Field Notes from Game Wardens with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

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The most recent report from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department cited several incidents regarding the state’s game wardens including the following:

A landowner in Red River County called the local game warden after hearing gunshots near the property. The warden performed a thorough search of a number of nearby deer camps and found blood evidence at one that was unoccupied. The warden noticed that hunters at the camp had recently tried to clear up deer debris and put it in a burn barrel but had done a poor job and left significant evidence behind. The warden tracked down the hunter responsible and found that he had power-washed his pickup truck in an effort to further hide blood evidence. When the warden questioned him, the hunter eventually admitted to illegally shooting an 11-point buck with his hunting rifle during archery season. The warden cited the hunter and his case is pending.

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Game wardens from Gregg and Upshur County were in the midst of routine surveillance duty when they spotted a man who had stopped his vehicle on a nearby roadway and was picking up a whitetail deer off of the road and trying to load it into his truck. When the wardens confronted the man he became very agitated and uncooperative. They asked him for consent to search his vehicle, which he granted, and upon searching the wardens uncovered an illegal firearm, several containers of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and materials that are believed to be components for a meth lab. The wardens arrested the man for unlawful carry of a firearm and for manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance.

A game warden in Real County was driving into a hunting camp to see if there were any violations by the occupants when a hunter stopped him and said, “I’m sure glad to see you.” The warden asked the man why to which he replied that seeing the warden had reminded him that he had to put a tag on the deer that he had killed. When the warden inspected the camp he found the deer in question already quartered and the pieces resting in an ice chest. The warden issued a citation for possession of an untagged deer.

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