Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Feb. 9, 2018
District 3 — Park Falls area
Warden Kurt Haas, of Medford, investigated a complaint in December concerning a possible deer hunting violation. As a result of his investigation, Haas determined the suspect shot an 8-point buck with his rifle during the muzzleloader season. The suspect did not wear blaze orange, and the suspect’s father failed to register his buck during the archery season. Enforcement action was taken.
District 4 — Woodruff area
Wardens Tim Price, of Eagle River, and Jim Jung, of Rhinelander, assisted local law enforcement agencies in December with Shop With a Cop youth programs in their communities.
Warden Jung and Division of Criminal Investigations officer Josh Pudlowski investigated a subject regarding a suspicious wildlands fire that occurred in Oneida County. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Matt Meade, of Mercer, and Chris Bartelt contacted an Iron County resident in December who was feeding deer with a gravity feeder that he placed in the woods. The feeder’s capacity was well in excess of 2 gallons. The person knew the action was a violation and had been cited for the same violation in the past. Enforcement action was taken.
District 5 — Lower St. Croix area
Wardens Paul Sickman and Isaac Kruse, and warden supervisor Mike Melgaard, of St. Croix County, assisted and guided hunters during the sixth annual U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Paul District’s Wounded Warriors Deer Hunt on Dec. 9-10. The event was held at the Eau Galle Recreation Area near Spring Valley. Nine wounded veterans participated in the hunt; three deer were harvested. Sickman, along with members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Wounded Warriors Guide Service, and volunteers, helped organize the event.
Warden Brad Peterson, of Pierce County, received a complaint of a goose that was frozen in the ice in River Falls on the Kinnickinnic River. The River Falls Fire Department responded and was able to free the goose. A couple of days later the same goose was reported frozen in the ice again. Peterson responded, removed the goose, and took it to a rehabilitation facility.
District 6 — Eau Claire area
Warden Kevin Christorf, of Cornell, and other law enforcement agencies participated in the annual Clark County Shop With a Cop event in December. Christorf shopped with a local underprivileged Clark County kid for Christmas gifts purchased through fundraising efforts of the Clark County Law Enforcement Officers’ Organization.
Warden Jake Bolks, of Eau Claire, contacted a fisherman on Half Moon Lake in Eau Claire. Bolks observed the individual fishing with two fishing poles and two tip-ups. Upon contact, the fisherman said that fishing was slow and he was from Oregon and didn’t know all the regulations. A records check indicated that the fishermen had been buying non-resident Wisconsin fishing license for more than 18 years.
Warden Ken Thomson, of Fall Creek, investigated a complaint in December of a deer shot before hunting hours. Thomson checked the area of the complaint and found a fresh bloody drag trail to a residence. Thomson was able to identify a suspect and found that the suspect shot a buck with a rifle almost an hour before legal shooting hours during the muzzleloader season.
District 7 — Wisconsin Rapids area
Warden Erika Taylor, of Marshfield, stopped a UTV operating on a road route with multiple violations – including having a 5-year-old passenger with no helmet, over capacity, and failure to wear the necessary safety equipment. Enforcement action was taken and the child was picked up by a family member.
Warden Taylor met with two individuals to register their otters and found trap tags weren’t used while trapping for one otter and the other otter was trapped in the wrong zone. False information was given to the DNR to cover up the zone violation and the otter was not reported by the required date.
Wardens Jon Scharbarth, Chris Bartelt and Bryan Lockman, all of Stevens Point, responded to a complaint of illegal goose hunting where a hunter drove his pickup truck into a field where a flock of geese were feeding. The hunter flushed the geese with his truck and shot at the flock. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Paul Leezer, of Wausau, assisted Missouri conservation officers in December with serving citations to Wisconsin residents for illegal hunting violations that took place in Missouri.
Warden Leezer had an illegal waterfowl/deer hunting case adjudicated in December that resulted in a fine of $1,695.60 and three years of revocation for all of the defendant’s hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses.
District 8 — La Crosse area
Warden Meghan Jensen, of Trempealeau, and deputy warden Vong Xiong were called to the Perrot State Park during the gun-deer season to investigate a report of individuals hunting on the state property without wearing the required blaze orange outerwear. The wardens located two squirrel hunters; neither wearing the required blaze-colored clothing for hunting during a firearm deer season. It was found that one of the hunters had shot, and was in possession of, more than the daily bag limit of squirrels.
While working hunting and boating enforcement, wardens Jensen and Xiong checked a group of deer hunters who had been hunting on islands of the Mississippi River and had used a motorboat as their mode of transportation. The wardens made contact with the hunters after dark when they returned to the boat landing. The wardens found that the boat had been operated after sunset without navigational lights, did not display registration stickers, the owner had not transferred the boat into his name after purchasing it, and the boat had been operated while carrying two loaded firearms.
Warden Trevor Tracey, of Stoddard, investigated a case of an antlered deer shot during the antlerless hunt in Vernon County. The subject who shot the deer called and turned himself in. Tracey contacted the subject and found that the hunter made a mistake. The hunter was issued a warning.
During the muzzleloader season, warden Bob Jumbeck, of Alma, received an ongoing road hunting complaint at 10 p.m. Working with the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Department, three suspects were located and found to have shot a deer from the road. Upon further investigation, it was also determined that three other deer had been harvested with a rifle during the muzzleloader season.
Warden Jumbeck responded to a residence in December where there was an unwanted critter living underneath the homeowner’s dishwasher. Upon arrival, Jumbeck found an opossum – and it had no interest in leaving the comforts of its new home. Jumbeck eventually was able to reach the opossum for eviction without incident.
District 9 — Black River Falls area
Warden Matt Modjeski, of Sparta, investigated and coordinated multi-agency interviews with several deer hunters who were suspected of trespassing and shooting numerous deer that were not retrieved at Fort McCoy, as well as shining and shooting a buck from a motor vehicle on a county highway at night with a rifle during the closed season. In addition to Modjeski, officers from the following agencies were included in the investigations: Fort McCoy Police Department, Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Modjeski seized the rifle and scope that were used to poach the buck, plus the antlers and venison. Enforcement actions are in process.
Warden Matt Groppi, of Black River Falls, assisted local law enforcement agencies with the search and arrest of four subjects who fled from a stolen vehicle in Black River Falls. The suspects fled from a stolen vehicle, then attempted to steal another vehicle before they were later arrested. The four suspects were all juveniles and were connected to a fifth suspect who stole another vehicle, was involved in a pursuit, and was later apprehended in Juneau County. At least three of the suspects also were wanted in connection with armed robberies in the Milwaukee area.
Warden Molly Detjens, of Adams, received a complaint in December that a buck was shot during the antlerless deer season. Detjens identified the adult hunter who shot the buck, and determined the hunter had not completed a hunter safety course and was hunting with a mentored hunting license. The investigation showed that the mentor and mentee were not hunting in the same deer stand and were not within arms-reach, as they were required to be under the mentored hunting laws. Enforcement action was taken.
District 10 — Wautoma area
Wardens Jonathan Kaiser, of Waupaca, Jeffrey Knorr, of Fremont, and Kaitlin Kernosky, of New London, joined with other law enforcement officers in December for the annual Waupaca County Shop With a Cop event at Fleet Farm in Waupaca.
Wardens Benjamin Mott, of Wautoma, and John Schreiber, of Green Lake, worked a complaint of an individual who was a felon and had shot a large buck with a gun and registered it as a crossbow kill. The wardens’ investigation confirmed the suspect shot the buck with a shotgun while hunting on private land. The suspect was taken into custody by the Dodge County Sheriff’s Department on a felon-in-possession-of-a-firearm charge and enforcement action will be taken.
Warden Schreiber investigated an individual in December who was purchasing licenses during a period of revocation. The man was currently serving a period of revocation for illegally shining and shooting deer convictions and was buying licenses illegally.
Warden John Schreiber assisted the Berlin Police Department, Green Lake County Sheriff’s Department and several other agencies in response to an individual who barricaded himself in his residence. The man was placed under arrest without incident.
District 11 — Peshtigo area
Warden Jacob Cross, of Shawano, contacted an ice fisherman fishing in an ice shack on Lower Red Lake. Upon contact, Cross smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the shack. After investigation, the fisherman was found to have smoked marijuana and was in possession of a joint. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Timothy Werner, of Crivitz, reported that a case from October 2017 was resolved in Marinette County Circuit Court in December. The hunter was caught hunting deer at night with an artificial light. The hunter was found guilty of shining wild animals while possessing a crossbow and hunting without a license. He was fined $809.40 and lost licensing privileges for a year.
Warden Werner reported that case from the 2016 deer season was settled in Marinette County Circuit Court in December. A non-resident hunter was found guilty of hunting deer without a valid carcass tag and was fined $604. The defendant’s hunting, fishing, and trapping approvals also were revoked for one year.
District 12 — Green Bay area and Northeast Operations Marine Unit
Marine Enforcement Unit
Warden Darren Kuhn, of Green Bay, had received a report in December of an ATV operating on DNR land. Kuhn located the suspect vehicle on the corner boundary of DNR land and private land. Kuhn had previously cited this suspect for operating on the roadway going to his hunting land. Kuhn contacted the suspect as he was leaving his hunting spot with the ATV in the back of his van. The suspect admitted to operating on several pieces of private land without permission and on DNR land.
Warden Kuhn responded to a complaint of duck hunters hunting during the closed season in the northern waterfowl zone. Upon investigation, it was determined that the suspects were in the southern zone. During the course of the investigation, Kuhn discovered several boating violations from two groups of duck hunters. One group of three in individual kayaks were cited for not having any PFDs. These folks had been cited on opening day of the early teal season for multiple hunting violations. The second group of hunters had some registration display and lighting issues and were warned for the violations.
Warden Dave Allen, of Kewaunee, investigated a suspect who had illegally harvested two bucks during the archery season.
Warden Jordan Resop, of Sturgeon Bay, received a complaint of an active hunter harassment case on closing weekend of duck season. A group of hunters became agitated at a guided lay-out hunt when both parties wanted to hunt the same area. One of the individuals set decoys directly upwind of the lay-out boat to intentionally disrupt the lay-out boat hunter. The same individual then operated his boat in a circle around the lay-out boat.
While performing ice fishing enforcement in Sawyer Harbor after dark, warden Resop observed a snowmobile operating towards the Idlewild launch, where Resop was located. The snowmobile approached and stopped short of Resop’s squad. Both riders were returning from ice fishing. An investigation led to the operator being arrested for snowmobile OWI.
District 15 — Milwaukee area
Warden Steve Sanidas assisted Mukwonago police officer Rob Kreiser in December with an investigation of illegal hunting and baiting for deer. An individual was found to have illegaly placed bait.
Warden Sanidas contacted a deer hunter during the statewide antlerless-only season who possessed a loaded shotgun inside his vehicle. The individual had changed hunting locations and never unloaded his firearm, as required.
Warden Brad Wilson received a complaint of an individual who had shot a buck during the rifle season, and then shot another buck during the muzzleloader season. Wardens Wilson and Steve Swiertz investigated and found that the individual did shoot two bucks. One was claimed to be part of a group hunting party. The individual could not provide any names of any of the party members or even the member of the party who held the valid buck carcass tag. The individual was in possession of the antlers. There was no registration of a buck from Walworth County during the time period specified. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Blaine Ziarek was checking hunters on Waukesha County land in December when he heard a shot and investigated. The hunter tried to hide something when he realized the warden was there. The hunter had killed a Coopers hawk while squirrel hunting.
Wardens Ziarek and Swiertz followed up on a complaint received from Michigan wardens that involved a local resident who had hunted illegally in Michigan. The investigation uncovered multiple violations that were referred back to Michigan.
Warden Marcus Medina received a video from a waterfowl hunter whose hunt was interfered with on the Oconomowoc River. There have been complaints in regards to a landowner harassing waterfowl hunters on that stretch of the river. Based on the complete investigation, enforcement action was taken.
District 17 — Madison area
Wardens Ryan Caputo and Drew Starch responded to a complaint in December of a subject who had shot his limit of geese earlier in the day and was back out again attempting to shoot more geese. They contacted the individual and the investigation showed the individual had shot geese earlier in the day. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Caputo and Starch wrapped up a case of goose hunting without a license when they contacted the subject for hunting and shooting several geese without a hunting license.
District 19 — Dodgeville area
Wardens Nick Webster, of Iowa County, and Pat Seybert, of Necedah, assisted a Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department deputy with a felony warrant and restraining order violation in Blanchardville. The wardens observed the suspect flee out the back door as the deputy knocked on the front door. The subject was apprehended without incident.
Wardens Al Erickson, of Iowa County, and Alex Brooks, of Baraboo, contacted a pheasant hunter in a parking lot on the Blackhawk Lake Recreational Area. The subject had a loaded 28-gauge shotgun in his vehicle and was also found to have an open intoxicant in his vehicle. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Alex Brooks, Al Erickson, Patrick Seybert, and Nick Webster assisted Dodgeville Police Department with an armed subject who allegedly sexually assaulted a woman. A search for the suspect took place and he was located 15 miles away more than eight hours later and taken into custody by another agency.
Rock River Team
(Dodge, Jefferson, Rock counties)
Warden Wallace, of Watertown, observed an individual discharge a muzzleloader next to Hwy. Y in the Jefferson Marsh. The suspect was contacted and determined to have shot from within 50 feet of the roadway’s center at a target in the marsh. State law prohibits discharging a firearm within 50 feet of a road’s center, as well as target shooting on DNR owned lands in Jefferson County. Warden Wallace investigated a report of unattended lines on Hans Lake. The investigation yielded an individual with four tip-ups.
Lake Winnebago Team
Warden Cara Kamke, of Appleton, investigated a complaint in December of a person shooting more than one buck during the archery season. Her investigation showed that the hunter had failed to register several deer over the past three years. The investigation also showed the hunter did not shoot more than one buck, but did fail to register the deer. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Thomas Sturdivant, of Neenah, investigated a complaint of individuals feeding deer in a CWD-affected county, which is prohibited. The investigation also revealed that the responsible party was aware of the prohibition. Enforcement action was taken.
Sauk County Team
Warden Amanda Kretschmer, of Sauk County, along with several other law enforcement agencies, participated in the December Shop with a Cop event with the Baraboo Community Heroes organization.
Warden Pat Novesky, of Tomahawk, issued citations for excessive bait and automatic feeders being used during the late archery season, some being nearly a truckload of illegal bait.