Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars — May 19, 2017

District 1 — Ashland area

Warden Matt Koshollek, of Drummond, assisted the Bayfield County Sheriff’s Department in April with the recovery of a stolen trail camera from a residence in Barnes. The camera was being used to document illegal dumping violations and was stolen from the location. Other trail cameras at the location documented three subjects leaving with the camera and recorded an ATV plate. That license plate number was used to track down the locations of the suspects and enforcement action was taken.

While working smelt fishermen on the Amnicon River, DNR forest ranger Phil Brown and warden Matt Koshollek came across underaged persons drinking alchohol. The individuals were smelt fishing and consuming alcohol on the beach. The matter was turned over to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department.

Warden Adam Stennett, of Brule, issued a citation to a homeowner in Delta who was feeding bears in his backyard. Stennett will follow up with the homeowner to ensure future compliance with the wildlife feeding regulations.

Warden Stennett responded to a hotline complaint in April of two people fishing for muskies on the Amnicon River in Amnicon Falls State Park. Stennett contacted the two fishermen, who were casting Bulldawg lures and admitted to fishing for muskies. A license check confirmed that neither angler possessed a valid license. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Lynna Gurnoe, of Bayfield, and Red Cliff assistant chief warden Lucas Cadotte received information on possible illegal nets off of Oak Island in the Apostle Islands. The nets did not have two buoys marking the net, or tags indicating length or date set, as required by tribal law. Upon arrival, a commercial vessel was lifting the nets and contact was made with the fishermen. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Gurnoe received information from USDA Wildlife Services trappers in relation to a fly rod and net found at the Sioux River Friendly Valley access. Gurnoe collected the fishing equipment and left a business card at the site. Gurnoe received information from a local resident who stated he had moved the pole from the obvious parking lot area to the trail so it was less visible to any passers-by. Two days later, a very excited angler called Gurnoe to describe the pole and net, stating it was worth well more than $300.

Wardens Gurnoe and Amie Egstad, of Bayfield, and Red Cliff tribal warden Zach Peterson were on joint commercial net checks when they observed two males fishing from a pier off Madeline Island. Upon contact, the individuals stated neither had purchased a fishing license or Great Lakes trout stamp. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Matt Meade, of Mercer, contacted four people chasing spawning walleyes and throwing large boulders at them in a creek in Iron County. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden John Krull, of Superior, received numerous complaints from concerned citizens about possible illegally harvested birch poles after media reports detailed the problems occurring on public lands in several northern counties. Several obvious piles of birch poles have generated up to a dozen separate complaints.

District 2 — Cumberland area

No report available.

District 3 — Park Falls area

No report available.

District 4 — Woodruff area

No report available.

District 5 — Lower St. Croix area

No report available.

District 6 — Eau Claire area

No report available.

District 7 — Wisconsin Rapids area

No report available.

District 8 — La Crosse area

No report available.

District 9 — Black River Falls area

Warden Matt Weber, of Necedah, investigated a turkey hunting complaint in April and determined that the suspect had shot a turkey, which was on private property, from the passenger seat of a vehicle while on a county highway in Juneau County. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Kurt Haas, of Black River Falls, contacted a group of anglers on Lake Arbutus in April and determined that none of them had fishing licenses. While taking enforcement action for the violations, Haas determined that one of the anglers had an active arrest warrant. The angler was taken into custody without incident and transported to the jail.

Warden Molly Detjens, of Adams, received a complaint during the Period A spring turkey season. The complainant suspected that a turkey hunter was hunting after having already shot a turkey earlier in the season. Detjens located the hunter, who had a child hunting with him that day. Detjens determined that the child only had valid carcass tags for Period B and Period D of the spring season. Detjens also determined that the adult hunter never registered the turkey that he shot earlier in the season. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Michael Weber, of Mauston, contacted a group of anglers in April who were fishing from shore on the Wisconsin River below the Castle Rock dam. Weber also determined the anglers were illegally fishing for muskies during the closed season, and that the group had littered several carp along the shoreline below the dam. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Weber and retired state game warden Tom Jodarski presented Darrel Hines with an “outstanding educator” award at the Mauston High School Future Farmers of America banquet in April. The award was sponsored by Outdoors Forever, a Mauston outdoors club. Hines served as the Mauston High School agriculture teacher for more than 30 years and excelled as a natural resources educator.

Wardens Weber and Erika Taylor, of Wisconsin Rapids, contacted two persons in a vehicle in a parking lot at the Mead State Wildlife Area. The wardens determined that the subjects were in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The wardens also found that the vehicle was not titled or registered as required. Enforcement action was taken.

District 10 — Wautoma area

No report available.

District 11 — Peshtigo area

No report available.

District 12 — Green Bay area and Northeast Operations Marine Unit 

No report available.

Northeast Operations Marine Unit

Warden Darren Kuhn, of Green Bay, was contacted by anglers in April at De Pere’s Voyageur Park asking about the nearest hospital. When Kuhn inquired what was wrong, he was advised that one of their friends had been hooked in the eye with a lure by another fisherman. Upon inspection, Kuhn suggested an ambulance be called because the hook was embedded in the eye socket. However, the angler who hooked the victim in the eye wanted to cut the hook so he could have his lure back. The individual went to the hospital to have the hook removed.

Warden Darren Kuhn, of Green Bay, responded to a residence in Bellevue to investigate a DNR hotline report of a sturgeon being illegally taken from the Fox River. Upon arrival, Kuhn located a 60-inch sturgeon laid on the kitchen counter of the residence. The sturgeon was still alive. The suspect was not home. Kuhn took the sturgeon back to the Fox River, revived the sturgeon and, after more than an hour out of the water, was able to release the sturgeon. Kuhn returned to the residence and interviewed the suspect, who admitted to catching the sturgeon with a Zebco 202 rod/reel and crankbait missing the rear hooks. The suspect stated that he did not know that it was illegal to keep the sturgeon. Enforcement action is pending.

Wardens Kuhn and Cara Kamke, of Green Bay, contacted shore fishermen along the east shore of the Fox River under the Mason Street bridge. While Kuhn was contacting one group of fishermen, Kamke contacted a second group of anglers and located a 45-inch muskie that had been caught and kept. Kuhn worked on the citation and went through the other fish that this person had kept while Kamke worked on releasing the muskie. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Mike Neal, of Sister Bay, received a complaint of illegal bowfishing in one of the trout streams near Baileys Harbor in April. He made contact with the individuals, who were warned for leaving a few suckers on the banks. During the contact, a brief investigation was conducted about illegal trapping activities with one of the individuals who may have been involved. That investigation determined that the subject and his grandfather had illegally harvested a fisher during the closed season. Since neither one of them had a tag, they skinned it out and placed it in a freezer. After trying unsuccessfully to get someone to tag the fisher, they tossed the fisher into the woods. Enforcement actions were pending.

Wardens Jeff Lautenslager, of Peshtigo, and Jake Cross contacted an individual scouting deer at the Peshtigo State Wildlife Area. After talking with the individual, the wardens learned the individual had one unregistered bear, two unregistered deer, two illegal deer, six unregistered turkeys, that he had damaged state land at one point, and had baited and fed wildlife. Enforcement actions are pending.

Wardens Lautenslager and Cross contacted a group of guys who were fishing with a guide in April. The guide had his captain’s license, but did not have a required Wisconsin guide’s license. Enforcement action was taken.

District 13 — Oshkosh area

No report available.

District 14 — Sheboygan area

No report available.

District 15 — Milwaukee area

Warden Marcus Medina responded to a complaint in April about a boat of three men muskie fishing during the closed season. The fishermen were contacted and the occupants were found to be fishing during the closed season. All stated they knew the season was closed and were contacted at the landing by a different fisherman who told them the game fish season was closed. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden supervisor Reed investigated a complaint of overbagging on panfish on Little Muskego Lake in April. One individual was cited for being over his bag limit and two others were cited for taking a limit of fish home and returning for more.

While working sportfishing enforcement along the Fox River in April, warden Steven Sanidas observed an individual operating a personal watercraft without wearing a personal floatation device, as required by law. The person also narrowly avoided a collision with a fishing boat while navigating through a tight turn in the river. Sanidas located the operator at a nearby residence and enforcement action was taken.

District 16 — Racine, Kenosha area

No report available.

District 17 — Madison area

No report available.

District 18 — Poynette area

No report available.

District 19 — Dodgeville area

No report available.

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