Wisconsin Cuffs & Collars – June 14th, 2013
District 10 — Wautoma area
Warden Judi Nigbor, of Montello, testified at two trials. The first trial involved a hunter illegally hunting over bait during the 2012 gun deer season. The defendant was found guilty. The second case involved two snowmobilers traveling on a road and one being arrested for OWI. That subject pleaded no contest to the citations and paid the forfeitures. The second snowmobiler contested the citation and went to trial. Nigbor issued the citation based on the sheriff’s department’s investigation. The district attorney forgot to subpoena the deputies who investigated the case, and the judge dismissed the citation.
Several properties were scouted by warden Nigbor during the turkey seasons, and enforcement action was taken with one individual for illegally hunting over bait. She also cited one for hunting without a valid permit.
Warden Nigbor noted that the Marquette County wolf case from 2010 is now in the court system. Five individuals were issued civil forfeiture citations, and all of them pleaded not guilty.
Warden Mark Schraufnagel, of Clintonville, located two illegal turkey baits. In one case, the hunter had harvested a tom over the bait earlier in the day. The turkey was seized, and enforcement action was taken.
Warden Schraufnagel located people fishing in the Wolf River refuge near the Shawano dam. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Schraufnagel worked on the Wolf and Embarrass rivers during the spring fish run. Action was taken for fishing without licenses and boat registration issues.
Wardens Mike Young, of Shiocton, and Ryan Propson, of Appleton, checked anglers and Wolf River rafts from Shiocton to New London at night. Action was taken for boat lights violations, fishing with too many lines, no PFDs, and expired boat registration.
Warden Nate Ackerman, of Berlin, checked fishermen on the Fox River upstream from the Princeton dam. He contacted anglers in two boats who had undersized walleyes. Action was taken in both cases.
Warden Ted Dremel, of Waupaca, worked turkey enforcement in April. He investigated complaints related to shooting two turkeys with one shot and placing bait.
Warden Dremel worked the early trout season. Possibly due to the cold, wet weather in April, many anglers did not participate.
Warden Ben Mott, of Wautoma, received a call about a man shooting out of the bed of his truck from a road. Warden Erickson, of Fond du Lac, assisted in the investigation. The man admitted to being “closer to the road than he thought.” Mott found three empty slug hulls on the road or the shoulder. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Mott was checking turkey hunters in the Mecan Springs fisheries area when he noticed a vehicle had been driven onto state land via a two-track service road. Mott found two men packing turkey gear into a truck. The driver said he thought as long as there was no gate he could drive any road on state land. Mott informed the man that there was a sign stating “road closed to vehicle traffic” that the man had driven past that morning. The man had multiple DNR citations during the past 20 years. Action was taken.
District 11 — Peshtigo area
Warden Meade spent a large portion of April working fish runs. Multiple warnings and citations were issued for overbagging on walleyes, failure to release foul-hooked fish, littering, and license fraud.
Warden Werner spent most of April working fish runs on the Menominee and Peshtigo rivers. Multiple individuals were cited for fishing without a license, failure to release foul-hooked fish, and overbagging. He also worked a detail with officers from Wisconsin and Michigan on the Menominee River.
Warden Oginski assisted DNR Wildlife Technician McCullough with a complaint about a bear still in a den. The bear had been seen by people still in the den and they were unsure if it was alive or dead. It was a young bear that had dug a den in an area of large boulders. While the bear was hibernating, a large boulder fell, killing it.
Warden Paul issued a citation to a Suring man who removed his ice shanty from White Potato Lake more than a month after the removal date.
Warden Paul issued three citations to a Mountain resident for bear guiding without a license and for baiting without a Class B license. Total fines were $1,044.10. Several warnings also were given. The subject will lose guiding privileges for two years.
Warden Paul closed an illegal bear-guiding case after a trial when the subject pleaded guilty in Oconto County to possessing a bear during the closed season, hunting with an improper license, guiding without a license, and providing false information. He paid $3,275.20 in fines. His hunting and guiding privileges were revoked for three years, and he forfeited a bear, trail camera, and two stands.
Wardens Paul and Meade contacted a Michigan resident who was fishing below the Peshtigo dam. He had a Wisconsin resident fishing license and a snagged walleye. Several citations will be issued.
Warden Paul and Meade contacted a subject who had caught twice his daily bag limit of walleyes and gave one to a friend.
Warden Stahl observed a subject fishing at the Stiles dam. It was found that the subject’s license privileges were revoked A citation for fishing after revocation was issued.
Warden Stahl caught a subject at the Stiles dam on the Oconto River with two foul-hooked walleyes. The man also was wanted on a warrant, and an Oconto County deputy was called to pick him up.
Warden Horne worked with warden Stahl on two occasions and once with warden Paul in Oconto County. They worked the Oconto River, checking walleye fishermen. Several citations were issued for overbagging, failing to release snagged fish, and littering.
Warden Horne followed up on names found in litter dumped on state land. The responsible parties picked up a truck load of garbage. Citations were issued.
District 12 — Green Bay area and Northeast Operations Marine Unit
Warden Cara Kamke, of Green Bay, was requested to assist the warden in Oconto County by interviewing some Green Bay residents who took perch during the closed season. Kamke located the suspects. Kamke seized 45 perch from three fishermen who were fishing for perch during the closed season. Enforcement action is pending.
Warden Andy Lundin, of Green Bay, continues to assist a citizen with a boat-titling issue. The citizen bought the boat at an auction in Michigan. The auctioneer did not provide a title, and the boat was previously owned and titled in Missouri. Missouri would not release any information to the new owner regarding the previous owner. Lundin has been working with Missouri DOT, Tracker boats, and the Wisconsin DNR in an attempt to help the citizen get the boat titled and registered in Wisconsin.
Warden Lundin was contacted by a trapper in the Wrightstown area with questions about the legality of doing nuisance trapping for the village. It was found that the village did not have a permit on record. Lundin spoke with the Wrightstown director of public works and the DNR to get all the necessary permits and paperwork in place.
Warden Chris Kratcha, of Door County, and supervisor George Protogere assisted DNR wildlife management and wildlife health staff from Madison with the investigation of about 20 dead deer in the Forestville area. The likely cause of death was starvation as a result of an extended winter and exceeding the carrying capacity for the area’s habitat.
Wardens Kyle Lynch and David Allen saw a teenager operate an ATV a short distance on a road, with no helmet and no license plate. Upon contact, they also found that the teenager did not have an ATV safety certificate. They had a discussion with the teenager and his father about the violations. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Allen responded to a capsized boat off of Algoma where four anglers went into the icy Lake Michigan waters. The men were part of a brown trout tournament and went out in rough seas in their 18-footer, which capsized shortly after leaving the harbor. The incident was observed by two people. One called 911; the other hailed a large charter vessel that was close to the capsized boat. One angler was pulled onto the charter boat, while the others made it to shore. The charter boat sustained a lot of hull damage due to the shallow water.
District 13 — Oshkosh area
Warden Jason Higgins, of Oshkosh, got a call about a man who shot a fox out of season, failed to retrieve it, and was now turkey hunting. Higgins located the hunters. One man admitted to shooting the fox. The subject was hunting on his girlfriend’s uncle’s property. The subject was hunting without a small-game license during the closed season and failed to retrieve downed game. The subject was cited.
Warden Tom Truman, of Winneconne, cited two anglers for littering in the Neenah area. Upon finishing fishing, the pair crushed the beer cans they had drank and threw the cans on the ground. One angler was found to be less than 21 years of age. A Neenah officer was called, and the individual was cited for being a minor in possession of alcohol (second offense). Both were cited for littering.
Warden Truman contacted several individuals who were fishing in the Eureka locks area. One of the individuals placed his rod down and began to walk away. The individual stated he had bought a fishing license but did not have it with him. Not so. A citation was issued for fishing without a license.
Warden Al Erickson, of Fond du Lac, contacted two younger subjects parked in the middle of an access road to a parking lot at the Eldorado State Wildlife Area. The two subjects had been parked there smoking marijuana. A Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Department deputy was called.
Warden Erickson assisted Warden Ben Mott, of Wautoma, with the interview of a subject in Fond du Lac suspected of having shot at a deer from the road in Waushara County.
Warden Erickson investigated a call that a subject shot a goose on a pond at the subject’s residence in the city of Fond du Lac. It was discovered that the subject shot the goose with an air rifle to scare it off his property. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Benjamin Nadolski, of Waupun, investigated numerous complaints about people fishing in refuges, fishing for game fish during the closed season, and keeping game fish during the closed season. Citations were issued for all three violations, as well as for fishing without a license. One subject had a 28-inch pike during the closed season. A citation was issued and the fish was released. A few days later, warden Paul Nell, of Horicon, contacted the same subject a few miles away, fishing in a posted refuge. A citation was issued for that violation.
Warden Kyle Kosin, of Campbellsport, investigated a turkey-baiting case. He later contacted the individual and found that the subject had placed corn and hunted over that location, but was unsuccessful in shooting a turkey. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Kosin investigated a case of an individual who shot a goose while on a guided pheasant hunt at a hunting club. Kosin contacted the nonresident suspect via phone. The suspect said he did not know it was illegal to shoot a goose out of season. Enforcement action was taken. Numerous warnings also were issued.
Warden Ryan Propson, of Appleton, investigated a case of trapping muskrats during the closed season and found that a local trapper still had eight body-grip traps out, despite the season closing two weeks earlier. The trapper had last checked the traps two months earlier and failed to remove them at the close of season because it would be too much work to break them out of the ice.
Warden Propson cited an individual for overbagging on panfish in Kaukauna. The man had caught a limit of crappies earlier in the day, had his girlfriend take them home, and was still catching more crappies when Propson contacted him.
District 14 — Sheboygan area
No report available.
District 15 — Milwaukee area
Warden Kaitlin Kernosky, of Milwaukee, received calls about a deer that was spotted in the Oak Creek area wearing a yellow T-shirt. She investigated the case with Oak Creek police officers after information was received that a group of individuals built a trap in order to catch a deer to place a T-shirt on it. They did so and posted a video of themselves on YouTube. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Kernosky contacted three individuals at Kosciuszko Park who had 31 trout. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Groppi issued two hunters citations for possession of untagged bobcats that were harvested in Texas and brought to Wisconsin without tags.
Warden Groppi testified at a trial regarding a trapping citation he issued for an illegal cable restraint in January. The defendant was found guilty, and the judge ordered a 1-year revocation of the defendant’s DNR licenses. The defendant also was cited by Menomonee Falls officials for trespassing in another trapping incident.
Warden Groppi received a subpoena to testify at a trial in Menomonee Falls for a citation issued to a hunter for hunting in the village without a discharge permit. The defendant reached a plea agreement with the village attorney, but was arrested by Menomonee Falls Police Department officers afterwards for two warrants.
Warden Groppi worked with DNR Fisheries biologist Ben Heussner and Pewaukee Lake Sanitary District Superintendent Tom Koepp and Walleyes for Tomorrow chairman Mike Arrowood to establish a Pewaukee Chapter of Walleyes for Tomorrow. Groppi attended a meeting with Heussner that was organized by Koepp in which 60 property owners, anglers, and other stakeholders met to learn about forming a Pewaukee chapter. Arrowood provided information about WFT, and Groppi and Heussner answered questions. Koepp will be chairman of the new Pewaukee chapter, and the group will focus on boosting the walleye population on Pewaukee Lake by building a “Walleye Wagon” hatchery on Pewaukee Lake.
Warden Groppi responded to a complaint on Little Muskego Lake and found one angler was over his bag limit of panfish (34).
While checking fishermen along the Fox River, warden Sanidas contacted an individual fishing with two rods that were set up for catfish. The angler admitted that he did not have a license, but stated that he had purchased one the previous season. Sanidas checked DNR records and learned that the individual had not purchased a license since 2006. Enforcement action was taken.
District 16 — Racine, Kenosha area
Wardens Isaac Kruse, of Racine County, John Sinclair, of Kenosha, and warden supervisor Jen Niemeyer assisted Pleasant Prairie police in the search warrant of a home. The suspects were charged with felony animal abuse to horses that were located on the property. They also housed a few wild mallards and geese. The ducks and geese were taken to a local rehabilitator to eventually be released. During the search, many dead protected species were found in the freezer – a whippoorwill, an owl, and several other birds. Charges are pending.
Wardens Mike Katzenberg, of Delevan, and Gomez investigated two individuals who were fishing for walleyes on the White River in Lake Geneva during the closed season. They found one of the two individuals had kept 10 walleyes. The other individual also had overbagged on walleyes. Katzenberg and Gomez issued citations for fishing during the closed season and overbagging.
District 17 — Madison area
Warden Boyd Richter, of Janesville, cited one subject for failing to release two foul-hooked buffalo at the Indianford dam.
Wardens Jake Donar and Henry Bauman investigated a thrill-killing case involving Deforest High School students. They apprehended six teens. Citations were issued to those involved in the illegal killing of raccoons and opossums.
Warden Mike Dieckhoff, of Janesville, received a call about a man posing in the parking lot of a bait shop with a 44-inch muskie that was caught during the closed season and posted on Facebook. The subject allegedly caught the muskie during the closed season on the Rock River. The subject allegedly took the fish out of water and walked it up to the bait shop, placed it on the blacktop outside the shop, and went inside to find someone with a camera. The fish reportedly was released after photos were taken. Dieckhoff determined that the angler unnecessarily kept the fish out of water and in his possession during the closed season. A citation was issued.
Warden Dieckhoff cited an ATV operator for illegal operation of the ATV on a road near the Rock River.
Warden Henry Bauman, of Madison, worked with the Dane County Sheriff’s Department and apprehended two individuals in the Sun Prairie area for hunting turkeys without valid permits. One of the individuals did not have any licenses and was hunting while revoked. Numerous citations were issued.
Warden Bauman responded to numerous calls about fishing for game fish during the closed season and in refuges. He issued citations for several of these violations.
District 18 — Poynette area
Warden John Buss, of Sauk City, dealt with a youth hunter who shot two turkeys with one shot. Buss met with the father and son and seized one turkey. Buss sold the turkey to another landowner.
Warden Buss received a call from a 62-year-old man who shot a turkey and put a wrong time period tag on the bird. Buss talked the individual through the mistake.
Warden Mike Green, of Wisconsin Dells, contacted individuals fishing for walleyes during the closed season below the Lake Delton dam. One man was found to be from Indiana and had a 7-year-old warrant from Monroe County. The man was turned over to the Lake Delton Police Department.
Warden David Horzewski, of Reedsburg, located two males fishing below the Lake Redstone spillway, which is closed to game fishing. He received a 2009 license and a 2012 license from the individuals. The 2009-licensed angler said he was still working on paying two citations from Adams County, where he was cited for uncased bow in a vehicle and discharging a bow from a road. The man also was on probation for burglary. The 2012-licensed individual had five walleyes on a stringer. The fish were released, and both men were warned for fishing in the closed area, but they were each cited for fishing without a license.
Warden Horzewski received a call about a dead deer north of Reedsburg. Horzewski determined that it was shot one time in the top of the head. He spoke with the caller regarding the dead deer, along with contacting the sheriff’s department. No suspects were located.
Warden Paul Nadolski, of Portage, had several youth hunters report that they had shot and killed more than one bird. During the youth hunt, birds were still tightly flocked, and the young hunters did not wait for the birds to separate before they shot.
Warden supervisor David Holmes, of Poynette, responded to a call that a vehicle was stuck in the Pine Island Wildlife Area well out into the marsh. Holmes found that a person was “mudding” illegally on state lands. A citation was issued.
Warden Paul Nell, of Horicon, was on the Rock River in Watertown when he found two unattended poles and two illegal setlines. He found the person who left the lines out.
Warden Nell learned of an angler on Beaver Dam Lake who had possibly kept a walleye during the closed season. Nell contacted the suspect; he did not have a walleye. The man’s car had Arkansas plates. Nell found that the man had left Wisconsin in 1989 and had just returned to Wisconsin. The man had a body-only warrant from 1990 in Wisconsin. The man was arrested.
District 19 — Dodgeville area
Warden Ryan Caputo, of New Glarus, assisted the Green County Sheriff’s Department in attempting to locate a missing person in a wooded area, but without success. They did find the suspect’s clothes, which he had taken off. The person is the suspect in a triple homicide in Lafayette County.
Warden Caputo got a call about a person shooting at a blue heron. The 14-year-old suspect said the large bird was eating his fish. so he shot at the bird with a 12-gauge but missed. Caputo spoke with the boy’s father, who said this wouldn’t happen again.
Martin Stone, of Fennimore, patrolled Grant County in April and issued four UTV warnings for illegal operation, caught several anglers fishing illegally on the Green River, and issued one warning for possession of an untagged turkey (not tagged properly).