Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars — March 10, 2017

District 7 — Wisconsin Rapids area

Warden Randy Dunkel, of Wausau, gave a presentation at a Wausau East High School conservation class in January related to the DNR’s mission and conservations wardens’ role within the DNR.

Warden Dunkel investigated a complaint of improper marking of an aerator hole.  Dunkel contacted the sportsmen’s group that was responsible and worked with them to get the safety issue fixed.

Warden Randy Dunkel coordinated the use of the DNR Laser Shot system for use at a local church group wild game feed. A hunter education instructor used the laser shot to demonstrate proper firearms handling skills.

Warden Erika Taylor, of Wisconsin Rapids, responded to a complaint of trespass on private property and a blood trail coming from city limits. Taylor investigated and found a deer had been shot in city limits, over bait, and not registered, as required.  Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Erika Taylor assisted a towing company retrieving a snowmobile from under the ice on Lake Wazeecha.

Warden supervisor Korey Trowbridge investigated a hotline complaint and found that an antlerless deer had been shot in the Central Forest Zone and tagged/registered with a Central Farmland Zone tag. Enforcement action was taken.

District 10 — Wautoma area

Warden Jonathan Kaiser, of Waupaca, worked with warden Kaitlin Kernosky, of New London, and warden supervisor Ted Dremel, of Wautoma, in January to follow up on a small game case involving discharging a firearm without permission within 100 yards of a dwelling and hunting/shooting a squirrel over a baited area. Kaiser also assisted the Waupaca County Sheriff’s Department with a related trespassing charge. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Kaiser contacted an angler who was found to have committed multiple criminal and civil violations, including fishing while revoked from all DNR license activities and privileges. The angler had purchased a Wisconsin fishing license while revoked. In addition, the individual was found to have attempted twice to purchase a hunting license while revoked, but was denied by the license vendor. He had fished on multiple past occasions while revoked. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Kaiser talked to two fifth-grade classes at the Waupaca Middle School in January during a biology/ecosystems class. Topics covered included a presentation on the Wisconsin DNR, Bureau of Law Enforcement, warden training, and natural resource stewardship, as well as a hands-on presentation with a fur collection. Kaiser was asked to return in the future.

Warden Kyle Johnson, of Shiocton, investigated a fishing harassment case on Black Otter Lake in January. The suspect admitted to purposely releasing another fisherman’s northern pike back into the lake. During the contact, the suspect was found to have several other violations, including transferring his archery antlerless deer tag to another person and failing to register geese that he harvested in the fall. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Mark Schraufnagel, of Clintonville, attended the Woodland Deerhunters Club and the Belle Plaine Sportsman’s Club meetings in January. Schraufnagel provided information on the past hunting seasons and new laws, and answered questions.

Warden Jeffrey Knorr, of Fremont, investigated a hotline complaint of a hunter harvesting deer with a firearm during the closed season northeast of Fremont. Knorr was assisted by wardens Ted Dremel, of Wautoma, Kernosky, and Kaiser. Enforcement action was taken.

District 11 — Peshtigo area

While on routine patrol in the town of Stephenson in January, warden Timothy Werner, of Crivitz, attempted to stop an ATV rider for multiple violations. However, after the warden activated his lights and siren, the ATV operator accelerated and attempted to flee. After a short pursuit, the ATV operator was apprehended. The subject was arrested on charges of fleeing an officer and resisting a state conservation warden. Assisting with the pursuit was the Marinette County Sheriff’s Department and the Wisconsin State Patrol.

Warden Clark Delzer, of Shawano, was patrolling Shawano Lake when he observed six set tip-ups with no fishermen around. Delzer observed a flag up on one of the tip-ups and watched the tip-up for approximately 32 minutes. No one responded to the flag. Delzer followed sled tracks in the snow to a residence on shore and found the owner of the unattended tip-ups. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Paul Hartrick, of Oconto Falls, issued a citation to an individual for demolishing barns without proper approvals or permits. Wisconsin DNR environmental staff contacted Hartrick and informed him the suspect has been demolishing multiple barns in the Northeast Region without proper approval or permits.

District 12 — Green Bay area and Northeast Operations Marine Unit 

Warden Chris Kratcha, of Sturgeon Bay, reports taking enforcement action against a southern Door County resident for shining deer while in possession of a crossbow, along with various other deer hunting violations allegedly committed in fall of 2016.

Warden Cara Kamke, of Green Bay, received a hotline complaint of an individual who had been hunting late in the Suamico area on private property in Brown County. Wardens Kamke and Ka Yeng Vue, of Green Bay, found that the alleged suspect showed several antlerless deer as being registered on private property, but with public land tags, including an antlerless deer harvested in Manitowoc County the day of the initial complaint. Contact was made with the hunter, who was hunting with a public land Brown County antlerless tag. The hunter explained he was confused by the definitions of public versus private land deer carcass tags. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Alyssa Gove, of southern Manitowoc County, received a complaint of two subjects who were rabbit hunting from the Devils River State Trail near Rockwood. Contact was made with the hunter who was observed by the complainant shooting from the state trail. It was determined that the hunter was hunting from the state trail and had shot two rabbits.

Northeast Operations Marine Unit 

Warden Darren Kuhn received information that a commercial fisherman might have nets set in a restricted area. Wardens checked the nets’ locations and their investigation determined the nets were too close to the navigable streams. Enforcement action was taken and nets were moved.

Warden Mike Neal, of Sister Bay, was contacted regarding a possible case of hunting deer during the closed season in southern Door County. The individual was contacted and found to have been hunting deer as he thought the “holiday hunt” was in progress in Door County.

Warden Neal did dockside checks of commercial fishing boats coming into Sand Bay. One boat came in with 100 pounds of whitefish and no catch book or estimate was filled in when the catch was landed. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Jeff Lautenslager, of Peshtigo, was on patrol on the Menominee River in January. He had two snowmobiles come by his location displaying expired registration. Both snowmobilers were signaled to stop, but only one of the riders stopped. The other snowmobiler fled. The warden later learned the individual who didn’t stop hadn’t completed required snowmobile safety. Enforcement actions were taken.

Warden Dave Allen, of Kewaunee, received a complaint about someone fishing on a closed trout stream in January. Allen made contact with 14- and 15-year-old anglers. Allen advised them the creek was closed to fishing and explained where they could get regulations and how to find which streams are open and which are closed.

District 13 — Oshkosh area

Warden Michael Disher, of Chilton, observed several coyote hunters driving around in their trucks in January. Another truck parked on the side of the road. A license check revealed a shotgun loaded with buckshot on the passenger seat of one of the trucks. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Disher investigated several vehicles allegedly trying to run down two foxes on the ice of Lake Winnebago off of Stockbridge. An investigation revealed that a father and son chased the pair with separate vehicles across the ice. When one fox finally stopped, it was shot from the vehicle with a rifle. The fox was then picked up and later discarded on a brush pile. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Disher observed a UTV traveling illegally down a paved roadway after coming off of the ice of Lake Winnebago. The UTV did not display a license plate, had no headlights displayed, and neither the driver nor his passenger were wearing seatbelts. When stopped, the driver was unable to display a registration certificate or safety education card, and neither was wearing a helmet, as required. The driver and his passenger were ice fishing and decided to drive the machine to home several miles away. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden William Hankee, of Fond du Lac, followed up on an anonymous hotline complaint in January about a captive skunk. Hankee discovered the skunk had been illegally taken as a baby from the Horicon Marsh more than two years prior and was kept inside a trailer house located within the Fond du Lac city limits. The DNR worked with Fond du Lac County Health Department. The skunk was voluntarily surrendered to Hankee and DNR wildlife staff, with enforcement action taken.

Warden Hankee followed up on a violation involving a couch that was dumped on the DNR Eldorado State Wildlife Area. Hankee’s investigation led to a suspect who had moved to a new location. Hankee confirmed the suspect had indeed dumped the couch on public land. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Nicholas Miofsky, of Campbells-port, was patrolling the Ashford area for coyote hunting activity. Miofsky contacted a coyote hunter sitting in a truck parked on the travel portion of the roadway. The driver of the truck had a loaded 12-gauge shotgun next to him in the front seat.

Warden Thomas Sturdivant, of Neenah, observed two ice anglers catching and keeping white bass in January on Little Lake Butte des Morts (LLBDM) near the LLBDM Park (Winnebago County). Neither of them possessed a valid fishing license. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Sturdivant checked on the occupants of a vehicle parked in the Rat River State Wildlife Area after dark (Winnebago County). When speaking to the driver, Sturdivant detected the odor of freshly burned cannabis. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed cannabis and drug paraphernalia. The driver and occupant admitted to smoking cannabis. Enforcement action was taken.

District 14 — Sheboygan area

No report available.

District 15 — Milwaukee area

No report available.

District 16 — Racine, Kenosha area

Warden Brandon Smith, of Burlington, assisted the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department with an incident involving a 8-point buck stuck on the ice of Silver Lake. The deer was 300 yards from shore and could not gain its footing on the slippery ice. A local resident assisted with an ATV and the deer was moved back to shore. The deer was a little stiff from sitting on the ice for an extended period of time, but ran off unharmed.

Warden Brad Latza, of Racine, assisted wardens in Milwaukee County in January with an illegal deer case that occurred in Oak Creek. It was found that the individual was hunting at night and had shot a deer. He called friends to help him drag the deer out. Enforcement action was pending.

Wardens Juan Gomez, of Elkhorn, and Brandon Smith investigated a case involving the reported harvest of a deer on Dec. 31, 2016, with the deer never having been registered. The investigation determined individuals had placed corn in more than 20 locations throughout Walworth and Racine counties. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Katzenberg assisted the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department with finding two missing hunters on state land in January. With the assistance of law enforcement, both hunters were found unharmed.

District 17 — Madison area

Warden Boyd Richter, of Janesville, and recruit Jacob Cross patrolled Lions Beach Pond in Janesville in January and located a subject who was fishing without a license. During the contact, the wardens learned that the subject had multiple deer hunting violations involving loaning and borrowing tags for three deer. Enforcement action is pending.

Warden Pearl Wallace, of Watertown, contacted an ATV operator on Rock Lake in Lake Mills while fishing. The individual had purchased the ATV several months earlier, but had never registered the ATV. The ATV did not have a license plate as required by law and the owner had never completed ATV safety as mandated for operators born on or after Jan. 1, 1988.

Warden Ryan Ellifson, of Jefferson, received a complaint in January regarding possible road hunting and trespassing. Ellifson identified the suspect and issued two citations for hunting with an improper license and failure to validate tag.

Warden Ellifson took enforcement action against an individual for hunting deer after hours, failing to immediately kill a game animal, transport deer without validated carcass tag, and shining wild animals while in possession of a firearm. A companion was also issued citations for being party to the violations.

District 18 — Poynette area

Warden Paul Nadolski, of Portage, worked with emergency management officials and village of Pardeeville officials in January due to the early spring/winter runoff that caused some flooding in the upper Fox River system affecting Park, Spring and Swan lakes.

District 19 — Dodgeville area

Warden Marty Stone, of Fennimore, located a vehicle along the Wisconsin River. Stone found two ice anglers a great distance from their vehicle. Both were fishing with five tip-ups and three jig poles. Enforcement action was taken.

Wardens Caputo and Richter, and wardens Drew Schoeneck and Jacob Cross, both of Madison, assisted the Brodhead Police Department with a search warrant in January at a residence of a convicted felon who had allegedly hunted deer with a firearm during the firearms deer season.

Warden Al Erickson, of Dodgeville, assisted with the first annual youth learn-to-ice-fish event organized by the Driftless Area Fishing Club at Blackhawk Lake during the 40th annual Lions Club Fish-a-Ree.

Warden Mike Nice, of Richland Center, received a complaint in January regarding illegal baiting for deer. A witness told Nice that the suspect ran him over trying to leave the area. Nice and a Richland County Sheriff’s Department deputy responded. The witness had tried to block the suspect vehicle and the suspect brushed the witness with his side mirror. Nice found three fresh piles of bait in a large field where there was a lot of deer sign. Officers contacted the suspect at his cabin and the suspect said he placed the feed for the birds. A citation was issued for illegal feeding in CWD area.

Wardens Nice and Cody Adams, of Prairie du Chien, investigated a snowmobiling complaint near Seneca. Two individuals allegedly trespassed on closed trails on two occasions in January. One of the snowmobiles broke down and was stuck in the mud – the trails were not covered with snow at the time. Neither operator displayed registration or trail passes on their snowmobiles and one driver had not taken a snowmobile safety class. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Dave Youngquist, of Spring Green, handled a burning complaint where the village of Lone Rock burned brush and stumps. They were not following the conditions of their DNR permit with heavy smoke being produced that was causing breathing issues for local residents in the area. Youngquist worked with the environmental program and issued a notice of violation to the village.

Warden Nick Webster, of Lafayette County, investigated a case where hunters were found hunting over a significant amount of corn that was dumped in a food plot. At least 45 deer were seen on the corn that was dumped by the landowner with a gravity box from one corner of the food plot to the other in a line about 100 yards long and a foot deep in places. Enforcement actions were taken against the hunters and the landowner.

Warden Webster responded to a call from the sheriff’s department of a subject who pointed a firearm at another person. While providing surveillance in sub-zero temps until other officers could arrive, Webster heard three gun shots from the woods behind the residence. Ironically, the shots were not associated with the suspect, but were from a coyote hunter who missed a coyote that ran in front of Webster. The suspect at the residence was later arrested  for pointing the firearm at another person.

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