Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars — Feb. 24, 2017
District 1 — Ashland area
Warden Lynna Gurnoe, of Bayfield, responded to a complaint of snowmobiles trespassing on a farm field in January. Gurnoe located the individuals involved, and enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Matt Meade, of Mercer, and Dan Michels, of Park Falls, worked fishing enforcement on the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage in Iron County in January, focusing on unattended lines. Enforcement actions were issued for this violation.
District 2 — Cumberland area
Warden Jon Hagen, of Spooner, patrolled Shell Lake in January. Hagen checked a father and son fishing with seven lines. The son did not have a valid fishing license. Enforcement action was taken against the father for fishing with more than the legal number of lines.
Warden Hagen followed up on a complaint of two geese that were allegedly shot from the road while floating on the waters of the Yellow River. Spooner police officer Kronberger helped Hagen locate the suspect’s vehicle. An investigation revealed that the driver and passenger shot from the vehicle. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Jesse Ashton, of Luck, and Dustin Gabrielson, of Webster, investigated information gathered in January that a subject from St. Croix Falls had shot a 9-point buck with his crossbow during the archery season and had his wife tag it with her carcass tag. Enforcement actions were taken.
Warden Ashton contacted two fishermen on Long Trade Lake in Polk County. Ashton smelled cannabis while speaking to one of the subjects. Ashton located two pipes in the subject’s vehicle that had been used for smoking cannabis. The evidence was turned over to a Polk County deputy and the District Attorney’s office for charging.
Wardens Ashton and Gabrielson assisted Polk County deputies and a state trooper with a search for a subject who fled from a trooper with a stolen truck and crashed near Osceola. The wardens assisted with a setting up a perimeter. A tracking dog located the subject and wardens transported the subject back to the command post to be processed.
Warden Chris Spaight, of Grantsburg, was contacted about a vehicle that fell through the ice on a lake in eastern Burnett County. Spaight learned that the vehicle’s rear axle broke through and the occupant of the vehicle was safely off the lake. Two days later the vehicle was removed safely from the ice.
District 3 — Park Falls area
Warden Tim Otto, of Antigo, investigated a complaint of a person placing a dump-truck load of potatoes for the purpose of feeding deer in close proximity to a cabin. As a result of the investigation, the individual was contacted and enforcement action was taken.
Warden Andy Dryja, of White Lake, apprehended a person found calling coyotes at night while having a loaded rifle in his truck. The person failed to unload the rifle before transporting it in the truck. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Bryan Harrenstein, of Medford, contacted three people ice fishing on Chelsea Lake. Each had three tip-ups rigged up while also using jigging lines in the ice shack. One was found to be fishing without a license. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Harrenstein was on routine patrol between Gilman and Perkinstown and observed a very large deer bait/feed pile. Harrenstein contacted the individuals and addressed the illegal bait/feed. During the contact, Harrenstein learned of a buck that was shot during the archery season and never registered. The carcass tag for this buck also was never validated. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Harrenstein and Joe Paul, of Prentice, responded to two snowmobiles that went through the ice on Round Lake in northern Price County. Both operators made it to shore and were not injured.
Warden Joe Paul responded to a snowmobile accident on Butternut Lake where a snowmobiler crashed into an ice shack. The snowmobile caught the ice shack on fire while the driver lay next to it. He was rescued by passersby. The Price County Sheriff’s Department arrested the snowmobile driver for operating while intoxicated.
District 4 — Woodruff area
Warden Brad Dahlquist, of Crandon, worked with Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) warden Adam McGeshick regarding unattended lines discovered on Jungle Lake. Upon investigation it was found that two individuals set six tip-ups out and left the immediate area. The anglers were contacted regarding the tip-ups. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Rich Thole, of Boulder Junction, and recruit Steve Swiertz contacted a fisherman who had five lines in the water around him. The angler stated that two of the lines belonged to his friend who was found to be fishing a distance away with two lines. As the wardens approached the angler, he attempted to reel in a tip-down. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Thole and Swiertz contacted a fisherman on Presque Isle Lake who had two dandy walleyes on the ice near him. It was found that he had caught the 18- and 20-inch walleyes while jigging. The posted limit on the lake allowed for only one walleye longer than 14 inches, which the angler knew. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Jim Jung, of Rhinelander, investigated a snowmobile collision between two machines headed in opposite directions on a trail south of Lake Tomahawk. One operator was issued a citation for careless operation and a member of the other group received a citation for no trail passes. A compound fracture of a leg resulted from the collision.
Warden Jung assisted a Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection employee with a joint investigation of a pest control business. The owner was found to be trapping animals without proper DNR licenses. Enforcement action was taken.
District 5 — Lower St. Croix area
No report available.
District 6 — Eau Claire area
Wardens Adam Hanna, of Neillsville, and Peter Carlson, of Greenwood, contacted an ice fisherman who was smoking cannabis in his shanty. The drugs and paraphernalia were seized and enforcement action was taken.
Warden Carlson and Clark County deputy Baxter contacted a snowmobiler after dark. The individual was found to have operated faster than the 55 mph night-time speed limit and he also failed to stop at two stop signs.
Wardens Carlson and Kevin Christorf, of Chippewa Falls, assisted warden Jim Cleven with a panfish over-bag limit investigation in Dunn County. The individual was found to have obstructed Cleven by providing a false address. A second individual living at the residence was found to have failed to register a deer during the 2016 archery season.
Warden John Schreiber, of Cornell, completed an investigation of a local houndsman who allegedly allowed his hound to kill a raccoon during the training season so that he could sell the hound for a higher price. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Christorf investigated a complaint of an individual illegally hunting turkeys and deer. The investigation concluded with the suspect having shot two antlerless deer in Chippewa County during the gun deer season. The individual only possessed one valid antlerless deer tag.
Warden Christorf contacted five people ice fishing on two public ponds in the Lake Hallie area. It was found that four of the individuals were fishing with too many lines and one individual was fishing without a license. One of the individuals was found to have smoked and possessed cannabis on their person. The Lake Hallie Police Department was contacted and enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Christorf and Carlson investigated a unregistered deer complaint. It was found that the individual shot a buck during the archery season and chose not to register the deer. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Scott Thiede, of Eau Claire, provided a presentation to high school students attending Government and Law Day at the Eau Claire Government Center.
Warden Paul Sickman, of Hudson, received a call dealing with a dead buck being found on state land in the metro deer unit. Sickman was able to later locate the hunter who had been hunting after hours, hunting over illegal bait, and who cut numerous trees and branches for shooting lanes. Assistance from a citizen was key to resolving the case. Enforcement action taken.
District 7 — Wisconsin Rapids area
No report available.
District 8 — La Crosse area
Warden Dale Hochhausen, of Onalaska, had a snowmobile case from the previous year adjudicated in January. The operator, whose girlfriend was riding as a passenger and was killed, was found to be under the influence of alcohol and riding on a closed trail. The operator was found guilty of causing injury by intoxicated operation of a snowmobile.
Warden Hochhausen gave several presentations for career fair at the La Crosse Center.
With assistance from the Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Department, warden Meghan Jensen, of Trempealeau, investigated a complaint of an individual who had shot a deer during the antlerless-only season and used another’s tag for that deer. The person whose tag was used was not with the hunter when the deer was shot. In addition to illegally using another’s tag to tag a deer, the hunter had also discharged his firearm within the village limits were it was illegal to do so and shot within 100 yards of a home. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Jensen and Bob Kneeland, of Osseo, were on patrol when they made contact with two squirrel hunters. Each hunter laid out their harvest for the wardens and each had six squirrels. The daily bag limit is five squirrels per person. Upon further investigation, it was found that one of the hunters did not have a small game license.
Warden Trevor Tracey, of Stoddard, contacted three subjects who were operating ATVs on the Mississippi River near Onalaska. The subjects were observed operating their ATVs at a speed greater than 10 mph within 100 feet of ice houses and anglers. The operators were stopped and enforcement action was taken.
Warden Tracey finished an investigation in January that started during the 2016 gun-deer season. The case involved two individuals who hunt near Desoto. Through an investigation, the individuals were found to have used agriculture damage deer tags to tag and register two antlerless deer that were shot on a parcel of property not listed as the permitted property for legal harvest. The individuals also were found to have committed group hunting violations during the 2014 antlerless holiday hunt. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Cody Adams, of Crawford County, contacted a fisherman in possession of 29 bluegills. The man attempted to say some of the fish were his girlfriend’s, who had just left to get more bait. It was determined he fished alone throughout the day. Enforcement action was taken.
District 9 — Black River Falls area
Warden Molly Detjens, of Adams, was checking ice fishermen on a lake in Adams County when she approached two individuals who were both ice fishing. While she was checking the first individual, she noticed the second fisherman began walking away from her. When Detjens asked the individual to stop so she could check his fishing license, the fisherman stated his license was in his car. Detjens checked his DNR record and found that he had not purchased a fishing license. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Matt Modjeski, of Sparta, coached National Archery in the Schools (NASP) students at Meadowview Middle School.
Warden Kurt Haas, of Black River Falls, spent several weeks in Kentucky assisting Wisconsin DNR wildlife staff with trapping elk as part of the on-going project to reintroduce elk into Wisconsin. While there, Haas also worked with Kentucky wardens to learn about enforcement issues connected to elk.
District 10 — Wautoma area
No report available.