Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars Report – July 22nd, 2016
District 4 — Woodruff area
Warden Tim Price, of Eagle River, investigated an boating injury on Black Oak Lake where a fishing boat ran over two subjects rowing a fiberglass row boat. Both occupants in the row boat were airlifted with serious injuries.
Warden Brad Dahlquist, of Crandon, investigated a call of septic hoses running from camper trailers onto the ground about 100 feet from the shoreline of Pine Lake. He gathered info and forwarded details to the Forest County Zoning Office.
Warden Rich Thole, of Boulder Junction, and recruit Amanda Kretschmer contacted two anglers on Allequash Lake who had 13 bluegills in possession. The legal limit is five per person in May and June. Three bluegills were released and a warning issued. This is the first year of new panfish regulations.
Warden Thole conducted a residency check on a subject from Michigan. The person continued to buy Wisconsin resident fishing licenses for two years after moving. Enforcement action was taken.
District 7 — Wisconsin Rapids area
Warden Jon Scharbarth, of Stevens Point, assisted with the canoe and kayak station at the 2016 Kiwanis Youth Outdoors Day held on Lake Wazeecha in Wood County in June. More than 100 area kids and their families were able to get on the water and try out a canoe, kayak, or both, while getting some basic instruction.
Warden Jon Scharbarth worked with an intern from UW-Stevens Point in June. Internships provide an opportunity for an in-depth look at the career of a conservation warden.
Warden Bryan Lockman, of Stevens Point, and supervisor Korey Trowbridge responded to a boat accident in June on Lake Wazeecha where a boat ended up coming to rest on top of another boat following the collision. Enforcement action was taken with one of the boat operators.
Warden Barry Fetting, of Marshfield, received information in June that two anglers were needlessly killing fish. The men were observed on several occasions during the prior two weeks fishing for catfish on the Wisconsin River. According to the complainant, every time the men caught a rough fish they would cut the belly of the fish open and dispose of the carcass in the river. Fetting talked with the anglers as they were leaving the river. Both men admitted to killing several sheepshead and disposing the carcasses as the complainant had indicated. One of the men stated that he was feeding the eagles; the other said that he thought the sheepshead were competing with catfish. Enforcement action was taken.
While working on Lake DuBay, warden Ben Herzfeldt, of Schofield, observed a boat operating on plane well within 100 feet of a dock in an area where numerous boating complaints were received. Upon contact, the boat operator admitted to consuming about 10 beers that day and subsequently failed field sobriety tests. The subject was arrested for boating OWI.
Warden Herzfeldt responded to an ATV crash in the Burma Unit of the Marathon County Forest. The crash involved an ATV being operated too fast around a corner, which caused the ATV to roll over. That resulted in injuries to the operator and passenger. The operator was cited for operating an ATV without completing a safety class and also warned for reckless operation of an ATV.
Warden Paul Leezer, of Wausau, assisted with instructing at a mini hunter education academy in June that was designed to certify members of an agriculture teachers’ association to serve as instructors.
Warden Randy Dunkel, of Wausau, gave a presentation to students attending a summer school fishing course at Horace Mann Middle School in June. The course contained information about fishing and related rules and regulations.
District 8 — La Crosse area
Warden Shawna Stringham, of Viroqua, checked an angler near Coon Valley in June who had two trout in possession and was using live bait on a stream that is open only to release fishing and artificial bait. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Dale Hochhausen, of Onalaska, investigated a complaint regarding trees cut on state property. The wildlife manager for the property and Hochhausen contacted the landowner and logger who were responsible for the removal of about 23 trees from state land. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Brad Peterson, of Pierce County, and Isaac Kruse, of Baldwin, were on patrol when they observed a personal watercraft close in on the landing without reducing speed. The operator ran into the back of a docked boat that contained a mother and two small children. No one was injured. The operator had not taken a boater safety course. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden J.J. Redemann, of Durand, took a complaint of approximately four truckloads of garbage and furniture dumped on public land near Durand in June. Redemann learned that a Buffalo County resident was responsible. The suspect refused to clean up the garbage and enforcement action was taken.
Warden Redemann stopped an ATV operator who had been illegally operating for several miles on roadways and trails around Mondovi. The operator had their young child on the ATV without a helmet. Helmets are required for those under 18. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Edward McCann, of La Crosse, and deputy warden Vong Xiong participated in an aquatic invasive species outreach and enforcement day on the Mississippi River in June. The wardens issued several warnings and issued two citations to individuals who knew the law, but decided not to remove the large amount of invasive weeds from their boat trailer.
Warden Bob Jumbeck, of Alma, attended a trout day celebration on Swinns Valley Creek. Kids walked away with a wide variety of fishing gear and gained valuable knowledge related to trout management and stream bank stabilization.
While working the state’s free fishing weekend, Jumbeck contacted a couple fishing from a dock. Jumbeck observed a glass bong, commonly used for smoking marijuana, in the open on the dock between the two. The subjects later handed over a small container of hash oil, known as dabs, and admitted to using the bong. The male took responsibility and was arrested.
Warden Trevor Tracey, of Stoddard, assisted with the plans for a “Kids Don’t Float” life jacket kiosk at the Genoa boat landing. The Lions Club agreed to build the kiosk and the town of Genoa has agreed to keep the kiosk in working order.
District 12 — Green Bay area and Northeast Operations Marine Unit
Warden Chris Kratcha, of Sturgeon Bay, took some time to teach a family basic fishing techniques after they explained they were novices and were struggling to catch fish while shore fishing. The family was grateful for the advice.
Wardens Jake Bolks and Alyssa Gove, both of Manitowoc County, were participating in an AIS outreach when they made contact with a fisherman at Shoe Lake. Bolks watched the fisherman catch multiple fish before being contacted. Upon contact, it was discovered that the fisherman did not have a fishing license. The fisherman stated that he was planning on buying a license if he had caught any fish. Enforcement action was taken for the license violation.
The Green Bay team participated in an AIS group check focusing on education and enforcement related to the spread of aquatic invasives. Contact was made with more than 32 fishermen and boaters.
Northeast Operations Marine Unit
Wardens Darren Kuhn, of Green Bay, and recruit Tyler Flood contacted two shore anglers at the metro landing and determined one of the two did not have a fishing license, as required. During the contact it was further discovered that this fisherman had been cited for fishing without a license two years earlier – also at the metro landing.
Warden Mike Neal, of Sister Bay, responded to a hit-and-run boat accident in Fish Creek. A boat struck a boat on a mooring and, after words were exchanged, the operator hit him again. As the Coast Guard approached, a brief chase occurred and the boat eventually ran aground off of Fish Creek. The individual was contacted and the boat pulled off the shoal. Information will be referred to the district attorney’s office for charges.
Warden Neal worked a complaint in June of an unlicensed charter boat off of Rock Island with assistance from the Michigan DNR. Contact was made with the suspect for a little follow-up and two citations are pending for operating without a U.S. Coast Guard charter license. Also while working this complaint, Neal contacted two boats fishing with too many lines. Two citations were issued, with one boat having a citation for eight lines for one individual. One individual also had an arrest warrant for fishing without a license in Kewaunee County.
Warden Jeff Lautenslager, of Peshtigo, and recruit Meghan Jensen found six juveniles who had been working on building a camp site and fire area by cutting trees, putting up a rope swing, building a fire pit and burning a fire, leaving a tent, swimming raft and other items on state property. Two of the juveniles had been drinking and there were beer and recreational drugs present. Enforcement action was taken and the juveniles were instructed to clean up the area.
Wardens Jensen and Lautenslager observed two intoxicated males swimming in the middle of the Menominee River late at night and stopped to ensure the two got out of the river safely. Minutes after the males got out of the water, a boat came through that same location at a high rate of speed and was stopped by the wardens, who found that the boat operator had been drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana, and had taken a stimulant earlier in the day. Enforcement action was taken.
District 16 — Racine, Kenosha area
Warden Brandon Smith of Burlington, with the assistance of the town of Dover water patrol, responded to a complaint in June of men who were seen keeping undersized bass on Eagle Lake. One man kept two undersized largemouth bass, which also is in excess of the daily bag limit. On Eagle Lake, only one bass 22 inches or longer may be kept each day. Additional boating violations were observed for not having a wearable PFD for each person, operating a motor boat without a safety certificate, and uncovered battery terminals.
Warden Mike Hirschboeck, of Racine, responded to calls of illegal dredging in June and also assisted with the DNR Outdoor Days Event at the Burlington Conservation Club. He also worked with the local boat patrol and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary with inspections at Wind Lake boat landing.
Wardens Juan Gomez, of Elkhorn, and Johnson were involved with an OWI arrest at 10:30 a.m. on Lake Geneva.