2011-02-10 / General Stories

Outdoor News

February 7, 2011
By Victor Gonzales, Lee County Game Warden

I was asked the other night if I was glad hunting season was over so I could relax. The truth is, my busiest time of the year is right around the corner; spring fishing and summer boating.

During a normal spring or summer weekend, I will contact up to 125 people and stop up to 55 different types of watercraft on Lake Somerville. Holidays are busier depending when they fall on the calendar. Assignment to other bodies of water within our district or region add more contacts.

Hunting season is hit and miss depending on what Mother Nature gives us. When animals are moving or birds are flying, the woods are full of hunters. This past season was indicative of what I’m speaking about. Not much deer movement; not many people. Unless a game warden is at the right place at the right time, we just don’t see many people. Another reason is we spend more time on night patrol in search of those that hunt at night. Most people are asleep when our patrol hours begin.

After the general hunting season is over statewide, game wardens catch up on training, attend specialized schools, teach at the game warden training academy, plan fishing and water safety programs, perform property inventory, complete pending case reports, present cases to the grand jury and everything else put aside from September to January.

I may be contacted at 979- 540- 0194 ( cell) or victor.gonzales@tpwd.state.tx.us.

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