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2014-10-16

Game warden field notes

TPWD

The following items are compiled from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports:

Tossing up a white flag
A McCulloch County game warden, staking out Brady Lake, observed an SUV stop nearby. After several minutes, the passenger tossed an empty bottle out of the window. After contacting the vehicle occupants, the warden discovered both the driver and passenger had active arrest warrants for theft by check in McCulloch, Mason, Llano, and Burnet counties.
The individuals were booked into McCulloch County Jail.
Tag, you're it!
While checking a father and his two daughters, who were hunting in Harris County, a warden found both daughters had multiple tags missing from their licenses. The girls said they had never harvested a deer before and that this was their first time hunting this year.
Their father indicated he knew nothing about the missing tags on their hunting licenses because both girls live with their stepfather and mother.
After a lengthy interview, stepfather, citations were issued for hunting under the license of another and over the bag limit of white-tailed deer. The cases are pending.
Swimming to safety
While checking a fisherman in a kayak in a fairly remote location, a Comal County game warden noticed something in the water swimming towards his patrol boat.
After a closer inspection, the warden discovered that it was a dog. He grabbed the pup and hauled it aboard. The dog had no collar and needed a good meal. Since the water was about 53 degrees, the warden offered the pup a ride back to the shore.
The dog was turned over to the New Braunfels Humane Society.
Wrong time,
wrong place
A Starr County game warden was informed that an ATV theft had occurred. After arriving on the scene, the warden obtained a description of the missing ATV, but failed to find it.
The next day, while returning from a routine patrol, the warden noticed an ATV matching the description of the one reported stolen the previous night. Contact was made and the ATV was identified as the one that was stolen.
The operator was placed under arrest and the ATV was recovered.
South Texas
peyote bust
Two Starr County game wardens were notified about hunters trespassing on a ranch. When the subjects returned to their vehicle, the wardens, who were waiting on scene, discovered that they were harvesting peyote on the property.
The subjects were found in possession of 32 pounds of peyote and admitted that they were harvesting the plant and were intending to deliver it. They were charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver - a first-degree felony.