District 9 - Brainerd area

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd East) worked big-game, migratory waterfowl, and sport fishing enforcement this past week. Anglers were checked on an area lake with limits of crappies. A lost hunter was located in a neighboring station at the conclusion of the early antlerless season. The lost hunter signaled to officers by firing his hunting rifle numerous times. A Police K9 and the county’s drone also assisted with the call. A migratory bird hunter was checked coming off a heavily populated lake in possession of numerous shotgun buck shot and slug cartridges. Enforcement action was taken. A call of late shots was investigated and it turned out to be an 11-year-old deer hunter and her neighbor finishing off a wounded deer.

CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) and COC Calie Kunst had a very busy work week with MEA weekend and the youth deer-hunting opener. Multiple TIP calls were taken and worked as well, including shooting waterfowl after hours and hunting out of season. There were many ATV riders out this past weekend, too. Contacts were made with the riders and they were educated on the need to display valid registration and when a juvenile can legally operate an ATV.

CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) observed a wide variety of outdoor recreational activities this past week. Sullivan worked deer-hunting activity and responded to calls of trespassing, reckless discharge of a firearm and illegally taking big game. ATV activity was also high due to exceptional weather.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) patrolled for angling and waterfowl-hunting activity throughout the week. He also checked numerous deer hunters during the early antlerless season. Enforcement action was taken for numerous violations.

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports activity this past week of working waterfowl and early antlerless/youth deer-hunting activity, a special enforcement detail in the Crane Lake area, and investigating reports of suspicious hunting activity. Confusion over the regulations and licensing was found in nearly every group checked during the early antlerless/youth firearms deer season. Numerous enforcement contacts were made for violations including no waterfowl stamps or HIP certification, transporting loaded guns in motor vehicles, miscellaneous ATV registration and operation, and possession of marijuana. A reminder to area deer hunters that mandatory CWD testing is required in this area for all deer taken in any season.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (CCSRA) reports checking small- and big-game hunters over the weekend, as well as a few anglers. Time was spent patrolling the SRA for illegal ATV and hunting activity. He handled several calls for service that included big game, nuisance animals, assistance to local agencies and possession permits. Enforcement action was taken for park violations.