Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – April 5, 2019


Green Bay Team

Wardens James Moore, of Kewaunee County, and Joshua Voelker, along with the Sturgeon Bay medical examiner unit, assisted the Kewaunee County Sheriff’s Department and Wisconsin State Patrol in February with a single-vehicle crash involving entrapment of two individuals. Upon arrival, the two already were freed from the vehicle. However, due to the icy conditions, a vehicle that stopped to assist was struck by another vehicle, resulting in a total of three vehicles involved and multiple injuries. The wardens assisted with checking the area of Hwy. 57 for other crashes and traffic control.

Warden Chris Kratcha, of Sturgeon Bay, assisted with National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) instruction at St. John Bosco School in Sturgeon Bay in February. Students from grades five through eight were taught the fundamentals of target-style archery.

Warden Alyssa Neff-Miller, of Manitowoc County (south), contacted a father and son who were operating snowmobiles on the public trail. The sleds were stopped for not having working taillights. During the contact it was learned the son had not completed a snowmobile safety class and had been operating a snowmobile on the trail. Any person who is at least 12 years old and born on or after Jan. 1, 1985, is required to possess a valid snowmobile safety certificate in order to operate a snowmobile in most areas. Enforcement action was taken.

Marine Enforcement Unit

Warden Dave Allen, of Kewaunee, was on patrol in Manitowoc County in February when he came upon snowmobilers traveling on the Manitowoc River. Two snowmobiles were not registered and one individual did not have the required snowmobile safety certification. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Jordan Resop was on patrol near Big Rock in February and found individuals ice fishing with too many lines and baits, as well as failing to have a paper license. Enforcement action was taken. He also took enforcement actions at Sawyer Harbor when he found the same – anglers fishing  with too many lines and baits for whitefish. Enforcement actions were taken there, too.

Warden Gaven Brault, of Green Bay, checked two individuals ice fishing on Green Bay out near Harbor Lights and Longtail Beach Road. Brault smelled the odor of marijuana. The individual was cooperative and gave Brault the marijuana right away. The Brown County Sheriff’s Department handled law enforcement actions.


Rock River Team

(Dodge/Jefferson/Rock counties)

Warden Kyle Johnson, of Janesville, investigated a deer hunting complaint in February from the 2018 archery deer season. The investigation showed the person had harvested a 10-point buck with a crossbow and used another person’s approval to register the animal. This was the person’s second buck harvested during the 2018 archery season. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Johnson contacted two people on Gibbs Lake for a fishing license. During the contact, one of the individuals was found to have an active warrant, and was turned over to the Rock County Sheriff’s Department.

Warden Ryan Mannes, of Horicon, worked cooperative enforcement with the Dodge County Sheriff’s Department during the Neosho snowmobile races on the Neosho Pond in February. Mannes answered questions from the public and promoted ATV and snowmobile safety at the event.

Warden Alex Brooks, of Jefferson, was on foot patrol during a fish-a-ree event on Lake Ripley when he was approached by a female subject on an ATV. Brooks conducted field sobriety tests on the operator and found the operator to be impaired. The operator was arrested and transported to jail for OWI on an ATV. Enforcement action was taken.

Dodgeville Team

Wardens David Youngquist, of Iowa County, donated 48 pounds of ground venison confiscated in an illegal deer harvesting case to the Spring Green food pantry in February.

Wardens Al Erickson, Pearl Worden, Martin Stone and Lt. Joe Frost attended the seventh annual outdoor skills day held at Southwest Tech in Fennimore sponsored by the Grant County Outdoor Sport Alliance.


Wisconsin River Team

Warden Tyler Flood, of Schofield, contacted a group of individuals ice fishing on Lake Wausau in February. There were four men in the group who 12 tip-ups were out, but only three of the men had fishing licenses. The fourth man stated he was not fishing. One of the men took responsibility, stating he was unaware the fourth person did not have his license, so he set tip-ups for him anyway. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Paul Leezer, of Wausau, assisted DNR storm-water staff resulting in enforcement action in two cases where violations were found through investigations.

Warden Kyle Ziembo received a complaint in February about a bear being chased with hound dogs in Wood County. Ziembo was able to find the dog runners and confirmed that they had treed a bear. They were found to be training their dogs during the closed season and one hunter had a loaded firearm in his vehicle. Enforcement action was taken.


Waukesha/Milwaukee Team

Warden Blaine Ziarek investigated a snowmobile that was left on the frozen waters of Big Muskego Lake. A check of the snowmobile showed it listed as stolen from a local residence. Ziarek worked with Muskego Police Department, the owner and the operator to get the snowmobile removed from the ice and ownership established. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Brad Wilson attended a public 4-H shooting sports orientation. Wilson went over the importance of firearm safety and interacted with more than 100 kids involved in the effort.

Warden Wilson and attended a career day at Badger High School. The students asked questions about the job and how game wardens made it to this point in their careers. The students also had a lot of other questions in general of other job opportunities within the DNR.

Warden Andrew Starch was working an extensive investigation on numerous subjects for deer hunting violations in February and was assisted warden Alex Brooks. During the investigation, numerous unregistered deer were confirmed, as well as the illegal harvest of a badger in Waukesha County. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Jason Swaney contacted an individual fishing in Geneva Bay on Lake Geneva. The individual was found to not to have a fishing license and had all hunting, fishing and trapping privileges had been revoked. Enforcement action was taken.

Wardens Swaney and Austin Schumacher contacted two individuals on snowmobiles who failed to stop at a stop sign. Both individuals submitted to field sobriety test and were determined to be operating while under the influence of intoxicants. Both individuals were taken into custody and enforcement action was taken.

Warden Steve Sanidas responded to an ice fishing complaint on a local lake in February. Sanidas contacted a fisherman who was fishing with more than the legal number of lines and was found to be in possession of marijuana. The subject and companions were also warned for trespassing. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Sanidas was in southern Waukesha County and observed a male subject walk back to the boat landing and drive away from the lake without removing any of his fishing lines. Sanidas contacted a companion of the subject at an ice shanty and found that they were also fishing with more than the legal number of lines. The subject returned to the fishing location approximately 20 minutes later and acknowledged the violations. Enforcement action was taken.

Racine/Kenosha/Walworth counties

Warden Brandon Smith, of Twin Lakes, contacted two people who were ice fishing on Long Lake near Burlington in February. The subjects were each found to be fishing with four lines and knew the legal limit was three lines per person. One subject was also fishing without a license. Enforcement action was taken. Both individuals also were found to have warrants and were turned over to the Racine County Sheriff’s Department.

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