Harvester Harassment

The interactive map, and information provided on this page, are intended to be used as an informational tool for tribal members to research the areas they intend to hunt, fish, or gather for past incidents of reported tribal member harvester harassment. Documenting future incidents of harvester harassment and informing tribal members and the general public of past incidents will hopefully lead to a more successful and safe harvest. In addition, reporting these harassment incidents will increase awareness of the ongoing threat harvesters face while engaging in treaty reserved rights to hunt, fish, and gather in the Ceded Territories.

If you are harassed while exercising your treaty rights, follow the "The Four C's".

Harvester Harassment Reporting Form

Harvester Harassment Map*

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Firearm discharge or fireworks

Throwing objects



*Please note that some incidents at waterbodies were plotted using the waterbody centroid coordinates and are not the exact location of the incident.

Table of Reported Harvester Harassment

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State County Waterbody Year Notes
WIPolk CountyBalsam Lake2021Two vehicles drove past the landing and shouted profanities at the creel team.
MNMille Lacs CountyLake Mille Lacs2021Several individuals were reported to have thrown objects at the spearing party as well as, shouted profanities, anti-native american/spearing comments, made threats of violence, and one individual inappropriately exposed himself to the spearing party.
WISawyer CountyLost Land Lake2021An individual standing on shore shined a bright light at the spearing party.
WIVilas CountyTrout Lake2021Repeated shining of a bright light at the spearing party, shouting profanities.
WIPrice CountySolberg Lake2021Two individuals made several derogatory remarks to the creel team about native americans and spearing.
WIPolk CountyCedar Lake2021A non-tribal boating party returned to the landing as the spearing party arrived and began making several anti-native american/spearing comments to the tribal spearfishing party.
MIBaragaHuron Bay2020Two different locations/streams. Tires slashed on parked vehicles as members were spearing steelhead.
MIHoughtonDollar Bay2020Verbal - Profanities directed toward spearing boats along US-41.
MINorth Entry2020Rocks thrown to scare fish away. Firearm discharged near spear fishing monitor (estimated 20-30 yards away).
WIIronTurtle Flambeau Flowage2020A motorboat without lights on circled the spearing party creating a large wake, verbal.
WILangladeEnterprise Lake2020Rock-throwing, fireworks, verbal.
WILincolnJersey City Flowage2020Disgruntled individual tossed creel workers lantern into the water.
WIOneidaSquirrel Lake2020Bright light shined at spearing party from shore.
WISawyerChippewa Flowage2020Creel team reported hearing multiple gunshots in the distance.
WISawyerTigercat Flowage2020Disgruntled individual(s) - erratic driving at a high rate of speed in the boat landing parking lot.
WIVilasBig Lake2020Firearm discharged, verbal.
WIVilasLittle St. Germain Lake2020Firearm discharged, verbal.
WIOneidaPelican Lake2019Rock-throwing, verbal.
WIVilasCatfish Lake2019Rock-throwing, verbal.
MIHoughtonPike Bay2019Verbal, rocks thrown several feet in front of wading spearers.
MIHoughtonPike Bay Landing2018Apple thrown at member spearing.
WISawyerChippewa Flowage, South CC Landing2017Vehicle driving erratically in the parking lot of the landing.
MIHoughtonPike Bay20172-3 instances of spotlights being shined at members as they were spearing.
WISawyerChippewa Flowage2017GLIFWC Wardens heard multiple gunshots nearby.
WISawyerBig Lac Courte Oreilles Lake2017Bright lights shined at spearing party, verbal.
MIHoughtonPike Bay Landing2017Verbal.
MILower Harbor, Marquette2016Net tampering, confrontation on the water and at the landing. Reported by GLIFWC Warden.
MIHoughtonLower Pike Bay2016Shining lights into members eyes as they were spearing.
MIHoughtonPortage Lake2016Rocks and sticks thrown into the water to scare fish away and shining bright lights at the spearing party.
WIBurnettNorth Sand Lake2015Firearm discharged, verbal.
MIHoughtonDollar Bay2015Verbal, shining headlights at members spearing.
MIHoughtonDollar Bay2015KBIC Fisheries staff reported an instance of a large screw being inserted into their boat trailer tire.
MIHoughtonLower Pike Bay2015Shining lights into member’s eyes as they were spearing.
WIOneidaTomahawk Lake2014Shining light at spearing party.
WIVilasCatfish Lake2014Rock-throwing, verbal.
WIVilasOxbow Lake2014Firearm discharged, fireworks.
WIVilasBig Gibson Lake2014Firearm discharged.
WIForestRoberts Lake2012Firearm discharged, verbal.
WIVilasEagle Lake2009Firearm discharged, verbal.
WISawyerWhitefish Lake2009Incident details unknown
WILincolnMohawksin Flowage2009Firearm discharged, verbal.
WIOneidaKawaguesaga Flowage2009Firearm discharged, verbal.
WIOneidaBig Stone Lake2009Disgruntled individual arrived at landing with a firearm, verbal.
WIWashburnBass Patterson Lake2009Incident details unknown.
WIOneidaThree Little Lakes2009Incident details unknown.
WIOneidaCrescent Lake2008Firearm discharged.
WIVilasBig Lake2008Firearm discharged.
WIVilasCatfish Lake2007Rock-throwing, verbal.
WIForestRoberts Lake2006Firearm discharged, verbal.
WIBayfieldLake Namekagon2006Incident details unknown
WISawyerBig Lac Courte Oreilles Lake2005Incident details unknown.
WIDouglasLake Nebagamon2005Incident details unknown.
WIRuskPulaski Lake2005Incident details unknown
WIVilasCatfish Lake2005Rock-throwing, verbal.