Texas Game Warden Field Notes - Hunting Violations
September 19, 2011
The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife
Department law enforcement reports.
Nope, not normal agricultural practices: While on patrol near
Alpine on Sept. 1, Brewster County game wardens discovered what
appeared to be a baited dove hunting field. To get a clear
definition of what would be considered normal agricultural planting
practices in Brewster County, the wardens asked the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service to assist with the investigation. A USFWS agent
concluded that the agricultural planting practices used on this
field were not normal for Brewster County and that the field was
baited. The state game wardens, working with USFWS, began watching
the field for possible dove hunting activity. On the evening of
Sept. 2, the wardens noticed several vehicles parked near the field,
and the wardens could also hear shots in the area. Entering the
field, the wardens made contact with six hunters who had harvested
71 dove. The wardens seized the birds and issued citations for
hunting dove over bait. Each case was referred to the USFWS for
On Sept. 3, Hardin County Game Warden Mike Boone received
information that a Silsbee resident had killed a deer on the
previous day. Warden Boone located the subject and after a short
interview he confessed and gave the warden the deer.
Warden hooks two for fishing with a net: On Sept. 4, Galveston
County Game Warden Adam Clark filed on two individuals for using a
gill net to take fish. The violators were in possession of numerous
fish, including several speckled trout and red fish.
While working a large group of dove hunters in Waller County on
opening day, Harris County Game Warden Cullen Stakes noticed one
individual leave the spot he was hunting and move into a thick,
brushy area nearby. After a short search, Warden Stakes located the
individual and determined that the hunter was using an unplugged
shotgun. A criminal history check revealed that the violator, an
Army National Guardsman, was wanted on an outstanding warrant for
Military Desertion. Game Warden Stakes, aka Captain Cullen Stakes of
the Army National Guard, arrested the individual and transported him
to the Waller County Jail.
Magistrate has busy weekend in Starr County: Wardens Baker and
Norris had a very productive opening weekend for special whitewing
season in Starr County. Through the weekend, the wardens located
hunters hunting over bait, in closed area, with unplugged shotguns,
no hunter safety, killing protected species, and one field with
about 15 hunters and not a license among them.
On Sept. 3, King/Knox County Game Warden Jim Daniels and
Game Warden Danny Kessel entered a camp in King County. The four
out-of-state hunters were 114 dove over their possession limit.
Just trying to give the kids a good hunt: On Sept. 3, Burnet
Wardens Ronnie Langford and Brent Whitus were checking dove hunters
checked a group of five young hunters. It was discovered that they
hunting over bait, one did not have a hunting license, they had an
shotgun, no hunter education, and they had killed an Inca dove. The
the property admitted to putting out bait so the boys would have
to shoot at. Case pending.
Bird dog turns stool pigeon: Llano County wardens Rick Snitkin
Webb filed on five dove hunters for hunting around a deer feeder
milo. The huntersí retriever didnít help their case when it parked
directly under the tripod feeder each time it came back with a bird.
subject was arrested for Class B warrants.
Killing six deer on the road nets indictments: Llano Game Warden
Snitkin presented three felony cases to a Llano County grand jury on
subjects who poached an eight-point buck and subsequently killed
deer in one night on a county road. One other subject who allegedly
he was going to do harm to Warden Snitkin and his family was true
a charge of retaliation.
Spotlight case turns to felony: Red River County Wardens Benny
Daniel Roraback were patrolling the east side of the Chapman Ranch
County on Sept. 3 when they began following a truck spotlighting.
wardens witnessed a subject in the vehicle shoot two times. The
determined to be a felon, so while Warden Richards was dealing with
arrested subject, Roraback found deer hair, blood, and feces in the
the subjectís truck. After a short investigation, it was determined
subjects had shot a 5-point buck the previous night. The subject was
transported to the Bowie County Jail. After leaving the jail,
and Doug Williams teamed up with Roraback and Richards to locate the
occupant from incident who was the shooter of the deer. Upon
arriving at the
subjectís residence, it was determined he was also a felon and had
outstanding felony warrants. Subjects were filed on for felon in
of a firearm, hunting deer in closed season, taking an illegal buck,
hunting license. Cases and civil restitution pending.
Wrong way to mentor a new hunter: On Sept. 3 Game Wardens
and Scott Kirkpatrick came across several dove hunters from the
During the process of checking licenses and bag limits, they found
and around the area they were hunting. After a brief investigation,
father-in-law of one the hunters admitted to placing the bait to
the likelihood his son-in-law would have a good hunt so heíd be more
to take up the sport. Cases pending.
Wardens seize three miles of gill net in Gulf: On Sept. 7, Game
James Dunks along with TPWD mechanic Chris Heyse and two Coast Guard
officials patrolled the Gulf of Mexico near the Mexico border aboard
patrol vessel Captain Williams. About 3 miles of gill net was
past the third sandbar near the mouth of the Rio Grande. The nets
running north to south, catching anything that attempted to get into
water. Hundreds of king mackerel and various species of sharks were
up in the nets.
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