2011-03-03 / General Stories

Outdoor News

February 28, 2011
By Victor Gonzales, Lee County Game Warden

Lake activity was almost at a standstill this past weekend. With the exception of a Bass Federation tournament on Saturday, activity was curtailed by rain and high winds. The bass guys did ok from what I hear. At midpoint in the 3:00 p.m. weigh in, I heard an 8-plus pound bass and 21 pound stringer were leading the contest.

In a conversation that came up the other day, I corrected an individual that told me his buddy got a ticket from the game warden and the game warden “fined” him $200.00. The game warden does not fine anyone, they only write the citation which is a notice to appear before the court. The court accepts a plea of guilty, not guilty or nolo contendere and/or sets a court date. Upon disposition of the case, the warden forwards all case related information to a regional office for entry into the TPWD database.

As we head into the spring and summer boating season, boaters are reminded to be sure and check all equipment and registration. So far this month, citations have been written for violations such as; expired registration, fail to produce registration, fail to have registration card, unserviceable fire extinguisher, no fire extinguisher (if applicable), sound producing device (horn or whistle) and Type IV throw able device (boats 16’ and longer).

Once a person puts their boat on public water, it’s just like being on a public roadway; registration, operation and safety equipment are inspected and corrected. Under Chapter 31.124. (a), a Marine Safety Enforcement Officer may stop and board any vessel to determine compliance to Texas Water Safety Act statute. For more information on boating regulations visit the TPWD website @ http:// www.tpwd.state.tx.us.

The hunter education course scheduled for March 4th and 5th at Knobb Springs Baptist Church has been postponed until further notice due to scheduling conflict and training dates. I may be contacted at 979-540-0194 or victor.gonzales@tpwd.state.tx.us.

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