Field notes from the game warden
The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports:
Over the limit
A Lubbock District captain and a Garza-Lynn County game warden were about to call off their patrol efforts for the day because of heavy rains when they saw the headlights of an all-terrain vehicle going in to a ranch near Lake Alan Henry.
After giving the ATV a head start, the wardens entered the ranch and tracked the vehicle's muddy prints. With windows down, the wardens soon heard the squawk of an injured rabbit, scanned the area, and saw two men hunting coyotes and hogs over two white-tailed deer carcasses. One of the wardens checked the men's licenses and asked when the two bucks, both with sawed-off skullcaps, had been killed.
The man soon confessed to killing one of the bucks the day before - his second of the season in Garza County, a one-buck county. The wardens were led back to a nearby house, where multiple citations were issued and the illegal buck and skullcap were seized. Criminal charges and civil restitution are pending.
A Titus County game warden received a call about riders of seven ATVs that were tearing up the road, throwing beer cans everywhere and trespassing. The warden located the ATVs in a camp close to the area.
Ten adults were found on the scene - two of whom were under 21. Citations were issued for minor in possession of alcohol, evading arrest and operating an ATV on a public roadway.
An investigation is pending on criminal trespass and burglary of a deer camp in the same area.
Two youths earn
A Dallas county game warden organized a once-in-a-lifetime red deer hunt on a local ranch for two youths. Working with the landowner, the TPWD Hunter Education office and the Dallas Safari Club's Ecological-Education Foundation, the group developed prerequisites for the hunt that not only educated each hunter, but showed the importance of hunting and conservation. To qualify for selection, each hunter was required to be currently enrolled in a high school outdoor education program, complete a hunter education course, show firearm proficiency and write a one-page essay on wildlife conservation.
Both hunters were chosen from a competitive group and were accompanied by their fathers. Both were successful in taking two mature red deer stags, and one feral hog.