Last updated: 2017-03-27
CO Shane Vernier (Willmar-East) took phone calls regarding land use, shed hunting, deer hunting, and trapping questions. He issued multiple wildlife possession permits. CO Vernier also spent time patrolling for trapping, wetlands, and recreational vehicle use.
CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) finished up required training. Other time was spent checking on trapping complaints and picking up accidentally caught otter. CO Klehr also checked on the report of a freshly dumped deer carcass and will follow up on people driving into a WMA.
CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson-West) followed up on a reoccurring wetland issue. She continued with taxidermy inspections in her station. CO Mueller also spoke at a turkey clinic in Lafayette.
CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson-East) gave talks at several firearm safety classes this week. CO Oberg also worked on required training and spent time answering questions related to the upcoming turkey season.
CO Dustin Miller (Windom) taught the law and ethics portion to a FAS class in Windom over the past week. Enforcement action was taken on an individual that had a small fire going in heavy winds and had embers blow into a WMA, igniting a portion of the WMA.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) patrolled his area checking activity relating to angling, ATV, litter, and light goose hunting. He also patrolled public accesses, WMA?s, and WPA?s. CO Gruhlke noted that salamanders are on the move. He also spoke at the Lakefield and Jackson firearm safety classes discussing laws and ethics, and investigated a complaint of snow geese that had been dumped in the I-90 right of way.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) investigated a TIP complaint of improper disposal of light geese. A total of 58 light geese were breasted out and dumped from an overpass onto the grass right of way of Interstate 90. Angling activity has picked up dramatically, mostly from shore. The first watercraft of the season was out on one of the area lake. Watercraft owners are reminded to complete an inspection for required safety equipment prior to venturing out on the water. WMA?s, WPA?s, and public accesses were patrolled.