Wisconsin Cuffs & Collars - July 13th, 2012
District 10 — Wautoma area
Warden Jeff Knorr, of Fremont, attended the sentencing of Robbi Kuenzi at the Waupaca County courthouse May 24 after Kuenzi pleaded guilty to three felonies and three misdemeanors. Kuenzi was the last of three defendants charged with felony cruelty to animals for running down several deer in Waupaca County with snowmobiles. Kuenzi was sentenced to 21⁄2 years of probation, 6 months in jail, more than $6,300 in fines, and lost his hunting, fishing, and trapping privileges for three years.
Warden Knorr and deputy wardens Josh Loining and Sam Schroeder assisted warden Tom Truman with walleye overbagging complaints in Winneconne. The wardens documented fish caught by anglers in boats. One suspect was arrested for making two trips and catching six walleyes. Enforcement action was taken and fish were seized.
Warden Nate Ackerman, of Berlin, contacted a subject fishing from shore who saw Ackerman, then put the rod down and tried to walk away. It was found that she had no license. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Ackerman and Judi Nigbor, of Montello, conducted boating enforcement on Lake Puckaway. One subject was cited for no-wake violations (4 feet from another PWC while on plane). The wardens also contacted a subject on a PWC who was exceeding no-wake within 200 feet of shore.
Warden Ted Dremel worked boating and fishing enforcement in the Waupaca area and on the Wolf River. On opening day of fishing, Dremel encountered a high concentration of trout anglers – presumably due to the rainy and cloudy weather. Dremel also worked during the Memorial Day weekend. Citations were issued for fishing without a license and possessing undersized fish. Various boating citations were issued.
Wardens Dremel and Knorr worked on the Wolf River and White Lake. Enforcement action was taken for not having a fishing license and for two undersized fish. They issued two warnings for boat issues.
Warden Nigbor contacted a person for operating an off-road motorcycle on state land. Last year the same person was warned for operating an ATV in the same area. A citation was issued for this year’s violation.
Warden Bryan Lockman took enforcement action for fishing without a license and undersized fish violations in the Wolf River corridor in May.
District 11 — Peshtigo area
Wardens Matt Meade and Sean Neverman checked three men at a remote trout stream the day before the trout opener. The men were illegally fishing during the closed season and were in possession of trout. The fish were seized, and enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Meade and Neverman contacted numerous trout anglers during the opening weekend. Multiple subjects had short brook and brown trout. Enforcement action was taken, and all fish were seized.
Wardens Meade and Neverman floated the Menomonee River, checking shore and boat anglers and issuing citations for fishing with unattended lines and fishing with too many lines. In one case, Meade contacted a shore angler who was frantically reeling up lines. The angler was able to get two poles out of the water by throwing one in the woods and one in the back of his truck while Meade paddled to him. The man was fishing with a total of 10 lines.
Warden Paul and Oconto County deputy Troy Sherman received a boating and fishing complaint on Little Horn Lake. They located the suspected boater. Citations were issued for operating faster than no-wake on a lake less than 50 acres and for fishing without a license.
Warden Paul located a subject who had been trout fishing on the South Branch of the Oconto River near Breed. The subject was in possession of 36 trout, and he did not have a trout stamp or a fishing license. The fish were seized and given to a local food pantry. Several citations were issued.
Warden Stahl made a check in the Shawano Lake area for aquatic invasive species violations. During the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, wardens Stahl and Schraufnagel observed vehicle traffic in the area, and a number of traffic stops were made for aquatic vegetation hanging from trailers. Two citations were issued, and a number of warnings were given. One of the subjects was turned over to the Wisconsin State Patrol for operating a motor vehicle after revocation and being a habitual traffic offender.
Warden Schraufnagel received a complaint about fishermen snagging fish at the Stiles dam. He located the responsible parties, and a citation was issued.
Wardens Schraufnagel, Stahl, Horne, and Treml worked aquatic invasive species enforcement in the Shawano Lake area. One subject was observed transporting aquatic vegetation on his boat and trailer while en route on a highway. The subject was stopped. Zebra mussels were located on the anchor rope. The subject was in possession of a short bass, live fish, and water in his livewell. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Schraufnagel and Treml contacted a set-line fisherman on the Wolf River in possession of a short flathead catfish. Enforcement action was taken.
District 12 — Green Bay area and Northeast Operations Marine Unit
Warden Robert Stroess, of Manitowoc, issued two citations for fishing without a license on the Sheboygan River in Kiel and a citation at Long Lake to an angler who had two 6-inch bass, which the angler had planned to take home to put in his aquarium, which also would have been illegal.
Warden Stroess completed an investigation into a felon from Kiel who had been deer hunting illegally with a gun and with a crossbow during the 2011 gun deer season. The man was issued two citations, and his deer were seized.
Regional warden Byron Goetsch, of Green Bay, worked during the fishing opener and Memorial Day weekend, checking for compliance with fishing and boating regulations. Overall, compliance was good.
Warden supervisor George Protogere, of Green Bay, responded to a capsized boat on Carstens Lake in Manitowoc County. Both occupants were pulled from the water by two bystanders prior to Protogere’s arrival and will be OK. The operator of the boat stated that the boat capsized as he was pulling up the anchor.
Warden David Allen, of Kewaunee, received a call regarding an individual who was fishing at the Fox Point boat launch and had a large muskie on a stringer (closed season). Allen contacted the group and cited the individual, who admitted to keeping a 44-inch muskie.
Also in May, warden Allen spent over six hours working on an open records request. Allen was one of many who had to fill this open records request.
Northeast Operations Marine Unit
No report available.
District 13 — Oshkosh area
Warden Jason Higgins, of Oshkosh, assisted warden Kyle Kosin, of Campbellsport, with a turkey case. They located the hunter and Kosin contacted the subject, who was hunting from a blind. The subject did not have a turkey-hunting permit with him, but said he’d forgot it at home. Higgins located a trail camera and a pile of salt on the property. The subject dumped it for deer and did not realize it was illegal to bait/feed deer at this time. The bait was not being used for hunting turkeys. The subject was cited for failing to display a license and warned for the illegal feeding of deer.
Warden Higgins got a call from the Oshkosh Police Department and was told a deer had broken into a nail salon on the city’s south side. Higgins responded to the area and found a doe with two broken legs lying in the middle of the salon. Higgins and Oshkosh police officer Fettig decided to walk toward the deer with a tarp. The doe got up and tried to run away. They tackled the deer, keeping her pinned to the ground. The deer was then euthanized due to the injuries. The deer was taken to Menominee Park Zoo and fed to captive wolves.
Warden Tom Truman, of Winneconne, worked walleye fishermen in the Winneconne area. One subject was catching walleyes and taking them to a residence throughout the day. The individual admitted to catching his limit earlier in the day and returning again for more walleyes. The subject had overbagged. A citation was issued.
Warden Michael Disher, of Chilton, investigated a local hunter for overbagging turkeys during the fifth season in Calumet County.
Warden Disher was notified of a deer that was swimming across Lake Winnebago about 1.5 miles off of Brothertown Harbor. The deer was being watched by several walleye anglers and it appeared it wasn’t going to make it to shore. The anglers pulled the exhausted deer (a full-sized buck) into their boat and gave it a ride to shore. The deer rested a while before going for another swim across Brothertown Creek and then heading for a nearby woods. Disher spoke with the boat operator, who proclaimed it a great day on Lake Winnebago after catching a limit of walleyes and one deer.
Warden Al Erickson, of Fond du Lac, received calls about overbagging of walleyes and crappies on Lake Winnebago, in addition to complaints about littering, a diesel spill, animal waste, solid waste, and water regulation violations.
Wardens Ben Nadolski, of Waupun, Paul Nell, of Horicon, and Kyle Kosin, of Campbellsport, addressed calls regarding the snagging of fish and keeping more than the daily bag limit at the Fox Lake dam/Mill Creek area. Many citations were issued for failing to release foul-hooked fish, overbagging, and snagging fish. Many warnings also were given for minor issues. One subject had 30 crappies hidden under a seat in a vehicle in addition to the 10 he had next to him while fishing. Another subject had 35 crappies that wardens watched him keep.
Warden Ryan Propson, of Appleton, investigated multiple environmental complaints, including improper disposal of seal-coating waste, manure runoff, and illegally placed structures in waterways.
Warden Propson worked boating and fishing enforcement and issued citations for possession of undersized fish, littering, boat registration violations, and fishing without a license.
District 14 — Sheboygan area
No report available.
District 15 — Milwaukee area
Warden Matthew Groppi worked fishing and boating enforcement in May. Groppi issued citations for numerous boating violations as well as fishing violations.
Warden Sanidas worked complaints of closed-season game fish violations along the Mukwonago River. He contacted an individual who possessed an illegal-sized bass during the closed season and also did not have a license. Enforcement action was taken.
While working sportfishing enforcement along the Fox River in Big Bend and Mukwonago, warden Sanidas contacted two individuals who were fishing below a bridge. Sanidas located their stringer and found them to possess one carp and an illegal-sized northern pike. One of the individuals also did not possess a valid fishing license. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Groppi followed up on a complaint received from Warden Bill Mitchell, of West Bend, regarding possible residency fraud. Groppi spoke to the individual who had recently moved here from Minnesota, but purchased resident licenses in both states. Warden Groppi forwarded the complaint to a conservation officer, Mark Mathy (Minnesota DNR), for enforcement action.
Warden Zeihen learned of a subject keeping short walleyes in Lac La Belle. The subject was contacted and the walleyes were located. A citation was issued. Unfortunately, a second group of people on shore were involved, but left the scene upon Zeihen’s arrival.
Warden Ben Mott received a call from the Shorewood Police Department concerning four young men who had been detained for the suspected killing of a juvenile goose on Estabrook Pond. Mott interviewed the suspects, who admitted to throwing rocks and sticks at the geese and probably killing one of them. The individuals were 11, 14, and two were 17 years old. Mott was able to utilize his canine to retrieve the juvenile goose from the pond. Enforcement action was taken against the oldest individuals, and education was given to the youngest.
Warden Mott was working along the Milwaukee River at Kletzsch Park and checked a man who had three smallmouth bass in a bucket. The largest bass was 10 inches long. The man also did not have a license. Mott cited the individual for fishing without a license, and all three fish were released.
Wardens Mott and Reed also observed four individuals in a canoe on the Milwaukee River. As the boat passed the wardens’ boats, they could see that there were no PFDs. The wardens escorted the canoe to the closest pier. Mott issued a citation for failure to provide the proper number of PFDs.
District 16 — Racine, Kenosha area
Wardens Randy Dunkel and Mac Hannon worked boating enforcement in Racine, Kenosha, and Milwaukee counties. They worked on Tichigan Lake and the Fox River and issued several warnings for failing to carry licenses, as well as registration issues. They had contact with a boater who was getting ready to pull a tuber without an observer. They made contact before the mistake was made and informed them of the law.
Wardens Hannon and Dunkel responded to a hotline complaint about a person keeping short bass on Lake Andrea. Hannon made contact with the angler, who stated he let all of his fish go. But Hannon discovered a short northern pike and short largemouth bass. The man was cited.
Wardens Kyle Dilley, of Kenosha County, and Jennifer Niemeyer contacted a turkey hunter in the parking lot of the Honey Creek Wildlife Area on Oak Knoll Road. When Niemeyer asked to see the man’s license/stamp, the man patted his pockets and looked in the trunk of his car, but could not find it. The man said his license was in his pocket with a pair of gloves and it must had fallen out. The man’s gloves were in the trunk of his vehicle, but he could not find his license. When Niemeyer told the man she would help him look for his license, the man confessed to forgetting to buy the license and stamp. The man said he decided to go hunting anyways, and if he killed a turkey, he would then go buy a license. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Jason Roberts, of Delevan, worked in an area with recent and historical complaints regarding overbagging in the Whitewater area. Roberts and Gomez checked two fishermen who had been fishing on Cravath Lake. They found that the men had 46 fish in buckets along the shore. Roberts found another 11 panfish hidden in the trunk of their vehicle. A citation was issued, and the fish and cooler were seized as evidence.
District 17 — Madison area
Warden Grudzinski was patrolling Madison-area shore-fishing spots when he encountered a man who was fishing without a license at Tenney Park. Grudzinski cited the man and the man said he would just pay the ticket. Later on the same day, Grudzinski continued his patrol near Morrison Park and saw the man he had just cited a couple of hours earlier, fishing from a dock. Grudzinski ran a computer check to see if the man had bought a license, but no record was found. Grudzinski walked onto the dock and contacted the man a second time. The man had not bought a license yet, so Grudzinski cited him again. The man told Grudzinski that he hadn’t bought a license because he didn’t have any money. Grudzinski seized the man’s fishing pole so he would not be tempted to continue to fish.
Wardens Boyd Richter and Mike Dieckhoff, of Janesville, worked boating and fishing enforcement on Gibbs and Clear lakes. One individual was found fishing without a license on Gibbs Lake, and one individual was found in possession of an undersized largemouth bass on Clear Lake. Citations were issued for both violations.
Warden Richter worked on Lake Waubesa, Mud Lake, and the Yahara River. Citations were issued for possession of an undersized bass and failing to provide the proper number of PFDs. Numerous warnings were given for boating violations.
In May, warden Nathan Kroeplin, of Madison, responded to a call about two individuals hunting geese in the Nine Springs property in Monona. When Kroeplin arrived, the individuals were already in the custody of the Monona Police Department. It also was discovered that they shot a deer that they’d field-dressed and were going to come back and get after dark. Criminal charges for hunting deer during the closed season and civil forfeiture citations for hunting geese during the closed season are pending.
Warden Mike Dieckhoff, of Janesville, located a pair of turkey hunters on private property. One hunter had shot his first turkey on this day and had walked about 400 yards back to his vehicle with the bird. Upon contact at the vehicle, it was determined the turkey had not been tagged. Further research revealed the hunter had applied for landowner preference and was not eligible. A citation and a warning were issued. The hunter was allowed to keep his first turkey.
District 18 — Poynette area
Warden John Buss, of Sauk City, issued numerous boating citations during Memorial Day weekend. He rescued a person after the person jumped into the Wisconsin River in an attempt to retrieve a canoe paddle.
Warden Michael Green, of the Dells, assisted fisheries with a fish kill on Lake Delton that killed several thousand crappies and suckers. The fish were found to have been killed by columnaris bacteria. No bluegills, walleyes, or bass were affected.
Warden Green got a call from the Upper Dells that a PWCer jumped a large jet tour boat wake and then over the bow of a pontoon boat. The PWC operator was arrested for OWI and for a PWC distance violation.
Warden David Horzewski, of Reedsburg, and supervisor Roy Zellmer, of Baraboo, received parking complaints from the Sauk County Sheriff’s Department at a state natural area. The wardens addressed violations of litter, marijuana use, and other state natural area rules at Pewits Nest State Natural Area. Multiple people were warned for bringing in alcohol, food, and lighting a fire on the beach along the creek. One subject was cited for possession of a marijuana pipe.
Warden Paul Nadolski, of Portage, received a wide variety of complaints in May: angler harassment, illegal bowfishing, a boating accident, a sick bald eagle, illegal sandhill crane hunting, littering, manure runoff into a wetland, and more.
Warden Paul Nell, of Horicon, followed up on an illegal otter case in the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge. Nell determined that the trapper had caught the otter illegally and had taken it to his residence without a tag.
Warden Nell got a call about a man who had caught a northern pike by hand below the dam in Beaver Dam. The fisherman had a 30-inch pike hidden in a cooler and two more pike (31 and 30 inches) on a stringer in the water. The man said he caught the pike by hand and was unaware that he was over his daily bag. All the fish were released, and citations were issued.
Wardens Paul Nadolski, of Portage, and Nell were working on Memorial Day weekend on Lake Wisconsin when they were forced off the water due to motor problems. As the wardens began driving toward Poynette, they saw fresh skid marks on the road and a car that was in the woods. They found that the intoxicated female operator was injured and was passed out behind the wheel with the vehicle still in gear and with the engine running fast. The female was taken to a hospital and was arrested by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Department.
District 19 — Dodgeville area
Warden Nick Webster worked multiple complaints about ATVers and made contact with offenders in every situation. Appropriate enforcement action was taken. These situations included loud ATV exhaust, careless operation, illegal operation on the roadway, operation without valid registration, and trespass.
Wardens Mike Nice, of Richland Center, and Cody Adams, of Boscobel, and deputy warden Mike Williams worked the opening day of the trout season in Crawford and Richland counties. They located a trout fisherman who had taken three times his limit of trout from the same stream. They located the extra fish at his home in a freezer and a refrigerator. A citation was issued.
Wardens Nice and Adams worked the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway and issued one citation for fishing without a license and made an arrest for possession of marijuana.
Wardens Nice and Williams contacted two individuals running bank poles on the Wisconsin River. The two were in possession of fishing equipment and a large walleye that was determined to be caught off a bank pole. The two also transported bullheads to and from the Wisconsin River in violation of the VHS laws. The boat also was determined to have expired registration. Citations are pending.