District 11 — Peshtigo area
Warden Oginski assisted the Marinette County Sheriff’s Department in the investigation of a fatal dirt bike accident.
Warden Oginski responded to a diesel spill incident on Hwy. P near Beaver Creek. A semi went and into the ditch, striking a tree, and 50 to 225 gallons of diesel spilled. Sand was put down by county officials. Veolia handled the cleanup.
Warden Oginski worked with the Stephenson boat patrol. One citation was issued for no PFDs. A fisherman was arrested for having two outstanding warrants from Washington County.
Warden Meade received multiple calls about anglers illegally trolling on Thunder Lake. Several citations were issued.
Warden Meade received conviction papers from Marinette County on two criminal deer cases from 2011. The first man was fined $3,035 and had his licenses revoked for another three years for hunting deer without a license while it was revoked. He forfeited his .338 Winchester rifle and the deer, and must serve 10 days in jail. The second man was fined $2,025 and had his licences revoked for three years for hunting deer with a spotlight. He was ordered three days in jail and forfeited his .30-06 rifle and a spotlight.
Warden Meade contacted a PWC operator on Archibald Lake who was in violation of the no-wake rule within 200 feet from shore.
Warden Paul received a call about a wolf in a dog kennel in the bed of a truck from Pennsylvania. Paul located the truck. The man had proper paperwork for the wolf, but he did not have a captive wild animal farm permit from the DNR. Paul is working with the subject to bring him into compliance.
A defendant from a 2011 bear case has pleaded guilty in Oconto County Court to hunting bears without a license, hunting with an improper license, and hunting bears during the closed season. The defendant is part of a criminal bear case pending with another defendant. Two other defendants also have pleaded guilty to bear-hunting charges.
Warden Stahl saw a vehicle at the Stiles dam that was linked to overbagging complaints. The man had 41 bluegills. A citation was issued for overbagging.
Wardens Stahl and Paul and Oconto County deputies responded to a call about a boat explosion and five people in the water on Leigh Lake Flowage. Before they arrived, all the people were out of the water and a 17-year-old male with burn injuries was transported to Oconto Falls Community Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released. All were wearing PFDs.
Warden Schraufnagel responded to two vehicles on the same day that had rolled into Shawano Lake when boaters were attempting to load their boats. The vehicles were removed.
Warden Schraufnagel located a group of people who drove onto state land and set up tents along the Wolf River. One subject had been smoking marijuana. They drove past signs indicating no motorized vehicles and no camping. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Schraufnagel primarily worked boating enforcement in June. Citations were issued for not enough life jackets, no-wake violations, towing a skier without an observer, operating a motorboat over 86 decibels, and operating without boater safety training.
Warden Horne assisted warden Stahl with an investigation of an ATV accident. The victim was transported to Shawano Medical Center with severe injuries and was transferred to Theda-Clark by helicopter.
Warden Horne was asked by the Laude family to attend the dedication of the Laude Cowyard Rips. The state purchased a piece of property along the Embarrass River important to sturgeon spawning called the Cowyard Rips. A sign was erected at the parking lot dedicated to the family.
District 12 — Green Bay area and Northeast Operations Marine Unit
Warden David Allen, of Kewaunee, was contacted by a citizen whose son was looking for an Eagle Scout project. Allen suggested a handicap-accessible hunting blind on state land in Kewaunee. Allen made contact with a handicapped hunter who is active in getting handicap-accessible hunting/fishing projects. Allen also contacted the state land property manager about the project. The Eagle Scout now has a project, and disabled hunters will have a blind with easy access on state land in Kewaunee County.
In June, warden Robert Stroess, of Manitowoc, issued three citations for undersized northern pike and smallmouth bass, several fishing license violations, untagged turkeys, hunting geese without a permit/out of season, several PFD violations, and transport of AIS on boats and trailers.
Warden Stroess worked with the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department boat patrol lieutenant and contacted boaters on Cedar Lake. One boater was short on life jackets and the four occupants showed their Wisconsin licenses. The group consisted of college friends who got together once a year for a fishing trip. One member of the group said where they all were from and let it slip that one was from Minnesota. An interview of the Minnesotan and a check of license records showed he had illegally been buying Wisconsin resident fishing and gun deer licenses for four years. He was issued two citations and 16 warnings.
Wardens Stroess and George Protogere, of Green Bay, contacted a boater on Cedar Lake. There were seven people on board (capacity of five), they only had three PFDs, and they had no boat registration, no battery terminal covers, and an improper stern light. The operator was issued one citation for the life jacket violation and warned about other violations.
Warden Stroess investigated a Manitowoc man for shooting two Canada geese and destroying goose eggs. The man had a goose feces problem on his lawn and had tried many methods of deterrence. However, he had never contacted USDA Wildlife Services, which would have been able to provide him with a permit to control the nuisance geese. Instead, he shot two of them with a .22 rifle and rolled eggs from three nests into the water. Enforcement action was taken, and he was given the contact information for Wildlife Services to arrange for legal control of the nuisance geese.
Northeast Operations Marine Unit
No report available.
District 13 — Oshkosh area
Warden Jason Higgins, of Oshkosh, checked an angler in Oshkosh, and when asked for his license, the man stated he did not have one. The man said he knew he needed one and was taking his chances. He said he figured the day was coming when he was going to get caught without it, but was willing to try. The subject’s time was up, and he was cited for fishing without a license.
Wardens Higgins and Kyle Kosin, of Campbellsport, were on Lake Winnebago when two subjects trolled past using seven rods. As they approached, one man immediately reeled in a planer board and threw the rod on the boat floor. They had five walleyes in the boat, and they were fishing in a walleye tournament. Later that day, it was learned that the subjects had been disqualified due to their illegal fishing methods.
Warden Higgins cited a subject for keeping several undersized bass.
Wardens Higgins and Kosin, while checking shore-fishing activity in Menasha near the dam, contacted a subject who had an undersized bass in a cooler. The subject was cited, and the fish was released.
Warden Michael Disher, of Chilton, investigated several calls about walleye anglers double-dipping on fish off Calumet County Park, and worked various fishing and boating complaints along the east shore of Lake Winnebago. Disher checked several anglers and searched multiple coolers and refrigeration units for violations. Enforcement action was taken for illegal transport of lake water on a highway, failure to remove weeds from a trailer, possession of undersized fish, fishing without a license, failure to display navigational lights, no life jackets in a boat, and expired boat registration.
Warden Alan Erickson, of Fond du Lac, cited five anglers for fishing without a license and one person for operating an ATV on a road during the month of June.
Warden Ben Nadolski, of Waupun, investigated an incident in which a person shot himself in the foot with a .22 rifle. The man had been attempting to shoot woodchucks (protected species) on a relative’s land. He thought the rifle was empty, slung the rifle over his shoulder – barrel down – and began walking to the house. The rifle discharged, sending a bullet through his foot. A citation was issued for hunting without a license.
Warden Kosin was reading a local newspaper when he read an article about a bow and arrow injury incident in Campbellsport. A young girl got struck by a stray arrow. The subject responsible for releasing the arrow was attempting to shoot at a squirrel, which classified this incident as a hunting incident. Kosin investigated and found that the subject was hunting without a license and hunting during the closed season. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Ryan Propson, of Appleton, patrolled Lake Winnebago, the Fox River, the Wolf River, and Little Butte des Morts. Enforcement action was taken for fishing without a license, littering, and no-wake boating violations. Multiple warnings were given for violations involving fire extinguishers, PFDs, and fishing without a license.
District 14 — Sheboygan area
No report available.
District 15 — Milwaukee area
Warden Groppi investigated a complaint of an individual double-tripping for walleyes. He found the individual in possession of 123 walleyes – all filleted and dated back to July 2011. The fish were seized. Violations included exceeding the daily bag limit and the possession limit. Enforcement action is pending.
Warden Groppi investigated a complaint about an unlicensed taxidermist and found multiple violations. Enforcement action is pending.
Warden Blankenheim worked with water regs staff on complaints of dumping gravel in Little Muskego Lake and a wetland fill.
Wardens Blankenheim and Sanidas contacted a PWC operator off Bender Park who was not wearing a PFD. The subject was cited.
Warden Zeihen responded to a complaint about a subject fishing in a pond located in a private quarry (posted as no trespassing). The subject had four short largemouth bass. The individual was warned for trespass and was cited for the short fish violations.
Warden Ben Mott observed a 13-year-old boy operate an ATV on the road near his residence. The individual was not wearing a helmet, had not taken an ATV safety course, and the ATV was not registered. Mott made contact with the River Hills Police Department, which had had previous complaints about this family and its ATV use. The individual’s parents were contacted and a citation was issued, along with multiple warnings.
Warden Mott caught two men in Estabrook Park with a marijuana pipe. Eventually the two admitted to smoking marijuana and possessing a grinder and a small amount of hash. The individuals were turned over to Shorewood police.
Warden Mott observed two individuals fishing along the Milwaukee River in Estabrook Park. Neither had a valid fishing license. One individual had a warrant and was turned over to the Shorewood Police Department.
Warden Mott was on patrol in the Little Menomonee Parkway when he observed an ATV driving toward him on the county property. The individual had a 9- and 10-year-old riding on the back of the ATV without helmets. He was riding in a restricted area and on a road, had not registered the ATV, and had not transferred the registration. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Mott was at McKinley Marina when he saw a tank truck back into one of the boat launch slips and hook up a water pump to fill his truck. The individual worked for a hydro-seeding company that used the water to plant grass seeds. The individual was violating VHS and water transport laws. The individual was warned and was put in touch with an AIS specialist for an explanation of the laws and to possibly receive a permit for future work.
Eight different wardens worked the Big Bang fireworks on Lake Michigan. Wardens were able to assist two boaters off the water. They did not have proper lights.
Wardens Mott, Blankenheim, and Groenier stopped a 14-foot aluminum boat that was being operated faster than no-wake and had improper lights. The lights the subject used would actually have signaled to another boat that he was going the opposite direction than the direction he was moving. He also had another adult and two children on board and only had adult PFDs. The individual was cited for failure to provide enough and proper PFDs and was warned for other violations.
Warden Groppi issued citations on Pewaukee Lake for fishing without licenses, operating without navigation lights, and failure to provide the proper number of PFDs.
District 16 — Racine, Kenosha area
Warden Mike Hirschboeck, of Racine County, and deputy warden Gabrielson removed treestands from state lands. Hirschboeck responded to multiple water regulation calls, the feeding of wild animals, and arrested one boater for OWI. Hirschboeck attended boat training through Homeland Security grants. Hirschboeck also assisted with the 2012 DNR recruit class police academy.
Warden Kyle Dilley, of Kenosha, while checking fishermen on Brown’s Lake, contacted two bass anglers in a boat registered in Illinois. The owner possessed a resident annual fishing license. When Dilley inquired about the subject’s residency status, he stated he had an Illinois mailing address, but said half of his residence was in Wisconsin. The man was found to have been buying resident licenses in Wisconsin since 2008 during which time he had moved twice, both in Illinois. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Juan Gomez, of Walworth County, received a complaint from a deputy about an individual in Sharon Township who was found to have harvested snapping turtles with a .22 rifle. Gomez attempted to contact the individual but the person refused to speak with Gomez. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Gomez worked a warden group check in Walworth County. Gomez worked on Delevan Lake and arrested a boater for OWI. The boater’s breath sample was .113. Gomez also issued warnings for illegal boating operation, as well as other boating citations.
Warden Jason Roberts, of Delevan, worked on a bait dealer case in the Delavan area. A local gas station operator had been selling minnows without a bait dealer’s license. The owner of the store was not aware of the regulation, and Roberts worked with recruit warden Young to gain compliance. A warning was issued, and the station now has been brought into compliance.
Warden Roberts and recruit Young responded to a call about a person holding wild ducks at his home. Roberts found that the ducks had been harvested from a mallard nest in the wild. Roberts also found that the suspect had illegally taken two snapping turtles from the wild and placed them in his aquarium. The animals were seized and were turned over to the local wildlife rehabber for later release. Enforcement action is pending.
District 17 — Madison area
Warden Mike Dieckhoff, of Janesville, investigated a call about a subject who transported undersized bass, legal bass, and panfish alive in a barrel from Beckman Mill Pond to a private pond down the road. Dieckhoff determined that the suspect’s companions had caught and kept several undersized bass from the pond and transported other live fish in a barrel of water from Raccoon Creek to his father’s pond. The suspect then stocked the fish into the pond without a stocking permit. The suspect was cited for illegally transporting live fish and was issued warnings for operation of a motor vehicle while suspended, transporting water on a highway, and illegally stocking fish without a license.
Warden Nathan Kroeplin, of Madison, worked shore-fishing enforcement around the Madison lakes in June and issued five citations to individuals for keeping undersized bass on Monona and Mendota.
Warden Kroeplin was working shore-fishing enforcement around Monona Bay and encountered a fisherman with 37 panfish in his bucket. The man said that some of the fish were caught the previous day. Kroeplin was able to verify that the fisherman was in Milwaukee the evening before, and that all 37 fish were caught in one day. The fisherman was issued a citation.
Wardens Henry Bauman, of Madison, and Dieckhoff apprehended a man for entering the closed area at the Mazomanie Wildlife Area in the area known as Mazomanie Beach. This was the man’s second violation in a few weeks for entering the closed area. Bauman assisted other wardens with several other closed area and public sex violations at the beach.
Warden Bauman apprehended and cited shore anglers for possessing undersized bass and cited another for fishing without a license at the Yahara River in Tenney Park.
Warden Bauman and deputy wardens Jason Rice and Samantha Koscher apprehended and cited a Mazomanie suspect found to be in illegal possession of a live wild raccoon intended to be used in hound dog training. Bauman also investigated calls regarding small mammal poisoning in Madison, illegal possession of live skunks in Cottage Grove, illegal possession of wild turtles in Madison, and illegal transport and stocking of fish in Oregon. Bauman investigated open-burning violations in McFarland, and solid waste air and storm water violations at a demolition site in Madison.
Warden Boyd Richter, of Janesville, and deputy chief Karl Brooks, of Madison, worked boating enforcement on Lake Mendota during the Rhythm and Booms fireworks display. Citations were issued for failing to transfer boat registration, failing to provide the proper number of PFDs, operating a boat without lights after sunset, OWI, and operating a with a prohibited alcohol concentration. Warnings were given for various violations.
Warden Richter and deputy warden Jason Rice worked fishing and boating enforcement in Rock County. Four citations were issued to subjects fishing without licenses at Kiwanis Pond in Janesville. Citations also were issued for failing to provide PFDs on a boat on Lion’s Beach Pond and a personal watercraft on the Rock River.
District 18 — Poynette area
Warden Michael Green, of Wisconsin Dells, arrested an individual for felony drug possession at Pewitt’s Nest State Natural Area.
Warden Green responded to a boat accident on Lake Wisconsin in which an individual on a tube being towed behind a boat collided with a PWC. The tube rider was med-flighted to UW-Hospital for a head injury. Citations are forthcoming for navigational rule violations.
Warden David Horzewski, of Reedsburg, ran the kids fishing clinic at Plenke’s Pond; 166 kids attended with their families.
Warden Paul Nadolski, of Portage, attended several meetings in June regarding complaints about target shooting on state land, and working with Columbia County to establish a shooting range.
Warden Nadolski received many calls in June about a black bear observed in Columbia County. There was some property damage due to the bear’s quest to find food.
Warden Nadolski testified in court on a subject who was arrested for eighth offense OWI.
Warden Paul Nell, of Horicon, responded to a call about two fishermen keeping undersized walleyes at the dam in Beaver Dam. Nell found that one was an adult and the other was a 10-year-old boy. They did not know each other. Nell found four undersized walleyes between the two anglers. It was determined the 10-year-old was keeping the undersized walleyes since the adult had been keeping them. A citation was issued to the adult.
District 19 — Dodgeville area
Warden Nick Webster, of Lafayette County, organized a weekend effort of wardens on the Tri-County ATV trail. They staffed an informational trailer and provided inspections of ATVs for equipment and registration problems. During the weekend, they issued 108 warnings, eight citations, and made one OWI arrest.
Warden Rick DeWitte, of Cassville, investigated a call about a man trying to snag catfish in the Mississippi River below the Dubuque dam. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden DeWitte was operating his boat on the main channel of the Mississippi River when he saw four small, white objects heading toward him in the air from the sand beach. Two intoxicated individuals were on the beach, one with a golf club and the other an aluminum baseball bat. They were hitting golf balls into the water. Both were issued citations for littering.
Warden DeWitte checked fishing licenses below the Dubuque dam. One individual laid his fishing pole along the rocks and walked to the fence line near his friend. Neither man had a fishing license.
Warden Martin Stone, of Fennimore, worked Pool 11 of the Mississippi River during Operation Dry Water. Several boaters were contacted with warnings and one arrest made for boating while intoxicated.