Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars – Sept. 22, 2017

District 1 — Ashland area

Warden Matt Koshollek, of Drummond, worked with residents in the town of Namakagon in August to identify a suspect who was dumping food waste off of a town road. The subject had been dumping food waste for a series of months and sometimes up to three times a month. The responsible individual was identified and enforcement action was taken.

Wardens Amie Egstad and Lynna Gurnoe, both of Bayfield, and Red Cliff tribal warden Zach Peterson were on patrol on Lake Superior in August and found a vessel several hundred feet into the Gull Island Refuge near Outer Island. Upon contact, it was found that the vessel operator did have electronic equipment to monitor the refuge. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Gurnoe, Red Cliff tribal chief Mark Duffy and tribal warden Peterson were on a joint commercial net enforcement patrol on Lake Superior when they received a complaint of a vessel within the Gull Island Refuge near a location commonly known as “the flats.” Upon contact, it was found the vessel was approximately a mile into the refuge. Enforcement action was taken.

Wardens Gurnoe and Josh Loining and Red Cliff warden Peterson were on patrol on Lake Superior in August when the wardens noticed a large number of seagulls flying above a vessel. Upon contact it was found that the individuals onboard had caught nine lake trout and were in the process of filleting the fish and tossing the carcasses overboard. The fillets did not meet the minimum size limits for lake trout and enforcement action was taken.

Wardens Matt Mackenzie, of Ashland, and Matt Koshollek had a trial in August on a goose case from last year’s early teal/goose season. Thirteen people were involved in the case and every one reached a settlement on their violations, except for one defendant. This subject had three charges against him, two for killing migratory game birds during the closed season (one hooded merganser and one crow) and one for failure to validate his goose permit. He was found guilty by the Ashland County Circuit Court on all three violations.

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

Warden John Schreiber, of Cornell, contacted a boater on Pike Lake in Chippewa County in August. Upon contact, the boater was found to be consuming alcohol and had smoked marijuana, which the boater possessed while operating the motorboat. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Schreiber investigated a complaint reporting an individual for keeping multiple illegal sized bass caught on the Chippewa River. Upon contact, the man initially lied to Schreiber, then later admitted to keeping, cleaning, and eating the illegal sized bass. Enforcement action was taken.

Wardens Schreiber and Kevin Christorf, of Chippewa Falls, investigated an individual fishing Otter Lake near Stanley for overbagging on panfish. The fisherman was found to possess more than 300 panfish and was found to have overbagged panfish on numerous occasions. Upon contact, the suspect was attempting to hide panfish from the wardens after being warned the wardens were coming to speak with him. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Christorf contacted three individuals in Lake Wissota State Park in August. It was found through investigation that two of the individuals smoked marijuana prior to contact. Christorf seized two marijuana pipes and a container of marijuana from their person. It was also found that one of the individuals possessed a larger bag of marijuana inside the vehicle that was located in the parking lot. 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, observed a vehicle in front of her driving erratically. Detjens then observed the passenger of the vehicle throw a bottle out of the window. Detjens stopped the vehicle and found that the two individuals inside the vehicle were having an argument and the passenger took the driver’s tea and threw it out the window. Detjens mediated the argument and enforcement action was taken.

While on Lake Arbutus, warden Kurt Haas and recruit warden Jaime McDermid observed a boat without working navigation lights. After speaking with the boat operator, the wardens assisted the boat back to shore. The wardens learned from the operator that his two grandsons were in separate row boats still on the water. At this time it was complete darkness. The wardens left shore and found both grandsons and safely brought them back to their campsite.

Wardens Matt Modjeski, of Sparta, and John Moore investigated a complaint of a fisherman keeping an undersized walleye along the La Crosse River below the Perch Lake dam in Sparta. The wardens found a 10.5-inch walleye on a stringer. The minimum size limit is 15 inches at this location. The month prior, Modjeski took enforcement action with the same angler at the same location for possession of an undersized bass. The wardens returned the live walleye to the river and enforcement action was taken again.

Wardens Modjeski and Moore worked fishing enforcement on the Lemonweir River below the Lake Tomah dam. The wardens contacted an angler whose fishing privileges were revoked for unpaid child support. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Matt Weber, of Tomah, investigated a littering complaint in Juneau County where two truckloads of garbage were dumped along the road. Enforcement action was taken with the responsible party and they picked up the garbage and took it to the landfill.

Wardens Michael Weber, of Mauston, and Robin Barnhardt were working ATV enforcement in the Hustler area in August when they attempted to stop an ATV operator for road violations. The operator fled and eluded the wardens. Wardens Michael Weber and Matthew Weber, of Tomah, later located the ATV operator at his residence. Enforcement action is pending.

District 10 — Wautoma area

No report available.

District 11 — Peshtigo area

Warden Jacob Cross, of Shawano, assisted the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department with a search to locate a female subject who ran during a welfare check while under the influence of narcotics. The female subject ran into the woods and was hiding in a swamp pond. Cross set up a perimeter and took medical personnel into the location once the individual was in custody.

District 12 — Green Bay area and Northeast Operations Marine Unit 

Warden Cara Kamke, of Green Bay, and recreational safety warden Jeremy Cords attended a De Pere City Council meeting in August to discuss improvements to the Bomier boat launch.

Northeast Operations Marine Unit 

Wardens Darren Kuhn, of Green Bay, and Mike Lautenslager, of Peshtigo, were patrolling the Fox River in Green Bay when a 20-foot motorboat was observed operating at a speed in excess of the posted no-wake speed. Upon contact with this boat, it was discovered that the operator was intoxicated. The boat operator was arrested for OWI.

Warden Mike Neal, of Sister Bay, assisted in August with four sonar searches for missing people who were presumed to be in the water. Neal assisted the Marinette County Sheriff’s Department regarding a possible victim recovery involving a “Silver Alert” person who had been tracked to the edge of a small lake. Neal also worked with the Door County Sheriff’s Department in a search for a missing kayaker off of Horseshoe Island, and for a missing person at Wave-Pointe Marina. And, he helped the Vilas County Sheriff’s Department in a search for a missing boater on Big Sand Lake.

Warden Neal received a call from the Door County Sheriff’s Department in August of individuals shooting guns from a boat near Chamber’s Island. The call came from other boaters who were frightened due to the excessive gun fire. He made contact with the individuals and determined that they were shooting clay pigeons, watermelons, and other items in the water. Enforcement action taken and the reporting parties thanked him for his response.

Warden Lautenslager assisted with kids at a special waterfowl event in Green Bay. The program is sponsored by the Green Bay Duck Club. Lautenschlager explained the “how” and equipment behind water hunting for ducks.

District 13 — Oshkosh area

Wardens Michael Disher, of Chilton, and Alyssa Neff-Miller, of Manitowoc, patrolled the east shore of Lake Winnebago by boat in August. While observing walleye trolling activity, an angler was observed trolling four lines behind his boat. Three lines were marked with planer boards, while the fourth line was out the back of the boat. Enforcement action was taken for fishing with too many lines.

Warden Disher was on patrol in August and observed a UTV being operated illegally on the roadway. Disher stopped the operator and found it to be a juvenile who had not completed a safety class, was not wearing a helmet, and was not wearing a seatbelt. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Jason Higgins, of Oshkosh, and recruit warden Taylor Meinholz, of Madison, were on Lake Winnebago when they observed a person fishing with four rods. The wardens made contact and the person admitted he had been fishing with more than three hooks, baits, or lures for approximately two hours. The subject had been cited in 2015 for the same violation on Lake Winnebago. Enforcement action was taken.

Wardens Higgins and Meinholz contacted a person at Rainbow Park in Oshkosh. The person was found in possession of an undersized flathead catfish on a stringer. The catfish was 22 inches long and the minimum length limit is 30 inches on the Winnebago system. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Thomas Sturdivant, of Neenah, encountered a 14-year-old operating a personal watercraft on Lake Winnebago without having first completed boating safety. It was obvious that the youth was not familiar with operating a PWC. This was done with the knowledge of the guardian. Enforcement action was taken.

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