District 16 - New Ulm area

Last updated: 2016-08-23

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) checked anglers, boaters and ATV operators. He checked lake users for compliance with AIS laws. Denz also followed up on OHM complaints.

CO Shane Vernier (Willmar) spent time checking angling and boating activity. Vernier received calls including a cougar sighting, land use questions, and public landing property damage. Time was spent on an enforcement talk for a Willmar area FAS class. He also responded to a complaint of kids throwing fish in the roadway causing a traffic hazard; turned out an adult was encouraging and partaking in this behavior, enforcement action was taken.

CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) followed up on a complaint of someone plugging a tile that was the outlet for a lake, causing the lake to back-up onto the caller?s property. Other time was spent checking anglers and helping Meeker County search for a jet ski that was unknown if it drifted away from a dock or if it was stolen. Klehr also spent time working on equipment getting everything ready for the upcoming fall hunting seasons.

CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) spoke at a FAS safety class in St. George. She took a call of an injured red-tail hawk, which was referred to the Raptor Center. Mueller also answered questions on the changes to the carcass importation law for deer, elk, moose, and caribou.

CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) worked boating, angling and AIS enforcement this past week. A decent walleye bite near Hutchinson was also worked. Oberg also took time to talk at the Winthrop firearm safety class. August roadside counts were also finished last week with pheasant numbers appearing to take a positive jump up.

CO Dustin Miller (Windom) fielded numerous calls related to the new 2016 hunting synopsis. Doves have been seen in large numbers throughout the area and hunters should enjoy an exciting opener on September 1. Injured raptors were dealt with and a FAS class was taught in Mt. Lake. Enforcement action was taken for a public waters violation.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) attended the Martin County Fair on several occasions answering questions and educating sportsmen. Anglers were checked and public accesses were patrolled. Enforcement action was taken for angling and narcotic violations.