District 9 - Brainerd area

CO (Conservation Officer) Amber Ladd (McGregor) reports high activity this past week with the youth deer, waterfowl and bear seasons, as well as turkey and small-game hunting also going on. Ladd is training in a new CO candidate and worked several complaints of trespass and fielded several questions for the upcoming deer season.

CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) worked ATV activity in the Foothills State Forest and assisted with an accident with injuries. Sullivan also worked big-game activity in the area. Area lakes have seen a decrease in activity due to the cooler weather.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) began a field training assignment with COC (Conservation Officer Candidate) Stephen Westby this past week. Sport-fishing activity and big-game hunting activity were monitored. Baiting complaints and illegal posting of public property were investigated. Enforcement action was taken. Reports of hunters shooting antlered deer during the antlerless-only season were investigated.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) patrolled Cass and Crow Wing county lakes for waterfowl and angling activity. McGowan also checked early antlerless deer hunters. Enforcement action was taken for a walleye overlimit and numerous other angling and waterfowl violations.

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CO Chelsey Best (Crosslake) worked a busy MEA weekend. The weather made it interesting for hunters and ATV riders. Cases were made for taking a buck during the antlerless hunt, failure to validate, failure to register, operating on a closed trail, littering and expired ATV registration. Several other baiting cases remain under investigation.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (CCSRA) reports checking the park for deer hunters during the early antlerless and youth season over the weekend. Time was also spent checking waterfowl and small-game hunters as well. He answered lots of outdoor law-related questions and issued car-killed deer permits. Patrol was done for illegal ATV activity and several ATVs were found on the park property illegally. Fitzgerald also spent time checking for state park permits on vehicles. Lots of vehicles were contacted on the new Overlook lot that did not have a permit. Park-goers should be reminded that anywhere in a state park a permit is needed on your vehicle even to drive through a state park. Fitzgerald also checked several late-season trout anglers on area trout lakes. Enforcement action for the past week included various park violations and also ATV violations.

CO Tony Flerlage (Crosby) spent time checking duck hunters. The colder weather has brought a few new birds to the area. He worked a detail in the Finland area, checking ATVs and grouse hunters. Many grouse were being seen with the leaves gone from the trees. Hunters were out taking advantage of the early antlerless and youth deer seasons.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling, small-game, waterfowl and deer-hunting activity. Time was also spent training and covering the youth deer hunt on the local radio station.