Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – November 18, 2022

WEST-CENTRAL REGION

Mississippi River Team/September

Warden Pat Seybert, of Tomah, observed a group of waterfowl hunters shoot before legan hours on Lake Tomah during the early teal season. Upon contact, it was found that two ducks were harvested during those early shots. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Seybert contacted an individual hunting near the Meadow Valley Flowage in Juneau County. Prior to contact, the individual casually unloaded his shotgun after noticing Seybert. Upon contact, it was learned the individual was hunting for doves and teal and was in possession of lead shot. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Seybert checked an individual baiting one of his bear baits. Several opened and old sardine cans were scattered on the ground. It was found that this individual and another person had used sardines several times during the 2021 bear hunting season. Violations for littering, leaving a treestand up on state land overnight, and having an unlabeled trail camera on state land were found. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Nate Ackerman, of Pepin, found an individual harvesting ginseng on state land. The person came out of the woods with about 1 pound of ginseng hidden. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Bob Jumbeck, of Alma, responded to a complaint of waterfowl hunting in the Big Lake closed area during the early teal season. Three individuals were found to be hunting well inside the posted closed area, and out of a boat blind. The group also was found to be open-water hunting. The individuals had harvested eight blue-winged teal. Enforcement action was taken.

Wardens Jumbeck and Tyler Strelow investigated several deer baiting / feeding complaints in September. In one case, a landowner was found placing Lucky Buck mineral at multiple locations throughout his property after being warned in 2020 that deer feeding/baiting was illegal. Enforcement action was taken in each case.

Warden Jumbeck received a complaint of possible night road-hunting. A person was identified and found to be legally coyote hunting. During the investigation, the individual was found to be in possession of a loaded rifle inside the vehicle. Enforcement action was taken. 

Wisconsin River Team/September

Wardens Kyle Ziembo, Kevin Christorf, and Barry Fetting cited multiple groups of hunters who were hunting at the McMillian Marsh during the early teal season for shooting mallards, using unplugged shotguns, and not having life jackets.

Warden Josh Litvinoff, of Schofield, certified large amounts of wild ginseng at licensed dealers in Marathon County.

Warden Bryan Lockman, of Stevens Point, contacted a couple in illegal possession of a raccoon in their apartment. The animal was transferred to a licensed rehabilitator to be cared for with the ultimate goal of releasing it back into the wild.

Warden Lockman participated in the Waupaca County Conservation Days at Hartman Creek State Park where he gave six talks and discussed boat safety, fishing laws, and the warden career.

Warden Lockman contacted individuals who were fishing and took enforcement action on one individual who was fishing without a license and another for keeping an illegal sized northern pike.

Warden Nicholas Hefter, of Stevens Point, assisted with the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Delta Waterfowl learn-to-hunt event.

Warden Hefter contacted two anglers who were in possession of short walleyes at the Lake Dubay dam.

SOUTHEAST REGION

Sheboygan, Fond du Lac Team/September

Warden Anthony Arndt, of Sheboygan, attempted to make contact with a vehicle driver at Kohler Andrae State Park in reference to smoking marijuana in a parking lot. Upon contact, the driver started the vehicle and fled the park at a high rate of speed. Arndt recognized the driver from an investigation into a marijuana grow on state lands the previous year.

 The operator was later located by the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department and taken into custody for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance, in addition to eluding/resisting.

Waukesha and Walworth Team/September

Warden Steve Sanidas responded to early-season migratory bird hunting complaints in the Delavan area. Sanidas contacted hunters and discovered license violations, unplugged guns, boating safety related issues, and aquatic invasive species transportation violations. Enforcement actions and numerous warnings were issued.

Warden Sanidas participated with a boating welcome center at the Delavan Lake public boat launch with DNR outdoor skills trainers. Sanidas and outdoor skills trainers provided education to the public about boating safety.

Lt. Andrew Starch observed a vehicle leaving the Lake Nagawicka boat launch. The vehicle driver was towing a commercial boat that had a substantial amount of aquatic weeds hanging from it. A traffic stop was conducted on Hwy. 83 and the owner/operator became argumentative about the enforcement action for spreading the aquatic invasive species. Starch spent time educating the individual about aquatic invasive species. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Chad Ziegler was checking waterfowl licenses at a DNR parking lot and observed a man returning from a hunt in the field. The man had equipment, but not a firearm. Upon contact, the man denied any hunting activity and became agitated. Warden Hodge arrived to assist with interviewing and found the man was revoked of all DNR hunting, fishing, and trapping privileges, and, upon seeing Ziegler, the man hid the shotgun in nearby weeds. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Sanidas responded to the Walworth County fairgrounds for a complaint of a carnival company violating wastewater regulations. The carnival had eight camping trailers set up as washing stations for their staff. All the trailers were discharging gray water directly onto the ground, which was running into an adjacent natural area.

SOUTH-CENTRAL REGION

Madison Team/September

Warden Henry Bauman, of Dane County, participated in an event at Edna Taylor Park in Madison where Four Lakes Wildlife Center released four rehabbed orphaned fox kits that Bauman rescued from private property near Lake Farm Park. The University of Wisconsin-Madison Ecology Department collared two of the kits for an urban predator research project that also involved the Pine View Wildlife Center at Fredonia. The partnership of citizens, volunteers, government (DNR), and researchers led to the positive outcome for the foxes.

Warden Ryan Caputo, of Dane County, responded to a complaint of septic waste being pumped out of a tank at a residence. Caputo found the landlord pumped liquid out as the tank was about to overflow and the pump in the tank was broken. The material was pumped onto the driveway of the residence where anyone could walk. Enforcement action was taken.

Wardens Nick King, of Green County, and Phil Brown, of Douglas County, investigated a complaint on a probable case of hunting bear without a license that Brown had been working in Douglas County. The suspect lived in Green County where King is stationed. The hunter had tried to register a Douglas County bear over the phone before he realized he did not have the proper license. Enforcement action was taken.

Wardens King and Pete McCormick, of Columbia County, investigated a possible deer baiting complaint in Lafayette County. The investigation revealed a treestand on the property was stolen from the neighbor. The investigation found multiple illegal baiting sites on the small property. Wardens also came across the stolen treestand. Three individuals were cited for baiting/feeding deer. Two of the individuals were referred to the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department for theft and trespassing.

Warden Nick Webster, of Fitchburg, assisted the Wisconsin Historical Society transport of an ancient artifact. Roughly a year ago, the Wisconsin Historical Society asked Webster to transport a canoe believed, at the time, to be about 1,200 years old. Webster helped again in September. This time the canoe was believed to be more than 3,100 years old. The dugout canoe, which had been recovered from Lake Mendota, was radiocarbon dated back to 1126 B.C., making it the oldest known canoe in the Great Lakes region. Webster assisted loading and securing the canoe in a DNR enclosed trailer. With assistance from Madison Police Department, Webster received an escort as he moved the canoe around Lake Mendota to a secure facility where it has started to undergo the process of preservation. 

Sauk County Team/September

Warden Keith Meverden, of Sauk City, was investigating an illegal baiting / trail cutting complaint on public lands that was associated with a stolen trail camera from a hunter. 

Meverden located the blade used to cut the trails in the woods nearby, apparently forgotten by the responsible person. Meverden proceeded to the person’s residence, and stated he found the blade in the woods and wanted to return it to him. When Meverden added: “I’ll trade you for a trail camera.” The individual said: “That was yours?” The trail camera was returned to its owner and enforcement action was taken.

Dodgeville Team/September

Warden Mike Burns, of Iowa County, investigated a littering complaint in Sauk County of 11 goose carcasses dumped on land without permission. Burns was able to follow a trail of feathers to a nearby residence where the homeowner admitted to dumping the goose carcasses and several other carcasses over the last several years without the landowner’s permission.

Warden Burns responded to a complaint from staff members at Yellowstone Lake State Park about an unrestrained child riding in a vehicle that also smelled of marijuana. Burns contacted the group at their campsite and found violations to include possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, open intoxicants, unrestrained child in a vehicle, and expired registration.

Warden Burns contacted two people who were in a vehicle in Blue Mound State Park that were in the park after closing hours. Burns documented several offenses, including possessing marijuana, underage drinking, open intoxicants in a vehicle, and driving while suspended. The driver of the vehicle was on probation from a previous felony drug conviction. 

Rock River Team/September

Dodge/Jefferson/Rock Counties

Warden Brad Burton, of Beaver Dam, patrolled for early shooting in the Mud Lake Wildlife Area during the early teal hunt. During this time, he observed two teal hunters shoot almost 30 minutes before opening of shooting hours for teal season. Contact was made and enforcement was action taken.

Wardens Burton and Ryan Mannes, of Horicon, responded to a complaint of someone overbagging on crappies at the Fox Lake dam. The wardens contacted the group of four anglers who had 119 crappies in their possession. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Mannes investigated an illegal deer baiting site on private property that led to the person admitting to placing illegal mineral blocks at two locations. The individual also admitted to placing the bait with the intent of hunting deer over it. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Mannes, during the early teal season, responded to an early shooting complaint in the Horicon Marsh. Mannes contacted a group of hunters at their vehicle. Through an interview, it was found that two of the three hunters had shot multiple times approximately 15 to 20 minutes early. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Mannes, while checking early teal season hunters in the Horicon Marsh, contacted two hunters who were found to be operating a motorboat with two loaded shoguns on board. Mannes also found the hunters were attempting to jump-shoot the marsh with the loaded shotguns in the boat. There were no life jackets on board and the battery terminals were not covered. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Mannes, while checking early teal season hunters in the Horicon Marsh at the Burnett Ditch landing, contacted three persons in one boat who had no life jackets with them. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Mannes, while checking early teal hunters in the Horicon Marsh at the  Nebraska Street landing, contacted a hunter who was found to be operating a motorboat with a loaded shotgun on board. It was also found that there were no life jackets on board, no registration displayed and the battery terminals were not covered. Enforcement action was taken. Similar action was taken by Mannes regarding a goose hunter on the Rock River in Lebanon.

Warden Mannes, while on patrol in the Neosho area, saw an ATV being operated on a roadway without having registration and a rear license plate. Mannes stopped the driver and found the ATV registration to be expired as of 2010. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Kyle Johnson, of Janesville, was patrolling teal hunters when he observed a group of hunters shoot approximately 18 minutes early at a flock of teal. Upon contact, the group was also found to have illegally driven a vehicle onto DNR property. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Johnson heard a volley of early shots near a pond and responded to the area where he found hunters. His investigation led to one hunter admitted to shooting teal before legal shooting time and another was found to have been hunting without any hunting licenses. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Johnson patrolled the DNR-managed dove fields throughout Rock County and encountered multiple violations, which included unplugged shotguns, possession of toxic shot, and failing to possess the proper hunting license.

Warden Johnson contacted a teal hunter for a license check. The hunter was found to have harvested a juvenile drake wood duck, but believed it was a blue-winged teal. Johnson spent time to educate the hunter on the difference between wood ducks and teal. Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Austin Schumacher, of Janesville, located an illegal deer bait consisting of two large piles of apples located next to a ground blind. Contact was made with the hunter who admitted that he placed the apples to attract deer for hunting, which is illegal in Rock County. 

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