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Game Warden Field Notes – August 17, 2018

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

A Shot in the Dark

A game warden received a call on Aug. 6 about a man in Titus County who had accidentally shot himself while out on his deer lease preparing for the upcoming hunting season. The man was driving his side by side UTV back to the house around 9 p.m. the previous night when the accident occurred. A battery on the seat next to the victim fell into the floorboard. In the dark the man reached for what he thought was his spotlight to try and locate the battery. The man mentioned that the grip of the spotlight and his Glock Model 22 have the same feel. Instead of pulling the switch to his spotlight, the man pulled the trigger on his handgun, discharging a round into his upper leg. The man was able to drive to the house and then make a 25-minute drive to the hospital. An investigation concluded the man suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Doctors said the bullet missed bone and major arteries and the man was discharged from the hospital with no complications. He is expected to make a full recovery.

We Charge a Rehoming Fee

On July 22, Harris County game wardens found a posting on the “Offer Up” app advertising a “toy” alligator for sale with a winky face ;). The seller was contacted by game wardens posing as an out of town rancher wanting a gator for his private pond and asked if his ranch hand could come pick it up. The wardens set a time and place to meet. The suspect was surprised to find out the rancher and ranch hand were wardens. Charges were filed.

Look Before You Leap

Tarrant County game wardens patrolling Lake Grapevine on July 21 noticed an unusual clustering of people close to the water’s edge below a 25 foot cliff. Seems a middle-aged man had jumped from the cliff into what he thought was 10-12 feet of water that turned out to only be 2 feet deep. The leap resulted in a compound fracture of his lower leg. The wardens contacted local EMS, enlisted the help of some of the bystanders to stabilize the leg, and loaded the injured man onto their patrol vessel. The wardens then transported the man to a location where EMS could make a safe and speedy transfer. The wardens stayed with two juvenile boys who were with the injured man until a parent could be located. Alcohol played a factor in the incident.

Not Your Sign

On June 24, a Pecos County game warden was checking public access points to the Pecos River. The warden parked his patrol vehicle near a bridge crossing the river and walked underneath it to check out the area. While under the bridge the warden heard the sound of metal being cut with a power tool. As he made his way back up to the bridge the warden observed two men; one served as a lookout while the other used a right angle grinder to try to cut down a road sign marking the Crockett County line. After being caught in the act, the subject doing the cutting admitted he was trying to take the sign because “my last name is Crockett and I thought it would be cool to have the sign.” The individual was charged with criminal mischief, a Class B misdemeanor, subsequently pled guilty and received six months’ probation.

Holy King Mackerel

On July 14, game wardens in Brazoria County investigating an Operation Game Thief crimestoppers call about a violation of over the daily bag/possession limit of king mackerel made a shocking discovery. The tipster claimed a group of five was stockpiling king mackerel in a boat storage facility in Freeport. Armed with description of the suspects’ vehicles and boats, wardens began checking vessels near the Freeport Jetties and came across a boat that fit the description. The occupants were in possession of king mackerel in excess of the daily limit, and while escorting them back to the boat ramp, the wardens made contact with the other culprits. The suspects were brought to the commercial boat storage, where wardens gained access to a unit that contained 30 king mackerel stuffed into a freezer, in addition to the 16 king mackerel the five fisherman had on board both vessels. After lengthy interviews, several citations were written to the five individuals for exceeding their possession limit of king mackerel. The cases and civil restitution are pending.

Caught Red-Handed

Cameron County game wardens received a call from South Padre Police Department stating they had come across an ice chest full of red snapper during a traffic stop and believed the occupants to be over their possession limit. Contact was made with the three individuals and consent was given to inspect the fish. The story given was inconsistent between the three individuals, who claimed they got the fish from friends, but could not produce any proof. Although they had been out on a fishing trip all day with the unnamed sources, they had taken no photos of the others onboard. A bag count showed the group was 16 red snapper over their daily bag limits, including two undersized fish. All three individuals received citations with restitution. The fish were donated to the public.

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Game Warden Field Notes – June 22, 2018

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The following write ups are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports and used with permission from TPWD.

Game Warden Field Notes – March 2, 2018

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We got lucky…the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department released a late in week edition of Game Warden Field Notes, their periodic spotlight on the more entertaining of us here in Texas. We like to share the Field Notes, which are compiled from recent TPWD law enforcement reports, in honor of the late, great John Wayne who warned us that, “Life is hard, even harder when you’re stupid.” These serve as proof that the Duke knew what he was talking about. 

Game Warden Field Notes (Feb 16, 2018)

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Here’s another installment of Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s Game Warden Field Notes, originally published last Friday (February 16, 2018). The Field Notes are periodically released by TPWD and compiled from recent law enforcement reports. We like to share these here on Lone Star Chronicles and are obliged to point out that the witty story headers are theirs, not ours.

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Game Wardens in west Texas seize deer related to exceeding the limit and hunting without a license. (Photo courtesy of TPWD)

Compliments of our great Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), we present another installment of Game Warden Field Notes, otherwise known as your tax dollars, well spent. The notes are compiled from recent law enforcement reports and the catchy headers are theirs, not mine…

Into the Night
As two Val Verde County game wardens conducted their nightly patrol, they

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Texas Game Wardens investigate a large number if deer allegedly poached for their back straps. (Photo courtesy of TPWD)

On December 2, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department released another installment of the Game Warden Field Notes, which as you probably know by now are compiled from recent law enforcement reports. Suffice it to say that there is no shortages of miscreants in Texas, including the lowlifes who killed the deer above for their back straps. As a reminder, if you’re you’re out hunting or

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Texas Game Wardens seize 9,000 feet of illegal gill nets at Boca Chica Beach in Cameron County. (Photo courtesy of TPWD)

Time for another installment of Game Warden Field Notes, otherwise known as a good use of your tax dollars. As we like to remind our readers, the reports come to us courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department where they are compiled from

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Your tax dollars at work…another installment of the Game Warden Field Notes. The reports come to us courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and are compiled from recent law enforcement reports. This post was released by TPWD on September 16, 2015, and as I like to remind readers, the catchy headers are theirs, not mine…

No Rest for the Weary

As two Bowie County game wardens were leaving the county jail after an arrest, they got a call from the County

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Coast Guard and Texas Game Wardens rescued three men aboard a grounded recreational boat in Mission Lake, near Seadrift. (Photo courtesy of TPWD).

Time for another set of Game Warden Field Notes, which are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports. This report was released by TPWD August 5, 2015.

Game Warden Field Notes: Fall 2014, Part 1

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Texas Game Wardens seize a large gillnet on the Mexico border. (Photo Courtesy of TPWD)

I’ve been meaning to share these, but I’ve been behind these days, what with all this Pecos Journal stuff going on. So how’s about we catch up a little with another collection of Game Warden Field Notes? In case haven’t seen these before, TPWD regularly publishes the field notes which are compiled from

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I just noticed that I missed a couple of Game Warden Field Note releases, so I’ve culled and posted a few of the better ones here. As a reminder, these write ups are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports, and the titles are theirs, not mine.