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Wisconsin Cuffs & Collars – December 26th, 2014

District 1 — Ashland area
Warden Matt Meade, of Mercer, and recruit Sam Koscher contacted several hunters who had illegally left their stands on state property during the past few weeks.
Warden Lynna Gurnoe, of Bayfield, received a report about a buck wearing an orange collar or scarf. Gurnoe attempted to locate the deer, but was unable to do so. The buck was reportedly registered at a registration station on the second day of the gun deer season, still wearing the collar.
Warden Gurnoe received a complaint about possible illegal traps set along a waterway. Gurnoe found a set 330 body-grip trap on dry land and several 220 box sets. All of the sets were tagged properly and were found to be those of a local tribal member. The information was passed to the local GLIFWC off-reservation officer for enforcement action on the illegal 330 trap.
Warden Lance Burns, of Gordon, investigated a complaint about overbagging of walleyes with warden Swanson, of Minong. The suspects had caught too many walleyes over 14 inches on a lake where only one walleye over 14 inches is allowed. One subject did not have a fishing license. The fish were seized. Enforcement action was taken.

District 2 — Cumberland area
Warden Hagen, of Spooner, received a complaint about a subject who shot two mallards from a road near Spooner Lake. Concerned area homeowners who witnessed the event obtained the suspect’s license plate number. Hagen located the suspect.
While patrolling in the national forest, wardens Peters and Hagen contacted two hunters on a snowmobile. During the contact, the wardens saw that the snowmobile had expired 2009 registration. They also ascertained that there was a third hunter in the woods who supposedly was hunting with a crossbow. The wardens later made contact with the third hunter, who actually was hunting with a 20-gauge shotgun. A criminal history check showed the hunter could not legally possess a firearm.
The night before the opener of gun deer season, warden Gabrielson responded to a call about a deer shot from a road. Gabrielson followed a blood trail back to a residence and found the 9-point buck was not shot from the road, but was illegally shot off of a bait pile in the landowner’s front yard and was illegally tagged.
Warden Peters checked two parties road-hunting for grouse in the national forest and found open intoxicants in the vehicle. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Peters and deputy warden Yankowiak responded to a call about a person who was observed shooting from a road onto private land to kill a spike buck. A citation was issued for shooting from the road.
Warden Ashton and deputy warden Carlson were on patrol north of St. Croix Falls when they saw two vehicles traveling at a slow rate of speed. They were from out-of-state and were road-hunting in an area that was all private land. Contact was made with the first vehicle, and a loaded firearm was located. The second vehicle also was stopped. Three of the four subjects were convicted felons, and all three were in possession of firearms. The operator of the first vehicle was revoked and was in possession of marijuana. The felon passenger also was found to have been fraudulently purchasing resident Wisconsin hunting and fishing licenses for the past three years. The passenger in the second vehicle was found to have a felony warrant out of Minnesota. Three of the four subjects were arrested and transported to the Polk County jail, and several citations were issued.
Warden Gabrielson, of Webster, contacted a hunter over an illegal bait site in Burnett County. The suspect was hunting without a valid license and was in possession of, and under the influence of, marijuana.
Wardens Rick Peters, of Hayward, and Jon Hagen, of Spooner, observed two men standing on a national forest road, with one party shooting several rounds from a handgun into the woods. The wardens contacted the parties and found them to be quite intoxicated. The man who was shooting the gun said that he had been hunting for three and a half days and hadn’t seen anything and he just needed to get out and shoot at something, in this case a stump. The man was arrested for reckless use of a firearm (being armed while intoxicated) and also was found to be in possession of marijuana.
Warden Ashton and deputy warden Carlson received a complaint from the Polk County Sheriff’s Department regarding a possible illegal deer. A complaint alleged the subject had an untagged doe that appeared to be fresh. It was found that both subjects were on their way home at 2:30 a.m. near Clear Lake and a doe crossed the road. The driver shined the deer with a spotlight and the passenger shot the deer in the head out the window of the car. The deer was taken home untagged. Two criminal charges will be filed, as well as several citations.

District 5 — Lower St. Croix area
Warden Jim Cleven, of Colfax, investigated a complaint about shots fired along the Hay River. Cleven located two people standing near a tagged buck at a bridge crossing. The hunter was not around, but had gone back up river. The two people didn’t know anything about the deer. Cleven waited and found the hunter floated back downstream and came in with another buck in a canoe. Cleven found that the hunter had shot two bucks while hunting alone on his float and had called a friend who was not part of the hunt to come and tag the second deer. The deer were seized, and enforcement action was taken for violating group deer-hunting laws.
Warden Cleven investigated a complaint in which a deer hunter shot at a large buck from the road and then contacted the landowner for permission to recover the animal. The landowner knew the deer was shot illegally from the road. Cleven confiscated the large buck, and the person responsible was charged with several hunting violations.
Warden Wayne Flak, of Menomonie, received information concerning two people in a mini-van on a town road. Observer reports stated the driver had shot a deer from a vehicle with his crossbow, and then they were observed driving around the area after dark. Flak contacted the driver, who indicated he had not shot a deer and he took his passenger home. Flak and a Dunn County deputy stayed in the area and later found the passenger walking down a road. Flak followed his footprints in the snow to a buck fawn they had shot. An investigation revealed they shot deer from the van and were on the property without permission. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Flak responded with his boat to an EMS call. A person had driven a lawn mower off a cliff on the west side of the Red Cedar River. Flak assisted the Menomonie Fire Department.
Warden Brad Peterson, of River Falls, was patrolling public hunting areas and pulled into a parking lot and noticed a shotgun leaning against a post with no one around. Peterson recovered the gun, which was loaded, and ran the serial number through dispatch to check and see if it was stolen. It came back negative. Peterson advised dispatch that if anyone called looking for their gun to contact him. The gun was found around the first of November. As of Dec. 1, no one had called looking for their shotgun.
Wardens Peterson and Rosen contacted a subject who on opening day was hunting over an illegal bait pile of corn and apples. He stated that a couple weeks before the season he put out 50 pounds of corn and some apples. A citation was issued, and he was told to clean up the bait and not to hunt the area for the next 10 days.
Warden Paul Sickman, of Hudson, was asked to assist the sheriff’s department in locating a subject who had a felony warrant. A perimeter was set up, and dogs were used. A house was located in the search area. Sickman searched the residence and found the suspect smoking in a closet. Inside the closet was methamphetamine, paraphernalia, marijuana, and other illegal, controlled substances.
Warden Isaac Kruse, of Baldwin, investigated a case of a Woodville resident who shot two bucks during the archery season. Kruse found that the suspect tagged the second buck with his daughter’s tag. Kruse seized the deer. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Kruse and Sickman contacted two hunters at the Cylon State Wildlife Area in St. Croix County on opening day. The hunters had placed and hunted over an illegal bait site. It was determined that one was hunting with a stolen Remington .30-06 rifle. Enforcement action was taken for the baiting violations, and the man’s rifle was seized, pending an investigation by the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department.
Warden J.J. Redemann worked with wardens Matt Weber, Ken Thomson, of Fall Creek, and Bob Jumbeck, of Alma, on a complaint. In early November, a citizen reported watching a large buck in a field when he heard a gunshot and saw the buck tip over. An investigation showed that a local farmer had snuck between buildings and implements to shoot the buck with a rifle during the archery season. The farmer had no license. Charges have been referred to the Buffalo County district attorney.
Wardens Redemann and Jumbeck were working duck hunters on the Mississippi River when they approached the landing and found a trapper who had fallen in the cold water and was suffering from hypothermia. A citizen had helped the trapper to the landing. The wardens provided assistance and basic treatment until paramedics arrived.
Warden Redemann received a complaint about an individual who shot a deer on private land near Pepin from a vehicle. The driver slammed on his brakes and shot from his seat upon seeing the deer. The passenger helped him load the untagged deer and they fled the scene. A citizen called it in and provided great information to law enforcement, which resulted in a quick arrest.

District 11 — Peshtigo area
Wardens Timothy Werner, of Crivitz, and Jeffrey Lautenslager, of Peshtigo, investigated a complaint in progress regarding a deer shot prior to the gun deer season with a .22 rifle. The wardens found a bunker-style blind in the suspect’s backyard. The wardens located the illegal deer by an illegal bait pile in the backyard. The suspect later was located under a false floor in the blind. The suspect was taken to the Marinette County jail on two criminal counts. Multiple civil citations also were issued.
Wardens Werner, Lautenslager, and David Oginski Jr., of Wausaukee, responded to a complaint about a deer shot at night outside of Crivitz. The suspect had used the vehicle’s headlights to shine the deer, and then the suspect shot the large doe with a rifle. The deer and rifle were seized, and enforcement action is pending with the district attorney.

District 12 — Green Bay area and Northeast Operations Marine Unit
On Saturday night, Nov. 22, wardens Nick Miofsky, of Manitowoc, and Robert Stroess, of Green Bay, were patrolling for night hunting activity. Miofsky observed a vehicle parked in a field. Miofsky and Stroess made contact with the vehicle. A farmer was finishing his work for the evening and lost his cell phone in the field. Miofsky and Stroess helped the farmer locate his cell phone. The farmer appreciated the help.
Warden Cara Kamke, of Green Bay, issued a citation to a Green Bay city resident-hunter who had more than 12 gallons of bait on the ground and in a trough feeder. The hunter knew the baiting limit.
Warden Kamke investigated a hunt-from-the-road complaint. The hunter was driving when he saw a 10-point, 18.5-inch spread buck running across a field toward the road. The hunter parked, got out, and shot twice at the buck, both times shooting from within 50 feet of the centerline, and once across the road. Enforcement action was taken, and the buck was seized. The meat was sold for human consumption, and the antlers will be used for educational purposes.
A week prior to the gun deer hunt, regional warden Byron Goetsch, of Green Bay, and deputy warden Sara Pearson, of Crivitz, apprehended two individuals who were shining deer late at night in western Shawano County while in possession of a rifle. One of the individuals also was arrested on a warrant.
While checking out a complaint regarding the illegal feeding of deer behind a home in Shawano County, wardens Stephan Fabian and Goetsch apprehended an individual who was hunting deer without a valid license and who was a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Enforcement action will be taken.
In response to several citizen complaints about illegal treestands on the Navarino State Wildlife Area in Shawano County, wardens Goetsch and Fabian contacted a number of hunters on opening morning who were occupying illegal stands and ground blinds. While enforcement action was taken for the illegal stands and in some cases the illegal cutting of trees, many warnings were given for failure to identify treestands and ground blinds with the name and address or customer identification number when not being used. In one case, a hunter who wasn’t wearing blaze-orange clothing was apprehended in an illegal treestand.
Warden Goetsch responded to a hotline complaint in Shawano County about a bowhunter wearing camouflage clothing  even after being told that it was illegal to do so by another person. When contacted by Goetsch while hunting from a treestand on public land, this person still thought it was OK to hunt with a crossbow without blaze-orange clothing during the gun deer season. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Goetsch checked a group of hunters in Shawano County who were found with an untagged deer that had been killed about 30 minutes earlier and was moved a significant distance. An individual dressed in orange was planning to tag this deer, but was not hunting that day and did not possess a firearm, so was not able to legally tag the deer. Action was taken with the person who killed, moved, and failed to tag the deer.
After observing some blood in the snow by an illegal bait near a home on the last morning of the gun season in Shawano County, warden Goetsch contacted the homeowner. A couple of days earlier, this individual shot a 10-point buck over corn from his bedroom window while using a compound bow. The man also had killed another 10-pointer in the fall of 2012 without having bought an archery license. It is illegal to bait or feed deer in Shawano County.
Warden Chris Kratcha, of Sturgeon Bay,  investigated a complaint about an ATV being operated on a road and a possible unregistered gun-killed deer. Kratcha contacted the suspect and found the deer had not been immediately tagged. A citation was issued.
On Saturday, Nov. 22, wardens Miofsky and George Protogere, of Green Bay, were patrolling an area and observed a pile of apples next to a ground blind. Contact was made with the hunter. Manitowoc County is a no-bait county.

District 15 — Milwaukee area
Warden Steven Sanidas assisted the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department with a waterfowl hunting trespass complaint in the town of Ottawa. Sanidas and deputies contacted hunters who had been previously warned for entering private land to waterfowl hunt. Enforcement action was taken for failing to have PFDs in kayaks, and the sheriff’s department handled the trespass issues.
Warden Sanidas completed an investigation in which an individual illegally shot a cormorant. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Sanidas assisted the Summit Police Department with a trespass complaint in which waterfowl hunters entered a private lake owned by a school. The hunters entered private land and were hunting too close to school grounds. The group of five hunters received trespass citations from the Summit police, and Sanidas issued citations for hunting with an unplugged gun and failing to report goose harvests.
Warden Sanidas responded to complaint about two individuals who were hunting in the Vernon Marsh wildlife refuge. Sanidas contacted two pheasant hunters inside the wildlife refuge.
Wardens Sanidas and Rick Reed contacted an individual who was hunting from his vehicle while parked along a town road in the Kettle Moraine State Forest. The individual had a loaded rifle inside his vehicle.
Warden Matt Groppi worked with the FBI to complete an investigation into a Stolen Valor Act violation involving an individual who claimed to be a Purple Heart recipient and obtained the Purple Heart patron’s license at the discounted rate of $10. The subject is a veteran, but is not a Purple Heart recipient. Groppi issued a citation for license fraud.

District 17 — Madison area
Warden Boyd Richter, of Janesville, and warden supervisor Nate Kroeplin, of Madison, contacted a landowner who placed numerous mineral blocks and granular mineral on the ground near treestands on his property. The landowner also was found to have killed a buck during the archery season from a baited stand. The antlers and cape were seized, and enforcement action was taken.
Warden Richter and deputy warden Michael Burns investigated a case of a hunter harassing another hunter near the Prince’s Point Public Hunting Lands in Jefferson County. They contacted the suspect, who admitted to swearing at another hunter because he thought the hunter was moving in on his group’s deer drive. The suspect’s group was conducting a drive on the public land, while the complainant was hunting on private land just south of the public land. Richter escorted the suspect off the state property and took enforcement action for disorderly conduct.
Wardens Richter and Kyle Dilley, of Madison, contacted two subjects who were hunting coyotes on the Lima Public Hunting Grounds during the gun deer season, while failing to wear blaze orange. One of the subjects also was found to be hunting without a license. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Richter and Mike Dieckhoff, of Janesville, found a subject crossbow hunting while he had his hunting privileges revoked for failing to pay child support. The subject also was found to have left a treestand and trail camera unattended and overnight on state property.
Wardens Dieckhoff and Burns located a hunter in a stand near the area where he previously baited his archery stand with illegal corn and mineral. During that contact, the wardens determined there were other stands where the suspect shot deer during archery season across a road. During the check of that location, a disabled hunter was found hunting from his vehicle. That hunter was concealing marijuana and a pipe between his seats. The man was turned over to the Rock County Sheriff’s Department and will be charged with a felony (third offense). The other subject was cited for illegal bait.
Warden Henry Bauman, of Madison, apprehended a New Glarus suspect for being a felon in possession of firearm, hunting deer without a license, transporting a loaded gun in a vehicle, discharging a gun from a vehicle, hunting within 50 feet of a centerline, trespassing, failing to validate and attach a carcass tag, possession of an illegal deer (a large 9-point buck), transporting illegal deer, failing to register deer, possession of an untagged deer, and obstructing a warden, originally resulting from a 2013 gun season poaching incident In Dane County near Belleville. Bauman also apprehended an associated New Glarus suspect for being a felon in possession of a firearm, being party to possession of illegal deer, possession of untagged deer, transport of an illegal deer, and obstructing a warden. Warden Bauman was assisted by wardens Jake Donar and Eric Grudzinski.
Wardens Jake Donar, of Fitchburg, and Kroeplin received a complaint about a deer that was shot off a road in Sauk County. The suspect was located butchering the deer on a nearby property. The deer was seized, and the suspect was apprehended for hunting deer from within 50 feet of a centerline.
Wardens Dilley and Donar were near Black Earth when they observed a truck being driven slowly down back roads. The wardens contacted the occupants a short time later. One man was a convicted felon with two warrants. After an unsuccessful attempt to flee, the subject was detained and turned over to the Dane County Sheriff’s Department. The felon also had tagged an antlerless deer for his brother earlier in the week. He had been buying licenses the past several years and letting other members of his party use his tags since he could not legally possess a firearm. The felon was arrested on his outstanding warrants, and enforcement action will be taken for resisting a warden and group hunting violations. The felon’s brother, who shot and transported the untagged deer, will be cited for group hunting violations. Charges will be referred for possession of an untagged deer.
Wardens Ryan Ellifson, of Jefferson, Dilley, and Donar worked a baiting complaint in the Watertown area on opening day. The property had numerous baited sites on two parcels of land. The wardens contacted the hunters at the baited sites and citations were issued to each hunter.

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