WI: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 18

District 10 – Wautoma area

Wardens Judi Nigbor, of Montello, and Nate Ackerman, of Berlin,
contacted a boater on the Waupaca chain for a no-wake violation.
The operator also was cited for OWI.

Warden Nigbor closed a case involving traps being left after the
season. Several animals were caught in these traps. The subject was
cited for the violations.

Wardens Jeff Knorr, of Fremont, and Josh Loining were the first
officers on the scene of a severe two-boat collision on the Wolf
River involving injuries that required the air transport. The
accident is being investigated by the DNR and Winnebago County
Sheriff’s Department. Speed and alcohol appear to have been
contributing factors.

Wardens Ackerman and Nigbor checked anglers on Green Lake.
Enforcement action was taken for fishing without a license.

In July, warden Ackerman took enforcement action for fishing
without a license, PWC speed and distance violations, and “short”
PFD violations.

Warden Mike Young, of Shiocton, continued to assist Montana in an
investigation of illegal hunting activities by a state

Warden Young set up a boat trip on the Wolf River for the new
county executive, county board members, county zoning, and members
of DNR wildlife staff and planning staff.

Warden Ted Dremel, of Waupaca, issued several boating and fishing
citations and warnings in July. He also completed a deer fence
inspection north of Waupaca, and investigated an incident of a
person shooting a goose near Bear Lake.

Warden Bryan Lockman, of New London, arrested two OWI boaters on
the Wolf River.

Warden Lockman found a fisherman who had a short northern pike in
his possession on the Embarrass River. One citation was issued.
Lockman also cited two shore fishermen for fishing without a

Warden Lockman worked several times with the Waupaca County boat
patrol. Several citations were issued; one OWI boater was

District 11 – Peshtigo area

Warden Dave Oginski, of Wausaukee, worked the Fourth of July
weekend on Lake Noquebay with the Marinette County boat patrol. One
citation was issued for operating a PWC within 100 feet of another
boat, and numerous warnings were given. The lake was quiet compared
to 2010 when 30 citations were issued during the weekend.

Warden Oginski worked the Menominee River with Michigan warden
Jason Niemi on the Fourth of July. They issued citations for no
fishing licenses, operating within 100 feet of another boat, and no

Warden Oginski assisted Marinette County deputies with a vehicle
that was stuck in an alfalfa field. The driver was doing doughnuts
when the vehicle died. The three occupants hid in a ravine, but
were found by Oginski. The driver was arrested for OWI.

Warden Matt Meade, of Crivitz, worked with forest ranger Sara
Pearson on High Falls Flowage several nights in July. Citations
included illegal ATV use at a boat landing, fishing without a
license, waterskiing after sunset, littering, not enough PFDs, no
safety classes for PWC operators, and operating a boat at night
with no lights.

During the Fourth of July weekend, warden Meade saw a PWC operator
with a passenger operating without a PFD. As he approached, Meade
recognized the operator as somebody he’d arrested in June for
careless operation of an ATV and illegally riding on a roadway.
This time, the man was arrested for boating OWI.

Warden Joe Paul, of Lakewood, investigated a fatal boating incident
on Anderson Lake. The victim fell over the bow of a pontoon boat
and then became lodged in the motor and propeller.

Warden Mike Stahl, of Oconto Falls, with the help of Oconto Falls
police officers, apprehended three subjects fishing below the paper
mill dam in Oconto Falls for keeping several short smallmouth bass
(one charge), no license (one charge), and possession of drug
paraphernalia and THC (three charges).

Warden Stahl attended pre-trial for a convicted felon who was in
possession of a firearm during numerous violations involving the
shooting of seven bucks prior to the 2010 gun season. The man was
bound over for trial on the felony charges, but no action was taken
on the game charges at this time.

Warden Mark Schraufnagel, of Shawano, investigated a boating
fatality on Legend Lake in Menominee County. The victim was
swimming with family members from a pontoon boat when he failed to
surface. The victim was located at a later time.

Warden Jim Horne, of Shawano, worked area lakes during the Fourth
of July weekend. Citations were issued for mostly boating
violations, with a couple cases of fishing without licenses.

District 12 – Green Bay area and Northeast Operations Marine

Among other duties, warden Chris Kratcha, of Sturgeon Bay, worked
on two boating group checks in July in Manitowoc and Brown
counties. Citations included OWI and OWI refusal, boaters towing
skiers without observers, boat registration, no boat safety
certificate, no fishing license, and a marijuana arrest.

Wardens Darren Kuhn, of Kewaunee, and Kratcha saw three people
fishing from a boat on Heidmann Lake. The female in the middle seat
was cited for fishing without a license.

Warden Kuhn contacted two men fishing at West Alaska Lake who had
three undersized largemouths. Enforcement action was taken.

Regional warden Byron Goetsch, of Green Bay, along with other DNR
staff, attended a meeting with the Menominee tribe to continue
working with the tribe on sturgeon management efforts on the

On the Fourth of July weekend, supervisor George Protogere and
warden Ben Treml patrolled Green Bay and responded to a call about
a crash involving two PWCs, with two victims in the water. They
pulled one victim out of the water who had serious head trauma. The
victim was escorted to an ambulance.

Warden supervisor Protogere was working the vacant Appleton station
on the Fourth of July and found a subject fishing along the Fox
River who had a short smallmouth. He was cited. A check showed the
subject had a warrant from Immigration and Customs Enforcement and
was arrested by Outagamie County. Protogere also contacted two
other anglers in the same area who were fishing without a license
and were in possession of more than 20 undersized smallmouth bass.
Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Robert Stroess, of Manitowoc, arrested the second boater of
the year on Cedar Lake for OWI. The sheriff’s department has since
arrested the third.

Northeast Operations Marine Unit

No report available.

District 13 – Oshkosh area

Warden Jason Higgins, of Oshkosh, checked a subject fishing with
five rods. The subject claimed he was watching them for two
subjects who had just left. Two subjects had left their rods
unattended and one of them did not have a license. Both were gone
for 30 minutes. Citations were issued.

Warden Higgins checked a subject fishing on Lake Winnebago who had
a 9-inch largemouth bass on a stringer. Higgins also issued a
littering citation to a woman at Rainbow Park who left a pile of
empty beer cans near the fishing pier.

Wardens Tom Truman, of Winneconne, and Higgins saw a solo angler
trolling with four lines on Lake Winnebago. The man was cited for
using four lines.

Warden Michael Disher, of Chilton, investigated a Calumet County
man for collecting wild turtles from Wisconsin and other states and
keeping them as pets at his residence. Disher found 17 turtles and
five tortoises inside tanks in the kitchen and living room. Disher
seized five snapping turtles and six painted turtles and
transferred them to rehabilitator and a nature center. Action was
taken for the illegal possession of live wild reptiles, taking
turtles out of season, illegal-sized turtles, taking turtles
without a license, and possession limit violations.

Wardens Kyle Kosin, of Campbellsport, and Alan Erickson, of Fond du
Lac, assisted the sheriff’s department in search/recovery efforts
for a plane crash on Lake Winnebago. Both subjects that went down
in the plane crash were pronounced dead at the scene.

Warden Kosin worked with the Fond du Lac County boat patrol. A boat
was seen leaving a swimming area that appeared to be overloaded.
There were not enough PFDs on board. A citation was issued.

Warden Ryan Propson, of Appleton, contacted two individuals fishing
along the Fox River on Thilmany Road in Kaukauna. Neither had a
valid license, and one of the men hadn’t bought a license for
several years, yet admitted to fishing in 2010.

District 14 – Sheboygan area

Wardens Mike Clutter and Mark Pearce, of Plymouth, and intern
Justin Hill, issued several citations for fishing with too many
lines on Lake Michigan off of Sheboygan County.

Warden Clutter followed up on several complaints about PWCs being
operated too close to shore on area lakes.

Warden Bob Lee, of Slinger, and deputy warden Bill Mitchell issued
several citations for fishing without a license, undersized fish,
no PFDs, operating unregistered boats, and one illegal duck blind
(left from last fall).

Warden Christopher Shea was assigned to the Port Washington
station. The first day, Shea responded to a boating accident on
Lake Michigan. A boat hit the Port Washington breakwall. A citation
was issued to the operator.

Wardens Shea and Mitchell, while patrolling on Lake Michigan, found
charter boat anglers fishing with four extra lines. A citation was
issued. A short time later a sport fisherman was found fishing with
an extra line.

District 15 – Milwaukee area

A number of wardens worked with Merton and Oconomowoc boat patrols
during the annual “Okauchee Tie-Up.” About 400 boats and 2,000
people showed up, and the weather was hot and humid. Twenty arrests
were made for boating OWI, and approximately 75 other citations
were issued. In addition to the enforcement actions, wardens broke
up a fight, picked up stranded swimmers, and assisted several
disabled boaters.

While working the “Okauchee Tie-Up,” wardens Sanidas, Groppi, and
Menzia observed a pontoon boat with several occupants engage in a
argument with a another group of boaters. The wardens saw a beer
bottle being thrown from the pontoon boat. They stopped the boat.
The operator was intoxicated and was arrested.

Wardens Sanidas and Reed were on Eagle Spring and Lulu Lakes on
July 4 and issued citations for possession of an illegal-sized
northern, fishing without a license, and failing to provide enough

Warden Sanidas checked an angler along the Fox River in Big Bend
who did not have a fishing license. The man was on probation for
child support issues and was prohibited from buying DNR

Warden Ben Mott, of Milwaukee, was checking fishermen at McKinley
Marina when contact was made with two individuals fishing along the
breakwall. Neither had a license. One individual then threw a bag
of trash into the lake. Enforcement action was taken.

Wardens Groppi and Sanidas checked anglers and boaters on
Whitewater Lake. They issued two citations for fishing without
licenses. Later that same day, they checked Lake Beulah and stopped
one boater who was exceeding no-wake speed after 6 p.m. The boater
was arrested for OWI. He was under 21 and had two motor vehicle

Warden supervisor Rick Reed and warden Groppi worked on several
lakes in Waukesha County. They issued warnings for no PFDs, no
fishing license in possession, operating without lights, and
operating without a safety certificate. They issued one citation
for possession of undersized bass.

Warden Blankenheim helped Milwaukee police officers investigate a
boat collision in the Milwaukee harbor (breakwall) resulting in a
fatality. The operator later was found deceased in Lake Michigan.
Blankenheim helped MPD document the crash after the boat was
retrieved from the lake.

Warden Blankenheim worked in Milwaukee with recruit Dickson.
Several citations were issued from Estabrook to the lakefront for
fishing without licenses, short fish, and littering. MPD was
contacted to assist with an open intoxicant in a vehicle.

District 16 – Racine, Kenosha area

Wardens Randy Dunkel and Mac Hannon assisted the Racine County
Sheriff’s Department in the investigation of a boat collision in
which a 56-foot yacht ran over a 29-foot fishing vessel. Hannon
used his side-scan sonar to locate the sunken fishing vessel.
Hannon assisted the Racine County dive team while they dove on the
wreck to locate evidence in the collision.

Warden Hirschboeck, of Racine County, responded to two spills, a
boating accident, and issued citations for fishing without
licenses, OWI boating, short fish, transporting live fish,
littering, and possessing waterfowl taken from a wood duck

Warden Hannon got a call about illegal turtle possession. Hannon
came upon violations including possession of native turtles out of
season, an illegal-sized snapping turtle, illegal minnow
harvesting, illegal transport of fish, collecting turtles out of
season, and possession of sick wildlife without notifying a
wildlife rehab specialist.

Warden Kyle Dilley got a call about two subjects bowfishing on the
Fox River below the Rochester dam who were throwing carp back into
the river. Dilley found one of the men to have shot and thrown back
five carp. A short time later it was found another man shot a
36-inch northern pike. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Juan Gomez, of Elkhorn, was on Lake Beulah when he saw a
boat with improper lights. The teens on board had been drinking.
East Troy officers issued five citations for underage

Warden Jason Roberts, of Delevan, organized a boating check on the
majority of Walworth County lakes with 15 wardens for the Fourth of
July weekend. The wardens issued 19 citations and arrested one
boater for OWI. The wardens issued 40 warnings for fishing and
boating violations.

District 17 – Madison area

Warden Eric Grudzinski, of Madison, issued citations for boating
OWI, skiing without an observer, and PFD violations. Fishing
violations included license violations and illegal-sized fish. Two
anglers were contacted who had purchased licenses although they
were revoked for not paying child support. He also assisted with
citing four individuals who had drugs and glass bottles on the
Lower Wisconsin Riverway.

Warden David Walz saw three individuals fishing along the Rock
River in Watertown. Two of the subjects were smoking marijuana.
When they finished the baggie, a male and female with a child
arrived and gave them more. When the group was contacted, the
driver, who was intoxicated, was arrested by a Watertown officer
for OWI and driving after revocation. The person with the pipe and
marijuana was arrested for the drug violations. Walz issued two
citations for littering, one for undersized fish, one for fishing
without a license, and one for providing a false name.

Warden Walz contacted a group of 15- to 20-year-olds on public
hunting grounds late one night. Two of the 15-year-olds had
consumed alcohol. Walz issued underage drinking citations and
contacted a parent of both youths.

Warden Ryan Ellifson, of Jefferson, issued numerous citations on
Lake Koshkonong: PWC failure to maintain distance, towing a skier
without an observer, no PFD, and registration violations.

Warden Mike Dieckhoff, of Janesville, and deputy warden Chris Payne
worked the Fourth of July on the Beloit section of the Rock River.
One boat was found to be overloaded with not enough PFDs. As
wardens approached, a beer can was put into the Rock River by the
operator, who later was arrested for OWI. After the arrest, the
suspect urinated in Dieckhoff’s boat.

Wardens Dieckhoff and Grudzinski were working in Beloit when they
located an angler with a 17-inch northern pike on a stringer. A
citation was issued, and during that process a warrant for the
suspect’s arrest was found. He was turned over to the Rock County
Sheriff’s Department.

Warden Nathan Kroeplin, of Madison, arrested five OWI boaters in
July on the Madison lakes. One of the boaters was arrested for a
second offense, which is a criminal violation.

Warden Henry Bauman, of Madison, issued citations for no PFDs and
towing a boarder without an observer on Lake Monona.

Warden Boyd Richter, of Janesville, worked boat enforcement with
Rock County deputy Matt Pyne on the Rock River and issued citations
and warnings for boat violations.

District 18 – Poynette area

Warden John Buss and deputy warden Matt Alt, of Sauk City, received
a report of a drowning in Devils Lake. They pulled the drowning
victim into Buss’s boat and did CPR. The subject had been under the
water for 20 minutes. The 15-year-old could not be revived.

Warden Heather Gottschalk, of Beaver Dam, determined a subject was
guiding without a license. One citation was issued.

Wardens Gottschalk and David Holmes were on Beaver Dam Lake when
they noticed large number of people in a boat that was towing a
skier. The boat was overloaded by 10 people and short of PFDs. The
wardens issued one citation.

Warden Gottschalk organized a group check for Beaver Dam Lake Days.
Numerous warnings were issued for boating violations, and one
boater was arrested for OWI.

Warden Michael Green was working on the Upper Dells, motioning
people who were cliff-jumping in the closed area off of the cliffs.
The individuals were jumping over the head of a person on a lower
ledge who was carving the number “23” into the cliff. Green
contacted the individual and issued a citation for destruction of
state property. The man said that a tour guide showed him the
Native American carvings in the rock so he thought it was OK. When
asked why he carved the “23,” he said because it was Michael
Jordan’s number and his favorite number.

District 19 – Dodgeville area

Warden Mike Nice, of Richland Center, and supervisor Tyler Strelow,
of Dodgeville, patrolled the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway from
Boscobel to Muscoda on July 4th. The river saw heavy use. Citations
were issued for glass containers, possession of marijuana and drug
paraphernalia, driving in an unauthorized area, unattended lines,
undersized fish, illegal fireworks, and obstructing a law
enforcement officer.

Warden Jeff King and Lafayette County deputies responded to several
ATV crashes in July. The two crashes that King responded to
involved careless operation, speed, and no helmets.

Warden Rick DeWitte, of Cassville, wrote a citation for no fishing
license to an angler below Lock and Dam 11 near Dubuque.

Warden Joe Frost, of Dodgeville, completed an investigation
regarding license fraud. Frost issued citations to an Illinois
resident who bought resident licenses in both states from 2007 to

Warden Nick Webster, of Green County, contacted two subjects who
illegally transported live fish – eight crappies, one bluegill, and
one bass – to a pond. Webster explained the concerns for disease
transfer and gave the subjects time to drain the pond in a safe
manner in an attempt to control the spread of any potential fish
diseases. The fish were seized, and enforcement action was

Warden Dave Youngquist, of Spring Green, issued citations on the
Wisconsin River for glass containers, no PFDs, and undersized fish,
including a citation to an out-of-state angler who said he was not
a professional fisherman and, therefore, he did not know the bass
and walleye size limits.

Warden Youngquist checked a group of campers on the Lower Wisconsin
State Riverway who left their garbage behind on an island. The
campers said they left it to be picked up by the canoe livery. The
campers were cited for littering.

Warden Martin Stone, of Fennimore, patrolled the Mississippi and
issued citations for no PFDs and operating in restricted areas.
Stone also arrested two OWI boat operators.

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