Aviation Section

Last updated: 2015-01-21

CO Pilot Bob Geving flew an otter survey along the Mississippi River; much evidence observed and tracks counted. Geving also flew enforcement support recon flights for ATV and angling activities.

Pilot/CO Chris Lofstuen (Bemidji) flew multiple wolf and fisher telemetry flights. A fish shelter/lake reconnaissance flight was also flown with CO Vollbrecht. Aircraft maintenance issues were accomplished for several aircraft.

NR Pilot Brad Maas (Brainerd) worked on the moose survey in northeast part of the state. Snow conditions were good throughout the majority of the plots surveyed. Many moose were observed, and appeared in good health. Tricky winter weather always plays a part in flying in the extreme northeast part of the state.

NR Pilot John Heineman (Bemidji) flew helicopters up to Ely for the start of the moose survey. Weather made it interesting at times but he made good progress for the first week of the survey.

CO Pilot Jason Jensen (Brainerd) reports a week of primarily flying wolf pack location flights were wolf pack numbers are counted. Jensen also flew a flight in northeast Minnesota to evaluate the angling activity in more remote lakes of this region. Assistance was given to position aircraft for the upcoming moose survey. Cold clear weather gave more opportunity to perform these survey/enforcement flights.