Wisconsin Cuffs & Collars – February 8th, 2013
District 1 — Ashland area
Warden Brad Biser, of Brule, investigated an incident in which an ATV broke through the ice in December. No one was injured.
Warden John Krull, of Superior, found a dead wolf in the Wascott area. The wolf had been moved to the location it was reportedly found. The investigation continues.
Warden Krull received a complaint from a landowner about two people trespassing on his land during the muzzleloader season. Information included use of a rifle and using an ATV to recover a 10-point buck. Several citations were issued for various violations.
Warden Krull got a call from a landowner who found the butchered remains of a deer and other litter dumped in the ditch near the end of his driveway. A carcass tag remained attached to the deer’s ear. After contacting the person who had been issued the tag, a citation for littering was issued.
Warden Amie Egstad, of Bayfield, received information about an illegally set snare near one of the boat/ice landings that had a gray fox in it. The fox was still alive and was released successfully. Information and evidence were gathered about the illegal snare, with enforcement action pending.
Warden Lance Burns, of Gordon, contacted a tribal member who was trapping with non-tribal members. The tribal member caught and tagged a fisher that was caught in a non-member’s trap. The tribal member did not have any tags on his traps. The tribal member also was trapping on private land where his tribal tags and license are not valid. The fisher and trap were seized, and citations were issued.
Warden Burns contacted a trapper who was trapping otters and beavers and had a validated otter tag in his possession. The subject had caught an otter earlier, removed his tag, and had another subject tag and register that otter.
District 2 — Cumberland area
Warden Heisler, of Winter, investigated an illegal deer-baiting case. Heisler found that the reporting party also had placed illegal bait on the opposite side of the road. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Swanson, of Minong, contacted an archery deer hunter in December who had left a ground blind on DNR land with no I.D. on the blind. The hunter also had dumped out a 50-pound bag of corn.
Wardens Hagen, of Spooner, and Ashton, of Luck, located two deer-baiting violations. Enforcement action was taken for baiting and borrow/loan license violations.
Warden Spaight was contacted by the Burnett County Sheriff’s Department in December about criminal damage to property, theft, and an ATV complaint near Grantsburg. Spaight and a Burnett County deputy went to the scene. It seemed clear by the way the suspects were operating the ATV that the machine most likely was stolen. Approximately 4 hours later, the ATV was located and determined to be stolen.
District 3 — Park Falls area
Warden Andy Dryja, of White Lake, assisted state parks staff with hunting enforcement training in December. State parks will now be open to various forms of hunting and trapping.
Warden Dryja seized a buck from an individual who shot the animal with an arrow during the antlerless-only season.
Warden Kirk Konichek, of Ladysmith, testified in a sixth-offense OWI jury trial (he had assisted a Rusk County deputy earlier in the year). The defendant was found guilty.
Warden Rick Peters, of Merrill, checked a bowhunter hunting on state land who complained about an irritatingly loud truck that was driven in and out of the property at about 3:30 p.m. Peters located a truck matching the description at a different parcel of public land a couple miles away. Upon running the plate, Peters was advised that the owner had a revoked driver’s license, was on probation, and was out on bond for criminal traffic violations. Peters found the party bowhunting in the woods about 25 minutes after hours and ended up citing him for hunting after hours, as well as arresting him for operating after revocation, bail jumping, and a probation hold.
Warden Nick Nice, of Medford, and the Taylor County Sportsmen’s Club discussed implementing “trophy fines” for the illegal killing of large deer. The talk included a state senator and Assembly representatives who agreed to develop a bill on increased penalties for the illegal killing of trophy animals.
District 4 — Woodruff area
Wardens Jim Jung, of Rhinelander, and Tim Ebert, of Woodruff, responded to a call from the Oneida County Sheriff’s Department regarding a shining and shooting complaint at approximately 4:30 a.m. Three subjects had been stopped by a deputy with two untagged deer in the bed of the truck and two firearms and a spotlight in the vehicle. Charges are pending.
Warden Jung issued an asbestos citation to a business that had not completed an asbestos inspection prior to a remodel. Jung worked with DNR environmental enforcement staff on the violation.
Wardens Kelly Crotty, of Florence, and Tim Price, of Eagle River, assisted the Florence County Sheriff’s Department with a Shop with a Cop event. Qualified youths are taken to local stores to shop for Christmas presents for their families, with funding provided by the community.
Wardens Mike Sealander, of St. Germain, and David Walz, of Woodruff, responded to a call from the Vilas County Sheriff’s Department regarding a snowmobile crash near St. Germain on New Year’s Eve. A 40-year-old female from Illinois went off the trail, causing the snowmobile to roll on top of her in a steep ravine. She was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Warden Brad Dahlquist, of Crandon, investigated several illegal-baiting violations and a dumped bear carcass. Dahlquist also took enforcement action on a shoreline grading violation along Lake Metonga.
Warden Rich Thole, of Boulder Junction, observed eight unattended tip-ups on a lake, with an undersized walleye lying nearby. Contact with a family at a nearby cabin revealed that the father had left the tip-ups unattended all night. Enforcement action was taken, along with a warning.
Warden Thole responded to a call about a bobcat that got into a landowner’s chicken coop, killing 11 of his birds. The landowner had to shoot the cat to protect the remainder of his animals. Thole investigated the situation and sold the bobcat to the landowner.
District 5 — Lower St. Croix area
Warden Jim Cleven, of Colfax, received a complaint from a Dunn County deputy who informed Cleven that he investigated a case of a subject shooting at a deer from a truck while on a county highway. The suspect was stopped by an officer in a nearby village shortly after Cleven received the call. The suspect had shot at a deer from the truck with a muzzleloader. Citations were issued.
Warden Cleven received a complaint stating that someone shot a rooster pheasant from inside an SUV while on a township highway. Cleven found that there were witnesses to the road-hunting violation. He contacted the suspect, who admitted he shot the pheasant with his muzzleloader, but not from the road. The suspect claimed the pheasant was flying across the road when it struck his windshield and was injured. Then he exited his SUV and walked out into a field and shot the pheasant to put the bird out of its misery. Cleven seized the pheasant as evidence from the suspect’s residence. The suspect did not have a small-game license or pheasant stamp, and it is illegal to shoot a pheasant with a muzzleloader loaded with a single ball or slug. Citations were issued.
Warden Wayne Flak, of Menomonie, responded to a snowmobile crash that involved a male and female out on a date while snowmobiling. The female got caught in the deeper snow on the side of the trail, lost control, and crashed, causing a broken rib and collapsed lung. Flak assisted EMS, pulled the damaged snowmobile to an access road, and gave the rider’s companion a ride to Carryville to get his trailer.
Warden Flak was advised by officers from the Menomonie Police Department that while they were investigating a window being shot out of a local apartment by a pellet gun they discovered the shooter was baiting and shooting songbirds and squirrels. Flak contacted the suspect, and a dead female cardinal was found. The subject admitted to shooting several blackbirds and the cardinal, but stated he did not know his birds very well. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Paul Sickman, of Hudson, received a complaint about a gun-killed deer. A doe fawn was located and appeared to have been shot with a .22. Sickman located a suspect. Charges are pending.
Wardens Sickman, Peterson, Wrasse, supervisor Hausman, and wildlife manager Halvorsen assisted with a Wounded Warrior deer hunt at the Eau Galle Recreation Area. Seven hunters attended.
Warden Brad Peterson, of Ellsworth, completed an illegal bear case from 2010 and had a pretrial on that case. The subject pleaded guilty, was fined, and had his hunting licenses revoked for three years.
Peterson investigated several subjects who were involved in poaching potentially 12 deer in Pierce County. Peterson has more work to do on the case, but soon should be filing several criminal complaints.
Warden Bill Wrasse, of Durand, responded to a complaint about an illegal pond being dug on the Pepin/Dunn county line. The landowner did not have any permits.
District 6 — Eau Claire area
Warden Adam Hanna, of Neillsville, received a complaint that a man brought a deer into a registration station with another hunter’s tag on it. The tag belonged to a man who had driven back to Minnesota. Hunters are required to be present for group deer hunting and must remain with their deer until it is registered. Enforcement action was taken.
During the gun season, a citizen reported a pile of wasted, half-butchered deer in a
driveway near Loyal. Wardens Hanna and Bill Yearman discovered a total of 12 deer that had only the backstraps and rear quarter meat taken. Many of the deer were not tagged. The investigation ended in December, and action was taken.
During the four-day antlerless hunt, a young man shot a buck on his farm. The young man knew Hanna from his hunter safety class and told Hanna that he and his dad knew they should report the mistake. Hanna took time to review the importance of target identification and thanked the young man for his integrity. The buck was seized, and a verbal warning was given for the violation.
Two road-hunting teenagers were at the wrong place at the wrong time when shooting from their vehicle in Clark County. An off-duty state trooper saw them shooting at crows from their vehicle onto his property. Violations included hunting within 50 feet of the road center, shooting from a vehicle, possessing a loaded gun in a vehicle, reckless use of a firearm, and hunting crows during the closed season.
Warden Hanna spoke to a disabled hunter about road hunting and shooting a deer from a vehicle on private land. The man did have a permit and a “disabled hunter” sign in his window, but broke most other laws related to the disabled hunting privilege, including hunting without blaze orange, no backtag, trespassing, and having an untagged deer.
Warden Hanna received several complaints about stolen treestands in the Rock Dam area. Information was forwarded to Clark County deputy Steve Struensee, who identified three young men who stole numerous stands from the Clark County Forest. One stand was returned to the rightful owner, and enforcement action was taken.
Warden Hanna checked a coyote hunter who had no small-game license and a loaded gun in his truck. The hunter’s companion, who was sitting next to him in the truck, was cited by Hanna the previous year for coyote hunting without a license. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Shaun Deeney, of Chippewa Falls, completed an investigation of a man who purchased hunting and fishing licenses during court-ordered revocation of all of his DNR licenses. Deeney found the subject continued to hunt and fish despite the revocation stemming from previous poaching-related charges. Criminal charges are pending with the district attorney’s office.
Warden Deeney investigated a convicted felon who trespassed and hunted deer with a firearm while only possessing an archery license. Deeney found the subject also was not wearing any blaze orange during the gun deer season. Enforcement action was taken, and criminal charges are pending.
Warden Deeney received a call from a citizen who witnessed a person capture and keep a great horned owl. The subject was frustrated that the owl was attempting to prey on his pigeons within his outdoor coop. Rather than release the bird from the coop, the subject kept the owl captive in a small cage not suitable for raptors and failed to notify the DNR. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Deeney was approached by the mother of a 10-year-old girl with a muscle condition that precludes her from holding or drawing a bow. The mother said she was told by 4-H personnel that her daughter could not participate in the winter archery class because they didn’t have a crossbow. Deeney successfully obtained funding from the Wisconsin Crossbow Federation that donated a youth crossbow package to the 4-H shooting sports program so that all youths may now participate in the class.
Warden Scott Thiede, of Eau Claire, investigated a call about a deer carcass and plastic debris dumped along the Eau Claire River. An adult male was contacted after a 2011 backtag was found in the debris pile. The subject admitted to cleaning out his garage after butchering the deer. He paid a $200 citation for littering, and removed the trash.
Warden Robin Barnhardt, of Osseo, cited a subject for littering after the subject tossed a soda bottle from a truck onto the road in Arcadia. The subject made a poor choice of where to throw the bottle, because he did so directly in front of a group of four wardens.
Warden Jake Donar, of Black River Falls, investigated a complaint regarding overbaiting during the late archery season. Donar located two hunters who were found to have been hunting over the illegal baits. The investigation revealed violations of overbaiting, littering, leaving treestands unattended overnight, and failing to provide information on the treestands.
District 7 — Wisconsin Rapids area
Warden Barry Fetting, of Marshfield, received information during the December four-day antlerless hunt from a Wood County deputy that a subject about whom Fetting had received complaints in the past was observed dumping deer carcasses along a road. Fetting and the deputy found warm gut piles and litter at the scene instead of whole carcasses. The deputy saw the suspect’s vehicle shortly afterward, traveling with two deer in the trunk, and conducted a traffic stop. Fetting responded and issued a citation to the passenger of the vehicle for tagging violations. The deer was seized.
Warden Jon Scharbarth, of Stevens Point, continued to work illegal baiting cases in Portage County, with citations issued to late bowhunters for hunting over or placing bait.
Warden Scharbarth assisted the Wisconsin Rapids Fire Department with a call about a deer stuck on the ice of the Wisconsin River. Fire department personnel got the deer back to shore.
Warden Ben Herzfeldt, of Schofield, followed up on complaints related to baiting during the late archery season in Marathon County. Several citations were issued.
Warden Herzfeldt investigated a complaint related to an illegal deer stand on state land. Herzfeldt located the stand, which was a 6-foot by 6-foot insulated shack with sliding windows on poles, constructed well onto state property. The responsible party also was illegally baiting.
Warden Mike Rader, of Wausau, investigated several cases of illegal deer baiting and feeding in Marathon County in December. In one case, a landowner was depositing corn from a large mechanical feeder behind a house to feed deer. In addition, the subject had installed wire fencing around the feed with the intent to snag the antlers of bucks that were shedding their antlers. Another case, in the town of Hamburg, involved a subject who had placed a large amount of corn on the ground within 25 yards of a tower blind. The subject had been placing corn since at least November and deer were readily accessing the corn. Yet another case involved a subject who was found to have been involved in depositing corn behind an auto body garage near Wausau. Rader also found that loaded .22 rifles were kept in the garage near a window overlooking the corn. Enforcement action was taken in all cases, as baiting and feeding deer in Marathon County has been illegal for several years.
Warden Rader found a landowner near Wausau had been pumping water from a nearby creek to fill a retention pond. The subject was referred to a DNR water management specialist.
Warden Mike Rader has received several complaints about the dumping of deer carcasses and other litter on Marathon County Forest land in the town of Texas off of Pine Bluff Road. The investigation is ongoing.
Warden Paul Leezer, of Wausau, gave law enforcement talks at an ATV safety class and three snowmobile safety classes.
Warden Leezer checked area lakes as they froze over. Citations and warnings were issued for undersized fish, operation of an unregistered ATV/snowmobile, operating in excess of 10 mph within 100 feet of ice shanties, operate on closed trails, equipment violations, and unattended lines.
Warden Leezer learned that a 2010 deer-poaching case had been adjudicated. A Marshfield man pleaded guilty to criminal deer charges and was ordered to pay $2,268 in fines. His hunting, fishing, and trapping privileges were revoked for three years.
Warden Matt Weber had contacted a man in the fall who was participating in hunting-related activities while having his licenses revoked for six years. He recently was convicted of more DNR violations and another year of revocation was added.
Warden Bill Miller, of Adams, followed up on hunting violations from the gun season.
Warden Miller took enforcement action for fishing, ATV, and snowmobile violations in December. He also investigated a fatal snowmobile crash in New Chester Township in which the driver failed to negotiate a curve and collided with a tree.
Warden Wade Romberg issued citations for illegal baiting and feeding, littering, and failing to check traps. He received assistance with locating a suspect in a litter case from an Illinois conservation officer.
District 8 — La Crosse area
Warden Edward McCann, of La Crosse, and USFWS special agent Gary Jagodzinski talked with a suspect about the illegal harvest of wild ginseng. The suspect is believed to have harvested ginseng on private land without permission. McCann issued the suspect three citations, and the suspect was arrested for an outstanding warrant.
Wardens McCann and supervisor Tyler Strelow, of La Crosse, investigated a coyote that was left in a trap for several days in very cold weather. They seized the coyote and two traps that were placed inches from sight-exposed bait. The wardens contacted the landowner, and charges are pending.
Warden Dale Hochhausen, of Stoddard, followed up on a case from the past deer season in which a man was hunting without a license. The suspect’s wife had tagged and registered a deer that someone else had shot. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Modjeski worked gun deer, archery, Canada goose, and snowmobile enforcement in December. Warnings were issued for gun deer hunting without blaze orange and operating a snowmobile on closed trails. Modjeski assisted in coaching the National Archery in the Schools team at Meadowview Middle School in Sparta.
Warden Chris Shea, of Trempealeau, learned that an individual had shot a deer from a vehicle at night. With the assistance of numerous agencies, Shea made contact with the man, who was found to have shot a deer from the vehicle. Shea retrieved the rifle and deer the suspect tossed out of the vehicle while trying to avoid apprehension.
Warden Bob Jumbeck, of Alma, received a call about shooting within the village limits in Gilmanton. Jumbeck found three individuals target shooting and hunting squirrels. One hunter failed to possess a small-game license. Enforcement action was taken.
District 9 — Black River Falls area
No report available.