Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24• ENFORCEMENT • Wardens in the “first person” ~ in the field ~ Three Lakes, Wis.—In early October I had the honor of helping with a youth hunt. But not just any youth hunt. This hunt is for families who have lost a law enforcement parent in the line of duty. This was the second year that an interagency group of officers have collaborated to put on this event. Attendingthisyearwerefiveyouthandfouradults hailing from Minnesota,Arizona and Maryland. From our base at Camp Luther, we started off Thursday, October 6 with a firearm safety course, emphasizing safeandresponsiblefirearmshandling.Thatafternoon, we went to the shooting range to target and trap shoot. In the evening some of the mentors brought two of the kids and their mothers along on a duck hunt. Friday morning, we woke up bright and early to rain showers and chilly 40-degree temperatures. We split into two separate groups. One group went out ontoThunderLakeduckhunting,whiletheothergroup went to a farm field to goose hunt.Although the geese didn’t come in, the kids and their moms had a great time. The duck hunters, on the other hand, had more success, bagging five blue-winged teals! SaturdaymorningweheadedouttoHerbandMary JoHoover’spheasantfarm,andmetwithmembersofa local bird dog organization. The couple who owns the dogshavehelpedbothyears,andbroughteightoftheir best German shorthair pointers to assist in the hunt. The landowners made a large lunch for everyone and opened their home and land to us. The day was a success, with the hunters getting five birds. That evening, the dog owners cooked up dinner for the group, making what they simply call “Bird,” a cream-based stew served over egg noodles. It was a big hit with everyone. Sundaymorning,acoupleoftheyouthstillwanted to hunt, so before they had to depart for the airport in Rhinelander,twoofthementorstookthemonagrouse hunt.Althoughtheywereunsuccessful,theyhadagreat experience in the northwoods. Although this camp is still young, the word about it has spread throughout the C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors) family. ThiscampisorganizedbyWisconsinDepartment of Natural Resources Wardens, GLIFWC Enforce- ment Division, Vilas County Sheriffs, National Park Service, DanKar Kennels, local landowners, and staff at Camp Luther. Planning for the third annual C.O.P.S. hunt is already in the works, and I will most definitely be attending. C.O.P.S is a non-profit organization that offers programs and services to survivors nationwide. Each year around 150 officers are killed in the line of duty nationwide. The organization relies on grants and donations to fund their work. For more information on C.O.P.S. go to www.concernsofpolicesurvivors. org or check out their Facebook page. Unique youth hunt for survivors following law enforcement tragedy By Holly Berkstresser GLIFWC Warden Happy hunters. As part of the Concerns of Police Survivors program, Kelly (left), Nick, and Logan Bruner traveled to the Ceded Territory for a special pheasant hunt. GLIFWC, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and additional agencies and businesses collaborated to help make a memorable hunt. (Holly Berkstresser photo) Workshop offers up trapping insights Mole Lake, Wis—When the leaves begin to change and the nights become cold, fur-bearing animals of the Ceded Territory begin making preparations for winter. Bobcat, muskrat, beaver, raccoon, and coyote all have ecological and biological demands to withstand the cold winters. A quality fur coat is among the most important components, and this is the time of year when trappers seek out animal pelts. Trapping continues to be a way of life for Ojibwe people. Traditional knowl- edge of animal behavior, identifying commonly used areas and observa- tion of animal tracks allows trappers to focus in on a particular animal or species. Trapping the animal is just the beginning before the fur can be used in clothing or other things. The animal must be skinned, fleshed, stretched, and tanned to reach the final step of the process. GLIFWC Conservation Wardens Christina Dzwonkowski, Gale Smith, and I took part in a weeklong training October 10–16 on trapping and prepa- ration of native fur-bearers. Sokaogon Mole Lake Tribe hosted the training with expertise from GLIFWC Con- servation Warden Supervisors Roger McGeshick and Mike Popovich. Wardens first prepared traps by boiling them in native staghorn sumac to give the traps a scent free, dull black finish. Officers then set traps in hopes of targeting one or two animal species. 110 Conibears were used in targeting mink and muskrat. To target coyote By Mike Burns, GLIFWC Warden Conservation Warden Mike Burns sets a #1.5 foothold trap. The trap is placed in a shallow hole and covered with dirt and leaves to appear as nothing is there at all. (staff photo) Ghost net recovery in MI By Gale Smith, GLIFWC Warden Ghost nets are commercial fish- ing nets that have been damaged due to inclement weather or vandalism and have sunk to the bottom of a lake. It is important to recover these nets because they can cause equipment damage or loss,biologicalhazard,andwastefulness of an important resource. State fishermen who use a trolling technique can get their fishing lines caught in ghost nets. Once caught, the line becomes too heavy to pull up, and theyenduphavingtocuttheline,losing both the line and other equipment that wasattachedtoit.Replacingthisequip- ment can be very costly. Additionally, ghost nets can sometimes continue to catch fish and rot. Biologically, this is not good for the lake and also a waste of the resource. OnSeptember19-23IassistedGLIFWCWardensDanNorthandMattKniskern with the recovery of ghost nets in the Upper Harbor of Marquette, Michigan and by Manitou Island. This was an eye opening experience for me as to the amount of effort that goes into recovering these nets. The process starts with information received from informants. Local fisher- man call in to the state natural resource department and report broken fishing lines or sightings of ghost net fragments. This includes details of net locations marked by GPS coordinates. State game wardens then contact GLIFWC wardens. Once we receive this information, we set the coordinates into our GPS system and the search begins. Using sonar technology, we are able to locate inconsistencies on the lake’s bottom. The nets tend to have a hump shape on the sonar screen. While onboard the net pulling vessel I was mainly in charge of dropping the net dragger as our (see Trapping workshop, page 21) (see Ghost net recovery, page 21) GLIFWC Wardens removed 6,000 feet of ghost nets from Gichigami. (Matt Kniskern photo) PAGE 15 MAZINA’IGAN WINTER 2016-17