District 9 - Brainerd area

Last updated: 2015-11-24

CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) checked hunters this past week with limited success being reported by hunters. Officer Lee also checked waterfowl hunters with good success being reported early in the week with lots of water freezing up by late this weekend. Officer Lee assisted the Minnesota State Patrol and sheriff?s department with numerous car crashes in the area this past week due to the wintery mix of weather. Officer Lee also assisted with a possible jumper from the Hwy 6 Bridge in Outing. A search was conducted with no one located. Officer Lee received a call from an individual this past week about some suspicious hunters that were possibly hunting with firearms in a closed hunting zone. Officer Lee located the parties with assistance from the Crosslake Police Department. The three individuals were hunting in Section 247, which closed on 11-15-2015. Citations were issued to the parties with further investigation and seizure of firearms possible. Other enforcement actions taken this past week included untagged deer, failure to validate tag, and no hunting license.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked shining, firearms deer hunting and related ATV activity. Trespass complaints were also addressed.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) reports working firearms deer hunters, and late season waterfowl hunters. Waterfowl hunters are starting to see decent ice form on numerous smaller lakes. Enforcement action was taken for unsigned federal duck stamp, no state waterfowl stamp, untagged deer, fail to validate deer tag, and ATV registration issues.

CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) continued to work deer hunters during the last week of the season. Several phone calls were fielded with questions. A couple of baiting cases were investigated and trespass complaints. She also checked a couple of die-hard fisherman and some late season duck hunters.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked migratory waterfowl, trapping, and big game enforcement. Officer Guida assisted with the training of a COC. Officers encountered waterfowl hunters that were cold with minimal success. A work detail was done in the 100 series deer hunting area.