Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – April 19, 2019
Wautoma Web Report
Warden Jonathan Kaiser, of Waupaca, contacted an individual during the “Battle on Bago” ice fishing tournament in February who was found to be in possession of cocaine, marijuana, and related paraphernalia. Enforcement action was taken in cooperation with the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department.
Warden Kaitlin Kernosky, of New London, was working snowmobile enforcement in February near the New London area when she contacted an operator who had a snowmobile that displayed an expired 2018 registration decal. The snowmobile’s operator was subsequently arrested for operating a snowmobile while intoxicated and was nearly two times the legal limit.
Warden Kernosky patrolled the Manawa Mill Pond in February and contacted an ice fisherman who was found to be in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The individual was also found to be on probation. He was turned over to Manawa Police Department for enforcement action.
Wardens Benjamin Mott, of Wautoma, and Jonathan Kaiser, of Waupaca, were finishing up working sturgeon spearing enforcement on Lake Poygan when Kaiser came upon a rollover vehicle accident with injuries. Mott was only a couple of miles away and responded to the scene. Kaiser applied first aid and the wardens were able to keep the individuals warm until EMS arrived. Response times were slowed because of ice- and snow-covered roads. Two subjects were taken to the hospital and Wisconsin State Patrol and the Waushara County Sheriff’s Department handled the incident.
Black River Falls Team
Warden Patrick Seybert, of Necedah, identified and made contact with an individual who had been depositing household trash into the dumpsters at Buckhorn State Park for approximately 18 months. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Molly Detjens, of Adams, and an Adams County Sheriff’s Department deputy stopped four snowmobilers in February who had trespassed on private land near Castle Rock Flowage. Upon contact, it was found that the leader of the group had not completed a snowmobile safety course. Detjens checked his DNR record and found that he had been cited back in 2016 in Vilas County for not having completed a snowmobile safety course. Enforcement action was taken again.
Lake Winnebago Team
Warden Michael Disher, of Chilton, investigated illegal guiding activity along the east shore of Lake Winnebago during sturgeon spearing season. It was discovered that an individual, who had been warned previously, was guiding without a license. The individual was charging $100 per person per day for a shack with a hole already cut, and a spear and heater already provided. It was determined that several people had already paid for these services over opening weekend. Enforcement action was taken for guiding without a license.
Wardens Disher and Vong Xiong, of Sherwood, were patrolling Lake Winnebago after the 1 p.m. closing hour for sturgeon spearing and observed a vehicle parked near a spearing shack. Disher and Xiong monitored the shack for a short time and noticed the shack door was not locked. At 1:31 p.m., Disher and Xiong checked the shack and found an individual inside with a spear in his hand, and a second spear still hanging above an open sturgeon spearing hole. Enforcement action was taken for spearing after legal hours.
Wardens Disher and Amanda Kretschmer, of Winneconne, were patrolling Lake Winnebago for sturgeon spearing and ice fishing activity during Battle on Bago weekend. Disher and Kretschmer checked a shack and noticed an odor of burned marijuana. The suspect angler had a glass pipe in his pocket and a prescription pill bottle with marijuana buds inside a mesh pocket inside his fishing shack. Additional marijuana was found inside his vehicle. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Jason Higgins, of Oshkosh, investigated a complaint in February of a subject who had littered on Lake Winnebago. It was found that the subject had dumped a bunch of garbage from the back of his pickup truck onto the lake. Enforcement action was taken.
While on patrol on Lake Poygan during the sturgeon spearing season, warden Amanda Kretschmer observed a truck parked outside of a sturgeon spearing shanty after legal spearing hours. Kretschmer saw the door of the shanty open, but no one came out. Upon contact, Kretschmer contacted a spearer in the ice shanty with a spear hanging over an open ice hole. The spearer stated he knew it was after legal spearing hours and he must have lost track of time. Enforcement action was taken.
Park Falls Team
Warden Dan Michels, of Park Falls, was on patrol by snowmobile south of Park Falls in February when he encountered a group of snowmobilers trying to pull a machine out of deep snow off the trail. Michels learned a 17-year-old had been operating off the signed trail onto private property and struck a large tree, causing significant vehicle damage. Michels discussed the importance of staying on trails and the potential results of reckless operation with the group. Enforcement action was also taken.
Warden Rich Thole, of Boulder Junction, responded to a snowmobile accident in Presque Isle involving a snowmobiler who crashed into an enclosed trailer being towed behind a truck on the road. The subject was fortunately not injured in the accident. Enforcement action was taken for failing to obey the stop sign
Sheboygan / Fond du Lac counties
Warden Anthony Arndt, of Sheboygan County, observed a snowmobile fail to stop for a posted stop sign near the Sheboygan County Marsh, and subsequently attempted to pull over the operator. Arndt learned the operator purchased the snowmobile two years prior and neglected to transfer ownership, in addition to operating without a trail pass. Enforcement action was taken.
While on patrol on Lake Winnebago during the sturgeon season, wardens Bill Hankee and Dan Nehls made contact with an individual who was guided by an unlicensed guide. The guide owned multiple shacks, provided equipment and a meal for financial compensation and did not have a current guide license, nor did the person working with him. Enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Nick Miofsky, of Fond du Lac, and Lt. Juan Gomez were on patrol on Lake Winnebago during the Battle on Bago ice fishing tournament when they noticed the odor of marijuana emanating from a shanty. Marijuana was seized and turned over to the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Department. Citations were ultimately issued by the sheriff deputies.
Lower Chippewa Team Web Report
Warden Kevin Christorf, of Cornell, was on patrol on Marshmiller Lake in February when he observed several tip-ups with no one around them. After some time had passed, he was able to determine a person was fishing with unattended lines. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden Christorf assisted with the execution with a search warrant in Clark County in regards to illegal bobcat harvest. It was found through that multiple bobcats had been harvested illegally. Enforcement action was taken.