District 16 - New Ulm area
Last updated: 2015-11-24
CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) followed up on deer hunting complaints. He checked waterfowl hunters, archery hunters, and anglers. Denz also spoke at a snowmobile safety class.
CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) spent the week following up on issues from the firearms deer season. Trespass issues are still being investigated along with wanton waste. Duck hunters are being checked as they take advantage of late season hunts with ponds starting to freeze up.
CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) continued to work on a pre-employment background investigation and worked the TIP line at Central Office.
CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson-East) and a COC followed up with numerous firearms deer season cases involving lending/borrowing tags and baited stands. Enforcement action was taken on a TIP call about hunter trespass/harassment and blaze orange requirements. Several waterfowl hunters were checked with varying success on the water and field hunting. Unsigned federal waterfowl stamps were seen and numerous hunters without their license in possession were contacted. A call was received about swans frozen to a lake. It was determined they were just sitting on the ice. CO?s took the opportunity to educate the public on how resilient swans are to the cold.
CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) followed up on a deer wanton waste call and litter incidents involving deer carcasses. He also answered questions regarding deer tagging and dog training on public lands. Two duck hunters capsized their boat and were rescued by other duck hunters. Nelson helped them recover their capsized boat and equipment.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) worked sport fishing, small game hunting, and archery deer seasons. Gruhlke also worked some snowmobile activity. Some success field hunting waterfowl was observed. Investigations concerning big game continue. Gruhlke also received complaints of motoring in a migratory feeding and resting area and wildlife management area rules violations.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) continued investigations from the firearms deer season. Small game and waterfowl hunters were checked, as well as trappers. Area ponds and bays are found to be ice covered.
Willmar #1 - vacant.
Windom - vacant.