Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 9 - Brainerd area

Last updated: 2017-12-11

CO Tim Collette (Crosslake) monitored trapping activity and checked ice anglers. Enforcement activity included angling without a license, expired ATV and snowmobile registrations, fail to tend traps, unmarked traps and snares, and illegally set traps.

CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) noted that ice has slowly been forming on most lakes, however the ice thickness is unpredictable. Ice anglers have ventured out on North Long Lake, Gull, and Crow Wing River. Spear fishermen have had some success and so have the anglers. He checked some rabbit hunters and the harvest was low. Muzzleloader deer hunters were checked, there were a few successful hunters this week but deer activity has slowed according to some hunters. Reports of deer carcass dumping and unregistered deer were investigated.

CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) worked the last weekend of muzzleloader hunting. Hunters in the area reported not seeing much deer movement and limited success. Investigation included illegal taking of big game, trespass, and transporting loaded firearms. Many anglers are traveling by foot onto area lakes and getting the ice fishing season started. A background investigation is also ongoing.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) patrolled for late season deer hunting and ice fishing activity. Ice anglers are finding ice conditions to be varying in consistency and anglers are urged to use caution. CO McGowan also assisted other law enforcement agencies with calls for service.

CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) worked a late season baiting case, assisted with firearms training at Camp Ripley, and checked early ice anglers. Some anglers were on ATVs in areas with six inches of ice where there was open water nearby. CO Ladd cautioned anglers and reminded them the ice was unpredictable and with all the recent high winds, weak in some areas.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd 2) worked a background investigation and Use of Force training at Camp Ripley. Officer Guida assisted the Wildlife division with furbearer registration day. Car injured deer permits were also issued.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling, spearing, muzzleloader and trapping activity. Training was attended, questions were answered on the local radio station, and incidental fisher were handled. A deer feeding complaint was also handled.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Cuyuna SRA) reports patrolling the SRA for park violations and for any fishing activity. The officer also gave a Law and Ethics presentation at the Crosby Snowmobile Safety Class where 15 students received their safety certificate. Lots of outdoor law related questions were fielded and calls of car kill deer permit and injured deer were fielded. Time was also spent with SRA staff in gathering information about upcoming events in the park.