Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – July 13, 2018

District 10 — Wautoma area

Warden Kaitlin Kernosky, of New London, followed-up on a complaint in May of an individual dumping oil into a ditch just outside of New London. Kernosky located the party. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Jeffrey Knorr, of Fremont, worked with Hides for Heroes and Wounded Warriors in Action staff to review applications and attend the Weyauwega/Fremont High School senior banquet to award the first $1,500 scholarship.

Warden Benjamin Mott, of Wautoma, backed up Waushara County deputies on a felony warrant. The man was taken into custody with no issue. Mott spoke with his roommate and learned that man was the owner of a snowmobile that had been abandoned on a closed trail in January. It never struck him to alert officials about the snowmobile sitting on the public trail.

Warden Benjamin Nadolski, of Montello, responded to a sunken boat below the Wisconsin Dells dam during flood stage. The two occupants, wearing PFDs, were quickly pulled into another boat. They were attempting to anchor in swift current. The boat spun with the anchor line tangled in the motor. With the stern pointed into the current, the boat was almost instantly pulled under. The boat broke loose at some point, came to the surface and was recovered the next morning downstream.

Warden John Schreiber, of Green Lake, observed a man fishing from shore on the Fox River in May. The man was fishing in the same spot two hours later. Upon contact, the man said that only the children were fishing, but then admitted he had maybe casted “a couple times.”

District 11 — Peshtigo area

While on patrol in the Peshtigo River State Forest, Warden Tim Werner, of Crivitz, observed a truck stop at stop sign and begin doing “burnouts and fishtailing” as it went through an intersection. The truck went into the wrong lane of travel. The operator was more than two times the legal limit and arrested for first offense OWI and cited for the additional traffic violations.

Warden Werner got a call from a citizen who witnessed an individual shoot two turkeys from the road near Wausaukee. Werner contacted the suspect who overbagged, discharged a firearm from a road and didn’t register two birds. 

Warden Paul Hartrick, of Oconto Falls, was asked to assist the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department with a PWC being operated recklessly near the county park. Hartrick helped deputies retrieve an individual from the lake who tried to swim away from deputies. Hartrick smelled odor of intoxicants; the individual had been drinking before operating the PWC. Hartrick performed field sobriety tests and found the individual to be impaired.

District 12 — Green Bay area and Northeast Operations Marine Unit 

Warden Chris Kratcha, of southern Door County, was on patrol in May at the Kettle Moraine State Forest and took enforcement action against several park users for violations, including disorderly conduct / domestic abuse, bail jumping, and probation violations.

Lt. George Protogere again was asked by the Michigan DNR to interview a Green Bay hunter regarding deer hunting without a license during the 2017 Michigan gun season. The hunter did shoot an 8-point buck; his father tagged the deer. The hunter then bought a license.

While working at Point Beach State Forest, Lt. Protogere contacted two occupants at the group camp around 11:30 p.m. for being unregistered campers. Both were sleeping in their van. The female was arrested for felony possession of THC while the male was cited for camping without paying the fee. This was not the first time this group had camped at the park without paying fees.

District 13 — Oshkosh area

Warden Amanda Kretschmer followed up on a person fishing from the Winneconne bridge who was believed to be in possession of more than the daily bag limit of walleyes. Kretschmer and Warden Thomas Sturdivant found that the person had overbagged the previous day and was also over his possession limit. 

Wardens Kretschmer and Jeffrey Knorr, of Fremont, checked two anglers in a boat on the Wolf River in May. Two of the subjects did not have valid licenses and the boat did not have valid registration. 

Warden Michael Disher, of Chilton, was patrolling Lake Winnebago and observed an ATV drive down the road to the landing at Stockbridge Harbor. An adult and two juveniles got off the machine and went swimming. Contact was made at Hwy. E and West Street, which are not ATV routes, and neither juvenile was wearing a helmet. The adult drove the machine from a Chilton residence to take his nieces swimming despite having access to a home on the lake and driving some distance illegally on the road and without helmets.

District 14 — Sheboygan area

Warden William Hankee, of Fond du Lac, received a complaint on suspected vandalism at the Oakfield Ledge State Natural Area. A citizen saw the vandal in the act with spray paint cans, and took photos of the damage, along with some identifiers of the suspect. Hankee located the responsible party.

Warden Nick Miofsky worked with Drexel Lumber, the Campbellsport Middle School shop class, and the Kettle Moraine State Forest to get two loaner PFD stations built for Long and Mauthe lakes.

Warden Anthony Arndt, of Sheboygan, assisted Sheboygan County deputies and the Wisconsin Department of Justice with a manhunt resulting from an alleged abduction at gunpoint in Manitowoc County. Arndt searched the area of Kohler-Andrae State Park, with the suspect taken into custody by deputies.

District 16 — Racine, Kenosha area

Warden Taylor Meinholz, of Union Grove, was working at Richard Bong State Park in May when he got a call of a lost hiker. Meinholz located what he thought was one lost hiker, but ended up being a group of 23 fourth graders and two chaperons. He escorted the group to the nature center.

Warden Brandon Smith, of Twin Lakes, was on Browns Lake in May when he came upon three people fishing. They told Smith that the group did keep a few pike, but they were also in possession of three undersized largemouth bass.

Warden Smith was at the Rochester dam when he saw a female who was netting fish with a large minnow net and then handing them to a man. The pair was in possession of multiple species of panfish. The man had been cited the year before for illegal netting at this same location. 

District 17 — Madison area

Warden Henry Bauman, of Madison, took enforcement action against several individuals for fishing in refuges on the Yahara River below the Wingra and Tenney dams.

Wardens Ryan Caputo and Nathan DeGroff, both of Madison, investigated an individual in May believed to have shot two turkeys during an earlier season. They found the man did shoot two birds, using his dad’s tag on the second turkey. 

Warden Paul Nadolski, of Portage, was on patrol at Devil’s Lake State Park and assisted a hiker who cut his palm open to the bone on a glass bottle.

Warden Nick King, of Green County, was on the Sugar River prior to the opener when he came upon two men fishing in a refuge – one was bowfishing within 200 feet of a dam. At the conclusion of that contact, King saw two others fishing for game fish, in the refuge, during the closed season. One man was also fishing without a license. 

Warden Pete McCormick, of Poynette, got a call of three people overbagging on walleyes in Dodge County. One angler was fishing without a license and was in possession of five panfish. Another was in possession of 21 illegal-sized walleye. 

District 19 — Dodgeville area

Warden Dave Youngquist, of Iowa County, got a call on a pair of anglers who left behind their garbage, including glass, on the Lower Wisconsin River.

Warden Alan Erickson arrested a person for vehicle OWI at Gov. Dodge State Park. The intoxicated passenger was arguing with the driver over who was less intoxicated and jumped from the moving car.

Supervisor Joe Frost contacted a loud campsite at Governor Dodge State Park and found a group of high school students in possession of a drug paraphernalia and a bag of marijuana.

Recreation Warden team

Supervisor Lt. Adam Hanna was in the Black River State Forest when he observed a loud ATV being operating at high speed around a corner. The operator did not have registration, failed to display a license plate, had a muffler emitting more than 96 decibels and had failed to complete an ATV safety class.

Warden Matt Groppi, of La Crosse, investigated a complaint of a mattress dumped off the Millston ATV Trailhead at the Black River State Forest. Groppi determined who was responsible.

Warden Marty Stone, of Dodgeville, was at Nelson Dewey State Park when he came upon two men in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Stone had dealt with these two individuals for another violation earlier in April. 

Warden Jason Roberts, of Sturdivant, was contacted by the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department about a swimmer missing at Whitewater Lake. Roberts and two other wardens searched the area with sonar and imaging for the victim. 

Antigo team

Wardens Brad Dahlquist, of Crandon, Stan Lewis, of Three Lakes, and Kelly Crotty, of Florence, took action against several individuals near Hiles for attempting to illegally harvest spawning walleyes with a cast net and an umbrella dip net.

Warden Tim Otto, of Langlade County, was called to Greater Bass Lake on no-wake violations. One person was operating a boat while towing a skier within 100 feet of shore on two occasions. Otto recognized a passenger and contacted the operator. The passenger – the mother of the 16-year-old operator – has been cited by Otto twice before, and two other people have been cited for the same violation using the same boat. Otto asked if there was anything he could do to get the adult to operate within the law. She said, “No.”

Sauk County team

Wardens Rich Maki and Pete McCormick, of Poynette, responded to Pewits Nest State Natural Area for a physical disturbance in progress, along with the Sauk County Sheriff’s Department. A physical abuse incident had occurred in the natural area and in a separate location near West Baraboo. Maki was again called to Pewits Nest State Natural Area regarding a group of minors drinking and smashing bottles near the waterfalls. 

Warden Sean Neverman, of Sauk County, and Capt. Casey Krueger contacted an angler on Dell Creek below the Lake Delton dam. The angler did not have a license, and was under revocation of all hunting, fishing, and trapping privileges.

Wardens Alexander Brooks and Keith Meverden were called to an injury vehicle accident in the Devil’s Lake State Park Northern Lights Campground where a vehicle left the road and struck a tree. Enforcement action is pending.

Warden Meverden arrested a person in May for OWI at Devil’s Lake State Park. He was driving the wrong way out the park’s one-way entrance road.

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