Wisconsin Cuffs & Collars – August 9th, 2013
District 2 — Cumberland area
Warden Ashton, of Luck, followed up on a case in which the operator of a large boat did not yield to a fishing boat that was drifting on Deer Lake. The fishing boat had to move at the last minute. The driver admitted he did not see the smaller boat because he was watching the shoreline and not where he was going. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Hagen and Gurnoe followed up on a call about dogs chasing deer. They contacted the caller, who was in possession of a fawn. The dogs had the fawn pinned to the ground at one point. The wardens assisted in the release of the fawn into the wild, then followed up with the dog owner and warned him for allowing his dogs to chase deer.
Warden Thomas Heisler, of Winter, issued a citation to a non-tribal member contacted by GLIFWC wardens on Grindstone Lake for possession of a spear. The man was with two tribal members who were dealt with by GLIFWC for spearing off-reservation without permits. The tribal members were in a non-tribal boat as the non-tribal member was operating the boat while tribal members speared illegally.
Warden Heisler worked an panfish overbagging case on Big Chetac Lake. A husband and wife were contacted after 31⁄2 days of fishing with 166 panfish – 66 over their possession limit. They were booked at the resort for another four days. Citations and restitution for the fish totalled more than $1,200.
Warden Tyznik, of Amery, printed “beach grooming” brochures and handed them out to property owners on Poplar, Sand, and Lower Pine lakes. They have low water levels and many violations were observed on the exposed lake bed.
District 9 — Black River Falls area
No report available.
District 10 — Wautoma area
Warden Ted Dremel, of Waupaca, assisted DNR wildlife staff with the investigation of the escape of several deer in his area.
Warden Nate Ackerman, of Green Lake County, testified at a trial for unattended tip-ups on Green Lake. The defendant told the judge he was more than a mile from the tip-ups and could not see the warden or the tip-ups. The defendant was found guilty.
Warden Ackerman contacted a subject who had driven on state land and parked to fish near the river. Enforcement action was taken for driving on state land.
Warden Mike Young, of Shiocton, received several calls about abandoned fawns where the finders were told to place them back where they found them.
Warden Schraufnagel, of Clintonville, dealt with three ATVers racing on a road. Violations included operating on a road, no displayed registration, no license plate, and exceeding the decibel noise limit.
Warden Schraufnagel investigated a call about road hunting. The caller observed a shotgun barrel from the passenger window of a vehicle and was able to get a license plate. Schraufnagel contacted the suspects, in possession of two blow dart guns. The suspects were going to attempt to shoot a chipmunk with the blowgun. The blowgun was similar in size to a shotgun barrel. Schraufnagel issued warnings for road hunting and hunting out of season.
Warden Judi Nigbor, of Montello, attended a meeting regarding the Buffalo Lake dam project and addressed concerns with the public using Krakow Park.
Warden Ben Mott, of Wautoma, followed up on a complaint that a swim raft had been placed behind a patrol boat lift. The boat could maneuver slightly, but the raft needed to be moved. A few days later, the raft had been returned to its location, as it had broken loose from the bottom.
District 11 — Peshtigo area
Warden Tim Werner, of Crivitz, met with multiple bait shops, license vendors, and sport shop owners to introduce himself. Werner has been assigned to Crivitz, as warden Matt Meade has transferred to the Mercer station.
Warden Mike Stahl, of Oconto, Falls checked four shore fishermen on the Machickanee Flowage. Two did not have licenses. One of gave a false name and did not have any identification. The individual was taken to the Oconto County jail where he was identified. He had a body-only warrant out of Green Bay. The subject was cited for the fishing violation, as well as obstructing.
Warden Stahl investigated a pond being dug without a permit. The spoils were deposited in a wetland. All information was turned over to Oconto County zoning officials. Enforcement action was taken, and the individual will have to restore the wetlands.
Warden Jim Horne, of Shawano, got a call about two eagles on the ground and not able to fly. The birds were in a horse pasture near a high school. Horne found two young birds that most likely were blown out of the nearby nest in a wind storm. Horne was assisted by a local teacher and his two young sons. One of the eagles made it into some nearby trees and the other just lay there. The teacher and his sons offered to meet with a rehabilitator who would take care of it until the bird could fly.
District 12 — Green Bay area and Northeast Operations Marine Unit
Warden Kyle Lynch, of Kewaunee, contacted an individual harvesting crayfish in Kewaunee County. The individual had a cooler with about a dozen crayfish and did not possess a fishing or small-game license, as required. Enforcement action was taken for harvesting crayfish without a license.
Warden Lynch assisted Kewaunee County emergency personnel with a van driven into the waters of the Kewaunee harbor. Lynch used his boat to assist in the initial rescue attempts of the van’s driver. Lynch later called in other DNR personnel and equipment to assist in the effort. Wardens Lynch, David Allen, Mike Neal, Dale Romback, and Chris Groth remained on the scene and deployed specialized boats and equipment to assist in the recovery of the van and the body of the van’s driver.
Wardens Lynch and Chris Kratcha, of Sturgeon Bay, observed a boater trolling for muskies on Little Sturgeon Bay. The boat was occupied by two individuals who were trolling with eight lines (four per person). Citations were issued.
Warden Cara Kamke, of Green Bay, responded to Lily Lake regarding a complaint about people spearing fish. Kamke discovered the group was legally spearing underwater. Although not very common, this method of fishing is legal in any waters where rough fish spearing is allowed.
Warden Andy Lundin, of Green Bay, attended a meeting in Suamico regarding concerns with people target shooting in the parking lot of the Sensiba Wildlife Area. According to the village and sheriff’s office, there are ongoing safety issues with people setting up targets in the parking lot area and target practicing, even while boaters and fishermen are parking vehicles and trailers in the same lot. Village officials requested that target shooting be prohibited in the parking lot. Lundin agreed to contact Madison and explore rule-making options.
Northeast Operations Marine Unit
No report available.
District 13 — Oshkosh area
Wardens Jason Higgins, of Oshkosh and Kyle Kosin, of Campbellsport, while working a walleye tournament on Lake Winnebago, observed a boat with no valid registration being operated on the Fox River in Oshkosh. The subject hadn’t registered the boat in the two years he had owned it and was fishing in the tournament. The subject was cited for no registration and elected to disqualify himself from the tournament.
Warden Higgins investigated a call about a subject who was in possession of a live whitetail that the subject has had since the spring of 2012. The subject was keeping the deer in a shed and fenced area that was well concealed with wood lattice and brush. With assistance from wardens Tom Truman, April Dombrowski, Kyle Kosin, Alan Erickson, and wildlife staffers, the deer was seized from the property without incident. Enforcement action is pending.
Warden Tom Truman, of Winneconne, got a call about individuals “mudding” on state lands in the Clayton area. A state patrol officer contacted the individuals, who were stuck in the mud and needed to be pulled out. The individuals did not know it was illegal to operate vehicles on state lands. When showed the signs that advised it is illegal to operate the vehicles, the individuals had nothing to say. Enforcement action taken.
Warden Michael Disher, of Chilton, worked AIS enforcement along the east shore of Lake Winnebago in June. He found 19 AIS violations during several days, including four for transporting aquatic vegetation, nine for transporting lake water, and six for transporting live fish. Disher issued multiple citations and warnings.
Warden Kyle Kosin, of Campbellsport, watched a boater go past well after sunset with no lights. The subject also was short on PFDs. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Ben Nadolski, of Waupun, responded to a call about a person illegally keeping a squirrel in his home. The squirrel was turned over to a licensed wild animal rehabilitation facility.
Warden Al Erickson, of Fond du Lac, and recruit Brandon Smith, of Madison, contacted three individuals shore fishing on the Fond du Lac River in Lakeside Park West. The three subjects were found to have never purchased a fishing license in Wisconsin, even though two of the three subjects admitted to fishing for several years in Wisconsin. Citations were issued to all three subjects.
Wardens Erickson and Smith responded to the scene of a fatal windsurfing incident on the southeast shore of Lake Winnebago, south of Roosevelt Park. The victim’s windboard had washed up on shore and was located by a landowner. After a two-hour search, the victim’s body was located by the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Department, with assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard. The victim was determined to have drowned and was not wearing a life jacket.
Warden Ryan Propson, of Appleton, observed an individual towing a boat with aquatic vegetation hanging from the trailer. The individual said he was aware he didn’t do a thorough job of cleaning the boat and said he didn’t drain his livewell because he didn’t want to pay for ice.
District 14 — Sheboygan area
Wardens Bob Lee, Bill Mitchell, Tony Young, and Joe Jerich joined other Southeast Region wardens in an AIS outreach in Waukesha County. They made numerous contacts at landings and handed out material in an effort to educate boaters regarding the threat of invasive species.
Warden Mike Clutter, of Adell, assisted a subject on Random Lake after high winds made it impossible for the canoeist to paddle home. The warden towed the operator and his canoe across the Lake.
Warden Mike Clutter investigated a call about two bowfishermen shooting a snapping turtle during the closed season, which resulted in enforcement action.
Warden Nick Blankenheim, of Milwaukee, worked with the Milwaukee Harbor Patrol and the Coast Guard on Lake Michigan, focusing on OWI enforcement. The boating public in Milwaukee continues to have a great track record of ensuring there is a sober driver available on the boat.
Wardens Blankenheim and Joe Jerich, of Milwaukee County, joined the Milwaukee Police Department harbor patrol and other wardens for tactical boat operation, port security training in the Milwaukee harbor. Officers sharpened their skills in high-speed vessel maneuvering and honed techniques used to protect high-value assets on water.
Warden Tony Young, of Port Washington, helped out at the 40th annual Disabled Veterans Fishing Outing in Port Washington. This was his first time helping out with this outing. Retired Ozaukee County warden Rick Wolff was on hand, as well as retired Saukville police chief Bill Melloy.
District 15 — Milwaukee area
No report available.
District 16 — Racine, Kenosha area
Wardens Kruse and Hirschboeck contacted a boat operator who was operating a pontoon boat with white docking lights illuminated that obscured the navigation lights. It was found the driver had had a couple beers. Kruse administered field sobriety tests, which the operator failed. The operator refused to provide a PBT sample. The operator was arrested for OWI.
Wardens Kruse and Hirschboeck checked a man’s fishing license on Wind Lake while he was fishing from a canoe. A 13-inch walleye was observed floating belly-up in the water near the canoe. The fisherman had kept the walleye, realized it was short, so when he saw the wardens coming he threw it into the water. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Hirschboeck responded to calls involving illegal riprap, sand blankets, an illegal fishing hoop net, and a faulty septic tank. He issued citations for one short walleye and three short bass. He completed a deer fence inspection and assisted with one boating OWI arrest. Hirschboeck received a check made payable to the DNR from the town of Waterford Municipal Court for $1,800. The $1,800 was court-ordered of a defendant who was caught four-wheeling and damaged state-owned lands. The money will be used to pay for repairs.
Warden John Sinclair, of Kenosha County, assisted and called emergency medical personnel for a woman suffering an apparent seizure at the Kenosha County courthouse, served as a backup officer for a Kenosha police contact with an uncooperative subject accused of trespassing, assisted Kenosha police with a building search as a result of a tripped burglar alarm, and assisted the Racine Fire Department with training for its dive team members.
Warden Sinclair responded to a request from the Coast Guard to assist with a missing swimmer in Lake Michigan. Sinclair worked with three rescue divers from the Kenosha harbor. He assisted with the search over two days, but was unable to locate the missing swimmer.
Wardens Juan Gomez and Mike Katzenberg set up a group check during the weekend of Operation Dry Water. Ten wardens participated in working Walworth County lakes and issued a total of 18 citations – two for OWI, two for transporting aquatic vegetation, and five for fishing without a license.
Wardens Hirschboeck, Gomez, Sinclair, and Katzenberg worked a region-wide AIS group check focused on Waukesha County. Wardens went from landing to landing informing the public of regulations to monitor the spread of AIS. They handed out informational packets, stickers, towels, and boating key chains as reminders of AIS.
District 17 — Madison area
Wardens Boyd Richter, Henry Bauman, Jake Donar, and Kyle Dilley, and deputy wardens Koscher, Horton, and Kanable worked at the Mazomanie Beach due to past problems. They issued citations for transporting open intoxicants away from the DNR parking lot, glass on the beach, operating an ATV on the road, entering a closed area, and disorderly conduct.
Warden Richter made several stops on the Rock River in Beloit, Janesville, and Newville of subjects who were operating faster than no-wake during a period of flooding. Richter issued several citations for the violations.
Warden Mike Dieckhoff, of Janesville, and deputy warden Sam Koscher located a subject in Avon who placed a 13-inch snapping turtle into the bed of his truck. The subject also had a frog spear with him when he returned to his vehicle from the marsh. The subject did not have any DNR licenses. Not only did the subject take the turtle during the closed season without a license, but the subject also was after rough fish with the spear. The turtle was seized and released. The subject was issued two citations – one for possession of turtles during the closed season and one for fishing without a license.
Wardens Dieckhoff and Koscher responded to a call about a subject who had live-trapped a badger under his shed. It was a young badger and the landowner agreed to allow it to live under his shed for a little while until it would likely move along on its own. Later Dieckhoff was informed by the landowner that the badger had moved on and was no longer in the hole under the shed.
Warden Henry Bauman, of Madison, issued a citation to a bowfisherman for littering carp carcasses in a marsh in Madison.
Warden Kyle Dilley, of Madison, contacted two subjects fishing underneath the West Broadway Street Bridge and who had 15 largemouth bass, 14 of which were of illegal size. One subject did not have a fishing license. Citations for fishing without a license, possession of illegal-size fish, and possession of fish in excess of the daily bag limit were issued.
Wardens Dilley and Nate Kroeplin worked boating enforcement during the Operation Dry Water effort to curb intoxicated boat operation. Many contacts were made, but no arrests were made for OWI.
Warden Jake Donar, of Madison, contacted an individual fishing at Crystal Lake who was in possession of five undersized bass. A citation was issued to the individual.
District 18 — Poynette area
Warden Paul Nell, of Horicon, and deputy Samantha Koscher were on the Rock River in Watertown when they saw two fishermen who were snagging fish with bare treble hooks. Citations were issued.
Wardens David Horzewski, of Reedsburg, and Ryan Volenberg, of Poynette, worked boating and fishing enforcement on Lake Wisconsin. One individual was cited for towing two people on a tube without an observer. One fisherman was cited for fishing without a license and fishing with too many lines. There were four poles and each pole was set up with two separate hooks, making for eight hooks total.
Warden Mike Green, of the Dells, responded to a complaint about an individual hitting a rope stretched across the Baraboo River while riding a PWC. A citation was issued for creating an obstruction to navigation.
Warden John Buss, of Sauk City, worked on several complaints about people keeping undersized fish below the Prairie du Sac dam. Buss also worked a complaint regarding some subjects keeping lake sturgeon.
Warden Buss assisted with a call from a local farm where a coyote was chasing cattle.
District 19 — Dodgeville area
Wardens Nice, Cody Adams, of Prairie du Chien, Ed McCann, of La Crosse, and Dale Hochhausen, of La Crosse, assisted with flooding issues in the Boscobel area when 14 inches of rain fell in one day. They assisted in locating 54 stranded campers on the Wisconsin River.
Warden Rick DeWitte, of Cassville, reports that a case from October involving an individual shooting a red-tailed hawk from his vehicle while parked on a road – and also shooting a passing vehicle occupied by a mother and her kids – finally concluded in Grant County. The individual pleaded no contest to charges of endangering safety with the use of a dangerous weapon and killing a protected species. He was fined $2,320.80, paid restitution to the motorist for vehicle damage in excess of $1,000, had DNR privileges revoked for three years, and the firearm was confiscated and transferred to the DNR hunter education program.
Warden DeWitte learned about a manure slurry in a Grant County stream. A manure-pumping company was pumping manure from a farm ground pit several miles along a creek bottom to ridge-top fields. A defective section of hose resulted in up to 8,000 gallons of manure flowing onto the ground and into the stream. The responsible party pumped the manure-contaminated stream water as remediation, and enforcement action was taken for a water pollution violations.
Wardens Ryan Caputo, of New Glarus, and deputy warden Kevin Christorf checked two anglers below the dam in Brodhead. The anglers kept a snapping turtle. Enforcement action was taken for keeping snapping turtles out of season.
Wardens Caputo and Christorf responded to a call about two canoeists who had overturned. They rescued the canoeists, but were unable to retrieve the canoe, which was pinned against a tree in the raging water.
Wardens Dave Youngquist, of Spring Green, and Christorf issued warnings for boat registration, weeds on trailers, and not draining live wells at area lakes.