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Wisconsin Cuffs & Collars – No, 2013

District 1 — Ashland area

Warden Amie Egstad, of Bayfield, worked Lake Superior and inland trout and salmon fishermen during a weekend in September. She issued one citation for an undersized rainbow trout, which the fisherman thought was a coho salmon, and another citation to a fisherman who had six cohos instead of the maximum daily bag limit of five.
Warden Egstad received a call from a state commercial fisherman stating his trap net buoy was gone and there was a tribal commercial net set over his trap net. Egstad had the fisherman take photographs of the buoys and video evidence of the violation before Egstad arrived. Egstad responded to the scene, taking evidence at the scene, and later giving the information to Red Cliff tribal wardens, who cited the Red Cliff commercial fisherman for setting his nets within one-quarter mile of someone else’s net.
Warden Jill Schartner, of Drummond, completed an investigation in which a hunter had purchased his bear license on the opening day of the season and did not want to tag a bear he had shot until meeting the required 3-day waiting period. Citations were issued for hunting bears with improper tags and for altering the registration tag date.
Warden Matt Meade, of Mercer, contacted three men hunting on public hunting grounds in the Mercer area on the opening day of the archery deer and small-game season. One of the men was archery hunting without his backtag. The other two were small-game hunting without licenses. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Meade worked fishing enforcement on the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage during the month of September. Enforcement contacts were made for possession of undersized fish, possession of fish in excess of the daily bag, and fishing without a license.
Wardens Meade and Windt contacted numerous waterfowl hunters on the opening day of the duck season. Numerous warnings were issued, along with several citations. One boater who was cited had no navigation lights 25 minutes after sunset, had not signed his federal duck stamp, and had a non-validated goose in the boat.
Warden Lance Burns, of Gordon, and Douglas County rec officer Steve Olson worked a complaint about bear hunters driving trucks on ATV trails. A suspect was contacted driving on an ATV trail with a loaded gun in the vehicle. Citations were issued.
Warden Burns worked areas regarding calls of illegal bear hunting. He cited a subject for no Class B permit. Several warnings also were issued for not carrying a permit.
Warden Burns and deputy warden Olson worked complaints about ATVers operating illegally on roadways. Four citations and numerous warnings were issued.
Ashland team wardens conducted an aquatic invasive species team group check on Lake Superior. The wardens contacted boaters launching and coming off the lake, ensuring proper inspections of boats are conducted to prevent transport of aquatic weeds and lake water.

District 2 — Cumberland area

Warden Swanson, of Minong, attended the Rice Lake Rod and Gun Club youth day. Swanson guided youth pheasant hunters over his black Lab.
Warden Swanson did a trapping law presentation to a wolf trapping course of 38 students at Crex Meadows.
Warden Swanson ran a trapper’s education full weekend course at Leisure Lake Youth Camp for 28 students.
Warden Dorn investigated a complaint about scrappers who were collecting appliances with refrigerants and illegally releasing the refrigerants. Charges are pending.
Warden Dorn assisted the Bayfield County Sheriff’s Department and warden Jill Shartner, of Drummond, by deploying the ROV for the recovery of a drowning victim on Lake Namakagon. Stained water made diving attempts difficult.
Warden Tom Heisler, of Winter, assisted the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department with a bear hound-hunting trespass complaint. It was found the hunters illegally drove down the Tuscobia State Trail and cut down a 60-foot live ash tree without the owner’s consent to retrieve the shot bear that got hung up in the tree. Citations were issued for timber theft and operating a vehicle in an unauthorized area.
Warden Hagen, of Spooner, worked with warden Gabrielson during the Labor Day weekend. While patrolling in Burnett County that Saturday, they issued four citations for fishing without licenses, along with issuing several warnings for minor boating violations. While leaving the Minerva Chain of Lakes, Hagen and Gabrielson observed a UTVer operating on the roadway. It appeared that an extremely young person was operating the UTV. Hagen and Gabrielson stopped the UTV near the boat landing on the Minerva chain. There were numerous violations for registration issues, license plate issues, and allowing underage operation. One citation was issued for underage operation.
Wardens Ashton, of Luck, and Tyznik, of Osceola, followed up on a complaint that two subjects had intentionally run down two fawns with their truck near Clear Lake. The subjects were located, and the investigation revealed that one of the subjects got a new brush guard on this truck and wanted to try it out. Multiple criminal charges will be requested from the Polk County DA.

District 3 — Park Falls area

Warden Kirk Konichek, of Ladysmith, and recruit John Schreiber worked a bear-baiting complaint in Rusk County. As Konichek and Schreiber were investigating the complaint, the suspect showed up and tended his bait. The subject was found to be baiting without a Class B bear license.
Warden Konichek responded to a complaint about hunters trespassing on private property. Konichek contacted two nonresidents who were not wearing backtags, as required. One of the subjects was hunting does without the correct carcass tag. Konichek issued one citation to each hunter. The Rusk County Sheriff’s Department handled the trespassing complaint.
Warden Dan Michels, of Park Falls, investigated a complaint about bear hunting without a license. Michels contacted a subject from the Chicago area who had killed a bear and hung it at his stand in the woods with the help of a local person. The hunter did not have a bear harvest license and intended to have a friend tag and register the bear the next day. Charges will be referred to the Price County district attorney.
Warden Michels issued a citation for $863 to a person for emptying his camper’s septic tank on a local road.
Upon investigating a bear-hunting complaint, warden Ron Nerva, of Tomahawk, found that a hunter shot a bear without a license and had his mother tag it. The tag was for the wrong zone and the bear was also shot over bait during the hound-only season. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Nick Nice, of Medford, attended an appreciation banquet for volunteers, sponsors, donors, and DNR safety instructors. The banquet was sponsored by the Taylor County Sportsmen’s Club. More than 300 people attended the banquet.

District 4 — Woodruff area

Warden Tim Price, of Eagle River, and Isaac Sargent assisted warden Jim Jung, of Rhinelander, with the sixth annual Rhinelander Heritage Youth Day. Fifty kids participated in the event that included archery, firearms shooting, trapping, fur handling, and wildlife rehabilitation demonstrations.
Warden Price and supervisor Dave Walz contacted an angler on Lac Vieux Desert who had transported two live largemouth bass in a 5-gallon bucket from another lake. The angler was fishing in knee-deep water with the fish alongside him on a stringer. Enforcement action was taken for possession of an undersized fish, and warnings were issued for the illegal transport of the live fish and the water.
Wardens Kelly Crotty, of Florence, and Dave Oginski Jr., of Wausaukee, completed a background investigation on a warden applicant for the 2014 recruit class.
Warden Dahlquist coordinated a special Learn to Hunt bear event for two first-time bear hunters who have battled serious medical conditions, including a brain tumor and second/third degree bodily burns. Each hunter shot a bear, one weighing 210 and the other, 140 pounds, with assistance from two local bear-hunting groups.
Warden Thole contacted two duck hunters who shot four hen mallards on opening day of the duck season. The hunters thought some of the ducks were drakes, and were only allowed one hen mallard each. Enforcement action was taken, and Thole showed the hunters the differences between male and female mallards.
Warden Thole gave a presentation to 44 students at the Boulder Junction hunter safety class. Thole spoke about hunting rules and regulations and answered questions.
Warden Pat Novesky, of Three Lakes, conducted an investigation into several bucks shot by archery hunters on opening weekend. Enforcement action was taken on these hunters for hunting with the aid of automatic feeders and/or too much bait.
Warden Novesky investigated a California hunter who had purchased resident Wisconsin licenses for several years. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Pat Novesky organized a bear hunt for children suffering from life-threatening illnesses. This is the sixth year that the hunt has taken place with the help of volunteers. The kids successfully harvested a bear.
Warden Jim Jung, of Rhinelander, and Tim Otto, of Antigo, contacted a grouse hunter who was road-hunting from his vehicle with a loaded .22 rifle in the truck. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Jung and Otto contacted a waterfowl hunter who had more than a full box of lead shot and had no plug in his shotgun during the opening weekend of the waterfowl season. Enforcement action was taken.

District 5 — Lower St. Croix area

Warden James Cleven, of Colfax, contacted a fisherman for a routine fishing license check below the Chetek dam. Cleven recognized the fisherman from a previous contact three months ago at the same location. At that time, the fisherman did not have a license and had a warrant for his arrest. The fisherman was issued a citation for fishing without a license and was taken to jail for the warrant. This time the fisherman did have a valid fishing license, but he had another warrant for his arrest. He was taken to jail again for the second warrant.
Warden Cleven assisted at the Rice Lake NRA youth day by helping with a youth pheasant hunt. Numerous youths participated in a pheasant hunt; two pheasants were released for each participant.
Warden Paul Sickman, of Hudson, received a call in Polk County regarding a possible gun-killed deer during the archery season. Sickman located the deer, which was killed by use of archery equipment. He located the suspects and found that one deer was already gutted and dragged without being tagged first. The same hunter had been hunting over illegal bait, and the other hunter was not displaying a backtag. Enforcement action was taken, and both deer were seized.
Warden supervisor Dave Hausman, of Baldwin, contacted a goose hunter who had just cleaned two geese where he had shot them, but he had not validated his permit. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Wayne Flak, of Menomonie, gave a presentation to a trapper education class of 40 students in Arkansaw.
In Pierce County, warden Brad Peterson contacted a subject who deliberately driven his truck off of the road to run over a timber rattlesnake that had just crossed the road with the help of a couple of concerned citizens. Enforcement action was taken; rattlesnakes are protected in most situations.
Warden Peterson also took enforcement action for waterfowl hunters with unplugged guns, failure to validate goose permits, and hunting deer after hours.

District 6 — Eau Claire area

Warden Randy Dunkel, of Cornell, made contact with a boat that had three adults and three kids on board. Dunkel thanked the adults for fishing and taking the kids with them. Dunkel also explained the AIS laws. Dunkel gave several AIS fish towels to the group after answering several questions from the young fishermen.
Warden Dunkel did a significant amount of public relations and “community wardening” in September. Dunkel attended two events where almost all the fifth-graders in the county came to the state parks and attended the county conservation day. The kids went from station to station and learned about the conservation work that is done in the state and the community. Dunkel’s presentation taught the students about Wisconsin history in its developing stages and how game wardens played a big part in the DNR’s quest to maintain resources. About 750 kids attended the program.
Warden Scott Thiede observed snowmobile tracks on the sand of an Eau Claire County Forest walking trail. Someone had operated a snowmobile on the sandbars and shallow waters of the Eau Claire River. The snowmobile was not located.
Warden Thiede assisted a homeowner with a 6-point buck that became entangled in a neglected backyard volleyball net. The buck did not survive injuries to its head and leg. The homeowner removed the hazard from his property.
Warden Ken Thomson, of Fall Creek, manned the DNR booth with warden supervisor Jeremy Peery, of Eau Claire, at the Wisconsin Trappers Association Fall Rendezvous and was honored as the WTA’s Conservation Warden of the Year for 2012. Thomson was instrumental in establishing a trapper education class in Eau Claire County, working with the Amish community on trapping-related issues, and for apprehending a chronic trap thief.
Warden Thomson worked with DNR water regulations staff regarding illegal fill in a wetland and stream. A contractor dumped more than eight loads of concrete and building material into the waterway. The refuse was removed, and enforcement action was taken.

District 7 — Wisconsin Rapids area

Warden Barry Fetting, of Marshfield, and several area wardens assisted with a waterfowl LTH event with the Mead Wildlife Area’s staff, mentors, and numerous volunteers from Marathon and Wood counties. Hunters ages 12 to 15 and two novice adults were chosen through an application process to participate in this fourth annual event. The hunters learned about waterfowl management, duck ID, calling, blind/decoy placement, dog handling, shooting, and boating and hunting safety prior to spending a day in the marsh, hunting with their mentors.
Warden Paul Leezer, of Wausau, investigated four illegal baiting complaints associated with the opening of the archery deer season. All baiting and feeding of wild animals remains prohibited in Marathon, Wood, and Portage counties. Leezer also investigated litter, an illegal treestand, and waterfowl-hunting complaints.
Wardens Leezer and Fetting investigated a complaint that shore fishermen below the Lake Dubay dam were fishing with too many lines. Upon arrival, the shore fishermen were not fishing with too many lines, but one fisherman was cited for numerous undersized walleyes.
While working opening weekend of the northern duck zone, warden Paul Leezer issued warnings and citations for the following violations: no federal waterfowl stamp, no state waterfowl stamp, no license, hunting from a dike, no PFDs in the boat, and hunting with an unplugged gun.
Warden Ben Herzfeldt, of Schofield, investigated a hunting accident regarding one squirrel hunter shooting another squirrel hunter in the abdomen. The investigation revealed that the shooter was approximately 43 yards away from the victim in a mature forest with little to no undergrowth in the area. The case has been forwarded for review and for possible charges to the Marathon County DA’s office.
While working the Labor Day holiday, warden Ben Herzfeldt contacted five out-of-state fishermen who were fishing at Mosinee in the Wisconsin River. Herzfeldt found that the subjects brought their fishing gear from their home state for the weekend trip, but never bought a Wisconsin fishing license. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Mike Rader, of Wausau, contacted three goose hunters during the early goose season at Rookery View Park on Lake Wausau. The hunters were found to have shot geese throughout the season and failed to report their goose harvest to the DNR as required. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Rader assisted the Kronenwetter Police Department and warden Ben Herzfeldt with a hunting-related shooting incident involving squirrel hunters in the village of Kronenwetter.

District 8 — La Crosse area

Warden Bob Jumbeck, of Alma, contacted two anglers leaving a boat landing. During the contact, Jumbeck learned that the two had been fishing panfish for three days. Upon checking their fish, the two were found to have more than 200 bluegills in possession and were found to have double-tripped the previous day. Enforcement action was taken, and the fish were seized.
Warden Jumbeck made several early baiting/feeding cases prior to the archery deer opener. In one case, the landowner had hired an individual to manage the property and a decision was made to place four feeders on the property in July. Enforcement action was taken, and the feeders were destroyed by the manager.
Warden Chris Shea, of Trempealeau, worked with the local DNR septage coordinator on a complaint regarding a septage business over-applying human septage on a field south of Galesville. It was found that the business was over-applying by approximately 500 percent on the farm field. The over-application resulted in the ponding of the human waste for several days after application on the field. Enforcement action is pending.
Wardens Shawna Stringham, of Viroqua, and recruit Jonah Lottig investigated a road hunting complaint and found that the subject had shot five times from the road at coyotes, had a loaded .22 rifle in the vehicle, and the subject did not have a small-game license. Enforcement action was taken.

District 10 — Wautoma area

No report available.

District 11 — Peshtigo area

Warden James Horne, of Shawano, participated in the 20th annual J&H Youth and Ladies Day to introduce women and children to various outdoor activities such as pheasant hunts, sporting clay and trap shooting, and fishing.
Warden David Oginski Jr., of Wausaukee assisted warden Timothy Werner, of Crivitz, and recruit Richard Groeneman, of Madison, with an ATV operator who was operating illegally on the roadway and was under the influence of an intoxicant. The operator later was arrested. The legal limit for operating an ATV is .08 percent.
Warden Oginski and Marinette County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Sievert and deputy Nickels worked boating enforcement on Lake Noquebay. They issued a citation for operating a motorboat without registration and another citation for towing a skier after sunset. Several other warnings were issued.
Wardens Mike Stahl, of Oconto Falls, and Andy Lundin, of Green Bay, investigated a complaint about the Little Suamico River turning cloudy in color. After viewing the area of the complaint, the wardens were able to track the source back to a village where road and utility work was being done. It appeared the cloudy water was caused by storm water runoff. Information was relayed to a DNR environmental analyst review specialist who is following up with the village and contractors in the area to get the problem solved.
Warden Timothy Werner, of Crivitz, and regional warden Byron Goetsch, of Green Bay, checked shore anglers on High Falls Flowage. After contacting one subject who was in possession of one largemouth bass and one walleye, it was determined the largemouth bass was well under the legal size limit.

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