WI: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 26
Editor’s note: Field reports from conservation wardens in
northern Wisconsin, District 1 through District 9 usually appear in
the first issue of each month, with the reports for districts 10
through 19 in southern Wisconsin appearing in the second issue of
each month. The heavy workload for conservation wardens during the
month of November and the five Fridays of December 2011 will change
that schedule slightly for the first half of 2012. For last issue,
November field reports were only available for teams from the Park
Falls, Green Bay, and Racine-Kenosha areas. November reports for
the remaining northern Wisconsin teams will appear in this issue,
and November reports for the southern teams will appear in the
first issue of 2012.
District 1 – Ashland area
After receiving complaints about illegal stands on county land,
warden John Krull, of Superior, accompanied Douglas County
recreation officer Olson and located a large, enclosed, elevated
stand. The hunter came down quickly as the officers approached. The
hunter, from Minnesota, had decided not to buy a nonresident
hunting license. Citations were issued, and a firearm was
While patrolling in the Solon Springs area, wardens Krull and
Burns, on a large piece of Plumb Creek land (motor vehicles are
prohibited on the property), found several active stands – one with
a large over-bait of corn. They returned later in the day and
located several people on the property. Citations were issued for
ATV trespass (three), no ATV registration, a loaded gun on an ATV,
and illegal bait, along with numerous warnings.
Warden Lance Burns, of Gordon, contacted a subject who was shining
deer with his son at midnight. Citations were issued.
Warden Burns arrested a felon who was hunting deer with a rifle.
The subject had his brother’s tag. The subject was taken to jail,
the rifle was seized, and charges are pending for felon in
possession of a firearm, hunting without a license, and possession
of a borrowed tag. The subject’s brother was cited for loaning a
tag to another person.
Warden Burns cited a subject for placing too much feed for deer (9
Wardens Amie Egstad, Brad Biser, and Matt Mackenzie worked on a
bear case involving a bear killed in the wrong zone. A citation was
issued, with a request to the court for one-year revocation of
Warden Jill Schartner, of Drummond, spent many hours working night
enforcement in areas where she had heard of late shining and
shooting activity. Schartner contacted one vehicle just south of
Drummond. The two passengers had been shining, and had open beer
cans and a handgun in the vehicle. Citations were issued.
Warden Schartner and Bayfield County Deputy Renz received a call in
Barnes after a hunter left his stand early the last day of the gun
season after hearing a shot from the road. He called when he saw
three people dragging a large buck off the property he caretakes.
This was the third year in a row the caller has had to leave his
stand early the last day of the gun season to phone in calls of
road-hunting violations. Within two hours, Schartner and Renz had
located five subjects who were involved in this incident. They
seized the large buck and the rifle used to shoot it. The shooter
was hunting deer without a license, the driver was on probation and
in violation of possessing firearms, the person who tagged the deer
was in violation of group-hunting laws, and the three other
subjects were parties to the violations. Civil and criminal charges
Wardens Brad Biser, of Brule, and Feind got a call from a landowner
about a man who shot a deer from the road. The caller pulled the
keys from the vehicle while the suspects were tracking the deer.
The suspects admitted that the driver shot from the road at a doe.
The shooter/driver was cited for hunting from a roadway.
An individual was found in a stand on the Brule River State Forest.
Wardens Biser and Feind had checked the stand unsuccessfully for
three years. The individual admitted that the stand had been up for
six years. He was cited for failure to remove the stand daily and
having no I.D. on the stand.
District 2 – Cumberland area
Wardens Jesse Ashton, Shaun Tyznik, and Tamara Larson were working
a deer decoy in Polk County. A subject stopped and shot once at the
decoy from the window of a truck, then attempted to flee. Ashton
stopped him. Citations were issued.
Warden Ashton learned that a subject saw a hunter shooting after
hours. The suspect pulled into a field and fired once from the
driver’s window. The subject then drove to the back of the field
and shot three more times after hours. Ashton and Rosen located the
subject’s vehicle the following day and waited for him to come
back. The subject was contacted, and a citation was issued.
Wardens Fell and Cleven contacted a convicted felon north of Sand
Creek at the close of shooting hours on opening day. The man was
hunting with his son and admitted to harvesting an antlerless deer.
Charges will be forwarded to the district attorney.
Wardens Fell and Bronson contacted a hunter who was on his cell
phone. Fell recognized the hunter as the subject of several citizen
accusations of illegal hunting in the past. The hunter had not
validated his tag, and hadn’t tagged the deer. Fell discovered at
least 20 gallons of bait at the hunter’s stand. Fell seized the
deer and issued a citation for hunting over illegal bait.
Wardens Hagen and Little learned of a road-hunting and trespass
case in Washburn County. The suspect shot a 9-point buck from the
road, then shot across the road onto private property for the
killing shot. Citations and warnings were issued.
Wardens Hagen and Dorn saw an ATVer headlighting fields along a
road at 5:30 a.m. They issued one citation for shining during
closed hours and warned the subject for possession of a firearm
Warden Tom Heisler, of Winter, contacted a subject hunting with a
crossbow after hours in the national forest. The subject was on the
ground, in a crouched position, with a bolt in the crossbow and
getting reading to shoot at an “approaching deer” that was actually
Heisler coming from behind him. A citation was issued for hunting
deer after hours.
Warden Chris Spaight, of Grantsburg, saw two vehicles parked along
a road near public land and adjacent to private land. He contacted
the two hunters on the private property and found that there was an
untagged deer that one of the hunters had gutted and dragged 50
yards to the road. He learned that one of the hunters had
trespassed onto the private property and shot the deer.
Warden Shaun Tyznik, of Amery, found more than 1,000 pounds of
shelled corn placed around three hunting blinds. The hunters in the
blinds stated that they were not aware of the illegal bait. The
property owner stated he was responsible for allowing the placement
of the illegal bait at the three sites and was issued
Warden Spaight got a call about night hunting in the southwestern
part of Anderson Township. Wardens Spaight, Rosen, and Anderson
were able to apprehend a group of shiners. A deer, rifle, and
spotlight were all seized, and multiple charges are pending.
District 4 – Woodruff area
Warden Kelly Crotty, of Florence, issued citations during the deer
season for illegal baiting, illegal feeding, and road
Warden Brad Dahlquist, of Crandon, cited an individual for
interfering with legal hunters during the gun deer season.
Warden Dahlquist took enforcement action against three individuals
in possession of an untagged deer in the town of Wabeno.
Warden Dahlquist cited an individual near the town of Wabeno for
possessing an untagged deer.
Wardens Dahlquist and Andy Dryja, of Langlade, got a call in Forest
County about a subject who had shot a buck behind a residence, but
did not buy a gun license.
Warden Pat Novesky, of Three Lakes, issued several citations for
hunting over illegal bait in the 10- to 25-gallon range during the
gun deer season. He also arrested a convicted felon who was in
possession of a firearm.
Warden Jim Jung, of Rhinelander, issued citations for hunting from
a road, shooting from a road, illegal feeding, using a gravity
feeder, and hunting after hours.
Warden Tim Price, of Eagle River, and deputy warden John Preuss, of
Woodruff, issued several baiting citations on opening day of the
gun deer season. In one instance, a hunter was hunting on private
land from a tower stand overlooking four 100- to 150-yard-long
shooting lanes that had been illegally baited with an estimated 50
gallons of corn, carrots, apples, mineral, and salt blocks and deer
attractant the previous weekend. That amount was reduced to 5 to 6
gallons by opening day after the hunter that placed the illegal
bait cleaned up the evidence the day before the opener. Other
illegal bait sites were found on the same property that were
heavily baited the weekend before, then reduced to close to the
legal limit the day before the season.
During the gun deer season, warden Mike Sealander, of St. Germain,
and forest ranger Mark Kubisiak made arrests for turkey hunting and
ice-fishing violations, along with violations expected during the
Warden Tim Ebert, of Woodruff, worked numerous calls about deer
being shot from roads and other deer-hunting complaints. Ebert took
enforcement action in multiple cases in which stands were left on
DNR lands overnight, for damage to state property, hunting after
hours, and illegal ATV operation on roads and in unauthorized
areas. Ebert and GLIFWC warden Jonas Moermond stopped a vehicle at
3 a.m. for shining. The occupants had a cocked crossbow and bolt,
in addition to two flashlights. The equipment was seized by
Moermond, and enforcement action is pending.
Warden Rich Thole, of Boulder Junction, received information about
an illegal stand on state property and shots that were fired by a
hunter in the stand the previous night. Thole made contact with two
hunters. The hunter that hunted the stand the previous evening had
shot two antlerless deer in a buck-only unit. The subject and
another member of his party then loaded the two untagged deer in
their truck after dark and drove them to a unit where antlerless
tags were available south of Boulder Junction. The subjects
unloaded the deer and gutted them on a snowmobile trail in that
unit and then placed their antlerless tags on the deer and
registered them in Boulder Junction. Thole seized both antlerless
deer and issued numerous citations and warnings to the subjects in
the hunting party.
District 5 – Lower St. Croix area
Warden Jim Cleven, of Colfax, investigated several incidents,
including a bowhunter who shot a deer and then attached the wrong
carcass tag; duck and goose hunters shooting after legal hours; a
buck that was shot with a rifle from a highway during the closed
season; permanent stands left on DNR property; a gun deer hunter
who had a heart attack; deer baiting and feeding violations; gun
deer hunters overbagging on bucks; a gun deer hunter who shot a
bear; a gun deer hunter who fell from his stand, injured his back,
and was transported by helicopter to a hospital; and a gun deer
hunter who allegedly had a loaded rifle in his truck that
discharged a bullet through the floor board and into a front
Warden Wayne Flak, of Menomonie, pulled into a DNR parking lot
behind two pheasant hunters in a van. As Flak was walking up to the
vehicle, he saw an uncased shotgun being unloaded, with the muzzle
pointing to the rear of the vehicle, right at Flak. Flak got out of
the way and issued a citation for transporting the loaded
Warden Flak recovered an illegally shot wolf near the Muddy Creek
Wildlife Area near Menomonie.
Wardens Bob Jumbeck, of Alma, and Bill Wrasse, of Durand, assisted
the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Department with a lost archery hunter
in the Nelson/Trevino Bottoms. The State Patrol put up a plane,
located the hunter, and directed him to an area where Wrasse and
Jumbeck picked him up with their shallow-drive motorboat .
Warden Paul Sickman, of Hudson, investigated an incident in which
an archery hunter shot one buck, but also shot a doe and
transferred it to another hunter. Group hunting is not allowed for
archery hunting. Enforcement action was taken.
District 6 – Eau Claire area
No report available.
District 7 – Wisconsin Rapids area
Warden Ben Herzfeldt, of Schofield, worked baiting complaints
during the bow season leading up to the gun season and issued
several citations. He also cited a bowhunter on state property for
an illegal stand.
Warden Herzfeldt saw a sharp increase in complaints this gun deer
season related to shooting from the road. Herzfeldt was able to
take enforcement action in two cases in which landowners provided
license plate numbers and vehicle descriptions.
Warden Paul Leezer, of Wausau, worked waterfowl, archery, trapping,
baiting, boating, and shining enforcement. Citations and warnings
were given for trapping, baiting, waterfowl, and boating
Warden Mike Rader, of Wausau, investigated an individual who was in
possession of three captive black bears without a valid captive
wildlife license. Enforcement action was taken. The subject had
possessed a valid captive wildlife license in the past.
At the close of hunting hours one evening in the town of Texas,
warden Rader contacted a hunter putting his bow back into his
truck. The subject had shot a deer, but the subject had been
hunting over apples, corn, and a mineral block. Enforcement action
was taken, and the deer was seized.
During the gun deer season, warden Rader saw a deer on the back of
a vehicle. He stopped to check the tag and heard a shot on the
adjacent property. Rader walked in and contacted a hunter on the
property. Rader found corn scattered in a shooting lane. The hunter
stated he did not know the corn was there, but another hunter owned
the property. Rader contacted this hunter and found that the owner
had placed the corn without the knowledge of the first hunter.
Baiting and feeding deer is illegal in Marathon County. Enforcement
action was taken.
Wardens Barry Meister and Jon Scharbarth, both of Stevens Point,
responded to a call regarding a hunter who shot a black bear that
was climbing into his tower stand. It was found that the bear had
climbed several steps from the top of the stand and would not
retreat when the hunter shouted at the bear. The hunter then shot
the bear and reported it to DNR. The bear was salvaged.
Warden Meister and deputy warden Tealicia Joseph contacted a hunter
on state land who had placed out a pile of corn, apples, and a
small mineral block to attract deer. He also had failed to identify
or remove his deer stand each day and had mowed trails on state
land. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Meister and supervisor Randy Falstad responded to a call
regarding possible hunter harassment. While on that call, they
discovered a hunter hunting over illegal bait. Meister recognized
this person as the same person he had warned for doing the same
thing last year. A citation was issued.
Warden Meister got a call about a group of hunters hunting without
blaze orange. Meister made a traffic stop on a vehicle as the
hunters were leaving the woods. Five hunters from Minnesota were
hunting squirrels on private land. None were wearing blaze orange,
nor did they have small-game licenses. In addition, four of the
five hunters placed their firearms in the vehicle while uncased and
loaded. Multiple citations and warnings were issued.
On the last day of the season, wardens Meister and Scharbarth
responded to an early morning call that a deer had been shined and
shot earlier in the morning. The wardens located a freshly shot doe
on the ground in a driveway and what was left of a buck hanging
untagged in a tree. The buck had been shot on Friday and was never
tagged. The doe was shot at about 3 a.m. Sunday morning. The case
is ongoing, but multiple criminal charges will be filed.
Warden Scharbarth worked numerous baiting complaints in Portage
County in November for both archery and gun hunters. Several
citations were issued.
On the second Saturday of the gun deer season, warden Scharbarth
and supervisor Falstad received a call about several antlerless
deer that were found dead on a property line. They located three
dead antlerless deer near a large tower stand. The investigation is
ongoing, but some group deer-hunting violations have been uncovered
Warden Fetting received information from officers that a subject
was contacted on the road with an ATV and questioned about hunting
within city limits without a permit. The subject denied hunting,
but was contacted later in the day by the same officer on his ATV,
this time while in possession of a crossbow, two rifles, bait, etc.
Fetting uncovered several violations, including hunting deer during
the closed season, several baiting violations, hunting late, and
shooting deer and turkeys with a firearm within city limits.
District 8 – La Crosse area
Wardens Shawna Stringham, of Viroqua, and Ed McCann, of La Crosse,
worked a shining and shooting case in the Readstown area. They made
an arrest for shining late, and four passengers had meth in a
vehicle. They also had parole violations.
Warden Stringham met with the Vernon County D.A. on a case
regarding a man who shot and killed two bucks in 2005. The case
ended with revocation, three citations, and confiscation of 9- and
Warden Stringham received a call from the sheriff’s department
regarding the shooting of an antlerless deer on private land. She
tracked down the individuals, issued a citation, and seized the
deer. The sheriff’s department issued three trespass
Warden Dale Hochhausen caught an individual double-tripping on
walleyes and sauger below the Genoa dam. He contacted the suspect
at the boat launch. The suspect double-tripped on walleyes and
sauger that day and the previous day. Warden Hochhausen seized 23
walleyes and sauger from the man’s trailer in Lynxville.
Enforcement action was taken, and revocation of DNR privileges will
Wardens Cody Adams, of Prairie du Chien, and Mike Nice, of Richland
Center, drove down a dead-end road and came in contact with a group
of men who had just shot at a turkey out the window of their truck.
The men did not have a valid turkey license, and enforcement action
Wardens Adams and Mitch Groenier worked a complaint from a caller
who saw a man shoot from the road at a deer on his property. The
caller was able to get a license plate number from the suspect’s
vehicle. The wardens were able to track down the shooter, who had
the deer in his possession – already cut up. One of the packages of
meat read, “Road Hunt Bambi.” The men did not tag or register the
deer. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Jumbeck investigated a hunting incident that occurred during
early November. The lone hunter sustained a self-inflicted gunshot
wound to the lower leg after his .22 rifle discharged while the man
was walking on a trail back to his vehicle.
District 9 – Black River Falls area
Wardens Wade Romberg and Bill Miller, of Adams County, investigated
a call about a freezer that was dumped on state land. They
contacted the suspects, who stated the freezer burned out in early
spring and the meat inside had rotted. Citations were issued in the
case, and the freezer was ordered to be picked up and properly
Warden Romberg contacted one individual hunting with a crossbow
from a vehicle during the one-day closed season on the Friday
before the gun season. The individual was contacted while driving
slowly on back roads in Adams County with a cocked crossbow in the
Warden Matt Modjeski, of Sparta, inspected and tagged fishers,
otters, and an incidental bobcat trapped in Monroe County.
Warden Shaun Deeney, of Black River Falls, checked many successful
hunters during opening weekend of gun deer season in Jackson
County. Several large bucks were checked near the Melrose and North
Bend areas. Deeney took enforcement action for several violations,
including hunting from a road, failing to validate or attach
carcass tags, and failing to register archery deer.
Wardens Deeney and Robin Barnhardt, of Osseo, took enforcement
action with a hunter east of Black River Falls who intentionally
placed the wrong antlerless tag on his deer. The regular unit tag
was valid only in Eau Claire and Chippewa counties. The hunter told
the wardens he “didn’t think he would get caught.”
Warden Deeney and warden supervisor Ron Cork, of Ft. McCoy,
arrested two men as they were deer hunting on state public hunting
ground in Monroe County. One subject was arrested for felony
possession of marijuana as a second or subsequent offense. The
other was arrested for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.
The subjects were transported and booked by the Monroe County