Wisconsin Cuffs & Collars – March 22nd, 2013
District 11 — Peshtigo area
Warden Horne responded to Upper Gresham Pond for complaints of ATVers operating too close to fishermen. Horne found several riders on the ice preparing a race track. Their machines were not registered, were too loud, and they were operating too close to fishermen. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Horne worked with warden Propson on an investigation of loan-borrow tagging of multiple bucks in the Shawano County area during the past several years.
Warden Horne received a call about a road-killed wolf. Horne made arrangements to show the carcass to local wildlife classes at the high school.
Warden Matthew Meade worked snowmobile, ATV, and ice-fishing enforcement in January. Citations were issued for fishing without a license and operating an ATV without registration.
Warden David Oginski Jr. received a call about 15 to 20 illegal cable restraints on Marinette County Forest land. The restraints were mounted to trees, were unable to swivel, and could have harvested non-targeted species. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Stahl received a number of complaints about injured or dead birds of prey in January. Three owls were dead due to vehicle collisions, and one eagle was alive that was taken to Bay Beach for rehabilitation.
Warden Stahl received a call about possible late bowhunting. On the last weekend of the season, Stahl apprehended an individual 20 minutes after hours, hunting over 20 gallons of bait. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Schraufnagel received a call about a loud ATV and a dirt bike being operated at high speeds too close to shanties. A citation was issued to the ATV rider for exceeding the decibel limit. A warning was issued for operating too close to shanties.
Warden Schraufnagel assisted Waupaca wardens with an archery overbagging case near Waupaca. Citations and criminal obstruction charges are pending.
District 12 — Green Bay area and Northeast Operations Marine Unit
Warden Robert Stroess, of Manitowoc, and recruit warden Jeff Lautenslager checked snowmobilers on open trails, closed trails, and roads. They issued 21 warnings and three citations for no safety class, operating on the road, and no registration.
In January, during the metro deer hunt, wardens Stroess and Lautenslager investigated a baiting case in Cleveland. They found drag marks, deer hair, and blood leading away from the illegal baits. They found a registration stub at a station that seemed linked to the bait sites. They checked the site again and found that someone recently had been there. When they walked out, a truck went past, the two men inside were in camo, and the vehicle was registered to the person on the deer registration stub. The truck occupants admitted to hunting over the bait. Both were issued citations for hunting over the illegal bait. Manitowoc County is a no-baiting county.
Door County warden Chris Kratcha and recruit warden Isaac Kruse arrested a man for operating a snowmobile along a town road while under the influence. The man also was cited for operating a snowmobile without valid registration and operating with a prohibited blood-alcohol concentration.
Wardens Kratcha and Kruse cited a Green Bay man for guiding whitefish fishermen on the waters of Little Sturgeon Bay without a valid guide’s license.
In January in Kewaunee County, warden Allen worked on an illegal baiting case where the suspect, who Allen arrested during the gun season for multiple violations, including illegal baiting, continued to, or assist another in, illegally baiting his hunting area.
Northeast Operations Marine Unit
No report available.
District 13 — Oshkosh area
Warden Tom Truman, of Winneconne, and recruit warden John Sinclair contacted a snowmobiler who failed to stop at a snowmobile stop sign. A citation was issued.
Wardens Truman and Sinclair contacted an ice fisherman in front of his residence. Prior to the contact, they saw three tip-ups that appeared to be frozen in the ice, as if left out for days. One of the tip-ups had the flag up. There was no immediate response from anyone. Eventually, the fisherman observed the wardens on the ice and came out. The investigation revealed the subject left the tip-ups out overnight and failed to tend to them as required. The tip-up that had the flag up could not be seen from the residence. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Truman and Sinclair contacted a man who was fishing in the posted refuge at the Eureka dam. The suspect had caught and kept one fish from within the refuge. The suspect had knowledge of the posted refuge. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Michael Disher, of Chilton, and safety warden Tom Sturdivant, of Madison, investigated a deer carcass that was dumped in a parking lot on the Brillion State Wildlife Area. The carcass was field-dressed and appeared fresh. They later identified a suspect and discovered the suspect also was fraudulently obtaining free military fishing and small-game licenses. The suspect picked up a car-killed deer, but the meat was spoiled, so he dumped the carcass in the parking lot. The suspect had not been an active military member since the Vietnam era. Enforcement action was taken for littering and license fraud.
Wardens Disher and Sturdivant checked fishing licenses on an area lake and contacted an angler who was in a portable ice shack. The angler was found in possession of a marijuana cigarette, a marijuana pipe, and a baggie of marijuana. A records check revealed the suspect had a prior arrest for illegal drugs and was a convicted felon for delivery of illegal drugs. The suspect was arrested, and a deputy transported the suspect to jail for the violations.
Wardens Disher and Sturdivant were at a landing on Lake Winnebago and saw an ATV operator drive off the ice and onto the road. The suspect drove down the road at a high speed, failed to stop at a stop sign, and parked behind a tavern. When contacted, the suspect was found to have fishing gear and the remnants of an I.D. placard from an ice shack in a basket. The suspect was the owner of a partially sunken ice shack that Disher and Sturdivant had been monitoring. The suspect was not able to free the shack, so he removed his gear and his name plate. Enforcement action was taken for illegal operation on the road, failure to stop at a sign, excessive speed, failure to identify a fishing shack, and littering.
Wardens Disher and Sturdivant worked recreational vehicle enforcement on Lake Winnebago and inland lakes in Calumet County. Action was taken for an unregistered snowmobile, multiple unregistered ATVs, failure to display registration or license plate, failure to transfer registration, and failure to take a mandatory safety class.
Warden Ben Nadolski, of Waupun, took two students ice fishing on Little Green Lake as part of the Ripon High School Outdoors Club ice-fishing event. More than 50 students participated in the event.
Warden Alan Erickson, of Fond du Lac, worked on the Fond du Lac River within the city of Fond du Lac in an area of previous recreational vehicle crashes. Erickson contacted the operator of an unregistered three-wheeler with no rear license plate. The operator was arrested for OWI.
Wardens Disher, Sturdivant, Horne, and Young assisted warden Ryan Propson, of Appleton, with an investigation into the illegal use of archery deer tags by two friends who had each illegally killed multiple bucks during the past two seasons. The investigation resulted in the seizure of five illegal bucks and two bows. The illegal activity occurred in Shawano County during the 2011 and 2012 bow seasons.
Warden Propson assisted a hunter with recovering his deer after it had been thrown in the Fox River during gun season. After reading about the deer theft in Wisconsin Outdoor News, an individual in Menasha saw the deer wedged on some rocks near a railroad trestle and called Propson. The hunter was able to recover the deer and is hoping to have a taxidermist piece the rack together for a mount. The deer had floated about a mile downstream, and even made it past a dam on the river.
Warden Propson contacted numerous snowmobilers who were failing to stop at stop signs. Many of those contacted said they believed a snowmobile stop sign only meant they should slow down and look around before proceeding. Propson arrested an individual for snowmobile OWI.
Wardens Propson and Sturdivant interviewed a suspect in a shoot-from-a-vehicle complaint. The hunter, who is a convicted felon, admitted he was driving the truck while his friend shot a doe out of the vehicle. The shooter then trespassed in an attempt to retrieve the deer.
Warden Supervisor April Dombrowski, of Oshkosh, assisted the Calumet County Sheriff’s Department with a UTV fatal incident on Lake Winnebago, near the High Cliff State Park marina. The victim attempted to operate an UTV across open water and failed to make it to more ideal ice conditions. While in the water, the victim and witness could not release the victim’s seat belt, as the victim was buckled in. The Calumet County dive team responded and recovered the victim, but the victim did not survive.
District 14 — Sheboygan area
No report available.
District 15 — Milwaukee area
Warden Ben Mott heard an ATV being operated on a Milwaukee County park property. Mott contacted the individuals, who stated they had no idea they could not operate the ATV on county property. Mott ran the expired ATV’s registration and found this was the same ATV that Mott had cited an individual for operating on a road three months earlier. The ATV had expired registration, the previous two owners had not transferred the registration, and the operator did not have ATV safety and was trespassing with the ATV. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Mott contacted two goose hunters along the breakwall in St. Francis. One did not have a permit, had an expired temporary federal waterfowl stamp, and had a shotgun that held more than three shells. The other had a goose license with two slits marked, but had not called in either goose. Both were illegally hunting from a breakwall area. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Groenier was working Okauchee Lake. He had just finished the arrest of one individual for OWI when he was called back for two individuals on one snowmobile who were “skipping” open water. The operator didn’t make it and the snowmobile sank. Both riders made it out of the water. That operator was arrested for OWI.
Warden Groppi investigated a call about illegal deer feeding on land owned by the village of Menomonee Falls. Groppi found two subjects were placing bait, and one of the subjects dumped a coyote carcass on village property. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Groppi investigated a baiting complaint in Menomonee Falls and issued one citation for placing bait.
Wardens Groppi and Leis responded to a complaint about possible deer hunting during the closed season. The individuals were hunting rabbits, but one did not have a license. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Sanidas investigated a carcass-dumping case on private land in the town of Vernon. Two subjects had placed three car-killed deer carcasses on the land without permission. The carcasses were placed for the purpose of coyote trapping, and none of the deer carcasses were legally tagged. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Sanidas worked ATV enforcement on Phantom Lakes. Enforcement action is pending for operating without ATV safety certification.
Warden Blankenheim received a call from Vernon County Warden Stringham, asking Blankenheim to follow up on a loan/borrow license case with a suspect who lives in Greenfield. Blankenheim was able to determine that the suspect had used another person’s tag on a buck, and seized the deer.
Warden Blankenheim worked the Root River Parkway in Racine County for ATV enforcement and issued 14 ATV citations and twice that many warnings.
District 16 — Racine, Kenosha area
In January, warden Randy Dunkel, of Racine County, and deputy warden Dustin Gabrielson assisted local officers with some trespassing hunters. The wardens and officers found two hunters in a field, but saw tracks of a third. Eventually the two hunters said a third hunter had just gotten released from medical custody for suicidal and homicidal threats. The wardens located the third hunter without incident. All three hunters were issued citations for illegal baiting and trespassing. The two hunters that initially lied were charged criminally for obstructing a law enforcement officer.
Warden Kyle Dilley, of Kenosha County, checked a hunter coming from a field at closing time during the holiday hunt. Dilley had suspicion the hunter was baiting deer. The subject denied placing any bait near his stand. The individual did admit to baiting on a property up north where baiting and feeding were allowed. When the subject went to show Dilley a picture on his phone, he inadvertently displayed a picture of multiple deer feeding on a large pile of corn at the location from which he had just come. The subject eventually admitted that the photo was taken mere hours earlier.
Warden Dilley coordinated a group enforcement effort for the Lake Shangrila ice-fishing event. Wardens Hirschboeck, Gomez, Niemeyer, Kernosky, and Gabrielson took part. They issued citations for violations, including fishing with unattended lines (six), fishing with more than three hooks, baits, or lures (two), operating an ATV without valid registration (one), and ATV trespass (two).
Warden Mike Katzenberg, of Delevan, learned about an injured trumpeter swan on Beulah Lake. With ice conditions failing and the rain beginning to fall, he realized time was of the essence. On an inch of ice, Katzenberg trudged out to the swan. He threw a blanket over its head. The swan was fairly calm, so Katzenberg secured its wings and carried it to the truck. The swan was transported to Fellow Mortals, a rehabilitator, where it later died of its injuries. The rehabber reported that the swan had been shot about a week earlier and had suffered from lead poisoning. Call the DNR Hotline at (800) 847-9367 with information.
District 17 — Madison area
Wardens Boyd Richter and Mike Dieckhoff investigated a subject who had failed to check his traps. He was issued a citation.
Warden Richter made contact with a fisherman on Clear Lake who was fishing with three tip-ups and two jig poles. A citation had been issued to the man a few years earlier for fishing with too many lines. Richter issued a citation for the violation.
Warden Richter investigated a call about a subject who shot a deer over a bait pile around Christmas. Richter found a pile of corn in front of a trail camera and a gut pile a short distance away. Richter followed the drag trail to a nearby house and made contact with the owner. A young hunter had shot a small buck over the bait. The hunter’s father had been placing bait since the fall of 2012. A citation was issued to the subject who placed the bait. The deer was seized.
Wardens Dieckhoff, Richter, and Ryan Ellifson worked a group check at Lower Blue Spring Lake in Palmyra. Two citations were issued for running an ATV on the road and imprudent operation. At least 18 warnings were issued for allowing underage operation of ATVs and other violations.
Warden Henry Bauman, of Madison, and warden supervisor Nate Kroeplin issued a citation to a trapper for transporting an untagged otter, and a warning for failing to tag and validate an otter tag.
Warden Bauman apprehended and cited an individual in Madison for interfering with a controlled deer hunt at the city’s Cherokee Marsh Park North Unit.
Warden Ryan Ellifson, of Jefferson, and deputy warden Jason Rice organized a Learn to Ice fish event on Rock Lake during the Knickerbocker festival.
District 18 — Poynette area
Warden John Buss, of Sauk City, received a call and a texted image of a man who shot a bobcat in Sauk County. The person who received the text showed it to several people. Buss investigated and learned that the suspect shot one of his barn cats that looked like a bobcat. Buss did confirm that the cat was a barn cat.
Warden Mike Green, of Wisconsin Dells, assisted Devil’s Lake State Park Ranger Ken Lane with a complaint about an ice shanty being broken into on Devil’s Lake, where a wood stove was stolen. Green checked with ice fishermen on the lake and was unable to come up with any potential suspects.
Warden David Horzewski, of Reedsburg, worked fishing enforcement on area lakes with a local sportsmen’s club’s fisheree. He contacted two fishermen below the old dam on the Baraboo River in La Valle who had nine lines in the water. Horzewski cited the fishermen.
Wardens Paul Nadolski, of Portage, and recruit warden Kyle Lynch investigated a trapping complaint and issued a citation for failing to check traps. They also contacted several subjects on the Kingston Mill Pond with too many lines and short northerns. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Nadolski and Lynch responded to a call about two subjects cutting firewood on the Swan Lake Wildlife Area. They told the subjects the proper way to get a firewood permit. One of the subjects was arrested on a warrant out of Columbia County.
Wardens Nadolski and Lynch contacted a subject on Lake Wisconsin who had just finished smoking a marijuana joint. The subject was turned over to Columbia County deputies. On the same day, the wardens received a complaint about two vehicles being driven recklessly on the lake as the occupants drank beer. Deputies were contacted while the wardens watched the vehicles. The wardens conducted a traffic stop near the Whalen’s Grade landing. A deputy arrested one of the drivers for OWI; the subject also was carrying marijuana.
District 19 — Dodgeville area
Warden Dave Youngquist, of Spring Green, and warden supervisor Joe Frost, of Dodgeville, contacted a trapper who’d registered a fisher with Frost a few days earlier. The trapper from Lafayette County left 10 bucket sets out in Bayfield County for five days without checking them. He had only one fisher tag, but caught two fishers and a bobcat. The trapper kept the extra fisher and bobcat in the freezer with the registered fisher. All three animals were seized, and enforcement action is pending.
Warden Youngquist checked anglers at Blackhawk Lake. He saw the tail of a walleye underneath a bait bucket that was tucked into another bucket. The walleye was short.
Wardens Mike Nice, of Richland Center, and Cody Adams, of Prairie du Chien, investigated a large Crawford County buck that was shot with a bow after hours from the deck of a house. The suspect saw two bucks fighting across the road and shot one time from his deck. The suspect wasn’t wearing a backtag, didn’t tag the buck until it was in his garage, and did not have permission to hunt on any land around his house. The buck was recovered from a Medford taxidermist by warden Nick Nice.
Warden Nice and deputy warden Mike Williams worked a road hunting case where a large buck was shot on Christmas eve. Four individuals saw a buck on a hillside while they traveled down a gravel road, and a passenger shot the buck from the road after exiting the vehicle. The buck had a 19-inch spread. Charges are pending.