CO Tony Flerlage (Crosby) wrapped up the firearms deer season with snowy weather and low deer numbers seen. Some parties had more success than others, with a number of nice bucks killed. Generally, the talk from hunters was they were enjoying the hunt and camaraderie regardless of the deer shot. He addressed a few issues of ATV use during closed hours of deer season.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (CCSRA) reports working the last week of the firearms deer season. A few hunters were out trying to bag a deer and a few small-game hunters were also seen. Fitzgerald patrolled the state recreation area for park permits and illegal vehicle activity and for signs of people on closed trails. Outdoor law-related questions were fielded and a few car-killed deer permits were issued.
CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) continued training with COC Brown on Step 4 of field training. They saw hunting activity pick up as the weather got better for deer hunting. Enforcement actions included taking a deer overlimit, violations of the deer-feeding ban, transporting a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, and a site tag validation violation.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked firearms deer activity with a focus on baiting and individuals who choose to shoot from the road. He requested Aviation Unit assistance with an ongoing case involving corn, oats and pumpkins. Photographs should be invaluable with CWD feeding ban, baiting, blaze orange and ATV registration charges. A trespass complaint was handled, as was an individual who was burning furniture. He also reassured a widow who had chased an ermine out of her house with a hammer.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked big-game and waterfowl enforcement this past week. Enforcement action was taken on a hunter who purchased a license and didn’t wait the required period of time prior to harvesting a deer. A baiting investigation was also completed. Guida assisted the Aviation Unit as a tactical flight officer with active hunting and baiting investigations. Lending/borrowing license investigations have started.
CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) worked several deer-hunting cases this past week as deer season wrapped up. She encountered several deer that were not yet registered, were not properly tagged or didn’t have the tag properly validated. She also worked lending/borrowing or illegal party hunting cases, as well as baiting cases. There were several contacts of permanent deer stands on state land, and decorative forestry product thefts were worked.
CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) patrolled Cass and Crow Wing counties for hunting activity. Numerous waterfowl and deer hunters were checked throughout the past week. Enforcement action was taken for numerous waterfowl and big-game violations.