Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars

Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – January 8, 2021

SOUTHEAST REGION Waukesha-Walworth Team / October Warden Marcus Medina responded to snagging complaints regarding the salmon run while on patrol. He found two men snagging salmon using spoons and plain treble hooks. The two violators had also been found guilty of similar activities in the same year. Warden Medina contacted an archery hunter found hunting over illegal bait and on…

Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – December 25, 2020

NORTHERN REGION Antigo Team / November Warden Curt Butler assisted the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department and Pine River Fire Department with a report of a missing hunter. Warden Butler was able to assist the search team using his knowledge of the area to eventually locate the hunter, who was in fine shape. Warden Kelly Crotty, of Florence County, concentrated on…

Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – December 11, 2020

NORTHERN REGION Park Falls Team / September Wardens Dan Michels, of Park Falls, and Joe Paul, of Prentice, responded to a complaint of littered deer carcasses on private property near Lugerville. Michels and Paul discovered the person who dumped the carcasses had been harvesting antlered deer with a crossbow and registering them under others’ deer harvest authorizations. Five citations were…

Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – November 27, 2020

NORTHERN REGION Ashland Team / October Warden Phil Brown, of Iron River, investigated a case in which a bear had been harvested by an individual who did not have a bear hunting license, and who had not completed hunter safety. The investigation determined the individual used the bear harvest license of another person. Enforcement action was taken. Warden Brown was…

Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – November 13, 2020

NORTHERN REGION Spooner Team / September While working ATV/UTV patrol on the Wild Rivers Trail in Washburn County, wardens Jon Hagen, of Spooner, and Jesse Ashton, of Luck, were approached by a man who stated he was in an accident. An ambulance was called and the man was transported to the hospital due to his injuries. The wardens assisted the…

Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – October 30, 2020

NORTHERN REGION Antigo Team / September Wardens Brad Dahlquist, of Antigo, and Brad Burton, of Beaver Dam, investigated a complaint regarding an undersized black bear illegally harvested in Oconto County. Following investigation, it was found a hunter had illegally harvested a legal size bear, failed to register the harvest and illegally dumped the carcass on public land. Law enforcement action…

Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – October 16, 2020

WEST-CENTRAL REGION Lower St. Croix Team /August  Warden Kyle Kosin, of Pierce County, responded to multiple reports of car-killed bald eagles on Pierce County roadways. Bald eagles commonly scavenge on vehicle-killed animals, putting them at risk of being struck by passing vehicles.  Warden J.J. Redemann, of Dunn County, and the Dunn County recreation deputy were on boat patrol on the…

Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – October 2, 2020

NORTHERN REGION Park Falls Team/July  Warden Aaron Koshatka, of Hayward, responded to a two-boat crash on Lac Courte Oreilles Lake. Koshatka learned that the operator of the ski boat was watching the skier in the rear view mirror while making a wide turn. The ski boat had a total of six passengers on board. During the turn the ski boat…

Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – September 18, 2020

WEST-CENTRAL REGION Lower St. Croix Team/July Wardens Kyle Kosin, of Pierce County, Jamie McDermid, of Dunn County, and Chad Ziegler interviewed a person currently revoked of all DNR privileges after receiving complaints the person was baiting bears illegally. The person admitted to placing and maintaining multiple bear baits. The wardens issued a warning and educated the person, explaining the revocation…

Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – September 4, 2020

NORTHERN REGION Spooner Team / July Wardens Pete Carlson, of Frederic, and Jesse Ashton, of Luck, along with Polk County recreation deputy Smith, saw two individuals closely operating their personal watercraft above no-wake in circles around two people floating in the water on a Polk County lake. Both personal watercraft operators were also operating very close to each other. Enforcement…

Wisconsin Cuffs & Collars – August 21, 2020

NORTHEAST REGION Green Bay Team/July While patrolling by boat on the Fox River in July, wardens Amanda Kretschmer and Gaven Brault, both of Green Bay, contacted a female who was hand-fishing from the shorelines along the Fox River State Trail. The female was fishing with four hooks and baits. In Wisconsin, it is illegal to fish with more than three…

Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – July 24, 2020

NORTHERN REGION Ashland Team/June Warden Matt Koshollek, of Drummond, assisted the Bayfield County Sheriff’s Department with a rash of thefts from cabins, businesses and boats in the Lake Namekagon area near Cable. There were reports of stolen fishing rods, gas, boat motors and fish finders. Bayfield County deputies arrested two men responsible for the thefts and recovered all stolen items….

Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – July 10, 2020

NORTHEAST REGION Wautoma Team/May While patrolling for sturgeon spawning activity, warden Jonathan Kaiser, of Waupaca, contacted a group of individuals who were found to be on probation while fishing without licenses. After working with the Waupaca Police Department, Waupaca County Sheriff’s Department, and Wisconsin Department of Probation and Parole, enforcement action was taken. Wardens Joshua Wiedenhoeft and Jonathan Kaiser worked…

Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – June 26, 2020

NORTHERN REGION Woodruff Team/May Warden Timothy Ebert, of Minocqua, responded to a complaint concerning anglers illegally snagging fish on the Minocqua Chain of Lakes. Ebert observed an angler snag and release a muskie. After the fish was released, the angler continued to attempt to snag fish. As a result of the joint investigation with the Great Lakes Indian, Fish, and…

Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – June 12, 2020

WEST-CENTRAL REGION Lower Chippewa Team/April Wardens Charles Ackerman, of Clark County, and Ken Thomson investigated a complaint concerning an individual who was baiting turkeys. They found the individual had placed corn in front of a ground blind and allowed a juvenile hunter to shoot a turkey at the illegal bait site. Wardens Kevin Christorf and Bob Kneeland investigated an illegal…

Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – May 29, 2020

NORTHERN REGION Park Falls Team/April Warden Tom Heisler, Jr., of Winter, received multiple calls regarding two dead tundra swans, just feet apart, near the bridge on Moose Lake. Callers were not sure what caused their death. After viewing the area, Heisler was able to determine the pair flew into the power lines while crossing the river. This was apparent by…

Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – May 15, 2020

SOUTHEAST REGION Racine/Kenosha/Walworth counties March team report Warden Brandon Smith, of Twin Lake, in cooperation with Illinois DNR, finished an investigation involving a person found to have been hunting along the Wisconsin-Illinois state line in violation of multiple hunting and baiting laws in both states. Enforcement action was taken for placing and hunting over illegal bait, hunting during closed season,…

Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – May 1, 2020

NORTHERN REGION Ashland Team / March Wardens Phil Brown, of Iron River, Matt Koshollek, of Drummond, and Adam Stennett, of Brule, patrolled the Cable area in March for a large snowmobile race. The wardens made stops for registration, trail pass and modified exhaust violations. Warden Stennett issued a citation to a steelhead fisherman for fishing on the Brule River and…

Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – April 17, 2020

NORTHERN REGION Ashland Team/February Wardens from several northern counties assisted local law enforcement at the annual American Birkebeiner ski race from Cable to Hayward. Wardens assisted in downtown and trail security patrol and conducted the trail sweeps for the Birkebeiner race to ensure safety of participants. After receiving complaints of illegal deer feeding on railroad property, warden John Krull, of…

Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – April 3, 2020

SOUTHEAST REGION Waukesha/Milwaukee Team/December Wardens who serve Walworth County hosted the annual “Hunt off Hunger” Battle of the Schools food drive and documented the amount of perishable goods donated by Delavan-Darien, Elkhorn, and Badger High Schools. Delavan-Darien High School was awarded the traveling trophy for donating more than 1,500 pounds of perishable items. In total all three high schools donated…

Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – March 20, 2020

NORTHERN REGION 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….

Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – March 6, 2020

NORTHERN REGION Spooner Team / December Wardens Pete Wetzel, of Amery, Pete Carlson, of Frederic, and Nick Engelhardt investigated a group of hunters who were reported to have shot deer from vehicles, failed to register deer, and trespassed. The investigation found the suspects had shot deer from their vehicles while on the road, failed to register six deer, littered and…

Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Feb. 21, 2020

NORTHEAST REGION Green Bay Team/January Warden Chris Kratcha, of Sturgeon Bay, led a National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) “train the trainers” course for area school teachers and conservation wardens at Southern Door School. Wardens Alyssa Neff-Miller, of Manitowoc, and James Moore, of Kewaunee, contacted an individual who was jigging for panfish on a local lake in Manitowoc County….

Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Feb. 7, 2020

WEST-CENTRAL REGION Lower Chippewa Team/December Wardens Charles Ackerman, of Clark County, and Jake Holsclaw, of Eau Claire, investigated a report of a house being hit by a bullet. It was found that an individual shot at a deer, the bullet traveled across Hwy. 73 in Clark County and struck a house. No one in the house was injured and a…

Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Jan. 24, 2020

NORTHEAST REGION 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…

Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Jan. 10, 2020

WEST-CENTRAL REGION/NOVEMBER Lower Chippewa Team Web Report Wardens Kevin Christorf, of Cornell, Lt. Jeremy Peery, Ken Thomson, of Fall Creek, and Jake Bolks, of Eau Claire, followed up on an illegal deer investigation in November. They found three individuals had shined and shot two large bucks from a vehicle with a rifle during the archery season. The bucks had been…