District 16 - New Ulm area

Last updated: 2016-09-19

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar-West) checked anglers and boaters. He educated lake users about AIS. Officer Denz also followed up on trespass complaints.

CO Shane Vernier (Willmar-East) focused on angling, waterfowl, and archery hunting. He spent time on multiple litter complaints and a public waters violation. Officer Vernier also gave presentations at a local scout camping event.

CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) checked archery deer hunters and small game hunters that were brave enough to fight off the mosquitoes over the opening weekend. Time was also spent checking anglers as fall fishing continues to pick up in the area. Officer Klehr assisted Meeker County with a motorcycle accident where it was found that a motorcycle and OHM were involved in the accident. One rider was airlifted and the other was taken in by ambulance. Enforcement action was taken for other OHM?s that were operating in the road right of way. Small game hunters were also reminded with enforcement action that the Greenleaf State Recreation Area is open only to archery deer hunting.

CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson-West) checked hunters on the archery and small game opener. She and a neighboring officer took a call of a group fishing on the MN River with extra line and using sunfish as bait. Officer Mueller also spoke at a FAS class in Olivia.

CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson-East) reports a strong end to the early fall goose season and a strong start to the regular small game and archery seasons. The majority of goose hunters checked were well on their way to fulfilling daily bag limits. Local WMA?s were populated with small game hunters mainly targeting squirrels with hunters reporting mixed success. A few archery hunters reported seeing a few does and a couple late morning bucks. Enforcement action for the week included no license in possession, transporting loaded firearm, no PFD?s on goose boats, and illegal youthful OHM violations.

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) gave two laws & ethics presentations at firearms safety training classes. He also investigated a complaint of pheasants taken during the closed season. Officer Nelson spent the rest of the week on small game, archery deer, ATV, invasive species, boating, and angling enforcement.

CO Dustin Miller (Windom) spent the week focusing on goose hunting and angling activity. A TIP call was handled that resulted in enforcement action being taken related to angling activity. A large number of hunters took advantage of the final days of the early goose season and found success. The fall bite has begun to pick up on area lakes.

CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) reports that he worked dove and goose season as well as the openers of archery deer and small game. Some small game activity was checked. Officer Gruhlke also attended the Jackson Chapter of Ducks Unlimited annual banquet.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) checked anglers and boaters. AIS questions are still being clarified regarding bait at boating accesses. Enforcement action was taken for angling violations. WMA and WPA?s were patrolled.