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2012-10-11 / Community News

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By Victor Gonzales, Lee County Game Warden

One of the issues facing bow hunters this fall is the amount of dove weed and ragweed. Dove weed is averaging 3 to 4 feet in height in some places and ragweed is averaging 8 to 12 feet in height at others. Unless the hunting stand is placed above ground, it’s almost impossible to see one’s quarry.

I received a complaint about trespassing and theft of a game camera last week. A hunter went to check his feeders only to find someone else on the property. When the trespasser was confronted, he quickly began dropping names in hopes of convincing the lessee that he was there legitimately. Unfortunately, none of the owners knew the name and instructed the lessee to take appropriate action.

I repeat this every hunting season; if you’re not walking or driving your property out on a regular basis, I can guarantee someone else is taking advantage of your inability to do so. I’m not sure why, perhaps fueled by human nature or maybe just consumed with hunting, I run across many situations that oftentimes can be avoided by just being vigilant.

Game Wardens are skilled investigators that utilize various methods by which we reach a conclusion. Sometimes the most miniscule of information can make or break a case. Yet in other cases, what appears to be unlawful activity can be classified as civil or unethical behavior.

For more information, contact me at 979-540-0194.

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