Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars Report – November 11th, 2016

District 6 — Eau Claire area

Warden Adam Hanna, of Neillsville, apprehended a domestic abuse suspect while on ATV patrol over Labor Day weekend. Upon contact, Hanna observed that the suspect was also operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. The man was arrested and taken to jail.

Wardens Peter Carlson, of Greenwood, and John Schreiber located several individuals fishing in the fish refuge near Jim Falls. The area is closed to all fishing during the sturgeon season. Enforcement action was taken.

Wardens Carlson and Schreiber worked sturgeon fishing enforcement on Lake Holcombe. They located multiple unattended lines on the lake. All of the individuals with lines in the water were found to be asleep and nowhere near their fishing poles. Enforcement action was taken.

While checking fishermen near the Cornell dam, warden Carlson observed an individual smoking what he believed to be marijuana. Upon contact the suspect admitted to having drug paraphernalia on him, and recently smoking marijuana. The suspect was turned over to the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department.

Wardens Carlson and Adam Hanna stopped a UTV operator who was traveling down the road without having headlights on. The wardens located two crates of apples in the bed of the UTV. The individuals stated they were just dumping them on their property to get them out of their yard and it was not for deer. The wardens were then brought to the two deer stands that had illegal bait, consisting of mineral and apples, approximately 15 yards from the stands. Enforcement action was taken.

Wardens Carlson and Bryan Harrenstein investigated a report of a moose that was hit by a semi-truck. They located evidence of where a moose had possibly ran off, but they did not locate the animal.

While checking hunters in the Clark County Forest in September, warden Carlson observed a light being shined across three fields. He stopped the vehicle. The driver was found to be in violation of shining deer while in possession of a crossbow, hunting with a laser attached to crossbow, failure to have carcass tags while hunting, and having a cocked crossbow in a moving vehicle.

Wardens John Schreiber, of Cornell, located a large amount of litter in the Chippewa County Forest consisting of numerous trash bags and waste from someone’s shop. The investigation uncovered a suspect and enforcement action was taken.

Wardens Schreiber and Kevin Christorf were on patrol and contacted an individual shining deer after the 10 p.m. shining prohibition. The individual was found to possess a loaded firearm inside the vehicle. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Jim Cleven, of Colfax, assisted DNR wildlife staffers with a learn-to-hunt deer event in September. The event is for people who have never deer hunted and wish to hunt for the purpose of harvesting deer for food. Eight adults participated. The event included several sessions of training before the hunt took place. The hunters became hunter safety certified, learned about deer biology, scouting, hunting methods, hunter ethics, treestand safety, venison recipes, firearm handling, target shooting, and sighting in their rifles. The hunters were mentored during the hunt. Three deer were harvested.

Warden Paul Sickman, of Hudson, used his knowledge and experience of untangling young kids’ fishing lines to free a buck that had gotten himself tangled in a rope swing.

Warden Isaac Kruse, of Baldwin, received a complaint of late duck hunting on the Three Lakes Waterfowl Production Area in St. Croix County. Kruse found that all four members of the group were hunting late. One hunter shot at a wood duck almost 40 minutes after legal hours. Numerous other violations were discovered after contacting the group. The violations included no small game license, no waterfowl stamp, unplugged gun, goose reporting violations, and goose permit violations.

Wardens Kyle Kosin, Brad Peterson, Sickman, and Kruse found an individual in Pierce County digging ginseng with a companion who is revoked from prior ginseng violations.

District 10 — Wautoma area

Warden Kaitlin Kernosky, of New London, and recruit warden Tyler Flood followed up with an individual who was found to have placed Golden Malrin poison mixed with marshmallows in a container near the edge of a cornfield with the intention of killing raccoons. Enforcement action was taken.

Wardens Kernosky, of New London, and Jonathon Kaiser, of Waupaca, contacted several individuals in September who illegally harvested ginseng in Illinois. The individual who harvested the ginseng did not have it state certified. The wardens found one Wisconsin ginseng violation in addition to multiple Illinois ginseng violations. Kernosky forwarded the information to Illinois wardens for follow-up. Fifty-four green ginseng roots were seized from the individual.

Warden Kyle Johnson, of Shiocton, received a complaint of a person deer hunting over more than two gallons of bait. Johnson located the hunter, who was hunting over corn, apples, and a mineral block that added up to about 10 gallons of bait. The hunter admitted to baiting the location throughout summer. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Kaiser contacted an ATV operator and 10-year-old son who were operating an unregistered ATV on closed roadways without the son wearing a helmet. The machine was being operated on the wrong side of the road and without a headlight on.

Warden Kaiser contacted multiple landowners, boaters, and the owner of a boat that was reported as partially submerged. After locating the boat, which was not leaking any substances, Kaiser contacted the owner via the Oshkosh Police Department.

District 11 — Peshtigo area

Warden Paul Hartrick, of Oconto Falls, investigated a complaint in September of an individual failing to register a buck he had shot. Hartrick was informed the individual also may have shot a buck three years prior and had a relative tag and register it. The investigation revealed the individual had shot a buck in 2013 and had a member of his immediate family tag and register the buck.

While working the opening day of duck season, warden Timothy Werner, of Crivitz, was checking hunters and anglers in the town of Stephenson when he made contact with a fisherman who appeared nervous and evasive. A check revealed the subject had a felony warrant for parole violations stemming from armed robberies.

Warden Werner responded to a 911 call regarding an ATV accident in the town of Stephenson. It was determined two ATVs and a dirt bike were operating illegally on a closed section of Marinette County Forest land. Multiple violations were found, including: no spark arrestors, exceeding the legal decibel limit, trespassing, no ATV license plate, and no motorcycle endorsement on the license of the motorcycle operator to operate on a highway. The ATV operator was treated for minor non-life threatening injuries. Enforcement actions were taken.

Wardens Werner and Hartrick completed follow-up regarding illegal ginseng harvest in the Nicolet National Forest. It was determined two of the three people involved had a felony and a misdemeanor warrant. With assistance from Menominee tribal police officers, Menominee County Sheriff’s Department, and a Menominee tribal game warden, one of the suspects was arrested on the felony warrant.

While watching anglers, warden Werner observed a man fishing in a secluded section of the Peshtigo River. The man was also with two other people, who were not fishing. Upon contact with the party, the man had hidden the fishing pole in the woods and stated he was not fishing because he did not have a license. A female on the scene tried producing a fishing license and stated she was the only one fishing. When asked if she wanted to get her fishing pole from the woods, she stated she did not want it anymore. Enforcement action was taken on the man for fishing without a license.

District 12 — Green Bay area and Northeast Operations Marine Unit 

While assisting with ATV enforcement on the Oconto County ATV trails, wardens Chris Kratcha, of Sturgeon Bay, and Ka Yeng Vue, of Green Bay, came upon three individuals involved in illegal ginseng harvest.

Warden Kratcha took enforcement action concerning ATV operators in the town of Gardner for not following the established town route signs and attempting to gain access to the state wildlife area on roads not open for ATV travel.

Northeast Operations Marine Unit

Warden Darren Kuhn, of Green Bay, contacted a man at Bayshore Park who was fishing by himself, but with four fishing poles and seven hooks. The man said two of the fishing poles belonged to a family member who was not present and was not present during the entire contact. The man said the family member got sick and was taken to the hospital, but the man continued to fish. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Kuhn responded to a request from a Brown County Sheriff’s Department deputy who was with three hunters in the Barkhausan Waterfowl Preserve. Upon arrival, it was determined two of the three were hunting small game during the closed season in the wildlife preserve.

Warden Mike Neal, of Sister Bay, responded to a boat fire on Clark Lake. The personal water craft exploded and eventually sank. There were no injuries, but the craft was destroyed.

Warden Neal was contacted by the Door County Sheriff’s Department regarding a water rescue call off of Rock Island State Park and Washington Island after five kayakers had trouble with the rough water. They were picked up by another boat prior to his arrival.

Warden Dave Allen, of Kewaunee, and warden supervisor Christopher Groth worked with students from UW-Stevens Point to patrol Kewaunee County and Manitowoc County tributaries for violations associated with the fall salmon runs. This partnership is an opportunity for students to get an understanding of the conservation warden career.

District 13 — Oshkosh area

Warden Michael Disher, of Chilton, observed two teal hunters on the Brillion Wildlife Area during the early teal season. The hunters were observed shooting at flocks of mallards and flocks of sandhill cranes. The hunters continued shooting at mallards 46 minutes after the 7 p.m. closure for teal. One dead mallard and one dead sandhill crane were recovered from the marsh. Upon contact, it was discovered that both hunters had unplugged shotguns and one hunter did not have HIP certification. Enforcement action was taken.

Wardens Disher and Tom Sturdivant, of Neenah, investigated a hunter who was shooting at geese after legal hours and was under the influence of intoxicants. It was discovered the hunter did not have a goose hunting permit or state waterfowl stamp.

Wardens Disher and Sturdivant contacted a dove hunter on the Brillion Wildlife Area. The hunter was found to be using all lead shot on state lands, was not HIP certified, and was operating a vehicle with expired registration. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Disher investigated illegal deer baiting activity in Calumet County and located two large commercial feed blocks near a deer stand and a trail camera. On opening day of the archery deer season, Disher contacted the suspect as he exited the woods after legal hours with a loaded crossbow. It was discovered the hunter had cleaned up his illegal bait after being tipped off by a picture of another hunter checking out his feed blocks. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Disher investigated closed season waterfowl hunting activity a week prior to the opening of the southern zone duck season. The suspect had killed five mallards and three geese over several days. The hunter had not validated his goose permit and had not reported his goose harvest as required. Enforcement action was taken.

Wardens Jason Higgins, of Oshkosh, was checking state lands in September and encountered a man coming out of the woods carrying a bow and arrow. The man said he was putting out some bait. When questioned about the bait, the man stated he put out 2½ gallons of apples. The man had another milk crate in the trunk and it was the same amount. When the apples were measured they totaled more than 4 gallons. The man was also driving against his driving restrictions. Enforcement action was taken.

District 14 — Sheboygan area

No report available.

District 15 — Milwaukee area

No report available.

District 16 — Racine, Kenosha area

No report available.

District 17 — Madison area

Wardens Boyd Richter, of Janesville, and Jeremy Plautz, of Madison, were monitoring fishing activity at the Indianford dam when they observed a person who kept 20 catfish. The limit is 10 catfish per day.

Warden Ryan Ellifson, of Jefferson, and deputy warden Alex Brooks contacted a goose hunter and a family member at the Jefferson Marsh. The hunter was in possession of 12 illegal lead shot shells and two shot shells loaded with 00 buckshot. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Henry Bauman contacted an individual target shooting and displaying reckless use of a rifle at the Cherokee Marsh State Fishery Area in DeForest. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Bauman deployed to the Kenosha area to assist with fall fish run enforcement and assisted wardens John Sinclair, of Kenosha County, and Brad Latza, of Racine County, with apprehending suspects for illegal snagging/fail to release foul-hooked salmon and possession over the daily bag limit at the Kenosha Harbor.

Warden Pearl Wallace, of Watertown, investigated a complaint about an individual harvesting teal out of season near Jefferson. The individual confirmed he had been shooting at teal while goose hunting following the close of the early teal season on Sept. 7. The suspect had in his possession a wood duck, which he believed was a teal. Wood ducks cannot be harvested until regular duck season opens. The suspect also failed to validate his goose tag, register harvested geese, and he transported a loaded firearm in the vehicle. Enforcement action was taken.

District 18 — Poynette area

While working sturgeon enforcement on the Wisconsin River below the Prairie du Sac dam in September, wardens Ryan Volenberg, of Poynette, and Sean Neverman, of Prairie du Sac, encountered two sleeping anglers who had a total six lines in the water. Upon contact, the individuals were found to have caught and kept an untagged and undersized sturgeon that was found on a stringer.

Wardens Volenberg and Kyle Dilley, of Madison, responded to a complaint of a dove hunter shooting within 100 yards of a residence and shooting across a roadway. The investigation showed the hunter shot over the roadway and sprayed the residence with shot while the homeowner was in the front yard. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Volenberg assisted the Columbia County Sheriff’s Department on a suspicious persons call. A traffic stop on the suspect vehicle revealed an untagged deer. The investigation by Volenberg showed that the hunter shot a deer with a bow during legal hunting hours that day. However, the hunter never validated his tag. The deer was cut up and was being transported to Sun Prairie. Enforcement action was taken.

District 19 — Dodgeville area

Warden Ryan Caputo, of Green County, contacted a hunter found to be trespassing on another’s property to deer hunt. The hunter placed bait at the site and was issued a citation. The Green County Sheriff’s Department also cited the subject for trespassing.

Warden Nick Webster, of Lafayette County, observed three people fishing below the Argyle dam late at night. The group hid from a police car that passed through the area and ran their equipment back to their vehicles. Webster made contact and learned that one of the subjects had just been released from prison, was on parole, had a suspended driver’s license and didn’t have a fishing license. Enforcement action was taken and a friend drove the group home.

Warden Marty Stone, of Fennimore, and warden supervisor Joe Frost contacted a person in the Lower Wisconsin Riverway who had been illegally harvesting wild flower plants and seeds to sell.

Wardens Mike Nice, of Richland Center, and Cody Adams, of Prairie du Chien, investigated a possible hunting accident that was actually three goose hunters that peppered a few camp sites after shooting and killing geese next to a campground. Several goose hunting violations were found.

Wardens Nice, Adams, Erickson, Frost and Justin Mueller worked a ginseng investigation with several suspects who illegally harvested many pounds of ginseng. The violations included harvesting during the closed season, harvesting on state lands and trespassing. Enforcement action was taken.

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