District 18 - Rochester area
Last updated: 2013-12-10
CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending most of the week checking ice anglers and doing some follow up from the deer season. Ice thickness varies in the area from too thin to walk on to as much as 8 inches in some spots. Time was also spent preparing for upcoming safety classes.
CO Phil George (Rochester) followed up on cases from the deer season and checked a few muzzleloader deer hunters. Goose hunters in the area have been doing well and ice anglers have ventured out on the marginal ice in the area.
CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) finished up investigations from the firearm deer season, as well as worked muzzleloader and archery deer hunters. The recent cold weather and snow has the ice fishermen and predator hunters out and having some success. More safety classes were taught and other investigation started this week as well.
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports deer hunting is slowing down. Cold weather kept a lot of hunters inside. Coyote hunters are gearing up with the fresh snow as are ice fishermen. Violations encountered were transport loaded firearm and untagged deer. A few trappers are still out but success has been limited.
CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly deer hunters and anglers during the week. Follow-up was done on a few deer calls and other office work. More and more ice anglers were out with the cold weather.
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) checked ice fishermen and deer hunters. Good fishing was reported but deer hunting continues to be slow. Some people were able to get out goose hunting in area. He also spoke at a local snowmobile safety class.
CO Scott Fritz (LaCrescent) reports muzzleloaders are having success with deer drives. Investigated complaints involving untagged deer, take deer with an invalid license and trespass. Backwater ice ranges from 3 -7 inches. Bluegills and northern are biting.
Rochester #2 - vacant.