District 18 - Rochester area

Last updated: 2016-09-26

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports working the waterfowl opener at the Reno Bottoms on the Mississippi River. High water flooded most of the public access sites and hunting was poor at best. Some groups checked never fired a shot. For the few hunters that bagged birds, wood ducks and teal were the most common. Violations encountered were no license in possession, no federal stamp and no state stamp. Small game hunters and bow hunters were also checked.

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) and COC worked waterfowl opener and hunter turnout was poor due to unseasonably high water on the Mississippi River. Hunters averaged one to two birds per person. Citations were issued for unplugged shotguns. Angling is still active and the bite has been good for certain species. The officers were involved in a foot pursuit of a shore angler, which resulted in an arrest for possession of a controlled substance.

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working a busy opening weekend of the 2016 duck season. Hunters averaged approximately two birds a hunter over the weekend with six different species checked. The high water had hunters and fishermen finding the birds and fish in all new locations. Enforcement action include the usual license, stamp, and safety equipment issues along with some toxic shot and over limits.

CO Trent Seamans (Rochester 2) spent the majority of the week patrolling for small game and waterfowl enforcement. Additional efforts were spent presenting at firearm safety classes and checking anglers. Enforcement action was taken for failing to sign a federal duck stamp, having an unplugged shotgun, and using a motor in a closed area.

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly small game and waterfowl hunters during the week. Duck opener success was mixed, but some did well. The rising river made fishing tougher and less cover for duck hunters.

CO Phil George (Rochester) worked waterfowl hunters over the weekend and took complaints of trespass and ATVs operating in a WMA. Enforcement action for ATVs in WMA, possession of small amount of marijuana and operate unregistered ATV.

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