Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 18 - Rochester area

Last updated: 2017-11-20

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working a busy beginning to the 3-B deer season with many family groups out and most having some success driving deer. A few nice bucks were checked again this weekend. Duck hunting this week was hot and cold with near limits checked early and much slower later in the week. Enforcement activity included some license, some APR, and trespass calls. Over-limit investigations were also concluded with charges filed.

CO Kylan Hill (Zumbrota) reports finishing multiple cases stemming from the firearms ?A? deer season. Multiple dead deer found near roadways were investigated throughout the station, all of which had bullet holes. A small game hunter was found with squirrels, rabbits, opossums, and northern flickers (protected nongame bird) in the bag. The hunter was cited for possessing the northern flickers. Multiple hunters were seen during the opening weekend of the firearms ?B? season with above average success seen. Violations included take deer not meeting antler point restrictions, fail to register, use wrong tag, and possess a small amount of marijuana.

CO Trent Seamans (Rochester) spent the week patrolling for big game and waterfowl hunters. CO Seamans also followed up on complaints/questions from the public. Enforcement action was taken for failing to register a deer, possessing drug paraphernalia, hunting waterfowl with an unplugged shotgun, and hunting waterfowl while in possession of toxic shot. CO Seamans would like to remind hunters to check licenses carefully prior to hunting and tagging an animal.

CO James Fogarty (La Crescent) was busy checking firearms deer hunters. The weather was good for the opening of the ?B? season. Hunters were seen conducting drives. Enforcement action was taken on APR deer and fail to display registration on an ATV.

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports a lot of deer hunters but success observed was slow. Duck hunters had some real good days where they shot limits of ducks and other days there were hunters without any ducks. He attempted to find a person about trapping trespass and illegal sets but was not able to find the person at his residence. Several days later he located the trapper on a different trespass complaint where he was deer hunting in a state park.

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly duck and deer hunters during the week. Lots of ducks in the area, but hunting was slower. Not as many deer hunters were out during the ?B? season, but some did well and various violations were detected.

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports a busy ?B? season opener. Hunter numbers seemed low. Hunters that were out reported seeing deer and added that most of the corn has been harvested which has helped. Violations encountered were untagged deer, fail to validate tag, illegal camping on a WMA, and hunting without license.

CO Brittany Hauser (Red Wing) spent the week following up on various complaints. A fairly busy ?B? season opener was worked as well. Assistance was given to Frontenac State Park staff with various campground violations. Assistance was also given to Goodhue County Sheriff?s Office and Prairie Island Police with a suspect who had fled in a vehicle and then on foot when a deputy attempted to make contact. Enforcement action for the week included operate vehicle in closed area and take deer not meeting antler point restriction.

Rochester #1 vacant.