Green Bay Team/December
Warden Chris Kratcha, of Sturgeon Bay, assisted with a December investigation of a Door County resident suspected to have illegally harvested and fed deer in a non-baiting and feeding county. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden supervisor George Protogere, of Green Bay, received a complaint in Brown County of a gun-deer hunter during the muzzleloader season hunting without the required blaze orange clothing. Upon contact at the residence, the hunter was found to have been out hunting with a shotgun and not a muzzleloader and was wearing dark green clothing. The hunter recently moved from another state and was not current with the Wisconsin laws. Enforcement action was taken.
Marine Enforcement Unit/November
Warden Jeff Lautenslager, of Peshtigo, received a call in November from the Oconto County Sheriff’s Department concerning a missing person off of Dufek Lane. Lautenslager responded. The hunter was found.
Wardens Lautenslager and Darren Kuhn worked multiple baiting complaints. One citation was issued for bait. Multiple baiting warnings were issued, as well as one no “blaze orange” warning and one failure to register deer warning.
Wardens Lautenslager and Dale Romback followed up on hunting without a license call. One hunter was cited for cutting trees on state land and warned for other hunting violations.
Warden Jordan Resop, of Sturgeon Bay, took action against a waterfowl hunter for having no PFD, along with warnings for no audible device, no visual distress signal, no paper license and a faulty fire extinguisher.
Wardens Josh Voelker and Chris Kratcha were patrolling Potawatomi State Park on opening day of the gun season and saw a male in a blaze orange jacket walking through the woods and appearing to be lost. Upon contact, the wardens learned the male had shot a deer and in the process of bring the deer to his vehicle had lost his phone. Kratcha and Voelker were able to assist the male in locating his phone.
Warden Gaven Brault, of Green Bay, and Lt. Chris Groth helped respond to a baiting complaint where Brault took enforcement action against one individual for baiting in Marinette County, which is a no-bait area.
After wardens Heather Gottschalk, of Wautoma, and Jonathan Kaiser contacted a group of hunters during the opening morning of the gun-deer season for unlawful baiting, it was also determined that one of the hunters was a felon in possession of a firearm.
Supervisor Lt. Ted Dremel, of Wautoma, and wardens Jonathan Kaiser and Kaitlin Kernosky attended the annual Waupaca Veteran’s Home “Deer Camp” in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs and with many veterans in attendance. The DNR’s learn-to-hunt program was discussed. Many stories and memories were shared.
Warden Ben Mott and environmental enforcement specialist John Schreiber, of Oshkosh, contacted an individual suspected of shooting well after close of shooting the night before. Their investigation showed the individual shot at and missed a deer after legal hours.
Wardens Mott and Schreiber received a call of an individual operating a truck on state-owned land. They made a traffic stop on the individual as he left the state property. The individual thought it was OK because he saw a couple of tracks there and a friend told him to hunt there.
Wardens Mott and Schreiber contacted a man who was feeding and possibly hunting over corn in his backyard. Through previous contacts, the individual indicated he would not stop baiting because he “didn’t believe in it.”
Warden Mott took a hotline call of an individual who witnessed another person shoot a pheasant from the shoulder of the paved road in the White River Marsh Wildlife Area. The pheasant landed on an occupied vehicle in the parking area of the state property. The shooter said he just got caught up in the moment.
Warden Ben Nadolski, of Montello, responded to a call of a boat full of waterfowl gear floating on the Fox River with no one in it. The boat had been sold by the registered owner and the new owner had not yet transferred the registration. Nadolski eventually figured out who the new owner was and made phone contact. No one was missing or in danger. The boat had been beached on shore, but not tied. The river came up and the boat floated away. A warning for not transferring the registration was given.
Warden Kirk Konichek, of Richland County, investigated the shooting of a 12-point buck in the city of Richland Center. The investigation found a person shot the buck from a roadway with a crossbow while the buck was bedded in a back yard.
Warden David Youngquist, of Iowa County, followed up on a complaint of a large amount of corn under a deer stand. The hunter was found on the property hunting in a different area and admitted to putting out 280 pounds of shell corn and liquid mineral on his lease and hunting it several times throughout the fall.
Warden Youngquist received another complaint from a new landowner of a salt block and a blind on property that he had just purchased the week before. Youngquist found a truck near the blind and contacted two people removing stands who had also placed the bait. Enforcement actions were taken.
Warden Youngquist took enforcement action against a hunter who had placed three different mineral sites for deer on leased land north of Dodgeville and bowhunted the sites several times.
Warden Youngquist took enforcement actions against an individual for having a loaded gun in the cab of a truck and another from a hotline call of a person hunting in the closed area at Blue Mounds State Park.
During the opening weekend of gun deer season, warden Pearl Worden, of Grant County, contacted eight hunters who were hunting over bait and all were aware baiting deer is illegal. In one of the cases, wardens Martin Stone and Worden contacted three hunters hunting over bait, without blaze orange and without having bought gun deer licenses. Two of the hunters were also found to be felons who were impaired and in possession of a firearm. The case was referred to the Grant County D.A.’s office.
Wardens Jake Donar, of Madison, and Pete McCormick, of Poynette, followed up on a tip that a person had shot a large buck during the bow season with a rifle, then removed the antlers and left the carcass to rot. The buck’s carcass was located and through an investigation this individual was contacted and enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Ryan Caputo and Nick King, of Green County, investigated a possible illegal deer harvest. After a lengthy investigation, it was discovered the person shot a second archery buck and put his wife’s tag on it.
Warden Caputo investigated a case of numerous deer hunting violations within one family during archery season. Caputo found the dad, in 2019, didn’t have a license when he shot a buck and then registered another buck using his wife’s tag. Caputo also found that the son had shot two bucks in 2017, tagging the first with his mom’s tag and the second with his tag.
Warden Caputo received information about a person believed to be gun deer hunting the day before archery season. Caputo found the person had shot a buck with a bow several weeks before and did not register it. Upon contact, the person said another person was supposed to have registered it. Caputo found they never registered the buck.
Warden Nick King contacted an individual who had been leaving his pop-up blind on state land overnight. Upon contact, King could smell the odor of marijuana and found the individual was in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Warden King contacted an individual suspected of baiting/feeding deer. The investigation found multiple baiting/feeding sites on a private property.
Warden Paul Nadolski, of Portage, responded to an emergency call of a hunter falling out of a treestand on private property. The person was flown to UW-Hospital in Madison.
Wardens Pete McCormick, of Poynette, Keith Meverden, of Sauk County, and Caputo investigated a person who shot and recovered two bucks during the archery season, but did not register either one. When contacting the person, McCormick and Caputo found both bucks in the person’s shed. The man shot the second buck in his back yard, which was illegally baited with pumpkins. They also found the man had shot two deer in 2018, but did not register either one. The man also shot two tom turkeys without having a fall permit.
Warden McCormick responded to a citizen tip regarding an individual shooting ducks in April 2019. McCormick found the person had shot a blue-winged teal, a sandhill crane and a buck with a bow and arrow in the fall of 2018 without a valid archery hunting license.
Warden McCormick contacted a bowhunter in mid-November who had shot a buck in early October and did not register the deer. The bowhunter was also found to have killed the buck while hunting over illegal bait.
Wardens McCormick and Brian Knepper, of Madison, contacted 11 hunters who were found to be hunting over illegally placed bait on the opening day of the gun deer season in Columbia County.
Fond du Lac/Sheboygan Team/December
Warden Nick Miofsky and Lt. Juan Gomez, both of Fond du Lac, followed up on an illegal deer hunting case from the opener of the nine-day gun-deer season. Miofsky and Gomez spoke with the individuals involved. Enforcement action was taken for failure to wear blaze orange and illegal baiting, and a warning was issued for failing to register deer by 5 p.m. following the day of harvest.