Wisconsin Cuffs & Collars February 19th, 2016

District 9 — Black River Falls area

Warden Matt Modjeski investigated a gun deer season complaint in December regarding the discharge of a firearm within 50 feet of the center of a roadway. There was a time delay in reporting the incident, as the complainant did not know the law, and called after speaking with neighbors who explained it was a violation. The investigation determined that neighbors had contacted the suspect, who had no valid antlerless deer tags, after he got his truck stuck trying to retrieve two antlerless deer that had been shot on private property. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Modjeski and Monroe County Sheriff’s Department deputies investigated a complaint about a person shooting from a vehicle at a turkey during the antlerless-only deer season in December. Deputies arrived first and located the suspect vehicle. They determined the driver used a rifle to shoot at a turkey on private land, out the passenger window (in front of a passenger’s body), while seated in the driver’s seat. The passenger was found to be in possession of a validated deer carcass tag. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Matt Weber, of Necedah, assisted a Juneau County Sheriff’s Department deputy with enforcement action on a case involving a shotgun used to shoot at a mailbox and a sign, causing damage to both. Weber took enforcement action.

Warden Molly Detjens, of Adams, investigated a suspect who had been purchasing resident Wisconsin hunting licenses while the suspect was a resident of Georgia. The investigation determined that the suspect had purchased resident Georgia hunting licenses and resident Wisconsin hunting licenses. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Kurt Haas, of Black River Falls, and supervisor Robin Barnhardt executed a search warrant in December at a home near Black River Falls after determining the homeowner had illegally killed a buck in 2012. Charges are pending.

Warden Kyle Lynch, of Mauston, responded to a road hunting complaint that occurred in Adams County. Lynch located the suspects and determined that the individuals discharged a firearm from the roadway. An illegal deer also was found in the bed of the suspect’s truck. Enforcement action was taken.

District 10 — Wautoma area

No report available.

District 11 — Peshtigo area

Wardens Alyssa Gove, of Shawano, and Mark Schraufnagel, of Clintonville, completed an investigation in December of an illegal deer that allegedly had been shot at night during the closing weekend of the nine-day gun deer season. The wardens were able to determine the identity of the vehicle operator and eventually solved the case. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Paul Hartrick, of Oconto Falls, investigated a complaint in which an individual shot a buck during the 2014 archery season and had a family member tag the buck. Hartrick found the complaint to be true. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Timothy Werner, of Crivitz, assisted the Marinette County Sheriff’s Department with a physical disturbance at a residence in the township of Wausaukee.

District 12 — Green Bay area and Northeast Operations Marine Unit 

Warden Chris Kratcha, of Sturgeon Bay, cited an individual for the illegal use of a pesticide after receiving a complaint that a dog had ingested the pesticide and became ill.

Warden Kratcha assisted the Southern Door County School District with the kickoff of its third year of the Brett Buhr Archery Club. Kratcha also provided a presentation to Sturgeon Bay High School junior and senior ecology students about the job duties of a conservation warden.

Northeast Operations Marine Unit

Warden Darren Kuhn, of Green Bay, reported citizen complaints in December of waterfowl blinds left on the bay after the close of the hunting season. However, due to unsafe ice conditions, he advised those callers that these complaints will remain open until the ice is safe enough to allow for investigation.

Warden Kuhn investigated a citizen complaint concerning illegal waterfowl hunting (hazing waterfowl) on Green Bay. Based on the investigation, Kuhn found no evidence of illegal hazing, but he issued warnings to the hunters for not having their licenses on their person.

Wardens Jeff Lautenslager, of Peshtigo, and Dale Rombeck assisted local law enforcement partners by responding to a call concerning a hunter who had fallen out of a treestand. The wardens helped get the hunter out of the woods.

Warden Dave Allen, of Kewaunee, assisted the Kewaunee County Sheriff’s Department in attempting to locate an individual in December who had walked away from an assisted-living facility in Luxemburg and had not returned.

Warden Bob Stroess, of Green Bay, issued two citations to a Michigan-based company for operating as an unlicensed WFD (wholesale fish dealer). Stroess also worked to bring two other companies into licensing compliance.

District 13 — Oshkosh area

Warden Michael Disher, of Chilton, checked multiple pheasant hunters on the Brillion State Wildlife Area during early December. Disher contacted one hunter who had been hunting all season without having a pheasant stamp. Enforcement action was taken for the violation.

Warden Disher investigated a gun deer hunter who was shooting too many bucks from a parcel of private land in northern Calumet County. Disher found and checked the hunter, who was wearing a brown stocking cap and did not have a valid tag for hunting deer on private land. Late-registration violations also were discovered for several bucks that were shot earlier in the season. Enforcement action was taken.

Wardens Disher and Thomas Sturdivant, of Neenah, conducted a joint investigation involving a raccoon that was stolen from a trap on the Brillion State Wildlife Area. The investigation revealed that a pheasant hunter shot a raccoon that was caught in a lawfully placed trap. The hunter then removed the raccoon and carried it back to his vehicle at the parking lot. The hunter also was found to be hunting without blaze orange during an open firearms deer season. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Disher investigated an individual who had bypassed his septic system and was pumping gray water onto his back lawn adjacent to the Lake Winnebago shoreline. It was determined the homeowner had bypassed his sinks and bathtub to drain onto his lawn so he wouldn’t have to frequently pump his holding tank, thereby saving money. Enforcement action was taken for the violation, and the county sanitarian was notified of the illegal cross-connection in the homeowner’s basement.

Warden Disher investigated illegal deer-baiting activity on a private woodlot in southern Calumet County in December. It was determined a hunter put out several piles of corn near multiple treestands so a family member could shoot a deer. That family member shot two deer from the locations earlier in the season. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Jason Higgins, of Oshkosh, investigated a case of a subject who had shot two bucks during the archery season. The investigation showed that the suspect had shot a smaller buck, which he tagged and registered late in October. The subject went back out in early November and had a large buck walk into bow range, so the subject shot the deer. The subject’s relative later tagged and registered the buck. Enforcement action was taken.

Wardens Ryan Propson, of Appleton, and Sturdivant investigated a complaint about a hunter who had harvested a turkey during the firearms deer season when the turkey season was closed. The investigation revealed that the turkey was shot during the closed season and that it wasn’t immediately tagged. In addition, the investigation revealed that the hunter had shot two antlerless deer that same day. However, he only had one valid tag for that county. Enforcement action was taken.

Wardens Propson and Sturdivant investigated an archery tag loan/borrow complaint. The investigation revealed that an adult had tagged his son’s second archery buck of the season. The wardens also discovered that the hunters were illegally baiting on the property. Enforcement action was taken.

While investigating a separate complaint, warden Ryan Propson, of Appleton, observed a person walking on railroad tracks in camo and carrying an empty ice cream pail. Upon contact, it was determined the person was placing bait in multiple locations along the tracks for hunting purposes. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Sturdivant received a complaint about two archery hunters hunting in Outagamie County during the muzzleloader season without wearing blaze orange. The investigation revealed that the archery hunters were not only hunting without wearing blaze orange as required, but they did not have backtags, hunted after hours, and hunted with a muzzleloader handgun. Enforcement action was taken.

Wardens Sturdivant and Propson investigated an archery tag loan/borrow violation. One hunter harvested two bucks during the early 2015 archery season in Waupaca County and had another family member tag the second one. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Tom Truman, of Winneconne, contacted a deer hunter during the muzzleloader season. The hunter was found to be hunting over approximately 6 gallons of apples and was not wearing blaze orange, as required. Enforcement action was taken.

District 14 — Sheboygan area

No report available.

District 15 — Milwaukee area

No report available.

District 16 — Racine, Kenosha area

Wardens Brandon Smith, of Burlington, and Juan Gomez, of Elkhorn, contacted a pheasant hunter at the New Munster State Wildlife Area during the muzzleloader deer season. The hunter was found to be hunting without wearing the required blaze orange clothing. The hunter also had one mallard duck in possession during the closed duck season. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden John Sinclair, of Kenosha, was investigating a case of an unknown hunter shooting within 100 yards of a residence when he discovered that an individual had not tagged or registered a deer killed several weeks earlier. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Mike Hirschboeck, of Racine, hosted a Learn to Hunt deer event in Burlington. He was assisted by conservation wardens Brandon Smith and Juan Gomez. Hirschboeck also received the assistance of Trent Tom, a teacher in the area.

District 17 — Madison area

Wardens Jake Donar, of Madison, and Pearl Wallace, of Jefferson, followed up on a deer-hunting complaint for wardens from Iowa. Through an investigation, it was discovered that two Wisconsin residents were hunting in Iowa and had illegally shot eight deer, including a trophy buck. Enforcement action is pending in Wisconsin and Iowa.

District 18 — Poynette area

Warden Sean Neverman, of Prairie du Sac, investigated a complaint about a littered couch along the side of a rural road in Sauk County. Neverman was able to determine the owner of the couch and responsible party for the illegal disposal. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Neverman attended the December meeting of the National Wild Turkey Federation state board as the law enforcement representative for the DNR.

Warden Neverman responded to, and investigated, a spill of diesel fuel on Hwy. 12 after a car collided with a semi truck.

Wardens Wade Romberg, of Friendship, and Ryan Volenberg, of Poynette, wrapped up a cabin shooting investigation that Romberg started. Enforcement action was taken for an individual hunting deer with a crossbow out of a camper that was pulled into the woods near a lighted bait pile. Multiple deer were found to be harvested at night over the bait pile.

Warden Volenberg received and investigated a complaint about three hunters hunting in camouflage at the Gibraltar Rock SNA during the four-day antlerless deer season in December. The investigation revealed violations of hunting without wearing required blaze orange clothing, failing to wear a backtag, cutting trees on state land, possession of a validated carcass tag, hunting deer in wrong quota unit, and illegal transportation of deer. Enforcement action was taken.

District 19 — Dodgeville area

Warden Al Erickson, of Dodgeville, responded to a complaint about a several hunters shooting rifles from a roadway near public land near Cross Plains during the muzzleloader deer season. Contact was made with the young hunters as they left the woods located within the Madison metro subunit. Enforcement action is pending.

Warden Nick Wallor, of Lancaster, patrolled for coyote hunters near Mt. Hope, north of Hwy. 18. Upon contact with a hunter inside his parked vehicle, it was determined he had a loaded .22-250 on the passenger side of the vehicle. He also had two young children with him. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Martin Stone, of Fennimore, and supervisor Joe Frost observed a fresh buck rack in the back of a truck parked in town. Stone contacted the hunter because the deer was never registered. The investigation also revealed that the hunter had never purchased a deer-hunting license. Charges are pending.

Warden Dave Youngquist, of Spring Green, checked four hunters at Blue Mound State Park. Two of the hunters were carrying validated (and used) deer tags belonging to other hunters in their backtag holders. Violations were found for being in possession of validated tags and for not registering deer. Enforcement action was taken.

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