Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars — June 2, 2017
District 2 — Cumberland area
Wardens Joshua Loining, of Rice Lake, and Phil Dorn, of Cumberland, responded to a complaint in April of four people bowfishing from a bridge on the Red Cedar River. Upon contact, it was discovered that one person was discharging a bow from the bridge and two others were snagging suckers. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Loining received a complaint of a juvenile riding an ATV on a road route without wearing a helmet. Loining learned the subject was 12 years old and was riding on a dead end road about one block away from his grandparents’ home. The subject also did not possess an ATV safety certificate. The young man’s grandparents were educated on the laws and safety risks.
Warden Loining confirmed a report of rip rap work being done without a permit on Ten Mile Lake in Chetek. Information was turned over to the DNR water regulations specialist.
Wardens Jon Hagen and Rick Peters, of Hayward, contacted three people fishing below the Spooner dam. The subjects were in possession of drug paraphernalia. Enforcement action is underway.
Warden Jesse Ashton received a complaint of approximately 30 bags of trash dumped in the McKenzie Wildlife Area. Ashton located the responsible party, clean-up followed, and enforcement action was taken.
Warden Ashton received a complaint in April of a person who canoed to a state-owned island on a lake near Balsam Lake and destroyed three Canada goose nests, kicking the eggs and nests into the water. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Dustin Gabrielson, of Webster, observed a man drive down a road and shoot through the open passenger window and kill a tom turkey that Gabrielson had been hunting. The suspect picked up the tom and left without validating his carcass tag. Enforcement action was taken.
District 3 — Park Falls area
Warden Tim Otto, of Antigo, was observing anglers at Remington Pond in Antigo. This is an urban water open only to disabled anglers and kids under the age of 16. Otto observed two subjects fishing. While Otto spoke with three kids who had a stringer of trout, the other two subjects began walking to their car. One of the subjects was no longer holding a fishing pole. Upon contact, it was learned that both subjects were older than 16 and one of them had not purchased a fishing license. The unlicensed angler saw Otto and threw his fishing pole into the water.
Warden Bryan Harrenstein was checking bridges and culverts in Taylor County during the April fish run and had contact with two male subjects. The strong odor of marijuana was detected coming from the vehicle. Enforcement action was taken by Harrenstein and a Taylor County Sheriff’s Department deputy.
Warden Dan Michels, of Park Falls, issued a citation for timber theft to a subject for cutting at least 20 live white birch trees from the Chequamegon National Forest without a permit. The subject intended to sell the 1- to 3-inch diameter poles that were cut into 8-foot lengths for the decorative market. The same person has been cited by the Ashland County Sheriff’s Department for illegal cutting of white birch trees from the Ashland County Forest.
Warden Joe Paul, of Phillips, received information regarding people fishing in a fish refuge below the Jersey dam in Tomahawk. Paul located two subjects in the area, one of which attempted to hide drug paraphernalia. He was arrested and taken to jail.
Wardens Paul and Tim Ebert, of Woodruff, investigated information in April about a suspect near Fifield who allegedly shot a bear without a license in the fall of 2016. Enforcement actions are pending.
Warden Pat Novesky, of Tomahawk, assisted the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department with the investigation of persons camping on county land. The suspects were located and identified. Several violations were observed, such as littering, possession of narcotics, fishing with unattended lines, and shooting juncos and red-winged blackbirds.
District 4 — Woodruff area
Warden Brad Dahlquist, of Crandon, assisted DNR and local fire department personnel with a 2-acre grass fire near a residence. It was found that an individual at the residence was attempting to burn solid waste materials contrary to burning restrictions for that day – and without a burning permit. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Jung contacted two youths operating ATVs on school forest properties by driving over berms. Jung determined that one child had not completed an ATV course, both children (under the age of 16) had operated on an ATV route without supervision, neither had headlights on while on the route/roadway, and one machine had no taillight and no rear license plate. Working with the parents, enforcement action was taken.
Warden Jung contacted an adult operating an ATV on a DNR wildlife area which is posted as no ATV use. The operator had a 3-year-old grandchild without a helmet as a passenger and the ATV had no rear license plate. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Rich Thole, of Boulder Junction, conducted an investigation into turkey permit landowner preference fraud in Vilas County. Numerous violations of people fraudulently claiming landowner preference for turkey tags were found. The hunters were not eligible to claim landowner preference because they did not own the minimum requirement of 50 acres of land. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Mike Sealander, of St. Germain, and warden supervisor Dave Walz contacted a man who was illegally fishing within the posted boundaries of the state fish hatchery at Woodruff with spawning walleyes present. The man didn’t have a fishing license and had been contacted by warden Tim Ebert a few days earlier while fishing without a license. Enforcement action was taken.
District 5 — Lower St. Croix area
No report available.
District 6 — Eau Claire area
No report available.
District 7 — Wisconsin Rapids area
Warden Dunkel assisted the Wausau Police Department with a search of Lake Wausau for a person reported as missing.
Wardens Erika Taylor, Brian Lockman, and Jon Scharbarth and warden supervisor Korey Trowbridge assisted the Wood County Sheriff’s Department in a ground search for a missing man in April.
Wardens Taylor and Michael Weber, of Mauston, contacted the driver of a vehicle in a parking lot at the Mead State Wildlife Area for not having license plates on the vehicle. Upon contact, an odor of marijuana was detected and the occupants were found to be in possession of marijuana. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Jon Scharbarth, of Stevens Point, made contact in April with a subject who was in possession of a 26-inch walleye on the Wisconsin River below the Nekoosa dam. There is a protected slot for walleyes of 20 to 28 inches on this stretch of river. The subject had the walleye swimming in a minnow tank and stated he was simply keeping it until someone could arrive and take a picture of him with the fish despite the fact he was fishing with a companion already.
Warden Scharbarth made contact with suspects involved in shooting at turkeys from a roadway in Marathon County. Numerous turkey hunting violations were discovered, including hunting turkeys without licenses or permits. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Bryan Lockman gave a law enforcement talk at the Junction City USSA disabled/LTH turkey event.
District 8 — La Crosse area
Wardens Dale Hochhausen, of Onalaska, and Roger Arnould responded to a complaint in April regarding some anglers keeping several undersized walleyes at Lock and Dam No. 7. Upon arrival, the individuals had eight undersized walleyes in the boat, which they said they thought were saugers. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Brad Peterson, of River Falls, received a hotline call of three individuals fishing with live bait and keeping trout out of season. Peterson found the group and they were using live bait, had no licenses or stamps, and were in possession of 19 trout. Enforcement action was taken.
While worked fishing and litter enforcement in April, warden Bob Jumbeck, of Alma, saw several individuals fishing near a boat landing. Jumbeck observed one of them litter several bottles prior to leaving and another smoking what appeared to be a controlled substance. During the traffic stop, Jumbeck recovered a pipe and a small amount of marijuana, as well as a confession from two individuals for littering their empty beer bottles. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Shawna Stringham, of Viroqua, responded to a complaint of an individual who may have kept trout during the closed season. Stringham located the subjects and discovered 13 trout in possession. The season for trout was catch-and-release only at that time. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Trevor Tracey, of Stoddard, assisted warden Ed McCann, of La Crosse, with a turkey baiting investigation involving a bait site in La Crosse County. The hunters were contacted in the field during the second period. Two individuals were contacted while hunting over the baited site. One of the hunters placed bait at the location. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Tracey received a complaint about an individual who shot at a turkey from a vehicle while on a roadway in Vernon County. The complainant provided Tracey with a license plate number. The owner of the vehicle was contacted and the hunter was found to have shot at a turkey out of his vehicle while on the road. Enforcement action was taken.
District 10 — Wautoma area
Warden Nathan Ackerman, of Berlin, contacted a person whose snowmobile went through the ice on the Fox River this past winter. The person had been advised to make arrangements to recover the snowmobile and that time could be given because of dangerous ice conditions. The subject had not made any arrangements and had no plans to remove the snowmobile from the river. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Kyle Johnson, of Shiocton, located several crayfish traps along the Wolf River. An individual was found to not have the appropriate license to trap crayfish and failed to check traps during the required time. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Johnson and warden supervisor Ted Dremel, of Wautoma, interviewed two individuals for walleye overbagging. The individuals kept their limit of walleyes in the morning and one of the individuals returned to the same location in the evening, when he caught and kept four more walleyes. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Johnson and Jonathan Kaiser, of Waupaca, contacted an individual fishing from shore on the Wolf River who kept a northern pike during the closed season. The individual also did not have a valid fishing license. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Kaiser worked with supervisor Ted Dremel, of Wautoma, and wardens Johnson, Jeffery Knorr, of Fremont, Thomas Sturdivant, of Neenah, and Jacob Bolks, of Appleton, to investigate a complaint of an individual catching, possessing, and distributing an overlimit of panfish. It was discovered that in addition to consuming and gifting many fish, the individual was found to be almost 100 fish in excess of his possession limit at the time of contact. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Kaiser worked with warden Kevin Christorf, of Chippewa Falls, on a case involving an individual who was found to have committed multiple violations around the Waupaca area, but had recently relocated to Chippewa Falls. The investigation revealed that the individual shot an over-limit of turkeys with one license and failed to register or tag either bird, harvested another turkey without a license and allowed another individual to tag the turkey, trapped without a license or required trapper safety certification, and failed to register geese.
Warden Kernosky and supervisor Dremel contacted an individual who was fishing from a boat on the Wolf River. The individual was found to have marijuana on his boat and admitted to smoking it several minutes prior to the arrival of the wardens.
Warden Benjamin Mott, of Wautoma, received a complaint of an individual burning a debris pile with tires and other non-burnable items in it. The Waushara County Sheriff’s Department responded and ordered the fire put out. Mott talked with the individual and found that he did not have a burning permit. Enforcement action was taken.
District 11 — Peshtigo area
Warden Paul Hartrick, of Oconto Falls, investigated a complaint of an individual harvesting a rabbit during the closed season. Hartrick came upon the individual at his residence and found he was shooting at a hawk while using a predator call to lure the hawk in with a dead grouse as bait. The individual said he was worried the hawks were going to eat his dogs so he was taking preventive measures into his own hands. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Hartrick investigated a complaint in April of an individual who dumped household garbage and televisions into the ditch on private property. Evidence was located and a suspect was identified. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Timothy Werner, of Crivitz, and forest ranger Joshua Jarvis investigated a turkey hunting complaint within the boundaries of Gov. Tommy Thompson State Park. It was determined an individual shot at a turkey on Ranch Road. The hunter did not possess any hunting licenses and discharged a firearm while standing on the roadway. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Werner and Dale Romback, of Wausaukee, and other wardens on the Peshtigo team and members of the marine enforcement unit, assisted the Marinette County Sheriff’s Department with a two-day manhunt for burglary suspects in Marinette County who had also shot at officers before fleeing into the woods. The suspects were located on the second day of the search after one of them was spotted by a warden leaving the woods. Both were subsequently taken into custody.
Warden Clark Delzer, of Shawano County, responded to a call of an injured bald eagle north of Loon Lake in Shawano County. Delzer and wildlife technician Braden rescued the eagle and transported it to Antigo for rehabilitation, where it was diagnosed with lead poisoning.
Warden Romback received a call in April regarding an injured bear that was not afraid of people. Romback found that the bear was healthy enough to survive on its own. Romback was able to get the bear farther into the woods and away from the public.
District 12 — Green Bay area and Northeast Operations Marine Unit
Warden Cara Kamke, of Green Bay, investigated a complaint of failure to register geese and deer. It was determined the suspect and his wife failed to register a combined 13 geese, and one antlerless deer, in 2016. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Kamke and Darren Kuhn, of Green Bay, contacted several fishermen while they were fishing from the Fox River shore. One had kept a 45-inch muskie because he said he didn’t know what kind of fish it was. Efforts to release the muskie were made. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Kamke contacted a turkey hunter in the field as the hunter retrieved a bird. The hunter shot the bird from inside his vehicle, while parked on the roadway. The hunter had a Class B disabled permit that allowed him to shoot from a stationary vehicle, but he didn’t follow several safety elements of the permit. Enforcement action was taken.
District 13 — Oshkosh area
Warden Michael Disher, of Chilton, conducted nighttime patrol at High Cliff State Park and observed a vehicle without an admission sticker in the lookout tower parking lot. Disher observed five individuals exit a wooded area and walk toward the vehicle. When asked, the driver provided a false name and birth date because his operating privileges were suspended (third offense), and he failed to purchase an admission pass. In addition, the vehicle displayed false license plates, and a drug scale and alcohol (second offense) were found in the trunk. Enforcement action was taken for no admission sticker, obstruction, operating on a suspended license, false plates, possession of drug paraphernalia, and underaged possession of alcohol.
While following up on illegal drug use and vandalism complaints at Oakfield Ledge State Natural Area, warden William Hankee, of Fond du Lac, observed a vehicle with drug paraphernalia on the driver’s seat. Approximately 15 minutes later Hankee made contact with the owners of the vehicle on a nearby hiking trail. Hankee confirmed the vehicle and the drug paraphernalia was theirs and they also had two baggies of marijuana on their person. Enforcement action was taken.
While at the Oakfield Ledge State Natural Area, warden Hankee encountered a group of eight individuals. Hankee detected the smell of alcohol from an individual who appeared to be under the age of 21. Hankee determined approximately half of the group had been drinking alcohol and only one of them was of legal drinking age. A Fond du Lac County sergeant responded from Oakfield to assist. Alcohol, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia were discovered in a backpack and in a suspect’s vehicle. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Jason Higgins, of Oshkosh, investigated a complaint of a subject fishing with five lines on the Fox River. Upon arrival it was seen the subject did have five lines. Two subjects showed up after about 10 minutes and, when contacted, admitted they had not even begun to fish yet. The suspect admitted to having four lines in the water, and then admitted to fishing with five rods for about an hour. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Thomas Sturdivant, of Neenah, and deputy warden Steve Sullivan, of Waupaca, were checking fishermen on the Wolf River in Shiocton and discovered one person with a northern pike on their stringer. The season was closed for pike. The live fish was released and enforcement action 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
Warden Boyd Richter, of Janesville, investigated a tire-dumping violation at a public hunting ground parking lot near Milton in April, and was able to locate two suspects. The suspects were found to have dumped a truck-bed load of tires and other litter that the suspects said was being used for target practice. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Wallace received information that an individual was placing bait for turkeys prior to the opener. A group was contacted on opening morning of the first period hunting from a blind on the property and overlooking scattered corn. Enforcement action was taken.
District 18 — Poynette area
Wardens Paul Nadolski, of Portage, assisted warden Meverden with responding to a fishing harassment on Fox Lake in Dodge County. A person was reported to have thrown numerous rocks from shore at two individuals fishing from a boat on Fox Lake. The person had been warned before for similar disruptive behavior and enforcement action was taken.
District 19 — Dodgeville area
Warden Ryan Caputo, of Green County, located an angler fishing in a fish refuge for game fish during the closed season. The angler said they were unaware the area was closed even though they walked within 3 feet of a sign notifying them that section of river was a fish refuge. Enforcement action taken