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Sept. 8, 2003

TPWD Game Warden Field Notes

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

Rackin' Up the Charges Willacy County game wardens recently responded to a call about boat occupants exceeding bag limits of fish in the Gulf of Mexico. The wardens approached the boat at approximately 2 a.m. and found eight people on board. The people were in possession of 122 red snapper (100 of which were already filleted), a yellow fin tuna, a grouper, and several triggerfish. They were approximately 8 miles offshore, and no one was able to produce a valid fishing license. The boat had no running lights, and charges were also filed against two of the people for public intoxication. A total of 69 charges were filed against the eight people.

Yes, Game Wardens Are 'Real Cops' Recently, while working at Lake Whitney, game wardens from Bosque and Hill counties were taking a break when they observed a man operating a personal watercraft without valid registration and without wearing a life jacket. The man sped into the no-wake area surrounding the marina, drove up to the gas dock, and fell off of the jetski. The wardens made contact with the operator and helped him onto the marina platform. He was unable to produce any water safety equipment for the personal watercraft. The operator was also wanted on a warrant. He was taken into custody without incident. He advised wardens he was just about to run before he was handcuffed and that he did not know that game wardens were real cops.

Limit Means Stop Recently, a Grayson County game warden found an individual who had exceeded his striped bass limit. The man told the warden that he thought he could catch a limit then return to catch another limit. Charges are pending.




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