REPORTS REMAINING FROM OCTOBER
District 10 — Wautoma area
Warden Mark Schraufnagel, of Clintonville, assisted Winnebago County wardens with the execution of a search warrant involving a suspect who shined and shot a large buck at night. Several items, including a .270 rifle, were collected as evidence.
Warden Schraufnagel investigated an archery deer loan/borrow case. The hunter shot a deer and his brother illegally tagged the deer. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Schraufnagel assisted with a pheasant hunting Learn to Hunt event at Wolf River Game Farm for more than 40 youths.
Warden Ted Dremel, of Waupaca, received two calls about late waterfowl shooting. Upon investigating a littering call, Dremel determined the same person was responsible for shooting protected species, discharging a firearm from a moving boat, and hunting after hours. Enforcement action is pending.
Warden Dremel continued to work on a complaint involving a person launching a boat into Long Lake (Waushara County) with a zebra mussel attached to the boat. Dremel contacted the person who owned the boat and pursued enforcement action.
Warden Dremel attended an outdoor skills day at a New London middle school.
Warden Judi Nigbor, of Montello, filed the paperwork and a request for a criminal complaint for the subject who was hunting deer with a firearm the opening day of the archery season. Additional forfeiture citations will be issued when a court date is assigned.
Warden Jeff Knorr, of Fremont, and deputy warden Sam Schroeder traveled the Wolf River from Lake Poygan to the Waupaca/Outagamie line in New London over a three-day period to check compliance in removal of setlines and bank poles, and removal of miscellaneous garbage. They took enforcement action for setlines still in the water, and several items – metal poles, plastic bottles, and tires – were removed.
Wardens Knorr and Dremel investigated a case of two brothers committing archery deer-hunting violations in the Manawa area.
Warden Mike Young, of Shiocton, contacted a 15- and 16-year-old who were hunting waterfowl. They shot 10 minutes after hours and continued to hunt 20 minutes after hours. They had decoys out 40 minutes after hours. Young contacted the parents and the school liaison officer to determine if the kids had any other discipline issues. The pair will be doing one night of community service at the conservation club in lieu of citations.
District 17 — Madison area
Wardens Boyd Richter and Keith Meverden, of Janesville, were on their way to a hunter safety class when they drove over the Rock River north of Janesville and saw a boater towing a skier on the river (no observer). The wardens did not have a boat, but got the registration number and waved the operator to shore near the Traxler boat launch. There was an observer named “Skippy” in the boat, but “Skippy” was a mannequin. One citation was issued.
Wardens Richter and Meverden investigated a call about subjects driving onto state property past the parking area in Lima Marsh. One citation was issued for operating a vehicle in an unauthorized area.
Wardens Richter and Meverden investigated a baiting complaint near Harvey’s Marsh Waterfowl Production Area north of Evansville. Wardens located white mineral bait placed in front of a trail camera on private land next to the WPA and corn placed on the ground in front of a permanent treestand on the WPA. They found a hunter in the stand over the bait. One citation was issued for illegal baiting.
Wardens Richter and Meverden checked a subject registering a car-killed deer in Evansville as a bow kill. The suspect admitted to tagging a deer that his girlfriend had hit and killed with his truck on Hwy. 14. He wanted to earn a buck sticker with the car-killed doe. A citation was issued for the tagging violation; the buck sticker was seized.
Wardens Richter and Meverden investigated a call about subjects shooting near Riverside Park in Janesville. They found numerous waterfowl hunters in the area who were hunting outside the city limits, but on the opposite side of the river from the city park. They checked several groups of hunters and found violations, including possession of lead shot shells, failure to provide PFDs, failure to cover boat batteries, and hunting without a license.
Warden Mike Dieckhoff, of Janesville, and recruit Bryan Harrenstein investigated three illegal bait sites on state land on the Avon Bottoms Public Hunting Grounds. They found a climbing treestand without any owner information affixed to it, and three trail cameras illegally placed on state lands. After they checked the area several times, a suspect was located hunting over one of the illegal baits from a tent blind. He and another hunter placed two illegal stands, three illegal baits, and three illegal cameras on state land. Several citations were issued.
Wardens Dieckhoff and Harrenstein conducted an investigation into several complaints about an individual who is revoked for 21 years as a result of shining and shooting deer in 2011. The individual had been fishing. Charges have been filed, and appearances are pending on this case.
Wardens Dieckhoff and Harrenstein investigated many trapping complaints and found one subject trapping without a license and shining and shooting raccoons, several subjects trapping within 25 feet of sight-exposed bait, trapping with untagged traps, and trespassing.
Warden Ryan Ellifson, of Jefferson, worked waterfowl enforcement at Prince’s Point and issued a citation for shooting a lesser yellow legs, a protected shorebird.
Warden Ellifson found numerous illegal raccoon water sets that were placed before the season. He also found other traps in the water belonging to a different trapper who did not have a license. Ellifson issued one citation to each trapper for the violations.
Warden Henry Bauman, of Madison, investigated several cases of illegal wild ginseng harvest, for which several citations were issued for numerous violations. One individual had sold several pounds of wild ginseng but had not harvested it. The ginseng was harvested in Iowa by a family member who asked him to buy a Wisconsin ginseng license and sell it for him.
Warden Jake Donar and supervisor Nate Kroeplin, both of Madison, worked at the Mazo Beach for one day and made two disorderly conduct arrests for individuals engaged in illicit sexual activity.
Wardens Dilley, Donar, and Meverdan investigated an untagged deer hanging in a tree. After nearly 15 hours, they discovered who had shot the deer. Citations were issued.
District 18 — Poynette area
Warden Paul Nadolski, of Portage, and recruit Jake Link are investigating several trapping complaints – mainly failing to check traps and several untagged traps. In one case, a citation was issued for failing to check traps. They also attended the Fur, Fin, and Feather event in Columbus where they spoke with more than 60 people.
Warden John Buss, of Sauk City, received a complaint about a subject shooting songbirds off his bird feeder. Buss issued a citation for shooting protected birds.
Warden Buss worked on a complaint regarding a trapper not checking his traps as required. Buss found the suspect and issued a citation for not properly checking traps.
Wardens Paul Nell, of Horicon, and Jeremiah Redemann were checking fishermen on Beaver Dam Lake when they found one person that had two undersized largemouth bass. Nell later recognized that the fisherman had been issued citations twice this year for fishing during the closed season and fishing in a refuge. The fisherman was cited, and Nell will ask the Dodge County Court for license revocation.
Warden Nell worked an illegal archery deer-hunting investigation near Ashippun in Dodge County with wardens David Holmes, Doug Zeihen, Nadolski, Kyle Kosin, and Link. The investigation determined that three archery hunters did not have licenses and that one deer had been killed illegally. With the assistance of the Dodge County Sheriff’s Department and local law enforcement, two stolen treestands and two stolen trail cameras also were recovered. Charges will be referred for the illegal hunting and stolen property.
District 19 — Dodgeville area
Wardens Mike Nice, of Richland Center, and Cody Adams, of Prairie du Chien, contacted three waterfowlers who had no stamps, had unplugged shotguns, and failed to report geese from the early season. Citations are pending. The wardens also issued a citation to another hunter for an unregistered boat.
Warden Nice worked early waterfowl hunting on Semrad Slough. Two suspects killed a goose 10 minutes prior to the season and had three other geese for which they failed to validate their tags. The suspects had no PFDs and one did not have a federal stamp on his person. Citations are pending.
Wardens Ryan Caputo, of Monroe, Kevin Christorf, and Donar worked pheasant hunters in the Brooklyn Wildlife Area. Christorf observed one individual exit his vehicle, load his shotgun, and shoot the warden’s pheasant decoy from the road. A citation was issued.
Warden Caputo received an after-the-fact call about an individual who hunted geese during the one-week closure in the southern zone. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Caputo received a complaint from an individual who had the head of his buck cut off during the night. The hunter shot the buck near bait. Caputo later located the person who cut the head off the buck. One citation will be issued to the hunter for baiting, and charges will be referred to the Green County District Attorney for the person who cut the head off the deer.
Warden Dave Youngquist, of Spring Green, worked waterfowl enforcement near Bakkens Pond. He took enforcement action on one hunter with lead shells. He found two hunters with unsigned federal stamps who did not report their geese, and one of the two had not validated his goose permit.
Warden Rick DeWitte, of Cassville, recruit Chris Weller, and warden Al Erickson, of Dodgeville, assisted the Grant County Outdoor Sport Alliance at the Stitzer Sportsmen Club with an LTH squirrel event.
Warden DeWitte got a call about people shining on private land at 4:45 a.m. in the area of a previous complaint. The citizen provided a license plate number, and DeWitte made a contact. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Erickson and Joe Frost contacted two subjects fishing after dark from the banks of the Lower Wisconsin River, with live bluegills and bullheads as bait, which they had caught and transported in a bucket of lake water from the Tenney Park lagoon in Madison. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Erickson investigated a hunting incident that occurred at the Pecatonica River Woods State Natural Area. A male subject was squirrel hunting by himself when he tripped and stumbled on some underbrush while trying to move closer to a squirrel. The firearm discharged a round into his big toe.
Wardens Erickson and Weller contacted a group hunting a property adjacent to, and on, a state property. The wardens discovered multiple violations, including hunting over bait, a treestand left on state property, an unlabeled trail camera on state land, damage to natural resources for illegally posting “no trespassing” signs over 100 yards onto state property, operating ATVs on state land, failure to display ATV decals, and failure to display ATV license plates. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Nick Webster, Marty Stone, Erickson, Weller, and Christorf worked complaints of illegal sexual behavior at the Belmont Mound State Park, such as lewd and lascivious behavior, sexual assault, and other illegal sexual behavior. The wardens, Lafayette County deputies, Belmont Police Department officers, and the Wisconsin parks staff worked an enforcement effort at the park, and action was taken on a fourth-degree sexual assault.
FIELD REPORTS FROM NOVEMBER
District 1 — Ashland area
Wardens Egstad, Little, and Oginski assisted warden Matt Mackenzie, of Ashland, with a hunter education field day at Sports Hollow outside of Ashland. There were a lot of adults in the class of 54 students.
Wardens Matt Meade, of Mercer, and John Windt, of Hurley, interviewed suspects who had trapped and then killed a wolf in a zone that had closed, but claimed it was from the only zone that was still open. The wolf was seized; enforcement action was taken.
Warden Meade contacted three groups of anglers on the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage who had left their tip-ups in overnight. Citations were issued for unattended lines.
Wardens Meade and Oginski contacted a road hunter who was attempting to unload his rifle after being stopped. He was unsuccessful in unloading his uncased rifle. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Meade and Tim Ebert, of Minocqua, drove to a home on a lake to interview two suspects involved in cabin shooting. When they arrived, one suspect was ice fishing on the lake. Meade walked out to talk to the suspect while Ebert began interviewing the second suspect. Meade was about 50 feet from the first suspect when he threw his jig pole down and started walking away. Meade seized the walleyes and perch that were in his possession due to him fishing with too many lines. It also was found that the men shot multiple species of animals, including songbirds, ruffed grouse, gray foxes, and deer illegally from their cabin window, mostly at night with the aid of light. The bait pile was in excess of 10 gallons. None of the deer were tagged or registered. Two firearms, the spotlight, trail cameras, ice-fishing equipment, and various hunting items were seized.
Warden Lance Burns, of Gordon, and Douglas County deputy Steve Olson worked a complaint of an illegal stand and a possible overbaiting case. They found the stand, which was on county land illegally, illegal ATV trails, and the subject in the stand was not wearing blaze orange. Two subjects found were later hunting without backtags. Several citations and warnings were given.
Wardens Burns and Oginski observed a slow-moving vehicle going down a public road near a forest clear-cut. The driver had a loaded AR-15 rifle in his lap with his window rolled down. A citation was issued.
Warden Burns worked an area with ongoing road-hunting complaints. He contacted a subject who was standing in the back of a pickup with a loaded rifle. The man was a poster for a deer drive and was overlooking a clear-cut from the back of the pickup. A citation for hunting within 50 feet of the center of a roadway was issued.
Warden Brad Biser investigated a fatal ATV accident in which the subject had been traveling from the Tri-County Corridor trail and was crossing over Hwy. 2. At the same time a vehicle was traveling eastbound on Hwy. 2. The vehicle ran into the subject, causing him to be ejected into the ditch.
District 16 — Racine, Kenosha area
Warden Isaac Kruse, of Racine County, and warden supervisor Jen Niemeyer contacted a group of hunters in Kenosha County. A hunter showed Kruse photos of deer on a trail camera and other deer he had harvested. The hunter told Kruse he shot a nice 10-point buck in October while hunting with his stepdaughter. Through an investigation it was found that the hunter shot a buck in October and called his wife to bring his stepdaughter (13 years old) to come tag the 10-point buck with her archery tag. The man was issued a citation, and his venison and 10-point rack were seized.
Warden Mike Hirschboeck, of Racine, and recruit Kyle Plautz were patrolling for gun deer-hunting activity when they saw a sandhill crane with a rubber stopper stuck on its beak. The crane was not in good health and could barely walk due to the rubber stopper wrapped around its beak. The crane was unable to eat. Wardens caught the crane and transported it to a wildlife rehabilitator.
Warden John Sinclair, of Kenosha, and warden supervisor Jen Niemeyer investigated a complaint about overbagging of Canada geese. Three hunters were in possession of nine Canada geese. Enforcement action was taken. Several warnings were issued.
Warden Juan Gomez had checked a few fishermen this fall who turned out to be UW-Whitewater students in a fishing club. None of the students had hunted deer. Gomez began to work with the group to set up an LTH deer hunt. Gomez coordinated with the students, mentors (area wardens), wildlife staff, and parks to make this a successful hunt. One student shot a 6-point buck. The wardens showed the group how to gut and butcher a deer. All 10 students went home with some venison.
Warden Mike Katzenberg, of Walworth County, and regional warden Kevin Mickelberg had contact with a hunter at a public hunting grounds. It was found that the hunter had three loaded firearms in his vehicle. Law enforcement action was taken.
District 17 — Madison area
Wardens Mike Dieckhoff and Bryan Harrenstein, of Janesville, located many illegally placed stands left on state land after hunting hours, and also without the customer ID number or name and address of the owner during the day. Leaving treestands on state land overnight was a major issue this year.
Wardens Dieckhoff and Harrenstein received a citizen call about a raccoon in a trap that stumbled into a person’s backyard. The trapper’s name was on the tag attached to the trap, and the trap was a legal trap to place on dry land. The trapper had not bought a trapping license for the 21 raccoons he trapped, and illegally used sight-exposed bait at his sets. The traps still in the field were seized, all of the subject’s raccoons, opossums, and beavers were seized, and the subject was issued a citation for trapping without a license. Restitution was charged for the raccoons.
Wardens Dieckhoff and Harrenstein investigated many illegally baited treestand locations in Rock County. They issued seven citations for illegally baiting deer.
Wardens Boyd Richter and Keith Meverden, of Janesville, received a complaint about a deer carcass dumped along a road south of Evansville. They found an arrow wound on a partially gutted buck fawn that had been registered, but no meat was salvaged from the deer. The wardens checked with a registration station to see if anyone had recently registered a buck fawn and learned the name of a suspect. They spoke with the suspect, who had shot the deer about a week earlier. The suspect eventually admitted to dumping the carcass. The suspect said he thought the meat was spoiled and not salvageable. One litter citation was issued. Warnings were given for waste of a resource and driving on a revoked driver’s license.
Wardens Richter and Meverden observed a vehicle being driven on a Voluntary Public Access property near Lima and made contact with the driver. The subject had set four foot-hold traps on the property. The subject did not have a trapping license, had not tagged the traps, and was using exposed bait. One citation was issued for trapping without a license; the four traps were seized.
Wardens Richter and Meverden investigated a call about a hunter being kicked off of VPA in the Evansville area on opening day of the gun season. They found the landowner had told the hunter to leave the area despite the hunter being there legally. The landowner claimed he told the hunter to leave because there were already two hunters in the area the hunter was walking toward, and the hunter did not stop at the house before hunting. The wardens explained the VPA agreement to the landowner and informed him it was illegal for him to interfere with someone lawfully hunting. One citation was issued for hunter interference.
Wardens Ryan Ellifson, of Jefferson, and warden supervisor Nate Kroeplin, of Madison, worked in the Palmyra area for late hunting. They observed a hunter on private land in a treestand with a firearm at 4:52 p.m. Hunting hours closed Nov. 24 at 4:42 p.m. They contacted the hunter and two other members of his party at their vehicles. The hunter from the treestand still had his firearm loaded. The hunter admitted to hunting past legal hours. The other two hunters were in violation of the group deer-hunting laws, and one hunter did not have a valid license. Four citations were issued, and one deer was seized.
Warden Henry Bauman, of Madison, issued a citation to a gun deer hunter for placing and hunting from an illegal treestand in Cross Plains State Park.
Warden Bauman issued a citation to a waterfowl hunter for placing and hunting over illegal, unattended decoys on the Sugar River.
Wardens Donar and Kroeplin were investigating a case of treestands left overnight on state land when they apprehended the suspects. This investigation led to the discovery of numerous other violations, including ATV trespassing, untagged treestands, untagged trail cameras, illegal night hunting, trapping with untagged traps, trapping without trapper education, and trapping without a license. Citations were issued.