District 18 - Rochester area

Last updated: 2015-03-31

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports assisting at the Enforcement Division?s waterfowl school. Time was also spent dealing with nuisance animal calls and shed hunters finding dead bucks. Time was also spent looking into dumping at a state forest land parking lot. CO Boyum investigated complaints of ATV?s on the bike trail near Rushford. CO Boyum spoke at a Turkey Clinic in Pine Island.

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) assisted at duck school during the week. Heyn also worked anglers on the river. Fishing success was slower on walleye and sauger, but the perch bite was pretty good.

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) helped with a duck school at Whitewater State Park and checked fishermen. One seasoned fishermen accidentally referred to him by the name of a game warden that had worked the Winona area in the 60s and 70s. He attended a boating safety class and had correspondence with Law Enforcement students from WSU. Hemker also saw a road kill bobcat found near Winona.

CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending the week checking angling activity. Numerous limits of walleye and sauger were observed in live wells throughout the week along with some very large northerns. Time was also spent meeting with the city of Red Wing to help plan this fall?s city deer hunt and meeting with staff from the Environmental Learning Center to discuss hunting related programs for their students. Time was also spent instructing at a firearms safety class in Goodhue. Some fishing and boating violations were detected

CO Phil George (Rochester) spent the week checking anglers and ATV complaint areas. A late March snowfall brought out a few snowmobiles. He attended an information booth at a sports show. A complaint of dumped carcasses led to enforcement action for taking squirrels in closed season and illegal possession of a road killed deer

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working mainly fishing enforcement this week with success being found with walleye, sauger, and perch on the Mississippi River. Trout fishermen were also finding some hungry trout. Time was also spent training new officers at a waterfowl school. Finally the law and ethics portion of a firearms safety class was presented in a vacant station. Violations were addressed for fishing license, stamps and ATV violations.

Rochester #2 - vacant.