Wisconsin Cuffs & Collars December 11th, 2015
District 5 — Lower St. Croix area
Warden Kyle Kosin, of Ellsworth, investigated complaints about illegal ginseng activity. Enforcement action was taken against multiple subjects.
Warden J.J. Redemann, of Durand, completed a raccoon-hunting accident case from early 2015. A Pepin County man smoked meth prior to hunting with a loaded rifle in his vehicle. The man intentionally drove over a raccoon and then shot at the crippled animal until he was thought the gun was empty. An attempt to dispatch the raccoon took place in the ditch by striking it with the butt of the gun. This resulted in the gun breaking and a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the man’s groin. The bullet remains lodged in the man’s buttocks. He paid about $1,000 in fines and reached an agreement on other criminal charges.
Warden Redemann contacted a Buffalo County hunter who put out apples in excess of the 2-gallon limit before season.
Warden Redemann found a bow left behind in a hunting camp within the Tiffany State Wildlife Area. Redemann was able to track down the owner and return it, with help from Ryan’s Sport Shop.
Warden Redemann responded to a report about a large, 11-point buck found dead and believed to have been gored by another deer. He found the buck was a bow kill and was able to coordinate its return to the hunter.
Warden Isaac Kruse, of Baldwin, investigated a complaint about an Emerald man who shot a deer with a .22-250 during the bow season. Kruse contacted the suspect and his brother in a field near the deer.
Warden Kruse contacted a group of raccoon hunters near Glenwood City. The hunters were shining deer after 10 p.m. and while in possession of a .22 rifle.
Warden Jim Cleven, of Colfax, received two complaints about several goose carcasses dumped in a ditch. Cleven determined that three goose hunters did not report their harvest as required.
District 7 — Wisconsin Rapids area
The Juneau County Sheriff’s Department was executing a felony search warrant at a residence. A deputy discovered – through an open doorway – a butchered deer with no tag hanging in a shed. Warden Matt Weber responded and found that the deer had been illegally shot.
Warden Weber received a call from a property caretaker in reference to deer baiting and trespassing issues after scouting the property and finding several treestands all baited with corn, a mechanical feeder filled with corn, and a tripod stand. Weber found out that the responsible parties were hunting on the wrong property. Enforcement action was taken for deer baiting in a county where it’s banned.
Warden Kyle Lynch, of Mauston, and deputy warden Erika Taylor investigated a ginseng harvester and found that the individual harvested ginseng prior to buying a license. They also found that the individual had been cited for ginseng violations in 2014. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Lynch investigated a complaint about gunshots in October on a piece of public property and contacted two people walking out of the woods. Lynch found that one had shot at a doe with a rifle (gun deer hunting was closed at the time). The individual did not have a valid doe permit. Lynch also found the subject to be carrying a validated archery buck tag that was used to tag a buck several weeks earlier. That buck had not been registered. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Lynch investigated a case in which individuals were driving around and poaching deer and other animals from the road. Lynch located the suspects in the reported vehicle and found that the male driver had shot at least one doe from the road with a rifle during the closed season. The driver also had a buck and a doe at his campsite. The man had tagged the doe with a family member’s doe tag. The tag was not validated and was not valid in the deer unit of the area. The male did not have any valid doe permits for that deer unit.
Warden Wade Romberg, of Adams County, issued citations in October for hunting waterfowl with an unplugged shotgun, hunting with lead shot, littering, and shooting a protected species on the opening day of the duck season.
District 10 — Wautoma area
Wardens Nathan Ackerman, of Berlin, and Marcus Medina, of Milwaukee, received information about two individuals who were possibly pheasant hunting after hours in the Grand River Marsh. After contact and an investigation, it was found that a juvenile had shot a pheasant after hours and did not have a pheasant stamp. A relative allowed the juvenile to shoot the bird. Enforcement action was taken with the adult relative.
Wardens Ackerman and Medina checked pheasant hunters in the Grand River Marsh. They contacted a group of three hunters. Enforcement action was taken for attempting to take more than the daily bag limit of birds.
Warden Kaitlin Kernosky, of New London, located and removed 13 illegal setlines and bank poles that were left in the Wolf River after the season closed. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Benjamin Mott, of Wautoma, received a call from a concerned citizen who feared a local trumpeter swan had been shot on the opening day of waterfowl season. Mott found the family of swans with one of the adults injured and unable to fly. Mott and two other DNR employees and three members of the public were able to capture the swan and get it to a local vet and then to a rehabilitation center. Mott and federal wildlife officer John Below, of Horicon, were able to find two individuals responsible for shooting the swan and leaving it to fend for itself. One individual was charged federally, and the other was charged through the state of Wisconsin. A third member of the party was found to have shot a goose in the wrong zone. That person then failed to validate his carcass tag, and also failed to report the goose.
Warden Mark Schraufnagel, of Clintonville, worked with the Belle Plaine Sportsmen’s Club to conduct a Learn to Hunt pheasant event. The program was a success, with 11 youngsters learning about firearms safety and pheasant biology, and participating in a mentored hunt.
Warden Schraufnagel located a subject who had been hunting over 40 gallons of apples and corn. The hunter had shot a doe a day earlier and had not tagged or registered the deer.
Warden Schraufnagel contacted several bowhunters hunting over bait in Shawano and Waupaca counties in October. Enforcement actions were taken, and the hunters were restricted from hunting the area for the next 10 days.
District 11 — Peshtigo area
Warden Paul Hartrick, of Oconto Falls, investigated a complaint about an individual hunting deer while being revoked. Hartrick found that the individual had bowhunted deer several times this year and last year during the period of revocation. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Timothy Werner, of Crivitz, and Jeffrey Lautenslager, of Peshtigo, observed an individual riding an unregistered ATV in a ditch just north of Crivitz. The wardens also observed the individual dragging a deer behind the ATV. Upon contact, the wardens determined the deer was not tagged and the hunter also had violated multiple archery-hunting regulations. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Werner assisted DNR wildlife staff with the escape of sika deer from a deer farm in the Pembine area of Marinette County. The investigation is ongoing.
District 12 — Green Bay area and Northeast Operations Marine Unit
Warden Cara Kamke, of Green Bay, received a complaint about people hunting ducks 20 minutes after the close of season. Kamke arrived on the scene to find four 16-year-olds, most new to duck hunting. It was found they were using the small-game hunting hours and not migratory bird-hunting hours. Several warnings were issued for hunting ducks after hours.
Wardens Kamke and Nick Miofsky, of Manitowoc, investigated a loan/borrow case on the border of Brown and Manitowoc counties. The bowhunter had shot a 9-pointer on opening day and then had a family member buy a license so that he could use her buck tag, and save his. The hunter stated he “panicked” when he realized he was done bowhunting for the season. Enforcement action is pending.
The defendant in a 2013 Brown County Circuit Court deer case was ordered to serve 100 hours of community service and pay $544 in fines for shooting a pregnant doe in the spring of that year.
Warden supervisor George Protogere, of Green Bay, contacted a waterfowl hunter at Collins Marsh who had just shot a mallard during the closed week. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Protogere checked a canoe launch one evening and contacted two hunters in a canoe after a successful evening of hunting waterfowl. According to the hunters, they had some coot, a baby mallard, and something else. The baby mallard was a green-winged teal, and the other was a grebe (protected species). Also, it was found that one hunter had no plug in his gun and there were no PFDs in the canoe.
Marine Enforcement Unit
Warden Darren Kuhn, of Green Bay, contacted waterfowl hunters returning to the Deerfield Docks landing after hunting opening day on Duck Creek. Kuhn contacted two separate hunters who had kept grebes (a protected species). Enforcement action was taken. Kuhn also contacted a juvenile who did not have a small-game license. The juvenile was given one day to buy a small-game license.
Warden Kuhn responded to three duck-hunting complaints in the area of the Oconto breakwall. Two of those calls were in reference to illegal blinds and one related to overbagging of ducks. No suspects were observed or contacted.
Warden Mike Neal, of Sister Bay, did dockside checks of commercial fishermen in Sand and Rowley’s bays. One operation had more than 15,000 pounds of whitefish in the trap nets; another boat had almost 5,000 pounds. Two unlicensed crew members and a net-lifting violation were determined through investigations. Neal also did dockside checks of commercial fishermen on the last day of the whitefish season. Trap nets are still producing huge amounts of fish. Catches today are from 7,000 pounds to 10,000 pounds.
Wardens Jeff Lautenslager, of Peshtigo, and Tim Warner, of Crivitz, responded to a shining complaint and discovered an individual with an untagged deer. The hunter also was not wearing his backtag and didn’t have his ATV registered.
Warden Dave Allen, of Kewaunee, organized the UW-Stevens Point Student Law Enforcement Association Fall River watch program with six students who worked areas around Lake Michigan tributaries. Allen and the students found a group of six illegal night fishermen on the East Twin River. When contacted, the group members split up and ran. Allen apprehended two of the illegal fishermen, and confiscated some fishing equipment.
District 13 — Oshkosh area
Warden Michael Disher, of Chilton, investigated illegal deer baiting in Calumet County in October. Disher contacted seven hunters who were either hunting over or had placed illegal bait. Two hunters also were found hunting after hours, one hunter was found in possession of another hunter’s tags, and one hunter was arrested on a warrant and cited by the sheriff’s department for operating a vehicle while revoked.
Warden Disher investigated illegal deer shining. Disher monitored a location for several nights and observed occupants of a vehicle shining deer after 10 p.m. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Disher checked a waterfowl hunter on the Brillion State Wildlife Area who was serving a revocation for failure to pay a 2013 citation for a waterfowl violation. The hunter had purchased licenses and stamps during his revocation and was hunting ducks.
Warden Samantha Koscher, of Fond du Lac, contacted two individuals hunting Canada geese during the southern zone five-day closure. Each had shot one goose and they said they did not know the season was closed. One individual had not registered previous goose harvests. The other individual did not possess a federal waterfowl stamp.
Warden Koscher contacted an individual who had been fishing Lakeside Park in Fond du Lac. He did not possess a valid fishing license; his DNR licenses had been revoked. The individual also had received a citation for fishing during revocation in July 2015. This was the individual’s second offense of fishing during revocation.
Warden Tom Sturdivant, of Neenah, checked pheasant hunters in the Brillion Wildlife Area (Calumet County) on opening day. One hunter did not possess a pheasant stamp.
Warden Tom Truman, of Winneconne, investigated a complaint about an individual hunting ducks in the southern duck zone during the closed season. It was found that the individual was goose hunting – a season that was open. The individual had failed to validate his early goose tag and did not possess any PFDs in his boat, as required.
Wardens Jason Higgins, of Oshkosh, and Truman investigated a case involving numerous subjects overbagging on geese, failing to validate their tags, hunting without licenses, and failing to report their harvest.
Wardens Higgins and Truman contacted two duck hunters at a boat landing who had their limit of mallards. Additional ducks were seen sticking out from a decoy bag in the bow of the boat. The two subjects shot a total of 12 mallards, four of which were hens. The subjects did not have PFDs or boat lights when they went out in the morning. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Ryan Propson, of Appleton, contacted two waterfowl hunters during the southern closure. The hunters said they were using this day to “practice” before heading to Canada the following week to duck hunt. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Propson worked with the Kaukauna Police Department, fire department, and local utilities to rescue a buck stranded in the Kaukauna hydro canal. The buck was able to be released unharmed.
Warden Propson investigated a loan/borrow archery case. A hunter shot a spike buck early in the season, and then “couldn’t pass up” a nice 8-point buck later in the season. After shooting the buck, the hunter’s relative tagged and registered the buck for him.
District 15 — Milwaukee area
Warden Steve Sanidas worked cases of illegal treestands on state lands that resulted in enforcement action for failing to remove stands and damaging trees.
Warden Sanidas responded to a complaint about individuals target shooting at a state wildlife area in the township of Waukesha. Two individuals were found to have been using the area as a trap range. It also was discovered that they had been pheasant hunting earlier in the day and one of the individuals did not have a pheasant stamp. They were ordered to clean up the area, and enforcement action was taken.
Warden Sanidas assisted the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department with a vehicle accident in the Kettle Moraine State Forest. Sanidas was asked to assist with the accident where a subject missed a turn and drove off the road, striking several trees. No injuries were reported.
Warden Adam Stennett, of Milwaukee, encountered a subject who had his hunting and fishing privileges revoked, but was in the act of hunting small game and migratory birds on the Big Muskego Wildlife Area in Muskego. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Stennett contacted two subjects illegally operating ATVs on Racine County park property. Citations were issued.
District 17 — Madison area
Warden Boyd Richter, of Janesville, investigated a shooting complaint west of Janesville with the Rock County Sheriff’s Department. A family member of a youth hunter was found to have shot at a deer during the youth deer hunt. A nearby landowner heard bullets hitting the trees in his yard. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Mike Dieckhoff, of Janesville, had been working multiple illegal deer baits around Rock County. He contacted a subject found to have illegally baited deer for several years, who also had been operating his ATV on state land in order to get to part of his property.
Warden Dieckhoff located two subjects at the Bass Creek Public Hunting Grounds where they drove their vehicle down a mowed path and parked at the end of the dove field. They then set up their target on the long, straight, mowed path for target shooting. When asked why they drove past the parking lot nearly 100 yards into the DNR grounds, they said that they had a lot of equipment they needed.
Warden Kyle Dilley, of Madison, checked a group of goose hunters in a field south of Stoughton. Five of the six hunters failed to validate goose permits and report goose harvests. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Dilley received a hunter-harassment complaint on the Yahara River Marsh north of Stoughton. The caller stated he was duck hunting when he was approached by a man who owns and leases property around the marsh. The man drove through the complainant’s decoys and indicated he operated a duck club on the marsh and badgered the complainant about hunting near his permanent blind. The complainant picked up his decoys and went back to the boat launch. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Henry Bauman, of Madison, cited waterfowl hunters for hunting geese without a valid permit, failing to validate goose permits, taking a protected species (grebe), and hunting with a gun capable of holding more than three shells.
Warden Pearl Wallace, of Watertown, assisted the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department with a road hunting violation. A deputy conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle matching the description of a vehicle observed discharging a firearm from a roadway in the town of Sullivan. The suspect fired a shotgun several times at a pheasant crossing the road. The suspect also had a loaded firearm in the box of his truck. Enforcement action was taken.
District 19 — Dodgeville area
Wardens Ryan Caputo, of Green County, responded to a call about shooting a pheasant off the road. Caputo located the hunters and found a that 10-year-old shot at a pheasant too close to the center of the road, without a license and not meeting mentored hunting requirements. Action was taken with the parents.
Wardens Al Erickson, of Dodgeville, Matthew Koshollek, of Drummond, and Caputo investigated a complaint about unlabeled waterfowl blinds on state riverway property. The wardens located two occupied, unlabeled blinds on opening morning. The hunters were operating ATVs, storing canoes, placing wood pallets for easy access across the wetland, and cutting trees and wetland vegetation on state property.
Wardens Erickson and Koshollek watched a waterfowl hunter shoot at several wood ducks during the morning and fail to make a reasonable effort to retrieve the downed birds. They contacted the hunter as he was leaving the area and found him over his daily bag limit and over his limit of wood ducks. The hunter also shot a goose during the early goose season without an early goose permit.
Wardens Nick Wallor, of Lancaster, received a call from the sheriff’s department about a subject who was shooting a handgun in an industrial park. The subject was shooting a handgun at ground squirrels from the road near some businesses. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Martin Stone, of Fennimore, contacted dozens of duck hunters on opening weekend, many with full limits. He issued citations and warnings for group bagging, no federal stamp, no PFDs, and transporting aquatic plants on boat trailers.
Warden Mike Nice, of Richland Center, worked a case of waterfowl hunting during the closed season. Nice located the hunter in the field; the hunter had shot at ducks earlier in the morning. The hunter did not have a state stamp and had not registered a goose shot earlier in the season.