District 9 Conservation Officer Reports
CO Chelsey Best (Pequot Lakes) took enforcement action this week for various ATV-related violations. Other violations included no small-game license, unplugged gun, unsigned stamp, transporting loaded firearms and burning prohibited materials. Reports of unattended decoys and operating motor vehicles in public waters were also handled.
CO Nate Benkofske (McGregor) reports checking bear, grouse, and duck hunters in the area. Mixed bags of ducks were seen in most areas. A mallard/widgeon cross was seen in a local hunter?s bag as well. Forgetting life jackets and not knowing which species hunters are shooting at continues to be a problem. Benkofske also returned a dock segment to a camp on Big Sandy that had floated away in a storm and become a hazard to other boaters.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd East) patrolled for migratory waterfowl hunting and sport fishing. Hunters had varied success for ducks. Complaints were fielded regarding the new sunset close time vs. the traditional 4 p.m. closure. Assistance was given to a couple of individuals in determining who owned the cattle that were showing up on their game cameras and impacting their archery deer hunting.
CO Eric Sullivan (Brainerd) worked a wide variety of activity this past week. Area archery hunters are reporting good success and looking forward to some cooler weather. A large number of waterfowl hunters were out the opening morning of waterfowl season. Also, area anglers reported that fishing was very good. Sullivan encountered a wide variety of violations that included angling without a license, hunting big game without a license, unplugged shotgun, possession of toxic shot and no life jackets.
CO Amber Ladd (Aitkin) worked small-game and waterfowl-hunting activity. She also patrolled ATV activity in the area and contacted several juveniles who were operating illegally. Several trespass calls were responded to as deer hunters are beginning to put up stands and small-game hunters are afield.