District 9 - Brainerd area

Last updated: 2016-09-26

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd #2) patrolled area lakes during the busy opening weekend of waterfowl season. Numerous hunter groups were checked with the most prevalent duck species in the bag being wood ducks. Officer Guida seized a protected species migratory bird from an individual that shot it and took enforcement action. Other enforcement included unplugged guns, no license in possession, and unsigned stamps.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling, archery, grouse and waterfowl hunting. Opening day waterfowl hunters averaged .5 birds. Sunday numbers went up to 1.25 birds. A couple of traditional waterfowl WMA?s didn?t have a hunter on them on Sunday.

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports activity this week focusing on the waterfowl opener. The waterfowl opener was un-eventful as hunter numbers afield were found to be the lowest in memory for an opener, and numbers of ducks taken and reported to be seen by those checked were equally as low. Pothole wood ducks were about the only best thing going. The bright spot on the opening weekend was that hunters checked were found to be in excellent law compliance.

CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) followed up on deer baiting cases from last week, with a second location found being baited by the same party. Officer Lee also answered questions on the upcoming waterfowl season. Officer Lee received complaints of party?s possible hunting in the Crosslake Refuge. No parties were located.

CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked deer, small game and waterfowl hunters. Officer Hunter received information of a possible trapping violation. Officer Hunter responded to a call of a swan shot. A reminder to those going outside Minnesota to hunt big game, a new rule has been put in effect not allowing any brain matter or any part of the spine to be transported to Minnesota. Meat and skull plate, free of any brain matter, will be allowed. Explanation of the new language is covered on page 62 of the 2016 MN Hunting Regulation book.

CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) worked the waterfowl opener and checked grouse hunters. Wood ducks and teal were the majority of ducks seen in the bags, and grouse hunters were reporting seeing birds but not getting many due to the many leaves still on the trees. Violations observed included hunting without a valid license, transport a loaded firearm in motor vehicle, no federal duck stamps, and operate ATVs in a wetland.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) worked a busy opening weekend of the waterfowl season. Numerous waterfowl hunters were checked, and most reported a slow success rate. Enforcement action was taken for numerous violations.

CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) reports that he worked on fishing enforcement this past week. The anglers are out and the fall bite is picking up. Waterfowl opener went well, good numbers of hunters and a fair amount of ducks. Most common duck in the bag was wood duck and the mallard was a close second. No State or Federal stamp and PFD violations were found. He checked grouse hunters and the report was poor. The hunters explained there is still too many leaves on trees to see all of the birds they flushed. The archery hunters report the deer are becoming more active with the cooler weather. He worked AIS enforcement. Violations he observed were water in ballast tanks and duck hunters not pulling the plug in there duck boat. Nuisance bear complaints in Baxter and Pillager are coming in and continue to be a significant issue.

Cuyuna SRA - vacant.