Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – June 17, 2022


Madison Team/April

Warden Kyle Johnson, of Janesville, contacted a person actively fishing at Traxler Park in Janesville and found the person did not have a valid fishing license. Johnson gave the person the opportunity to purchase a license within a set time frame, or a citation would be issued. DNR records indicated the person never purchased a license after being given the opportunity to do so. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Johnson, while on patrol, observed a motorboat operating at planing speeds in a section of the Rock River where the no-wake rule was in effect. Upon contacting the boater, the man stated he was not aware the river was no-wake, even though there are signs posted at the boat launches and bridges. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Johnson responded to several complaints of undersized walleyes being kept along the Rock River in Jefferson. One angler was found to have caught and kept three undersized walleyes. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Johnson contacted three people fishing at the Indianford dam. During the contact, Johnson found the three had been fishing without licenses. Two out of the three persons fishing together were also found to have been drinking beer and were under the legal age of 21. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Austin Schumacher, of Janesville, contacted a walleye angler in Jefferson County on the Rock River for a fishing license check. During the contact, it was found that the angler had two undersized walleyes in his possession, one of which was hidden in a soft-sided tackle box nearby. Both walleyes were released unharmed and enforcement action was taken.

Warden Schumacher contacted an individual in Beloit for a fishing license check. It was found that the individual did not have a valid fishing license. Schumacher gave the individual a chance to come into compliance before enforcement action was taken and informed him if a fishing license was purchased by a set time, only a verbal warning would be issued. Approximately one week later, DNR records indicated that the individual still had not purchased a fishing license. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Schumacher contacted a boater in the city of Janesville for a fishing license check. During the contact, it was found that the individual had owned the boat for approximately eight months, but had failed to transfer the registration, despite being aware that it was required within 10 days after purchase. Enforcement action was taken, and a verbal warning was also given for an unsecured battery found on the boat.

Warden Schumacher contacted an individual fishing at Lion’s Pond in the city of Janesville. The individual did not have a valid fishing license, but was aware he needed one and had walked past a large yellow DNR sign that explained the fishing license requirements. Enforcement action was taken.


Spooner Team/May

Wardens Joshua Loining, of Rice Lake, contacted a person operating a UTV on Hwy. M, just east of Rice Lake, which is not a legal route for the vehicle. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Loining contacted the operator of an ATV showing an out-of-state registration, but no Wisconsin trail pass. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Jesse Ashton, of Luck, gave a warden career talk to 22 outdoor class students at Balsam Lake’s Unity School. Ashton also was contacted by two college students studying natural resources law enforcement who were interested in pursuing a game warden career.

Warden Ashton took enforcement action against a person operating a UTV at a high speed on a state highway with two passengers, ages 3 and 8. The children were not wearing helmets, as required by law.

Wardens Pete Wetzel, of Amery, Jesse Ashton, Pete Carlson, of Frederic, and Mike Melgaard, responded to a single-person ATV accident in northern Polk County. The operator was on a town road and lost control of the ATV, which veered to the right. The operator was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Warden Jon Hagen, of Spooner, was patrolling Long Lake for fishing and boating activity when he encountered a person with a 17-inch walleye in a live well. The minimum walleye length limit there is 18 inches. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Hagen responded to a wildland fire on a state-owned island on Little Long Lake. A DNR fire ranger arrived and contacted those responsible for the fire. The individuals left the scene. Hagen followed up and took enforcement action against the responsible individuals.

Warden Jon Hagen assisted a Wisconsin State Patrol trooper performing a traffic stop that involved a vehicle search. The search revealed drug paraphernalia and marijuana inside the vehicle. Both occupants were arrested.

Wardens Chris Spaight, of Grantsburg, and Dustin Gabrielson, of Webster, responded to a citizen complaint of ATVs being operated in a restricted state wildlife area. Upon arriving in the area, the machines were no longer present. The ATV riders had ripped up trails, operated in wetlands on the state property, and did many doughnuts on township dirt roads that caused damage to the road and ditch. The wardens located the two operators at their camper. Enforcement action was taken, and the individuals were educated on where and how they should be operating their ATVs.

Warden Spaight was patrolling Gov. Knowles State Forest campgrounds when he observed a UTV being driven on the roadway. Spaight noted there were two adults and three children aboard, and none of the children were wearing helmets. Also, one child was not in a seat or wearing a seatbelt, as required. Enforcement action was taken. 

Warden Dustin Gabrielson contacted a person fishing Clam Lake before a bass tournament. The person did not have a fishing license. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Gabrielson took enforcement action against several ATV and UTV operators for operation on state highways in Burnett County where prohibited.

Warden Pete Wetzel arrested a UTV operator for operating while intoxicated in western Barron County.

Warden Chris Spaight was asked to help with a suspected heroin overdose incident involving a non-responsive adult in a vehicle at a business in Grantsburg. Eventually the man responded to stimulus and was arrested on outstanding warrants. 

Warden Melgaard stopped a UTV with three occupants for multiple violations in Polk County. Enforcement action was taken for the illegal contraband, for not completing ATV safety certification and for the passengers not wearing seatbelts, as required. A U.S. National Park Service officer responded to the scene and interviewed the occupants regarding vandalism at two nearby park service facilities along the St. Croix River.


Wautoma Team/May

Wardens Zach Seitz, of Shiocton, and Jon Kaiser, of Waupaca, were on patrol at a Waupaca area lake when they came upon an individual who had been cited during the previous fishing opener for overbagging trout. The wardens contacted the individual and found he unlawfully group-bagged by catching and keeping an overlimit of trout. Enforcement action was taken for the same violation on the same lake and same day as the previous year.

Wardens Kaiser and Ben Mott, of Wautoma, assisted the Waushara County Sheriff’s Department with a complaint involving “pigs at large.” The pigs, which were believed to have been abandoned on the landscape by their owner, were captured and moved to a new home.

Wardens Kaitlin Kernosky, of New London, and Bryan Lockman, of Stevens Point, worked a case involving an individual who harvested a tom turkey in the wrong period. The wardens also found the individual failed to register the bird as required.  Enforcement action was taken.

Wardens Kaitlin Kernosky and Jane Voskuilen contacted an individual who was fishing without a license and found his fishing privileges were revoked. The man also was found to be in possession of a loaded shotgun in his vehicle, drugs and drug paraphernalia. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Ben Nadolski, of Montello, patrolled on Memorial Day and took enforcement actions against individuals for lacking PFDs, short fish and illegal ATV operation on roads and state lands.

Warden Mott was working fishing enforcement when he found an individual fishing at the Mecan Springs fishery area who had a felony warrant out for his arrest. Mott contacted the Waushara County Sheriff’s Department. A deputy responded and arrested the individual.

Wardens Mott and Ted Dremel were checking set lines and bank poles on the Wolf River and found a flathead catfish attached to a set line that was close to the minimum size limit. The wardens contacted the individuals responsible for the line and found the fish measured just legal, but the individual had kept two fish (limit is one flathead catfish). One fish was able to be released. The individual also was using live bullheads that were caught and transported from a separate body of water illegally. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Mott was on patrol when he observed a UTV driver pull out of a dirt road on state-owned land that doesn’t allow vehicles. Mott stopped the vehicle and found a child in the back seat. The child was approximately 4 years old and was not wearing a helmet. Enforcement action was taken.

Sheboygan/Fond du Lac Team

Warden William Hankee, of Fond du Lac, is assisting the Fond du Lac Sheriff’s Department with  wildland fire investigations at the Kettle Moraine State Forest.

Wardens Anthony Arndt and Gavin Keefauver, both of the Fond du Lac office, responded to a boat crash on Lake Winnebago along the border between Fond du Lac and Winnebago counties. A pontoon boat operator ran the boat aground and the boat took on water, stranding the nine passengers on a nearby island. An additional vessel/operator responded and ran out of fuel, stranding two more people on the water. All 11 persons were transported safely to shore. A 24-year-old boat operator was processed for boating while intoxicated.

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