District 18 - Rochester area

Last updated: 2015-10-06

CO Phil George (Rochester) worked small game, waterfowl and deer hunting issues. Work was completed on a trespass complaint. Several phone calls to the public were returned. Enforcement action included, trespass posted property, transport loaded gun, and possession of toxic shot.

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly anglers and waterfowl hunters during the week. Fishing success is still pretty good. Lots of ducks were around in certain areas and several overlimit cases were made. Other waterfowl calls were handled with hunters mistaking cormorants and swans as legal birds.

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working a busy week on the river as well as providing training at Camp Ripley for the new conservation officers. Ducking hunting has slowed a little and the break will allow the birds to filter in and become comfortable before the next opener. Pan fishermen are still catching some fish and the deer hunters are seeing a few more deer.

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports working small game hunters and archery deer hunters. Success was limited. CO Boyum also spent time checking turkey hunters out over the opening weekend. A few birds were seen in the bag and most hunters reported seeing birds. Time was spent assisting at the academy. CO Boyum also investigated trespass complaints.

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports continued good duck hunting with some new ducks moving into the area along with Wisconsin opening their duck season. He investigated complaints of duck hunting in closed area and hunters shooting a swan. In the case where the swan was shot, there were several groups of hunters that had observed the shooting of the swan but none of them took the time to report the incident. The fishing in the area has also been good for panfish and walleye.

CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending time checking waterfowl hunting, small game hunting, turkey hunting and archery hunting activity. Time was also spent checking anglers and ATV activity. Fishing success is picking up in the area and small game hunters were reporting seeing a few more grouse. Some fishing, waterfowl and state forest violations were detected.

CO Scott Fritz (LaCrescent) reports fall fishing keeps getting better. No new ducks have moved into the area. Duck hunters still average about two birds per hunter. He assisted Wisconsin wardens with their waterfowl school and followed up on several deer and trespass complaints.

Rochester #2 - vacant.