District 16 - New Ulm area

Last updated: 2014-12-16

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) followed up on big game cases. He spoke at a meeting with the local Pheasants Forever chapter. Denz also checked anglers and ATV operators.

CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) spent the week checking ice fishermen with reports of the fishing activity being slow. Time was also spent following up on lend and borrow cases from the firearms deer season. Calls were taken about dogs caught in traps and time was spent checking on traps. A few muzzleloader hunters were out for the final days of the season trying their luck with some having success.

CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) worked the last weekend of the muzzleloader season. She investigated a litter case involving multiple deer carcasses and a shoot from the road case. The unseasonably warm wet weather made ice conditions on the lake less than desirable and fishing activity slowed down over the weekend. She also helped rescue a bald eagle that was accidentally caught in a snare. Once it was brought to the Raptor Center it was found to have a high level of lead in its system which might explain why it was on the ground feeding. Mueller also spoke at youth snowmobile safety classes in Buffalo Lake and Fairfax. Unfortunately their riding test will have to wait till the snow returns.

CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) worked the last week of the balmy muzzleloader season. A case from the firearms deer season was completed with enforcement action taken for fail to tag, validate, and register deer. Oberg also worked recreational vehicle and angling enforcement this week.

CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) worked pheasant hunters and muzzleloader deer hunters. He also monitored ice fishing activity. Gruhlke followed on a couple of cases from the past seasons. He taught the law portion of the snowmobile safety class held in Windom. Unseasonably warm temperatures are taking their toll on area ice.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) conducted inspections on ice anglers with depleting ice. Investigations were performed on deer poaching complaints. Trappers, small game and waterfowl hunters were checked. The Fairmont snowmobile safety class was taught on rules, regulations and ethics.

Willmar #1 - vacant.

Windom - vacant.