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It's a marijuana State of mind... #5333121 09/30/14 01:42 AM
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Game Warden Field Notes

The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports.

Buried Treasure
Buried deep in a Polk County thicket lay an elaborate marijuana grow site with an irrigation system and food and shelter for the people tending the plants. After the site was spotted from the air, the Polk County narcotics team moved in on foot to secure the scene. Polk and Trinity County game wardens assisted the Polk County Sheriffís Office in collecting nearly 9,000 marijuana plants from the site. No one has been charged at this time.

Game Wardenís in Town
When a large group of dove hunters spread out along the bank of a large pond in Montgomery County saw a game warden approaching, one hunter yelled at the others to get another hunter inside a nearby house. As the game warden checked the hunters for the appropriate licenses and hunting techniques, he saw milo grain spread along the bank of the pond and found that one hunterís shotgun was not plugged. The warden issued citations for hunting mourning dove over bait with an unplugged shotgun and without completing a hunter education course. The cases are pending.

High Stakes on the High Seas
When a commercial shrimp boat drew too close to his own boat near the Port OíConnor jetties, a fishing guide opened fire with his .45 caliber weapon after the shrimp boat failed to heed his flare pistol warnings. When Matagorda and Wharton County game wardens contacted the shrimp boat crew, the wardens observed what appeared to be seven to nine bullet strikes on the steel-hulled vessel. The wardens turned the investigation over to the Matagorda County Sheriffís Office. The fishing guide faces three counts of felony deadly conduct.

In the Dark of the Night, the Warden Will Find You
Late one night as he watched for spotlights, a Starr County game warden observed a single cab pickup truck traveling slowly on a county road. The warden waited for spotlights from the truck, but none appeared as it continued down the road. The warden, not wanting to give away his position, waited a few minutes before leaving the scene, but the truck turned around and stopped in front of the wardenís location for about five minutes before someone got out to look for something. Once the individual got back in the truck and continued down the road, the warden stopped the vehicle when it turned off into private property. When the warden asked the two occupants what they were doing, they said they were hunting rattlesnakes. Both said they had no hunting licenses. The warden issued citations for hunting without licenses from a public road.

Run Aground
For two long hours, a pair of lonely fishermen were stranded on the Rio Grande after their boat ran aground on a gravel bar about 20 miles north of Eagle Pass. Maverick County game wardens responded to the distress call, and with the aid of the U.S. Border Patrol marine unitís airboat, helped free the stuck boat. Both fishermen were okay and were taken safely back to the boat ramp by the wardens.

Hog Wild
In Ramirez, a group of men were hunting feral hogs with dogs on a public roadway. When approached by a Duval County game warden, the hunters said they were hunting the area with permission from the surrounding landowners, though further investigation revealed they did not, in fact, have such permission. Nor did they possess hunting licenses.

No Smoking on Private Property
While patrolling the back side of Lake Casa Blanca, two Webb County game wardens saw a black car jump the curb and turn off its lights as it drove onto private property. As the wardens watched the car for a few minutes, they saw an occasional orange glow from inside. The wardens walked over to the car and asked its occupants, a male and female, to step out. As soon as they did, the wardens noticed a strong odor of marijuana. The occupants admitted to having a small clear glass pipe with marijuana residue inside the car. The wardens confiscated the pipe, told both subjects they were trespassing on private property and issued a citation to the male for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Arrested Motion
Shortly after sunset as Starr and Zapata County game wardens patrolled Falcon Lake for water safety compliance, the wardens noticed a boater in distress motioning for help. Clinging to the side of the boat, which was taking on water and drifting dangerously close to the U.S./Mexico border, were two additional fatigued individuals. The wardens rescued all three individuals, though they discovered that one had an active arrest warrant in Starr County. The subject, who learned not to boat in high winds and try to avoid arrest, was transported to the Starr County Jail.

Munchies Lead to Citation
After a long morning of checking dove hunters, two Brown County game wardens took a break at an ice cream place. While waiting to receive their orders, they noticed a strong smell of marijuana. When the wardens pinpointed a person who came into the establishment smelling like marijuana, they waited until he had placed his order and sat down before asking him to step outside. They asked how much marijuana he had on him and the suspect produced a partially smoked rolled marijuana cigarette from his pocket.

Close Call in Cameron County
As he cruised down South Padre Islandís central boulevard, a Cameron County game warden noticed two males fighting in a convenience store parking lot. Though the warden broke up the fight, one of the subjects made multiple attempts to get into the driver door of his vehicle, so the warden forcibly detained him. After searching the vehicle, the warden found a .40 caliber handgun in plain view of the driverís door and multiple baggies of marijuana in the trunk.


Re: It's a marijuana State of mind... [Re: DesertHunting] #5333183 09/30/14 02:04 AM
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Re: It's a marijuana State of mind... [Re: DesertHunting] #5333946 09/30/14 03:44 PM
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Good read... and good to know the GW are doing a great job out there.


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Originally Posted By: dkershen
Good read... and good to know the GW are doing a great job out there.


Re: It's a marijuana State of mind... [Re: DesertHunting] #5334227 09/30/14 05:58 PM
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Regarding the Shrimp Boat at POC. I would have done the same thing!! When you are offshore, there is no law but what you yourself can enforce. "Shrimpers" - or boats that look like shrimpers, can and have - run down fishing craft, boarding them, stole them, and have killed/tossed over fishermen. It's piracy pure and simple. I have had some close calls, with "shrimpers" approaching, not hailing or answering radio, refusing to give way, and making a beeline for my boat. Crew on "shrimper" huddled in cabin, and weapons could be seen.

After my crew breaking out our own weapons - they decided to move on.

There is NO DOUBT they meant us harm.

A shrimper that approaches me and fails to acknowledge or respond to a flare is a potential threat, and will be treated as such.

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If I was the guide I'd file a complaint with the Coast Guard. I believe that in a dispute between two licensed Captains the CG has jurisdiction. I don't think that the CG would look favorably on the shrimper.


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I'll sleep better tonight knowing swift justice will be dealt out to those rattlesnake poachers.

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That second one happened right down the street from me, within shouting distance. Sad.

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Re: It's a marijuana State of mind... [Re: dkershen] #5336666 10/01/14 08:21 PM
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Originally Posted By: dkershen
Good read... and good to know the GW are doing a great job out there.


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Not a whole lot of Game Wardening, but glad the war on drugs and civil disputes is going strong...

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