District 9 - Brainerd area

Last updated: 2014-10-21

CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) saw lots of people out enjoying the nice weather for the MEA weekend. Small game hunters, duck hunters and anglers were checked. Time was also spent checking boats coming off area lakes for aquatic invasive species and call of deer shining and deer baiting were investigated.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) checked small game hunters and migratory waterfowl hunters. Officer Guida worked on a background investigation. A firearm that was seized as evidence in a late shooting complaint was returned to the owner. The owner paid a substantial fine for not paying attention to his watch. Hunters are reminded to acquire licenses early and also plan on sighting in rifles prior to the five days before and two days after firearm afield restriction.

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. He checked grouse hunters and the report was poor. AIS concerns were reported by DNR inspectors. He received a complaint of a duck hunter leaving an infested water without pulling the plug on his boat. The hunter?s boat did not have a plug and the hunter had done his best to empty the water. He worked on duck hunting enforcement and a tip of afterhours shooting. He worked with neighboring CO Halverson and violations of unsigned stamps, no small game license and after hours shooting violation were found. The archery hunters report the deer hunting is getting better and the deer are on the move searching for food. He worked with neighboring CO Tischler in the Pillsbury forest checking small game hunters and horse passes.

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports that two very ethical and concerned waterfowl hunters who observed an individual shoot, injure, and fail to make any effort to retrieve a downed Trumpeter Swan did the right thing and reported the violation. The reporting hunters went further in assisting the officer with details in locating the violator, and capturing the injured swan. The violator now faces a mandatory court appearance, fines and restitution in excess of $1,000, and confiscation of a nice shotgun. The injured swan was taken to the Wild and Free wildlife rehabilitation program at the Garrison Animal Hospital for treatment and hopeful rehabilitation to be returned to the wild. Trumpeter Swans are a species of special concern as they are protected under state and federal law as threatened/endangered. Other activity included waterfowl enforcement and response to issues of nuisance beaver. Other enforcement contacts were made for waterfowl hunters with unplugged shotgun, no PFDs, and leaving decoys out unattended illegally.

CO Amber Peterson (McGregor) assisted with the Camp Ripley archery hunt and worked area waters for anglers and duck hunters. Several small game hunters were contacted many finding more success now that more leaves have been falling.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) checked waterfowl hunters in Cass and Crow Wing counties. CO McGowan also responded to several TIP calls. Numerous questions were also answered regarding the upcoming firearms deer season.

CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) spoke to anglers this past week with good reports on area lakes. Officer Lee spoke to waterfowl hunters who were reporting slow activity with not many birds in the area. Officer Lee received a complaint of a possible waters violation. Upon investigation it appears a large amount of sand was dumped into the lake creating a peninsula into the lake. Further investigation will continue with DNR waters and the city of Crosslake. Officer Lee also received a call of a boat transporting zebra mussels into an access and attempting to launch the watercraft. The party was contacted and citation issued.