Game Warden Blotter
FATHER HELPS SON, BOTH PAY THE PRICE
While checking deer camps, Crockett County game wardens entered a camp with several vehicles, but no people present. The wardens found two fresh deer carcasses killed by the same individual a day apart. One of the two deer was tagged incorrectly. Knowing the occupants of the camp were likely out hunting, a warden returned to the camp the next morning and encountered a hunter at the gate leaving the property. The hunter said he had to go get ice and a hunting license. He claimed he had not yet been hunting, even though he had been in camp for three days. At the camp, there were two men cleaning a freshly killed, but untagged, white-tailed deer. He began questioning the hunters about the two deer that were tagged differently; one correctly and one incorrectly. The hunter, whose license tags were on both deer, began making excuses and telling contradictory stories. The warden suspected the hunter who left to buy a license had killed the second deer and used a tag off of his father’s license. He asked the father to provide a handwriting sample. After comparison, he determined that only one of the tags was completed by the father, yet his name was on both of the tags. The father admitted that his 27-year-old son had killed a deer without a license, and he had given his son a deer tag from his license. The son returned to camp after his father had confessed. Appropriate cases were filed and the deer were seized and donated to area residents.
LICENSE NEEDS TO COME BEFORE THE SHOT
At a hunting camp, a Mitchell County game warden observed an untagged spike buck in the bed of a pick-up truck. After a brief interview, the subject revealed he killed the buck that morning but had not obtained a current hunting license. Appropriate charges and civil restitution have been filed.
WARDEN HELPS FIND DOWNED BUCK, THEN WRITES TICKET
Two trucks were parked along the roadway at Army Corps of Engineers public hunting land. A Morris County game warden spoke to one hunter preparing to go into the woods. The hunter said he had a buddy who just shot a deer and was not able to locate it after the shot. The warden assisted the two hunters in locating the wounded deer. Unfortunately, the buck’s inside spread was under the 13-inch antler restriction. Citations were issued.
BUSY WEEKEND FOR WARDENS
Houston County game wardens issued nearly 40 tickets and warnings and seized five deer the first several days of the general season for illegal bucks, improperly tagged deer, untagged deer, trespassing, harvest log violations, road/night hunting and various other violations.
STARTING DUCK SEASON TOO EARLY
Houston County game wardens cited an individual for hunting ducks in closed season. The man had the cleaned duck hidden in an ice chest under his groceries. The case is pending.
DEER DECOY SHOT, SHOOTER FLEES
A deer decoy was placed In Sabine County at night. While wardens waited, a white SUV slow-rolled to a complete stop and the driver took a shot at the decoy. Once the driver realized the deer was fake, he drove off. One warden jumped out and ran towards the vehicle yelling “Texas Game Warden” and “stop.” The vehicle accelerated away from him. Wardens pursued, and area police officers located the vehicle on a dead-end county road. One male and one female were detained. A single-shot .223 caliber rifle was in the back floorboard with a spent shell casing still in the rifle. The female passenger was cited and released to her mother. The male driver was arrested for evading detention and arrest with a motor vehicle, hunting deer at night, hunting deer with a light and hunting from a vehicle.
SPOTLIGHTERS REPORTED, CAUGHT
A report of night hunting was received by Trinity County game wardens. The witness said her neighbors had left at about 11:00 p.m. and shined her pasture on the way out. It had been raining all day so the wardens started from the neighborhood and followed the tire trucks down a dirt road about five miles. The wardens caught up to the vehicle and made a traffic stop. Four guns and a spotlight were secured and the two individuals admitted to hunting for white-tailed deer from the public road. The individuals also admitted to shooting at a doe. Neither individual had a hunting license. Multiple citations were issued.
WARDEN WAS A GOOD LISTENER
A hunter on a Trinity County deer lease heard .22 shots that he felt were coming from the lease. No hunters were in the field at the time. A Trinity County game warden did not hear .22 shots but did hear a shot about a mile away right at dark. The warden walked into the camp after dark and watched a truck drive out into a field and pick up a deer. By time the hunters could return to camp, the warden was waiting. The buck was an illegal buck with a spread of 10 1/2 inches. Multiple citations were issued as well as civil restitution.
ROAD HUNTERS RUN BACK ACROSS STATE LINE
A vehicle shining a light from a county road coming from Oklahoma into Texas was observed by a Wheeler County game warden. After the vehicle passed, the warden followed and heard two shots fired. The warden stopped the vehicle and separated the two female occupants. The females claimed no knowledge of any weapons or shooting from the road. A rifle retrieved from the back seat with a spent cartridge still in the chamber as well as ammunition, two cans of beer, a head lamp with the red light still on and a cell phone with a text that read “Cop got us”. Adamantly denying any involvement of shooting, the two stuck with their story of being the only two occupants of the vehicle. After further investigation, it was found that two other subjects had gotten out at some point and made it the one-mile trek back into Oklahoma. Charges of hunting from a vehicle were filed on both females and the passenger also received a public intoxication citation. The warden is working with Oklahoma Game Wardens for possible illegal hunting from the same group near the state line.
FISHING LICENSE DOESN’T COVER DEER
Harris County game wardens received an Operation Game Thief lead regarding a potentially poached white-tailed buck on a family farm during the youth opener. After locating the suspect in nearby Brazoria County, the wardens interviewed the man who produced the head of the 6-point buck he had shot, claiming it was on his in-law’s property. When asked for his hunting license and evidence the deer was legally harvested and tagged, the man could only produce a Year From Date All Water Fishing License, which he attempted to argue was evidence he had a valid hunting license. It was also discovered the buck was illegal, having a spread of only 11 inches antler. The head and deer meat were seized and citations were issued.
REPEAT OFFENDER A SLOW LEARNER
Deer parts were dumped on private property in Montgomery County last season. The game warden made contact with a suspect and found that he had killed two deer, tagging neither and dumped their remains on the private property. The suspect pled not guilty, went to trail, and was convicted of possession of untagged white-tailed deer and littering. This season, the warden got another call from the private property owner about deer parts dumped on the property again. The warden found the same man to be in possession of an untagged deer. The suspect admitted to catching the deer in a trap before killing and processing it. He further admitted to dumping the deer remains at the same location as last year. The suspect received numerous citations.
STOPPING FOR GAS WAS THEIR FIRST PROBLEM
While patrolling in Walker County, three game wardens observed two individuals at a local gas station hauling a deer in the bed of their truck. They contacted the individuals and soon discovered there were hunting license violations and discrepancies on where the deer was harvested. The wardens followed the individuals back to the location the deer was taken. At the location, the wardens discovered the deer was taken out of the Sam Houston National Forest in San Jacinto County. The subject received a citation for no annual hunting permit, civil restitution and a written warning for unfilled harvest log. The white-tailed deer scored 159 6/8.
NO LICENSE, NO DEER
A resident called a Karnes County game warden notifying that a person killed a white-tailed buck and was not planning on tagging the deer. The warden found a photo of the deer on Facebook and learned the individual did not have a valid hunting license. The shooter claimed he had a license and tagged the deer until he learned the warden had already checked on him. The 10-point buck was seized.
HOST OF VIOLATIONS FOR GROUP
While checking deer camps, a Webb County game warden checked a group cleaning a few does. Neither of the does was tagged and one of the individuals said he forgot his license at home. A records check showed that several of the hunters had not taken hunter education, and the one who forgot his license only possessed a fishing license. Several citations were issued and one doe was seized.
RIFLE USED IN ARCHERY SEASON
A man told a Colorado County game warden he harvested a white-tailed buck with his archery equipment. After an inspection of the animal and an interview of the subject, it was determined that the buck was harvested with a rifle. The buck also violated the 13-inch antler restriction. The hunter did not have a valid hunting license and had used a tag from his elderly father’s license. Cases filed and restitution is pending.
REPEAT TRESPASSERS, STOLEN RIFLE
A report of subjects hunting without permission was received by a Bastrop County game warden who went to the scene and found four subjects on the property. The group claimed to have permission from the landowner. The warden contacted the absentee landowner and learned the group had been told multiple times not to be on the property and the landowner wanted to file charges for hunting without consent. One of the rifles had been reported stolen. The rifles were seized and charges filed.
ALL CAMO BUT NO RIFLES
A subject carrying a rifle in a field was observed by a Bastrop County game warden. The warden also noticed a pickup truck with a hog on the tailgate. After finding out that the hunter was not alone, the warden had the subject call his two other buddies, who were out in the woods, to their location. The subjects came out of the woods with camouflaged clothes, but no guns. After a few moments, the two men showed the warden where they hid their rifles in the woods. Citations for hunting without a valid hunting license were issued.
TRAIL CAMERA SNAPS POACHER
A Lavaca County ranch contacted the local game warden to view trail camera photos that captured images of someone trespassing and killing a deer. The identity of the poacher was discovered after several days of investigation. The subject was contacted in Travis County and admitted to trespassing and killing the white-tailed buck. Hunting without landowner consent charges are pending.
HUNTING IN HIS BIRTHDAY SUIT
An Upshur County man was arrested by a Gregg County game warden while hunting in the nude along a state highway. The man did not have a hunting license on him. The known nudist/activist later contested the charges. During the trial, the warden’s bodycam footage was played to the county judge. After hearing testimony and viewing a few seconds of the undressed violator, the judge abruptly stopped the video and ruled in the state’s favor. The citations for hunting without a license, shooting across a property line and disorderly conduct were paid.
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