2012-03-15 / Community News

Outdoor News

March 12, 2012
By Victor Gonzales, Lee County Game Warden

Spring break is here and recent rains will greatly benefit area lakes and streams. Locally, Lake Somerville and surrounding creeks will allow anglers to access fishing spots previously off limits. One thing to remember is to keep watch for “soft banks”. This is when raging water has undercut the soil, making it unstable when standing atop the bank.

A hog hunting contest will be taking place next month here in Lee County. I’ve received some calls from concerned landowners regarding what their rights are when it comes to allowing people access on their property while hunting or retrieving dogs (search Texas Penal Code, Chapter 30.05., Criminal Trespass).

While this topic is much too lengthy to discuss in an article, let me just simplify by saying that no person may enter onto another’s property without permission from the owner or owner’s agent. Landowner’s property boundaries should be marked in some form or fashion, including fencing, posted signs and/or purple paint. Oral or written notice is also included.

Lee County is no different than any other county in the state regarding feral hog problems. The method by which this problem is addressed and accepted lies with everyone whose properties are affected.

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

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