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WDNR wardens' gun-deer photo album: ice rescue, ducks, dumpsters, families, ice cream & K9 Bridger

Warden Wire Section: Outdoor Recreation published on November 20, 2018

By: Joanne M. Haas/WDNR Bureau of Law Enforcement

WDNR conservation wardens ran into more than just gun-deer hunters this week as the 9-day gun-deer season moved into its halfway point. Surprising? No, not really as two days are never the same with the wardens who walk the outdoor patrol for public safety and resource protection. Let's go!

Photo by WDNR Lt. Russ Fell

Photo by WDNR Lt. Russ Fell

Photo by WDNR Lt. Russ Fell

Photo by WDNR Lt. Russ Fell

Deer on Ice Gets Team Treatment!

Warden Jesse Ashton facilitated a team of wardens and local firefighters to rescue a stranded deer on ice-covered Balsam Lake in Polk County. Those little hooves are no match for slick surfaces! The deer got a ride to shore and it ran off with no problem, whatsoever. Teamwork strikes again! Big thanks to these Apple River and Amery fire department members, left to right: Mark Ohman, Chief Alec Adams of Apple River Fire, Ed White, Justin Schuh and Dan Stone.

Photo by WDNR Nick Webster

Photo by WDNR Warden Nick Webster

It's Deer Season! No, It's Duck Season

Not exactly a Looney Tunes moment, but this might make Daffy Duck have a conniption! Recreation Warden Heather Gottschalk and K9 Bridger shared part of a patrol day of the gun-deer season with the duck hunters on Horicon Marsh in Dodge County. K9 Bridger reminds all the water is cold and ice has formed in some areas. Wear your life jacket when going to and from your blind and stand. Bridger is one safety savvy pooch! 

Photo by WDNR Warden Jacob Holsclaw

Photo by WDNR Warden Jacob Holsclaw

Good luck times three!

Wardens Jacob Holsclaw and Matt Groppi met this successful trio in Jackson County. From left to right - Nathan Voung, 14, with his first deer, Adam Herr - middle, and Sia Vang - right. They were packing the good luck on this hunt! Congrats to these three.

Photo by WDNR Warden Jonathan Kaiser

Photo by WDNR Warden Jonathan Kaiser

Hunt of the Ages!

Warden Jonathan Kaiser was on patrol when he ran into the Rollefson Family of multiple generations. They were packing up to return to southeast Wisconsin after a highly enjoyable hunting vacation together in Waupaca County.

Photo by WDNR Warden Tom Sturdivant

Photo by WDNR Warden Tom Sturdivant

Ice Cream is the Main Entrée!

Warden Amanda Kretschmer shows work is easier to digest with a cone!

Photo by WDNR Capt. Rick Rosen

Photo by WDNR Capt. Rick Rosen

Carcass Cleanup is Easy with a Dumpster!

Photo by WDNR Capt. Rick Rosen

Photo by WDNR Capt. Rick Rosen

Allison and Ana (glasses) Zuerlein of Omaha, Nebraska, were happy to show Capt. Rick Rosen how they used the deer carcass dumpsters this year. They also wanted to thank the Augusta and Eau Claire Rod and Gun Clubs for donating the dumpsters in Eau Claire County. "Wisconsin has got it right and we will be back again next year!" OK, that's a deal!

Hunters: To find a handy dumpster to properly dispose of your carcasses, please go to and search Carcass Disposal to locate one.

Anyone with information regarding natural resource violations may confidentially report by calling or texting: VIOLATION HOTLINE: 1-800-TIP-WDNR or 1-800-847-9367. The hotline is in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Trained staff relay report information to conservation wardens.

Last Revised: Tuesday, November 20, 2018

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