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Sept. 15, 2003

TPWD Game Warden Field Notes

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

Flattery Will Get You Nowhere — A Montgomery County game warden was driving to the San Jacinto River to release a captured alligator when he noticed a pickup in front of him weaving from ditch to ditch. After a short investigation, the suspect was arrested and charged with DWI. He was also issued citations for the following violations: expired registration, no insurance, and driving without a valid license. This was the suspect’s fourth DWI, and he’s been without a license since 1982. On the way to the jail, the suspect asked the warden “Do you smoke?” The warden replied, “No, sir.” “Do you dip?” The warden replied, “No, sir.” “Well, are you married?” The warden said, “No sir.” The suspect then said, “Boy, you just ain’t got nothin’ goin’ for you, do you?”

Laboring on Labor Day — A special Labor Day weekend water safety effort in Comal County on Aug. 30-31 resulted in more than 65 water safety citations and warnings being issued.

All-Star Warden — During the fiscal year that ended Aug. 31, one Harris County game warden recovered and returned more than $340,000 worth of stolen boats, motors, and vehicles to the proper owner.

No ‘Shrimpy’ Seizure — On Sept. 3, Galveston County game wardens filed charges against a commercial bay shrimper for failing to meet the 50-count requirement on shrimp (when the fall season opens in the bays, the shrimp caught have to equate to 50-shrimp per pound or bigger with their heads on). A total of 350 pounds of shrimp was confiscated. Charges are pending.




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