2011-11-03 / General Stories

Outdoor News

By Victor Gonzales, Lee County Game Warden

I didn’t hear of any deer being harvested over the “ youth weekend” but I know quite a few parents who took their kids out; hopefully they all had a good time. Deer have been feeding during morning and afternoon hours so chances are someone was successful.

A College Station man was cited on Thursday morning in the Somerville Wildlife Management Area for not having a hunter education certificate, hunter orange and hunting in closed area.

Earlier Sunday morning approximately 1 am, 3 adults were observed with a pack of hog dogs walking down CR 316. They claimed to be lost after their hounds chased some hogs off the property they had permission to be on. They were given a verbal warning in regards to contacting area landowners to avoid trespassing charges.

On Sunday morning, a Houston man was cited for hunting in Nails Creek State Park, hunting in closed season and failure to pay entrance fee. On Sunday afternoon I received a call about someone hunting in the SWMA with a rifle and not wearing hunter orange. It turned out to be the foreman of a local ranch searching for some bulls that were missing.

Everyone seems to be preparing for the upcoming general season by sighting in their rifles. Now, this type activity is normally conducted during daylight hours. Anything done at night may raise some suspicion even though hunting hogs, predators and nuisance fur- bearing animals could very well be taking place. Call me if you’re not sure.

Contact me at 979-540-0194 (mobile), 979-542-2800 (Sheriff’s office), 512-389-4848 (TPWD 24 hour), 1- 800- 792- GAME (Operation Game Thief Hot Line), 979- 542- 2526 ( office) or victor.gonzales@tpwd.state.tx.us in this order to report suspected illegal activity during the hunting season.

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