Aviation Section

Last updated: 2014-11-18

CO Pilot Jason Jensen (Brainerd) reports a busy week of supporting ground officers during the firearm deer season. Jensen flew numerous requests to check areas for illegal baiting and illegal ATV usage. With the fresh snow cover, even camouflaged bait shows up since the deer/turkeys can be seen pawing at the ground. Hunters are suggested to just put more effort into scouting rather than into baiting. Jensen also found some possible wetland violations while supporting ground operations. A wolf collar that has stopped transmitting GPS signals was located and will be investigated.

CO Pilot Bob Geving flew support surveillance for deer hunting activities. Geving also worked on training activities and assisted field officers on the ground with hunting activities during inclement weather days.

NR Pilot John Heineman flew marten telemetry. Forest Assessment photo flights were canceled due to weather.

Pilot/CO Chris Lofstuen (Bemidji) spent the week on limited duty organizing and completing equipment inventories at the Bemidji, Brainerd and Grand Rapids hangar facilities.

NR Pilot Brad Maas (Brainerd) worked on aircraft maintenance issues and administrative tasks. He also assisted with search for possible downed aircraft in the Brainerd area.