District 18 - Rochester area

Last updated: 2014-10-29

CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending the past week and weekend checking angling and hunting activity. Fall fishing success is still low in the area. Time was also spent working on some equipment issues and meeting with other DNR staff.

CO Phil George (Rochester) continued field training with a COC. He reports lots of hunting and angling activity during the week with ATV activity as well. Enforcement action was taken for allowing illegal youth operation of an ATV, no license in possession, and expired watercraft registration.

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports continuing training with a COC in the Wabasha and Zumbrota areas. The officers investigated deer, waterfowl, trespass, litter, ATV, trapping, and shining complaints. Time was also spent on the Mississippi River where waterfowl hunting and fishing has been spotty with both good and slow days found. Enforcement action included waterfowl, big game and ATV violations.

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly deer and duck hunters during the week. Duck hunting success was slower with the bluebird weather. Heyn also checked on deer complaints and worked on equipment.

CO Scott Fritz (LaCrescent) reports duck hunters found varied success. Fishing continues to very be good on Mississippi River. He dealt with several small game trespass complaints over the week. He had a self-reported antler point restrictions (APR) deer taken by a bow hunter.

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports checking turkey hunters, squirrel hunters and raccoon hunters. Success was fair to good for most. Blaze orange issues were address as were trespass complaints. CO Boyum is investigating a report of a buck shot with a rifle in the Canton area. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the TIP line. Trappers were out over the opening weekend. The raccoon numbers at this point seem to be better than previous years.

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) is working with a COC and responded to complaints of trespass, APR violations, deer baiting, and late duck hunting. They checked a taxidermist and followed up on an environmental complaint. The officers also attended a boating and fishing class at a local high school along with a public meeting to discuss sunfish special regulations.

Rochester #2 - vacant.