District 9 - Brainerd area

Last updated: 2014-12-16

CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) worked on a big game case, responded to a complaint of an un-checked trap, and checked muzzleloader hunters and anglers. The plan for a fish house full of anglers didn?t work out as well as they said they didn?t think they would get checked and didn?t bother getting angling licenses. Two out of the three anglers received paperwork to encourage better decisions next time.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked angling and big game hunting activity. Most muzzleloader hunters that were checked complained of the decreased visibility due to fog and the anglers checked were soaking wet. Officer Guida testified in court on a drug investigation case where the suspect was convicted and paid a fine. Officer Guida trained at an area Snowmobile Safety Class despite the significant loss of accumulated snowfall in the area.

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports activity including investigation of trespass and suspicious hunting complaints, checking fishermen and muzzleloader deer hunters, and assisting the Deerwood Sno-Serpents snowmobile club with a youth snowmobile safety certification class. An individual who was caught shooting a trumpeter swan back in October pled guilty in district court and was sentenced to pay $1,965 in fines and restitution.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) patrolled for ice angling and trapping activity. Numerous ice anglers are starting to venture out on area lakes, and are reporting a fairly slow bite. Enforcement action was taken for angle with extra lines, license violations, and ATV violations.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked fishing and trapping activity during the week. He also assisted other officers on an illegal muzzleloader deer hunting case with multiple charges pending.

CO Amber Peterson (McGregor) reports finding a few muzzleloader hunters still hoping for a buck as well as several early season ice anglers venturing out. With low visibility over the weekend she urged caution for the anglers as there are still small areas of open water on Big Sandy and in the flowage areas as well as ice ridges to watch out for.

CO Jim Tischler (Cuyuna Country State Rec. Area) monitored angling, small game hunting and trail use in the Cuyuna Country SRA and Brainerd area.