District 9 - Brainerd area
CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) investigated a shoreline-alteration violation on Gull Lake. He also worked waterfowl hunters and enforcement action was taken for transporting a loaded firearm. Deer-hunting activity was high this past week with several archery hunters in the area and other hunters getting prepared for the firearms deer opener.
CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) worked waterfowl and big-game hunters throughout the past week. Waterfowl hunters are finding icy conditions and numerous small lakes are frozen over. Enforcement action was taken for numerous waterfowl-hunting violations.
CO Tony Flerlage (Crosby) answered calls about trespassing and deer baiting and issued permits for car-killed deer. There are lots of ducks in the area. The warm weather has kept water open for duck hunters. Bowhunters have been in the field and seeing good deer movement.
CO Chelsey Best (Crosslake) worked various enforcement types this past week, including small-game and archery deer hunters, who saw very limited successes. Waterfowl-hunter and trapping checks were also conducted. Baiting and trespassing cases remain under investigation.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling, waterfowl, grouse and archery activity. A timber-trespass complaint was worked and an injured swan was captured and brought in for rehab.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked with COC Stephen Westby this past week. An archery deer hunter, hunting with a permitted crossbow, was checked afield hunting over a baited area. The hunter had a crossbow and a handgun seized for this violation. The hunter faces a one-year license revocation from the date of conviction, a hefty fine, and forfeiture of firearm/archery equipment used in the violation.