2012-09-28 / Community Calendar

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By Victor Gonzales, Lee County Game Warden

On Friday, Sept. 14, I was part of a regional Game Warden cook team that prepared a meal of fried catfish, cole slaw, beans, fries, hushpuppies and all the trimmings for a TPWD personnel retirement party at the Texas Disposal System’s Exotic Ranch in Buda.

On Saturday the 15th, I worked the Lake Somerville area as the start of Teal duck season began. Most boats scratched out one or two birds and two others had full (4) limits. With the start of duck season also comes new hunters who aren’t always told the dos and don’ts by their fellow hunters, thus resulting in avoidable mistakes. Citations were issued for No Hunter Education, Unplugged Shotgun, Possession of Lead Shot and Expired Boat Trailer License Plates.

Since water doesn’t flow in the East Yegua creek anymore and rainfall hasn’t filled area creeks which fill the lake, most birds moved farther south a little earlier than normal. Those birds that are here have a well camouflaged place to hide since lake vegetation is out of control, making looking for, or traveling in, most difficult.

So far this month I’ve received calls about injured birds, unidentified wildlife, possible leasing of property without permission, hunting regulations at the Somerville Wildlife Management Area, trespassing, fishing questions, doe permit inquiries, late shooting (doves) complaints and ATV’s traveling on public roadways.

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

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