Chances are, if you were out hunting or fishing over Labor Day weekend, you probably ran into a Texas Game Warden.
Labor Day weekend proved to be very busy for wardens who filed a wide variety of hunting, water safety, fishing and penal code violations.
A total of 2,655 hunting-related citations and warnings were issued. Hunting citations included hunting doves over bait, possession of over the limit of doves, hunting migratory birds with unplugged shotguns, hunting deer in closed season, and no hunter education certificate.
Fishing violations included several gill netting cases as well as commercial fishing violations.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Wardens also filed 268 water safety cases, 36 penal code cases, and made multiple arrests.
State-wide arrests included boating while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated, possession of narcotics, and active warrants.
A Game Warden assigned to Bosque County who was patrolling Lake Whitney looking for water safety violations arrested a man with an active warrant for sexual abuse of a child.
In Liberty County, Game Wardens assisted the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office with a water recovery of a homicide victim.
Game Wardens also investigated several hunting accidents, boating accidents, and drownings as well as searches and boater assists.
“I’m proud of the work our Game Wardens are doing to protect our natural resources while also providing public safety to the people of Texas,” said TPWD Law Enforcement Division Director Col. Craig Hunter. “The number of compliments and lack of complaints given the number of contacts made is a testament to their professionalism.”