District 9 - Brainerd area

CO Scott Fitzgerald (CCSRA) reports checking deer hunters throughout the past week and weekend. He saw a few deer that were harvested. He fielded calls for car-killed deer permits and a road-killed bobcat, and investigated deer-baiting complaints and hunter harassment. Fitzgerald patrolled the SRA for illegal vehicle activity and checked for park passes. A few anglers were checked and Fitzgerald warns anglers about the unpredictability of ice conditions and the associated dangers.

CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) and COC Mikeena Mattson worked big-game enforcement throughout the past week. Fewer hunters were encountered and hunter success varied. Enforcement action was taken this past week for hunting deer over bait, no blaze orange, no big-game license in possession, CWD feeding/attractants ban violations, hunter harassment, trespassing, and public waters violations.

CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) continued working deer-hunting activity and began to see some ice angling on area lakes. Deer hunter numbers and success decreased as the season went on. Ice conditions on area lakes are poor due to warm weather and rain. Several lakes still have large amounts of open water.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) worked a busy final week and weekend of the firearms deer season. Hunters reported mixed success throughout Crow Wing and Cass counties. Enforcement action was taken for numerous violations.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked the firearms deer season. Some small-game hunters were found. Calls of trespassing were investigated.