January 2, 2014

From Blog.MySanAntonio.com

Game warden notes reveal humorous, weird incidents

SAN ANTONIO — Texas Parks & Wildlife Department game wardens regularly approach individuals they know are armed who may turn out to be criminals.
On dark, lonely roads and sprawling ranches, they apprehend a variety of lawbreakers.

Amid the dangers, though, are humorous incidents — and some that are downright weird.

Bexar County game wardens were asked to assist Terrell County game wardens on case about hunting without landowner’s consent. Four suspects, photographed on a game camera, killed two aoudad rams. Their illegal hunt was posted on Facebook. Terrell County arrest warrants were issued, and three suspects were arrested in Bexar County.

Del Rio police encountered an SUV with a white-tailed deer in the back seat and called a Val Verde County game warden. He asked the woman driver about the deer. She said she needed it for tamales she planned to make the next day. One case was filed for possession in closed season, and police filed another for DWI.

A Rockwall County game warden encountered two duck hunters. When asked to provide three shells to check their shotgun plugs, one hunter pulled two shells and a marijuana pipe from his pocket. He was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia. The other hunter was cited for an unplugged shotgun.

Two Tarrant County game wardens found a shotgun-toting father-son duo on opening day sitting at a stock tank with a dove decoy set out. The father, who did not have a license, said he was not hunting doves and that the shotgun and empty shells were from shooting at bullfrogs. The wardens informed him that he needed a license for that.

Two game wardens and a cadet filed multiple citations on an individual for having 21 white bass over the daily bag limit. He claimed it was his dog’s fault and that he needed to get a fish counter.

A farmer called an Ellis County game warden with the license number of a truck with two men who were driving and shooting at doves. The warden went to the location, picked up hulls on the road and looked for the truck. He saw it as it turned into a driveway.
The warden made a deal with the men, saying, “I’ll leave, but only if I can’t guess what gauge shotgun is in the gun case in your backseat, and I’ll bet in that camouflage bag there are low-brass, Winchester No. 8 shot shells that are red in color.” After puzzled looks and realizing the warden knew more than they thought he did, the two men confessed and multiple citations are pending.

A Zapata County game warden parked at night saw a truck with a spotlight shining out of the window. As it approached, he noticed it was towing another pickup. The occupants kept spotlighting as they drove past the warden and stopped. Two men exited the truck being towed, grabbed a buck they had just shot earlier and threw it in the bed. The trucks drove off, and the game warden stopped them. All four men admitted to road hunting.
When asked why the truck was being towed, they said that after they shot the deer, they had sped off and blew the transmission.


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