District 9 - Brainerd area

Last updated: 2014-11-18

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked a busy firearms deer season. Complaints of unsightly carcass dumping have already come in and are being investigated. Officer Guida followed up on a road hunting complaint where an individual was observed shooting out of a motor vehicle. Officer Guida received reports that numerous portable deer stands were stolen from the Crow Wing County Sebie Lake Memorial Forest over the week. Assistance was given to a first time hunter locating a doe that was shot at. The evidence unfortunately showed that the bullet had entered a large white oak tree and the doe ran away unharmed.

CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) checked deer hunters this past week with limited success being reported by hunters. Officer Lee completed two baiting deer investigation this past week with citations being issued and firearms seizure. Officer Lee also completed an investigation into lending and borrowing deer hunting licenses. Charges from the investigation included lending and borrowing licenses, untagged deer and illegal party hunting. The individuals involved also had their deer seized due to the violations. Other enforcement activity this past week included, fail to validate deer tags, untagged deer, and operate ATV during closed hours on public land. Officer Lee also received a call of an injured Trumpeter Swan. The swan was eventually caught after a lengthy chase through the woods, and wrestling match in which Officer Lee finally won. The swan was transported to the Garrison Animal Hospital for evaluation. Officer Lee attended training in St. Paul this past week. The two day training was for recertification as an instructor in aerosol chemical weapons. This training is given to other Conservation Officers each year in in-service trainings as part of the Use of Force Program completed by officers.

CO Amber Peterson (McGregor) reports activity still high with a second weekend of deer hunters hoping for the best. She checked several groups and worked road hunters. She responded to a call of hunter trespass where a landowner reported that a hunter shot a buck on his hay field. The evidence supported this and the 9-point buck was seized. CO Peterson also responded to a call of a lost juvenile hunter who was later located at their family cabin. She spoke with the family about having a compass and knowing how to use it as well as having a plan in place before heading out into the field.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) reports a busy second week and weekend of the firearms deer season. Numerous hunters were checked and the overall success varied. Enforcement action was taken for hunting deer over bait, take deer without a license, lend/borrow a license, transport a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, take a doe without a lottery permit, fail to register deer, fail to tag deer, trespass, parent allow youth to violate game laws, burn prohibited materials, and one hunter was arrested on a warrant.

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports activity focusing around the firearms deer season. Numerous calls and complaints were responded to including trespassing, shooting deer from public roads and motor vehicles, night hunting, deer shot and left, dumping of deer carcasses, wanton waste, and other suspicious hunting activity. Deer and firearms were seized and enforcement contacts were made for a variety of big game related violations.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked deer hunting trapping and trespass activity during the week. One hunter lost his deer to wolves within a mile of town when he was unable to locate it after dark. A call of a deer through the ice was also received but the deer went down before the officer arrived.

CO Jim Tischler (Cuyuna Country State Rec. Area) monitored deer and waterfowl hunting in the Cuyuna Country SRA, Pillsbury State Forest and Brainerd lakes area. He investigated trespass and shooting complaints. He also investigated vandalism in the Cuyuna Country State Rec. Area and handle injured animal complaints.

CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) worked on deer hunting enforcement this past week. Complaints reported and investigated were hunting over bait, shooting after hours, over limit, trespass and carcass dumping. He checked duck and goose hunters and the report was poor. One group of hunters had to break mile of ice to get to their hunting spot. Anglers that went out had fair success. Walleye and northern were the most active. He worked on a Snowmobile complaint of a careless driver in Baxter a citation was issued. A complaint of trapping in the city of Brainerd was investigated. Reports of vehicles on closed trails in the Pillsbury Forest were investigated. He worked invasive species enforcement on Gull Lake checking anglers and duck hunters.