Warden on hunting arrest: 'some want to cheat the system'

OUTAGAMIE COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - A Bear Creek man bagged a 10-point buck on Sunday, and ended up in jail for it.

Travis Schroeder, 34, was arrested on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm, trespassing, and hunting without a license, according to the Outagamie County Sheriff's Office.

On Monday, the court set Schroeder's bond at $1,000.

Wisconsin DNR Warden Kyle Johnson currently has possession of the trophy buck bagged by Schroeder

"It's unfortunate, it happens every year and it takes away from those hunters that are hunting legally and ethically," Johnson says.

According to Johnson, the Outagamie County Sheriff's Office received a trespassing complaint Sunday about a group of hunters on private property near Carpenter Road, north of Shiocton.

Deputies responded and found the hunters and the trophy deer. The deputies did a background check.

Warden Johnson received a call.

"Myself and other DNR wardens were able to go in and interview the hunting party, which resulted in finding the suspect that harvested the deer with a rifle who was a felon," Johnson said.

Travis Schroeder was convicted of burglary in 2008. State law says a felon is not allowed to possess a firearm.

Also, Schroeder did not have a hunting license.

Warden Johnson says the incident paints a black eye on Wisconsin's deep-rooted hunting tradition.

"Majority of hunters that I contact, they're law abiding, they obey by the rules and then there's the small percentage that don't and they feel like they want to cheat the system and get away with it and become greedy," Johnson says.

Johnson says this case is another example of the public helping wardens crack down on violators.

"If you come across any violation, no matter how big or small, give your local DNR warden a call, or call the DNR Hotline," Johnson says.

If convicted, Schroeder faces a possible sentence of ten years in prison and a $25,000 fine.


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