District 9 - Brainerd area

Last updated: 2014-09-23

CO Jim Tischler (Cuyuna Country State Rec. Area) monitored angling, trail use and small and big game hunting activity in the Cuyuna Country State Rec. Area and Pillsbury State Forest, he also responded to a complaint of ATV?s & ORV damaging a county park.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) patrolled Cass and Crow Wing counties for hunting activity. CO McGowan also spent time following up on TIP calls, and patrolled for ATV activity. CO McGowan also completed a report for a boating while intoxicated arrest and submitted the report to the county attorney?s office for charging.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked early goose, grouse, archery deer, and bear hunters. Angling contacts included one shore fisherman who found out it is not ok to throw a sucker against a tree prior to returning it to the water.

CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) reports that he worked on fishing enforcement this last week. The bite is slow the most cooperative fish have been the bass. Violations he found were no license, extra lines and not enough life jackets. He worked on complaints of shooting in residential areas at night and a complaint of bear damaging property north east of Brainerd. He worked with WREO Haberman on AIS violations. Some of the violations observed were plugs in the boat while transporting, as well as water and live fish. Complaints of vehicles on closed trails in the Pillsbury Forest were investigated. Campers in the forest were warned for litter and uncertified wood.

CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) continued working with area farmers with wolf and turkey damage reports, issued nuisance beaver permits, and responded to trespassing complaints and reports of illegal deer stands on state forest land.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) received additional deer baiting complaints. Trespassing complaints were also received. Area ATV Safety Instructors, Trail Ambassadors, and Officer Guida instructed numerous youth during the riding portion of their ATV safety certification.

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports activity including investigation of deer baiting and waterfowl related complaints, responding to nuisance animal issues, checking early goose and bow deer hunting activity, and checking fishing, boating and wild rice harvesting activity.

CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) continued with training of a COC this past week. Officers checked small game hunters with limited success being reported by hunters. Officers followed up on a trespassing complaint of ATVs. Officers also checked bow hunters and bear hunters who were reporting slow activity. Officer Lee attended a meeting at Camp Ripley for setting up Emergency Vehicle Operations Training for fellow conservation officers and academy cadets. Officer Lee also attended a Use of Force meeting and training held at Camp Ripley for the department?s Use of Force instructors.