Conservation Officer Reports
CO Tony Flerlage (Crosby) took complaints of trespassing throughout the past week. Deer hunters had a mixed week, with few deer seen on the weekend but good numbers on the weekdays. Dumped deer carcasses on the roadside was seen too frequently.
CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) stayed busy this past week continuing to work deer-season cases. Ladd had several contacts involving loaded firearms in motor vehicles, untagged deer, tags not validated, trespass and shooting from roadways. She worked several baiting cases. Ladd fielded several questions and, like every deer season in Aitkin County, is investigating a wetland violation.
CO Chelsey Best (Crosslake) took enforcement action this past week for trapping issues, transporting loaded guns, baited stands, hunter harassment, trespass, operating motor vehicles on closed trails, and timber theft. Hunter success was slow to start during the warmer days, and has since picked up with the change in weather.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked the busy firearms deer season. Numerous hunters were contacted. They were having varying success. One hunter in the moments before sunset was able to take three deer out of one herd. The hunter told Guida the moment of the harvest ?got pretty wild.? Guida interviewed a suspect in a shooting from the roadway/trespass complaint where a rifle and a fawn that was shot were seized in the violation. The poacher faces substantial fines, forfeiture of equipment, and loss of hunting privileges if convicted. Numerous other enforcement actions were taken over the past week.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked firearms deer-hunting activity. Three incidents of shooting from the roadway are being investigated.
CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) worked a busy second weekend of the firearms deer season, and time was spent checking late-season waterfowl hunters. Deer hunters are reporting decent success throughout Cass and Crow Wing counties. Enforcement action was taken for numerous deer- and waterfowl-hunting violations.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (CCSRA) reports checking deer hunters throughout the week and weekend. Calls of trespassing, illegal recreational vehicle activity, and dumped deer carcasses were fielded. He checked the state recreation area for illegal vehicle activity and also for park passes. Many outdoor law-related questions were fielded during the week and stands left in the SRA overnight were investigated.
CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) started Step 4 of field training COC Brown. They saw a quieter weekend of deer hunting this past weekend. Enforcement actions included possession of marijuana, not registering deer within the 48-hour timeframe, transporting loaded firearms in a motor vehicle, and ATV illegal operation.