Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Feb. 22, 2019
Lower St. Croix Team
Wardens Jaime McDermid and Kurt Haas, of Taylor County, in December interviewed a suspect from an earlier investigation that they worked on in Jackson County. The wardens’ investigation found that the person had failed to register a turkey harvested in 2016, had harvested a buck deer in 2017 and then failed to register that buck harvest for two months while he continued to hunt. The investigation also showed the person also had harvested a doe in Jackson County in a bucks-only unit, and then claimed the doe was harvested in Michigan. The person also was involved with multiple baiting and feeding violations, as well as being part of a hunt involving a Texas resident shooting a doe in Jackson County and claiming it was shot in Columbia County. Enforcement action will be taken.
Wardens Paul Sickman and Isaac Kruse, both of St. Croix County, assisted with a Wounded Warrior deer hunt at the Eau Galle Recreation Area in Spring Valley in December. The wardens and numerous other volunteers assisted veterans with a deer hunt on the property. Two of the veterans were successful in harvesting deer, and the hunt was an overall success.
Warden J.J. Redemann contacted a father and son about to go out hunting during the antlerless deer season in December. The father didn’t have an authorization to legally hunt that area and said he planned to use the youth’s statewide antlerless permit. Redemann explained the statewide youth permit is designed to give kids additional hunting opportunities, not for adults to harvest more deer. Further investigation showed the father had harvested a buck and a doe during the archery season, but had his son register both deer so the father could continue archery hunting. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Redemann had previously investigated and cited a Dunn County man who routinely double-tripped on walleyes and panfish on Lake Menomin and Tainter Lake. Double-tripping means someone catches their daily bag limit and then goes back out fishing to catch more. The reduced bag limits on these waters are in place due to high fishing pressure and an increased susceptibility to overharvest of fish. The man pleaded guilty to two counts of overbagging on fish in December. The Dunn County Circuit Court ordered the man to pay fines and also revoked his DNR privileges for one year.
Lower Chippewa Team
Wardens Kevin Christorf, of Cornell, and Bob Kneeland, of Chippewa Falls, along with Chippewa County Sheriff Department deputies, contacted four rabbit hunters in December who were determined by investigations to be trespassing. Three of the hunters did not have valid licenses. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Christorf and Chippewa County Sheriff Department deputies investigated an illegal coyote hunting complaint in December. They determined a hunter shot a coyote from Hwy. 27 from a motor vehicle after pulling into oncoming traffic. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Christorf, assisted by other wardens and the Chippewa County law enforcement officers, investigated an illegal deer hunting complaint in December. The investigation found that multiple people were involved with shooting deer from a motor vehicle, overbagging deer, and hunting deer without a hunting license. It also was found that one of the hunters was a felon hunting with a rifle during the gun-deer season. The hunters were also found to be in possession of illegal drugs. Enforcement action was taken.
Black River Falls Team
Warden Patrick Seybert, of Necedah, contacted an ice fisherman on Eagle Nest Flowage in December. It was found the individual had operated an ATV without valid registration and gave permission to another to operate a snowmobile without valid registration. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Wade Romberg, of Friendship, issued a citation in December for fishing during revocation to an individual who had been revoked by the state of Minnesota for a fishing violation in that state.
Warden Henry Bauman, of Dane County, investigated a litter complaint on the Brooklyn State Wildlife Area in December. Through investigation the responsible individual was located and enforcement action was taken.
Warden Bauman took enforcement action against two pheasant hunters at Hook Lake State Wildlife Area who were not wearing required blaze orange clothing during the holiday gun deer hunt.
Wardens Ryan Caputo, of Dane County, and Brad Burton, along with an officer from the Sun Prairie Police Department, made contact with a person previously cited for having a loaded firearm in his motor vehicle. Enforcement action was taken on the subject for hunting within city limits, trapping without a license and untagged traps, and possession of an illegal deer head.
Wardens Pete McCormick, of Columbia County, and Alex Brooks, of Jefferson County, investigated a person in December who had placed a large amount of bait to attract deer to his property. The wardens’ investigation found the person had done this on several occasions and illegally shot a buck. Law enforcement action was taken.
During the 2018 holiday antlerless deer hunt in December, warden Pete McCormick contacted two individuals who were hunting deer near the Rocky Run Fishery Area. Both men were dressed in camouflage and did not have any fluorescent blaze orange or pink clothing, as required by law. Law enforcement action was taken.
Warden Mike Williams, of Sauk County, responded to a complaint of illegal deer hunting from a vehicle in December. Upon investigation it was found that two antlerless deer were shot from the vehicle on a roadway on Christmas Day and not registered. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Rich Maki, of Sauk County, identified during a field contact a hunter who did not register five deer that had been shot during the nine-day gun-deer season. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Sean Neverman and Keith Meverden, both of Sauk County, identified an individual who was fishing during a period of administrative revocation of his hunting and fishing privileges in Sauk County. Enforcement action is pending.
Wardens David Youngquist, of Iowa County, received a complaint in Lafayette County of a hunter who was bragging at work about a large buck he shot with his crossbow during the antlerless-only season in December. The person admitted he made up the story to make himself look better on social media because so many people are showing off their deer they shoot and he never shoots anything due to bad luck. The hunter did not realize that it was an antlerless-only hunting weekend. It was discovered the hunter did shoot a doe during the gun season that was never registered and enforcement action was taken.
Rock River Team (Dodge, Jefferson, and Rock counties)
Warden Pearl Worden, of Jefferson County, followed up in December regarding a trapper who exhibited a fisher with a carcass tag that had not been validated. It was found through Worden’s investigation that the person had been trapping without his tag in his possession, transported the fisher without tagging it, failed to validate the tag, and later removed the tag while skinning the fisher. He was issued several warnings and a citation for the violations.
Warden Supervisor John Sinclair, along with several other wardens and deputies from the Dodge County Sheriff’s Department, investigated reports of alleged illegal night hunting. It was discovered that an individual had been illegally gun-deer hunting over bait in his backyard, and was prohibited from possessing firearms due to an unrelated case. Enforcement action was taken.
Sheboygan/Fond du Lac counties
Warden Anthony Arndt, of Sheboygan County, and Lt. Juan Gomez responded to a complaint of a white-tailed deer trapped in a basement foundation in the city of Sheboygan Falls. The animal apparently fell into the unfinished home and was unable to extricate itself from the basement. Arndt assisted Gomez and DNR wildlife staff with capturing and removing the deer with a drop net. The deer was evaluated and released without incident.
Warden William Hankee, of Fond du Lac County, followed up in December on a complaint from the nine-day gun-deer season. During the investigation the suspect admitted to shooting three antlerless deer while only having two antlerless tags. The suspect stated he thought he could shoot a third antlerless deer with his gun buck-only tag and discovered after the fact he could not. The suspect then disposed of the third deer. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Brandon Smith, of Twin Lakes, and Brad Latza, of Racine, contacted two hunters in December after receiving a complaint the hunters were hunting without the proper blaze orange clothing during a gun-deer season. In addition to blaze orange violations, both subjects were found to have been target shooting. One subject was found to be hunting without a required mentor and the other subject was found to be hunting without a small game license. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Mike Hirschboeck, of Racine, organized a learn-to-hunt deer event with the Burlington Outdoor Skills Club. Wardens Brandon Smith, Taylor Meinholz and Brad Latza also assisted the group. There was a classroom portion, an afternoon of hunting and a deer butchering session.
Wardens Hirschboeck and Brad Latza investigated a complaint of an individual that harvested a buck without an archery license in December. The individual bought a license at a later date and still failed to register the deer, or report the incident. Enforcement action