District 18 - Rochester area
Last updated: 2016-05-24
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports checking state forest areas for illegal ATV use. Time was also spent checking anglers on area streams. Compliance was good. Success was fair. A few turkey hunters are back out. Hunters reporting birds are still gobbling but not responding very well to calling. CO Boyum attended firearms training as well.
CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending the week enforcing AIS laws, checking ATV activity at complaint areas, training at Camp Ripley and checking angling activity. Fishing success on the river has picked up a little.
CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) assisted teaching at the academy at Ripley during the week and had training. Heyn also worked anglers and ATVs. Turkey hunters were out as well, but things were quieter with the heat.
CO Phil George (Rochester) checked ATV operators, anglers, and watercraft operators. He took complaints of a manure spill, obstruction in a trout stream, and off-road vehicles operating in a river bottom. He issued a nuisance beaver permit and located an injured deer. Enforcement action was taken for water related issues.
CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working another busy week on the big river, as well as attending in-service firearms training and handling numerous calls and complaints. Fishing has been good on both the river as well as area lakes and limits and over limits were found. Other enforcement action included license, registration, and safety equipment violations.
CO Trent Seamans (Rochester) spent the majority of the week patrolling for sport fishing and boat/water safety enforcement. Additional efforts were put towards invasive species enforcement and miscellaneous wildlife complaints. Enforcement action was taken for fishing without a license, no life jackets onboard a watercraft, and taking an overlimit of crappies. A special beaver permit was also issued.
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports many people out fishing while turkey hunters are harder to find. He did talk to turkey hunters having success with the new late season second chance option. Hemker received several wildlife calls including calls on a roaming bear and a found fawn that was reported to have two heads.
Zumbrota - vacant.