Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars — March 24, 2017
District 1 — Ashland area
Warden Amie Egstad, of Bayfield, responded in February to a complaint of coyote hunters trespassing on private property with their dogs after the landowner had spoken with some of the hunters. Egstad checked on the hunters and gave the information to the local deputy for follow-up. Trespassing issues are handled by county sheriff’s departments.
Warden Lynna Gurnoe, of Bayfield, was on patrol in February when she observed an ATV with expired registration dating back to 2014 being operated on the Washburn coal dock. Upon contact, the operator stated he was not aware ATVs needed to be registered when operated on Lake Superior. Gurnoe found the individual has owned the ATV for several years and also failed to transfer the registration. Enforcement action was taken.
National Forest ranger R.J. Seehase and warden Matt Koshollek, of Drummond, contacted a snowmobile operator on the Chippewa Flowage in Sawyer County. The snowmobile operator admitted to drinking alcohol and had slurred speech. The operator failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for OWI.
Warden Koshollek investigated a fisherman who caught and kept a largemouth bass inside the slot size limit while ice fishing on Pigeon Lake. Koshollek contacted warden Blaine Ziarek, of Milwaukee County, where the fisherman lives. Ziarek confirmed the illegal fish at the fisherman’s residence. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Koshollek was passed by a vehicle at a high rate of speed while he was driving south on Hwy. 63 in his unmarked patrol truck. Koshollek estimated the vehicle passed him going over 80 mph on the county highway. He contacted the Bayfield County Sheriff’s Department about the vehicle, which was stopped a couple of miles up the road near Grandview going 92 mph. The driver was cited for speeding by the Bayfield County Sheriff’s Department.
Warden John Krull, of Superior, received several reports of vehicles going through the ice around the area in February, including an 85-year-old ATV operator who broke through thin ice on the St. Louis River in the Oliver area. The operator was in the water for almost half an hour before being rescued by a passer-by who observed ice fishing equipment on the ice with no one around.
District 2 — Cumberland area
Warden Jesse Ashton, of Luck, was patrolling on Long Lake near Centuria in February when he spoke with a person in a portable ice shanty who was attempting to reel up extra fishing lines. Ashton found the person was crappie fishing with a total of six jig poles. It is the third time Ashton had cited this subject for fishing with too many lines and will be his fourth fishing violation.
Wardens Ashton and Dustin Gabrielson, of Webster, investigated a deer hunting complaint near St. Croix Falls in February. Ashton had information about possible illegal deer and baiting. Upon contact, Ashton found some corn accessible to deer around the yard. Ashton found the subject’s adult son had shot two antlerless deer during the gun-deer season and had one tag. One deer was never tagged or registered and was butchered. Enforcement action was taken
Wardens Hagen and Loining followed up on a complaint of possible undersized walleyes on Long Lake. During the contact, the wardens ascertained the subjects were fishing with too many lines, had one illegal-sized walleye, and were in possession of cannabis. Enforcement action was done in concert with the Washburn County Sheriff’s Department.
Warden Joshua Loining received a complaint in February from the New Auburn Fire Department of an individual dumping his septic tank onto his lawn. Upon contact, it was determined that the owner of the residence was pumping his septic tank onto his lawn. Loining determined there was no waterway that the septic water would make it to. Information was gathered and will be turned over to the Barron County Zoning Department.
Warden Gabrielson contacted an ATV operator for no tail light. During the contact, Gabrielson learned the ATV had expired registration and the operator was arrested for OWI.
Warden Gabrielson responded to a complaint of unattended lines in the Minong area in February. Gabrielson worked surveillance and eventually apprehended two suspects. Gabrielson learned that one suspect violated tribal off-reservation fishing rules and regulations and those violations were forwarded to Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission.
District 3 — Park Falls area
Warden Tim Otto, of Antigo, received information from Antigo police officer Jerry Reichl that there was an untagged deer lying on the ground outside of a residence. Reichl observed the deer while serving a search warrant at the residence for drug crimes. After investigating the situation, Otto took enforcement action regarding the possessing an untagged deer.
Warden Kirk Konichek completed an investigation in February into the case of a deer that had been shot from the roadway. The investigation revealed several tagging and registration violations from the fall of 2016 that involved at least three illegal deer, in addition to the initial complaint. One violation involved a doe killed in Rusk County under an Eau Claire County tag. Another involved a buck that was not registered.
Warden Pat Novesky, of Tomahawk, responded to a serious snowmobile accident at 3 a.m. one morning in February where an operator was traveling at a high speed and struck the shoreline. The operator was flown out with life-threatening injuries due to the impact. Several violations contributed to the accident.
Warden Andy Dryja, of White Lake, participated in the annual wild game meal and sporting seminars in Oconto County. The event was well attended with attendees asking lots of questions and passing through vendor booths. Dryja set up a portion of the DNR’s Northern Region Wall of Shame.
District 4 — Woodruff area
Warden Brad Dahlquist, of Crandon, contacted an ice fisherman in February fishing with a total of five lines. During the contact, Dahlquist discovered the angler was in possession of cannabis and was on probation. Based on the drug charges, the fisherman was arrested and transported to jail.
Warden Jim Jung, of Rhinelander, investigated a littering complaint in February involving wooden pallets left on the ice at the location where a camper had recently been pulled off the ice. Enforcement action was taken.
Recruit warden Swiertz completed an investigation into a subject from Michigan who continued to purchase Wisconsin resident licenses for several years. The subject bought Wisconsin resident licenses as a Michigan resident. When he moved back to Wisconsin he continued to buy resident Michigan licenses. License fraud violations were found in both states.
District 5 — Lower St. Croix area
No report available.
District 6 — Eau Claire area
No report available.
District 7 — Wisconsin Rapids area
Warden Paul Leezer, of Wausau, gave a talk to third graders at the Spencer Elementary School in February regarding the job of a conservation warden. Leezer also discussed conservation, natural resources, and ATV, snowmobile, and boat safety.
Warden Bryan Lockman, of Portage County, contacted a property owner who was illegally feeding deer. The individual had been warned a few months earlier for illegal feeding. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Jon Scharbarth, of Portage County, investigated a sizable litter/dumping complaint in Portage County. The suspect was identified and enforcement action was taken.
Warden Erika Taylor, of Wisconsin Rapids, responded to a two-semi collision where approximately 100 gallons of diesel fuel were spilled on the roadway. Taylor worked with the Pittsville Fire Department and the local hazardous materials clean-up team to insure the spill was contained and cleaned up.
Warden Taylor assisted warden Cara Kamke and other local wardens with an investigation regarding loan-and-borrowed deer licenses involving residents from Rudolph and Brown County.
District 8 — La Crosse area
No report available.
District 9 — Black River Falls area
Warden Molly Detjens, of Adams, received a complaint of an individual hunting deer over illegal bait during the 2016 archery season. Detjens unsuccessfully attempted to contact this individual during the season. Detjens investigated the complaint after the season and determined that the subject shot an antlerless deer over the bait. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Matt Weber, of Necedah, and Mike Weber, of Mauston, solved an ongoing littering complaint in Juneau County. During a two-month time period, numerous bags of garbage were dumped along a township road. The wardens discovered the identity of the responsible party in February and took enforcement action.
Wardens Weber and Matt Modjeski, of Sparta, located several illegal cable restraints set for catching coyotes. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Michael Weber completed an investigation in February from the 2016 deer season. Weber found that a hunter harvested a large buck illegally from the road in southern Juneau County during the gun-deer season. Weber also found that the hunter harvested a buck during the archery season, but failed to register it as required.
District 10 — Wautoma area
Warden Kyle Johnson, of Shiocton, was involved with an investigation showing a subject harvested an 8-point buck during the 2016 archery season. DNR records indicated the individual did not register the deer. The subject’s father tagged and registered the buck so the son could keep hunting. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Johnson received a complaint from the Outagamie County Sheriff’s Department regarding a freshly dumped deer carcass. Johnson questioned a person of interest who admitted to salvaging a car-killed deer and then dumping the skinned carcass in the ditch. Through the investigation, the suspect was also found to have tagged a buck that his friend shot during the bow season.
Warden Jonathan Kaiser of Waupaca contacted three youth anglers on Twin Lake committing multiple ATV and fishing violations with enforcement action taken with a parent for possessing an undersized northern pike. The parent was also cited for allowing two youths to operate an unregistered ATV without registration and without ATV safety certification.
Warden Kaiser attempted contact in February at a residence with warden Kaitlin Kernosky, of New London, while following up on a goose and turkey hunting investigation. One individual present at the home was found to have fished without a license during 2016, was in possession of cannabis, and had an active warrant in Waupaca County.
Warden Benjamin Nadolski, of Montello, worked fishing enforcement on Lake Puckaway. One morning one citation was issued for no fishing license and four citations for fishing with fishing with too many lines.