District 18 - Rochester area

Last updated: 2014-09-30

CO Phil George (Rochester) worked the week checking anglers, boaters, and ATV operators. The weekend brought the regular waterfowl opener with blue skies and sunshine. Many questions from the public were answered and phone calls returned. Enforcement action was taken for unplugged shotguns.

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly hunters and anglers during the week. Duck hunters had good success on wood ducks over the weekend. The heat and mosquitos made it a little bit tougher in the blinds though. Anglers were also having good luck on panfish.

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working a very busy waterfowl opener on the Mississippi River. Both mornings produced lot of shooting and hunting pressure was very high. Mainly wood ducks were found in the bag along with a few teal, pintail, ringnecks, and geese. The extremely warm conditions had many hunters leaving early replaced by numerous fishermen and recreational vessels. Enforcement action included transport loaded guns, taking protected birds, unregistered, OHM as well as stamp, license and lead issues. A 70- inch sturgeon was also observed caught and released.

CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending the weekend checking waterfowl hunters, anglers and doing invasive species related work. Large numbers of waterfowl hunters were out feeding the mosquitos. Most hunters were having some success and some were complaining of being crowded by other hunters. A detail was also worked on the St Croix River near Stillwater. Some violations related to waterfowl hunting were detected.

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports duck opener to be heavy pressure with poor success. Bag checkers reported less than one duck per hunter and 65 units at two busy landings. It was also reported there were nine units in overflow parking at sunset the night before the opener. The bags were primarily wood ducks and mallards with very few teal. Fishing continues to be good with heavy pressure. Complaints investigated included trespass and illegal deer hunting.

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) worked the waterfowl opener. Wood ducks were the most common duck observed in the bag. The mosquitos were also out in force on the sloughs, driving some hunters back to the trucks. Violations encountered were possession of toxic shot, no license in possession and over-limit of wood ducks. A few shining complaints have come in as well. Time was also spent on various calls ranging from hunters on the bike trail to hunters possessing rifles.

CO Scott Fritz (LaCrescent) reports plenty of duck hunters. Unfortunately the harvest along the river was poor, averaging less than one duck per hunter, very few wood ducks. He assisted WI Wardens with a class on shallow drive motors. He investigated complaints of trespass and airboats operating in the closed area. Fritz and CO Hemker assisted Colorado with a hunting violation.

Rochester #2 - vacant.