Conservation Officer Reports – District 9 (Brainerd area)

Conservation Officer Reports – District 9 (Brainerd area)

November 23, 2022 News News -- KKIN-KFGI-KLKS-WWWI 0

CO Chelsey Best (Pequot Lakes) wrapped up investigations from the deer and bear seasons. Enforcement action was taken for deer- and waterfowl-related violations.

CO Eric Sullivan (Brainerd) reports deer hunters and waterfowl hunters were in the area enjoying time outdoors as the firearms and waterfowl seasons come to a close. Hunters reported that deer movement was minimal but reported some success. Waterfowl hunters reported good activity but cold weather and icy conditions presented some challenges. The area has some snow but snowmobile activity was minimal.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd East) patrolled for deer-hunting and waterfowl-hunting activity this past week. Some diehard duck hunters are finding open water and a large number of migratory birds. A reminder to waterfowl hunters the North Zone (north of Highway 210) closes at sunset on Nov. 22. Guida addressed deer-feeding complaints and also checked on baited deer-hunting stands. A patrol boat was winterized. Cold and windy conditions slowed most activity over the weekend.

CO Tony Flerlage (Crosby) spent the week checking deer hunters. There were fewer hunters than the past two weekends, and those who braved the cold weren?t seeing many deer. Not many ducks were left to end the season, and most of the waters are frozen.

CO Calie Cook (Crosslake) spent time checking deer hunters throughout the week. Success rates were low but people were still happy to be out in the stands. Cook wants to remind people now that ice is starting to form on lakes in the area, it does not mean it is safe to go out. Be safe about choosing when to go fishing and wait until there is sufficient ice.

CO Andrew Dirks (CCSRA) spent the week working deer hunters for the final week of the rifle season. Hunters reported having some success, but overall success rates were low. Anglers are getting restless waiting for ice-up as smaller lakes and backwaters are beginning to lock up. Please check ice often if you venture out on early ice.

Pine River vacant.