Wisconsin Cuffs & Collars – October 30th, 2015
District 1 — Ashland area
Warden Amie Egstad was at the Port Wing boat landing in September and observed nine people fishing along the Lake Superior breakwall. As she started checking fishermen along the wall, one man at the end walked past Egstad and admitted to not buying a license. When asked for one, he produced his Minnesota driver’s license. Egstad later made contact with that man’s friend. The second fisherman also stated he was not fishing when asked for a fishing license. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Matt Meade, of Mercer, received a call from a couple camping along the Manitowish River who had been in an accident and needed to be removed from the campsite. One of the two campers had accidentally fallen into the fire ring at night and had suffered serious burns. Meade was able to locate the couple by foot and get them out by vehicle to the nearest hospital.
Wardens Lynna Gurnoe, of Bayfield, and Egstad were on patrol in their vessel on Lake Superior when they found a man fishing one mile into the Gull Island Refuge. The man stated he was unaware of the fishing refuge. His lake trout was returned to the water, and enforcement action was taken.
Warden Gurnoe was checking an area known to contain an illegal bear bait when she noticed one set of ATV tracks leading to the bait. Gurnoe contacted the man as she approached the bait and found sight-exposed corn. Enforcement action was taken.
District 2 — Cumberland area
No report available.
District 3 — Park Falls area
Warden Tim Otto, of Langlade, responded to a report of a possible deer or fox stuck in a dog kennel. The property owner was elderly and a former dog breeder. He was hesitant to investigate what was making a terrible racket in a dog kennel. Otto located a confused deer that had locked itself in a kennel. There was an apple tree hanging over the kennel, with apples inside. Otto opened the door, and within a few minutes the deer found its way out.
Warden Mike Rader, of Merrill, and a DNR water management specialist investigated a party who was in the process of illegally emplacing large rock riprap on his shoreline on Devil Creek without a permit. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Rader investigated a report of suspicious behavior in a field north of Merrill. A man was seen walking in the field and talking on his cell phone one day and then holding up a deer head and apparently field-dressing the deer the next day. The male was located and found to have purchased his deer license two days after shooting the 8-point buck. Due to the time it took him to locate the deer, the man only salvaged the buck’s head and cape.
While on patrol in the Bill Cross State Wildlife Area, warden Rader contacted five duck hunters. Two did not have any licenses required for waterfowl hunting, two shotguns were capable of holding more than three shells, and no PFDs were found in either of the two boats.
Warden Joe Paul, of Phillips, investigated an early deer-baiting case and found several early bait sites. On opening day, Paul contacted a subject hunting deer with a crossbow from an elevated stand over one of the bait sites. The subject did not have an archery/crossbow license.
Warden Paul received information from an employee with Canadian National Railroad regarding an adult bull moose entangled in utility wire along the tracks north of Prentice. Paul worked with DNR wildlife staff and USDA Wildlife Services staff to coordinate a plan to free the moose. The moose was sedated, and the wire was removed from the bull’s antlers. Several minutes later, the moose got up and walked away, raking brush as he went.
District 4 — Woodruff area
No report available.
District 5 — Lower St. Croix area
Warden Jim Cleven of Colfax attended the Colfax Sportsmen’s Club meeting. He also attended a Learn to Hunt pheasant event hosted by the Dunn County Chapter of Pheasants Forever.
Wardens Kyle Kosin and Brad Peterson wrapped up a multi-year illegal minnow-trapping case in Pierce County. Action was taking for failing to tag traps, failing to check traps, and transporting live fish/water away from the shore.
Warden Kosin followed up on a ginseng complaint. His investigation showed a subject dug more than 2 pounds of green root and since he did not have a license to harvest, he asked another individual sell it for him. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Peterson and supervisor Shaun Deeney contacted two waterfowl hunters on a small pond during the early goose and teal season. The hunters shot hooded mergansers instead of teal.
Warden J.J. Redemann, of Durand, observed a waterfowl hunter shoot a wood duck on Silver Birch Lake during the early teal season. Redemann found a wood duck hidden underneath the hunter’s boat seat. A citation was issued.
Warden Redemann stopped a vehicle pulling a boat/trailer with weeds attached after it left the backwaters of the Mississippi River, which is home to many invasive species. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Redemann and Bob Jumbeck, of Alma, and the Pepin County Sheriff’s Department investigated an illegal ginseng harvest case. They searched the suspect’s vehicle, seizing an estimated $600 of ginseng – and the makings of a meth lab in the trunk. Enforcement action is pending.
Warden Redemann worked a panfish overbagging case with warden Jumbeck and deputy warden Megan Wall in September. They seized 279 panfish from three fishermen in Buffalo City.
Warden Redemann worked a ginseng-poaching case in Nelson. He learned a suspect from Minnesota harvested ginseng without a license, harvested the ginseng from a property without permission, and did not follow ginseng harvest laws. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Redemann investigated a Lake Pepin commercial fisherman who failed to notify wardens of his holding net full of fish. The fisherman improperly disposed of about 300 pounds of dead sheepshead that were left to rot on the shores of Lake Pepin.
Wardens Paul Sickman and Kyle Kosin received a call about a small buck entangled in horse fencing. They were able to cut the fencing and free the buck.
Warden Sickman received a hotline call about a hunter who shot and wounded a swan. He found the responsible party and discussed the importance of knowing his target. Enforcement action was taken.
District 6 — Eau Claire area
Warden Adam Hanna, of Neillsville, and water guard Ashley Dooley observed a boat running erratically and without a stern light at night on Lake Wissota. All three occupants on board were intoxicated. The operator was arrested for OWI.
Warden Hanna issued numerous citations for baiting and illegally operating ATVs on the Clark County Forest. Baiting is prohibited in Clark County this year.
Warden Hanna observed a man shining after 10 p.m. on a September night. The man also pointed a crossbow equipped with a night vision scope and infrared light toward the deer. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden John Schreiber, of Cornell, and recruit Peter Carlson contacted several ginseng harvesters in Chippewa County. They found harvesters failed to carry out stems, possessed berries, and possessed immature root. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Schreiber and recruit Carlson worked boat patrol on the busy Labor Day weekend in Chippewa County. They contacted a boater displaying improper lights after dark and determined the driver was intoxicated. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Schreiber attended Chippewa County Conservation Days and gave presentations on safety and the importance of protecting natural resources to several hundred students from area fifth-grade classes.
Warden Scott Thiede, of Eau Claire, checked two men who were shooting at geese along the Eau Claire River. The men had lead shot and shotguns capable of holding more than three shells. The men did not have Exterior Zone goose permits or federal waterfowl stamps. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Thiede spoke about hunter accountability while attending a women’s mentored LTH pheasant event sponsored by the Chippewa Valley Chapter of Pheasants Forever at Zwicky’z Game Farm.
Warden Robin Barnhardt, of Osseo, and recruit Carlson investigated a complaint that a suspect shot a deer in Jackson County and then fed the deer to friends and relatives at a Labor Day cookout. The investigation determined that the suspect used a sawed-off shotgun to shoot a deer from his truck during the closed season. The case was referred to the Jackson County D.A.
Warden Barnhardt and recruit Carlson contacted four nonresident archers who were hunting over illegal baits on the archery opener in Trempealeau County. One hunter had killed a deer over his illegal bait. The wardens also determined that one hunter in the group had killed a deer with a rifle the previous day while hunting with an ag damage tag, but the hunter did not hold a valid Wisconsin gun deer license. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Barnhardt and recruit Carlson responded to a report that subjects were shooting firearms on the Buffalo River State Trail near Osseo. They located four subjects who were crow hunting on the trail. Hunting was prohibited on the trail at that time. The subjects had each driven ATVs on the trail, which was closed due to flood damage.
District 7 — Wisconsin Rapids area
Warden Jon Scharbarth, of Stevens Point, and recruit warden Ka Yeng Vue received a call via the Stevens Point Police Department regarding a homeowner who found a fox in the garage. Scharbarth and Vue found what turned out to be a juvenile coyote that had wedged itself into a corner of the garage. The wardens used a catch pole to secure the coyote and transported it out of the city, where it was released.
Wardens Jon Scharbarth and Bryan Lockman, both of Stevens Point, received a call about subjects possibly waterfowl hunting in the southern zone prior to the opener. They located two subjects hunting ducks. They had one wood duck. These two subjects, along with two other hunters, had hunted a different spot earlier in the day, and had shot two wood ducks and three mallards at that location. Numerous violations were uncovered, including boating violations, hunting violations, and driving without valid driver’s licenses. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Scharbarth and recruit Vue contacted two anglers fishing on the Wisconsin River who were suspected of fishing while revoked for failing to pay child support. Upon contact, the suspect said he did not have a license, but his partner provided a false identity. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Scharbarth and recruit Vue contacted an archer hunting over an illegally baited area in Wood County. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Ben Herzfeldt and Randy Dunkel, of Marathon County, worked the early teal season on Lake Wausau. One morning the wardens checked numerous hunters and came upon violations for hunting without licenses and stamps, shooting at and killing wood ducks, possession of lead shot, and unplugged shotguns. Numerous citations and warnings were issued.
Warden Herzfeldt addressed several hunting complaints in the village of Rothschild on city-owned property. Herzfeldt contacted hunters who were illegally baiting, juveniles hunting without the required supervision, and a hunter who didn’t have carcass tags with him while hunting. Enforcement action was taken
Warden Randy Dunkel conducted waterfowl enforcement on the northern zone opener. He talked with hunters who had shot over their limit of mallards and hen mallards – nine mallards, of which six were hens, as well as two wood ducks. Warden Paul Leezer, of Wausau, contacted three subjects regarding their participation in intentionally running over two deer, tossing one out in a friend’s driveway and placing an archery tag on the other.
Warden Leezer observed a local septage service truck spreading waste on a field near Stratford. The field was not approved for the land-spreading of septage.
Warden Leezer observed two waterfowlers on state land near Unity. Both were hunting with lead shot, without small-game licenses or federal stamps, from a boat without registration and PFDs, and one hunter was hunting with an unplugged gun. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Leezer took enforcement action against two hunters who shot at birds 34 minutes after the close of legal hunting hours. The hunters shot protected green herons, littered beer cans in the marsh, and there were no PFDs in the canoe they used to get to and from their hunting spot.
Warden Barry Fetting, of Marshfield, was contacted at a boat landing during the Labor Day weekend by a party who reported seeing an injured bald eagle earlier in the day. Fetting was given a GPS coordinate and located the struggling bird on the river bank. Fetting transported the eagle to Marshfield, where he met with a volunteer who transported the bird to a raptor rehabilitator in Antigo.
Warden Fetting and several area wardens assisted with an LTH waterfowl event in cooperation with the Mead State Wildlife Area staff, mentors, and volunteers from Marathon and Wood counties. This year, 10 participants ages 12 to 15 and novice adults were chosen through an application process. The hunters learned about waterfowl management, duck ID, calling, blind/decoy placement, shooting, and boating and hunting safety prior to spending a day in the marsh.
Warden Wade Romberg, of Adams County, issued citations in September for failing to remove weeds from a boat trailer and ATV and boating violations, and investigated the illegal night hunting of deer where enforcement action is under consideration.
Warden Kyle Lynch, of Mauston, contacted two waterfowlers on the Yellow River. One of the individuals was found not to have any licenses for waterfowl hunting. The individual also was found to be a convicted felon prohibited from possessing a firearm. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Matt Weber, of Necedah, took enforcement action against bear hunters for illegal treestands on state property and illegal baiting material.
District 8 — La Crosse area
Warden Dale Hochhausen, of Onalaska, and deputy warden Meghan Wall observed a goose hunter parked alongside a road. A goose was discovered in the back of the truck. The man stated the reason his Exterior Zone goose permit wasn’t validated was because he had just found the goose, which was crippled by another group of hunters who were hunting in the area. The hunter stated these hunters had asked him to help look for the goose because he had a dog. It later was determined the hunter had shot the goose earlier that morning and he didn’t validate his goose tag. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Chris Shea, Jake Bolks, Ed McCann, Kevin Christorf, and Bob Jumbeck responded to severe flooding in the Eleva area. They assisted in notifying residents, sandbagging, and had airboats on standby for response.
Wardens Edward McCann, of La Crosse, and recruit warden Kevin Christorf checked hunters during the early teal season. They discovered individuals shooting at, and killing, a wood duck, while in possession of lead shot, hunting before hours, and shooting at blackbirds.
Warden Matt Modjeski, of Sparta, along with USFWS staff from the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, investigated a dead juvenile whooping crane on private land in northeastern Monroe County. A tracking device was attached to the bird. There were no visible injuries or wounds on the bird. The bird was routed to a lab in Madison for X-rays and a necropsy.
Warden Bob Jumbeck investigated a perch overbagging complaint in which an individual was found to have caught his limit and was back for more. The individual was found to be in possession of 33 perch. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Jumbeck investigated an early and excessive deer-baiting case, finding multiple stands baited with approximately 50 pounds of shelled corn and apples. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Cody Adams, of Crawford County, participated in the Crawford County Youth Conservation Days. Six presentations were given to more than 300 students.
Warden supervisor Tyler Strelow, of La Crosse, responded to two complaints during the same morning regarding hunters shooting ducks other than teal during the early season. Strelow contacted two separate hunters – one in La Crosse and one in Sparta – and found the hunters had killed wood ducks and kept them. Enforcement action was taken.
District 9 — Black River Falls area
No report available.
District 10 — Wautoma area
Warden Nathan Ackerman, of Berlin, checked teal hunters on Lake Maria. He checked hunters in boats and found one boat with three subjects and no PFDs.
Wardens Kaitlin Kernosky, of New London, and Theodore Dremel, of Waupaca, contacted a waterfowl hunter at the Wolf River Bottoms Wildlife Area at the conclusion of his hunt. The hunter was carrying out five ducks from the field and was found to have hidden a hen mallard in his decoy bag. The individual had shot two hen mallards when the bag limit was one hen mallard.
Warden Kernosky assisted a disabled Korean War veteran on an antlerless deer hunt in cooperation with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Rudolf Ranch Game Farm in Ogdensburg. The veteran had a fun and successful hunt.
Warden Benjamin Mott, of Wautoma, responded with the Waushara County Sheriff’s Department to a possible boat accident. Mott and the deputy found that a boat had nearly hit two individuals who were swimming and hanging onto an inner tube. Enforcement action is under consideration.
Warden Dremel organized a disabled veterans hunt with the King Vet’s Home and took one hunter to a game farm near Ogdensburg. The hunter shot an antlerless deer. The hunter had not hunted in 15 years because of health issues.
Warden Dremel received complaints of people snagging trout on the Waupaca River. Dremel contacted several people actively snagging the newly stocked fish.
Warden Jeffrey Knorr, of Waupaca County, and deputy warden Butler patrolled the Wolf River, and Poygan and Partridge lakes during Labor Day weekend, assisted the sheriff’s department with a wanted subject, and issued citations for undersized flathead catfish, fishing without a license, an unregistered motorboat, and operating an overloaded motorboat.
Wardens Mark Schraufnagel, of Clintonville, and Alyssa Gove, of Shawano County, located a subject illegally harvesting ginseng in a closed area and harvesting without a license.
Warden Schraufnagel investigated a subject who demolished a house and then burned the demolition material. Information was taken and forwarded to environmental specialists for follow-up.
Warden Schraufnagel responded to a vehicle accident in the Wolf River north of Shawano. The driver was removed from the vehicle by Good Samaritans and then transported to a hospital. Gas was leaking from the vehicle. Schraufnagel requested oil-absorbent booms placed in the area to minimize impacts to the environment. A dive team and tow truck were able to remove the vehicle.
Warden Schraufnagel participated in the J&H Game Farm youth and ladies day event and spoke at an Alliant Energy meeting. He attended a Belle Plaine Sportsmen’s Club meeting and worked with the club to prepare for an LTH pheasant event.