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#5916696 - 09/07/15 12:30 PM solar panels to game feeders deliberately cut
Mike C Offline
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Registered: 09/07/15
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Went out to my uncles place in Kaufman County to fill my two feeders for the season and found both solar panels to the feeders were cut. let me also add that this property has never been hunted for deer in literately around 50 to 60 years. The first time we hunted it about 3 years ago we had the game warden walk up on my father and my 13 year old son on opening day at around 8 am right in the middle of hunting. Seems very odd to me that the first deer hunt on this property in 50 to 60 years the game warden shows up in the middle of hunting on opening day to check my father and sons license. I am a very ethical hunter and respect Texas game wardens but this sure does seem like someone in the area doesn't want us hunting there and they might be just a little to good of friends with the game warden.


Edited by Mike C (09/07/15 01:00 PM)

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#5916698 - 09/07/15 12:33 PM Re: solar panels to game feeders deliberately cut [Re: Mike C]
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Loc: The Woodlands, Tx
The game warden could have just gotten a call. Your uncle doesn't have any ideas who it might be?
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#5916722 - 09/07/15 12:57 PM Re: solar panels to game feeders deliberately cut [Re: Mike C]
Mike C Offline
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Registered: 09/07/15
Posts: 6
I agree about someone calling the game warden. but i could be wrong but wouldn't any normal game warden wait till your done hunting on opening day of the season instead of ruining your hunt. And yes he has an idea who it might be and just by chance they are buddy buddy with the game warden. so what do you do.

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#5916732 - 09/07/15 01:03 PM Re: solar panels to game feeders deliberately cut [Re: Mike C]
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Registered: 08/30/04
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Loc: The last LF ranch in S. Texas
Most folks who live around the area know the Wardens and the Wardens will tell them to give him a call when there is some suspecious activity.
This is common and it's how the GW has eyes and ears to the ground so to speak. They will most of the time even have locks to the gates on many ranches in the county.
Don't get too upset about it since nothing cries poachers more than someone spotting someone on property that hasn't been hunted in 50 or 60 years.
BTW on those feeders are you sure they were cut?
Lot of times those big coons will grab those wires and use them as a hold to get to the spin plate of the feeder and eventually they will break. I finally had to put a cage around mine to keep them from damaging the wires.


Edited by Jimbo (09/07/15 01:07 PM)

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#5916733 - 09/07/15 01:03 PM Re: solar panels to game feeders deliberately cut [Re: Mike C]
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Registered: 04/20/11
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Maybe the gw is "one of those" we have been reading about? Have hidden TC out? I definitely would. AND, if you do report the vandalism, DO NOT TELL THE GW you have a tc out....
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#5916740 - 09/07/15 01:07 PM Re: solar panels to game feeders deliberately cut [Re: Mike C]
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It could have been worse. I've heard stories of new land owners being approached by trespassing hunters claiming to own their property.
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#5916752 - 09/07/15 01:15 PM Re: solar panels to game feeders deliberately cut [Re: Mike C]
Mike C Offline
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Registered: 09/07/15
Posts: 6
You have a good point there Jimbo, but now that my solar panels have been cut im putting two and two together and realizing that the guy that doesnt want use hunting has a high fence area with "pet" deer is buddy buddy with the warden.

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#5916754 - 09/07/15 01:19 PM Re: solar panels to game feeders deliberately cut [Re: Mike C]
Western Offline
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Loc: Wise County Texas
Locals could have been hunting it the last 50-60 years too, odd thing is, they will see you as a "trespasser". I have had that problem once in the past, caught some trespassers and they where like "we been coming here for years"
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#5916774 - 09/07/15 01:34 PM Re: solar panels to game feeders deliberately cut [Re: Mike C]
Jimbo Offline
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Registered: 08/30/04
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Loc: The last LF ranch in S. Texas
Put some trail cameras out where they will most likely enter the property and place them so they can't be easily seen.
Once you get them on camera you can call the Warden and show him and see what he says.
Get some type of documentation saying that you are allowed on the property signed by the property owner.
It's always better to have signed permission and documentation. Giving him phone numbers and even tax info where he can call in and check to make sure the property is owned by who you say it is.


Edited by Jimbo (09/07/15 01:37 PM)

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#5916941 - 09/07/15 04:00 PM Re: solar panels to game feeders deliberately cut [Re: Mike C]
Mike C Offline
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Registered: 09/07/15
Posts: 6
trail cams are back up and running for the season so if they do anything now i will catch them. again the only problem is if it is who i think it is he is best buds with the warden. this property is only around 100 acres so there is no locals hunting it. there's only one gate in and out and it can be seen from the house which they live there full time.

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#5916958 - 09/07/15 04:16 PM Re: solar panels to game feeders deliberately cut [Re: Mike C]
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Registered: 12/30/12
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Was the warden's name Chris Fried? bolt
For vandalism and trespassing it also couldn't hurt to call the sheriff.
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#5917043 - 09/07/15 05:16 PM Re: solar panels to game feeders deliberately cut [Re: Mike C]
Mike C Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 09/07/15
Posts: 6
Don't know his name. Why? never mind lol just looked him up


Edited by Mike C (09/07/15 05:48 PM)

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#5917125 - 09/07/15 06:09 PM Re: solar panels to game feeders deliberately cut [Re: Mike C]
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Given your suspicions I would call anything other than game violations into the sheriffs office.
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#5917147 - 09/07/15 06:19 PM Re: solar panels to game feeders deliberately cut [Re: Mike C]
soonersorlaters Offline
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Registered: 08/13/15
Posts: 62
Perhaps someone has been poaching off this property in years past and mad that "their" space has been occupied.

That's my guess.

Game Wardens should not be walking around hunting areas during "normal" hunting hours, especially since their uniforms are deer brown. LOL

I would have placed a call to TPWD to find out why my hunt was interrupted needlessly and reported him/her. We invest a lot of time / money for a few short windows each year.

Meet me at the truck, at camp or when you see me leaving my blind. Common sense should prevail.

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#5917192 - 09/07/15 06:39 PM Re: solar panels to game feeders deliberately cut [Re: Mike C]
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Registered: 03/16/12
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welcome ta texasHF.. confused2 Looks like that credit adviser of years past, was wiser than what i thought... Were i grew up, it was family's hunting tagether for food ta grill & chill... Leases was on here, buck only... No AR, thought that was M-16 convertited for civilian, my hog hunts at WMA only carried 5 rounds, once did have ta use second round.. Let the trophy hunters fight over the ageing & points thing... A wise person said: rofl ya cant eat the horns ... Yagh, like another old saying: very ones got an opinion, ogh, dang i stink ... Some can aford ta pay the big bucks.. i stood my ground years ago, in that tiny office... Yagh bust your butt at work in hot nasty stinken foundry, for that easy money, & have ta listen ta people up stairs say how bad times are... For less than a buck a day, it was nice ta breath fresh air, camp out on a family deer lease, with 24-7-365 hog hunten for grillen & chillen... Didnt need the NRA ta back me up, for hunting & dont today... Its like when they laughed an made fun about workmans comp... People do get hurt on the job... Best wishes, Hope ya'll get this settled peaceful like... flag
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