Wisconsin Cuffs & Collars May 27th, 2016
District 1 — Ashland area
Warden Matt Koshollek, of Drummond, stopped an ATV in April that was being operated by an adult man who had two small children as passengers on the unregistered machine. The driver failed to stop for a stop sign. The child in the back was not wearing a helmet. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Adam Stennett, of Brule, watched a boat trolling off of the Port Wing harbor in April with a total of 11 lines in the water with three people on board. Upon contact, the boat owner admitted to fishing with two extra lines. Enforcement action was taken
Warden Stennett saw two people fishing near the DNR weir in a posted no-fishing area on Middle River just south of Hwy. 13 in the Township of Lakeside. Upon contact, the fishermen admitted to knowing they were fishing in a restricted area. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Matt Meade, of Mercer, assisted the Vilas County Sheriff’s Department with a traffic stop of a vehicle that was being operated in an unsafe manner. Upon contact, Meade could smell the odor of an intoxicant. The individual was turned over to the sheriff’s department. Deputies arrested the man for OWI.
Warden Meade assisted State Patrol troopers with an OWI stop in Mercer. The individual was arrested for OWI and possession of heroin and paraphernalia.
Warden John Krull, of Superior, assisted the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department and a State Patrol trooper in April with a suspect who stole a vehicle in the South Range area and then fled on foot.
District 2 — Cumberland area
No report available.
District 3 — Park Falls area
No report available.
District 4 — Woodruff area
Warden Brad Dahlquist, of Crandon, investigated several environmental complaints involving silt laden water run-off, burning of illegal materials such as shingles, and littering of household garbage that resulted in enforcement action.
Wardens Rich Thole, of Boulder Junction, Mike Sealander, of St. Germain and Tim Ebert, of Woodruff, in conjunction with the Boulder Junction Gun Club and numerous volunteers, hosted a learn-to-hunt turkey event. Early spring weather hampered the hunt, but participants obtained the knowledge and skills necessary to try turkey hunting in the future.
Warden Jim Jung, of Rhinelander, investigated several potential violations of people purchasing a resident license after having moved out-of-state and becoming a resident of another state. Enforcement action was taken with several individuals, some of whom had purchased resident licenses for multiple years.
Warden Jung assisted the Oneida County dive team in locating the recovery of a kayaker in the Rhinelander Flowage. Jung used side-scan sonar to locate the missing person, whose body was then recovered by the dive team.
District 5 — Lower St. Croix area
No report available.
District 6 — Eau Claire area
Wardens Adam Hanna, of Neillsville, and Peter Carlson contacted a man in the Clark County Forest in April who was dressed in full camo while carrying a shotgun loaded with turkey loads. The man was also using turkey calls. Upon contact, the man said he was “just scouting.” Enforcement action was taken since the hunter didn’t have a valid turkey tag.
Wardens Hanna and Carlson contacted a fisherman on Lake Arbutus in April who provided his driver’s license as proof of approval. Hanna scanned the ID and observed that in addition to having a fishing license, the man was fishing during his turkey season, despite not having made any turkey registrations. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the man had failed to register a turkey that he shot earlier in the week.
Warden Hanna served as the court officer in Clark County in April and oversaw an additional three-year revocation of all hunting, fishing, and trapping privileges applied to a repeat offender who was apprehended by warden Carlson for deer hunting during revocation, and for snowmobile violations. The suspect was originally revoked for poaching a 171-inch buck with a spotlight and rifle during the archery season a few years ago.
Wardens Carlson, of Greenwood, and Hanna observed three individuals fishing below the Lake Arbutus dam in April. The individuals were observed as they fished for game fishing and kept game fish. All three individuals were found to have littered and fished for game fish during the closed season. The individuals had kept five walleyes, one northern pike and one muskie. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens John Schreiber, of Cornell, and Kevin Christorf, of Chippewa Falls, observed two fisherman fishing along the Chippewa River in April while casting walleye crankbaits, large minnows and muskie baits. All game fish seasons were closed at that point until May 7. The wardens heard one of the men telling the other how he was so excited he caught a muskie. The wardens determined that the fishermen possessed an illegal-sized walleye and both were fishing during the closed season. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Schreiber was checking local areas near some of the dams for sturgeon spawning activity in April. Schreiber observed a fisherman with a pole in his hand who wasn’t casting and was watching as people would drive past the dam and walkers would walk by. As soon as all the walkers and cars passed by, the fisherman looked around, made sure the coast was clear, and cast out into the river and began jerking the rod aggressively and snagging fish stacked below the dam. Schreiber determined that the man was intentionally snagging fish with a large treble hook and large weight. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Christorf and Carlson made contact with an individual while out turkey hunting. The wardens found that the individual was baiting for turkeys and had two additional gravity feeders with bait for deer. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Scott Thiede, of Eau Claire, provided a hunter education presentation at Westgate Sportsman’s Club where he recognized volunteer instructors Kent Marsh and Dennis Freid for 35 years of outstanding service to promote safe hunting.
Warden Thiede spoke with a fisherman at the Lake Altoona boat landing who was draining water from the boat livewell into a plastic bucket containing the fish he had caught on the lake. The angler was reminded that he was in violation of the VHS rules. All anglers must drain all water from boats, containers and fishing equipment when leaving any state waters, banks or shores. This does not apply to any drinking water or up to 2 gallons of water being used to hold minnows that may be legally transported. You may not transport any live fish or live fish eggs away from any state waters.
Warden Jim Cleven, of Colfax, responded to an injured eagle complaint in April. Cleven caught the eagle and made arrangements to have the eagle transported to the Raptor Center in Minnesota.
Warden Cleven worked with the Dunn County Fish and Game Club’s new Explorer Post Program. The group planted hundreds of trees in April.
Warden Isaac Kruse, of Baldwin, investigated a St. Croix County taxidermy business that has been operating for several years without the required licenses or Department of Revenue permits. Enforcement action was taken.
District 7 — Wisconsin Rapids area
No report available.
District 8 — La Crosse area
Warden Shawna Stringham, of Viroqua, worked at the Farm and Home Safety Day held in Viroqua in April. Every fourth grader in Vernon County came to the event. Stringham talked to the students about ATV safety.
While working turkey hunting enforcement in April, warden Dale Hochhausen, of Onalaska, observed two individuals walking along a field edge. Neither person was wearing camouflaged clothing, but one of the individuals was carrying a plastic shopping bag. Hochhausen drove back to the location and observed one individual hand-broadcasting corn next to a turkey blind. The two individuals were brothers and they both had valid tags for the upcoming turkey season, which was three days away. The individuals had also baited an area next to a second turkey blind. Hochhausen had the hunters move both blinds and they weren’t able to hunt those locations for their upcoming season. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Hochhausen contacted a person operating an unregistered ATV on the roadway. The individual admitted to turkey hunting that day and Hochhausen observed kernels of corn in the gravel driveway. Hochhausen returned to the property later that day and found corn next to the person’s turkey blind. Several days later Hochhausen contact the individual while he was turkey hunting over the illegal bait. The hunter had placed out a 50-pound bag of corn next to his turkey blind the day before his season. The individual also shot a turkey and didn’t tag or register the turkey. The hunter was hunting with illegal BB shot and his turkey license/permit was at home. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Edward McCann, of La Crosse, contacted an individual in April who was trout fishing and did not have a valid fishing license or trout stamp. The individual explained that he did not have much money, had a low paying job, and could not afford a citation. McCann made the decision to issue a warning, and instructed the individual to purchase the appropriate license and stamp within five days. Ten days later, the individual had not yet purchased a license or a stamp, so a citation was issued.
Warden Redemann contacted a hunter walking out of the field with a turkey and unvalidated tag due to the hunter forgetting to bring a pen. A warning was issued. Redemann urges hunters to put a pen or pencil in their hunting vest when in the field. Redemann heard of another resourceful hunter who used a stick and blood from his turkey to write the validation.
Warden Trevor Tracey, of Stoddard, contacted three fishermen at the Desoto boat landing in April. The three subjects had been on the river all day fishing with a guide. It was found that two of the subjects were from out-of-state and they did not have valid fishing licenses. The subjects were in possession of three saugers. Enforcement action was taken.
District 9 — Black River Falls area
Warden Matt Weber, of Necedah, responded to a DNR hotline call in April that reported an illegal turkey road hunting violation. Weber investigated and located the suspect, who had shot at a turkey from a paved road. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Matt Weber and Mike Weber, of Wisconsin Dells, gave career day presentations to students enrolled in an ecology class at the Mauston High School. Both wardens also assisted with youth archery at the Outdoors Forever field day event.
Warden Matt Modjeski, of Sparta, investigated a complaint in April of litter being deposited into a creek. The suspect was seen dumping a white plastic garbage bag into a creek from a bridge. Enforcement action was taken for littering.
Warden Modjeski investigated a complaint of a person fishing for bass during the closed season at Lake Tomah. The investigation determined that the angler’s Wisconsin DNR licenses was revoked for failure to pay for two previous citations for fishing without a license. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Kurt Haas, of Black River Falls, investigated a turkey baiting complaint in Jackson County. Haas learned that the property owner had been baiting turkeys for many years and shooting them from his blind. The suspect was also using illegal gravity feeders on his property for the gun deer season. Enforcement action was taken.