regarding muzzleloader deer hunting regulations. He also worked waterfowl, pheasant and trapping enforcement. A few anglers were testing thin ice.
CO Jason Beckmann (Windom) spent the week following up on investigations from firearms deer season. Pheasant hunters and trapping activity were also monitored. Muzzleloaders generally reported poor deer movement, while pheasant hunters enjoyed near ideal conditions throughout the weekend.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) patrolled Jackson County continuing to work small and big game seasons as well as waterfowl. Gruhlke completed his radio program discussing topics including ice safety and area activity. Ice fishermen continue to venture out on area lakes and the Des Moines River. Complaints of trespass and trapping violations were investigated.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) worked ice anglers whom were out for the first time this season. Ice conditions are good and thickness ranges from three to five inches. Small game hunters continue with little to no luck. Muzzleloader hunters were out but many failed to discharge their firearm. Waterfowl hunting activity was monitored.
Litchfield - vacant.
Willmar #1 - vacant.