2011-10-27 / Sports

Outdoor News

By Victor Gonzales, Lee County Game Warden

October 19, 2011

I’ve been out of state on personal business for the last week, so if you tried calling me, chances are you got a recording. When this occurs, contact the Lee County Sheriff’s Department at 979-542-2800 because they will have phone numbers for other area game wardens that may respond accordingly.

I’m working a theft of hunting equipment that occurred west of Lexington on FM 696. A game camera was stolen within 24 hours of being set up, which indicates the thief had knowledge of the property. Be sure to mark all equipment, no matter how big or small, in the event we locate the property. It makes it a lot easier to identify.

In another case, land has been leased for hunting in which more than the original numbers of permitted hunters have been located on the property. To avoid such issues, type or write out the desired rules and regulations of the landowner instead of giving verbal instructions. Also, whenever land is leased out for hunting, a hunting lease license is required to be on site for inspection by the game warden. These lease licenses may be purchased wherever points of sale licenses are sold, such as Wal- Mart. The price varies on the number of acres involved.

Hunters, before making that shot or tracking wounded game, be sure you have contacted surrounding landowners or their agent. Even though it’s required by law to retrieve game, trespassing always triumphs recovery. Landowners will usually agree to allow recovery but they don’t have to. Save some time and do the right thing.

Finally, a fair amount of deer have been reported as hit by vehicles in many areas of the county. If you should come upon a deer that has been hit and is still alive, you have several options. One, the law allows for the humane dispatch of the animal; just use caution when using a firearm or knife. Two, contact me or the Sheriff’s Department so we can make note of it. Three, the deer will expire on its own; move it off the roadway and let nature take its course.

Contact me at 979-540-0194 or victor.gonzales@tpwd.state.tx.us.

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