WI: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 23
District 1 - Ashland area
Warden John Windt, of Hurley, tagged an 8-point buck that was killed by a young hunter during the youth hunt. The youth and his dad showed up at Windt's home and needed the deer tagged due to the fact that the registration station was closed and the weather was warm. The deer was tagged, and the happy hunters were on their way.
Warden Windt and Tim Lawhern inspected the Snaketrack rifle range in Iron Belt.
Warden Windt and Lawhern helped teach an archery course that warden Mackenzie had at the Ashland office.
Warden Windt gave a safety talk to Excel Energy employees. Treestand safety and safety vests were demonstrated.
Warden Windt responded to several calls regarding trolling, unattended lines, and trapping.
Warden Matt MacKenzie, of Ashland, worked with other wardens on two Learn-to-Hunt programs.
Warden Lance Burns, of Gordon, worked ATV enforcement in October with the Douglas County recreational officer and issued two citations.
Wardens Burns and Egstad assisted warden John Krull on a follow-up investigation into a reported bear mauling near Superior.
In October, warden Amie Egstad, of Bayfield, had two fishermen on separate occasions come in from Lake Superior and the Cranberry River with fish they thought were coho salmon. Both fish ended up being rainbows. The fishermen were shown the differences between the two types of fish. A citation was issued to each fisherman for undersized rainbow trout.
Warden Egstad was contacted by a local citizen regarding two subjects fishing in the Big Rock refuge. The subjects were told to leave the refuge, which they did, but were still in the area when Egstad arrived. With the help of the license plate and the subjects being there, the fishermen admitted they had been fishing in the refuge for two hours. Both subjects were cited.
Wardens Egstad and Matt Mackenzie, along with the ABC Sportsmen Club, conducted a Learn-to-Hunt pheasant program on private property in Mason. A total of 16 students had a great time. Wardens Krull and Windt assisted with the hunt. U.S. Border Patrol agents Marc Rauscher and J.D. Slater also served as mentors. Egstad offered thanks to landowners, mentors, and dog handlers who made the day possible.
District 2 - Cumberland area
No report available.
District 3 - Park Falls area
Warden Nick Nice, of Medford, assisted in an environmental case by issuing a citation to a township for illegal dredging.
Warden Nice issued a citation to a trapper for trapping early in the southern zone.
Warden Nice investigated deer-poaching information from three areas of the county. The investigations are continuing.
Warden Konichek, of Ladysmith, presented a plaque to an area resident for serving 20 years as a hunter safety instructor. The class is held at the Bruce school. Konichek also responded to a call about an escaped fallow deer. The deer farm had been in operation for about 15 years and was never licensed as such. The investigation was turned over to the Department of Agriculture; enforcement action is pending.
Wardens Konichek and Volenberg were working fish-run enforcement in Manitowoc County and observed subjects attempting to foul-hook fish. As the group was traveling upstream, the wardens saw one of the subjects use a net to catch and land a fish. They made contact with the group and found that the group foul-hooked and failed to release several salmon while illegally netting fish. Two people were cited for failing to release foul-hooked fish, and one person was cited for netting fish.
Warden Konichek issued multiple citations for illegal shining in Rusk County.
Warden Bayer, of Phillips, spent time in October checking grouse hunters for illegal road hunting and issued citations to 15 people for violations related to operating vehicles with loaded and/or uncased shotguns inside a vehicle, and for discharging shotguns from a vehicle.
Warden Bayer issued citations for operating illegal minnow traps, unauthorized ATV use on MFL land, failure to have bear hound license/rabies tags while hunting, hunting over illegal bear bait, hunting without blaze orange, unplugged shotguns, failure to check traps, and archery hunting over illegal baits for deer.
Warden Bayer saw subjects shining deer after 10 p.m. from a truck and stopped the vehicle for the violation. He found an uncased compound bow with arrows in the back seat. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Dan Michels, of Park Falls, issued several citations for archery deer hunters hunting over illegal bait that was either placed before the season or that was in excess of the two-gallon limit.
Warden Michels issued citations for road hunting and shooting at grouse.
Warden Michels had an illegal bait case settled out of court from the 2010 gun deer season. The defendant pleaded no contest and paid a fine.
Warden Otto, of Antigo, received information about an ATV accident. Otto was only about 2 miles away on the same trail and quickly responded. Once on the scene, Otto coordinated emergency medical staff response.
Warden Otto received a call for assistance from warden Ben Hertzfeldt in Marathon County. Three youths were apprehended who had shot at a doe that was on private property while the youths were in a vehicle. It was the weekend of the youth deer hunt. Otto learned that the three individuals had been participating in the youth hunt all weekend without an adult. They also had been hunting at night and with spotlights. They were issued several citations and will be revoked for three years, pending the court order.
Wardens Otto and Jeffrey Dauterman apprehended four people in a vehicle who were shining deer at 11 p.m. Two people were cited for shining deer after 10 p.m.
Wardens Dryja, of Langlade, and Brad Dahlquist, of Crandon, apprehended a Langlade County resident who shot and killed multiple deer with a firearm during the archery season. The wardens also seized an illegal black bear. The case was forwarded to the Langlade County D.A. for review.
Wardens Dryja and Dahlquist and GLIFWC wardens Moermond and McGeshick apprehended two parties attempting to shine and shoot deer in Forest County. Three individuals had loaded and uncased firearms, as well as spotlights, seized.
Warden Peters, of Merrill, worked with wardens Jung and Nerva, as well as water guard John Preuss, in an aquatic invasive species group check in Oneida County. Citations were issued for transporting live fish, as well as exceeding the bag limit on panfish.
Warden Nerva, of Tomahawk, worked AIS enforcement in October. He organized a group check near the Willow Flowage and made arrests for transporting live fish and for having water in livewells. The wardens also encountered four individuals who had 133 perch.
Warden Nerva worked on the investigation on an illegal bear-hunting guide in the Gillette area. The investigation came to a conclusion due to the mauling of one of the hunters by a bear in Lincoln County.
Warden Nerva worked grouse-hunting activity in his area.
District 4 - Woodruff area
Warden Jim Jung, of Rhinelander, issued a timber theft citation for people cutting firewood on private MFL property.
Warden Jung issued one trapping citation for an illegal 220 Conibear set, exposed bait, and untagged traps.
Warden Jung investigated a complaint of deer being taken illegally by a Rhinelander hunter in a southwestern county and seized two mounted deer heads.
Warden Jung followed up on information provided by GLIFWC warden McGeshick and issued a citation for shining while in possession of a firearm.
Wardens Jung and Dryja received a 911 call about hunters dragging out a bull moose in northern Langlade County. Langlade County officials called back and relayed that the animal in question was actually a shoulder mount of a bull moose, and the taxidermist had been taking photos of the mount before the mount was picked up by the hunter who had killed the moose. Moose have been recently observed by residents in Oneida and Langlade counties.
Warden Pat Novesky, of Three Lakes, spent time working archery deer hunters and filed criminal charges for possession of an untagged deer. He also issued citations for failure to validate tags, hunting in the wrong quota unit, and hunting from a roadway.
Warden Novesky also issued citations for littering violations to a subject who dumped his home garbage along the roadway, and to another subject who discarded his broken truck topper on federal land.
Warden Kelly Crotty, of Florence, gave presentations during Florence and Niagara hunter education courses, and at the Ted Berry Memorial Pheasant Shoot in Florence.
Warden Crotty worked hunting, fishing, and environmental enforcement. He issued citations for fishing without a license, transporting a loaded shotgun in a motor vehicle, and a deer carcass littering violation.
Warden Brad Dahlquist, of Crandon, issued citations for possessing uncased firearms and a bow in motor vehicles.
Wardens Dahlquist and Dryja investigated a deer-hunting complaint near White Lake in Langlade County. They discovered an individual illegally harvested two does with a rifle during the archery season.
Warden Tim Price, of Eagle River, issued a citation to a subject who had left a line baited with a large sucker unattended off his pontoon boat on Lac Vieux Desert while the subject visited Eagle River for three hours.
Warden Price investigated two separate incidents in which trappers had their traps either stolen or molested.
Warden Mike Sealander, of St. Germain, apprehended two subjects for multiple shining and firearms violations. The two men were stopped while shining deer. They were in possession of a loaded, uncased rifle equipped with a laser sight. Enforcement action is pending.
Warden Tim Ebert, of Woodruff, responded to several calls about deer being shot from vehicles. One call was of a van being driven slowly on a town road with the side doors open and a passenger holding a rifle. Ebert located the vehicle and found two uncased rifles in the vehicle. One passenger had been holding the loaded rifle and looking for deer. The case was referred to the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission.
Warden Rich Thole, of Boulder Junction, cited three subjects for illegal motor trolling, three subjects for not having life jackets, and one subject for fishing without a license.
Warden Thole met a vehicle that was moving slowly on a back road near Round Lake. Thole pulled alongside the truck and saw the passenger zipping up a gun case that was next to his leg. The subject admitted that he rides around with his gun case unzipped, his hand on his .410 inside the case, and his ammunition in his other hand while grouse hunting. Thole cited the subject for possessing an uncased firearm inside the vehicle.
District 5 - Lower St. Croix area
No report available.
District 6 - Eau Claire area
Warden Adam Hanna, of Neillsville, stopped a vehicle near Humbird because its occupants were shining deer after 10 p.m. Through the collection of evidence and interviews, the men were found to have shined and shot at least 11 deer. The driver had a revoked driver's license and the passenger had shot numerous deer without a license. Criminal charges are pending.
Warden Hanna apprehended a man and his fiancée as they were road hunting from a car after dark near Mead Lake. The fiancée attempted to hide a crossbow and bolts in the back seat. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Hanna participated in the Rushing Wind USA youth deer and pheasant hunt. This was the third year of the event.
Warden Hanna assisted wardens in Racine County with salmon-fishing enforcement during the spawning migration on the Root River. Hanna assisted with a dozen of arrests.
Warden Scott Thiede, of Eau Claire, arrested a subject for obstructing a warden. The fisherman attempted to flee while tossing his gear into the Chippewa River. The subject had been fishing without a valid license.
Warden Thiede conducted an inspection of several wolf-dog hybrids on a farm in Chippewa County. The property owners were provided information about changes to the captive wildlife rules that were passed in June 2009 that require the animals to be neutered by 6 months of age, and permanently marked to identify the wolf-dog owner. A captive wild animal farm license application will be completed by the property owners.
Warden Thiede provided ride-along experience to three subjects interested in the job of conservation warden. He also assisted volunteer instructors with teaching hunter ethics at hunter education classes.
Warden Ken Thomson, of Fall Creek, assisted warden Robin Barnhardt, of Osseo, with a complaint of bass fishermen keeping over their daily bag limit.
Warden Thomson investigated a hunting incident in Chippewa County. While duck hunting, one hunter accidentally discharged his shotgun. The shotgun was pointed at his hunting partner when it discharged, and the shot blew a hole in the shooter's boat. One pellet struck his partner in the wrist. The man was treated and released at a local hospital, but will have the steel pellet in his wrist for the rest of his life.
Warden Thomson investigated a boat fire/accident on Lake Eau Claire. While two men were fishing, an electrical short caused the floor of the boat to start on fire. The men were unable to extinguish the fire with the fire extinguisher and were forced to abandon the boat. By the time the fire department reached the boat, it was completely burned.
Warden Thomson again worked with the Eau Claire Rod and Gun and the Augusta Area Sportsmen's clubs to set up deer dumpsters for gun season. This is an annual event so that deer hunters can properly dispose of butchered deer remains for free.
Warden Thomson received and investigated a complaint about illegal solid waste dumping. He found several truck loads of garbage that had been hauled from rental properties in Eau Claire and Chippewa counties. The garbage caught fire and the fire department extinguished the fire as it spread into a corn field. The responsible party was contacted, and enforcement action was taken.
Warden Barnhardt closed the investigation of an ATV injury crash that occurred in Trempealeau County. An 8-year-old boy was injured when the ATV he was operating rolled over; the boy was operating illegally on lands owned by a friend. A citation was issued to the ATV owner for allowing an underage person to operate the ATV.
Warden Barnhardt closed a lengthy investigation of illegal deer hunting in Trempealeau County. He determined that the suspect illegally killed two large bucks in the fall of 2009. In 2010, wardens executed a search warrant and seized a 14-point buck and a bow. The suspect recently was charged in court with possessing illegal deer, group deer-hunting violations, possessing/using another's peron's license or tag, and providing false information. The suspect faces several thousand dollars in fines, potential jail time, and revocation of DNR privileges for several years.
District 7 - Wisconsin Rapids area
Wardens Paul Leezer and Mike Rader of Wausau, Barry Fetting, of Marshfield, Barry Meister and Jon Scharbarth, of Stevens Point, supervisor Randy Falstad, and deputy warden Teal Joseph manned a display booth at an outdoors show in Rothschild.
Wardens Ben Herzfeldt, of Schofield, took enforcement action against an unlicensed bear guide for guiding activities in the Marathon County Forest. The subject was paid over $1,000 from two hunters to run baits, put up stands, and assist with the bear after the kill. Guide license revocation will be sought in court.
Warden Herzfeldt took enforcement action against a subject for taking apart refrigerators and freezers for scrap metal in his apartment garage. The subject admitted to dismantling 50 to 60 refrigerators and freezers. The subject was not licensed and did not attempt to recover the compressed gasses.
Warden Paul Leezer, of Wausau, investigated several illegal baiting complaints and took enforcement action for those violations.
Warden Leezer investigated a complaint of a trapper setting water set traps prior to season. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Leezer took enforcement action against a waterfowl hunter for hunting in a no-entry waterfowl refuge in the Mead State Wildlife Area. He also took enforcement action against a waterfowl hunter for knowingly hunting with a firearm capable of holder more than three shells.
Warden Mike Rader, of Wausau, received information that a deer had been shined and shot in eastern Marathon County, in late September, by Wausau-area high school students. Wardens Rader and Leezer found multiple subjects in two vehicles had shined and shot at multiple deer. At least one deer was found to have been killed and recovered. This deer was found to have been butchered and eaten the following day. Equipment was seized, and enforcement action is pending.
Warden Rader contacted a subject bowhunting over a bait pile in the town of Halsey. Baiting and feeding deer continues to be illegal in Marathon County. The subject was upset that the DNR wants a lot of deer killed, but will not let people use bait. The subject said baiting deer was the only way for him to get a shot at a deer on his property. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Jon Scharbarth and Barry Meister, of Stevens Point, and supervisor Randy Falstad, assisted a UW-Stevens Point natural resources law enforcement class by serving as a mentor for scenarios.
Warden Meister has been spending a considerable amount of time working baiting complaints in and around the county. Several enforcement actions were taken.
Warden Scharbarth checked a subject hunting over bait in Portage County. The subject did not have his backtag or carcass tags with him and had transported the uncased crossbow in a utility vehicle. This subject also tagged a buck last year that his son had shot with a bow. It was found that the son had placed the bait and shot two bucks last year with his bow. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Scharbarth issued several citations to archery hunters hunting over bait in Portage and Wood counties. Scharbarth also issued citations for various fishing, boating, ATV, and waterfowl-hunting violations.
Warden Barry Fetting, of Marshfield, met with the Big Eau Pleine Citizens Organization to address concerns about boating safety at the Big Eau Pleine Flowage. Pursued plans include a no-wake ordinance to slow boating traffic near three bridges at the flowage. Fetting also met with the Marshfield Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited on a project in which dumpsters will be placed in the area so hunters may discard deer carcasses and butchering scraps to combat complaints every year about illegal dumping.
Warden Fetting and wildlife staff responded to a call from a landowner who reported that a trapper, while targeting coyotes, had trapped two wolves within 150 yards of each other. One wolf freed itself prior to arrival. The other was released after it was tranquilized and fitted with a radio collar.
Fetting took action on a variety of cases, including hunting waterfowl without a license, failing to call in goose harvests, staking state-owned property prior to the season for trapping, illegal baiting and feeding, servicing a septic system without licensing, illegal transport of a loaded gun, and the illegal harvest of a protected species. Fetting also investigated illegal fur buying.
Warden Fetting investigated a spill that occurred when a pipe ruptured, spilling untreated paper mill waste into the Wisconsin River.
District 8 - La Crosse area
No report available.
District 9 - Black River Falls area
No report available.