|Game Warden Blotter|
ROADKILL WITH A BULLET
Milam County Game Warden Charlie Mayer received a call from a sheriff’s deputy who had a vehicle stopped that had a freshly killed buck in the bed of the truck. Mayer responded and separated the three passengers and got each of their stories. They all said they had picked up the deer from the side of the road after it was hit by a car. There was no weapon in the truck, just a spotlight. There were no apparent injuries to the deer other than a bullet wound in the deer's neck. After about an hour of discussion with the three passengers, the driver gave up. Mayer was taken to the rifle that they had stashed, and he received statements from the three passengers. Case pending.
TRESPASSERS SHOOT AXIS ACROSS RIVER, USE BOAT TO RETRIEVE
Kimble County Game Warden Tyler Zaruba received a phone call from a landowner reporting three males had shot across the South Llano River and were in a boat paddling across the river to retrieve an axis doe. After a short investigation, the firearm and axis were seized. Cases pending.
WHAT’S A SLOT LIMIT? AND I NEED A LICENSE?
While patrolling Lake Pinkston, Shelby County Game Warden Nathan Skeen stopped a boat with two occupants for a water safety inspection. Upon inspecting the day's catch, he found they had six bass, all in the restricted slot of 14–21 inches, and one occupant did not possess a valid fishing license. The live fish were released back into the lake. Cases and civil restitution pending.
THOSE ARE REALLY SMALL TURKEYS
Zavalla County Warden Chris Stautzenberger received information that persons were hunting dove during turkey season. Stautzenberger witnessed the suspects hunting, realized he had dealt with these suspects before and called Uvalde County Game Warden Javier Fuentes to assist. Stautzenberger made contact with the hunters, who insisted that they were turkey hunting. However, dove were found in their possession. Charges filed.
SEARCH FOR DRUGS ALSO FINDS DEER, DOVE
During the execution of a search warrant, Austin Police Department officers discovered a freshly killed deer in a cooler and a mourning dove in a chest freezer, along with a kilo of cocaine. Travis County Game Warden Jeff Hill was called. The dove was suspected of being shot in the residential neighborhood with a pellet gun. Numerous semi-automatic rifles and handguns were seized with the narcotics. Dozens of fighting roosters and a sewage leak added to the squalid living conditions the drug dealer was living in. Cases pending.