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Columns July 11, 2017  RSS feed

Game Warden Field Notes

The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports.

‘Tis Not the Season

A Bastrop County game warden received a call from a sheriff's deputy with information regarding criminal trespassing, hunting without landowner consent, and hunting dove out of season. He called the complainant and was informed that the landowner had seen three male individuals walking through his crop field with one carrying a high- powered pellet gun. The landowner recognized one of the men as his neighbor and made contact. When the landowner asked them what they were doing, the individual with the gun responded, “Hunting dove.” The landowner requested they leave and informed them that they couldn't hunt dove because it was out of season. Game wardens went to interview the suspected hunter who admitted to hunting doves and retrieved his harvest from the freezer. Doves were seized, citations were issued, and the case is still ongoing for the other two individuals involved.

Posted and Busted

In response to a social media post, game wardens investigated the killing of an eight foot alligator on Lake Corpus Christi. The wardens were able to obtain a photograph of the suspect holding the alligator. They located the suspect and, after a full confession was obtained, he was charged with hunting alligator without a hunting license and illegal means and methods. Cases and civil restitution pending.

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