District 9 - Brainerd area

Last updated: 2014-09-30

CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) continued with field training with a Conservation Officer Candidate. The Officers checked small game hunters with limited success being reported by hunters. Officers also checked anglers who were reporting walleye activity picking up along with pan fish. Officers attended Student Success Day at Central Lakes College. Officers gave a presentation to a packed house on Conservation Officer duties, hiring process to become a Conservation Officer, and a Q & A on laws. Officers also worked the opening duck hunting season with good numbers of ducks harvested in the area. Officers remind hunters to check and make sure plugs are placed in their firearms before hunting migratory game birds. Enforcement action was taken this past week for hunting migratory game birds with an unplugged gun, insufficient PFDs, and no waterfowl licenses or stamp.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked a busy waterfowl hunting opener. Numerous contacts were made with hunters. Violations included unplugged shotguns, shooting before legal hours, no license in possession, unsigned stamps, and hunter harassment. One hunter indicated that in the fall of 1984 Conservation Officer Gary Guida (Retired) issued him what he thought was his last violation.

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports activity focusing around the duck season opener. Numerous hunters were checked with mixed success averaging about two birds per hunting party, mostly wood ducks and mallards. Compliance was found to be very good with duck hunters, a few enforcement contacts were made for no PFDs, possession of toxic shot, and licenses not in possession.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) reports a busy waterfowl opening weekend. Numerous hunters were checked and most hunters had fair success with wood ducks and teal being the most common in the bag. Enforcement action was taken for license/stamp violations, possess toxic shot while waterfowl hunting, unplugged guns, duck over-limit, and watercraft safety violations.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked many outdoor activities with a focus on waterfowl. Wood ducks were the main bird in the bag. Most hunters still need to work on waterfowl identification.

CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) worked on fishing enforcement this past week. The anglers are out and the fall bite is picking up. Waterfowl opener went well good numbers of hunters and a fair amount of ducks. Most common duck in the bag was wood duck and the mallard was a close second. No lights, no PFD, and no state or federal stamp violations were found. He checked grouse hunters and the report was poor. The hunters explained that is still too many leaves on trees to see all of the birds they flushed. The archery hunters report the deer are becoming more active with the cooler weather. He worked with neighboring on vehicles operating on closed roads in the Pillsbury Forest. The complaints of litter and garbage dumping continue to come in.

CO Amber Peterson (McGregor) reports working a busy duck opener with most hunters finding some success along with several mosquito bites. CO Peterson left the duck ponds and checked jet skis and anglers out on area lakes where several folks were out enjoying the warm weather. Several small game hunters were out and CO Peterson also checked some bear baits, one that was abandoned but non-biodegradable materials were left behind.