Game Warden Blotter
Texas game wardens were checking dove hunters in a field on the Concho and McCulloch County line when they came upon a gentleman standing behind a truck next to a pile of birds. The individual was in possession of 35 dove. The man informed wardens that only 12 were his and the rest belonged to the rest of the hunters in the field. Another man approached and claimed 15 of the birds. After contacting the other five hunters and learning that none of them had any birds on the tailgate of the truck, the warden returned to talk to the two men who did claim birds. The man that claimed the 15 birds admitted to taking the other eight dove. Chargers for exceeding the daily bag limit were filed, and resources were seized and donated to a needy family. The case and restitution is pending.
A telling response
A Concho County game warden made contact with a dove hunter who had quit hunting 30 minutes before sunset and had killed 14 doves, one shy of a daily bag limit. Curious to why he had stopped at 14 the warden asked how many he had killed that morning. The man told him “three” and immediately realized the mistake he had made, admitting to harvesting 17 for the day. Charges were filed for exceeding the daily bag limit; two birds were seized and donated to a needy family. Case and restitution is pending.
Regretting it after sunset
A Coleman County game warden was patrolling for dove hunters when he heard a group shoot well after sunset, the end of the legal hunting day for migratory game birds. The warden was able to get within 10 yards of the hunters undetected and watched them continue to shoot after sunset. The warden also discovered the hunters were over the daily bag limit as well. Cases were filed for over the limit and shooting past sunset.
Lots of line linked to Mexico
Cameron County Texas Game Wardens removed more than five miles of illegal long line from the Gulf of Mexico. Game wardens say fishing fleets from Mexico entering the Texas waters have posed a significant threat to wildlife such as sharks, red snappers, red drums and other forms of marine life.
A hard day’s night
A Willacy County game warden patrolling the Port Mansfield area issued 14 citations. They included possession of undersized trout, over the daily bag limit of trout and no fishing license. Forty-six spotted sea trout were seized throughout the night and into the early morning. The case and restitution are pending.
Redfish thief caught red-handed
A Nueces County game warden following up on an Operation Game Thief complaint regarding anglers taking over the limit of redfish set up surveillance at Packery Channel. The warden apprehended one individual with ten redfish over the daily bag limit. Citations were issued and the case is pending.
Shock and awe
A woman and two men were charged with possession of a fish shocker in Comanche County. A boat with 3 people approached a dock, and a woman got off and a man handed her a cooler, which appeared to be heavy. A game warden stopped the woman in the parking lot and asked to check the cooler. She refused so the warden waited to ask the men what was in the cooler. They told the warden they didn’t know anything about a cooler or its contents. The warden checked the cooler to find an ancient hand-cranked fish shocker. All three were charged with possession of a fish shocker within 1/2 mile of public water and the woman was charged for failure to allow inspection.
Pronghorns down, citations up
A pickup racing down a country road led to the discovery of two pronghorns taken on a ranch. Dallam County game wardens followed the vehicle to a farm where a father and two sons had shot a pronghorn. After the initial check and a possible permit violation, wardens saw a second pronghorn in a wheat field approximately 150 yards away from the first pronghorn that the hunters and landowner were ignoring. After a quick interview, a juvenile admitted to shooting both pronghorn. A citation was written for exceeding the annual bag limit and a warning for hunting without a valid permit. Charges and civil restitution for a 60-inch pronghorn are pending. The meat was donated to a needy family in Dalhart.
Too many dove aloft showed them the way
Game wardens on patrol in Duval County came across two hunters in a field and noticed a relatively high amount of dove flying in the area compared to elsewhere in the county. One warden found milo scattered along the road and in the field. While interviewing the hunters, the game wardens discovered an unplugged shotgun as well as a woodpecker and Inca dove that the hunters admitted to shooting. The hunters also admitted to hunting that location earlier that morning and getting their limit, but continued to adamantly deny placing the milo on the road and field. The wardens went back to the camp to collect the dove from the morning hunt. Wardens also contacted the landowner, who admitted scattering the milo on about 400 acres on his property a couple of days earlier. Multiple citations were issued.
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