Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) followed up on cases from the firearms deer season. He monitored waterfowl activity and answered questions about deer license and taxidermy issues. He continues to follow up on a possible waters violation
CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) spent the week following up on possible wetland violations. Two cease and desist orders were issued in an area being worked, so that a determination of the type of wetland could be made.
Duck hunters had good luck on area lakes early in the week, but by the weekend activity had slowed. The warm front that came in didn't help what was left of the migration. Enforcement action was taken on hunters not having their Federal Duck Stamp in possession, unsigned duck stamp, no license in possession and no small game license.
Remember, the electronically-issued federal duck stamp is only valid for 45 days. Pictorial stamps, once received in the mail must be signed and in the possession of the hunter.
CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) was able to rescue two deer, a buck and a doe that broke through the ice on a Meeker County lake. Officer Oberg also spent time instructing at the CO Academy. ATV and trail enforcement was worked on the Luce Line State Trail. Follow up investigations continue on cases from the firearms deer season.
CO Greg Abraham (New Ulm) reports conducting interviews and investigations in response to a number of TIPS and citizen complaints of waterfowl, deer, and trapping violations. Time was spent investigating a couple apparent wetland and public waters violations.
Abraham checked pheasant hunters and anglers, and worked boat & water safety. Commercial work included ginseng and taxidermy checks. Abraham also responded to a call for assistance from LeSueur County and Cleveland Fire with a water/ice rescue.
CO Jason Beckmann (Windom) spent time on small game, big game, and sport fishing enforcement. Enforcement action was taken for taking deer without a valid license, transporting illegally taken big game, fail to tag deer, fail to validate site tags, and trespassing. A follow up investigation was worked regarding a trespass complaint from the firearms deer season as well.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) completed his radio program discussing topics including area activity and the upcoming muzzleloader deer season. Gruhlke also worked pheasant and trapping activity as well as ATV and angling activity. He noted anglers attempting to wader fish the Des Moines River in likely spots and also investigated a complaint of people leaving equipment on public land.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) followed up on investigations stemming from the firearms deer season. Angling activity was monitored. Waterfowl activity is increasing and many hunters are out. Investigations are ongoing regarding public waters and wetland violations. Trapping activity is high.