District 9 - Brainerd area

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd East) fielded numerous informational calls this past week regarding deer hunting and trespassing. Guida worked with DNR Wildlife on getting information to the public regarding the CWD testing requirements and what hunters are to expect during the firearms deer season. Guida checked waterfowl activity on area station lakes. Small ponds are freezing up, moving migrants to bigger or flowing water.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) patrolled for ATV and waterfowl-hunting activity during the week. McGowan also received numerous questions on this year’s upcoming firearms deer season, and CWD testing requirements. Waterfowl hunters reported limited success as most small bodies of water are starting to freeze.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (CCSRA) reports checking the park and surrounding are for small- and big-game hunting activity. He took calls regarding car-killed deer permits and trespassing complaints. Time was spent patrolling the park for illegal vehicle activity and for park permits. He also did some follow up on a case that involved park property. Enforcement action was taken for park violations.

CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) worked deer-hunting activities related to trespassing, baiting and shining. Sullivan fielded several questions about the upcoming deer season. Enforcement time was also spent with ATVs, small-game hunting and trapping. Sullivan also assisted with a ground search for suspects in a burglary.

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports checking waterfowl- and deer-hunting activity, working shining and suspicious hunting complaints, assisting a stranded boater with a heart condition in a disabled boat get off the lake on a cold night, and handling numerous questions and issues regarding the upcoming firearms deer season. Deer hunters are reminded that mandatory CWD testing is required by law for all deer taken during the entire upcoming firearms deer season in this area, as well as the remaining muzzleloader and archery seasons. Self-service and staffed test sampling stations are located locally at the Croft Mine parking lot, Emily Fire Department, and the Aitkin and Brainerd Wildlife offices. For more information, please check pages 63-68 of the 2019 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations booklet.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling, watercraft, trapping and hunting activity. A complaint of moving a bog without a permit was also taken and investigated.

CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) and COC Mikeena Mattson worked ATV, small-game hunting, big-game hunting, and trapping activity. Numerous complaints were investigated, including a wetland violation. Enforcement action was taken this past week for illegal ATV operation within the road right-of-way, unregistered ATV, failure to transfer ATV ownership, and ATV operation/wetlands violation.