CO Jim Guida (Brainerd 2) worked big game hunting activity, sport fishing enforcement, and background investigations. Officer Guida cautioned anglers that were fishing on thin ice and reminded them that no fish is worth drowning for or worth risking the safety of the public/responders in a rescue attempt. The firearms deer season was worked in Aitkin County with numerous hunters checked and assistance was given on a trespassing complaint. Road hunting complaints were fielded. Officer Guida also started work on a background investigation on a conservation officer applicant.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked firearms deer and related ATV activity. Trespass and hunter harassment calls were also addressed.
CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) reports continued work on big game cases finding untagged deer and unregistered deer amongst other violations. She also observed a couple of anglers testing out the ice in various locations. The ice is thin and many areas are still open.
CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) reports working waterfowl and big game hunters throughout the week. Deer hunters reported fair success as waterfowl hunters reported little success as numerous lakes started to freeze over. Enforcement action was taken for failure to validate/tag deer, illegal party hunting, and hunt in a closed area. Assistance was also given to local law enforcement agencies with calls for service.
CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) continued big game investigations and completed paperwork on big game cases. Reports of hunters shooting from the road, hunter harassment, and deer carcasses being dumped also came in. CO Sullivan also attended court on an impaired operation of an ATV and fleeing case in Cass County.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Cuyuna SRA) reports working the last week and weekend of the 100 series firearms deer season. Calls regarding trespassing, hunting during closed season, and car kill deer permits were fielded. Patrol was done in the SRA for dumping and illegal ATV use. A call regarding drug paraphernalia being dumped in the SRA was taken and many outdoor law related questions were fielded. Assistance was given to a local agency on a kayak floating on an area lake and calls regarding dumped deer carcasses were taken.