Game Warden Blotter
MAN FOUND AFTER BOAT CAPSIZES
A Panola County game warden was contacted by the sheriff’s office reporting a capsized boat on the Sabine River. A 14-foot flat-bottomed boat was upside down, hung up in a fallen tree in the river. Wardens responded and searched the area until around midnight and returned the following morning to learn
the sheriff’s office had received a call from a homeowner stating that a man was at their house and was very confused and seemed lost. He was found at the residence, about three miles from where his boat was originally found.
GATOR POACHER NABBED
The illegal taking of an 11-foot alligator in Newton County was reported to game wardens. The investigation revealed the violation occurred along the Sabine River and involved a father-and-son duo shooting the alligator with a .30-30 caliber rifle. Charges and civil restitution are pending for taking the alligator in closed season.
In East and West Matagorda bays, wardens check commercial and recreational flounder giggers. Multiple groups were contacted, and citations were issued for possession over the daily bag limit, possession of undersized flounder, no fishing license and possession of drug paraphernalia. A total of 42 southern flounder, four red snapper, and one cobia were seized. Cases and civil restitution are pending.
STRIPERS WERE TOO SMALL
On Lake Georgetown in Williamson County, game wardens received complaints of people keeping undersized striped bass. One individual was checked, and he did not have a fishing license and was in possession of three striped bass measuring 17, 18 and 19 inches. The fish were confiscated and two were released. The striped bass measuring 17 inches was donated to a needy family. The fisherman received citations and civil restitution is pending.
TEXAN TRIED TO BE IDAHO RESIDENT
A Texas resident purchased multiple Idaho resident hunting licenses. Working with Idaho Fish and Game wardens, and Travis County game warden served summons on the Texan. The man will be required to appear in person in Idaho to face charges and mandatory revocation of Idaho privileges.
COUPLE CAUGHT RAISING BUCK
A Hidalgo County game warden relocated a six-point white-tailed deer that had been illegally raised by a couple in Edinburg, issuing the appropriate citation.
FEDERAL WATERS, STATE LIMIT OF FISH
A recreational fishing vessel fishing near shrimp boats was checked in federal waters by Cameron and Hidalgo County game wardens. The vessel had ten people on board. During the inspection, it was found that there were 40 red snapper on board. Each person was over the federal limit of two red snapper per person. Cases were filed and referred for federal violations and federal restitution on 20 red snapper over the limit.
KEYS LOCKED IN VEHICLE THE FIRST PROBLEM
Harris County game wardens observed a vehicle parked in a no trespassing area. The suspected owner of the vehicle was wade-fishing in the bay. The subject was on the way back to the vehicle unaware that the two wardens were observing from the nearby bushes. The wardens startled the subject when contact was made with the individual. The subject did not possess a valid fishing license, had a suspended driver’s license and an expired vehicle registration. The subject had locked the keys in the vehicle and a wrecker was called to the scene to tow the vehicle off of the private property. While being allowed to obtain his personal belongings, the subject opened a wadded-up gum wrapper and swallowed the contents. The subject was detained. A search revealed roughly 7 grams of crystal methamphetamine, a methamphetamine pipe and cooking spoon, roughly 60 opiate pills, less than one gram of heroin and less than one gram of marijuana. The subject was arrested and transported to jail by Harris County deputies. The individual was charged with possession of a controlled substance as well as the fishing violations.
GROUP SHOOTS, LEAVES BUCK IN JULY
A white-tailed buck was shot at the end of July in Goliad County. The game warden spoke with the landowner and examined the dead deer. The landowner had stopped a vehicle and obtained the driver’s name. The warden conducted several interviews and obtained confessions from four individuals (three adults and one juvenile). Multiple cases were filed, along with civil restitution on the buck that scored 125 1/8 inches.
PIC OF DEAD CARACARA POSTED
A female subject killed a crested caracara and posted a photo of her holding the dead bird and a shotgun on social media. A San Patricio County game warden contacted the woman, who admitted the violation, and appropriate charges were filed.
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