District 1 — Ashland area
Wardens Lynna Gurnoe and Amie Egstad, both of Bayfield, checked the Sioux River above Big Rock in October, which is a closed area. The wardens contacted four individuals fishing in a known fishing hole and who kept five cohos. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Gurnoe and Egstad received numerous complaints of feral pigs near Little Sand Bay in October. Gurnoe found a neighbor’s fence had failed and approximately a dozen pigs were loose. The owner was able to round up all of the pigs.
Warden John Krull, of Superior, took enforcement action against a subject who was observed getting out of a car and shooting at a small buck with archery gear. The person was standing on or very near the roadway when this occurred. Additionally, the subject didn’t have an archery deer hunting license at the time.
Warden Adam Stennett, of Brule, took enforcement action in October against the father of a juvenile who was operating a UTV illegally in the Delta area. The UTV didn’t have registration or a trail pass, and the operator was not wearing a helmet and was operating on the road illegally.
District 2 — Cumberland area
Wardens Spaight and Dustin Gabrielson, of Webster, were working night hunting enforcement in northern Polk County when the wardens observed a group of UTVs traveling a county road. After following the group for about a mile the wardens observed two UTVs operate left of the center line. Upon making contact with the group, two of the operators were arrested for OWI.
Wardens Spaight and Gabrielson investigated a report of a deer that was shot out of a truck from a paved road after shooting hours. The investigation showed that four other deer were shot at and missed from the truck on this day, and three more deer that were shot and killed from the cab of the truck on other days.
Warden Jon Hagen, of Spooner, responded to a timber theft case on the Washburn County Forest. Hagen worked with a Washburn County investigator.
District 3 — Park Falls area
Warden Rick Peters, of Hayward, assisted the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department with an attempted suicide in October. Peters and a Sawyer County deputy were first on scene and found the patient with a wound to the chest. Peters used his DNR-issued chest seals to treat the patient until EMS arrived.
Warden Kirk Konichek, of Ladysmith, investigated a hunting incident where a 72-year-old male was shot and suffered a non-fatal injury while grouse hunting. The victim was shot by a member of his own party when a grouse flushed between the two.
Warden Dan Michels, of Park Falls, received a hotline complaint in October of a rifle shot near dusk. Michels and warden, Joe Paul, of Phillips, conducted an investigation leading to two subjects who had shot bucks with rifles. One buck was registered as a bow kill and the other was not registered at all. One subject did not have a hunting license.
District 4 — Woodruff area
Warden Timothy Ebert, of Woodruff, followed up on numerous complaints in October of deer hunters illegally placing bait for hunting. Baiting and feeding deer isn’t legal in Oneida or Vilas counties. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Ebert responded to a call of someone shooting numerous times at deer from a vehicle in a subdivision. Thanks to a good vehicle description from a witness, the vehicle was located and stopped. The passenger fired numerous times at multiple deer with a semi-automatic BB handgun. Neither the driver nor passenger had valid driver’s licenses and had been consuming alcohol. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Matt Meade, of Mercer, assisted the Iron County Sheriff’s Department and Wisconsin State Patrol by locating a vehicle on Hwy. 51 in October in which the driver was suspected of operating under the influence. Deputy Geach and Meade stopped the vehicle; the driver was placed under arrest for OWI. A child was inside the vehicle.
Wardens Meade and Matt MacKenzie, of Ashland, contacted two suspects in Saxon who shot a doe off of a town road and out of the window of their truck while using a 12-gauge shotgun loaded with buckshot. Neither person had purchased deer licenses for the year. Enforcement action is pending.
Wardens Meade and Pete McCormick contacted two hunters on county land in Iron County who had just finished baiting their deer stands. Both hunters were found to have placed 50 pounds of corn at each stand. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Jim Jung, of Rhinelander, was notified that birch poles had been cut and removed from state land west of Rhinelander. The Oneida County forestry department also reported illegal harvest of birch poles from the county forest. The public is encouraged to report any birch pole harvest to the DNR at (800) TIP-WDNR.
District 5 — Lower St. Croix area
No report available.
District 6 — Eau Claire area
Wardens John Schreiber, of Cornell, and Kevin Christorf, of Chippewa Falls, investigated a complaint in October of an individual who was said to be butchering a deer near the Chippewa River. The man then pushed the carcass into the river when people saw his actions. Contact was made with the suspect, who failed to report the deer that he killed with his car. The man made no report because he didn’t have a valid driver’s license. He also was in possession of illegal drugs.
Warden Schreiber investigated a man from Holcombe in October regarding illegal hunting activity that had been uncovered by county sheriff’s deputies during a traffic stop. The investigation showed that the man had falsely registered multiple deer in multiple hunting seasons. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Jake Bolks, of Eau Claire, received a call from an Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Department deputy, who explained they had arrested an individual who claimed to have crashed an ATV the previous evening. The individual told the deputy the previous night that he had been driving the ATV while intoxicated and crashed it on the Buffalo River State Trail. Bolks learned the ATV was left in the trees somewhere between Strum and Osseo. Bolks searched the trail for the ATV and found it wedged in thick brush on a steep side of the trail near Bridge 16. Bolks had a local towing company remove and impound the ATV. Bolks and warden Robert Kneeland, of Osseo, interviewed the individual and determined that the operator had committed several violations.
Warden Isaac Kruse, of Baldwin, located several duck hunters on public property who were still calling for ducks more than 20 minutes after legal shooting hours. As Kruse was watching the hunters, a flock of four trumpeter swans approached from behind and flew directly over the hunters. The hunters fired several shots at the swans until one of the men yelled for the group to stop shooting. All four swans continued flying until out of sight. Enforcement action was taken.
District 7 — Wisconsin Rapids area
Warden Jon Scharbarth, along with assistance from the Portage County Parks Department, Bill Cook Chapter of the Izaak Walton League, UW-Stevens Point Student Law Enforcement Association, and the Almond Rod and Gun Club, held a learn-to-hunt event for deer with nine hunters at Standing Rocks County Park in Portage County. All nine hunters were successful in harvesting their first deer. The hunt not only serves as an LTH program, it also helps the county manage the park’s deer population.
Warden Randy Dunkel, of Wausau, responded to a diesel spill in Little Chicago and found fuel spilled onto the road and into a storm drain. The drain outlet discharged into a trout stream and the diesel was found to be already in the stream. Dunkel received assistance from the Marathon County Sheriff’s Department, Hamburg Fire Department, Marathon County Department of Public Works, and Wausau Fire Department to contain the spill and limit the impact on the stream. Dunkel was able to identify the responsible party the next day.
Warden Dunkel responded to litter complaint and found a trailer worth of household items and trash dumped on a public property. Dunkel was able to find the responsible party. That party had a second trailer full of household items and trash loaded in his yard and was hooking it up to his vehicle upon contact. The responsible party also had several warrants out for his arrest. He was taken into custody by Wausau Police Department.
Wardens Dunkel and Kyle Ziembo assisted the Marathon County dive team search for a missing person that was believed to have gone into the Wisconsin River.
Warden Erika Taylor, of Marshfield, responded to a complaint of a swan shot at the McMillan State Wildlife Area. Taylor found that the swan was mistaken for a snow goose. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Taylor responded to a complaint of a group of waterfowl hunters in the refuge at the Mead State Wildlife Area. Taylor located the group and found there were violations regarding entry into the refuge, hunting with a shotgun capable of holding more than three shells, and not having the proper number of wearable PFDs for a canoe.
District 8 — La Crosse area
Warden Edward McCann, of La Crosse, investigated a ginseng trespass complaint in October that turned out to be an individual gathering ginseng illegally. McCann worked with two landowners to address the issue.
Warden Dale Hochhausen, of Onalaska, was working nighttime fishing enforcement downstream of Lock & Dam No. 7 on the Mississippi River when he came upon two individuals who were fishing from the Minnesota shoreline. One didn’t have a fishing license and initially stated he wasn’t fishing, but later admitted he had been fishing for about 30 minutes while using his daughter’s fishing pole. This person also had a warrant, but the warrant was restricted to the state of Wisconsin.
Wardens Shawna Stringham, of Viroqua, and Jaime McDermid investigated a case in October that involved the shooting of a buck from a vehicle with a firearm during the archery season. The wardens found six deer were killed illegally. One of the subjects is a felon.
Wardens Kyle Kosin and Richard Maki contacted a group from a car parked on the side of the road. Prior to contact, the wardens noticed blood on the tailgate. It was found that an antlerless deer was shot without anyone having an antlerless tag, and then the members of the group drove around and used their headlights to look for deer while in possession of archery gear.
District 9 — Black River Falls area
During an investigation in October, wardens Matt Weber, of Tomah, and Michael Weber, of Mauston, contacted an individual who had been buying Wisconsin resident deer licenses while he was a resident of Illinois.
Wardens Weber and Weber contacted a trapper who illegally placed 330- and non-recessed 220-body-grip traps on dry land for raccoons in southern Juneau County. The wardens found the same individual had set traps on property that he didn’t have permission to be on, didn’t have his traps tagged as required, and didn’t check his dry-land sets daily as required.
Warden Molly Detjens, of Adams, was called to a complaint in October of two large bucks locked together by their antlers. Detjens and DNR wildlife biologist Darren Ladwig went to the area and found the two bucks. One of the bucks died during the struggle. Ladwig was able to cut through the antlers with a saw and free the live buck. Once released, the buck ran away.
District 10 — Wautoma area
While patrolling northern Waushara County for deer hunting activity in October, warden Jonathan Kaiser, of Waupaca, encountered two individuals. One had shot a buck after having shot one during the opening weekend of the archery season, therefore unlawfully harvesting an over-limit of bucks. Kaiser also found that the second individual had unlawfully loaned his archery buck license to tag the deer, despite not having shot it. Multiple tagging violations were uncovered and enforcement action was taken. The deer was donated to a local food pantry.
Warden Kernosky contacted two individuals in October who were found to be waterfowl hunting in the closed refuge at the Wolf River Bottoms State Wildlife Area. The two individuals were found to have each shot their limit while hunting within the refuge.
Warden Mott was checking archery hunters near closing time in the Plainfield area when he observed a hunter in a stand over an area baited with shelled corn, cranberries, and cobbed corn. The hunter thought he could have 10 gallons of bait out. The hunter had at least 20 gallons placed.
District 11 — Peshtigo area
Warden Jacob Cross and a Shawano County deputy received three videos of a suspect firing a firearm in the air and acting disorderly on Ho Chunk tribal land. The videos were part of an ongoing investigation of hunter harassment. The suspect was acting disorderly and disturbing other Ho Chunk members on the land. They were afraid for their safety as he was firing into the air. Cross and the deputy were able to locate the suspect in the town of Wittenberg. Cross assisted the deputy with enforcement action.
Warden Clark Delzer, of Shawano, responded to a call in October of a car-killed bald eagle, and found that it was actually a Canada goose. The next day, Delzer responded to another car-killed eagle call and found that it was a domestic duck.
Warden Delzer East responded to the scene of an accident where the operator had driven a minivan 60 yards into Shawano Lake. The operator fled the scene, but was later contacted by law enforcement. A cocked and uncased crossbow was found in the vehicle.
While working night hunting enforcement around the Crivitz area, wardens Timothy Werner, of Crivitz, and Dale Romback, of Wausaukee, observed a vehicle illegally shining after 10 p.m. The wardens observed the backseat passenger shine a deer while the driver shot at the deer from inside the vehicle with a .22 rifle. Upon contact, it was determined that the three occupants of the vehicle had killed two additional deer by shining and shooting. The driver also was on probation, had a suspended driver’s license, and was arrested on scene.
While working night hunting enforcement around 3:30 a.m. in the Coleman area, wardens Werner and Romback observed an individual walking down the road while shining fields, woods, and ditches with a flashlight. Upon trying to make contact, the suspect ran into the woods away from the wardens. With assistance from a Marinette County Sheriff’s Department deputy and a K9 unit, the suspect surrendered without incident. A loaded crossbow and flashlight were found in the woods. The investigation revealed that the man was trying to shoot a deer with the crossbow and flashlight at night. The suspect was booked into Marinette County jail for resisting and obstructing, hunting deer without having an archery license, and hunting deer with the aid of an artificial light.
District 12 — Green Bay area and Northeast Operations Marine Unit
No report available.
District 13 — Oshkosh area
Warden Michael Disher of Chilton investigated complaints of late waterfowl hunting activity and contacted two duck hunters as they exited the marsh. One of the hunters didn’t have a small game hunting license or HIP certification, and the other hunter didn’t have any licenses on his person and had driven to the location in a truck with expired license plates.
Warden Michael Disher investigated a hunting incident on the Killsnake State Wildlife Area during opening weekend of pheasant season. The investigation revealed that two family members were hunting in a brushy area when a pheasant flew up between the two hunters. A shot was fired and one of the hunters was struck in the face with a #4 steel pellet which penetrated the skin and required medical attention.
Wardens Michael Disher and Curt Butler of Madison investigated a complaint of a hunter who trespassed onto private property and shot at two rooster pheasants while standing just feet from the edge of a paved roadway. The investigation revealed the hunter was standing just 20 feet from the center of the roadway when he shot at two pheasants while trespassing on private land without permission. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Supervisor Chris Shea of Oshkosh responded to a complaint of waterfowl hunters shooting sandhill cranes on the Rat River. Through an investigation Shea located the individuals responsible for shooting and killing one sandhill crane. Enforcement action was taken.
District 14 — Sheboygan area
No report available.
District 15 — Milwaukee area
Warden Matt Medina completed an investigation where an archery hunter was found to have shot and killed a buck and allowed his friend to register it. The hunter didn’t want to use his buck tag on a buck that was that small. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Steve Sanidas investigated an illegal tree stand and bait pile on state land near Whitewater. Sanidas contacted an archery hunter in the tree stand and discovered several violations, including hunting over an illegal bait pile, fail to identify or remove a tree stand from state land, damaging trees for hunting purposes and failure to wear blaze orange during the statewide youth firearm deer hunt. Enforcement action was taken.
District 16 — Racine, Kenosha area
Warden Brandon Smith of Twin Lakes followed up on a complaint of a person trapping European goldfinch in the Kenosha area. The European goldfinch is an exotic species released in the area as part of the pet trade. The person was using live birds as decoys and trapping the birds for breeding purposes. Enforcement action was taken and the person was advised the birds could not be trapped without a special permit.
District 17 — Madison area
Wardens Henry Bauman and Jake Donar of Madison investigated a Madison resident and Warren, Ill., resident for providing false information to the department when they sold several pounds of Illinois wild ginseng as Wisconsin ginseng. The Illinois resident also was cited for providing false information to unlawfully obtain resident Wisconsin hunting licenses.
Warden Henry Bauman of Madison took enforcement action against a Madison individual for dumping solid waste in the Conservation Area of Cherokee Marsh along School Road.
District 18 — Poynette area
No report available.
District 19 — Dodgeville area
Warden Dave Youngquist received a complaint from a deer hunter who observed a hunter who shot a ring-necked duck during the closed split of the duck season.
Wardens Al Erickson of Iowa County and Alex Brooks of Baraboo investigated a hunter who harvested a 9-point buck with a bow and reported himself when he realized he never purchased an archery license.
Warden Al Erickson and Cooperative Fire & Law Enforcement Specialist Ralph Sheffer investigated a timber theft of walnut trees from private property in Iowa County. Three suspects were caught on a trail camera stealing the logs.
Sauk Team Report
Warden Amanda Kretschmer of Wisconsin Dells received a complaint of possible timber theft case on private property. Through investigation it was determined an individual had been cutting down trees and using some of the trees for firewood on the property for a few years. DNR Forestry assisted.
Warden Sean Neverman of Prairie du Sac contacted a hunter regarding a complaint from the 2016 deer season. The hunter was found to have harvested two bucks with firearms. The hunter used another hunter’s tag for the second buck.
Antigo Team Report
Warden Brad Dahlquist and Nick King assisted first responders with a call of two missing hunters. The hunters were checking trail cameras on forest service land west of Alvin, got turned around, and were unsure how to reach their vehicle. First responders were able to locate the hunters on the opposite side of a river. King reached the hunters by boat and returned them to safety.
Warden Andrew Dryja took enforcement action against a person who intentionally drove a car into the Eau Claire River. The car was swamped and needed a tow truck to remove it. The trout stream bank and bed was significantly damaged with large ruts. After the car was stuck, the driver took a large rock and smashed out rear window of the vehicle, cascading glass into the stream.