Wisconsin Cuffs & Collars – February 7th, 2014
District 2 — Cumberland area
Warden Jesse Ashton, of Luck, responded to a complaint about subject who shot a turkey near Dresser. The caller was able to get the license plate number of the suspect vehicle. Ashton issued five citations to the subject for a total of $1,500 in fines, seized the rifle, and will be requesting a 3-year revocation of the subject’s privileges.
Warden Phil Dorn, of Cumberland, spoke to students in Prairie Farm who are participating in a natural resources class. Dorn spoke about careers with the DNR, as well as the position of conservation warden. Dorn also participated with other law enforcement officers in the Shop with a Cop program in Rice Lake. Dorn accompanied a second-grade boy and helped him pick out Christmas presents for him and his family.
District 5 — Lower St. Croix area
Warden Wayne Flak, of Menomonie, received a call at home from the sheriff’s department with a request for help at 10 p.m. Flak was asked to help back up a drug officer who found himself in a chase. After the suspect stopped the vehicle, the officer had the suspect at gunpoint. It happened near Flak’s residence, and Flak responded and assisted with the suspect and the investigation.
Warden Sickman helped organize a Wounded Warrior deer hunt for six hunters and additional U.S. Army Corps of Engineers staff. Wardens Hausman, Peterson, and others assisted in a safe and fun hunt for the injured veterans.
Warden supervisor David Hausman took a complaint and started an investigation into a deer-poaching violation that occurred at the end of December in St Croix County. Four teenage boys were found to have been hunting deer with the aid of a spotlight, and they killed a buck fawn. Charges are still pending for illegal night hunting and shooting a deer out of season, shooting from a vehicle, and additional hunting violations.
District 10 — Wautoma area
Warden Judi Nigbor, of Montello, responded to a call about an injured/sick snowy owl that was found on a farm by Westfield in December. The bird was transported to a rehabilitator.
Warden Mark Schraufnagel, of Clintonville, located two treestands in the Navarino Wildlife Area that had not been removed daily as required. Screw-in tree steps had been used, and several limbs had been sawed off of the trees. A game camera was located over a bait with no identifiers on the camera. The responsible party was located.
Warden Schraufnagel received a call from a hunter who had accidentally harvested a small spike buck during the antlerless season. The spike had one antler broken off, and the other antler was slightly longer than 3 inches. Schraufnagel thanked the hunter for his honesty, and venison was utilized by families needing the meat.
Warden Ted Dremel, of Waupaca, investigated a trapping complaint from a local landowner. It was determined the traps were legally set, but the trapper did not have permission to trap on the property. Dremel contacted the trapper, who agreed to remove the trap the following day.
Warden Dremel is working with the local wildlife manager on a case in which a person is using state lands for personal use – such as farming and grazing cattle. Enforcement action is pending with this situation.
Warden Dremel has received multiple complaints about deer carcasses being littered in public hunting parking lots and along the roads. Dremel reminds hunters to place deer carcasses in appropriate locations.
District 12 — Green Bay area and Northeast Operations Marine Unit
Warden Robert Stroess, of Manitowoc, investigated a complaint in December about a crossbow hunter who was intentionally hunting very late, given that he would leave his home and walk to his stand only minutes before hunting hours closed. Stroess watched the property and saw the hunter walk to his stand 8 minutes before the close of hunting hours. Stroess contacted the hunter in his stand 38 minutes after close. He had a loaded crossbow, didn’t have a backtag or carcass tag with him, and had out some minimal illegal bait (no-baiting county). After admitting to deer hunting, the hunter asked if it would make a difference if he said he was coyote hunting. Stroess explained it wouldn’t make any difference, because, for one, hunting hours apply to all archery hunting regardless of what type of animal is being hunted, and two, no judge or jury was ever going to believe that story. He was issued a late-hunting citation for $303.30 and was warned for the other violations. On the way out of the property, Stroess saw a large buck only 150 yards from the violator’s stand. At least the violator didn’t get the big buck illegally that night.
Warden Stroess responded to a call about an injured bald eagle on the side of Hempton Lake Road about 1 mile north of Hwy. 10. Stroess found an upside-down dead turkey with wings spread out and vehicle tracks in the snow leading up to it as though someone had inspected it, but he did not find any signs of an eagle. Stroess notified the caller that the dead bird was a turkey.
Warden Cara Kamke, of Green Bay, attended a local snow patrol meeting. Kamke met with the Brown County deputy snow patrol and the Brown County volunteer snow patrol. Both patrols are critical in achieving compliance with snowmobile regulations.
Warden Kamke was patrolling Kewaunee County when she came upon approximately 15 three-wheeled ATVs on the ice of Sheas Lake. Kamke contacted the large group, which resulted in two citations for not having ATVs registered. She also gave one person 30 days to get an ATV safety certificate.