District 9 - Brainerd area

Last updated: 2015-09-28

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports investigation of deer baiting and trespass complaints, and work focusing around the waterfowl season opener. Opening day success was found to be good amongst hunters checked with mallards, wood ducks, and teal being the most common birds in the bag. Enforcement contacts were made for possessing toxic shot and insufficient PFDs.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked the migratory bird opener. Numerous groups were checked and license/stamp violations were detected and other hunting violations were addressed. Officer Guida contacted a group of hunters who had capsized their watercraft while in route to their hunting location. The small Jon boat was carelessly overloaded with a large homemade hunting platform that the hunters were going to place on public ground, numerous decoys, shotguns, shells, and a hunting dog. In addition to other violations, there was only one personal floatation device. Luckily, other observing hunters were able to offer assistance to the group.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked the fall hunting seasons throughout the week. Lots of shooting was heard coming from the waterfowl hunters. Based on observations about half of it was for birds out of range. Trespass complaints were also handled. Assistance was also given to the Sheriff?s Department with a lost hunter call which had a good ending. The group of twenty hunters had one compass amongst them.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) reports a busy waterfowl opening weekend. Numerous hunters were checked and the average bag limit per group was about four birds. Law enforcement action was taken for several violations.

CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) checked grouse and waterfowl hunters. The officer received a TIP call of duck hunters shooting long after the 4pm closing time. The officer was able to intercept three youths after they finally picked up their decoys and headed to shore long after dark. The teenagers did not have required licenses, did not have any life jackets on the boat, and had unplugged shotguns in addition to not only shooting after legal hours, but also long after dark. The youth?s parents were back at the house, oblivious to it all. The youths got a much needed educational lecture on hunting laws and safety, and the parents got a citation for allowing the illegal behavior.

CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) 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 lights, no PFD and no State of Federal stamp violations were found. He checked grouse hunters and the report was poor. The hunters explained that 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 with AIS inspectors on Gull checking boats and lake service providers. Violations were water in ballast tanks and duck hunters not pulling the plug in there duck boat.