District 1 — Ashland area
Warden Lynna Gurnoe, of Bayfield, issued three citations in January for snowmobile registrations, one citation for an undersized fish, one citation for operating a snowmobile in a closed area, and one citation for fishing without a license.
Warden Amie Egstad, of Bayfield, was called by the Bayfield County Sheriff’s Department about coyote hunters who had just shot from a road at a coyote. The landowner had photos of the license plate, and the hunters were going to stay until a deputy arrived. Egstad requested the deputy investigate and seize any firearm involved. Bayfield County Deputy Craig Sauld told Egstad later the shooter admitted to shooting from the road and he did not have permission to hunt coyotes with hounds on that property. Egstad cited the subject for hunting animals within 50 feet of the road’s center, and the shotgun and shells were seized.
Warden Egstad cited a subject for failing to tag his cable restraints and for having illegally set the cable restraints, including fastening them to trees that were greater than one-half inch in diameter. Warnings were given for other violations. The restraints and two coyotes were seized.
Warden Egstad was contacted by the Bayfield County Zoning Department in regards to homeowners putting sump pumps into their holding tanks and draining the septic waste to ravines/creeks that lead out to Lake Superior. Egstad cited one subject for improper disposal of septage waste.
District 6 — Eau Claire area
Warden Adam Hanna, of Neillsville, was recognized by the National Wild Turkey Federation as Wisconsin’s Wildlife Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. Hanna received the award at the state convention.
Warden John Schreiber, of Cornell, contacted several different groups of ice fishermen on Otter Lake in January. Schreiber found two anglers fishing with more than three lines. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Scott Thiede, of Eau Claire, investigated a call about a man posting photos and comments about his public-land trapping accomplishments. The trapper had not completed a trapper education course or obtained a trapping license, as required. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Ken Thomson, of Fall Creek, investigated a call that several deer and waterfowl carcasses, along with a pile of garbage, had been dumped in the ditch near a county park. Thomson found evidence that led him to the responsible party. The garbage was cleaned up. A citation was issued.
Warden Thomson worked with a deer farmer and the energy company to get a new fence approved so the deer could be removed from existing pens, allowing the company to begin work on a gas pipeline.
Wardens Kurt Haas, of Black River Falls, and Robin Barnhardt, of Osseo, registered a bobcat in Jackson County. They learned the permit holder did not harvest the bobcat. Enforcement action was taken.
District 16 — Racine, Kenosha area
Warden Brandon Smith, of Burlington, located 11 tip-ups on Silver Lake that were left unattended overnight. Smith contacted a fisherman the following morning when the man returned to remove the tip-ups. The angler also was found to have been fishing with too many lines, but stated eight of the unattended tip-ups were not his. Enforcement action was taken, and the remaining tip-ups were seized.
Warden Smith followed up on a complaint involving three subjects operating unregistered ATVs on Bohner’s Lake, harassing ice fishermen, and running over tip-ups. An investigation found that one of the ATVs did not have valid registration and two subjects had not taken an ATV safety class. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Juan Gomez, of Elkhorn, followed up with a feeding case in Geneva Township. A hunter was placing corn at two spots on property he hunts. The hunter was concerned with deer herd numbers and wanted to provide them with nutrients during the winter. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Mike Katzenberg, of Delevan, and Walworth County Deputy Jason Hinz went to a trapping and trespassing complaint where an individual had placed illegal cable restraints. Katzenberg and Hinz located the traps and removed a coyote. Enforcement action was taken.
District 17 — Madison area
Wardens Boyd Richter and Mike Dieckhoff, both of Janesville, investigated a complaint about a hunter discharging a firearm too close to a house near Footville. They located the suspect still hunting the property and were able to determine that he shot at a rabbit while he was about 44 yards from the complainant’s house. Enforcement action was taken for discharging a firearm within 100 yards of a dwelling devoted to human occupancy. The subject was warned for hunting within the municipal boundaries of Footville.
Wardens Dieckhoff and Richter assisted the Iowa DNR with an case related to residency fraud with a subject appearing to live in Wisconsin, yet claiming to be an Iowa resident. During the investigation, the wardens determined the subject was a resident of Milton and was buying nonresident Wisconsin licenses so that he could hunt his land in Iowa as a resident. The subject had also purchased two new-buyer licenses in Wisconsin two years in a row under different customer files. The subject was charged in Wisconsin for purchasing the improper license, and information was given to Iowa officials for their investigation.
Warden Henry Bauman, of Madison, issued a citation to a Florida resident for providing incorrect information to the DNR to obtain approval to which he was not entitled for purchasing a resident gun deer license and a resident fishing license.
Wardens Richter and Kyle Dilley, of Madison, were patrolling on Lake Kegonsa when they found a subject left his fishing lines unattended. The fisherman left the area by ATV and was gone for a significant period of time. Upon return, the angler was found to have been drinking alcohol and had driven an unregistered snowmobile earlier in the evening. Enforcement action was taken for the fishing violation, and several warnings were issued.
Warden Richter and warden supervisor Nathan Kroeplin, of Madison, were on Lake Mendota when they contacted two subjects who drove ATVs up to an shanty where the wardens were contacting a group of fishermen. One subject was found to have unattended lines, more than his limit of three lines at an ice shanty on a different part of the lake, and ATV registration that was not transferred. The subject was intoxicated and preliminary field tests indicated twice the legal BAC. The subject blew a preliminary breath test and was taken to the hospital for a blood draw. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Richter and Dieckhoff investigated a complaint about subjects hunting from the road in Avon Township. They located evidence and suspects in the area. An investigation revealed the identity of the subject who shot from the road at a coyote and had a loaded firearm in a vehicle. Enforcement action was taken on both subjects. The coyote survived the drive-by shooting.
Warden Ellifson spoke to a subject who shot a buck during the antlerless-only hunt on Christmas Day. The illegal buck had a large 8-point rack with an inside spread of 22 inches. The suspect gave Ellifson a different rack than the one from Dec. 25, 2014, and lied about the buck. The suspect did harvest a different buck, and Ellifson seized the correct set of antlers. The suspect was issued two citations.
Warden Henry Bauman, of Madison, issued citations to an Oregon resident and a Sauk City wildlife rehabilitator for possession of a captive wild raccoon without a license. The Oregon resident took in an “abandoned” kit from the wild and raised it in her home for several months. The individual then failed to turn it over to the wildlife rehabber as arranged by Bauman once Bauman determined she was in possession of the raccoon. The Oregon resident and the Sauk City rehabber provided false information to Bauman so that the Oregon resident remained in unlawful possession of the raccoon, which ended up biting her infant child.
Warden Bauman issued a citation to a Belleville resident for using a pesticide and treated material contrary to label instructions. The individual sprayed chicken and other food materials with pesticide and spread it outside to try to poison his neighbor’s dogs, while also leaving the material exposed to potential consumption by wildlife.
Warden Kyle Dilley apprehended a hunter south of Oregon who was found to be hunting on private land without permission. The hunter was in full camouflage and hunting deer from a ground blind he had constructed. Enforcement action was taken for failing to wear blaze clothing during a gun season.
While en route to the office, warden Dilley witnessed a hit and run in Marshall. Dilley stopped the striking vehicle. The operator also was transporting his 4-year-old daughter. Field sobriety tests indicated impairment. The man was arrested for OWI. Charges will also be filed for hit and run and being armed while intoxicated (the subject had a loaded 9 mm handgun in the vehicle).
Warden Dilley received a complaint on Lake Monona about a group of ice fishermen fishing with too many lines and operating an unregistered snowmobile. Dilley responded by ATV and located the fishermen. In total, three fishermen were found to be fishing with 12 lines (three jig poles and nine tip-ups). One of the subjects was cited for fishing without a license, and another for fishing with too many lines.