Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – March 20, 2020
Park Falls Team / January
Wardens Aaron Koshatka, of Hayward, and Steve Pyfferoen, of Ladysmith, contacted two fishermen on Big Sissabagama Lake in Sawyer County. One didn’t have a fishing license. He did have 11 crappies and was continuing to fish to help the other individual catch his limit.
Warden Aaron Koshatka was working snowmobile enforcement with R.J. Seehase, a Forest Service agent, when they attempted to stop a snowmobiler after he failed to stop at a stop sign. The rider fled, but was eventually stopped and found to be operating while intoxicated. He was also found to be in possession of THC.
Spooner Team / January
Wardens Chris Spaight, of Grantsburg, and Zach Feest responded to a call of an elderly diabetic man who got his truck stuck in the snow on a remote trail in western Burnett County. The man had been coyote hunting and he was having diabetic-related medical issues. Spaight and Feest obtained a DNR tracked UTV and responded. They ultimately helped locate the man a mile away from the nearest plowed road, and they helped get him to EMS staff for treatment.
Warden Pete Carlson, of Frederic, received a call of a vehicle at the bottom of a lake in Polk County discovered by a fisherman using an underwater camera. Carlson determined the vehicle had been underwater for a while as it was there prior to ice forming on the lake. The vehicle was stolen from a local municipality. The owner was contacted and arranged for its removal.
Warden Joshua Loining, of Rice Lake, and Barron County deputy Jeff Wolfe, while on patrol, contacted a snowmobiler on the Wild Rivers Trail near Rice Lake. The man was working on his snowmobile in the middle of the trail. It was determined there were active warrants for him, and also that he was in possession of a stolen snowmobile.
Wardens Loining, Peter Wetzel, Nick Engelhardt and Jill Weisensel contacted two snowmobilers on Trail 33 near Rice Lake. The wardens determined both riders were operating while under the influence. Both were arrested.
Wardens Loining and Aaron Koshatka and Forest Service agent R.J. Sehase were patrolling trails near Hayward when they contacted three riders illegally operating off the marked snowmobile trail. The wardens discovered one operator did not have a trail pass and another failed to attach his sticker to his snowmobile. Both were operating sleds that were above the legal decibel sound limit.
Warden Dustin Gabrielson, of Webster, was contacted by a trapper to get an otter pelt registered. It was found that the trapper failed to buy a trapping license prior to trapping the otter.
Warden Gabrielson was patrolling in the Webb Lake area when he stopped a group of riders for no trail passes displayed on their snowmobiles. All but one of the operators provided a valid trail pass receipt. The operator without a pass or receipt stated he was going to buy a trail pass in the last town they passed by but decided he would just ride without one.
Wardens Gabrielson and Jesse Ashton, of Luck, while performing snowmobile enforcement in the Cushing area, observed a UTV pass by the snowmobile trail while operating on the roadway without any visible registration decal displayed. The operator was stopped on Round Lake, and enforcement action was taken for operating without valid registration.
Warden Ashton met a person to tag a fisher near Milltown. Ashton discovered the subject did not have a trapping license and had also failed to register the fisher within 24 hours as required. It was also learned the subject did not trap the fisher, but had tagged it for another trapper. Enforcement action was taken and the fisher was seized.
Warden Ashton was patrolling via snowmobile on Balsam Lake when he checked a fisherman in a portable shack who had been smoking marijuana. Ashton located the fisherman’s marijuana and seized it. Associated charges related to the possession of marijuana were referred to the Polk County D.A.
Warden Ashton received a citizen call about several deer still hanging in a pole shed that had not been butchered. Wardens Ashton and Nick Engelhardt stopped and talked to the resident where the deer were hanging. The wardens found that three deer had been harvested by the resident and his brother, and none of those deer had been registered.
Warden Ashton received a citizen call concerning a someone attempting to shoot a coyote with a rifle from the highway. Two shell casings were located on the side of the road where the incident occurred, and a suspect was identified. Ashton contacted the suspect and confirmed he had shot from the roadway.
Woodruff Team / January
Warden Timothy Ebert, of Minocqua, investigated a buck that was shot during the antlerless-only deer season in December. As a result of the investigation, enforcement actions were taken.
Warden Tim Price, of Eagle River, continued following up on numerous illegal deer feeding issues in Vilas County where it has been prohibited since 2016. Enforcement actions were taken.
Warden Rich Thole, of Boulder Junction, stopped a snowmobiler on a Boulder Junction route for traveling 40 mph in a 15 mph zone. In addition to the speed violation, the operator did not have a trail pass or proof of registration and had previously operated illegally on a roadway that wasn’t part of a route.
Mississippi River Team / January
Wardens Edward McCann, of La Crosse, and Lt. Tyler Strelow contacted several ice anglers in the La Crosse area one early morning and took several enforcement actions, including one against an individual fishing with six baits around 3 a.m.
Wardens Meghan Jensen, of Trempealeau, and Matt Groppi assisted state and county emergency responders with multiple vehicle accidents on the interstate on Jan. 9 when a rapidly moving winter storm caused dangerous, icy conditions.
Warden Dale Hochhausen, of Onalaska, received a complaint regarding a deer reported to be trapped in the Pamel Creek stormwater canal, which is a large concrete canal about 30 yards wide with 15 feet high concrete sides. The deer was almost 2 miles up the canal and couldn’t go any farther due to a large sediment catch basin. The lower end of the canal was under water because of the high water levels on the Mississippi River. Hochhausen, with the assistance of a La Crosse public works employee, was able to push the deer out the lower end of the canal.
Wardens Shawna Stringham, of Viroqua, and Cody Adams, of Prairie du Chien, investigated a call about a person illegally harvesting a buck with a rifle while hunting with agricultural damage tags in Vernon County. The wardens found the man shot the buck and then cut off the antlers with a hatchet. Only antlerless deer may be harvested on ag damage tags. There also were numerous registration violations.
Black River Falls Team / January
Warden Wade Romberg, of Friendship, investigated a case involving a deer shot at night over a lighted bait pile. The shooter had also overbagged on bucks and used another’s authorization for the second buck.
Wardens Romberg and Jon Scharbarth, of Stevens Point, finished a deer hunting investigation where multiple deer were shot illegally over bait, out the window of a vehicle, and without tags in Adams, Wood, and Portage counties.
Warden Romberg had an illegal deer hunting case concluded in court where the individual paid a $2,000 penalty and lost license privileges for three years for shooting a deer with a muzzleloader before the gun-deer season.
Warden Michael Weber, of Mauston, received a call that a Juneau County resident had illegally shot a buck during the holiday hunt (antlerless only) in the Central Farmland Zone of Juneau County. Wardens Weber with Patrick Seybert, of Necedah, found the buck had been shot in the Central Forest Zone of Juneau County with a crossbow. The buck had been shot illegally over a corn pile. It is illegal to feed or hunt deer over bait in Juneau County.
Warden Weber located a cable restraint that was set illegally on private property near Lyndon Station, within reach of a sapling that was larger than a half-inch in diameter. Weber identified the trapper and also determined that he did not have permission to trap on the property where the violation occurred.
Wisconsin River Team / January
Warden Tyler Flood, of Wausau, was on Lake Wausau when he contacted an ice fisherman with 13 bluegills in his bucket. Enforcement action was taken and three of the fish were able to be released back into the water.
Warden Josh Litvinoff, of Schofield, assisted the Marathon County Sheriff’s Department with locating a suspect vehicle regarding a reported hit-and-run. Litvinoff was able to stop the vehicle, which resulted in an arrest for operating while intoxicated.
Warden Kyle Ziembo, of Wisconsin Rapids, made contact with a group of ice anglers watching their tip-ups from inside a truck. Ziembo noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The ice anglers were found to have recently smoked marijuana and were in possession of drug paraphernalia. Enforcement action was taken by the Wood County Sheriff’s Department.
Warden Ziembo made contact with two fishermen with eight tip-ups out and each were jigging, as well. Upon contact the two individuals stated that the other fishermen were warming themselves in the car. Further investigation showed the other fishermen had left.
Warden Ziembo contacted a deer hunter who harvested an antlerless deer with a gun during archery season. The hunter thought there was a holiday hunt in Wood County. The hunter did not have a tag to harvest the deer so he used his father’s tag.
Wardens Erika Taylor, of Marshfield, and Charlie Ackerman, of Neillsville, contacted a hunter suspected of tagging and license violations. The wardens found that a deer had been harvested without a license; a license was purchased after the deer was harvested.
Warden Bryan Lockman, of Stevens Point, contacted a fisherman on Lake Du Bay fishing with too many lines.
Wardens Jon Scharbarth, of Stevens Point, and Wade Romberg, of Friendship, wrapped up a case that started back in November. The case was about a person who had been driving around shooting deer with a crossbow from a vehicle all fall. Other hunting violations were uncovered as well. Multiple citations were issued in this case and two racks were seized.
Peshtigo Team / January
Warden Jacob Cross, of Shawano, made contact with a coyote hunter parked on Hwy. M in Tigerton who was in possession of a loaded firearm in the vehicle.
Warden Cross was requested by the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department to assist with a male subject who was involved in a high-speed chase that originated in Marathon County and ended up in Shawano County. After a brief standoff and the male not complying with commands, he was taken into custody by the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department.
Warden Paul Hartrick, of Oconto Falls, rescued two infant bear cubs from a cornfield after farmers discovered them. Hartrick waited in the area and the sow did not return. With subzero temperatures, DNR wildlife staff advised it would be best to bring the cubs to a wildlife sanctuary, so Hartrick transported the cubs to staff from Wild Instincts in Rhinelander.
Warden Tim Werner, of Crivitz, responded to High Falls Flowage due to a snowmobiler who had broken through the ice. The rider was eventually rescued with use of a local fire department airboat. Follow-up investigation by Werner determined the operator was under the influence of an intoxicant. The operator was arrested for operating a snowmobile under the influence; first offense.
Wardens Tim Werner and Nicholas Hefter, of Madison, were first on the scene to a physical domestic disturbance in western Marinette County. The wardens were able to defuse the situation and separate the parties. The Marinette County Sheriff’s Department arrested a subject for domestic violence.
Marine Enforcement Unit / Jan. 2020
Wardens Mike Neal, of Sister Bay, and Josh Voelker contacted a group of four snowmobilers operating on Hwy. C. Four citations were issued for operating on the roadway and numerous warnings for altered exhaust, operating on closed trails, and operating without trail passes and no safety certification.
Wardens Jeff Lautenslager, Mike Neal, Dave Allen, Gaven Brault, Josh Voelker and Lt. Chris Groth provided on-water security via airboat for the ship launch of the USS Cooperstown at Marinette.
Warden Josh Voelker, of Sturgeon Bay, checked in on about 30 anglers enjoying the bay and found only one did not have a license.
Wardens Brault, Neal, Voelker, and Groth were asked to respond to an emergency signal on Green Bay. Two beacon locations were picked up on the bay, one on the east shore and one off Long Tail Point. A search of the area revealed no issues; however, it was found an individual on the east shore had accidentally activated his beacon.
Wardens Brent Couperus and Nicholas Hefter, both of Fish Creek, patrolled snowmobile trails in the Woodruff area. The wardens arrested a rider for operating while impaired and issued warnings to others for failure to stop at the stop sign and a broken tail light.
Wautoma Team / January
Wardens Kaitlin Kernosky, of New London, Thomas Sturdivant, of Neenah, Zachary Seitz, of Shiocton, and Jonathan Kaiser, of Waupaca, attended a coordinated enforcement effort on Lake Poygan on snowmobiles to check for angling and recreational vehicle compliance. Along with two separate unlawful drug-related agency assists, enforcement action was taken for individuals fishing without licenses, fishing with too many lines, and operation of recreational vehicles with expired registration.
Warden Jonathan Kaiser, of Waupaca, contacted a man who appeared to be fishing without a license. Upon speaking with him, it was found that the angler had attempted to legitimately purchase a Wisconsin fishing license earlier in the year, but mistakenly did so through a fraudulent website that did not provide a valid license. Kaiser worked with the angler to obtain a valid fishing license and have the fraudulent charges remediated.
While following up on a fishing complaint, wardens Kernosky and Kaiser contacted an individual who was found to be in possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. After working with the Waupaca County Sheriff’s Department, enforcement action was taken.
Wardens Zachary Seitz, of Shiocton, and Kaiser followed up on a deer hunting investigation involving an individual who was found to have left a treestand on state land over the course of multiple weeks, as well as unlawfully placing and hunting over bait.
Wardens Ben Mott, of Wautoma, and Jeffrey Nieling, of Fort McCoy, checked an individual panning for gold. The individual referenced having a letter/permit from a few years ago but was unable to provide it when asked. The wardens followed up with the property manager and then the individual. No permit was located, but the wardens, the property manager, and the individual worked together to get a permit for the future.
Wardens Mott and Nieling assisted wardens from Montana with their case involving the illegal take of at least one mule deer buck in Montana. The defendants admitted to the illegal take of at least two mule deer bucks by an individual who did not have the appropriate licenses to shoot mule deer in Montana. Wardens from Wisconsin also discovered a couple of state violations for failing to register a buck and hunting small game without a license. Enforcement action was taken.
While working in Green Lake County, wardens Mott and Nieling contacted a couple of men who were squirrel hunting. One individual had failed to register his deer and also had failed to have the appropriate license for that deer.
Warden Ben Nadolski, of Montello, arrived before dawn for patrol on Little Green Lake in Green Lake County. Nadolski observed a number of tip-ups with flashing lights, indicating fish strikes. Nadolski walked across the lake, woke up the responsible anglers and issued citations for unattended lines.
Madison Team / January
Warden Jake Donar, of Madison, encountered several bowhunters on the last day of the archery season. Several of the hunters were found to have two unregistered turkeys and multiple deer registration violations. Some of the deer violations included hunting antlerless deer in the wrong zone/land type, failing to register deer, inaccurate registration, and hunting antlerless deer without a permit.
Wardens Ryan Caputo, of Madison, and Audrey Royce spoke with a man regarding archery hunting violations. They found the man shot a buck and had his dad register it. The individual also shot a doe and arranged to have a second person register it. However, the second person did not register the doe because the second person did not have a license. The wardens also found the first individual shot a second buck later in the season and did not recover it.
Warden Nick King, of Green County, investigated a case of a hunter possibly hunting deer without a license. King investigated and found the hunter had harvested a buck with a firearm, and then proceeded to buy a deer hunting license to register the deer.
Wardens King and Kyle Johnson investigated a case of hunters possibly hunting without a license. Their investigation revealed one hunter had accidentally shot three bucks within a few minutes of each other, thinking they were all antlerless deer. The hunter then bought a license for a spouse and father to register two of the bucks. Enforcement action was taken.
Warden King investigated an archery hunter who possibly hunted deer without a license. His investigation concluded that the hunter had harvested a buck with a bow, and then bought a license to register the deer.
Wardens Paul Nadolski, of Portage, and Pete McCormick, of Poynette, worked two deer hunting complaints recently and found suspects had hunted without a license and loaned and borrowed a license of another.