District 9 - Brainerd area

Last updated: 2015-10-06

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports focusing on waterfowl enforcement. Numerous waterfowl hunters were checked and complaints of duck hunter harassment and illegal decoys were investigated with enforcement contacts made for toxic shot, overlimit of wood ducks, no small game license or HIP certification, no PFDs in duck boats, and decoys left unattended illegally. Other activity included investigation of deer baiting and a TIP call resulting in enforcement for fishing illegally.

CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) reports that he worked on fishing enforcement this last week. The bite continues to be slow. He checked boats for AIS, violation detected were weed on the trailer and zebra mussel attached to the weeds. He also worked on a report of a dock service provider. The complaint was the provider had been hauling lifts from Gull Lake without cleaning the sediment, weed and zebra mussel off of boat lifts. Complaints of vehicles on closed trails in the Pillsbury forest and people shooting in restricted areas were investigated. He worked on complaints of persons cutting aquatic vegetation with weed rollers without a permit.

CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) took calls of a person removing a beaver dam and lodge, dogs chasing deer, a gunshot after dark, and of a person lost in a large wildlife management area. Several people reported a large pile of household trash dumped on public land. The people responsible were found and are cleaning the mess up as part of the consequences.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) attended a public meeting and answered questions regarding aquatic invasive species. An enforcement detail was worked with a neighboring Officer which led to enforcement action. Officer Guida also investigated a hunting deer over bait and the violator, if apprehended, faces revocation, substantial fines, and loss of archery equipment. One group of hunters checked ended up watching ducks all morning instead of hunting since a limited gas supply did not allow them to retrieve their forgotten shotguns in the truck.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) monitored waterfowl hunting throughout the week. CO McGowan also assisted in training activities at Camp Ripley with the new CO academy class. Enforcement action was taken for waterfowl violations.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked bear, archery deer, angling and waterfowl enforcement during the week. Trespass and property line concerns were also addressed.

CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) made several contacts this week on the water with anglers. She also spoke with several small game and archery hunters. Duck and small game hunters had to work hard for their birds but all were in agreement that you can?t beat the weather.