Wisconsin Cuffs & Collars – February 22nd, 2013
District 10 — Wautoma area
Warden Ted Dremel, of Waupaca, investigated a complaint about a trapper not checking his traps as required. The investigation continues.
Warden Dremel received a few complaints in December about snowmobilers operating on roads. These complaints primarily originate during storm events. Callers were concerned that the snowmobiles were operating too fast. Dremel contacted the Waupaca County Sheriff’s Department for assistance with these complaints.
Warden Nate Ackerman, of Berlin, investigated a complaint from DNR wildlife staff that a snowmobiler had been operating on state lands. Ackerman found that all of the tracks led to the property where the snowmobile was parked. After interviewing the owner of the snowmobile, it was found that the machine was not registered, had been operated on state land, and also was operated within 10 feet of a county road. The snowmobile was operated another person who did not have a snowmobile safety certificate. Multiple enforcement actions were taken.
Warden Ackerman conducted snowmobile enforcement in various areas in Green Lake County. Enforcement action was taken for expired registration violations and multiple warnings for improper display.
Warden Mike Young, of Shiocton, located a box of hunting equipment that fell from a vehicle and spilled onto a road. Young picked up the equipment and was able to locate the subject and get the hunting equipment back to him.
Warden Young received a call from the Kaukauna Police Department about a subject who shot a turkey in the city. A check of the subject’s license found that he did not have a turkey permit. Enforcement action was taken for hunting without a license, and Young seized the turkey. The Kaukauna police did not issue a citation for the illegal discharge of a bow.
Warden Young was called out by Outagamie County regarding an ATV through the ice. The investigation revealed an 89-year-old man was plowing off a pond on his property when his ATV broke through the ice and the subject drowned. Young assisted with the recovery of the body and the ATV.
Warden Nigbor assisted the Marquette County Sheriff’s Department with a call about a raccoon that was being held illegally as a pet. It had bitten a child. Because of the possibility of rabies being transmitted, the raccoon had to be submitted for rabies detection.
Four wardens from the Wautoma team completed background investigations for warden recruit candidates in December.
District 11 — Peshtigo area
Warden Oginski and warden supervisor Oginski responded to a complaint about a hawk in a trap. The trap also had caught a dog the previous night. The wardens located the trap that was illegally set within 25 feet of a sight-exposed deer carcass. The hawk was removed and euthanized because of the extent of its injuries. The trapper was located, and enforcement action was taken.
Warden Stahl worked the final day of the four-day December antlerless deer rifle hunt by following up on complaints. That day, several inches of snow fell in time for a man to try out his snowmobile on a county highway. The subject was cited for illegal operation of the snowmobile on a highway.
Warden Stahl responded to a call about a number of traps set on the dike in the Oconto Marsh in December. The area where most of the traps were set is mowed for a walking trail. This area is closed to trapping until the end of the waterfowl season. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Schraufnagel, of eastern Shawano County, investigated a complaint about a neighbor operating a snowmobile on private land without permission. The landowner had discovered that his game camera had been stolen. The neighbor was cited for snowmobile trespass.
Warden Schraufnagel worked ice fishing and snowmobile enforcement in December. Citations were issued for fishing with too many lines. Snowmobile citations/warnings were issued for operating on closed trails and other violations.
Warden Horne, of western Shawano County, followed up on several complaints during the deer gun and muzzleloader seasons, including excess bait, cabin shooting, and dragging a dead deer onto the neighbor’s property.
Warden Horne assisted other wardens by interviewing suspects in a multiple archery buck case. The suspect allegedly shot three bucks with his bow. Although the multiple harvest information was unfounded, the wardens discovered tagging issues. Enforcement action was taken.
District 12 — Green Bay area and Northeast Operations Marine Unit
Warden David Allen, of Kewaunee, checked hunters and trappers, and conducted a background investigation for a potential warden recruit hire.
Warden Robert Stroess, of Manitowoc, assisted the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department with traffic control and emergency lighting for removal of a vehicle that slid down an embankment.
Wardens Stroess and Sturdivant came upon a traffic crash, checked on those involved, and arrested one operator for possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.
Wardens Stroess and Sturdivant stopped two snowmobilers for operating on a sidewalk in Mishicot, past several signs prohibiting snowmobiles on the sidewalk. They warned them for the trespass violation, and arrested one of the operators for a warrant for not paying his fines on a drug charge.
Wardens Stroess and Sturdivant investigated several deer-baiting complaints. One of the baits had a trail camera set up, overlooking the bait. The wardens obtained a search warrant for the images on the camera that showed numerous bait sites and had a partial photograph of the owner. They interviewed the suspect, who turned out to be the person who had deposited the bait. He was issued a citation.
Northeast Operations Marine Unit
No report available.
District 13 — Oshkosh area
Warden Jason Higgins, of Oshkosh, received a call from a subject who reported himself for shooting two gobblers during the fall turkey season. Higgins met the subject in the field, and one of the turkeys was seized. The man was warned for the violation.
Warden Michael Disher, of Chilton, investigated a complaint about an illegal deer on the last day of the December antlerless-only firearms season in Calumet County. The investigation revealed that two men were driving around and observed a 10-point buck with an 18-inch spread on private property. The buck was shot, dragged to the road, and stuffed into the trunk of their car. The deer was not tagged or field-dressed. One of the suspects told Disher the buck was killed for the rack. Enforcement action was taken for no blaze orange, no backtag, hunting with an improper license, trespassing, and failure to tag. The buck and a shotgun were seized.
Warden Alan Erickson, of Fond du Lac, investigated a hotline complaint about illegal waterfowl-hunting activity on the southeast shore of Lake Winnebago. Erickson responded and observed multiple violations, including discharge of firearm within 100 yards of a residence without the owner’s permission, hunting waterfowl 16 minutes after the close of legal hours and after the close of duck season, unattended decoys, violation of the mentored hunting law, no license on person, failing to sign the federal stamp, and failing to recover a goose. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Benjamin Nadolski, of Waupun, performed snowmobile enforcement by truck and by snowmobile. Many people were stopped for displaying expired registration or for having improperly displayed registration, as it was not readily visible. Nadolski found all but a few had taken advantage of registering their snowmobiles via the DNR website or by going to a local gas station where they could get their new decals printed immediately. A number of warnings were given for broken tail lights and failing to carry proof of registration. No one was found exceeding the 55 mph night speed limit.
Warden Ryan Propson, of Appleton, investigated numerous complaints about littered deer carcasses on state land, as well as in ditches. Hunters are reminded that it’s illegal to dispose of any wild animal carcasses in this manner. Carcasses should be disposed of in the garbage, on private property with landowner permission, or taken to a landfill.
District 14 — Sheboygan area
No report available.
District 15 — Milwaukee area
No report available.
District 16 — Racine, Kenosha area
Warden Mike Hirschboeck, of Racine County, organized a deer Learn to Hunt event in Racine and Kenosha counties. There were 12 youth participants. No deer were harvested, but many learning opportunities took place. Assisting Hirschboeck were wardens Gomez, Dunkel, Dilley, and Mott, and deputy warden Gabrielson.
Warden Kyle Dilley, of Kenosha County, coordinated a wood duck box project with Raymond Elementary School third- and fourth-graders. More than 80 students worked to build 16 nest boxes that will be placed in local marshes in the spring. Wardens Gabrielson, Hirschboeck, and Mott also assisted with the project.
Warden Juan Gomez, of Walworth County, helped in the investigation of a wolf shot in Walworth County. It was found that a deer hunter shot and killed the wolf on private lands of another person. The hunter did not have a legal wolf tag to tag the wolf appropriately. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Hirschboeck gave two law enforcement presentations to snowmobile safety classes, responded to complaints about illegal traps being placed, and several illegal baited deer stands. Enforcement action was taken on the baited treestands.
District 17 — Madison area
Warden Henry Bauman, of Madison, investigated a hotline complaint of unattended traps near Mazomanie and located several traps that had not been checked. Bauman issued citations to a Madison suspect for failing to check traps and remove animals, as required.
Warden Bauman registered several trapped otters for customers at the Fitchburg office.
Warden Nate Kroeplin, of Madison, received a call from the Dane County Sheriff’s Department stating that a deputy had made contact with an individual who they believed was hunting deer in the Sun Prairie area during a period in which his hunting privileges were revoked. Kroeplin contacted the individual, who admitted to killing three deer. The individual was aware that his privileges were revoked and did not have a gun deer-hunting license. Charges will be forwarded to the DA’s office, and the rifle and the three deer were seized as evidence.
Warden Mike Dieckhoff, of Janesville, received a complaint about tires dumped in the Rock River and on state lands near Bass Creek. After some investigation, Dieckhoff had hit a dead end and plans were made with volunteers to assist DNR staff with the cleanup. The morning of the cleanup, Dieckhoff received information from Rock County Sheriff’s Department deputies that they’d already cited a suspect for other similar tire-dumping incidents in the area. Dieckhoff contacted that suspect and determined that he was indeed the subject who dumped the tires on the state land and in the river. The suspect was issued a citation and was ordered to dispose of the tires.
Wardens Richter and Dieckhoff attended the Rock County Snowmobile Alliance meeting in Clinton, where they gave a DNR update and answered questions.
District 18 — Poynette area
Wardens John Buss, of Sauk County, and Mike Green, of Wisconsin Dells, worked snowmobile enforcement and gave numerous warnings and citations for snowmobile registration violations and nighttime speed violations.
Warden Green conducted an interview of a hunter who had harvested a deer that tested positive for CWD outside of the current management zone near Lyndon Station in Juneau County. The deer was a buck aged at 4 to 5 years old and appeared healthy when shot.
Warden Green investigated two separate complaints about dogs being caught in traps at the Rocky Run and Mud Lake wildlife areas. All trap sets were found to be legal, and the dogs were released without injuries. The trapper voluntarily offered to move his sets to different locations.
Warden Green cited two individuals for riding snowmobiles at a high rate of speed on cross-country ski trails at night in Mirror Lake State Park. After the contact, Green followed up with a group of skiers in a nearby parking area to make sure they were OK. The Sauk County Snowmobile Alliance and local snowmobile clubs did an excellent job fencing and signing trails, and making contacts at resorts frequented by sledders to tell them to stay on designated snowmobile trails.
Warden Paul Nadolski, of Portage, responded to complaints about target shooting at the Swan Lake Wildlife Area along Hwy. P in Pacific Township, but found no violations were encountered.
Warden Nadolski attended a 2014-17 strategic planning meeting in Stevens Point and a snowmobile safety class in Lodi.
Wardens Paul Nell, of Horicon, and Ellifson, of Jefferson, completed a multi-year migratory bird investigation in Dodge and Jefferson counties. The wardens found that several hunters had harvested geese in the Exterior Zone and had not reported them as required. In 2011 alone, the wardens found that the hunters failed to report 50 geese. Seven hunters were cited for violations including hunting without a license, failing to report goose harvest, possession of geese over the bag limit, and failing to register a turkey.
Warden David Horzewski, of Reedsburg, spoke with a landowner regarding a fencing issue. Horzewski reviewed the fencing laws and inspected the property with the fencing issue. The problem arose when a neighbor installed a 6-foot-high fence that kept deer from moving freely between two properties. The DNR encourages neighbors to keep an open dialogue to try to avoid conflicts.
District 19 — Dodgeville area
Warden Dave Youngquist, of Spring Green, received a complaint about a road hunter who shot from a vehicle. The suspect claimed he was just shooting from the vehicle at a "tree” during the deer season to sight in his rifle. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Youngquist met with the person who left a deer stand on state land and cut down 11 oak trees with a chain saw to clear the area for his shooting lanes.
Warden Martin Stone, of Fennimore, investigated a complaint about road hunting when a hunter got out of a vehicle on a road and started shooting at the complainant’s decoy while they were hunting over it. The alarmed complainant ran toward the road to where the individual was shooting at his decoy. The shooter drove away, but Stone was able to determine the shooter’s identity. Stone explained the obvious safety concerns of not identifying the target in addition to not hunting or shooting within 50 feet of the road’s center. He took enforcement action.
Warden Rick DeWitte, of Cassville, assisted Cassville police with a traffic stop that involved possession of marijuana. The sheriff’s department and a K-9 alerted to the vehicle and marijuana in individual bags was located. The individual was arrested by deputies for several felony drug violations.
Warden Mike Nice, of Richland Center, warden Cody Adams, of Prairie du Chien, and deputy warden Mike Williams closed a case involving four individuals who poached multiple deer in 2011. The group received more than $15,000 in fines and 21 years of revocation, and two individuals received 180 days and 60 days in jail, respectively.