District 1 — Ashland area
Warden John Krull, of Superior, was on patrol in Douglas County when he located a pickup parked at a boat landing. The truck’s owner is under a term of revocation for deer violations the previous winter. Krull located the suspect on the lake in a small boat and observed the suspect waterfowl hunting and muskie fishing. Hunting and fishing equipment were seized, and several citations (along with numerous warnings) were issued. The state will ask the court to impose additional revocation time, as well.
Warden Amie Egstad, of Bayfield, was checking waterfowl hunters at the head of Chequamegon Bay. One hunter came in and, after the warden checked through everything, found that he had lead shot mixed in with steel shot. The hunter stated he had gone through the shells in the past and had used a magnet to check if they were steel. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Egstad made contact with a fisherman fishing in a closed area of a Lake Superior tributary stream that had closed after Sept. 30. Egstad explained the regulations to him. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Egstad was checking anglers at the Washburn coal dock for fishing licenses and encountered a group of three fishermen, with one of them keeping a 22-inch rainbow trout. The man knew the size limit was 26 inches, but thought he could keep the fish since it had swallowed the hook and was going to die. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Egstad, Gurnoe, and Mackenzie put on a pheasant Learn to Hunt event, with the ABC Sportsmen’s Club sponsoring the hunt. The classroom portion was Oct. 31 at the Ashland DNR office, with the hunt the next day. Twelve students attended.
Warden Lynna Gurnoe, of Bayfield, was traveling down a road in Bayfield County when she spotted a dog lying in a ditch. Gurnoe backed up and found that the dog had a bear-hunting radio tracker and several collars. The dog appeared to be in good condition, but extremely tired. Gurnoe called the owner, who was listed on the dog’s collar. The owner was happy that Gurnoe had found her dog and she explained that the radio collar had died and they looked several hours for the dog. Gurnoe returned the dog to the owner.
Warden Gurnoe worked migratory bird enforcement in Ashland. Gurnoe checked one boat with three hunters and found the boat had expired registration. The boat owner explained the boat belonged to his father, who sold it to him two years ago. The owner was unaware the boat registration had expired and he needed to transfer the registration. Enforcement action was taken.
District 2 — Cumberland area
No report available.
District 3 — Park Falls area
Warden Andy Dryja, of White Lake, investigated a ginseng dealer from California who was buying ginseng in Langlade County without a license. Dryja made contact with the buyer, his assistant, and two sellers when he went to assist local police with a complaint of a disturbance. During the contact, Dryja determined that the buyer did not have a license. His assistant was arrested for outstanding warrants and for providing false names to Dryja. And the two buyers were referred to Menominee tribal wardens for potential ginseng violations there. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents and Menominee tribal wardens are assisting with the investigation.
Warden Kirk Konichek, of Ladysmith, was notified of a possible shining incident. Konichek responded and found two subjects who were shining deer while in possession of five guns, two of which were loaded. During the investigation, Konichek also learned that one of the subjects was wolf trapping with illegal-size traps. Several guns and traps were seized. Criminal and civil charges are pending.
Warden Konichek received information about a subject who had trapped a bobcat incidentally. An investigation revealed the subject was using illegal snares to attempt to catch coyotes on his property. Two snares also were found to be utilizing set-exposed bait.
Warden Konichek received information about a subject who was observed water trapping during the closed season. Konichek had contact with the subject in the past regarding trapping violations. The subject was found to have trapped 16 muskrats and two mink during the closed season.
Warden Dan Michels, of Park Falls, investigated a complaint from a landowner who thought someone had trespassed onto his property and built a dam in his stream. Michels met with the landowner and found that beavers had, in fact, built a dam and plugged the culvert. Michels contacted the town chairman regarding the town road culvert, and USDA Wildlife Services removed the beavers.
After several months of investigation, warden Joe Paul, of Phillips, filed several criminal and civil forfeiture charges in Price County Circuit Court for hunting deer with the aid of light and obstructing a conservation warden. The subject from the town of Worcester poached a large 9-point buck in 2013. The same subject recently was found guilty in Price County Circuit Court of overbagging on walleyes in two separate cases and was ordered to pay $1,132.75. His fishing poles and equipment were confiscated by the court.
District 4 — Woodruff area
Wardens Mike Sealander, of St. Germain, and Jim Jung, of Rhinelander, assisted the Price County Sheriff’s Department in attempting to locate lost equipment from a boating fatality by using a remote-operated vehicle.
Warden Brad Dahlquist, of Crandon, took enforcement action for hunting waterfowl without proper licenses and shining deer after 10 p.m. Dahlquist also investigated citizen complaints about illegal deer hunting and littering throughout the county.
Wardens Tim Ebert, of Woodruff, and Rich Thole, of Boulder Junction, responded to a complaint about open-water duck hunting. The hunters were found to have failed to report two geese they had harvested. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Thole investigated a complaint about a trumpeter swan being shot. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Thole investigated an unlicensed fishing guide who had been fishing with two clients. With assistance from warden Kaitlin Kernosky, of Milwaukee, it was determined the clients paid the guide $300 for a day of muskie fishing. Enforcement action was taken for no guide license.
Warden Jim Jung, of Rhinelander, investigated four separate littering violations. Enforcement action was taken with three people, and one person was taken into custody for an active warrant. The fourth violation is still under investigation.
Warden Jung investigated information that a person had purchased a Wisconsin resident archery license after being advised by DNR customer service staff he was considered a nonresident. Jung determined the person possessed a Florida driver’s license and was registered to vote in Florida. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Thole assisted with presentations at a warden career fair in Milwaukee. The event was designed to educate people on what being a Wisconsin conservation warden is all about.
Warden Kelly Crotty, of Florence, and recruit Alyssa Gove investigated a complaint from a kayaker who struck a bridge and flipped his kayak on a river in Florence County. Several homemade bridges were located, and the investigation continues.
Wardens Crotty and Gove assisted staff from the UW-Extension and Michigan State Extension with an outdoor education program for students from Florence and Crystal Falls, Mich., high school environmental classes. The wardens’ presentation focused on winter outdoor survival.
District 5 — Lower St. Croix area
Wardens Paul Sickman, of Hudson, Isaac Kruse, of Baldwin, and Jim Cleven, of Colfax, assisted Idaho game wardens with an investigation involving a mountain lion shot in Idaho. Charges are pending from Idaho.
Warden Sickman received a complaint about shining after hours. Wardens observed shining after hours up into trees. Upon contact, raccoon hunters were shining for coons after hours while in possession of two firearms. That same night, Sickman observed another late shiner. Upon contact, Sickman smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle. A Polk County deputy was called to assist. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Brad Peterson, of River Falls, contacted two groups of hunters on the Mississippi River, hunting ducks during the closed season. The Mississippi River has had a split in the season for the past several years. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Flak was contacted by a small-game hunter who said that he was grouse hunting and shot a pheasant by mistake a week before the season opened. The hunter wanted to turn himself in. The matter was discussed at length with the hunter and other wardens. No enforcement action was taken.
Warden Jim Cleven, of Colfax, followed up on several duck- and goose-hunting complaints. He contacted goose hunters who failed to register their geese, as required. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden J.J. Redemann, of Durand, responded to a call about hunters shooting before the northern zone duck opener on Silver Birch Lake. Redemann contacted two hunters who started shooting more than two hours prior to the opener. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Redemann investigated a Pepin County hunter who shot a fisher with his crossbow 10 days prior to opening of the fisher season. Fishers may only be taken by legal trapping methods with a selectively drawn permit. The fisher was seized, and a enforcement action was taken.
District 6 — Eau Claire area
No report available.
District 7 — Wisconsin Rapids area
No report available.
District 8 — La Crosse area
Warden Dale Hochhausen, of Onalaska, contacted two individuals who were fishing on a trout stream during the closed season. The individuals had one brown trout and two suckers in a wire mesh basket. One of the fishermen had received a citation the previous year for trout fishing prior to the opening of the trout season. Enforcement action was taken, and the trout was released.
Warden Modjeski, of Monroe County, investigated a complaint about gun-deer hunting during the closed season. The complainant believed a subject was hunting with a large-caliber deer rifle. Modjeski contacted the hunter. A citation was issued for hunting squirrels without a small-game license.
Warden Shawna Stringham, of Viroqua, and recruit Nick Miofsky attended a pheasant Learn to Hunt event. The wardens spoke at the classroom portion of the event and assisted with the hunt the next morning. There was one individual who was 74 years old and had never shot a gun in his life. He shot his first pheasant and was more happy than all of the young students combined.
Warden Edward McCann, of La Crosse, observed an individual cutting copper refrigeration lines on a freezer. McCann’s investigation showed several violations pertaining to air pollution and improperly handling refrigerants. Enforcement action is pending.
Warden Bob Jumbeck, of Alma, responded to a complaint regarding the harvest of a pied-billed grebe. The individual who shot the grebe did not know what it was, but thought the bird was a young coot. The hunter and his friend had several coot in their bag. Enforcement action was taken.
District 9 — Black River Falls area
No report available.
District 10 — Wautoma area
Warden Nathan Ackerman, of Berlin, investigated a truck in October that contained bowhunting equipment that was found in a parking area of the White River Marsh. The truck belonged to a convicted felon with a criminal history. The subject also had an active warrant out of Brown County. Ackerman had a Green Lake County deputy wait close by until Ackerman could confirm the registered owner was hunting. Ackerman made contact in the parking area and confirmed that the owner of the truck was there. A Green Lake County deputy arrived, and Ackerman assisted with an arrest and consent search.
Warden Ackerman interviewed a subject who had a game farm and fur pen license regarding a raccoon that another subject from Ripon wanted to rehabilitate. Ackerman photographed the pens and found the raccoon. The raccoon had been taken from the wild and was outside the fur farm license. Ackerman worked with captive wildlife staff on the complaint and reached a disposition.
Warden Theodore Dremel, of Waupaca, investigated several complaints involving baiting for deer. Dremel contacted several people who were baiting. Enforcement action is pending. People who hunt in Waupaca County should be aware that baiting and feeding deer are illegal.
Warden Dremel taught two hunter education classes in October. One class was an Internet field day event, and 128 students passed their field day tasks.
Warden Dremel responded to a complaint involving three deer entangled together in wire. After a few cuts of the wire, the deer were able to free themselves.
Warden Dremel and Iola Police Department officer Fields investigated a car-killed deer violation. The investigation revealed that three people had picked up a car-killed deer and did not get a tag for the deer. The untagged deer was being butchered in a garage. Enforcement action is pending.
Warden Dremel attended the Golden Sands field day held at Hartman Creek State Park. Approximately 500 fifth-grade students attended the field day to learn about conservation law enforcement, soil conservation, water resources, forestry practices, and trapping.
Wardens Kaitlin Kernosky, of New London, and Jeffrey Knorr, of Fremont, removed multiple treestands, along with bait, that was left overnight for multiple days on state land.
Wardens Kernosky and Tom Sturdivant, of Neenah, received two separate complaints about an individual who shot two bucks during the archery season. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Kernosky contacted an individual who had placed a mineral block, corn, and apples in front of his gun stand. Baiting and feeding deer are illegal in Waupaca County. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Benjamin Mott, of Wautoma, received a complaint from the sheriff’s department about people at a county park being rained on by shot from nearby duck hunters. Warnings to the two groups were given for failing to validate a goose permit, negligent discharge, and hunting too close to a county park.
Warden Mark Schraufnagel, of Clintonville, assisted the White Clay Lake Sportsman’s Club with a pheasant Learn to Hunt event. Eight students participated. Schraufnagel also assisted with a pheasant LTH event sponsored by Scheels of Appleton at the Wolf River Game Farm.
Warden Michael Young, of Shiocton, assisted with the banding and release of an eagle that Young had caught earlier in the summer. The eagle had a broken wing, which mended at a rehabilitation center, and was released back into the wild.
Warden Young contacted four subjects with a coon hound coming out of a cornfield. The subjects stated they were just training the dog and were not hunting and did not have any weapons with them. Young’s investigation revealed one of the subjects had been hunting and had stashed a firearm in the field. A check of the firearm found it to have been stolen. One subject was charged with hunting without a license, and the case of the stolen firearm was referred to Marinette County.
Warden Ben Nadolski, of Montello, investigated a trapper who placed 49 traps set for muskrats a week before the season opened. Nadolski contacted the trapper in the marsh while he checked the traps. Citations were issued for trapping during the closed season and for possession of illegal fur.