Game Warden Field Notes
The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports.
Baiting the Baiters
On opening day of the spring Eastern turkey hunting season, Red River County game wardens were revisiting areas they had discovered during recent patrols that had been baited with corn. They observed four separate hunters actively hunting Eastern turkey over bait in violation of state game laws. One hunter shot a turkey over the bait, but was unsuccessful in finding it. Other hunting license violations were also encountered during these contacts. Multiple cases are pending.
Responding to a tip from an Operation Game Thief call, a Tarrant County game warden caught four men fishing with a cast net and keeping game fish in violation of state fishing laws. The men were in possession of 130 crappie, 64 yellow bass, 8 black bass, and 37 perch. About 50 of the crappie and bass were undersized. None of the men had fishing licenses. The fish were cleaned and donated. Multiple cases filed.
Caught with the Loot
Game wardens patrolling the tornado disaster area in Van Zandt County to minimize looting problems and enforce a mandatory curfew stopped a suspicious vehicle filled with several miscellaneous items that appeared to be potentially stolen from homes in the area. Upon questioning the subject and searching the vehicle, it was discovered he was in possession of 18 grams of a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine, marijuana, scales, baggies, and other drug paraphernalia. With assistance from the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office and state troopers, the subject was then transported and booked into the Van Zandt County Jail for manufacturing and distributing narcotics, a first degree felony. Cases are pending.
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