District 16 - New Ulm area
Last updated: 2014-10-29
CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) followed up on a deer hunting complaint. He checked anglers and waterfowl hunters. Denz also followed up on trespassing complaints
CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) patrolled in Renville and Redwood counties along the Minnesota River where ATV?s have been driving in the WMAs, making illegal trails, disturbing legal hunters and causing damage to the rock outcrops. Enforcement action was taken on ATV?s driving within the WMA. She also responded to a call of people shinning for deer in the early morning hours. Duck and pheasant hunters were checked throughout the week.
CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) reports little success pheasant hunting around the area. Hopefully prospects will pick up as crops are harvested. Oberg spent time following up on a trespass case as well as nuisance animal calls. A burning violation was also handled with enforcement action taken.
CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) investigated a solid waste case and WMA violations. He worked primarily waterfowl, deer, small game and AIS activities. Waterfowl hunting success picked up as flocks of ringnecks, redheads, canvasbacks and a lesser amount of mixed dabbling ducks are beginning to migrate through the area.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) worked waterfowl, pheasant and other small game hunters. Archery deer season was also worked as well as AIS. Gruhlke answered several calls for information via telephone. Time was also spent following up on an angling case from earlier this summer.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) received and investigated illegal/improper disposal of deer and waterfowl along roads and bridges. Waterfowl and small game hunters were checked. Deer hunters are having more luck with shooting and seeing deer as crops come out. Investigations into early/late shooting along with trespassing were performed.
Litchfield - vacant.
Willmar #1 - vacant.
Windom - vacant.