Wisconsin Cuffs & Collars – April 20th, 2012

District 1 — Ashland area

Warden Brad Biser, of Brule, with assistance from warden John Krull, of Superior, contacted a subject who admitted to shooting three turkeys from the road while the subject traveled home from work. The season was not open, and this individual had not applied for any turkey permits. Several citations were issued, with restitution requested for the three turkeys.
Warden John Windt, of Hurley, met with DNR staff and the NRA range advisor at the Snake Track rifle range to discuss plans for the upcoming range improvement project.
Warden Windt checked numerous trollers fishing at Saxon Harbor. The harbor opened up earlier than ever due to the warm weather. Nice catches of cohos and lake trout were taken. He also completed an investigation on a fatal snowmobile accident in Hurley.
Warden Amie Egstad, of Bayfield, and Red Cliff warden Lynna Gurnoe worked Chequamegon Bay by snowmobile on the first Saturday of March when there was a two-day ice-fishing contest. The wardens checked a fisherman who had kept a coho without buying a trout/salmon stamp. Another fisherman had allowed his son and another friend to operate snowmobiles that had expired registration. Citations were issued for these violations.
Warden Egstad received a call about a foot-hold trap being left out after the season for coyotes/foxes in the national forest. The trap had been set off, but it was still out, which is illegal after the season has closed. The trap was tagged, and Egstad contacted the trapper. A citation was issued for this violation.
Warden Egstad attended the National Archery in the Schools Program state tournament at Wisconsin Rapids the last weekend of March. There were 940 kids, with 47 schools registered during the two-day event.
Warden Matt Mackenzie, of Ashland, received a call about vehicles going through the ice of Lake Superior. All were removed.
Warden John Krull, of Superior, worked on a snowmobile/ATV ride in the western portion of Douglas County with warden Burns and the Douglas County recreation officer. Two snowmobile citations were issued, along with multiple warnings.
Warden Lance Burns, of Gordon, monitored removal of threes trucks that broke through the ice on the Gordon Flowage. All were successfully removed.

District 2 — Cumberland area

No report available.

District 3 — Park Falls area

Warden Konichek, of Ladysmith, observed two subjects fishing below the Thornapple Dam. A car pulled into the parking lot and a male subject exited the passenger side and threw a glass bottle into the Flambeau River. Konichek contacted the vehicle’s occupants and saw drug paraphernalia in the center console. Konichek could detect intoxicants on the driver’s breath. The female operator was arrested for second offense OWI. Enforcement action was taken for littering, open intoxicants in a vehicle, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Warden Peters, of Merrill, worked with the Lincoln County Sports Club in setting up a Learn to Hunt turkey event. He also attended a hunter education field day.
Warden Dryja, of Langlade County, arrested an individual for snowmobile OWI. The subject also was charged with disorderly conduct, obstruction, and possession of drugs.
Warden Dryja, of Langlade County, assisted with the Lena Swamp Strutters Learn to Hunt turkey event for more than 80 participants.
Wardens Dryja and Dahlquist assisted the Forest County Sheriff’s Department during an incident that involved gunfire from the shoreline of Roberts Lake while tribal spearers were on the lake. Contact was made with an individual.
Warden Nerva, of Tomahawk, worked on fish-run complaints in March that were a month earlier than normal. He investigated complaints regarding fishing in a refuge, undersized fish, and fishing during the closed season. Citations were written for undersized fish and license violations.
Warden Nice, of Medford, participated in three hunter education classes in Taylor County for about 190 new hunters.
Warden Nice assisted researchers with a deer-trapping program in Taylor County that was stalled by muddy conditions. The traps were closed for the season.
Warden Nice participated in the Learn to Hunt turkey program in Taylor County with 34 new hunters and 65 mentors. Approximately 10 turkeys were harvested.
Warden Otto, of Antigo, tagged a car-killed wolf for the Antigo School District. The animal will be tanned and used for educational purposes in the grade schools.
Wardens Otto, Jim Horne, Jim Jung, and Rick Peters investigated a complaint regarding illegal snaring. Several illegal snares were seized. Also, an 8-point deer rack with 20-inch spread and its cape were seized. The suspect’s 15-year-old son had killed the deer on the opening day of the deer season in 2011 but had not bought a license until after killing the deer. Several charges are pending for illegal snaring and deer hunting.
Warden Otto investigated a previous case of a treestand that had been left on state land. Otto seized it and determined the owner. The stand had been left since the fall of 2010. The owner was cited.

District 4 — Woodruff area

Warden Mike Sealander, of St. Germain, worked snowmobile enforcement in early March. Several violations were encountered and enforcement action was taken.
Warden Brad Dahlquist, Crandon, contacted an angler parked at a boat landing in March who had marijuana and paraphernalia. He was arrested and turned over to the Forest County Sheriff’s Department.
Warden Dahlquist worked ATV enforcement in March, encountering numerous ATVers trespassing. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Rich Thole, of Boulder Junction, observed two anglers on Clear Lake with a northern pike on the ice. Enforcement action was taken for fishing during the closed season. Thole then contacted the other angler and found him to be over his limit of panfish. The fish were seized as evidence, and a citation was issued for overbagging.
In March, warden Tim Price, of Eagle River, investigated burning and wetland complaints and attended a deer unit meeting, a snowmobile safety committee meeting, and a district Conservation Congress meeting.
Warden Jim Jung, of Rhinelander, worked ATV enforcement in March, encountering trespassing and no safety certificate violations. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Jung assisted warden Tim Otto, of Shawano County, on a case of a landowner who illegally placed snares, had sight-exposed bait, and gun deer violations.
In early March, warden Kelly Crotty, of Florence, worked snowmobile enforcement, issuing citations for operating without registration and failure to stop for a stop sign.
Warden Tim Ebert, of Minocqua, investigated a case of illegal fill being placed on a lake bed. A citation was issued to the contractor.

District 5 — Lower St. Croix area

Warden Wayne Flak, of Menomonie, contacted two 18-year-old males with .22 rifles on state land who said they wanted to hunt crows. They did not have a small-game license and were hunting with the wrong firearm. Since they were just starting and hadn’t shot anything, Flak educated the young hunters.
Warden Flak worked the fish refuge at Cedar Falls and anglers at Lake Eau Galle and Lake Menomin.
Warden Brad Peterson, of Ellsworth, assisted Wildlife Services in dealing with a bear that killed a goat on a small farm. There had been problems with a bear in this area the previous year. The bear was trapped, euthanized, and sold to a person for consumption.
Warden Peterson assisted two Minnesota wardens on a fish overbagging case involving six people. Minnesota’s daily bag and possession limits are the same, in this case three trout. Thirty trout were found in a person’s freezer. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Peterson finished up a trapping case involving an otter. The trapper had made coon sets, but failed to remove all of his traps and ended up catching an otter. The trapper did not have permission to trap the area, was not checking the traps, and had untagged traps.
Warden Paul Sickman, of Hudson, worked on issues of docks being in place by non-riparian owners in Hudson that have to be removed, and getting an abandoned 25-foot partially sunk boat removed from the St Croix River. The boat had been left on a sand bar all winter, and the owner had not yet been located.
Warden supervisor David Hausman, of Baldwin, contacted two people fishing from shore on the St. Croix River in Hudson who had a total of 74 bluegills in possession. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Bill Wrasse, of Durand, and Bob Jumbeck, of Alma, learned that a suspect shot and killed two bucks with a bow last season. He had a girlfriend tag the first buck. Citations were issued.
Warden Wrasse worked with Pepin County forester Matt Molback on an illegal timber harvest on managed forest land (MFL). The landowner had cut timber on MFL land without filing paperwork, and the harvest was not in accordance to the MFL plan.
Warden Wrasse and Buffalo County investigator Lee Engfer interviewed two suspects in the Buffalo County jail. One was regarding several violations including illegal deer hunting, trapping without a license, hunting without a license, and possessing a bald eagle. The other was on a littering case. Several citations were issued.

District 6 — Eau Claire area

Warden Adam Hanna, of Neillsville, and deputy warden Bembnister apprehended a septic hauler who was discharging waste into a tributary of Jack Creek.
Warden Hanna found many people enjoying the nice March weather on their ATVs. Most were operating safely; however, he did issue citations for illegal operation on a highway and failure to wear a helmet.
Warden Scott Bowe, of Cornell, investigated a call regarding a new landowner blocking access to a fishing area. The caller reported that people have fished that area next to the road for years. The landowner placed “no trespassing” signs in or near the right of way. Bowe measured the ROW and found that the bank and most signs were outside the ROW, and, therefore, on private land.
Warden Bowe discovered a large plume of black smoke that was blowing toward Cadott. He tracked the smoke back to a local business that did not have a burning permit and was burning illegal materials.
Warden Scott Thiede, of Eau Claire, contacted five anglers on shore where Duncan Creek enters the Chippewa River. Fish entrails were observed near a grill that was cooking a foil-wrapped 12-inch brown trout. The trout was caught during the closed season. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Ken Thomson, of Fall Creek, got a call about an injured bald eagle in Rock Dam in Clark County. The caller met Thomson and the two were able to capture the injured bird. Thomson transported the eagle to a wildlife rehabilitator who, in turn, transported the bird to the raptor center for rehabilitation.
Warden Thomson worked with other wardens to audit taxidermists in Chippewa, Clark, Eau Claire, and Jackson counties. Many warnings were issued, and several illegal animals were seized.
Warden Thomson contacted a man walking on state-owned land with a .22 rifle. The man said he was squirrel hunting. Thomson explained that squirrel season was closed. The man said that he had called a store and was told the season was open. Thomson gave the man the DNR info number and told him to call about regulations. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Robin Barnhardt, of Osseo, while checking the fishing licenses of shore anglers near Trempealeau, determined that an angler was wanted on an arrest warrant from Green Lake County for contempt of court. With the assistance of the Trempealeau Police Department, the subject was taken into custody without incident. The subject paid his bond and was back to fishing in short order.
Warden Barnhardt investigated a call that a pond had been dug in a Buffalo County wetland. He determined that the property owner had potentially committed several violations, including an illegal wetland fill and storm water violations. The case was referred to DNR environmental staff.
Wardens Barnhardt and Hanna conducted an audit of a taxidermist business in Jackson County. The taxidermist had a red-tailed hawk (protected species) in a freezer. The taxidermist did not have a permit to possess the hawk. The wardens seized the hawk and issued a citation to the taxidermist.
Wardens Barnhardt and Hanna were patrolling in Strum when they observed a group of four ATV operators committing several road-related violations. The wardens stopped the group and determined that numerous violations had been committed. They issued 20 warnings to the group, and issued five citations for illegal operation on the highway and ATV safety violations.

District 7 — Wisconsin Rapids area

Warden Paul Leezer, of Wausau, got a call about a subject illegally using a cast net on Lake Wausau. An interview revealed that the suspect had bought the net in Florida and had used it illegally in Wisconsin several times and harvested numerous fish. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Leezer responded on two occasions to the Big Rapids dam on the Big Eau Pleine River for complaints about subjects illegally taking rough fish by hand. On the first occasion, one of the subjects had been informed by Leezer that his actions were illegal. The second time, Leezer saw three subjects illegally taking fish by hand and then killing them by throwing the fish against the concrete dam and rocks, and then letting them float away. Enforcement action was taken each time.
Wardens Ben Herzfeldt, of Wausau, and Jon Scharbarth, of Stevens Point, worked the Marathon County snowmobile trails for the few days they were open. They stopped one snowmobile for expired registration. The operator, who was returning from a bar with a case of beer, stated he and his friends were fishing on a nearby lake that is seldom fished. The wardens went to the lake with the man and found 32 tip-downs for the six people who were fishing, or 14 lines too many. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Mike Rader, of Wausau, conducted extended surveillance at the spillway in Big Rapids Park on the Big Eau Pleine River. He found people were fishing for muskies, bass, walleyes, and northern pike during the closed season. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Rader worked the fish run in March on Lake Wausau and the Wisconsin River. One subject was fishing at the Wausau hydro dam without a license. Enforcement action was taken. Another subject was contacted on Lake Wausau for expired boat registration. Rader saw seven people on board and asked to see seven PFDs, but the boat operator only had four.
Warden Rader executed a search warrant at a residence in Wausau with wardens Falstad, Herzfeldt, and Leezer. They seized 21 photos in a joint investigation with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. The case involved mule deer illegally shot in Montana and the antlers of one of the mule deer being illegally transported into Wisconsin. The photos were sent to a Montana investigator.
Warden Barry Fetting, of Marshfield, and Leezer were on the Wisconsin River for the fish run when they were dispatched to a two-boat collision near Nekoosa. The crash occurred while the operator of the striking boat’s vision of the river was obstructed by his bow as it rose into the air while he attempted to come up on plane. When the bow finally lowered, the operator realized that he was only a few feet from another boat that was drifting through the area. The operator of the boat that got hit was ejected into the river. The striking boat and its three occupants made it to shore before the boat sank. The subject that was ejected was wearing a life jacket, which likely saved his life. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Fetting found four unattended lines on the Wisconsin River. A fishermen reeled in two catfish that had been hooked while he was absent for about three hours. The subject stated that he had to leave the area to get his children to school.
Warden Barry Meister, of Stevens Point, spent much time on the walleye run and a number of complaints. Citations were issued for illegal trapping and fishing violations.
Warden Jon Scharbarth, of Stevens Point, assisted the local fire department, police department, and sheriff’s department with a search for a missing UW-Stevens Point student. After an exhaustive search, the student’s body was recovered from the Wisconsin River.

District 8 — La Crosse area

Warden Dale Hochhausen, of Stoddard, checked a fisherman who had returned to the Genoa launch after fishing from a boat near Lock and Dam 8. The individual had a strong odor of intoxicants and there were empty beer cans in a cooler. The subject failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for boating OWI.
Warden Shawna Stringham, of Viroqua, mentored two girls at an LTH turkey event.
Warden Cody Adams, of Prairie du Chien, learned of a fisherman having over his possession limit of perch. Adams found more than 500 perch in the suspect’s freezer, along with hundreds of bluegill fillets.
Wardens Adams, Mike Nice, and deputy warden Mike Williams continued to work on a large deer-poaching case in Richland and Vernon counties.
Warden Jumbeck, of Alma, worked the walleye run on the Mississippi River. He enforced boat registration, fishing license, undersized walleyes, fishing in a refuge, and failure to provide enough PFDs.
Warden Jumbeck assisted with an LTH event sponsored by the West Central Wisconsin Turkey Chapter. Nine kids participated.
Warden Jumbeck contacted a group of shore anglers along the Mississippi River. He issued a citation for fishing without a license to an 18-year-old whose father claimed he was 15.

District 9 — Black River Falls area

Warden Matt Weber, of Necedah, contacted fishermen below the Petenwell dam, finding several undersized walleyes.
Warden Weber gave presentations at two hunter safety classes, one ATV class, and also a presentation at an LTH turkey event sponsored by the Lemonweir Valley Long Beards chapter.
Warden Weber and supervisor Korey Trowbridge contacted two ice fishermen on a cranberry marsh in Monroe County. One man was fishing with too many lines.
Warden Wade Romberg investigated an ice shack on Lake Arrowhead that was partially frozen into the ice. Upon removal, the owner left boards with nails, and insulation, in the ice. The shack then was left in the parking lot area. A citizen had noted the owner’s name on the shack when it was on the ice, and Romberg was able to track the suspect down and eventually get the shack removed. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Romberg and Bill Miller arrested one individual for boating OWI on the Wisconsin River.
Warden Shaun Deeney and deputy warden Kurt Haas contacted a man who shot at a grouse out of season on DNR land near Melrose. The wardens also found that the subject littered fish carcasses and paper towels in the public parking lot.
Wardens Deeney and Haas contacted a man who dumped a large pile of plastic tubing at Mason’s boat landing near Black River Falls. The wardens discovered that the tubing was stripped from hundreds of feet of industrial-grade copper wire. The wardens also found a pistol hidden under the front seat of the subject’s vehicle. The man was arrested and booked for driving while revoked, littering of the construction materials, and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.
Warden Deeney discovered three separate piles of residential waste on public lands in Jackson County. Deeney found evidence that led him to the suspect. Multiple citations were issued.
Warden Shaun Deeney assisted with several hunter safety classes in Jackson County. Congratulations to Black River Falls volunteer instructor David Mack for receiving his 35-year instructor award.

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