District 9 - Brainerd area
Last updated: 2013-12-03
Conservation Officer Dustie Heaton (Willow River) followed up on firearms deer season investigations. She answered calls regarding trapping regulations and the muzzleloader season. Heaton received after season TIPs of hunting over bait and trespassing issues. Ice anglers are venturing out on area lakes and some nice northern are being seen. Please use the utmost precautions when heading out on the lakes. The ice is still very unpredictable and common sense should be used. No fish is worth losing your life over or endangering the lives of those who will be rescuing you should you go through the ice.
CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) worked the opening of muzzleloader deer season with little activity noted. Several TIP calls were investigated and the Officer assisted with grass fires where someone had set several fires in road ditches in a few hours? time. The first ice anglers of the year reported varied success with panfish the most active. One very smart couple heading out ice fishing for the first time this year turned around and headed back to shore after finding only a few inches of ice. They said it wasn?t worth the risk for a few fish.
CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) spoke to muzzleloader hunters who were reporting slow activity. Officer Lee also followed up on cases from the Firearms Deer Season. Office Lee spoke to the Eagle View Elementary 3rd Grade Class about duties of a Conservation Officer, wildlife in the area, and about Trumpeter Swans. Officer Lee also received information on possible northern pike over limits being taken. Information was given to the Officer whose area this was occurring in.
CO Jim Tischler (Cuyuna Country State Rec. Area) monitored muzzleloader deer hunting activity in the Cuyuna Country State Rec. Area, Pillsbury State Forest and Brainerd area Wildlife Mgmt. Areas. He also checked ice anglers on area lakes and assisted a deer that was stuck on the ice on Red Sand Lake in Baxter.
CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) worked muzzleloader deer hunting opener. Violations of trespass, untagged deer were found. Complaints of vehicles on closed trails in the Pillsbury Forest were investigated. A complaint of road hunters for grouse was investigated. Ice anglers were out and are catching some fish the ice conditions are poor and inconsistent. Reports of double trippers and anglers using extra lines received enforcement time.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) prepared water/ice rescue equipment for use on ice rescues. Winterizing of station patrol watercraft was performed. Officer Guida followed up for a shooting complaint that resulted in multiple charges.
McGregor - vacant.
Pine River - vacant.