District 6 — Lower Chippewa/Eau Claire area
Warden John Schreiber, of Cornell, observed a hose coming from a residential septic holding tank and leading into the woods. Upon contact with the resident of the house, it was found he had been pumping his septic into the woods six times a year for the last three years to avoid septic business pumping costs. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Schreiber was on patrol in September when he observed an ATV being operated on the state highway illegally, then on private property without permission. When the ATV operator saw Schreiber driving toward him, he turned onto the Old Abe State Trail and drove on the trail, which is also illegal in attempt to avoid contact. Schreiber caught up to the ATV and enforcement action was taken.
Warden Schreiber responded to a complaint reporting gunshots after dark and suspected illegal deer hunting near Conrath in Rusk County. Schreiber determined there were individuals hunting deer with agriculture damage permits who failed to wear blaze colored clothing and were found to have shot 25 minutes after closing hours at deer. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Kevin Christorf, of Chippewa Falls, received a complaint of individuals shooting before and after hours at the Tom Lawin State Wildlife area located near Jim Falls. Christorf made contact with a group of individuals who were waterfowl hunting. The group admitted to shooting about 18 minutes after shooting time. It was also found that one of the individuals did not have a valid license and another individual did not have a plug in his shotgun. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Jim Cleven, of Colfax, responded to a squirrel hunting accident in September where the victim was shot in the upper right leg with a .22 bullet by his hunting companion. The bullet passed through the right leg and lodged in the upper left leg.
Warden Cleven assisted Eau Claire and Menomonie DNR staffers with a learn-to-hunt deer event in Dunn County in September. This event focuses on adults who are interested in a healthy lifestyle and provides training on how to harvest wildlife for food. Cleven assisted on two days and two deer were harvested.
Warden Paul Sickman, of Hudson, participated in a pheasant hunt put on for veterans with warden Kyle Kosin and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. Local veterans participated in a stocked pheasant hunt and clay target shooting from the DNR’s “wing-shooting trailer.”
Warden Isaac Kruse, of Baldwin, in September investigated a man who was found to have purchased hunting and fishing licenses while his privileges were revoked for shooting swallows, which are a protected species. Enforcement action was taken.
District 12 — Green Bay area and Northeast Operations Marine Unit
Warden Chris Kratcha, of Sturgeon Bay, responded to the scene of an ATV incident in southern Door County in September. A father and his 13-year-old daughter were riding together on an ATV when it flipped over while climbing a hill. The father attempted to keep the ATV from overturning, but eventually became partially pinned underneath and sustained injury. Fortunately, the daughter was not injured. A citation was issued to the father for not having a helmet for his daughter. Anyone under 18 years of age while on an ATV/UTV is required to wear an approved helmet under certain situations.
Warden Alyssa Neff-Miller responded to a hotline call in September of a hunter within the wildlife refuge on Collins Marsh. Neff-Miller observed two separate groups of hunters hunting for geese inside the wildlife refuge, which is clearly posted as a no-entry refuge. One group of hunters also was using a motor boat, had an unregistered boat, and no life jackets on board. Enforcement action was taken with both groups.
Wardens Neff-Miller and Cara Kamke, of Green Bay, responded to a hotline call of two hunters shooting at mallards during the early teal season on the Brillion State Wildlife Area. The wardens responded to the area and located the two hunters. It was determined the hunters had shot at a group of ducks that flew over and did not identify the ducks until the one they hit fell to the ground. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Kamke assisted the Brown County Sheriff’s Department with a call of suspected road hunting. The suspect shot three geese, retrieved them from the field, and drove off. Kamke was able to conduct a traffic stop on the individual who had his loaded shotgun in the passenger seat. Enforcement action was taken.
Marine Enforcement Unit
Wardens Mike Neal, of Sister Bay, and David Allen responded to a complaint in September concerning a suspected unlicensed charter captain operating near Algoma. The wardens contacted the individual while on the water, and enforcement actions were taken related to operating as a charter captain without a license
Warden Jeff Lautenslager, of Peshtigo, was on Green Bay when he contacted two men fishing muskies and trolling with seven lines out of a boat. Another muskie angler had a muskie in his cooler that measured 28.5 inches, which is well under the size limit. Enforcement actions were taken in both instances.
Warden Dave Allen, of Kewaunee, contacted four men who were smoking marijuana at the Mishicot dam while fishing. Three of the individuals who were fishing did not have licenses. Allen contacted the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department and turned over the main marijuana suspect to the deputies. Allen cited others for fishing violations.
District 14 — Sheboygan/Fond du Lac area
Warden Nicholas Miofsky, of Fond du Lac, assisted the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Department with a disorderly conduct/suicidal person call in the town of Osceola. The person was in a vehicle with a knife to his throat, making suicidal comments. The person also led officers on a 4.5-mile pursuit along Hwy. 45 while attempting to hit their patrol vehicles and attempting to force them off the roadway. The person was taken into custody and treated for minor injuries.
District 16 — Racine/Kenosha/Walworth counties
Wardens Mike Hirschboeck, of Waterford, and Brad Latza, of Racine, responded to a complaint in the village of Mount Pleasant. The complaint was for possible trespassing and waterfowl violations. The wardens located the two hunters who were trespassing. The two duck hunters had bagged out with 12 ducks. However, six of those ducks were hen mallards. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Brandon Smith, Mike Hirschboeck, Jordan Resop, and Jon Stollenwerk responded to a personal watercraft accident on Browns Lake. One PWC operator collided with another PWC operator, resulting in severe injuries to one person. Speed and operator inexperience were deemed to be the causes of the accident. In addition, the at-fault operator was found to be operating without a boater’s safety certificate. Enforcement action was taken.
District 19 — Dodgeville area
Warden Nick Webster, of Iowa County, located two people harvesting ginseng and accessing the areas using a small boat. The two men were in possession of more than 4 pounds of ginseng that was harvested while trespassing and they illegally possessed seeds and undersized plants. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Mike Nice, of Richland Center, and Cody Adams, of Prairie du Chien, contacted a person harvesting ginseng without a license and on state property. He had approximately 2 pounds of ginseng in a backpack and an additional 4 pounds of ginseng he had dug a previous day. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Nice and Adams worked fishing enforcement along the Mississippi River in September. A citation was issued to one person for not having a fishing license. During another contact, a fisherman saw the wardens checking another group and quickly tried to leave. The individual was contacted at his vehicle with more than his daily bag limit of bluegills. Enforcement action taken.
Wardens from the La Crosse and Dodgeville teams contacted several suspects being picked up on a dead end road after trespassing and harvesting ginseng without a license. Methamphetamine and marijuana also were found in their possession. Enforcement actions were taken.
Rock River team – Dodge/Jefferson/Rock counties
Warden Ryan Ellifson, of Jefferson, and wildlife biologist Sam Jonas gave presentations at the Grelton Conservation Club’s pheasant learn-to-hunt group. Ellifson later gave a presentation on wetlands and aquatic animals to third and fourth grade students at St. Peters School in Helenville.
Warden Peal Wallace, of Watertown, was at Princes Point Wildlife Area in the town of Hebron in September when she saw a group of three individuals harvesting ducks on a pond north of the Bark River. The group had 11 wood ducks in their possession when contacted; two of the individuals had shot four wood ducks and the third had shot three. The limit is three wood ducks per day. Enforcement action was taken.