Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars — Jan. 27, 2017

District 1 — Ashland area

Warden Adam Stennett, of Brule, was patrolling one morning in December when he saw three unattended tip-ups with flags up and no one in sight on Lake Nebagamon. After checking the tip-ups, Stennett contacted the angler at his home. The man stated that he had left his tip-ups overnight while he slept. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Matt Koshollek was near Drummond in December when he came upon three males, all under age 21, who were consuming alcohol. With assistance of the Bayfield County Sheriff’s Department, the three males were issued citations for underage alcohol consumption.

District 2 — Cumberland area

No report available.

District 3 — Park Falls area

No report available.

District 4 — Woodruff area

No report available.

District 5 — Lower St. Croix area

No report available.

District 6 — Eau Claire area

Wardens Adam Hanna, of Neillsville, and Tyler Flood responded in November to a call of a deer being shot from the road at night in the town of Sherman in Clark County. The suspect fled when a farmer came out to the field to confront them; however, a license plate number was obtained. One of the suspects was identified. Enforcement action is underway.

Warden Peter Carlson, of Greenwood, received a complaint in November of illegal bait on a property near Owen. During the investigation it was found that three individuals were shining for coyotes while in possession of a loaded .22 rifle. The investigation also showed that one person was placing illegal deer bait. Enforcement action was taken.

Wardens Carlson and Hanna located an individual hunting over an illegal bait pile in November. The individual was found to have his son’s hunting license with him while he was hunting. Later that day, a second individual was found hunting from the same baited stand. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden John Schreiber, of Cornell, found that a hunter shot a trophy 12-point buck on the opening weekend of the archery season and later shot a second trophy buck for which he had no valid tag. During the investigation, it was determined that the man had also illegally harvested an otter. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Schreiber investigated gun shots in a rural area one November morning during the bow season. It was determined that the man possessed two illegally harvested and untagged deer. Schreiber determined that the hunter also lied about killing a bear at the end of bear season. Enforcement action was taken.

Wardens Schreiber and Kevin Christorf contacted a group of hunters field dressing deer during the nine-day gun-deer season in November. The hunters were found to have loaded rifles in their vehicles, the deer were not legally tagged, and one of the hunters was found to be hunting without a license during a period of revocation. The revoked hunter was also found to have harvested four illegal deer, including a buck for which the man did not have a license because he was revoked. Enforcement action was taken.

Wardens Schreiber and Christorf assisted a sheriff’s deputy on a November call and determined that an individual had shot a doe that day during the gun-deer season without a license. The man had the untagged deer half butchered in his barn. Enforcement action was taken.

Wardens Schreiber and Christorf worked with a Wisconsin state trooper who had observed illegal deer hunting activity while on patrol during the gun-deer season. The wardens determined that the hunters were hunting without their tags on their person, failed to immediately validate a tag upon harvest of a buck, and were committing mentor hunter violations. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Christorf and warden supervisor Jeremy Peery contacted a group of hunters during the gun-deer season. One of the hunters was found to be hunting during a period of revocation. Further investigation determined that the hunter has been hunting on several occasions and has harvested other deer during his revocation period, and the wardens discovered that there was also a valid arrest warrant active on the individual. The wardens assisted the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department with the subsequent enforcement action.

Warden Christorf contacted an individual who had a deer heart and a bloody arrow in the back of his pickup truck. Further investigation concluded that the individual shot the antlerless deer during the archery season  without a valid tag. The man had also been shining for deer after hours with two firearms in the vehicle. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Christorf received a complaint of two dead deer and a dead raccoon being found on private property. The investigation concluded that an individual had been using poison in an attempt to kill raccoons. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Scott Thiede, of Eau Claire, investigated a complaint called into the DNR poachers’ hotline regarding the occupant of a pickup truck on the roadway discharging a rifle in an attempt to kill a buck that was standing on private property. Two men quickly picked up the deer and left the scene. Thiede located a pickup truck matching the description provided by the caller. The truck’s occupants were in possession of the untagged deer. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Thiede apprehended a licensed archery deer hunter in November who had used a crossbow to kill a deer near the parking lot at the Birch Street Kwik-Trip in the city of Eau Claire. The man shot the deer at about 10:30 p.m. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Paul Sickman, of Hudson, received a call from a deputy dealing with a deer hunting trespass complaint. The investigation revealed that the suspect shot a buck from a vehicle by sticking the rifle out of the front passenger window. The man’s minor daughter was sitting in the front passenger seat at the time, and his minor son was in the back seat. The suspect trespassed to retrieve the deer and failed to validate his carcass tag. The suspect admitted that he allowed his daughter to hunt off of his deer license. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Isaac Kruse, of Baldwin, responded to a deer complaint in the town of Forest prior to the gun deer season opener in November. The complaint indicated multiple gun shots were heard and a vehicle was observed shining a picked corn field. During the investigation it was determined the suspect shot a deer using a .22 caliber rifle while illuminating it with his vehicle’s headlights. The suspect was identified and enforcement action was taken.

District 7 — Wisconsin Rapids area

No report available.

District 8 — La Crosse area

No report available.

District 9 — Black River Falls area

Warden Molly Detjens, of Adams, was alerted to a video brought to the Adams County Sheriff’s Department in December by a hunter. The video showed an individual baiting deer on seven different occasions before and during the nine-day November gun-deer season and trespassing on neighboring property. The video also showed the same individual dragging a deer out of the woods. Detjens and the Adams County Sheriff’s Department contacted the suspect. The suspect admitted to baiting, trespassing, and shooting a deer over bait. Enforcement action was taken.

Wardens Matt Weber, of Necedah, and Mike Weber, of Mauston, investigated an illegal dumping complaint in the village of Necedah in December. Upon investigation, the wardens found multiple violations, including dumped deer carcasses in the Yellow River and transporting illegal deer. Enforcement action was taken.

While on patrol in the Meadow Valley Wildlife Area, warden Matt Modjeski, of Sparta, contacted a hunter who was hunting bobcats with the aid of scent-trailing hounds. The hunter did not have a small game license, as required. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Michael Weber responded to a report of goose hunting violations on Lake Decorah near Mauston. Weber identified two male juvenile hunters. Weber found that one of the juveniles shot at a flock of geese 40 minutes before the opening of hunting hours. Weber also found that the juvenile was in violation of open-water hunting regulations at the time. Weber spoke to the juveniles about ethical hunting and the safety aspect of the waterfowl hunting regulations.

District 10 — Wautoma area

Warden Jonathan Kaiser, of Waupaca, attended the December Waupaca City Deer Committee meeting with multiple members of the city of Waupaca, the city council, the Waupaca Police Department, and the local media. Topics and questions were discussed regarding deer management in the city and DNR laws and concerns.

Warden Kaiser attended the Shop with a Cop event in December in cooperation with multiple other law enforcement agencies and Fleet Farm. Officers assisted multiple children with buying Christmas presents and spent time with the participants.

Warden Kaiser was a presenter for the annual Iola Snowmobile Club meeting for students ranging from kids to adult and from throughout central Wisconsin. In addition, Kaiser presented one of the instructors with a DNR 20-year appreciation award.

Warden Kaitlin Kernosky, of New London, and warden supervisor Ted Dremel partnered with Department of Veterans Affairs (King Vets Home) and Hunt’s End Deer Ranch (Ogdensburg) to take two disabled veterans on an antlerless deer hunt. Hunt’s End Deer Ranch donated the two antlerless hunts to the veterans and the 2016 antlerless hunt was safe and successful. The two hunters served in the Vietnam War and the Persian Gulf War and Panama Conflict.

Warden Mark Schraufnagel, of Clintonville, was the first emergency vehicle to a vehicle crash. A car slid off the roadway and struck a large boulder. Airbags had deployed, but the driver was not injured. Schraufnagel maintained traffic control as the road was ice covered and the accident site was near a sharp curve. The sheriff’s department investigated the crash.

Warden Ben Mott heard a Waushara County deputy stop a group of snowmobiles and went to assist. Mott was able to determine that an individual did not register his snowmobile or buy a trail pass when he knew he was supposed to. The individual was given time to provide his proof of registration and failed to do so. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Jeffrey Knorr, of Fremont, assisted with Shop with a Cop and Community Tree programs in December.

District 11 — Peshtigo area

While on routine patrol in December, warden Timothy Werner, of Crivitz, and deputy warden Gaven Brault, of Rhinelander, observed a vehicle parked adjacent to a section of Marinette County Forest land. Approximately 25 minutes after the close of hunting hours the person had not returned to the vehicle. After a brief search, the wardens observed a person walking down the road dressed in all camouflage, but without a muzzleloader or archery equipment. The person stated that he had left his bow in the stand since he planned to hunt again in the morning. A search of the area revealed a loaded shotgun hidden in the ditch. The hunter was found to be muzzleloader hunting with an illegal firearm. Enforcement action was taken.

District 12 — Green Bay area and Northeast Operations Marine Unit 

Warden Ka Yeng Vue, of Green Bay, participated in the Shop with a Cop event in Brown County in the city of De Pere. Vue worked with officers from the Brown County Sheriff’s Department and De Pere Police Department.

Warden Cara Kamke, of Green Bay, contacted two late-season archery hunters at their vehicle in December. Both hunters were carrying loaded crossbows and admitted to looking for deer. One hunter did not have an archery hunting license and stated he was just trying it out. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Chris Kratcha, of Sturgeon Bay, gave presentations to a Southern Door High School class and a Sturgeon Bay High School class about the job duties of a conservation warden and the warden’s role in the DNR protecting our natural resources.

Northeast Operations Marine Unit

Warden Darren Kuhn, of Green Bay, took a report of a person gun-deer hunting in Kewaunee County during the closed season on New Year’s Eve. Kuhn contacted the hunter in the blind. The hunter claimed he was legally gun-deer hunting as part of the antlerless-only holiday hunt; however, Kewaunee County was not a holiday hunt unit during the 2016 season.

After the first snowfall of the year, warden Kuhn contacted a group of snowmobile riders operating in the ditch on the wrong side of the road, on school property, and on the private property of the Northbrook Country Club. Upon contact, the leader was operating a snowmobile upon which he had failed to transfer the registration. Another operator, who was the leader’s father, was operating his son’s snowmobile. On that machine, there was no registration displayed and they had not transferred registration. Enforcement action was taken

Warden Mike Neal, of Sister Bay, received a call about individuals hunting ducks during the closed season in Little Sturgeon Bay. Those individuals were contacted and were found to have shot six ducks. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Neal worked a case of a number of pieces of fur found in a pickup truck in Jacksonport. The individual was contacted by a Door County deputy and was found to be transporting deer hides to the tannery. Upon investigation by Neal, it was found that the individual also had some fox hides mixed in with the deer hides. The fox hides belonged to an individual who did not have a small game or trapping license. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Jeff Lautenschlager, of Peshtigo, contacted a group of duck hunters in December as they came into the landing with their boat – and had two loaded guns with rounds chambered. In a similar case, Lautenschlager also follow-up on a complaint of duck hunters in the refuge on the Peshtigo River.

District 13 — Oshkosh area

Warden Michael Disher, of Chilton, was on patrol following a recent snowfall in early December and observed snowmobile tracks on the paved portion of a town road that was not part of a route or trail. Disher followed the tracks for about a mile and located the operator and snowmobile. Enforcement action was taken.

District 14 — Sheboygan area

No report available.

District 15 — Milwaukee area

Warden Blaine Ziarek investigated a complaint involving an 11-point buck that had been shot during the antlerless-only season. Enforcement action was taken following the investigation.

Warden Ziarek investigated a deer kill on a property in Franklin. An investigation revealed that the deer was falsely registered as harvested in Racine County. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Ziarek investigated a boat that was dumped at the Muskego canal boat launch at Hwy. 36 just south of Muskego Dam Road. West Allis authorities assisted in the case. The suspect was identified and contacted. Enforcement action was taken

Wardens Steve Sanidas and Marcus Medina assisted Sawyer County warden Heisler with an investigation involving an illegally killed wolf during the gun-deer season. The game wardens were able to identify a suspect and gain evidence of the violation. Enforcement action is pending.

Warden Marcus Medina found an illegal deer bait site in Oak Creek in December. Medina was able to determine who placed the illegal bait. The suspect was found to have been guilty of placing illegal bait in the past. Enforcement action was taken.

District 16 — Racine, Kenosha area

No report available.

District 17 — Madison area

No report available.

District 18 — Poynette area

No report available.

District 19 — Dodgeville area

No report available.

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