Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – March 22, 2019
Lower Chippewa Team
Wardens Kevin Christorf, of Cornell, and Jake Bolks, of Eau Claire, investigated a complaint in January of a felon illegally hunting deer during the 2018 gun-deer season. During the investigation, it was found that the suspect also had an outstanding warrant for domestic battery. The wardens, along with the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department, arrested the suspect who was later transported to Polk County.
Wardens Kevin Christorf and Bob Kneeland, of Chippewa Falls, followed up in January on an investigation involving illegal deer hunting activity. It was found that the hunter harvested five deer from a motor vehicle in the last two years in the Sand Creek area, as well as assisting other hunters in shooting multiple deer from the road/vehicle. It was also found that the hunter did not possess a valid hunting license when harvesting a handful of the deer. Enforcement action is pending.
Wardens Christorf and Kneeland followed up on an illegal deer hunting complaint in January. The hunters were found to be in violation and harvested illegal deer without the proper hunting licenses. One of the hunters was also found to have assisted another hunter in shooting a deer off of the road from a motor vehicle. This hunter was also found to have overbagged on turkeys, as well as having failed to register the turkeys. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Christorf and Josh Loining, of Barron, followed up on an illegal deer hunting investigation involving two hunters currently living in Michigan. It was found that both hunters were committing license fraud and were buying Michigan resident license as well as multiple resident Wisconsin licenses. Enforcement action was taken.
Lower St. Croix Team
Wardens Jaime McDermid and J.J. Redemann, both of Dunn County, investigated a deer road-hunting complaint in January. Their investigation revealed a man hunted with a loaded rifle in his vehicle on multiple occasions and had specifically shot at does from his vehicle while on the roadway in 2017 and 2018. On one occasion, the suspect shot at a deer from the road and immediately heard a landowner yelling at him. The suspect fled the scene and never attempted to look for the deer. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden McDermid investigated a Minnesota resident for hunting in Dunn County during the 2018 antlerless deer holiday hunt, when the county was not an area open to hunting. The man admitted he hunted with his sons during that time period. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden McDermid followed up on a tip of a large quantity bait station near a residence in Dunn County, where baiting is not allowed. McDermid learned the female homeowner’s father placed the bait and had hunted over the area several times in the past, including once during the 2018 gun-deer season. The homeowner and her father told McDermid they knew it was wrong and illegal and the bait was placed to observe wildlife and provide food for the deer and birds to eat. McDermid explained the regulations and why they are in place. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Redemann investigated a dead deer in the city of Menomonie found with a very small bullet wound behind the shoulder. Redemann’s investigation led to a homeowner who shot the deer at night with a high powered air rifle in an attempt to scare the deer away from their prized apple trees. The .177 caliber pellet entered the deer’s chest cavity between two ribs and fatally wounded the deer. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Paul Sickman, of St. Croix County, investigated a 17-year-old hunter in January who admitted to shooting a deer in St. Croix County with a shotgun during the 2018 holiday hunt. St. Croix County was not open for hunting during the special holiday hunt. Sickman spoke with the boy’s father about the incident. Sickman will seize the deer that was taken to a meat processor. Warden Sickman educated and warned the 17-year-old hunter.
Warden Isaac Kruse, of St. Croix County, investigated several cases of illegal deer baiting in January during the late archery season. One case involved a homemade gravity feeder assembled from 2x4s and a plastic garbage bin. The garbage bin was filled with corn and salt blocks well in excess of the 2-gallon baiting limit. In addition to the over baiting violation, gravity feeders and other types of automatic feeders are also illegal. Kruse determined the feeder and bait were placed by a Minnesota resident and his juvenile son. Enforcement action was taken.
Mississippi River Team
Wardens Meghan Jensen, of Trempealeau County, and Tyler Flood, of Marathon County, investigated a hunter in January from Marathon County who had shot four antlerless deer in Trempealeau County. However, the hunter only had three valid Trempealeau County antlerless harvest authorizations so the hunter used a Marathon County harvest authorization for the fourth deer. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Shawna Stringham, of Viroqua, and area wardens participated in a school shooting training scenario with the Vernon County Sheriff’s Department, local law enforcement and first responders. This training was held at the Desoto School.
Warden Trevor Tracey, of Stoddard, received a hotline complaint in January of a person who had attempted to buy a free military fishing/small game license. The warden found that the defendant was a Wisconsin resident. However, it was also found that the person harvested an antlerless deer in December without a Wisconsin archery deer license. The person admitted to hunting and harvesting an antlerless deer without a license. During the investigation, Tracey found the person’s father had harvested two antlerless deer in Wisconsin and failed to register both deer. Enforcement action was taken.
Lt. Tyler Strelow patrolled Trempealeau County in January and found a man who was fishing from an ice shack. The man failed to respond to a tip-up flag for more than 20 minutes. Upon contact, the fisherman admitted to not checking his tip-up for 30 minutes, was fishing without a license, and had an active warrant out for his arrest. Enforcement action was taken and the fisherman was turned over to Trempealeau Police Department to process the warrant.
Black River Falls Team
Warden Molly Detjens, of Adams, saw a group of ice fishermen on an Adams County lake in January. Upon contact, it was found that the group was fishing with two more lines than they were legally entitled to use. One of the group members was also fishing without a valid fishing license. Enforcement action was taken.
While checking an ice angler on the Petenwell Flowage, warden Patrick Seybert, of Necedah, discovered an undersized walleye that the fisherman had attempted to hide from view. The walleye was successfully released back into the lake and enforcement action was taken.
Warden Seybert investigated a complaint of household waste being illegally deposited into the dumpsters at Buckhorn State Park. The responsible party was contacted and was found to have deposited household waste illegally multiple times. Enforcement action was taken.
Wisconsin River Team
Warden Kyle Ziembo, of Wisconsin Rapids, noticed three individuals go running out of their vehicles and pack up their tip-ups in a hurry once they spotted the warden. Ziembo made contact with them and discovered one man in the group did not have a license and was revoked. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Tyler Flood, of Wausau, was called regarding an injured bald eagle on the side of the road in Schofield. Flood responded with DNR wildlife biologist Brandon Stefanski and they were able to capture what was actually a hawk. They coordinated with a REGI volunteer to pick up the bird and transfer it to their Antigo location.
Warden Flood donated seized venison to “The Neighbors’ Place” food pantry in Wausau in January.
Wardens Flood and Josh Litvinoff contacted a hunter about shooting a buck during the antlerless-only hunt in December. The man was found to have shot an 8-point buck. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Litvinoff, of Schofield, was a guest speaker for the Rib Mountain Bowmen’s Archery Club weekly meeting.
Warden Bryan Lockman, of Stevens Point, investigated a complaint regarding a large amount of household garbage that was dumped in a small stream and ditch. The responsible individual was identified and enforcement action was taken.
Warden Lockman gave a wildlife management and career talk to the wildlife class at Amherst High School in January.
Warden Jon Scharbarth, of Stevens Point, made an appearance in January at the Junction City Lions Club fishing tournament on Lake Dubay.
Wardens Brandon Smith, Taylor Meinholz, Brad Latza and Mike Hirschboeck spent considerable amount of time working snowmobile enforcement, on the public trails, in Racine and Kenosha counties in January. The wardens made hundreds of contacts on the trails. They issued citations, many warnings, responded to some snowmobile incidents on the trails and arrested an individual for operating while intoxicated on the trail.
Wardens Smith and Latza investigated a person in January who was found to have harvested two bucks during the crossbow season and attempted to harvest a third buck. Neither of the deer were registered. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Smith, with assistance from wardens Blaine Ziarek, of Muskego, and Taylor Meinholz, of Kenosha, concluded an illegal hunting case. Over the past two years, five subjects were found to have harvested two turkeys and three deer, mostly without having licenses and during the closed season, and with .22 caliber or smaller rifle. None of the animals were registered. The subjects also committed numerous other licensing, road hunting, and protected species violations. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens David Youngquist, of Iowa County, held a youth ice fishing event at Helen Lake for RVOAK (River Valley Outdoor Adventure Klub). Sixteen middle schoolers from River Valley Middle School had a good time catching northern pike and bluegills.
Warden Youngquist received a complaint in January of a large 200-inch non-typical buck shot in early November 2018 in Lafayette County after the archery hunter had already filled his tag. Wardens Jake Donar, of Dane County, and recreation warden Nick Webster assisted in the case. The first buck shot by the archer in October 2018 was left in the woods to rot and was never claimed or registered. The second large buck put the hunter over his archery bag limit. A third buck shot by the hunter during the gun season was never registered. Enforcement action is pending.
Warden Al Erickson, of Iowa County, attended the Driftless Area Fishing Club’s kids learn-to-ice-fish event at Blackhawk Lake. The learning event was held during the Highland Lions Club Fish-a-ree.
Wardens Dave Youngquist of Iowa County, Recreation Warden Nick Webster and Jake Donar of Dane County investigated a case of a large non-typical buck that was illegally harvested in Lafayette County. The hunter had previously harvested and left a different buck to rot earlier in the seasons. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Nick King, of Green County, while checking fishermen for fishing licenses, contacted an individual at their vehicle after fishing. The individual stated that he had caught and kept four legal largemouth bass. Upon investigation, it was found that three of the four largemouth bass were shorter than the 14-inch requirement for that particular body of water. Law enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Pete McCormick, of Poynette, Ben Nadolski, of Montello, Paul Nadolski, of Portage, and DNR wildlife technician Al Ramminger took a call of a young deer caught in a cable restraint on the French Creek Wildlife Area. The group was able to successfully release the deer with no injuries to the deer or themselves.
Warden Pete McCormick assisted the Columbia County Sheriff’s Department with a vehicle that was struck by bullet on New Year’s Day. The bullet passed through the rear passenger windows and narrowly missed the driver of the car. Evidence found at the scene indicate the suspected shooter saw a deer standing in a field, and took a kneeling shot at the deer, failing to be sure of what was beyond the target. The situation is still under investigation.
Warden Pete McCormick and supervisor Nathan Kroeplin, of Madison, investigated a complaint in January regarding a suspect who had illegally baited and shot two deer with archery equipment. It was found that the suspect did not register either deer and did not have a valid deer hunting license. Law enforcement action was taken.
Rock River Team (Dodge/Jefferson/Rock Counties)
Warden Brad Burton, of Beaver Dam, attended the annual winter candlelight walk at the Horicon Marsh, where he enjoyed talking with the visitors about a variety of DNR law enforcement topics. The event was well attended despite the weather.
Warden Pearl Worden, of Watertown, investigated a report of illegal wildlife feeding in January on private property in the town of Farmington. The landowner was found to have placed shelled corn for deer in the late fall, and admitted to doing it for the past four years. It is against state law to place any feed material for deer in Jefferson County due to the prevalence and spread of chronic wasting disease. Enforcement action was taken against the property owner.
Warden Worden contacted an ATV operator who was towing a younger child on a sled on Rock Lake. The children did not have ATV safety certifications and the towing was against the town of Lake Mills ordinance. Enforcement action was taken against the operator.
Warden Worden found several bags of trash in a DNR parking lot. Her investigation led her to the responsible party at his home in Waterloo. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Kyle Johnson, of Janesville, saw two men ice fishing on Mud Lake. Johnson noticed there were seven tip-ups out and both subjects were also fishing with jig poles. Upon contact, both subjects admitted to fishing with more than three lines each and stated they knew this was illegal. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Johnson observed a vehicle parked on the side of the road with a person standing next to the passenger side of the vehicle. Upon contact, the person disobeyed Johnson’s commands and entered the vehicle to unload a rifle. While attempting to unload the rifle, the person managed to lodge a rifle cartridge in the chamber backwards. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Austin Schumacher, of Janesville, contacted an individual camping illegally on DNR property in Rock County. The person was found to have several active warrants and was taken into custody with assistance from the Rock County Sheriff’s Department.