WI: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 4
District 1 – Ashland area
Warden John Krull, of Superior, made contact with two people
fishing inside an ice-fishing shack on Amnicon Lake. Both were
smoking marijuana at the time. The amount of marijuana remaining in
possession was very small and there were no fishing violations
being committed, but neither person had their license with them. A
computer check confirmed that the two did have valid fishing
licenses, but one of the two had an outstanding arrest warrant. He
was arrested and transported to the Douglas County jail.
Warden Krull assisted the Superior Police Department in locating a
man who fled into the woods after officers attempted to contact
him. He was located and arrested for warrants and operating after
Warden Lance Burns, of Gordon, contacted a convicted felon who had
registered deer during the past two gun seasons. The subject was
cited for allowing his deer tag to be used by another. Two
citations were issued.
Warden Burns arrested a subject with an untagged deer. The subject
was charged for untagged deer and five forfeiture violations.
Warden Amie Egstad, of Bayfield, attended an ice awareness training
session with the Apostle Islands National Park Service.
Warden Pat Quaintance, of Bayfield, investigated a snowmobile
accident. The operator was arrested for operating while
Wardens Quaintance and Egstad worked with tribal wardens on
inspections of commercial fishing nets on Lake Superior.
Ashland-area wardens worked snowmobile enforcement in January,
issuing numerous warnings and several citations.
District 2 – Cumberland area
Wardens Jesse Ashton, of Luck, and recruit Ben Mott investigated a
fatal snowmobile accident near Milltown. The victim, who had been
drinking, failed to stop at the end of an alley while operating at
a high speed. He struck a chain link fence and was ejected into the
side of a home. The subject was not wearing a helmet and died at
Wardens Ashton and Mott were patrolling in Polk County when they
saw two juveniles – ages 14 and 11 – hunting coyotes. The
11-year-old was carrying a shotgun and his mentor was in a vehicle
on the other side of the section. The mentor was cited for a
violation of the mentored hunting law.
Wardens Ashton and Mott issued two citations for group deer-hunting
violations to a father and son. The son had filled his deer tag,
but he shot a large 11-pointer near Atlas in Polk County, then
called his father by cell phone and had him tag the buck. The deer
rack and cape were seized.
Warden Russ Fell, of Rice Lake, checked anglers on the Chetek chain
and issued a citation for undersized northerns. He also followed up
on several illegal baiting complaints and issued a citation for
Warden Fell issued a citation to a fisherman for too many lines.
This man had just been released from jail after Fell had arrested
him for felon in possession of a firearm.
Wardens Jon Hagen, of Spooner, and recruit Kyle Dilley checked
Bashaw Lake and issued one citation for fishing without a license
and one citation for expired registration on an ATV.
Wardens Hagen and Dilley contacted a subject on Montanis Lake who
was fishing with three tip-ups and one jig pole. They issued one
citation for too many lines.
Warden Chris Spaight, of Grantsburg, learned about the possible
illegal harvest of a bobcat in Anderson Township. Enforcement
action was taken when the bobcat was brought in for
Warden Spaight and recruit Al Erickson worked snowmobile
enforcement in Burnett County in January. They issued warnings and
citations for failing to stop at stop signs, trail pass violations,
and registration violations, and they arrested three OWI
District 3 – Park Falls area
Warden Nice, of Medford, and Medford ranger station employees
tagged more than 100 fishers, bobcats, and otters in January.
Warden Nice contacted an archery deer hunter in his stand on the
last night of the season. The hunter was cited for hunting after
hours, hunting deer over bait without a valid carcass tag, and
failing to have his backtag and license in possession while
Warden Nice issued citations to four fishermen for fishing with too
Warden Nice assisted the Taylor County Sportsmen’s Club with its
annual wood duck house project. The club and schools have built
more than 5,300 houses over the years.
Warden Jason Bayer, of Phillips, and deputy warden Bryan Vergin
patrolled trails and lakes in southern Price County in January and
issued citations for fishing with too many lines, fishing with
unattended lines, fishing without licenses, fishing while revoked,
expired snowmobile and ATV registration, illegal snowmobile
operation, failure to obey trail signs, and underage
Warden Ron Nerva, of Tomahawk, worked ice-fishing complaints and
wrote citations for unattended lines, too many lines, and
littering. He also investigated a person who had guided bear
hunters without a guide license. A citation was issued.
Warden Peters, of Merrill, and recruit Dickson arrested multiple
individuals for an array of fishing violations in January.
Warden Dan Michels, of Park Falls, received a complaint about
litter left on the ice of Butternut Lake where an ice shanty had
been located. Michels tracked down the owner at a new location and
issued a citation. He also checked a lone angler on Tucker Lake
fishing with three tip-ups and two jig poles.
Wardens Dryja, of Langlade, and Dahlquist, of Crandon, apprehended
a subject who used a rifle to shoot a deer out of season. The case
was forwarded for prosecution.
Warden Dryja issued a citation for an illegal bait pile in Langlade
Warden Dryja registered fur in Antigo in January. The number of
fishers registered in the Antigo area has been steadily on the
decline during the past five years, with only 13 being registered
this year as opposed to well over 60 in 2006.
District 4 – Woodruff area
Warden Kelly Crotty, of Florence, issued several citations for
illegal deer feeding and baiting, and conducted enforcement on ice
fishing and snowmobiling activities.
Warden Brad Dahlquist, of Crandon, reports that during the month of
January he issued citations for fishing without a license and
snowmobile registration violations. He assisted the Wabeno Police
Department with an emergency call regarding a snowmobile accident
near the Freedom area. Upon arriving at the scene, he discovered
the operator lost control of the machine while on a public trail
and suffered non-fatal injuries. He also referred a citation to the
sheriff’s department regarding an individual with a suspended
driver’s license operating a motor vehicle.
Warden Tim Ebert, of Minocqua, issued citations for illegal
snowmobile operation on highways, operating without valid
registration, and snowmobile OWI.
Wardens Jim Jung, of Rhinelander, and Pat Novesky, of Three Lakes,
responded to a complaint about illegal trapping. Jung also got a
call about unattended tip-ups. Jung worked unattended tip-ups,
fishing with too many lines, and ATV and snowmobile enforcement.
Warden Jung issued citations for snowmobile violations and for
fishing without a license.
Warden Tim Price, of Eagle River, issued citations in January for
fishing with too many lines, unattended lines, and a variety of
snowmobile violations. Price assisted the Vilas County Sheriff’s
Department one morning at 3:30 a.m. by making a vehicle stop east
of Eagle River, where the operator later was arrested for
Warden Mike Sealander, of St. Germain, made several arrests for
Warden Rich Thole, of Boulder Junction, and recruit Ryan Propson
worked fishing enforcement on Vilas County lakes. They issued six
citations for unattended lines. The wardens also issued citations
to two subjects on Oxbow Lake with too many lines. The subjects had
11 tip-ups in the water. The subjects stated the fishing was not
that good, so they put out more lines.
District 5 – Lower St. Croix area
Warden Brad Peterson, of Pierce County, worked on a case in which a
person purchased licenses after being revoked for failure to pay
previous fines. Charges are pending.
Warden Peterson and supervisor Hausman patrolled snowmobile trails
in Pierce and Dunn counties. Citations were issued for failure to
register snowmobiles, no nonresident trail passes, no safety
certificate, and failure to stop at regulatory signs.
Warden Bill Wrasse, of Durand, responded to an oil spill on Hwy.
10. A truck hauling bulk oil was struck by another truck, causing a
spill. Most of the oil was contained, but some cleanup was
Warden Wrasse issued a citation for interfering with lawful
hunting. This incident occurred last November.
Warden Paul Sickman, of Hudson, cited several coyote hunters for
having uncased and loaded firearms in vehicles. In one incident in
Polk County, the suspect fled in his vehicle. Sickman pursued the
suspect for more than 10 miles. A state trooper assisted by placing
out tire-deflation devices, which the suspect hit, but he continued
until going off the road into deep snow. The suspect was arrested
and was found to be a well-known violator who had a loaded, uncased
rifle, was intoxicated, and had open intoxicants. The man is a
convicted felon, has six previous OWI convictions, has no valid
driver’s license, and has committed a multitude of traffic
violations while failing to stop. The suspect is in jail.
Warden Sickman investigated a hunting incident in which a member of
a coyote-hunting party accidentally shot another hunter in his
party. Two buckshot pellets struck the victim, causing serious
injury. The victim is recovering at home.
District 6 – Eau Claire area
Warden Cody Adams, of Chippewa County, had a court case conclude
with one of several defendants in a Chippewa County case from last
fall where several deer had been illegally shined and shot. The
individual was found guilty of three counts of shining deer while
in possession of a bow, and hunting after hours. The judge ordered
that the individual pay over $6,500 and revoked all of his DNR
licenses for six years.
Warden Scott Bowe, of Chippewa County, investigated a complaint
from a registration station regarding two men who attempted to
register antlerless deer using herd-control tags in a unit where
the free herd-control tags were not valid. The men left the station
without correcting the problem and took the deer to another unit
where the tags were valid. The two men then falsely claimed the
deer were killed in that unit.
Warden Bowe concluded an investigation and issued citations to a
convicted felon and the felon’s father for a group deer-hunting
violation. The felon was not in possession of a firearm as required
by law when he tagged a deer that was killed by his father.
While checking ice fishermen on Lake Holcombe, warden Bowe cited an
individual for fishing without a license. Bowe found that the
individual was in possession of drugs and paraphernalia; he was
turned over to the sheriff’s department.
Warden Adam Hanna, of Clark County, checked a coyote hunter in
January who had a loaded, uncased rifle in his truck.
Wardens Hanna and Barry Fetting, of Wood County, assisted the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security with the investigation of a Clark
County Mexican immigrant who was involved in deer-poaching
activities during the fall of 2010.
Warden Scott Thiede, of Eau Claire County, arrested an individual
for illegal operation of a snowmobile while intoxicated.
Warden Thiede issued citations for the illegal operation of
snowmobiles, operating snowmobiles without a safety certificate,
and operating an ATV without valid registration.
Warden Thiede assisted DNR environmental staff with a wetlands fill
complaint, an unlicensed septage hauler, and a shoreline rip-rap
project. The reconstruction of a nonconforming structure on Lake
Altoona was referred to the Eau Claire Department of Planning and
Warden Ken Thomson, of Eau Claire County, followed up with a
complaint regarding a convicted felon who had registered a deer
during the gun season. The individual had tagged a deer for a
Warden Thomson received a complaint about a coyote hunter who had
shot from a roadway in the Augusta area. Thomson identified the
suspect and issued a citation for hunting within 50 feet of the
District 7 – Wisconsin Rapids area
Warden Ben Herzfeldt, of Schofield, and recruit Tyznik spoke with a
subject who had his DNR licenses suspended for failing to pay a
citation and was found to have bought licenses and registered deer.
When contacted, the subject stated he did not agree with the
original citation, so he did not pay it or see it through court.
Enforcement action was taken; venison and a rack were seized.
Wardens Herzfeldt and Tyznik contacted several subjects in an area
of past calls and saw feed material and feed bags in the subject’s
truck, and a large gravity feeder loaded with feed under a ladder
stand. The feeder was located on property that was enrolled in the
agricultural deer damage program.
Wardens Herzfeldt and Tyznik worked snowmobilers, ice fishermen,
and coyote hunters in January. They issued citations for loaded
firearms in vehicles, fishing without licenses, and a variety of
Warden Paul Leezer, of Wausau, took enforcement action for
violations regarding to illegal ATV and snowmobile operation,
fishing with too many lines, an untagged fisher, and illegal
Warden Mike Rader, of Wausau, investigated a call about subjects
deer hunting after the close of hours on a business property in
Wausau. Three subjects were contacted after dark by a security
officer. None of the subjects possessed valid tags for the deer,
and all were hunting more than half an hour after hours.
Enforcement action was taken and a bow seized as evidence.
Warden Rader investigated a complaint about a homeowner feeding
deer in Rib Mountain. It is illegal to feed or bait deer in
Marathon County. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Barry Meister, of Stevens Point, issued citations in January
for illegal feeding, a loaded firearm in a vehicle, and a number of
Warden Jon Scharbarth, of Stevens Point, received a call about a
subject who captured several live mallards from a local park. The
caller had confronted the suspect and made him release the ducks.
The suspect told Scharbarth that he had intended to take the ducks
“somewhere romantic” where his girlfriend could release them, like
you see with white doves in the movies. Enforcement action was
Wardens Scharbarth and Meister located an illegal minnow trap on an
area trout stream. A check on the trap operator showed he did not
have the proper permits to be trapping in that location.
Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Barry Fetting, of Marshfield, contacted a man who had
possessed an uncased firearm in a vehicle before firing the gun
from the roadway at 10 p.m. When the subject was asked why he
discharged the firearm, he said he wanted to see if it was true the
flames flew out of the barrel at night. Enforcement action was
Warden Fetting investigated complaints in January about subjects
who were baiting and feeding deer in Wood County. Enforcement
action was taken on each occasion. It is illegal to feed deer in
Warden Stewart Smith, of Wisconsin Rapids, got a call about illegal
feeding behind a home in southern Wood County. He talked to the
suspect one morning. Smith and the suspect inspected the yard
behind the garage and found illegal bait. Smith noticed a few drops
of blood and feathers on fresh snow. The suspect admitted to
shooting a hen turkey that morning with a bow and arrow from a
garage window. The suspect and his son were cleaning the turkey
when Smith knocked on the garage door. Enforcement action was
Warden Smith received a report that a white deer had been hit by a
vehicle north of Wisconsin Rapids. The buck was not a true albino,
as it had brown eyes. Smith was contacted by a newspaper about the
white deer. Smith said the DNR would be willing to donate the deer
to a school, or possibly sell it. Smith received about 30 calls
from interested parties that wanted the deer. The white deer found
a home at Marshfield High School. There is a growing population of
white/albino deer in Wood County.
District 8 – La Crosse area
Warden Mike Cross worked ice fishing and ATV enforcement on the
backwaters of the Mississippi River. Four ATV violations were
detected, and enforcement action was taken.
While working fishing enforcement in the Stoddard area, warden Dale
Hochhausen arrested two people for possession of marijuana. The
suspects were turned over to the sheriff’s department. Hochhausen
cited a man for snowmobile OWI.
Warden Shawna Stringham, of Viroqua, and Mike Nice, of Richland
Center, worked on several illegal deer cases, seizing three bucks
for violations involving shooting from the road and borrowed tags.
A group of small-game hunters was checked, resulting in charges for
hunting rabbits without a license.
Warden Hochhausen cited a man for littering on Lake Onalaska, due
to debris left behind by an ice fisherman who cut out the bottom of
a truck camper to use as a fishing shack.
Warden Bob Jumbeck, of Alma, received a trail camera photo of an
individual trespassing during the gun deer season. A backtag number
was displayed that led to a license fraud investigation. The
Minnesota hunter was found to be buying resident licenses for the
past six years. Charges have been filed.
District 9 – Black River Falls area
Warden Eric Grudzinski, of Mauston, worked snowmobile and fishing
enforcement in January. Citations were issued for snowmobile
registration, no trail pass, and other snowmobile violations.
Wardens Matt Weber, of Necedah, and Grudzinski completed an illegal
deer-hunting investigation from November. Enforcement action was
taken for loan/borrowed tags, failure to attach and validate
carcass tags, and failure to register and the transport of illegal
Warden Weber and supervisor Korey Trowbridge contacted a group of
ice fishermen on Wazee Lake with four illegal trout. Enforcement
action was taken for trout fishing without a trout stamp and
overbagging on trout. Weber and Trowbridge also contacted an ice
angler on Lake Arbutus with an undersized walleye.
In January, warden Bill Miller, of Adams, took enforcement action
in 28 matters where snowmobile, hunting, fishing, and trapping
violations were detected.
Wardens Miller and Wade Romberg, along with the Adams County
Sheriff’s Department, investigated a snowmobile vs. train crash in
which the snowmobiler was illegally operating on a county highway,
then got the skis caught in the railroad tracks and ended up
traveling one-quarter mile between the tracks. The snowmobiler
jumped off just before the train ran over the snowmobile.
Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Miller issued two citations to a hunter who shot his hunting
companion during the gun deer season. The shooter was loading a
rifle in a vehicle when it fired, striking his companion in the
Warden Romberg issued citations in January for fishing with too
many lines, snowmobile violations, illegal burning, and hunting
during the closed season.
Warden Matt Modjeski, of Sparta, worked snowmobile and fishing
enforcement in Monroe and Jackson counties. Enforcement action was
taken for operating without registration and fishing without a
Warden Modjeski investigated a group-hunting and loan/borrowed tag
complaint. Modjeski determined that a man shot two bucks on the
opening morning of the 2010 gun deer season, then texted a family
member who was not hunting to come tag one of the bucks.
Enforcement action was taken.