District 18 - Rochester area
Last updated: 2014-11-25
CO Scott Fritz (LaCrescent) reports hardcore duck hunters that found open water shot some nice mallards and black ducks. Early in the week ice fishermen were having luck in the backwaters. Main channel opened up again after the warm weekend. 3B deer opener had wet rainy weather. The larger groups did well with deer drives. Bucks are in lock down mode. He assisted the Winona Sheriff with a search for a fisherman who?s been missing for two weeks. Enforcement for the week included shining after hours without a firearm, fail to tag deer and APR violation.
CO Phil George (Rochester) conducted follow up from the deer season and checked waterfowl hunters. A few snowmobiles were out before all the snow melted over the weekend. One person located had warrants and was in possession of methamphetamine. Other enforcement action involved some waterfowl hunting issues.
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports working the 3B opener. Warmer weather made it more comfortable but deer movement was slow. The muddy weather made driving deer difficult as well. Most groups did have deer but added it was slow. Trespass complaints were investigated as were shooting from the road complaints. A few pheasant hunters were out and seeing a few birds now that the majority of corn has been harvested.
CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports following up on deer cases during the week and spending the weekend checking B season deer hunters. Waterfowl hunters were having a difficult time finding open water to hunt by the end of the week. Hunters took advantage of the nice weather on Saturday and fewer people were observed during the rain on Sunday. Some deer hunting violations were detected and a few people called to turn in deer that did not meet the Antler Point Restriction.
CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly deer and waterfowl hunters during the week. A number of deer hunters were out, but it was slower overall compared to the A season. Duck hunters who managed to get out on the river with all the ice did well with limits and overlimits seen taken.
Rochester #2 - vacant.