Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars Report – November 25th, 2016
District 1 — Ashland area
Warden Amie Egstad was traveling in her squad in October when she observed several ATVs operating in an unsafe manner while going up a hill on an ATV/UTV route. Three out of the five ATVs did not have the required nonresident ATV trail passes. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Matt Meade, of Mercer, received phone calls from a pair of waterfowl hunters in October who observed another waterfowl hunter shoot at a trumpeter swan while duck hunting. Wardens Meade and Tyler Flood arrived at the marsh and contacted the hunter who had the swan in his canoe at the landing. The hunter stated he thought it was a Canada goose. Enforcement action was taken against the hunter.
Wardens Meade and Flood made contact after observing a grouse hunter shoot at a grouse with a loaded gun in a vehicle. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Matt Koshollek, of Drummond, stopped an operator on his ATV in the town of Barnes in October. The subject admitted to drinking alcohol. The subject failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for operating his ATV while intoxicated. The suspect submitted a .17 BAC during a chemical test of his breath.
District 2 — Cumberland area
No report available.
District 3 — Park Falls area
Warden Tim Otto, of Antigo, assisted the Langlade County Sheriff’s Department in October with locating two small game hunters who were in distress. The hunters had been driving a Kia Rio while grouse hunting and, after getting through several deep puddles, they became stuck in some mud. They were unable to walk out, as one of them was wheelchair bound. Using the enhanced 911 service, Otto was able to locate the hunters and assist them in getting their vehicle moving again.
Wardens Andrew Dryja, of White Lake, and Paul Hartrick, of Oconto Falls, investigated an ongoing shining and shooting complaint in Oconto County in October. Multiple contacts were made with subjects who shined and shot at several deer while using spotlights. The wardens are referring multiple charges to the district attorney’s office for review and prosecution.
District 4 — Woodruff area
Wardens Brad Dahlquist, of Crandon, and Dave Walz, of Woodruff, stopped four individuals who were illegally shining deer from a vehicle after 10 p.m. While observing the shining activity, the wardens saw a passenger discharge a rifle from the vehicle, killing an antlerless deer. Upon contact, the four individuals were found to be in possession of three antlerless deer – all harvested illegally that night with spotlights and firearms. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Brad Dahlquist investigated a complaint in October of several individuals involved with the illegal harvest of an antlerless deer at night from a roadway near Crandon. The investigation revealed that the antlerless deer was illegally harvested with the aid of artificial light and a crossbow. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Dahlquist investigated a complaint of three individuals shining deer after 10 p.m. Upon investigation, it was found three individuals shined private fields near Hiles while in possession of a loaded shotgun and rifle. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Tim Ebert, of Woodruff, responded to several waterfowl hunting complaints in October, including hunting waterfowl over bait, hunting waterfowl with unattended decoys and shooting before legal hours. Investigations into these cases led to enforcement actions.
Warden Jim Jung, of Rhinelander, responded to the Three Lakes area after a call of a boating accident. A boat operator fell from his small boat into the cold water. He was rescued and treated for hypothermia.
Warden Jung investigated a complaint on a subject who illegally placed out bait and shot an antlerless deer from his home in a buck-only unit. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Jung, Tim Price and Pat Novesky, of Tomahawk, sponsored a learn-to-hunt event for waterfowl and pheasants for kids of fallen law enforcement officers from around the country. The event also had the assistance of the Vilas County Sheriff’s Department, the Oneida County Sheriff’s Department, the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, and an agent from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Warden Kelly Crotty, of Florence, was on patrol when he drove up behind a vehicle stopped in the roadway. Crotty observed what appeared to be a gun barrel sticking out the open driver’s window. Upon seeing the warden, the driver quickly pulled the vehicle off to the side. When contacted, the driver’s gun was found to be unloaded, but when asked to open the passenger’s break-action shotgun to confirm it was not loaded, a live 20-gauge shell was ejected into the lap of the passenger. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Rich Thole, of Boulder Junction, investigated an unattended fire complaint while out working deer shiners one night in October. At the scene, Thole contacted two subjects along the lake shore who were cooking a meal around the fire. The subjects were eating two northern pike caught on the lake. They told Thole they had cleaned the fish out on the water and tossed the carcasses over the boat. Thole found the carcasses in the water near shore. Both fish were under the 26-inch size limit for the lake. Enforcement action was taken.
District 5 — Lower St. Croix area
No report available.
District 6 — Eau Claire area
Warden Adam Hanna, of Neillsville, investigated a complaint of a business owner burning a residence and all its contents, including furniture, carpeting, appliances and more. The business owner was directed to properly dispose of the ash and refrain from such activities in the future. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Carlson received a complaint that an individual kept one walleye over his limit below the Mead Lake dam. An investigation showed that the individual had kept two walleyes over his limit one day and one walleye over his limit the next day. Enforcement action was taken
Wardens John Schreiber, of Cornell, Kevin Christorf, of Chippewa Falls, and Peter Carlson investigated an ongoing issue of people overbagging on panfish near Cornell. The wardens contacted the anglers and documented several occurrences of over-bagging on panfish, along with possessing over the daily bag limit of panfish. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Schreiber, Christorf, and Carlson, warden supervisor Jeremy Peery, and DNR ranger Bayli Maliszewski attended the 2016 Run with the Cops Special Olympics event in Eau Claire, along with numerous other local and state agencies. The wardens participated in the kids’ race, doughnut eating contest, 5K and mile races. The wardens swept the doughnut eating contest to take home the gold medal!
Warden Scott Thiede, of Eau Claire, apprehended an unlicensed archery deer hunter in a ground blind overlooking an illegal gravity feeder on a small woodlot in the town of Seymour.
Warden Ken Thomson, of Fall Creek, noticed the car in front of him had smoke rolling from under its hood while traveling on Hwy. 12. The vehicle pulled over and, when the occupants got out, there were flames coming from passenger compartment. The driver opened the hood and flames came up in the engine compartment. Thomson reported the fire to dispatch and used his fire extinguisher to put the fire out. Thomson’s quick action saved the vehicle from being a total loss.
Warden Thomson responded to a call in Clark County in October of two bucks locked together. With the help of the caller, Thomson sawed off one antler from the dead buck, which released the live buck.
Warden Paul Sickman checked an archery hunter who came out of the woods extremely late. The hunter had a compound bow in the vehicle and a cocked crossbow in the vehicle. The hunter did not know when hunting hours ended, was carrying another’s deer license, and was driving a vehicle with expired registration. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Jim Cleven, of Colfax, worked with DNR wildlife staff, Menomonie Market Food Co-op, and volunteer instructors at an LTH deer event held in Dunn County. Activities included hunter safety, treestand safety, scouting for deer, and deer biology. Eight hunters participated, and they shot three deer. They also were given hands-on training in field dressing, butchering and venison recipes. The event focused on adult hunters over several weeks of training, educating and preparation, before the actual hunt.
Warden Paul Sickman, of Hudson, received a complaint from wildlife staff about a stand on state land. Sickman located an archer and cited the archer for leaving the stand. Sickman warned the same hunter for early baiting, no name on the stand or camera and failure to display a hunting license. The hunter did have a license.
Warden Sickman contacted a crossbow hunter who was hunting over a homemade PVC gravity feeder filled with more than 10 gallons of corn and placed out before the season started. The hunter also was hunting after hours, not wearing blaze orange during the youth gun deer season, didn’t have his hunting license along, and had never printed out any deer carcass tags. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Isaac Kruse responded to a complaint of individuals catching and keeping more than their daily bag limits of walleyes and sauger on the Mississippi River. Kruse arrived at the location and contacted the fishermen, who were found to have caught and kept 12 walleyes and sauger earlier in the day. The fishermen brought the fish to their hotel room and then returned to catch more. Enforcement action was taken.
District 7 — Wisconsin Rapids area
Warden Jon Scharbarth, of Stevens Point, partnered with the Portage County Parks Department, the Bill Cook Chapter of the Izaak Walton League, the Almond Rod and Gun Club, and the Student Law Enforcement Association at UW-Stevens Point to host a LTH deer program in Portage County. Two antlerless deer were shot by first-time hunters during this event.
Wardens Scharbarth and Bryan Lockman assisted the Portage County Sheriff’s Department with a response to a capsized boat and three fishermen in the water below the Dubay dam. All three fishermen were pulled out by anglers in another fishing boat and the boat was recovered by wardens and deputies.
Warden Randy Dunkel assisted the DNR environmental program staff members in October in conducting an investigation and taking evidence samples from a stream for a waste water violations. Enforcement action was taken.
District 8 — La Crosse area
No report available.
District 9 — Black River Falls area
Warden Molly Detjens, of Adams, received a complaint of an individual placing bait/feed material for deer in Adams County in October. Detjens located the bait/feed, which consisted of mineral placed inside two stumps. The individual responsible was found and enforcement action was taken.
While patrolling during the waterfowl opener, warden Detjens saw an ATV operating illegally in a ditch line. Upon contacting the operator, Detjens found the ATV was not registered, was being operated on private property without permission, did not have a license plate, and the operator was not ATV safety certified. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Matt Modjeski, of Sparta, investigated a complaint of an agricultural damage deer hunter failing to wear blaze orange while shooting an antlerless deer. The investigation revealed the hunter was wearing a camouflage jacket while hunting/harvesting the deer and that the hunter had failed to immediately validate the deer carcass tag. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Michael Weber, of Mauston, contacted a squirrel hunter on the Bass Hollow state property in southern Juneau County. Weber also found that the hunter did not have a small game license as required. Weber also found that the hunter had an unattended illegal treestand on state land.