District 9 - Brainerd area

Last updated: 2014-11-25

CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) followed up on cases from the 200 series deer season, helped out with 100 series zones still open and checked early season ice anglers. Although some lakes have good ice, others are still open or have thin ice. Reports were heard of a couple of trucks falling through the ice when they drove onto the edge of the lake.

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports activity including follow work on firearms deer season cases, and assisting the sheriff?s department in the investigation of an incident where a bullet from a deer hunter?s high power rifle was found to have entered an occupied residence.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked ice fishing, trapping and deer hunting activity. A grandfather is facing charges after allowing his 8 year old grandson to shoot a high powered rifle across the vehicle from the passenger seat while on the roadway. Another hunting party spent hours tracking down a wounded deer, waiting for enforcement assistance and seeking adjoining landowner?s permission in an attempt to recover the animal. By chance it crossed the Mississippi on good ice and willing landowners allowed the pursuit to continue. Their ethical/legal decisions were rewarded with a nice young buck on the final day of the season.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked on equipment this week as well as the monitoring of public land use. A couple of deer stands left on Aquatic Management Areas were called in and were marked for enforcement action and removal. Officer Guida received a complaint of timber trespass and illegal motor vehicle activity on the Gilbert Lake AMA. The violator is subject to restitution of the firewood and a fine. A shooting from a motor vehicle violation was also charged out in a Hubbard County.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) checked deer hunters on the last week and weekend of the rifle season. Numerous hunters were out and reported limited success. Time was also spent checking ice anglers, and late season waterfowl hunters. Enforcement action was taken for multiple violations.

CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) continued with checking deer hunters in Zone 1 this past week and following up on other open investigations. Officer Lee also spoke to anglers that were venturing out onto the ice. Anglers are reminded that ice conditions are varying from lake to lake, and be very cautious. The anglers and dark house spears were reporting so-so success on area lakes. Officer Lee received a call of a deer being shot in the middle of the road. Follow up investigation into the complaint led parties being issued citations for lending and borrowing deer hunting licenses, and unlawful party hunting. Other enforcement action taken this past week included Failure to Tag deer, Failure to Register deer, and operate ATV during closed hours on public lands.

CO Jim Tischler (Cuyuna Country State Rec. Area) monitored deer hunting in the Cuyuna Country SRA and assisted the Hinckley Conservation Officer and Park staff with the St. Croix State Park special deer hunt.

CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) checked anglers and northern spearers. The bite has been slow and the ice unpredictable and dangerous. Reports of double trippers and anglers using extra lines received enforcement time. Violations found were litter and no shelter license. Complaints of vehicles on closed trails and road hunters in the Pillsbury Forest were investigated. Reports of deer carcass dumping in the city of Lake shore were investigated.

CO Amber Peterson (McGregor) reports checking deer hunters the last week of the season, responding to trespassing complaints, and checking a few anglers trying out the early ice. CO Peterson responded to a call of a deer out on the ice on Big Sandy which made its way to shore unassisted. She also assisted an unprepared hunter gut and drag out his buck.