District 9 - Brainerd area

Last updated: 2016-12-05

CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) checked muzzleloader hunters and trappers. The officer assisted with the first fur registration day where very few furs were brought in. Complaints of dumped deer were investigated and a fisher accidentally caught after the season was seized.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd 2) worked with DNR Parks and Trails staff to monitor a trespassing complaint adjacent to the Paul Bunyan Trail as a result of numerous low hanging and broken limbs and obstacles due to last large snowfall. The snow has melted and area trail volunteers were able to clear the trail for any upcoming use. Off trail travel was observed and three juveniles were sent home to their parents. Officer Guida cleared an illegal tree stand and hunter from a restricted use Aquatic Management Area and investigated a muzzleloader deer hunter under the influence of alcohol.

CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) reports that he worked on fishing enforcement this past week. There were even a few ice anglers out who he checked after they got off the ice; they report a slow northern bite. Officer Posner checked goose hunters on the fields along the Mississippi and Crow Wing Rivers; the hunters report lots of migrating birds. He checked muzzleloader deer hunters and also checked a complaint of baiting. He worked on complaints of deer carcass dumping and wanton waste. He also checked a grouse hunter; success was poor.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) patrolled for late season muzzleloader and waterfowl hunters. Muzzleloader hunters reported a slower success rate. CO McGowan also assisted local law enforcement agencies with calls for service.

CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked trappers, hunters and ATV?s. Officer Hunter received a call of motorized vehicles in non-motorized areas. CO Hunter received phone calls regarding muzzleloader questions and questions on trapping.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked muzzleloader, grouse, and trapping activity. Time was also spent at Savanna Portage State Park with the special hunt.

Cuyuna SRA - vacant.

Crosslake vacant.