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2011-11-17 / Community News

Outdoor News

By Victor Gonzales, Lee County Game Warden

November 13, 2011

As the second weekend of general gun season comes to a close, I am disappointed in the action some hunters have displayed towards others. While their activity remains legal, hunter ethics and good judgment are replaced with quotations I’d rather not repeat.

In area news, an Elgin man was cited for an improperly tagged deer, a Pearland man was cited for illegal deer (antler restrictions), a Sugarland man was cited for criminal responsibility of another (illegal deer) and a Harper man was cited for failure to wear hunter orange (SWMA). One hunting blind was removed from the SWMA for violating the 72 hour limit plus illegal baiting. Several properties are being reviewed to ascertain their need for hunting lease licenses and 3 Operation Game Thief calls are under investigation.

Another theft of a game camera was reported off CR 316 by a landowner’s agent. The actors invited themselves to bait and run his hog trap. During the time the camera was stolen, access was gained by going through a private gate utilizing an ATV and homemade trailer. In their haste to leave, the actors left a trail of evidence which is being analyzed at this time. The identity of suspects has resulted in a formal investigation.

The number one complaint this past week has been feeders and stands that lie directly in line with other hunters across fence lines. Now, while there is no particular statute regarding distance of either, good judgment would suggest movement to avoid confrontation. Would you like to be in your stand while you neighbor’s muzzle blast is pointing your direction?

I may be contacted at 979-540-0194 (m), 979-542-2800 (SO), 512- 389-4848 (TPW 24 hr), 1-800-792-GAME (OGT), 979-542-2526 (o) or victor.gonzales@tpwd.state.tx.us in this order.

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