District 9 - Brainerd area

Last updated: 2014-10-29

CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) checked grouse hunters and fall anglers, and worked areas of reported deer shining activity. Calls of a deer that had been shot found on the Paul Bunyan Trail, shots fired at deer on a field after dark and a dead buck with just the head removed were investigated.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) checked anglers and hunters during the week. Enforcement contacts included illegal length walleyes and insufficient PFDs on 52 degree water. A group of teenage waterfowl hunters checked by the officer decided to stash a shotgun under their decoys in the bottom of their boat upon seeing the officer. One of the young hunters was without a Federal Waterfowl Stamp, had a previous contact over the same issue and said he was just watching. It didn?t sit well with the officer when the loaded gun was dug out with the safety off. The officer also assisted with an eagle hit by a car. The bird seemed to recover amazingly well and it was brought to the Garrison Animal Hospital for care.

CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) checked anglers this past week who were reporting a so-so bite. Officer Lee followed up on cases for hunting inside a game refuge, and hunting waterfowl after legal shooting hours. Officer Lee also received a call of a wolf killing a dog. The complaint was investigated and it was confirmed that the dog had been killed by a wolf. Officer Lee also spoke to an individual about beaver doing damage to trees on their property. The property was advised of options and a local trapper will be assisting the landowners. Officer reminds waterfowl hunters that if they are hunting from a watercraft on water they need to have a Life Jacket for each person on board. A floatable cushion or ring does not count as a life jacket. Enforcement action was taken this past week for insufficient PFDs, unsigned federal waterfowl stamp, no trapping license, and untagged traps.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) checked waterfowl hunters throughout Cass and Crow Wing counties. Waterfowl hunters are reporting limited success. CO McGowan also followed-up on TIP calls, and prepared documents for an upcoming court trial.

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports activity included waterfowl, small game, and big game hunting enforcement, issuing disability permits, investigating suspicious hunting activity complaints, and checking for early water sets.

CO Amber Peterson (McGregor) had a busy week with waterfowl hunting, fall angling, as well as turkey, small game and archery deer hunting all underway plus high ATV activity around her station. Unfortunately, CO Peterson also handled a case at Savanna State Park where a participant in the special youth hunt chose road hunting as the method of choice for bagging a buck. The father and son were unable to locate the deer but with the assistance of her dog and a helpful civilian, she located the buck which was badly wounded. CO Peterson was able to dispatch the deer. Enforcement action was taken and the deer was seized and gifted to a local family.