District 18 - Rochester area

Last updated: 2015-11-24

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports the second deer season was slow. There were a couple good days of good duck hunting and the duck hunting pressure was very high.

CO Scott Fritz (LaCrescent) reports swans are in. Lots of ducks moved into the area this past week. Walleye and sauger are biting well. 3B deer hunters had a good opening weekend.
Violations for the week included no valid deer license, transport loaded firearm, APR violation and lend and borrow deer license.

CO Phil George (Rochester) followed up on deer hunting complaints, trespass complaints, and injured animals. B deer season started off with lend and borrow license and slugs out of doors without a valid license. Other violations included litter in roadways and public accesses. Officer George spoke to a wildlife class at a local high school.

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly deer and waterfowl hunters during the week. Duck hunting success was very good at times. Less deer hunters were out for the B season, but some checked were having success. A detail was worked with other officers and various violations were detected.

CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) continued field training with a COC. The officers followed up on a complaint of dumped deer carcasses. They worked the B deer season opener. Hunting activity was lower this season then the past A season. There was also a special hunt in Frontenac State Park and the officers checked hunters there. Enforcement actions for the week included: shooting a buck not meeting the antler point restrictions, hunting deer without a license, a burning of garbage violation, blaze orange violations and a vehicle was observed in a closed state forest.

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working another busy week on the Mississippi River as well as working opening weekend of the 3-B deer season. The colder, windy weather pushed new ducks into the area and the waterfowlers success increased. The second deer season was also busy and many hunters experienced success. Violations encountered include, license, trespass, safety equipment, registration, and validation issues.

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports working a busy 3B opener. Success varied as cold temperatures kept some hunters in the cabin. Violations encountered were failure to validate deer tag, untagged deer and transport loaded firearm. Trespass complaints also were investigated with citations being issued. Time was also spent on follow up investigations from the 3A season.

Rochester #2 - vacant.