Game Warden Blotter
Tales about “hunters” gone bad and “anglers” with a few too many fish in the bag are all too common – but never the same. Each one has its own wrinkles and its own unique bit of stupidity or ignorance.
ILLEGAL BAIT SITES
Several illegal bait sites were found prior to opening of eastern turkey season. Game wardens followed up on the sites and located a group of individuals illegally hunting over one of the baited areas on opening morning. Multiple other cases were filed.
ONE BOATER RESCUED, ANOTHER DROWNS
A boat with two passengers capsized on Lake Sam Rayburn in San Augustine County. A Sabine County game warden responded, and with the wind blowing strong from the northwest, rescued one passenger near the Rayburn Park area. The second passenger drowned with his arms tangled in a PFD and was recovered by the warden.
GROUP POSTS ALLIGATOR CATCH
A group of individuals caught an alligator on Toledo Bend Reservoir and posted their catch on Snapchat. Wardens from Texas and Louisiana interviewed the suspect, who said he and the other men were fishing and caught the alligator on the bank, took pictures of the alligator, and then released it. The individuals each received a citation and a few warnings.
BAG WITH DEER FALLS OFF OF VEHICLE
A person in Trinity County witnessed a black trash bag fall off the trunk of a car when it made a turn in the neighborhood and the car did not stop. Inside the trash bag were the remnants of a freshly skinned deer. After a couple of days, game wardens identified and made contact with the driver. The driver admitted to shooting the buck at night in his yard with a .22 rifle. Civil restitution was filed as well as several cases.
BOAT BUYER TRIES TO BEAT THE SYSTEM
The College Station Law Enforcement office received paperwork from and individual wishing to put a boat and motor into his name. The paperwork was processed and was given to a Grimes County game warden after noticing some irregularities with the signatures. After examining the documents, it was discovered that the signatures were forged. An interview with the seller revealed none of the signatures matched and the price of the boat and motor were changed. When interviewed, the applicant gave a full confession, and arrest warrants are being issued for tampering with government records.
CAUGHT ON CAMERA
After being contacted by a landowner who, after finding a makeshift tree stand, believed he had someone poaching on his property, Liberty County game wardens installed a “live feed” security type camera at the location so they would be notified by cell phone and able to view the area in real time if the poachers would return. A week later, they began getting notifications via the security camera and could see that there were two subjects on the property carrying rifles. The wardens arrived at the scene and apprehended two subjects who admitted to hunting hogs and rabbits on the property without the consent of the landowner. The landowner signed non-consent affidavits and both subjects were arrested.
NOT SELLING SQUIRREL MEAT, BUT STILL ILLEGAL
In Hardin County, a game warden was notified someone was selling squirrel meat in a parking lot. The warden asked several people at nearby businesses, and one witness said the man was selling shrimp and fish and that he had purchased shrimp from the man, and supplied the man’s name and phone number. The warden called the man and asked if he was selling shrimp. The man said where he could be found. When he arrived, the warden recognized the man as a Louisiana resident he had cited for selling shrimp without a license two years earlier. The man still did not have a license, and had been holding up whole fish fillets to motorists as they drove by. One motorist mistakenly thought he was selling squirrel.
GIANT ROOSTER-FIGHTING RING BUSTED
Numerous game wardens assisted the Karnes County Sheriff’s Office with a large joint operation. The operation involved a search warrant and the Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from TPWD and several other state and federal agencies to take down a large rooster-fighting ring. As the three teams began the approach on the property, the subjects had already started to flee the scene in several directions. Wardens assisted with capturing subjects fleeing the scene on foot and attempting to conceal themselves in the thick brushy areas. The TPWD helicopter was used to provide air support. There there were a total of 150 individuals detained and arrested. Additional charges are pending, and a large number of guns, money, vehicles and other items were seized at the scene.