District 11 — Peshtigo area
Warden Dave Oginski Jr., of Wausaukee, worked littering, ATVers,
and bear hunting in Pembine in September. He also investigated an
illegal bear bait in Pembine. The site was covered with tires and
had two stands and a trail camera. He removed the stands and camera
and left his card.
Warden Oginski and Michigan Conservation Officer Niemi worked a
call regarding an illegal bear that was located at a Michigan
taxidermist. The bear was seized, and the suspect was located.
Criminal charges are pending.
Warden Matt Meade, of Crivitz, contacted four duck hunters on a
beaver pond in Marinette County who were hunting after hours. One
hunter also had an unplugged shotgun and didn’t have a federal duck
stamp. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Meade and Mark Schraufnagel, of Shawano, wrote multiple ATV
citations for registration, noise, and speeding violations in
Marinette County. He contacted an ATV operator illegally riding on
state land. He asked the rider how many “No ATV” signs he had
passed, to which he stated, “Two.” The ATV also was unregistered
and had no exhaust. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Joe Paul, of Lakewood, contacted four hunters suspected of
shooting bears smaller than 42 inches. Three of the four bears were
barely legal. One was 38 inches, and enforcement action is pending.
Paul also wrote a citation to one of the hunters for having illegal
Wardens Joe Paul, Chris Kratcha, and Andy Lundin investigated a
call regarding a beer bottle that was thrown out of a vehicle at
some people riding ATVs on Smyth Road. One of the operators
crashed, was injured, and totaled his borrowed ATV after swerving
to miss the bottle. Paul located the responsible parties. One was
arrested for operating during revocation; two of the subjects had
warrants and were arrested. Charges of criminal disorderly conduct,
littering, underage drinking, and open intoxicants are
Warden Paul found that a hunter had killed a bear in Zone B with a
Zone C tag, failed to tag the bear, did not wear a backtag, hunted
over illegal bait, and his companion did not have a Class B bear
tag. A loaded gun was discovered in the hunter’s vehicle. The
illegal bear, firearms, camera, stands, knife, sled, and bait were
seized. Charges for both subjects are pending.
Warden Paul received a call about hunter harassment. A subject put
a sign on a treestand stating, “Beware, you have been warned.” The
subject also vandalized the stand. Paul is working with the
landowner to catch the suspect on camera.
Warden Mike Stahl, of Oconto Falls, assisted with a fatal ATV
accident at North Branch Road and Spreeman Road.
Warden Stahl received a call about a subject hunting bears with
meat hanging over the bait. The hunter was found to be hunting over
ground meat contained in a nylon stocking hanging over the bear
Wardens Mark Schraufnagel and Jim Horne testified at the trial of
two fishermen who had 30 walleyes one evening while fishing on the
Wolf River. Both subjects were found guilty of overbagging, were
assessed a fine of $2,240, and they lost their fishing privileges
for one year.
Warden Mark Schraufnagel investigated a wetland shoreline on Legend
Lake that had been stripped of vegetation and that with a sand
beach. The responsible parties agreed to restore the
Warden Horne got a call about a bear hit by a corn chopper. Horne
thought he could salvage the bear, but it was badly chopped up so
it was left in the field.
District 12 — Green Bay area and Northeast Operations Marine
Warden Andy Lundin, of Green Bay, attended a sentencing hearing
from a 2009 deer-hunting investigation. A Green Bay man was found
guilty of multiple violations, resulting in fines totaling over
$1,600, a 3-year revocation of all hunting, fishing, and trapping
privileges, and confiscation of all gear.
Warden David Allen, of Kewaunee, checked goose, dove, and archery
hunters, issuing several citations for illegal baiting.
Warden Darren Kuhn, of Kewaunee, checked three goose hunters. One
hunter had his gun loaded with three lead shot shells, and had
another 20 lead shells. The hunter was cited for possessing lead
Warden Kuhn and Regional Director Kazmierczak checked two hunters
at a Green Bay city park where the subjects had shot four protected
sandpipers, thinking they were snipe. One of the two was cited for
hunting snipe during the closed season. Both were ordered out of
the park where hunting is not allowed.
Warden Kuhn found two treestands with illegal bait on DNR land.
Wardens Kuhn and Allen walked the property on the archery opener
and located one suspect who was cited for the illegal bait and
warned for several violations. This hunter also provided the
identity of the second person responsible for the second stand and
bait. Kuhn contacted the second hunter and cited him, as
Warden Robert Stroess, of Manitowoc, investigated a call about
closed season duck hunting on a private pond near Valders. Warden
Stroess watched two hunters as they called for ducks and geese over
a spread of decoys. The two men, who were from out of the area,
thought the season opened that day but didn’t realize they were in
the South Zone. They also had 13 lead shot shells, one of them had
overbagged on hen mallards, and one of them didn’t have a goose
permit. They were cited for the violations, and their seven ducks
Warden Stroess worked a bait site in Newton and found a second bait
site on the property. There was a trail camera, which Stroess
seized after several days of checking on the baits. Photos on the
SD card showed two men dumping bait and hunting the stand. Stroess
was able to find someone to identify the two men and, as of this
report, one of them admitted to the baiting, as well as shooting a
buck from one of the stands. Both hunters will be cited for the
illegal bait. It is illegal to bait in Manitowoc County.
Northeast Operations Marine Unit
No report available.
District 13 — Oshkosh area
Wardens Truman and Kyle Kosin, of Fond du Lac, located two illegal
bait piles on state land in Poy Sippi. Baiting is prohibited in
Waushara County and the bait was placed prior to the start of the
deer season. There also were two stands placed over the illegal
bait with screw-in tree steps. On the opening day, Truman located
an individual hunting over the baits. Enforcement action was taken
for the violations.
Warden Truman observed deer shiners after midnight and stopped the
vehicle. The driver was on probation and his driving privileges had
been revoked. A Winnebago County deputy found that the driver also
had a broken tail light and no proof of insurance. This individual
was issued multiple citations.
Warden Truman was on state land in the town of Winchester after
hunting hours when he heard a gunshot. Truman contacted four
hunters. One hunter was hunting small game after hours and did not
have a license. Two hunters did not remove treestands from the
state land. In addition, their names and addresses were not on the
stands, as required. One of the hunters had an uncased compound bow
in the vehicle. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Michael Disher, of Chilton, was checking squirrel hunters on
state land and heard a series of gunshots coming from a nearby
private woodlot. Disher contacted three men hunting squirrels
without licenses. One of the men had a warrant for his arrest and
was prohibited from possessing a firearm.
Wardens Kyle Kosin and Ben Nadolski contacted two hunters at Kettle
Moraine Lake during the early goose season. Two individuals were
hunting ducks, not geese. Citations were issued for hunting
waterfowl during the closed season, and warnings were given for not
having PFDs in the boat.
District 14 — Sheboygan area
No report available.
District 15 — Milwaukee area
Warden Blankenheim checked two fishermen in Milwaukee. One was
arrested on warrants. The other gave a false ID, then took off on
foot. A young boy that with the group was the son of the escapee.
The boy and Blankenheim met with a Milwaukee County district
attorney to have criminal charges issued for a subject who
Warden Blankenheim contacted three fishermen along Oak Creek in
Grant Park one hour after the close of fishing hours. Three
citations were issued for fishing after hours.
Warden Sanidas was on Oak Creek in Grant Park when he saw two
individuals in a secluded area attempting to catch salmon with a
landing net. Enforcement action was taken for fishing by illegal
means and fishing without a license.
Warden Sanidas contacted a man fishing along Lake Michigan in
Milwaukee without a license and recognized the subject because he
was caught fishing without a license twice in the same day in July.
Sanidas issued another citation for fishing without a license and
seized all the fishing equipment.
Warden Groenier was working goose hunters in the town of
Oconomowoc. One group of hunters had two geese. One hunter did not
have a license (convicted felon), and a separate hunter had an
unplugged gun. The felon was arrested for possession of a firearm
and was booked into the county jail.
Warden Drake was driving down the road and noticed McDonald’s
wrappers coming from the passenger side of a vehicle. Drake stopped
the vehicle. No one was in the front passenger seat. A small boy
was in the rear passenger seat. When his mother asked about the
litter, the child burst into hysterical screaming and crying.
Sensing he had is answer to whom the litterbug was, Drake gave a
District 16 — Racine, Kenosha area
Warden Hirschboeck and supervisor Niemeyer worked goose enforcement
in the town of Raymond. One of five hunters in a field in layout
blinds stood up and shot one of two sandhill cranes flying over.
The man ran and retrieved the sandhill and hid the bird in the tree
line in tall weeds. Upon contact, it was found that the hunter who
had shot the crane also had shot a hen mallard and hid it in the
weeds (duck season was closed). The five individuals were cited for
failing to validate goose tags, unplugged guns, possession of lead
shot, no federal stamps, no state stamps, no small-game license,
hunting waterfowl during the closed season, and shooting a
protected species. The wardens seized 17 geese, one hen mallard,
one crane, lead shot, and one shotgun.
Warden Juan Gomez, of Kenosha County, issued six citations to an
ATV operator for refusing to stop, no registration, no safety
certificate, and operating at high speeds near people and a
dwelling. This operator also made an ATV trail through a farmer’s
standing corn, knocking down several acres of corn. Another
citation was issued for trespassing, and the court ordered
restitution for the damage to the farmer’s crops.
Warden Gomez got a call about a hunter baiting deer in the town of
Burlington. He found several treestands, but no bait. He instead
located two marijuana grows on the property. The metro drug unit
investigated the grows.
Warden Jason Roberts, of Delevan, completed an investigation of
residency fraud spanning back to 2006. The suspect had been using
his parents’ vacation home address to obtain resident fishing
licenses. The suspect was found to be a resident of Illinois since
2006. Five citations were issued for providing false
District 17 — Madison area
Warden Boyd Richter, of Janesville, and Warden Supervisor Jeremy
Plautz observed a group of three hunters near Dousman kill a Canada
goose and then continue to hunt about 10 minutes after hunting
hours. Upon contact with the hunters, the hunter that killed the
goose had not validated his goose permit. One citation was issued
for the violation, and warnings were given to all three for hunting
Wardens Boyd Richter and Mike Dieckhoff, of Janesville, contacted a
group of goose hunters south of Janesville in a picked cornfield.
The hunters were contacted about 10 minutes after hours and several
in the group were still hunting. Two of the hunters in the group
had unplugged shotguns, one had shot a goose earlier in the season
and failed to validate his goose permit, and one had not purchased
a federal waterfowl stamp. Three citations and several warnings
Warden Mike Dieckhoff, of Rock County, and Warden Nick Webster, of
Green County were working together on the Sugar River. They checked
a group of anglers at the Mount Hope Road boat landing and
determined the anglers were using illegal setlines on the Sugar
River. Further contact revealed that the anglers had one 30-inch
northern pike that they caught on the setline, an 11-inch cleaned
northern pike, 10 catfish, and possession of illegal dead fish as
bait. The anglers also had failed to register their boat and failed
to secure and cover their boat battery. One citation was issued to
the youngest angler for using setlines on the Sugar River. The
adult was issued three citations for various violations.
While checking state lands for hunters, Warden Dave Wood, of
Madison, encountered an individual in a tent camping in one of the
public hunting parking lots. The subject was in the tent with a
shotgun and said he was goose hunting. He had all of the necessary
licenses, permits, and nontoxic ammunition. He had a bicycle with a
cart and said he had been hunting public lands in Rock, Green, and
Dane counties and that he lived in Madison. Wood ran a computer
check on him and found that his driver’s license was suspended but
there were no warrants. Wood issued a citation for camping in an
Wardens Dave Wood and Deputy Warden Kevin Miller contacted a boater
near the beltline bridge who appeared to be dragging an anchor in
the water while underway. The boater and his companion explained
that what appeared to be an anchor line was their radio antenna. In
talking with them it became apparent that both were intoxicated.
The operator was arrested for boat OWI and was issued
Warden David Walz, of Watertown, investigated a complaint of three
hunters shooting cormorants during the goose season. The
investigation revealed the three hunters each shot a cormorant that
they thought were geese. They stated the birds were sitting in the
trees prior to being shot, which should have been an indication
they weren’t geese. The hunters ranged in age from 15 to 17. Walz
issued one citation to the 17-year-old and gave the other two
warnings with the expectation they would help out with the cost of
Warden Nathan Kroeplin, of Madison, was working fishing enforcement
on a Sunday afternoon and was watching shore fishermen around Lake
Monona. Warden Kroeplin observed four fishermen who seemed to be
catching and keeping numerous bluegills. Warden Kroeplin continued
to watch them and eventually contacted them as they were preparing
to leave. Three of the fishermen were over their daily bag limit of
25 panfish, and the fourth individual did not have a fishing
license. All four of the fishermen were issued citations.
Warden Kroeplin was working goose hunting enforcement when he
encountered three men goose hunting in the Black Earth area. While
watching them hunt, Warden Kroeplin observed all three of the
individuals smoking marijuana. All three men were arrested for
being armed with a firearm while under the influence of a
controlled substance. Criminal charges are pending.
Warden Kroeplin had been investigating an individual who was
guiding people on goose hunts and did not have a guide’s license.
Warden Kroeplin and Warden Dave Wood investigated the case and
found that the individual had been guiding for compensation without
a guide license. Several citations were issued.
Warden Ryan Ellifson, of Jefferson, was requested by the Jefferson
County Sheriff’s Department to assist with a captive American
alligator at a residence in Lake Mills. The owner of the animal
gave ownership to the sheriff’s department. Jefferson County made
the decision that the animal would be destroyed and buried.
Ellifson was asked to assist and transport the alligator in the
back of his squad truck. Ellifson and two deputies captured the
alligator with Ellifson’s catch pole and secured its mouth and legs
with tape and placed it in a burlap bag in the back of Ellifson’s
truck. The sheriff’s department made arrangements for the county
highway department to dig a 4-foot-deep hole to bury the animal.
Ellifson dispatched the animal and it was buried.
Warden Tyler Strelow, of Dane County, observed a group of four dove
hunters hunting doves after hours on the Deansville Public Hunting
Grounds. Warden Strelow observed the group hunting 15 minutes after
closing. Warden Strelow issued four citations to the group.
District 18 — Poynette area
Warden John Buss, of Sauk City, received a complaint about two
individuals sneaking into Nature Conservancy property to dig
ginseng. Warden Buss responded to the complaint and caught the two
individuals with illegal ginseng. Warden Buss issued four
Warden Michael Green, of the Dells, along with Warden Paul
Nadolski, of Poynette, Warden Dave Horzewski, of Reedsburg, Warden
Paul Nell, of Horicon, and Warden Supervisor David Holmes worked
with department staff to assist residents in the Portage area
during the Wisconsin River flooding. The wardens assisted with
several evacuations, damage assessments, and pet rescues during the
Warden Dave Horzewski, or Reedsburg, located two individuals
harvesting marijuana plants while the warden worked night hunting
enforcement. Several plants were located by Horzewski and Sauk
county deputies. Two individuals were charged with
Warden Dave Horzewski and Warden Roy Zellmer, of Baraboo, were
working night hunting enforcement when two individuals were located
shining after 10 p.m. The subjects had a deer that was shot by one
archery hunter and later tagged by his friend who was hunting on
another property several miles away. Both hunters were cited for
group deer-hunting violations.
Warden Paul Nell, of Horicon, found two archery hunters in the
Theresa Marsh State Wildlife Area in a no-entry wildlife refuge.
When contacted 45 minutes after closing hours, Warden Nell asked
the hunters what time closing hours were. One of the hunters
stated, “When it is dark.” Citations were issued.
District 19 — Dodgeville area
Wardens Joe Frost, of Dodgeville, and Michael Nice, of Richland
Center, located a person digging ginseng without a license on
private property in Crawford County. The subject also had dug
ginseng without a license and trespassed on private land in Grant
County the previous day. Citations were issued, and the ginseng was
Warden Joe Frost investigated a call about a bear wounded by a
bowhunter in Iowa County. The 17-year-old tried yelling at the bear
and shot an arrow to scare the bear away as it kept approaching
him. The bear was hit in the leg, but likely survived.
Warden Nick Webster, of Green County, dropped off a large,
illegally harvested 11-point whitetail as well as a suspected
illegally harvested badger at Albany school. Students at the Albany
high school are going to mount and display both animals but only
after doing an educational investigation on the badger to determine
how the badger died as well as what type of weapon was used to
illegally harvest the badger.
Warden Dave Youngquist, Investigator Ed McCann, Warden Joe Frost,
and Warden Nate Kroeplin assisted Colorado investigators with a
case involving two Iowa County residents who were cited for
elk-tagging violations from 2009.
Warden Rick DeWitte, Cassville, was checking fishing licenses below
the Mississippi River Lock and Dam 11 and contacted two fishermen.
One individual, when asked for his license, stated that he did not
have one and added, “What happens if I do not have one, get a
ticket?” He stated that he had not planned on fishing, but later
borrowed a fishing pole and started fishing, adding that he had not
yet caught any fish. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Jeff King, of Lafayette County, was checking small-game
hunters in the Fayette area when he saw three men dressed in
camouflage walking back to their truck. When Warden King turned
around in his squad and started heading in their direction. He
noticed they were starting to walk faster and one was jogging to
the truck. Warden King found two of the men in possession of seven
squirrels each. Both men were cited for exceeding their daily bag
Warden King received a call from an area veterinarian reporting
that a bobcat had been hit by a car in the Hazel Green area in
Lafayette County. Warden King took possession of the bobcat and
later transferred it to the Hazel Green school’s biology