District 18 - Rochester area

Last updated: 2014-11-18

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working a very busy week of deer hunting enforcement in zone 3. The cold and snowy conditions made for some very good opportunities for the deer and duck hunters. Some very good duck hunting was experienced before most of the backwater froze up. Enforcement action was taken for violations of unlawful party hunting, tagging, registration and validation.

CO Scott Fritz (LaCrescent) reports helping Winona Sheriff?s Dept. with searching for missing fishermen assumed drowned by lock and dam 7. The early winter has frozen up most of the backwaters. Duck hunters had mixed success either shooting near limits or nothing. Deer hunters had a good week despite the cold and snow. This last weekend saw many groups shooting deer.

CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending most of the week and weekend checking deer hunting activity. Several trespass calls were responded to throughout the week. Time was also spent checking waterfowl hunters and ice fishing activity. Very few duck hunters were seen out but numerous ducks were around especially on the smaller rivers. Some deer hunting violations were detected.

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports a good end to deer season with continued success. The duck hunters continue to access the river and limits of mallards were checked. The accesses are getting limited and on one cold morning Hemker did observe the boat trailer in the first parking stall to have broken taillights. He also assisted the Winona County Sheriff?s Office with their search for a drowning victim.

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly deer and waterfowl hunters during the week. Boat launches were icing up, but the hunters who did make it out on the water had some luck. Not as many deer hunters were out, but some deer were still seen taken. Goose hunters also did ok with the new snow.

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports working a busy deer season. Success varied. Most hunters reported seeing deer; however, they added the numbers seemed a little down. Violations encountered were trespass, shoot from the road, untagged big game, fail to validate. Complaints seemed up from last year. CO Boyum watched one hunter shoot and drop a deer from his blind. The hunter then walked up to the deer, checked it and then went back to his blind to retrieve his hunting knife. While the hunter was in his blind getting his knife, the deer stood up, looked around and ran away unbeknownst to the hunter. Upon reaching the hunter, he said you are not going to believe what happened to me.

CO Phil George (Rochester) worked deer hunting issues all week, geese have moved into the area last week and goose hunting activity is picking up. Enforcement action for deer hunting related events.

Rochester #2 - vacant.