District 9 - Brainerd area

Last updated: 2014-09-16

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked archery, bear and small game activity. ATVs and a call regarding wild rice harvesting were also addressed.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked bear hunting and archery deer hunting enforcement. Deer baiting and shining complaints are being investigated. A complaint of individual arriving late to a fishing tournament and illegally bypassing the watercraft inspection is being investigated. The watercraft inspector indicated that they were nearly run over and the angler became irate and used profanity at the inspector when he was instructed to submit to the inspection. The angler may have a different definition now of tournament fishing earnings.

CO Amber Peterson (McGregor) assisted with firearms training at a district shoot and wildlife shoot. She also worked area archery and small game hunters.

CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) checked small game hunters this past weekend with slow success being reported by hunters. Officer Lee continued with filed training with Conservation Officer Candidates (COC) this past week. Officers followed up possible bear baiting violations along with deer hunting over bait. Officers checked anglers on area lakes that were reporting a good bite on pan fish with walleye starting to pick up. Officer Lee assisted with fall firearms qualifications on duty weapons for Conservation Officers in the Metro area this past week. Officer Lee also assisted with qualifications for the DNR?s Division of Wildlife employees.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) finished up FTO training with a COC on phase two FTO. The officers investigated several TIP calls. CO McGowan also spent time checking goose, bear, small game, archery hunters, and anglers.

CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) station reports there have been a few anglers out trying their luck and the pan fish bite has been getting better. Violation of no license in possession was found. He received a tip call of ATVs in the closed forest that received some enforcement time. The small game hunters were out and had fair success with squirrels. He checked horseback riders for trail passes. He checked goose hunters on the Gull River and in the fields; hunting has been spotty with the geese decoy shy.

CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) checked small game hunters and continued monitoring bear season, where successful reports have been pretty slim. The officer also took a call where a group of hunters had driven their vehicles down a snowmobile trail and were camping and ATVing in the Pillsbury State Forest, which is closed to ATVs, and followed up on an investigation of a person who had shot an illegal length musky off his dock with a compound bow and then brought it to a taxidermist for mounting.