District 9 Conservation Officer Reports
CO Amber Ladd (Aitkin) continued to stay busy with several trespass-related questions and complaints in the area. Ladd worked a couple of deer-bait complaints and continued work on a background investigation for the next CO Academy.
CO Chelsey Best (Pequot Lakes) worked fall hunting, fishing and ATV activity this week. Enforcement action was taken for no helmets on juveniles, registration issues, transporting loaded firearms and staying longer than allowed in the forest. Assistance was also provided with an ATV crash with injuries.
CO Nate Benkofske (McGregor) reports checking duck and small-game hunters in the area. Warmer weather has not pushed duck migrations from farther-north areas yet. Enforcement action was taken for no small-game license, no PFDs, lead shot while waterfowl hunting, and unplugged shotguns.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd East) worked waterfowl-hunting enforcement and big-game hunting enforcement this week. The Central Zone was closed for duck hunting and was monitored for activity. Compliance was good. Deer-hunting activity has picked up and hunters are reminded to purchase correct licenses and not risk hunting privileges and forfeitures by hunting over a baited area.
CO Eric Sullivan (Brainerd) attended a community outreach event called Touch a Truck. Large trucks and heavy equipment from around the Brainerd last area were on display. Community members who attended were educated on how the equipment is used and had conversations with equipment operators. Sullivan also worked big-game violations that included trespassing and unregistered deer.
CO Tony Flerlage (Crosby) checked anglers on area lakes. Fish seem to be biting well. Duck hunters checked seemed to have less success. The warm weather is not bringing any new birds lately. He investigated a call about a dead swan.