CO Trent Seamans (Rochester) spent the week checking goose hunters. Goose numbers continue to be high and hunters are finding success. Other time was spent closing out trespassing cases. Enforcement action was taken for failing to have a federal duck stamp, failing to be HIP certified, and hunting migratory waterfowl with an unplugged shotgun.
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports many questions asked about the CWD in the area. Muzzleloader deer hunters continue to harvest a few more deer. Ice fishermen were going out on poor ice and finding some pan fish. A few goose hunters were still on the river. CO Hemker also attended training at Camp Ripley and a local snowmobile safety class.
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports checking muzzleloader hunters; success was slow. Cold and wind made hunting tough. CO Boyum reports receiving numerous calls reference the late January hunt coming up in the CWD zone. A trespass case from September was closed out with a citation being issued. A few pheasant hunters have been out with limited success. They report seeing a few more birds since the corn has been harvested.
CO Brittany Hauser (Red Wing) spent the week patrolling for muzzleloader activity and area fishermen. As area waters continued to freeze, the season?s first ice fishermen were observed. Assistance was given to local agencies for various calls and a trespass complaint was received and investigated. No enforcement action to report.
CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working a somewhat quiet close to the 2017 muzzleloader deer season. Hunting pressure increased over the final weekend and several successful groups were contacted with mostly does. Ice fishermen are beginning to venture out onto the back waters and finding a few pan fish. Goose hunters and trappers are also finding success. Some division training was attended and enforcement action involved some license and tagging issues.
CO Kylan Hill (Zumbrota) reports working a relatively busy week of the goose migration on area fields and rivers. Those that put their time in and withstood the cold were seen with birds. Goose hunting enforcement action included hunting without federal and state waterfowl stamp, no stamp in possession, no HIP certification, and hunt with a shotgun capable of holding more than three shells. The end of the muzzleloader season came and went with few hunters seen. Much like the goose hunters, those that put their time in and braved the cold were rewarded with deer harvested. Other enforcement action for the week included no blaze orange and untagged deer.
Rochester #1 vacant.