District 9 Conservation Reports
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) patrolled station public lands for archery deer-hunting and small-game/trapping activity. Some squirrel hunters were checked. Guida continued a field training assignment with COC Stephen Westby. Hunting deer over a baited area complaints continue to come in.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) attended training this past week.
CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) and COC Victoria Griffith report high activity this past week. The officers spent time checking small-game, big-game and waterfowl hunting. ATV activity was monitored as well. Enforcement action was taken on ATV, waterfowl and AIS violations.
CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) patrolled Cass and Crow Wing county lakes for angling and waterfowl-hunting activity. McGowan also attended training at Camp Ripley. Numerous questions were fielded regarding the upcoming firearms deer season.
CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) reports deer hunters have been very active hunting and preparing for the firearms season. Due to the increase in hunting activity, Sullivan started receiving property line dispute calls and reports of deer that were taken illegally. Portable stands have also been set up illegally in the area. ATV traffic has decreased and some snowmobilers found snow to ride on this past week. Waterfowl hunters reported the migration has started.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (CCSRA) reports assisting with annual in-service training at Camp Ripley during the past week. He also worked on some follow up on cases in the state recreation area and fielded many outdoor law-related questions.
CO Tony Flerlage (Crosby) attended a training at Camp Ripley. The area received enough snow to see the first snowmobiles of the season. Early snow riders should remember that grant-in-aid trails do not open for use until Dec. 1. Duck hunters checked saw the best days of duck hunting of the season. It will likely be short-lived with cold weather early this week. He issued a few permits for car-killed deer.