District 9 - Brainerd area

Last updated: 2015-01-27

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked sport fishing and small game enforcement. Work has begun on an illegal dumping of deer carcasses on a State Wildlife Management Area. One of the deer legs that was illegally and unsightly dumped in the parking area still had the DNR Big Game Site Tag with the hunter?s full name attached to it. Officer Guida also interviewed a trapper who admitted to falling short on the required daily check of above ground snares. Officer Guida recovered an accidentally caught fisher and worked the fishing contest on Gull Lake with other area Conservation Officers.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) patrolled Cass and Crow Wing county lakes for ice fishing activity. CO McGowan also assisted at the Brainerd Jaycees ice fishing tournament on Gull Lake. Enforcement action was taken for angle without a license, expired snowmobile registration, fail to submit equipment/fish for inspection, litter, and no ice house reflectors.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling and spearing enforcement during the past week. Assistance was also given to a South Dakota Game Warden working a license fraud investigation.

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports activity including follow up work on deer season cases, handling incidental fisher, inspecting ice shelters for marking and license compliance, checking fishermen, monitoring the new winter trout season on the mine pit lakes in the Cuyuna Country State Recreational area, and working with the USFWS on an alleged wolf coming into town situation.

CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) checked anglers and trappers and continued follow up on cases from deer season. The officer helped with a work detail at the Fishing Extravaganza on Gull Lake where several people unfamiliar with the lake conditions drove vehicles onto thin ice and broke through. All were able to escape without injuries including one truck where the occupants crawled out as it was sinking and stood on top of the truck where they were rescued by a couple of local anglers who were passing by.

CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) reports that he worked on fishing enforcement this past week. The ice anglers are out in full force and report the walleye is slow. The ice conditions are good but the snow drifts and pressure ridges continue to be trouble for some anglers. This past week 3 pickups, 1 SUV, 2 snowmobiles and 2 OHVs either broke through thin ice or cashed into the pressure ridge. No reported injuries but significant damage was observed. Gull Lake went well. Some of the violation observed were speed, careless operation and expired registration on snowmobiles and ATVs. He worked on a trespass complaint by coyote hunters. He worked with neighboring CO Tim Collette checking anglers extra lines and no license violations were found. Complaints of unlicensed and no identification on fish houses were reported.

CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) checked anglers this past week with so-so success being reported. Officer Lee received a call this past week from a local trapper in regards to catching a gray wolf in a snare set for coyote. Officer Lee met with the trapper at the site were the wolf carcasses was removed from the snare and disposed of. Officer Lee followed up on a TIP in regards to a party taking over limits of crappies. Through the investigation Officer Lee learned that the party was also using unregistered shelters on area lakes to hide his ID. Officer Lee also assisted the Crow Wing County Sheriff?s Department with locating a suicidal male in the Cuyuna Mine Pits area, and motor vehicle crash with injured parties. Officer Lee assisted other Conservation Officers this past week with the Jaycees Fishing Contest on Gull Lake. Officers assisted with vehicles going through the ice, and a young child falling down in between an ice heave and becoming stuck. The child was successfully rescued with no apparent injuries. Enforcement actions were taken for snowmobile and ATV registration issues.

CO Amber Peterson (McGregor) reports a busy week of checking ice anglers as the weather warmed. She also responded to a crash on Hwy 65 where a vehicle struck and killed a moose. The occupants of the vehicle were not injured. The moose hide was donated to the Long Lake Conservation Center and the meat was donated to several locations though out the state for volunteer instructor banquets and similar events.

CO Jim Tischler (Cuyuna Country State Rec. Area) monitored angling activity and investigated vandalism in the Cuyuna Country State Rec. Area, assisted local law enforcement and worked a detail on Gull Lake for the Ice Fishing Extravaganza.