District 18 - Rochester area

Last updated: 2014-09-16

CO Boyum (Rushford) reports working a busy small game/archery opener. Squirrel hunters had better success than previous years as most hunters had squirrels in the bag. Most bowhunters stated that they saw deer on stand and stated the cool weather put deer on the move. Compliance was high. A few trespass calls were also investigated.

CO Phil George (Rochester) worked the week checking hunters and anglers. Contacts were made with hunters with no small game licenses and ATV operators for no registration and operating on a county highway. The laws and ethics portion of two firearms safety classes were taught and several phone calls were taken with questions from the public.

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working a very busy opening weekend of small game and archery deer season. Numerous hunters were checked finding a varying degree of success. Pan fishing is improving on the river as the high water continues to recede. Violations include license, over limit, and undersize fish violations.

CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports checking small game hunter, archery hunters and anglers over the weekend. Time was also spent doing a presentation to a group of youth waterfowl hunters in conjunction with the Red Wing Wildlife League and talking to an ATV class in Bellchester. Some fishing and hunting violations were detected.

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports a good archery deer and small game opener with limits of squirrels and many deer checked. Fishing has slowed with high water on the river. Hemker attended natural resource classes at local high school to discuss hunting laws and the career possibilities.

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly anglers and hunters during the week. Some anglers were doing better and most squirrel hunters had some success. Youth duck hunters had a great time with a lot of wood ducks around. Heyn also attended training.

CO Scott Fritz (LaCrescent) reports youth duck hunters had a great morning. Wood duck was the number one bird in the bag. Small game hunters had great weather. He checked many groups with limits or near limits of squirrels. Trout catch and keep season ended with anglers having their way with the trout. Lots of fish caught. The Mississippi River remains high. Fishing on the river is poor. Enforcement included trespass and no trout stamp.

Rochester #2 - vacant.