Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Sept. 21, 2018
District 5 — Lower St. Croix area
Warden Kyle Kosin, of Pierce County, was contacted by a new landowner in August about a trail camera and mineral that was placed on the new landowner’s property near the property line with an adjacent landowner. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Isaac Kruse, of St. Croix County, investigated a boat fire in August on the St. Croix River in Hudson, which began after an explosion in the engine compartment of a 40-foot vessel as it was being launched. Efforts by the operator and others to extinguish the flames were unsuccessful and the boat was completely destroyed. Firefighters eventually extinguished the flames and the wreckage was soon removed from the river by a towing company. No one was injured.
Warden Kruse responded to a complaint received by the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department in which two personal watercraft (PWCs) were operating at high speeds on a small lake designated as no-wake only. Kruse and a deputy responded to the location and contacted the PWC operators. Other boating violations were uncovered during the contact. Enforcement action was taken.
District 6 — Eau Claire area
Wardens Jake Bolks, of Eau Claire, and Kevin Christorf, of Cornell, followed up on a complaint of a hunter shooting a deer with a gun during the 2017 late archery season. The wardens determined the deer was shot legally with a compound bow. However, the hunter had shot three deer previous to that one and none were registered by the hunter.
District 9 — Black River Falls area
Warden Matt Modjeski, of Sparta, assisted with evacuations due to flash flooding in August along the Little La Crosse River near Leon. Modjeski used his shallow-drive patrol boat to rescue eight people and four dogs. He also responded to flooding in the village of Ontario in Vernon County.
Warden Michael Weber, of Mauston, completed a boat incident investigation involving a PWC operator who struck and injured another PWC operator on Castle Rock Flowage, causing significant injuries. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Patrick Seybert, of Necedah, investigated a pile of litter discarded on the Meadow Valley Wildlife Area. The responsible individual was located and enforcement action was taken.
District 10 — Wautoma area
Warden Jonathan Kaiser, of Waupaca, contacted an angler who was found to be in possession of marijuana, hash oil, paraphernalia, underaged possession of alcohol, fake IDs, and related items for distributing unlawful controlled substances.
Warden Kaiser worked with supervisor Ted Dremel, of Wautoma, Waupaca County deputies and Hartman Creek State Park staff on a complaint involving several individuals who were involved in camping in an unauthorized area, soliciting hitchhikers, littering, assault, and other state lands violations. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Kaiser and Dremel attended a learn-to-hunt deer event in the Waupaca area in August with a hunter and family member, along with the landowner. Kaiser held a firearms safety and range time as well as the hunt in the field.
Wardens Kaitlin Kernosky, of New London, and Jason Swaney contacted an individual fishing below the Weyauwega dam. It was determined the individual had been transporting live fish to and from the dam to use in different waters for catfish bait. The individual had an artesian well several miles from the location. He was using the well to store live fish and use for bait later. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Benjamin Mott, of Wautoma, and Kyle Ziembo were working at Hartman Creek State Park in August when they observed a vehicle being operating with only its parking and fog lights on in the campground. When stopped, the driver indicated he was trying to not disturb other campers by having his headlights on. The wardens noticed there was an open intoxicant in the vehicle and the driver had been drinking. The driver was not over the legal limit, but was warned about the consequences of OWI. Enforcement action was taken for the open intoxicant and the driver was warned on proper lighting requirements when driving.
Warden Mott received a call from Raptor Education Group of a sick/injured bald eagle on Castle Rock Flowage. Mott located the eagle in a small bay. Mott eventually captured it and met up with a transporter for Raptor Education Group. The eagle was emaciated and had lead poisoning.
Warden Benjamin Nadolski, of Montello, assisted with tornado and flood response in Marquette County in August.
Warden Mark Schraufnagel, of Clintonville, attended a Shawano Police Department event in Shawano in August. The children enjoyed seeing the electronic deer decoy that Schraufnagel brought.
Warden Schraufnagel attended a Belle Plaine Sportsman’s Club meeting in August. Schraufnagel discussed upcoming law changes and the pheasant LTH event that the club sponsors.
Warden John Schreiber, of Green Lake, located an illegal deer baiting site on state land in August that had been placed prior to the archery deer season regulation. The hunter had placed the bait to attract trophy bucks. Enforcement action was taken.
District 11 — Peshtigo area
Warden Clark Delzer, of Shawano, and the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department contacted a boat with expired registration. Upon contact it was found that the occupants were underaged and drinking alcohol, one had a warrant, and the operator was drinking underaged while operating. Enforcement action was taken.
While conducting ATV enforcement near Mountain, warden Paul Hartrick, of Oconto Falls, responded to an ATV accident involving an individual who sustained serious injuries. Hartrick assisted the emergency crew and helped get the victim out of the woods to the ambulance.
Warden Hartrick was on patrol in Suring in August when he observed an ATV being operating with an equipment violation. Hartrick contacted the operator and found he had consumed alcohol prior to operating the ATV. Hartrick performed field sobriety tests on the operator, which indicated signs of impairment. Enforcement action taken.
Warden Hartrick observed an individual operate a UTV faster than the posted speed limit in August. Upon conducting a traffic stop, Hartrick smelled a strong odor of intoxicants coming from the operator. Hartrick performed field sobriety tests on the operator, which indicated signs of impairment, and enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Timothy Werner, of Crivitz, and Austin Schumacher, of Madison, were the first on the scene to a suicidal subject threatening to harm himself with a knife in the town of Stephenson. The wardens were able to make contact with the individual and secure the scene. Upon arrival of Marinette County Sheriff’s Department, the individual was placed into protective custody.
District 12 — Green Bay area and Northeast Operations Marine Unit
Warden Supervisor George Protogere, of Green Bay, contacted a minor individual and a friend who were fishing at the docks at the Wrightstown boat landing in Brown County in August. Both stated they did not have a fishing license. The teen was warned and advised to buy a license. The other male was older, but claimed to be homeless and did not have any money. Protogere believed the person and gave him a warning and told him to get a license if he wanted to continue to fish or be cited in the future.
District 14 — Sheboygan and Fond du Lac counties
Warden Anthony Arndt, of Sheboygan County, interviewed a Plymouth man who had failed to register three turkey kills during the 2018 spring hunt. Two were in Sheboygan County; the other in Crawford County. Enforcement action was taken
While following up on a complaint, warden William Hankee, of Fond du Lac County, was observing a fisherman in Fond du Lac who was fishing Lake Winnebago for what appeared to be catfish. Hankee observed a suspect matching the reported description fishing by himself with six baited rods. Upon contact, the individual claimed he did not know the regulations limiting the amount to three baited hooks per person. Enforcement action was taken.
District 16 — Racine, Kenosha and Walworth counties
Warden Brandon Smith, of Twin Lakes, contacted two individuals in August who were operating off-highway motorcycles on the hiking trails at Richard Bong State Recreation Area. The two operators were found to be operating without helmets, to have illegally operated their unregistered vehicles on a road, operated without registration, operated in an unauthorized area, and to have entered the park without paying vehicle admission fees. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Smith, with assistance from other DNR enforcement staff, concluded an environmental enforcement case where a subject was found to be conducting real estate transfer well inspections without being licensed to do so. Multiple violations were found in Racine and Kenosha counties.
District 19 — Dodgeville area
Warden David Youngquist, of Iowa County, received a call in August of shots fired from a vehicle at dusk in Richland County. Youngquist located the suspects who were shooting rabbits from the vehicle.
Warden Collin Sherod dealt with individuals possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia at Governor Dodge State Park. Sherod also helped Iowa County deputies with two individuals he had previously contacted. They provided marijuana to a juvenile earlier that day inside the state park and were later found and enforcement action was taken.
Recreation Warden Team
Lt. Adam Hanna and recreation warden Heather Gottschalk, of Wautoma, were patrolling on the Buffalo River State Trail in August when an ATV operator was observed speeding while riding a wheelie. The wardens attempted to stop the man, who fled on the trail and then through the city of Osseo. With assistance from Osseo police officers, the man was located and admitted to fleeing because he knew his registration was expired. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Jake Holsclaw, Nick Webster, Nick King and Ryan Caputo assisted Vernon County with locating and transporting stranded residents in the Viola and Readstown area. This area was heavily impacted by flooding with both towns having streets and buildings submerged.