2010-11-11 / General Stories


by Victor Gonzales, Lee County Game Warden

As predicted, Mother Nature won this past weekend’s hunting contest. A few deer were harvested; mostly spikes and does, but campfire camaraderie was priceless. One of the bright spots was the amount of youngsters sporting camouflaged clothing. Some of the kids harvested their first deer as was evident by the traditional “face paint”.

Another issue that has arisen centers on hunting consent and who has the right to hunt a particular place. One can never go wrong with a written contract which can be as simple or complex as one wishes. Verbal consent seems to be the preferred method which complicates matters when owners or agents forget who they gave permission to, thus resulting in unhappy hunters.

Another facet of this scenario deals with multi-heir, undivided interest properties, where one person gives consent without verifying with other family members. Unless all family members agree, it presents a quandary for law enforcement when attempting to enforce criminal law. What would appear to be the easiest solution often creates the greatest conflict.

For more information contact me at 979-540-0194 (cell), 979-542-2800 (Sheriff’s Dept.) or victor.gonzales@tpwd.state.tx.us.

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