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Monday, June 24th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Monday, June 24th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Jerry Davis

Wisconsin Wardens at Work: Violators caught on their own trail cameras

Hans Walleser, a Wisconsin DNR field warden, is right where he wants to be – close to family and friends, close to his hometown, and where there are great varieties of resources to protect. Walleser grew up in Harper’s Ferry, Iowa, and was schooled at Kee High School in Lansing, Iowa, and UW-Stevens Point for his bachelors of science degree.
During the 2023 gun deer season, Walleser received a call regarding trail cameras and treestands left over night on the Rush Creek State Natural Area.

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Unusual littering case from Wisconsin involves dead minnows dumped by bait dealers

It would be great if everyone treated public and private land as though they owned it. Tires, old TVs, deer carcasses, duck parts, and fish heads and skins have a proper disposal grounds or cemetery. Anything less may be littering.
Madi Bryan, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) field warden in the eastern half of St. Croix County, received a hotline complaint in early 2024 that someone was dumping fish along a remote road in the area she patrols.

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Recapping a Wisconsin warden’s first gun-deer season opening day

Wisconsin’s nine-day gun-deer season opener is different from any other day afield for a DNR game warden, including small game hunting, May fishing openers, and waterfowl seasons.
DNR field wardens are assigned a permanent station that covers a county, or a portion of a county or counties. Some wardens are assigned to the Great Lakes. Even this division of responsibilities differs greatly across the 72 counties, state parks, and large waters of Wisconsin.

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Wisconsin panfish angler in Oneida County catches a break

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) field wardens may have a good idea who a likely suspect may be simply by the body language they telegraph across the ice, even from a quarter-mile away.
Warden Audrey Royce knew she wanted to work in law enforcement, protecting natural resources. When she first visited an area of Oneida County, she knew it was the place she would like to be stationed.

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Wardens at Work: Wisconsin hunter used poison to ‘protect’ deer bait from rodents

Leasing land, preparing to hunt during the 2023 deer season, and not seeing enough deer does not grant anyone permission to set up multiple bait sites and protect the apples and corn from rodents by setting out poison.
That’s what Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Conservation Warden Kyle Ziembo found in Marathon County when he followed up on information from a hotline call that came in prior to the gun deer season opener on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023.

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Wisconsin DNR Warden of the Year Bryan Lockman has seen a little bit of everything on the job

On Sept. 9 DNR Warden Supervisor Bryan Lockman received “The Watch,” a gold pocket watch given each year to the Wisconsin DNR’s game warden of the year by the Noyes family.
A couple months ago, Lockman received a surprise invitation from his then-supervisor, Korey Trowbridge, to join him after hours. Little did Lockman know what the invite was for, as when a warden of the year is notified of winning the Haskell Noyes Efficiency Award, his or her supervisor gets the honor of arranging it.

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Waushara County dogs-chasing-deer case settled in Wisconsin

Dogs harassing wildlife are difficult cases to make unless the act of dogs chasing wildlife is observed or caught on camera. Local sheriff’s departments often get involved in such cases prior to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) field wardens being called in.
Ben Mott, now a DNR field warden in Waushara County after a stint in Milwaukee County, said dog-chasing-wildlife situations in his area have been off and on for years.

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Wisconsin Wardens at Work: Catching a fine for too many fishing lines

Fishing regulations are set as they are and do not vary based on whether or not the angler is struggling to catch fish. For example, if fishing is “good,” the state maximum of allowing three lines per person should suffice.

However, if the “catching” is poor, an angler simply can’t add more lines to improve his or her chances. The maximum is still three lines per angler. Wisconsin DNR Game Warden Mary Bisch was working Lake Winnebago with Logan Woods, High Cliff State Park field warden, and had just cited an angler for fishing with four lines, a violation commonly referred to as “over-lining.”

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Honesty serves a Wisconsin trapper well in Washburn County

Joshua Loining, DNR game warden in Barron County, was checking pelts and paperwork at a local taxidermy business and came upon two otter pelts, each having two holes. Loining suspected the holes had been made by bullets.
The taxidermy business was in Barron County, but the otters had been trapped in Washburn County by a county resident. Loining’s plan was to work with Jon Hagen, DNR warden supervisor who was stationed in Washburn County.

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