Texas Game Warden Field Notes for late December included the following reports:
Getting off to an early start
On opening day of deer season a Smith County game warden was visiting a local meat processor when a young man showed up with a nice buck he claimed to have harvested earlier that morning. What he failed to mention was just how much earlier. A month later, the warden received an anonymous tip that the deer the young man shot had been harvested well before legal shooting hours on the season opener. The warden tracked down the hunter and after a short interview, the young man admitted he had shot that deer at about 3 a.m. while hog hunting. The antlers and remaining deer meat were seized and multiple citations were issued for illegal harvest at night and hunting deer out of season. The cases are pending.
Failure to hide the evidence
Officers with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office were at a residence serving warrants for a recent burglary when they noticed a large amount of deer guts scattered all over the front yard, and notified game wardens. A warden responded to the residence to investigate. After collecting evidence and conducting a lengthy interview, the warden obtained confessions from two individuals who admitted to shooting two deer from a public roadway on two different occasions. Charges for felon in possession of a firearm, hunting from the public roadway, waste of game, hunting with illegal means and methods and no hunting license are pending.
Good cell phone coverage
On Thanksgiving night, Henderson County game wardens were on patrol when they heard a shot fired near their location around 10:30 p.m. Initially, no violators could be found, but they did locate a damaged cell phone in the road. A vehicle was soon observed stopping along the side of the road near the wardens’ location. The wardens spoke with the vehicle’s occupants, a man and a woman who initially denied shooting the buck from the road. When the wardens produced the cell phone and asked if it belonged to them, the couple eventually admitted to the crime. They had taken their gun home before returning to get the deer and the cell phone that was dropped by the female suspect, which ended up being run over and destroyed. The charges are pending.
Not a duck hunter video game
While patrolling Limestone County, a game warden heard several shots coming from a nearby tract of land. Upon further investigation, the warden located an individual who was using his .30-30 rifle to shoot at ducks as they flew past. The subject did not possess a hunting license. He was given a brief lesson on bullet trajectory and firearm safety, among other things. The cases are pending.