District 18 - Rochester area

Last updated: 2016-12-05

CO Phil George (Rochester) worked the week checking anglers, deer hunters, and waterfowl hunters and took complaints of trespass and hunters in the refuge. Enforcement action was taken for license issues, possession of drug paraphernalia, unplugged shotguns, and trespass.

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports checking muzzleloader hunters in Fillmore and Houston counties. Success varied. Violations encountered were no blaze orange and trespass. Time was also spent answering questions reference CWD. A public meeting will be held soon and will be posted on the DNR?s website.

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports wrapping up several investigations from the firearm deer season as well as working the last of the waterfowl hunters on the Mississippi River. The season ended with a little snow to send it out on a high note with the birds cooperating a little better on the last Sunday of the season. Some department training was also attended. Both trappers and coyote hunters are getting geared up with the winter fast approaching.

CO Brittany Hauser (Red Wing) reports checking waterfowl hunters as it was the last week of the south season. Hunters reported not seeing many ducks however. Time was also spent following up on a few complaints. A call was received regarding a possibly injured bald eagle. The caller had seen the eagle sitting in the same spot in a field for an extended period of time and was concerned it might be injured or sick. Just prior to arriving on scene the bald eagle took flight with no apparent issues. Enforcement action for the week included transportation of loaded firearms, possession of toxic shot, no license in possession, unsigned federal duck stamp, and no federal duck stamp in possession.

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports mixed success for late season duck hunters with some limits checked. He continues to follow up on deer complaints. Officer Hemker also attended training at Camp Ripley.

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly waterfowl and deer hunters during the week. A number of hunters were out for the last weekend of the duck hunting. Duck hunting success was good at times, but overall was a slow end to the season.

CO Trent Seamans (Rochester 2) patrolled for big game and migratory waterfowl enforcement. Various wildlife complaints were also addressed. Enforcement action was taken for having an unsigned federal duck stamp, using an unplugged shotgun, and unlawfully importing a big game animal.

CO Kylan Hill (Zumbrota station) reports a slower week of the muzzleloader season. CO Hill checked the last of the waterfowl hunters on the Mississippi River and was surprised to see multiple canvasbacks harvested. CO Hill followed up on various big game and trespass cases from the ongoing deer season.