Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Nov. 17, 2017

September

District 8 — La Crosse area

Wardens Mike Melgaard and Dale Hochhausen, both of Onalaska, contacted three individuals fishing from a boat in September on the Mississippi River near the Genoa dam. One of the individuals was using his brother’s fishing license because he had been revoked for various hunting and trapping violations. The suspect had been previously arrested for fishing during a period of revocation and this was the person’s second offense in five years, which is a crime. The suspect was arrested and taken to the Vernon County jail.

Warden Dale Hochhausen responded to a report of a boat accident on Lake Onalaska. A sailboat, while under sail, hit a bass boat that was drifting and fishing on Lake Onalaska. The sailboat operator stated he didn’t see the other boat. There was damage to the bass boat, but no one was injured.

Warden Bob Jumbeck, of Alma, followed up on a complaint of illegal ginseng harvesting on private property in September. Working with a Minnesota game warden, Jumbeck’s investigation showed that a Minnesota resident was harvesting ginseng without permission and without a license. Enforcement action was taken.

While on patrol on the Mississippi River  in September, wardens Cody Adams, of Crawford County, and Mike Nice, of Richland Center, were speaking to a family that was fishing under a bridge. There was another man on the opposite side of the bridge who started packing up and was rushing to his vehicle. Adams made contact, and the man was found to be in possession of 29 bluegills. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Adams contacted a man who was harvesting wild ginseng on state property. The man stashed a backpack with numerous pounds of illegal ginseng in the woods. Wardens Adams and Nice contacted the man as he was exiting the woods. The wardens’ investigation determined that numerous additional pounds of illegal ginseng were at the man’s residence. The man did not have a license to legally harvest wild ginseng, and it is illegal to harvest wild ginseng on state-owned property. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Meghan Jensen, of Trempealeau, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officer Rob Hirschboeck were working early goose hunters when the wardens observed a group shoot a crow, but the crow season was closed. The group admitted to shooting the crow and stated it was because the geese were flying too high and they were bored. Violations of possession of lead shot and littering also were found. Enforcement actions were taken.

Wardens Trevor Tracey and Shawna Stringham, both of Vernon County, were patrolling on Hwy. 35 near Ferryville when they witnessed two subjects get into a vehicle with what looked like a handful of purple loosestrife. Tracey made a traffic stop of the vehicle. It was found that the subjects were, in fact, in possession of purple loosestrife that they had harvested off of the roadside. The subjects were also found to be in possession of marijuana. The two subjects were warned for transporting an invasive species, and the Vernon County Sheriff’s Department handled the marijuana possession

Warden Brad Peterson, of River Falls, received a call in September from a subject who found a turtle, but it was like no other turtle he had seen before. Peterson arrived to find a tortoise that was definitely not from Wisconsin. With some help from social media, Peterson was able to locate the owner of the tortoise. Tuck was an African spurred tortoise and had traveled approximately three-quarters of a mile from home while crossing a major highway. The kids were very happy to have their Tuck back home safe and sound.

October

District 12 — Green Bay area and Northeast Operations Marine Unit 

Wardens David Allen, of Mishicot, and Alyssa Neff-Miller, of Manitowoc, were patrolling the East Twin and West Twin rivers in Manitowoc County during the salmon run to ensure compliance of the fishing laws. Contact was made with a group of anglers, and it was determined that one member of the group had caught and kept five snagged fish. It also was determined that the individual continued to fish after obtaining his daily bag limit. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Neff-Miller responded to a complaint in October involving a person believed to have overbagged on salmon while fishing the East Twin River. Neff-Miller located the person described in the complaint. Through her investigation, it was determined that the subject had harvested and kept seven salmon that morning. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Alyssa Neff-Miller responded to a complaint regarding a group of hunters waterfowl hunting in the wildlife refuge on the Collins Marsh State Wildlife Area. Neff-Miller arrived and saw two hunters hunting on the southern portion of the wildlife refuge. Contact was made with the hunters and enforcement action was taken.

Lt. George Protogere, of Green Bay, responded to a complaint regarding shining and shooting in the town of Morrison in Brown County around 8:30 p.m. one night in October. Protogere responded and collected evidence. A follow-up investigation showed that three subjects allegedly shot at a raccoon that was in a soybean field. There were also had some deer in the field. Enforcement actions were taken involving shining deer and wild animals while in possession of a firearm, having a loaded rifle in a vehicle, shooting from a vehicle, and shooting from the road.

Marine Enforcement Unit

Warden Darren Kuhn, of Green Bay, contacted individuals fishing at the metro landing after he saw there were more vehicles than people fishing – and the individuals clearly had too many lines in the water. The owners of a good number of lines were sleeping in the vehicles. Kuhn woke everyone up and had the people account for their lines. Enforcement action was taken for unattended lines, fishing without a license, and fishing with too many lines.

While working boat lights, warden Kuhn heard numerous shotgun blasts from the Longtail Point area. Kuhn also received one report of late hunting. Kuhn located the suspects, who was hunting more than 30 minutes after hunting hours. Plus, the boat that was being used also had light issues. A hunter in one of the two boats did not harvest any ducks, while the companion harvested six mallards, three of which were hens. Neither of the two hunters had small game license, as required to hunt ducks. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Mike Neal, of Sister Bay, responded to a hotline complaint in October of illegal bait near Egg Harbor. Contact was made with a hunter who had set the bait and enforcement action was taken.

Warden Jeff Lautenslager, of Peshtigo, checked for closed season duck hunters on Green Bay. He found one individual hunting ducks on the Peshtigo River. The hunter had a redhead and ringbill in his possession. He also had a loaded firearm in the boat. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Lautenslager followed up on a complaint of two people who were double tripping on perch from Red Arrow Park. He sat in the parking lot and contacted the two fishermen. One had kept a total of 41 perch and the other had kept 30. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Dave Allen, of Kewaunee, conducted fall fish run enforcement in Manitowoc and Kewaunee counties, with the assistance of UW-Stevens Point SLEA students River Watch Program.

District 14 — Sheboygan/Fond du Lac area

Warden William Hankee, of Fond du Lac, responded to a call for service on the Baber DNR Glacial Habitat Restoration Area. A citizen reported he heard gunshots and observed a sandhill crane fall from the sky. When Hankee arrived, the hunters had left the area; however, the reporting party provided information on where the vehicles were parked and approximately where the crane went down. Hankee was able to collect evidence, document the case and located the suspects. Enforcement action was taken.

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