CO Jeff Denz (Willmar-West) worked the pheasant opener and noted some success but overall few birds in the bag. He checked anglers and worked on commercial investigations. Time was also spent on nuisance beaver complaints.
CO Shane Vernier (Willmar-East) worked pheasant hunting activity over the opening weekend. He also continued work with a busy fall fish bite and waterfowl activity. CO Vernier took calls including a deer stand left on WMA property overnight, deer dumping complaint, and a fish over-limit complaint. Several calls pertaining to hunting and public land regulations were also answered.
CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) checked pheasant hunters over a busy opening weekend. Lots of hunters were out on Saturday but very little success was observed. Most hunters said it was great to be out and the dogs were having a great time with the wonderful weather. CO Klehr also checked duck hunters who seemed to be having more success. ATV enforcement, wetland conservation, and big game hunters were also worked during the week.
CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) observed an above normal hunter turnout for the pheasant hunting opener. Pheasant hunting success on opening morning appeared to be around one pheasant per every two hunters. Waterfowl hunters enjoyed good success hunting flooded fields and river backwaters.
CO Dustin Miller (Windom) taught the law and ethics portion to a local FAS class. CO Miller focused patrol efforts on the re-opening of duck season and pheasant opener. Groups reported difficult outings for pheasants because of poor weather on Saturday and standing crops. Public access points were patrolled and contact was made with a party in possession of a felony amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Enforcement action was taken for possession of over-limit of walleye and transport fish without a patch of skin.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) patrolled his area checking activity relating to waterfowl, angling, archery deer, pheasant, and other small game activity. A few anglers are catching northern and walleye. A few rooster pheasant were found in the bag. Waterfowl hunting was good over the weekend as well. After having received an overabundance of rain recently many public hunting areas had water standing on them, limiting areas that could be walked by pheasant hunters.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) checked small game, waterfowl, deer, and dove hunters. Waterfowl and pheasant numbers observed shot were very low. Angling activity was monitored. Cases were made for over-limit and extra line violations.
Hutchinson East vacant.
Hutchinson West vacant.