Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 16 - New Ulm area

Last updated: 2017-05-22

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar-West) checked anglers and spoke at an ATV safety class. Additional time was also spent training at Camp Ripley.

CO Shane Vernier (Willmar-East) spent time checking anglers, boaters, and ATV activity. He issued a commercial minnow transport permit. CO Vernier also worked at area boat landings for AIS compliance.

CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) spent a day in Brainerd for Tactical Flight Operations training where CO Klehr learned how to assist a CO pilot during enforcement flights. A few fishermen were checked over a rainy weekend. CO Klehr also issued a restoration order for a wetland that was drained and checked on other wetland complaints.

CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson East) continued checking anglers in the area having success on walleye, northern pike, crappie, and sunfish. Limits were seen of each species. CO Oberg gave a ride-along to a student interested in looking at conservation officer as a future career path. CO Oberg also completed Use of Force team work this past week.

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) followed up on calls of animal nuisances and orphaned animals. He also took complaints of keeping bass during the catch and release season. CO Nelson spent time working angling, boating, and invasive species activities.

CO Dustin Miller (Windom) assisted neighboring officers with an AIS detail in Yellow Medicine County. CO Miller focused enforcement efforts this past week on sport fishing. CO Miller observed one angler catch a largemouth bass and keep it during the catch and release season. Upon contact with the angler, they were unable to identify any of the species of fish they had caught and were unsure of limits of those fish. CO Miller informed them of the bass violation and helped to identify the other species, with a near limit on sunfish. Enforcement action was taken and the angler was educated on the importance of reading the fishing synopsis before venturing out.

CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) patrolled his area checking activity relating to angling, boat and water safety, and AIS. He completed his radio program discussing topics including the catch and release bass season and the use of PFD?s by kids less than ten years old vs. others.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) checked boaters and anglers. AIS compliance and knowledge remains high. A career talk was given at the Martin County West natural resources class and rules and regulations was taught at the Fairmont ATV class. Numerous calls were taken for wildlife complaints.

Hutchinson West vacant.