WI: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 6
District 1 – Ashland area
Warden Pat Quaintance, of Bayfield, investigated an incident
involving four ATVs going through the ice on Lake Superior. The
subjects were able to reach safety.
Wardens Quaintance and Egstad, of Bayfield, assisted with the kids
ice fishing contest sponsored by the ABC Sportsmen’s Club.
Warden Egstad responded to a call regarding a cross-country skier
who had been struck and killed on the ice of Lake Superior outside
of Washburn during the night. The investigation revealed a vehicle
had hit the victim, and the driver left the scene of the crash. The
driver came forward the afternoon of the day the body was
On a Friday night, warden Egstad investigated a fatal snowmobile
crash in the town of Bell in Bayfield County. The driver was in the
middle of a group of five riders when he failed to negotiate a
curve on the trail and hit two pine trees.
Warden Amie Egstad cited a Lake Superior ice fisherman who had
filleted two splake he had caught while fishing among the islands.
The skin had been left on the fillets as required, but none of the
four fillets met the minimum requirement of 15 inches.
Warden Lance Burns, of Gordon, participated in Snowmobile Accident
Reduction Team (SART) deployments in Walworth and Jefferson
counties. Several OWI arrests were made, along with other citations
District 2 – Cumberland area
No report available.
District 3 – Park Falls area
Warden Bayer, of Phillips, investigated a case of several
individuals with illegal bobcats. He seized several bobcats and
firearms. Charges have been filed.
Warden Bayer worked snowmobile complaint areas in the Price County
area, making several snowmobile stops for illegal operation and
traffic sign infractions.
Warden Michels, of Park Falls, issued citations to an individual
for hunting with an improper license and failing to register a
deer. Michels received a call from an individual who wanted to turn
himself in for tagging an antlerless deer with a herd-control tag
in a unit that was not a herd-control unit. Once the subject
realized his mistake, he butchered the deer without registering it.
The individual stated that he had to take a polygraph test for work
and wanted to clear his conscience.
Warden Michels conducted patrols of area lakes by snowmobile in
February and issued citations for fishing with too many lines, and
possession of undersized fish on the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage.
Warden Nice, of Medford, transported wood to local schools whose
students will be building wood duck houses in a joint project with
the Taylor County Sportsmen’s Club that has resulted in more than
5,400 wood duck houses completed and placed since the project began
Warden Nice participated in a fish crib project on South Harper
Lake. Sports clubs from Medford, Chelsea, Rib Lake, and Westboro
built 26 cribs that will be placed in the lake as the ice
Warden Nice issued environmental citations totaling more then
$4,700 to an individual who committed several violations in and
around waters and wetlands of the state.
Warden Nice contacted three fishermen who had more than 14 lines
out between them. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Otto, of Antigo, wrote several citations in February for too
many lines, no licenses, overbagging, and short fish.
Warden Otto worked snowmobile patrol in areas where he has received
complaints. Several citations were issued.
Warden Nerva, of Tomahawk, wrote citations for unattended lines,
too many lines, and littering.
Wardens Nerva and Nice, of Medford, contacted a group of fishermen
on Lake Alice who were being guided by a guide from Marathon
County. The five clients did not have fishing licenses. Citations
Warden Peters, of Merrill, and recruit Dickson got a call from the
Merrill Police Department regarding a car-killed deer violation in
which a party hit a deer and took it without obtaining a tag. The
intoxicated suspect was located at a Merrill residence later in the
night when officers responded to a 911 call for a fight. When
Merrill officers and the wardens arrived, they found a drag trail
leading from a vehicle to the front porch and across the living
room carpet. The deer was found partially butchered in the bath
tub, and the suspect was hiding in an upstairs closet.
Wardens Dryja and Dahlquist, of Crandon, found a car in the ditch
in Langlade County with two occupants. The wardens detected alcohol
on the driver’s breath. Further checks showed that passenger had a
warrant for unpaid fines for more than $800. The officers turned
the men over to the Langlade County deputies who arrested the
driver for OWI and the passenger on the warrant.
Warden Dryja worked snowmobile enforcement in Langlade County.
Dryja issued many warnings and a citation for an unregistered
District 4 – Woodruff area
Warden Kelly Crotty, of Florence, worked snowmobile and ice-fishing
activity in February and issued citations for fishing with
unattended lines, operating a snowmobile without valid
registration, and snowmobile OWI. He teamed up with warden Price,
of Eagle River, to teach a National Archery in the Schools
instructor course in Antigo. Fifteen new instructors, primarily
physical education teachers, were certified.
Warden Brad Dahlquist, of Crandon, issued citations for fishing
without a license, fishing with too many lines, overbagging on
panfish, and an ATV registration violation.
Warden Tim Ebert, of Minocqua, investigated complaints involving
panfish anglers overbagging, littering, and anglers fishing with
too many lines. In one case a person located a deer carcass dumped
along a road with the hunter’s tag in the ear. The deer had been
field-dressed, but no meat had been salvaged. The investigation
showed that the hunter harvested the deer legally then gave the
deer to someone who then gave the deer to someone else. The deer
had been dumped because of concern that the meat spoiled during
warm weather. A littering citation was issued.
Wardens Jim Jung, of Rhinelander, and Tim Otto, of Antigo, wrote
citations for snowmobile registration violations, no trail pass,
and fishing without a license. Jung assisted in serving a search
warrant in Lincoln County on a subject who was revoked and had
purchased licenses and is believed to have hunted and fished while
revoked. Jung investigated calls about too many tip-ups being
placed, as well as a timber theft violation.
Warden Pat Novesky, of Three Lakes, assisted the Three Lakes Police
Department with a robbery and shooting. Novesky was first on the
scene and deployed his rifle to secure the area by making sure
there were no armed suspects at the residence so that rescue
personnel could access the victim. He also investigated a fatal
snowmobile accident in the town of Three Lakes involving a subject
who left a road route and struck a tree.
Warden Tim Price, of Eagle River, responded to a snowmobile
fatality on Big St. Germain Lake. The operator struck a plowed
embankment, causing the sled and rider to go airborne for about 170
feet. Speed was a contributing factor. Warden Price also responded
to a snowmobile accident involving a rider who failed to negotiate
a corner in the Eagle River area. Price assisted with transporting
rescue personnel one mile to the injured snowmobiler. The
snowmobiler sustained a broken left femur, along with injuries to
the left hand. Warden Price participated in the 2011 ice-fishing
clinic held at Northland Pines High School and Silver Lake. The
clinic is part of the physical education outdoor class. Warden
Price issued citations for anglers fishing with too many lines and
for snowmobilers failing to stop at stop signs.
Warden Rich Thole, of Boulder Junction, and recruit Ryan Propson
worked snowmobile enforcement in Vilas County. They issued
citations for failing to stop at stop signs and OWI. They also
investigated two fatal snowmobile accidents.
Wardens Thole and Propson investigated a possible illegal grading
complaint on the shores of Armour Lake, on a site larger than
10,000 square feet.
District 5 – Lower St. Croix area
Warden Bill Wrasse, of Durand, contacted two snowmobilers illegally
riding on a county road. It was a husband and wife. The husband
said, “We drove down the road because my wife was new to
snowmobiling and I thought that would be safer for her.”
Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Wrasse assisted officers in Buffalo and Dunn counties,
working snowmobilers for speed and OWI violations. Many contacts
were made, with several citations issued.
Warden Paul Sickman, of Hudson, worked with the Snowmobile Accident
Reduction Team in Walworth County. Numerous citations were issued,
along with six arrests for OWI.
Warden Brad Peterson, of Ellsworth, worked ice-fishing compliance,
open-water fishing on the Mississippi, snowmobile enforcement,
small-game hunters, and wildlife nuisance complaints. Citations
were issued for fishing with too many lines, no valid licenses, and
snowmobilers not obeying signs.
Warden Wayne Flak, of Menomonie, worked with wardens Hausman and
Peterson on snowmobile trails and lakes in Polk County. They issued
citations for expired registration and possession of undersized
Warden Jim Cleven, of Colfax, gave a $100 reward to a cooperator on
behalf of the Dunn County Fish and Game Club. The cooperator
provided information that led to the conviction of three people for
shining and shooting deer in Dunn County.
Warden Cleven stopped a vehicle in a remote area of northern Dunn
County. The operator was found to have an uncased shotgun in the
vehicle and was found to have just shot out the vehicle window. No
game was found, and the person stated he was just shooting.
Enforcement action was taken.
District 6 – Eau Claire area
Warden Ken Thomsen, of Eau Claire County, spent the month
conducting and assisting other wardens with snowmobile and ice
fishing enforcement in Eau Claire, Clark, Trempeleau, Chippewa, and
Jackson counties. Several warnings were given for various
violations, and citations were issued for operating unregistered
snowmobiles, fishing with unattended lines, and fishing with too
Warden Scott Thiede, of Eau Claire County, completed investigations
of five licensed gun deer hunters with felony convictions who were
in violation of group hunting laws, or in illegal possession of a
Warden Thiede had an unlicensed gun deer hunter flee into the woods
when contacted during the gun deer season. Charges were issued, and
his firearm was seized. After the suspect failed to appear for
court, an arrest warrant was issued. After further investigation,
it was determined that the rifle used by the subject to kill a deer
illegally was stolen property. Additional charges are
While working fishing enforcement on the Chippewa River, warden
Cody Adams, of Chippewa County, located three unattended tip-ups on
the ice. He followed a set of tracks to a house, knocked on the
door, and found that no one was home. As Adams was about to leave,
a vehicle pulled into the driveway – the fisherman had returned
home. Adams and the man walked out to the tip-ups and found a
walleye on one of the tip-ups. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Adams received a complaint about an untagged deer hanging in
a shed at a residence. Adams determined an individual had hit and
killed the deer with a vehicle. Since the person did not have a
valid driver’s license, he did not call the sheriff’s department to
get a tag for the deer. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Adams received the results of a boating case in April of
2010 in which a subject was arrested for boating while under the
influence of an intoxicant. The suspect was smoking marijuana while
fishing for muskies and walleyes (season was closed) on the
Chippewa River. The suspect then operated his boat down the river
and was contacted by Adams at a landing. The man tested positive
for THC and was issued an additional citation for operating a boat
while having a detectible amount of a controlled substance.
Warden Adams investigated a subject who is a convicted felon and
who registered numerous deer during the gun season. The suspect
told Adams that they had shot the deer with a crossbow during the
gun season, since the suspect could not possess a firearm. Adams
seized an 11-point buck, and enforcement action was taken.
Currently, hunters are not allowed to hunt deer while using archery
equipment during the gun deer season.
Warden Scott Bowe, of Chippewa County, issued citations in February
for numerous violations including snowmobile OWI, refusing to take
an intoxicated snowmobiling test, operating a snowmobile with a
prohibited BAC, unattended tip-ups, and ATV trespass.
Warden Adam Hanna, of Clark County, investigated a hunter
harassment case in which a person interfered with legal coyote
hunting. The suspect was found to have attempted to intimidate
hunters and scare away coyotes. Citations were issued.
In February, wardens Hanna and Ken Thomson, of Eau Claire County,
investigated a call about a hunter killing two bucks with a bow
during the 2010 archery season. The suspect admitted that when a
nice 9-point buck came in while he was hunting for a doe, he
couldn’t pass up the opportunity to shoot the buck. The suspect
then found someone to tag the deer. Citations were issued.
When a coyote hunter saw warden Hanna, the hunter reached
frantically to unload and case his rifle that was on the seat of
the truck. Enforcement action was taken.
District 7 – Wisconsin Rapids area
Wardens Ben Herzfeldt, Paul Leezer, Mike Rader, of Wausau, and
Barry Fetting, of Marshfield, assisted with a deployment of the
Snowmobile Accident Reduction Team in Marathon and Wood counties.
Numerous warnings and a few citations were issued, with enforcement
action taken in three situations in which snowmobile operators were
operating while intoxicated.
Warden Herzfeldt and recruit Shaun Tyznik completed an
archery-hunting investigation from last fall. They uncovered
violations including loan/borrow, failing to tag deer, hunting deer
in unauthorized units, and providing incorrect information.
Enforcement action approaching $2,000 and three years of revocation
are being sought against one individual. A 9-point rack also was
Wardens Leezer and Fetting responded to a hotline call of a subject
keeping undersized northern pike on Pike Lake in eastern Marathon
County. The suspect was found to be in possession of two undersized
northerns. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Leezer investigated five illegal baiting/feeding cases.
Baiting and feeding is prohibited in Marathon County, and Leezer
has been receiving numerous citizen complaints reporting the
Warden Rader investigated a call about a subject shooting at a
coyote while standing on a highway near Athens. Violations were
uncovered for discharging a firearm from a highway and possessing a
loaded firearm in a vehicle. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Rader investigated a report of a wolf carcass on Hwy. 29
north of Edgar. The wolf was determined to have been killed by a
vehicle while attempting to cross the highway.
Wardens Jon Scharbarth and Barry Meister, of Stevens Point, made
contact with two individuals fishing in a portable shanty on an
area lake. As Scharbarth was approaching, one of the subjects
attempted to hide his pole and denied fishing. Scharbarth located
the cut line stuck to the ice in the shack, with the line still
down the hole. This individual then provided false information
about his identity. Once he was positively identified, action was
taken for fishing without a license and providing false
information. The second subject did not have a license,
Warden Meister cited a person who had been feeding deer since
December. Feeding of deer is prohibited in Portage County.
Warden Fetting responded to a call from the Wood County Sheriff’s
Department stating an individual without a license had killed a red
fox. Upon contact with the two men, Fetting learned that the fox
was shot at from the front passenger seat of a vehicle before the
shooter exited the vehicle, and the subject fired several
additional rounds from the ditch.
Warden Fetting observed two men tending tip-ups near their ice
shack. Near the front door of the shack Fetting observed fresh
blood, but one subject said he wasn’t fishing and didn’t know if
his companions had caught anything. Upon checking the men at the
tip-ups, Fetting was told that one northern was caught and that the
subject in the shack took the fish home earlier. Moments later,
Fetting located an illegal-sized northern lying under the shack.
Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Stewart Smith, of Wisconsin Rapids, completed an
investigation of a deer hunter who had moved to Minnesota in 2004
and lived there for five years. The hunter continued to buy
Wisconsin resident deer licenses. The hunter showed license agents
his old Wisconsin resident deer license as proof of residency, and
the agents never asked to see a driver’s license. Enforcement
action was taken.
Warden Smith and deputy warden Gerald Blum inspected a new deer
farm fence that enclosed more than 80 acres in the town of Port
Edwards. The owner was issued a permit by the DNR to harvest the
deer that were still inside the fence after construction. The nine
deer that were harvested were donated to a local food pantry, at
the expense of the owner. Smith and Blum made sure there weren’t
any wild deer left inside the fence and made sure the deer farm
fence was constructed to DNR standards. The fence application was
District 8 – La Crosse area
Warden Mike Cross, of Prairie du Chien, located a subject on an ATV
plowing large areas of a backwater lake during a local fishing
derby. The Iowa ATV was not registered, so a citation was issued.
The next contact was with three Iowa residents, and Cross noticed a
dead buck fawn in the bed of their truck. After determining who
killed the deer, Cross spoke with Iowa warden Burt Walters
regarding hunting seasons and registration in that state. Cross
learned that the hunter had failed to register two or more deer.
The information was forwarded to the Iowa DNR for enforcement
Warden Cross observed two snowmobilers heading across a field on a
marked trail. One machine stopped; one kept going. Cross contacted
the snowmobiler, finding the sled had broken down and was not
registered. A short time later, the second snowmobiler returned and
that sled, too, was not registered.
During the last week of February, warden Cross assisted
USDA-Wildlife Services with feral hog control measures. One
property was identified as a location feral hogs were using.
Wardens Cross, Hochhausen, and Frost conducted feral hog control
hunts and killed three feral sows.
Wardens Dale Hochhausen, of Stoddard, and Michael Hirschboeck, of
Sturtevant, attended a trial regarding a deer that had been taken
from an individual during the gun deer season. The suspect was
found guilty of larceny of game and was ordered to pay more than
$2,152 in fines and forfeitures.
District 9 – Black River Falls area
Warden Matt Modjeski, of Sparta, worked snowmobile enforcement in
Monroe County and issued numerous citations for no safety
certificate, registration, operating while intoxicated, and roadway
While walking into a deer registration store, warden Modjeski was
contacted by the store owner regarding a person attempting to sell
two stolen compound bows. The person was leaving the store as
Modjeski entered. Modjeski requested that the person come back into
the store, and he called for a Sparta police officer to investigate
the matter. The police officer transported the suspect to the
police department. Later, the suspect was arrested and taken to
jail for possession of stolen property.
Warden Bill Miller, of Adams, followed up on a deer-feeding case of
corn put out for deer. The caller was concerned that Miller may not
do anything about the feeding, as Miller personally knew the
violator. After investigating the complaint, a citation was issued
to the landowner for feeding deer.