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#6020705 - 11/10/15 12:07 AM Do you notify the GW when you night hunt? - especially Hunt County
drqtn Offline
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Registered: 11/15/04
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Loc: Plano, TX
I've been hunting hogs at night on a weekly basis for several months now. I've read that you need to notify the local game warden when you night hunt but I've never done it. Wanted to see what you guys do. Been lucky so far with no encounters with the wardens but don't want to get in trouble. I'm in Hunt County on my own property and could use some advice...

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#6020723 - 11/10/15 01:36 AM Re: Do you notify the GW when you night hunt? - especially Hunt County [Re: drqtn]
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Registered: 03/09/11
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Loc: Parker County
I never have in all the places we've spot lighted for pigs. I've been told to call the game warden or sheriff to let them know. It's better than them getting a call and having to come out in the middle of the night. Then they aren't going to be happy. But nobody has ever called the authorities on us. We're all legal so them showing up would just be time lost from hunting.
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#6020841 - 11/10/15 06:45 AM Re: Do you notify the GW when you night hunt? - especially Hunt County [Re: drqtn]
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It's more of a courtesy thing to my local warden. I don't want him to have to get up at 2a.m. to drive out to my place. If he wants to check us he can swing by on his way home and not worry about the calls later that night.

You don't legally have to call a warden to spot light hogs on your place.

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#6020864 - 11/10/15 07:10 AM Re: Do you notify the GW when you night hunt? - especially Hunt County [Re: drqtn]
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Registered: 05/18/11
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Loc: Forestburg, Montague Cnty, TX
Since I started hunting my place in Montague County in 2008, I have never seen the GW and I have never called him, despite now hunting multiple properties in the county and even holding night shoots at my place.

Hunted a property in Bosque County and the landowner suggested we contact the GW. Saw him on the square later that day and we introduced ourselves. He was certainly courteous, but based on his reaction and lack of questions, he really seemed to have no real interest.

Nothing wrong with notifying, but I probably won't bother again unless I end up hunting some place close to a rural neighborhood or such.
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#6020976 - 11/10/15 08:29 AM Re: Do you notify the GW when you night hunt? - especially Hunt County [Re: drqtn]
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Registered: 09/16/09
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I have done a lot of night hunting for pigs in the past and asked our game warden this same question. He said as a courtesy, to call or text him to let him know where you will be spot lighting or night hunting, especially during deer season. He said sometimes people will report spot lights at night or suspicious activity if seen, and it does help if they get a call in about it. But legally, you do not HAVE to call it in for night hunting. But remember, you can not hunt deer at night, so don't do anything foolish that a GW could assume you are hunting game animals. I want to keep our game warden on my side, and know him personally. I will contact him when we do this.
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#6021067 - 11/10/15 09:16 AM Re: Do you notify the GW when you night hunt? - especially Hunt County [Re: drqtn]
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Registered: 01/17/15
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It is a courtesy and may help prevent misadventures.

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#6021137 - 11/10/15 09:53 AM Re: Do you notify the GW when you night hunt? - especially Hunt County [Re: drqtn]
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I do sometimes. Always during deer season
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#6021244 - 11/10/15 10:29 AM Re: Do you notify the GW when you night hunt? - especially Hunt County [Re: IamMr2]
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Originally Posted By: IamMr2
It is a courtesy and may help prevent misadventures.
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#6021435 - 11/10/15 12:29 PM Re: Do you notify the GW when you night hunt? - especially Hunt County [Re: drqtn]
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Registered: 11/16/11
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I did it once. I got an answering machine and left a message describing where we'd be hunting. I never heard anything back, and I've never seen the game warden. Some of the neighbors say he's a nice guy, but I haven't bothered to call again. We hunt pretty far back on about 700 wooded acres, and we occasionally hear other shots at night, so I suspect he'd be pretty dang busy if he tried to check out all the shooting that went on after sundown.

Of course, I always get a hunting license so I don't worry if I should happen to meet up with the warden. But I don't call any more.
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#6021560 - 11/10/15 01:37 PM Re: Do you notify the GW when you night hunt? - especially Hunt County [Re: drqtn]
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Registered: 05/14/07
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Loc: Arlington
Yes.

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#6021707 - 11/10/15 02:57 PM Re: Do you notify the GW when you night hunt? - especially Hunt County [Re: drqtn]
Toxarch Offline
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Registered: 03/09/11
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If you've never seen the Game Warden on your place before, leave the front gate open on opening morning of any season. He'll stop by and introduce himself.
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#6021759 - 11/10/15 03:26 PM Re: Do you notify the GW when you night hunt? - especially Hunt County [Re: drqtn]
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Registered: 10/26/07
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Always.
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#6023300 - 11/11/15 10:59 AM Re: Do you notify the GW when you night hunt? - especially Hunt County [Re: drqtn]
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Registered: 08/14/15
Posts: 439
Loc: Johnson County
During deer season is the only time I call her.She knows us, and is really a great person, but break the law and she'll have you by the short hairs.

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#6024277 - 11/11/15 07:10 PM Re: Do you notify the GW when you night hunt? - especially Hunt County [Re: drqtn]
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I will when I'm hunting varmint contests. Sometimes I'll call GWs in 3 or 4 counties to give them the heads up. We cover a lot of ground.
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#6024726 - 11/11/15 11:49 PM Re: Do you notify the GW when you night hunt? - especially Hunt County [Re: drqtn]
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Registered: 07/30/11
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I always text him and tell him to drop by if he is out and about.

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