District 18 - Rochester area

Last updated: 2014-10-21

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly hunters during the week. Duck hunting was mixed during the week with limits seen taken some days and not much the next. Lots of kids were out over MEA weekend duck hunting and deer hunting and had a great time regardless of their success.

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports continuing training of a new COC and working primarily waterfowl, fishing and big game enforcement. Officers saw the weekly migration spotty with both good and bad days for the hunters. Pan fish action continues to be strong with many perch checked in the bag. Both archery and youth deer hunters were checked with moderate success. Numerous questions and calls were fielded regarding trespass and the upcoming hunting seasons. Trespass, no license and shining activity were also addressed.

CO Scott Fritz (LaCrescent) reports fishing continues to be good. Duck hunters averaged about three ducks per hunter on the good hunting days. The youth and early antlerless hunters found very little success. Most of the deer were in the cornfields. He fielded many calls explaining the youth and early antlerless regulations. Houston and Winona Sheriff?s Departments both did great work helping to rescue four capsized duck hunters and helping a group of lost hunter find their way in the dark. Enforcement for the week included transport aquatic vegetation and failure to properly tag a deer.

CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports checking anglers, waterfowl hunters and working shining complaint areas. The fall fishing success has been slower than normal and the number of ducks in the area has gone down. The warm weather brought numerous people out enjoying the outdoors over the weekend. Some fishing and hunting violations were detected.

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) worked with a COC. They investigated several complaints of illegal deer hunting including people hunting deer during youth season without youth hunters. They investigated boats fishing in closed areas and found duck hunters taking protected birds, wanton waste of migratory birds, and litter. They also were advised of duck hunters forgetting their guns at the public boat landing.

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports checking hunters during the youth deer hunt and the early antlerless hunt. Success was limited but the weather kept hunters in the field. Trespass complaints were investigated as were other deer related complaints. Time was also spent checking waterfowl hunters with limited success. Hunters were reminded of AIS rules and regulations. Turkey hunters have been out and have been doing well. A moose was also sighted.

CO Phil George (Rochester) worked waterfowl activity, angling activity and checked ATV complaint areas. Enforcement action was taken for motors in WMA, no PFDs.

Rochester #2 - vacant