WI: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 1
District 10 – Wautoma area
Warden Ted Dremel, of Waupaca, participated in a group check in
Green Lake County to address complaints about illegal night
hunting. He also responded to several trapping-related complaints
and spent a significant amount of time on deer gun
Warden Dave Algrem, of Wautoma, contacted a bowhunter after Algrem
found bait near the subject’s ground blind. Algrem asked the man if
he knew it was illegal to bait in Waushara County, and the man said
yes, because he had been cited a few years ago in that county.
Algrem remembered citing the man during the gun season in 2009 for
baiting. The Waushara County judge confiscated the hunter’s bow
because he had been convicted of baiting less than two years
Warden Algrem found illegal baiting continuing to be widespread and
a primary workload for all wardens on the Wautoma team.
Warden Algrem contacted two hunters in an elevated stand, with only
one backtag being displayed. The older hunter was mentoring a
10-year-old. Both possessed firearms in violation of the mentored
hunter law. The youth did not have a license, and the older hunter
was a felon possessing a firearm.
Warden Bryan Lockman, of New London, contacted two bowhunters
hunting well after hours. One was a 13-year-old female with no
license. Her father could only take her hunting a couple times, so
he figured it wasn’t worth her buying a license.
Wardens Lockman and Jeremy Cords saw two hunters dragging a deer in
a field, and when the hunters saw the wardens they dropped the deer
and started walking away. The deer was gutted and untagged. One of
the hunters shot two bucks a few hours earlier and was going to
have a relative tag one, but the relative was hunting another area
so it was illegal group hunting. The untagged deer was seized, and
enforcement action was taken.
Warden Judi Nigbor, of Montello, investigated a couple of illegal
baiting cases during the bow and gun seasons. One bowhunter was
contacted while hunting over bait, and that led to other violations
involving family members and friends – hunting without a backtag,
borrowing and loaning licenses, failing to tag a deer, and
providing false information on a registration stub.
Wardens Nate Ackerman and Tom Krsnich cited a hunter for hunting
over an illegal bait near Wicks Landing Road. They also contacted
two other hunters in that area hunting over illegal baits. They
then contacted two subjects off of Huckleberry Road who were
hunting over illegal baits. Enforcement action was taken in each
Warden Ackerman got a call about a subject near Princeton who had
shot four deer. The subject and his son did not have tags for two
of the deer. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Ackerman contacted a man who had trespassed to shoot and
retrieve a buck while hunting with his 11-year-old son. The deer
had been shot out the window of a truck, and the deer was not
tagged. A 12-point buck and rifle were seized.
On opening day, warden Jeff Knorr got a call from a Waushara County
deputy working a hunter trespass case. The hunter was trying to
hunt on a 1-acre parcel, but erected his stand on a neighbor’s
property without permission and then shot three antlerless deer.
Only one of the three deer was tagged. Knorr took action on the
hunting violations, and a deputy handled the trespass violations.
One deer was seized.
Warden Mike Young, of Shiocton, noticed a truck being driven out of
a woodlot the night before the gun opener. Young found two large
bait piles. He contacted the subject hunting over the bait the next
Warden Young learned about an illegal deer stand on state land in
June. He located a hunter in the stand on opening day who had the
four lower screw-in steps that had been pulled all summer and fall.
Enforcement action was taken.
District 11 – Peshtigo area
Warden Dave Oginski, of Wausaukee, assisted Michigan warden Niemi
with the investigation of a Wisconsin hunter who was using a
Michigan resident license. The man was hunting without a license,
borrowing licenses, and who shot an 11-point buck in Wisconsin and
tagged it with a Michigan carcass tag. The deer and firearms were
seized, and enforcement action is pending.
Warden Meade contacted a landowner in Marinette County for
illegally feeding deer. The landowner is a non-hunter and was
concerned that people were going to be shooting “his” deer during
the upcoming gun deer season. Wardens found four illegal feed
stations with several of the piles more than 100 pounds each. The
landowner was cited for each of the feed stations, including the
gravity feeders he was using. This is the third time Meade has
cited the landowner for illegally feeding wildlife.
Warden Meade contacted a bowhunter who was leaving the woods with
an antlerless deer in Unit 45, a buck-only unit. The deer was
seized, and a citation was issued to the hunter.
Wardens Meade and Stark caught two hunters used a rifle to shoot at
deer at night with spotlights in southern Marinette County during
opening weekend of the deer season. One of the two hunters had no
hunting license for the year and was not allowed to possess a
firearm as a condition of his probation. Enforcement action is
Wardens Meade and Stark got a call about a deer that had been shot
and taken off of private land by a hunter. The caller had shot a
buck on her land, only to have another hunter walk onto her land
from adjoining public land and take the deer. The other hunter also
had shot at the buck. Wardens tracked down the hunter on public
land, who had failed to tag the buck. The deer was seized and
returned to the private landowner who had killed the buck.
Information was passed along to the county sheriff’s department
Wardens Meade and Oginski worked a deer decoy in Marinette County.
They watched a female get out of a vehicle with a loaded gun and
shoot from the road toward the decoy. Enforcement action was taken.
The next vehicle was a quad-cab pickup with all four windows down.
Once the vehicle stopped, a barrel came out of the driver’s window
and the rear driver’s-side passenger window. The driver fired one
shot, followed by a shot by the rear passenger. The men admitted to
shooting at the decoy. Other violations included open intoxicants,
possession of a loaded gun, shooting from the road, shooting from a
motor vehicle, hunting without a license, and hunting/possessing
“00” buckshot during the gun deer season. Multiple citations were
issued to each person.
Wardens Meade and Oginski investigated a call about a person who
shot a turkey from the road out of his vehicle. A video was found
that showed the hunter shooting from the vehicle and a minor
playing with a handgun in the vehicle at the same time. Enforcement
action was taken for numerous violations. The person was arrested
for contributing to the delinquency of a child and possession of a
dangerous weapon by a person under the age of 18.
Wardens Joe Paul, of Lakewood, and Oginski set up a deer decoy in
Marinette County. Within four hours, the decoy had been shot five
times. Four citations were issued and a few warnings were
Warden Paul learned about trees being cut on public land. He
contacted a hunter and saw that more than 25 trees had been cut
down and the subject also had placed too much deer bait. A citation
Warden Paul contacted a subject operating an ATV in a closed area.
The subject was found to have just baited a deer stand with about
150 pounds of bait. A citation was issued for illegal bait for
Warden Mike Stahl, of Oconto Falls, learned about an illegal feeder
and bow stand. He located a subject hunting over the feeder for
deer without a license. Charges are pending.
Warden Mark Schraufnagel, of Shawano, found a man bowhunting over
an automatic feeder and about 30 gallons of additional bait
consisting of corn, pumpkins, and apples. The hunter was cited for
hunting over too much bait, and his brother was cited for placing
Warden Schraufnagel located a gun deer hunter hunting over too much
corn and with a rifle in a shotgun-only area.
Warden Schraufnagel located two trumpeter swans that had been shot
and breasted out northwest of Shawano Lake. The investigation
Warden Jim Horne, of Shawano, helped a trapper release a bobcat
south of Bonduel. There is no season for bobcats in the area.
District 12 – Green Bay area and Northeast Operations Marine
No report available.
Northeast Operations Marine Unit
No report available.
District 13 – Oshkosh area
Wardens Tom Truman, of Winneconne, and Jason Higgins, of Oshkosh,
contacted a bowhunter who was archery hunting during the
muzzleloader season. The hunter was not wearing blaze orange, was
not wearing a backtag, and had a screw-in tree step in a tree on
Warden Michael Disher, of Chilton, investigated a previously baited
woodlot in Calumet County after a January 2010 trail camera photo
of an illegal bait surfaced on an internet site. The suspect wanted
to take pictures of deer in the winter and was using illegal feed.
Baiting and feeding are prohibited in Calumet County. A citation
Warden Disher investigated calls about illegal deer baiting,
hunting without blaze orange, and littering during the gun deer
season. Citations were issued.
Warden Kyle Kosin, of Campbellsport, found an individual hunting
over about 5 gallons of corn. The subject also was trespassing, and
was turned over to the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Department for
Wardens Kosin and Nate Ackerman, of Green Lake, contacted a
taxidermist who had a large buck with no tags brought to his
business. Kosin recognized the deer from photos at a local sport
shop with archery tags attached. It was a car-killed deer, the
subject was illegally baiting, was hunting without blaze orange,
and had borrowed another person’s tag to shoot another buck during
the early part of the archery season.
Wardens Ben Nadolski, of Waupun, and Paul Nell, of Horicon, found a
fisherman overbagging on undersized walleyes below the dam on Mill
Creek in Fox Lake (six walleyes, four were undersized). The fish
were hidden in a second bucket under the bucket with two legal
fish. Citations were issued for having double the bag limit and for
possession of undersized fish, for a total of over $800.
Warden Nadolski responded to a call about a hunter having shot a
tundra swan. The hunter said he realized it was a swan when it hit
the ground. A citation was issued for shooting a protected species
($478.30); warnings were given for not having permits (left them
home) and for hunting waterfowl within 75 yards of the Horicon
National Wildlife Refuge.
Warden Alan Erickson, of Fond du Lac, assisted the Fond du Lac
County Sheriff’s Department with a subject trespassing and
discharging a firearm within 100 yards of a dwelling. The subject
was found to be deer hunting without a license, failed to have a
backtag displayed, and had not completed a hunter education course.
Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Erickson and April Dombrowski, of Oshkosh, investigated a
call regarding three subjects who, upon exiting a vehicle, had
discharged 14 shotgun slugs from a road at three deer running in a
field adjacent to the road. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Ryan Propson, of Appleton, saw a man hunting from a climbing
stand with a bike lock at the base of the tree. The hunter had been
leaving two stands on state land for an extended time. The hunter
also cut shooting lanes and used screw-in climbing pegs.
Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Propson contacted three hunters in Calumet County as a
result of finding two illegal salt blocks. It is prohibited to
place bait for deer in Calumet County. One of the hunters had
placed the bait in early October.
Warden Propson contacted a hunter about two excessive bait piles.
The hunter also had a revoked driver’s license and had driven a
truck with expired registration that morning. Those violations were
forwarded to the Outagamie County Sheriff’s Department.
Warden Propson completed the enforcement process during November
for a fishing guide operating on Lake Winnebago from 2005-11
without a valid state of Wisconsin guide license and U.S. Coast
Guard “six-pack” license. The individual was found guilty on four
counts of guiding without a license and will lose his guiding
privileges for four years.
District 14 – Sheboygan area
No report available.
District 15 – Milwaukee area
No report available.
District 16 – Racine, Kenosha area
No report available.
District 17 – Madison area
No report available.
District 18 – Poynette area
Warden John Buss, of Sauk City, got a call about two bowhunters who
had been hunting late. The caller stated the subjects come out of
the woods an hour after the close of hunting hours. Buss scouted
110 acres and found two stands. He caught both archery hunters
hunting 25 minutes after the season. Citations were issued.
Warden Buss received a call during the deer season about an
individual who’d shot two deer, but had not tagged the deer. Buss
and deputy warden Travis Hilliard worked on the case and issued
citations for not tagging the deer and hunting with an improper
While working waterfowl field hunters, federal refuge officer John
Below and DNR warden Heather Gottschalk, of Beaver Dam, observed
some suspicious activity by a duck hunter. The hunter was hunting
by himself, walked the field, and picked up several ducks that he
had shot before calling it a day. Both officers contacted the
suspect as he reached the road. He showed the wardens his bag limit
of mallards, including one hen. Gottschalk asked the suspect
several times if he had any other birds. He was adamant that he had
no other birds. Gottschalk returned to her squad for her dog. She
walked him to where Below and the suspect were standing. Gottschalk
informed the suspect that she was going to release the dog into the
field. She asked the suspect if he had any other birds. The suspect
was silent, looked at Gottschalk and then at the dog, and dropped
his head slightly and stated he had shot one too many hens.
Gottschalk released her dog and he took her to a decoy bag left in
the field. In the bag were five decoys and one hen mallard. A
citation was issued.
Wardens Gottschalk and Bill Engfer, of Madison, got a call on
Sunday of the deer opener about two subjects who had shot after
hours. The caller stated that four shots were fired and that her
husband had left the house in a truck and was headed to the
hunters. The husband confronted the hunters, who had to drive
around him to get off of the dead-end road. The husband yelled the
license plate number as they drove by. The wardens went to the
address and found the suspects, who provided a handicap permit and
said they didn’t know the hunting hours. They stated they had the
vehicle lights on because it was dusk. They also were aware that
there was a large pile of corn on the ground where the deer was
located, because they visit the site each day. The wardens looked
for a deer, but were unable to locate it or any blood. The shooter
was cited for hunting after hours and warned for hunting over bait
and with the use of an artificial light. The driver was warned for
being party to the violations.
Warden Gottschalk caught two men overbagging on crappies (173
total) near a bridge on the north end of Beaver Dam Lake. Citations
for possession of fish in excess of the possession limit were
Wardens Paul Nell, of Horicon, and David Walz, of Watertown,
received information about a firearms hunter who had a deer shot
during the archery season. The wardens found a large buck hanging
in a garage in Adams County that was only shot with a .22 rifle.
The shooter did not have a hunting license and used his brother’s
archery tag. Criminal charges are pending. Citations were issued to
two of the shooter’s brothers.
District 19 – Dodgeville area
Warden Mike Nice, of Richland Center, and deputy warden Mike
Williams arrested an individual for hunting deer without a license
and possession of a firearm by a felon on opening weekend. Charges
Wardens Nice, Williams, Cody Adams, Mitch Groenier, Joe Frost, and
Strelow investigated illegal deer hunting in Richland County. Three
individuals had not bought nonresident licenses, their guns were
loaded on unregistered ATVs, and five deer were untagged. Criminal
charges are pending.
Warden Joe Frost and supervisor Tyler Strelow, both of Dodgeville,
observed hunters in a vehicle who appeared to be road-hunting. The
driver pulled up to the wardens, who were parked. The driver was a
convicted felon with a rifle in the vehicle. Field sobriety tests
found the driver to be intoxicated while in possession of a firearm
and operating a vehicle while intoxicated – fifth offense with open
intoxicants in the vehicle. The driver was operating a vehicle
while revoked. He was arrested and taken to jail. Two felony and
three misdemeanor charges are pending.
Warden Frost observed a vehicle being driven on isolated roads late
at night. After observing the vehicle’s occupants shining deer
after hours, Frost stopped the vehicle. An uncased AR-15 rifle was
on the front seat, and a loaded clip was in the driver’s pocket. A
marijuana pipe was found, and the driver stated he had smoked
marijuana in the past couple hours. Warden Youngquist assisted, and
the subject was arrested and charged with shining after hours,
shining deer while possessing a firearm, being armed while under
the influence of a controlled substance, operating a vehicle while
under the influence of a controlled substance, and possession of
drug paraphernalia. The subject was booked into jail.
Warden Dave Youngquist, of Spring Green, received a hotline
complaint about an illegal deer stand on state land with a dead
buck, its antlers cut off, located nearby. Upon contact with a
hunter in the stand, Youngquist issued a citation for leaving a
stand on state land. Youngquist found trash in the state parking
lot that matched trash from this same hunting group’s vehicle. Upon
contact at a motel, Youngquist issued a citation for littering, as
well as the illegal deer stand.
Warden Youngquist received a call from an archery hunter who was
helping his neighbor track a wounded buck when they found two bucks
locked together, one of which was dead. The other buck was still
alive. Youngquist was able to shoot the antler off of the large,
dead 12-point buck, and the other one ran away.
Warden Marty Stone, of Fennimore, patrolled northern Grant County
and southern Crawford County during the gun deer season. Stone
responded to numerous complaints from the hotline and contacted
hunters in the field throughout the season.
Warden Nick Webster, of Green County, and supervisor Strelow worked
a complaint regarding an illegal deer. They performed surveillance
on the deer and surrounding area. They followed up on information
collected while conducting surveillance and found the deer had been
legally harvested by an area bowhunter, but later stolen, illegally
tagged, and moved to a suspect’s address where the deer later was
located. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Rick DeWitte, of Cassville, investigated numerous shining
complaints received from the public. DeWitte handled public-use
concerns related to pubic property, waterway, and road right-of-way
Warden Jeff King, of Darlington, and deputy chief warden Karl
Brooks, of Madison, responded to a hotline call regarding a man who
was shooting from the road. King found the suspect in the vicinity.
A citation was issued for shooting from the road.
Warden King investigated numerous citizen complaints about baiting,
trapping, and resource access.