Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars — April 21, 2017
District 9 — Black River Falls area
Warden Michael Weber, of Mauston, received several calls in March regarding an injured eagle on the interstate near Camp Douglas. Weber located the eagle and transported it to the Sauk County Humane Society for rehabilitation.
Warden Weber contacted an individual in March whose DNR license privileges were suspended after having failed to pay several DNR citations. Weber determined that the individual illegally purchased several licenses while under suspension. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Kurt Haas, of Black River Falls, received a complaint in March regarding illegal deer baiting in the Taylor area. The individual who made the complaint was also found by Haas to be baiting deer in the same area. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Weber received information from warden Tyler Strelow regarding an otter tagging loan-or-borrow case. Strelow seized two otters from his investigation in La Crosse. Weber determined that a trapper in Juneau County had trapped two otters in the southern otter zone, and then transported the untagged otters to La Crosse, where another individual tagged the carcasses. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Kurt Haas and Roger Arnould contacted a person-of-interest in March regarding two old toilets that were dumped in the Black River State Forest. Haas and Arnould had video footage showing the suspect walking out of a store after purchasing two new toilets. The suspect admitted to discarding the old toilets on state land and apologized for not telling the truth. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Molly Detjens, of Adams, responded to a complaint of two ice fishermen who were fishing with too many tip-ups. Upon contact, Detjens found that the two anglers were ice fishing with nine baited lines in total. The anglers also had an undersized largemouth bass in their possession. Enforcement action was taken.
District 10 — Wautoma area
Wardens Kyle Johnson, of Shiocton, and Ted Dremel, of Wautoma, contacted two fishermen on the Wolf River near Fremont in March who were fishing with a total of eight hooks/lures. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Jonathan Kaiser, of Waupaca, contacted two ATV operators who had unlawfully operated on a roadway and failed to display registration. Upon investigation, it was discovered that one individual had failed to register his ATV and another had failed to complete the required ATV safety certification prior to public operation. Enforcement action taken.
Warden Kaiser assisted in coordinating, presenting at, and attending the Waupaca learn-to-hunt turkeys field day in March. Kaiser assisted with range safety, presented on laws, answered DNR questions, and worked with the coordinators to prepare the first-time hunters for the hunt. Kaiser worked with up to 70 hunters, mentors, parents, coordinators, and other DNR staff.
Warden Kaiser attended the annual Trophies of Grace sportsmen’s banquet in March with warden supervisor Ted Dremel, of Wautoma. Approximately 280 people were in attendance and multiple contacts were made regarding DNR questions and concerns. The wardens also prepared and presented a DNR booth with a fur collection and information on regulations.
Warden Benjamin Mott, of Wautoma, worked with Wautoma fire control staff members to follow up on a grass fire. During the investigation and interview, inconsistencies in stories led to the belief that the fire was started the day prior when burning permits were required and not a week earlier when there was snow on the ground and permits were not required. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Mott followed up with members of the Redgranite Police Department in March about a vehicle stuck and abandoned on state land. The vehicle was registered to a neighboring homeowner. Contact was made and it was found that the individual had been operating on state land to gather wood and sticks for his woodstove. The vehicle was removed by the homeowner; however, in doing so, he cut more trees, and left cinder blocks, lumber, and pieces of the vehicle on state property. In the end, it was found that there were violations for operating without a valid license, operating in an unauthorized area, parking violations, abandoning a vehicle, timber theft, damage to a natural resource, and littering. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Mott and Kaiser of Waupaca investigated a dumped deer carcass found on a town road north of Wautoma. The deer had an agricultural damage tag still attached. The wardens went to the farmer who belonged to the permit, found the shooter, and then found the individual to whom the shooter gave the deer. That person, in turn, had given the deer to a family member. He was informed what to do next time and enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Mark Schraufnagel, of Clintonville, investigated a husband/wife loan-or-borrow bowhunting case in March. The investigation determined the subject has harvested a second buck for the past four years using his wife’s tag. Enforcement action was taken.
District 11 — Peshtigo area
No report available.
District 12 — Green Bay area and Northeast Operations Marine Unit
Warden Chris Kratcha, of Sturgeon Bay, instructed a National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) basic archery instructor course for 14 teachers and volunteers at the Sturgeon Bay Rod and Gun Club.
A southern Door County resident pleaded no contest in March to the crime of shining deer while in possession of a crossbow, and also pleaded to one citation for another deer hunting violation – with all violations taking place in the fall of 2016 in southern Door County. The man received a fine of $1,000, plus costs, and a three-year revocation of his hunting, fishing, and trapping privileges. He also received one year of probation, and a 30-day stayed jail sentence. The case was the result of an investigation by the Door County Sheriff’s Department and DNR game warden Chris Kratcha.
Warden Ka Yeng Vue of Green Bay worked the DNR booth at the United Hmong Asian Association in Appleton at the Fox Valley Tech Career Fair. Approximately 200 high school students from the Green Bay and Fox Valley area attended. Many students expressed interest in law enforcement, in general, and a few expressed interest in becoming a conservation warden.
Marine Enforcement Unit
Warden Mike Neal, of Sister Bay, assisted a Door County Sheriff’s Department deputy with a traffic crash between Sister Bay and Baileys Harbor in March. An individual with a suspended license and no insurance caused an accident where two individuals had to be extricated from a vehicle. The individual was arrested for the violations related to the accident.
Warden Neal assisted the Door County Sheriff’s Department with a suspected OWI in a vehicle near Ephraim. Contact was made with the operator who, upon submitting to a test, showed a blood-alcohol level of .238 percent. The person was arrested and transported to the Door County jail by a deputy.
Wardens Jeff Lautenslager, of Peshtigo, and Jake Cross contacted two fishermen on the Hattie Street walkway in Marinette. The anglers had caught and kept a total of 10 brown trout. All of the brown trout were too short. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Lautenslager and Cross assisted the Marinette County Sheriff Department on a high-risk traffic stop. The deputies stopped the person because he was a suspect of a burglary from the night before. He was found to be in possession of a stolen handgun, as well as other stolen property. The suspect was arrested and booked into jail.
District 13 — Oshkosh area
No report available.
District 14 — Sheboygan area
No report available.
District 15 — Milwaukee area
No report available.
District 16 — Racine, Kenosha area
Warden Brandon Smith, of Burlington, conducted state land litter and dumping enforcement in March, resulting in a enforcement action on a subject for dumping garbage on state land.
Wardens Mike Hirschboeck, of Racine, Brad Latza, of Racine, and Lt. Jen Burrow-Niemeyer participated in the ICE DOG US Coast Guard exercise. This was a training scenario where the DNR wardens helped to rescue individuals who were involved in a plane crash on Lake Michigan. Many departments were involved in the exercise.
Warden Mike Katzenberg, of Delavan, investigated a license fraud case in March. Katzenberg found two individuals who have been buying resident hunting licenses for the past seven years while living in Florida and Illinois. Enforcement action was taken
District 17 — Madison area
Warden Boyd Richter, of Janesville, responded to a complaint of target shooting in the Lima area on public land and found that two subjects littered 100 empty rifle casings, an empty cardboard ammunition box, and a plastic bottle before leaving the area. Enforcement action was taken, and the subjects were advised to clean up debris from the parking lot.
Warden Richter monitored fishing and boating activity on Kiwanis Pond in Janesville in March and made contact with a subject who was fishing for bass during the closed season and was operating an unregistered motorboat with an uncovered, unsecured battery. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Henry Bauman, of Madison, contacted two anglers in March for illegally fishing in the youth urban fishing ponds at the Jenny and Kyle Preserve in Madison. The individuals also were found to be fishing without fishing licenses and trout stamps.
While patrolling the Rock River in Fort Atkinson in March, warden Pearl Wallace, of Watertown, contacted three anglers with walleyes and saugers shorter than the 15-inch size limit for the Rock River in Jefferson County. Enforcement action was taken.
District 18 — Poynette area
Warden Sean Neverman, of Prairie du Sac, completed a license fraud investigation involving a nonresident who bought a resident gun deer license for 2016. The subject had previously been cited for the same violation while living in a different state in 2014. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Paul Nadolski, of Portage, and Ben Nadolski, of Montello, responded to an EMS call at the French Creek Wildlife Area where an individual suffered a dislocated knee. Wardens used an ATV and truck to get personnel in and out of the area and to a waiting ambulance.
Wardens Amanda Kretschmer, of Wisconsin Dells, and Sean Neverman, of Prairie du Sac, contacted two anglers who were fishing by boat on the Lower Dells. The individuals were in possession of six undersized walleyes and saugers.
Warden Kretschmer responded to a complaint of individuals keeping illegal sized walleyes while fishing from shore on the Lower Dells. One individual was found to be in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and was turned over to the Wisconsin Dells Police Department. Enforcement action was taken.
District 19 — Dodgeville area
Warden Marty Stone, of Fennimore, responded to a complaint of possible illegal commercial fishing below Lock & Dam 11. Enforcement action was taken for failing to immediately release non-commercial fish, unserviceable PFDs, failure to cover and secure storage batteries, and failure to display permit to transport live fish.