District 18 - Rochester area
Last updated: 2014-03-04
CO Phil George (Rochester) worked the week checking small game hunters, anglers, and snowmobilers. Officer George took complaints of trespass. Enforcement action included possession of drug paraphernalia and small amount of marijuana, no small game license, take rabbit during the closed season, and transport a loaded rifle in a motor vehicle.
CO Scott Fritz (LaCrescent) reports fishermen didn?t have any issues removing their fish shelters by the deadline. Fish bite has remained slow. He found ice that is now 36 inches thick. He finished up details for upcoming airboat class that will be taught by district officers. He gave a presentation to a firearms safety class in Houston. Coyote hunters continue to have some success.
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports good snowmobile trails in the area. He had very few problems with shelters being removed from both the border waters and inland waters. Hemker did receive some calls with reports of dead and sick deer in the area.
CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly snowmobiles and anglers during the week. Trails were in good shape but the cold weather slowed down snowmobile activity and fishing. Heyn also attended meetings and other calls.
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports working heavy use snowmobile areas. Despite the 0 degree temperature good numbers of snowmobilers were out. Compliance was high and trails were reported as being in very good condition. Violations encountered were fail to display registration and illegal operation. Coyote hunters were out in numbers. In one instance three groups were checked hunting the same coyote. Violations encountered were no radio permit. CO Boyum also attended a ginseng meeting with DNR Forestry staff.
CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending time checking anglers and working with anglers to get fish houses removed from the border waters by the March 1st deadline. N Numerous calls were received from anglers requesting a little extra time to get their houses off the ice. Time was also spent preparing for some upcoming airboat training.
CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working mainly snowmobile and fishing enforcement, as well as documenting fish houses remaining on both area lakes and boarder waters. Fishing has remained a little slow but the trails have been very busy. Numerous fishermen have been working hard at removing fishing their house from the waters with some success.
Rochester #2 - vacant.