Boat Ramp Rookie, Caught in Underwear, 177 Doves Seized: Game Warden Stories

Officers face a myriad of incidents when in the field — these game warden stories range from the serious to the ridiculous.

Regularly, the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department posts "Game Warden Notes," an online roundup of recent law enforcement stories compiled directly from reports in the field.

Three stories about kayakers in need of help were included in this most recent roundup (republished with permission).

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(Graphic from Texas Parks & Wildlife)

From the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

Game Warden Field Notes Sept. 14

After the Storm

Willacy County game wardens wasted no time patrolling the county upon returning from Hurricane Harvey disaster relief operations in Woodsboro and Rockport.

During opening weekend of dove season, the wardens seized at least 80 mourning dove from various groups for violations ranging from no hunting license, to over daily bag limit and unplugged shotgun.

They also even made time to surprise a couple of gill netters as they were retrieving their nets and catch out of the water. Over 30 citations were issued. The cases and restitution are pending.

Not for Sale

A Titus County game warden responded to a complaint of a subject selling catfish without a commercial license.

The subject was arrested for warrants out of Upshur County and also cited for not having a commercial fishing license. Warnings were issued for waste of fish and selling flathead catfish.

Baited Birds

Smith County game wardens were patrolling during opening weekend when they came across several hunters finishing up cleaning dove.

During the check, it was determined the nine hunters were hunting over an area baited with milo. Citations were issued for hunting dove over a baited area.

Wardens seized 97 dove and donated them to a local needy family. Cases and civil restitution are pending.


A Rockwall County game warden responded to a call from a local law enforcement officer about a traffic stop involving three subjects that had been driving the neighborhoods shooting rabbits from a public roadway.

When the warden arrived on scene, he found three young men standing around a truck with a bed full of dead rabbits. One young man was only wearing a trucker hat, boots, and some brightly colored underwear.

The subjects said they had shot a skunk earlier in the evening and when the individual approached it, the skunk sprayed him. The others wouldn't let him back in the truck with his clothes on. Citations pending.

Don't Pull the Plug

Game wardens were patrolling for bank fishermen on Lake Ray Hubbard when they observed a vessel drifting away from the boat ramp that appeared to be sinking.

Witnesses say they heard the boat's operator yelling to call 911 after he forgot to install the drain plug. The wardens used their vehicle loud speaker to instruct the individual, who was seated in the bow of the boat, to put on a life jacket.

He complied and the wardens asked another boat coming into the ramp to tow him to shore. Once the boat was back on a trailer and draining water, the owner confessed to the wardens that this was only his second time on the water.

During his maiden voyage he had damaged his truck's tailgate while attempting to load the boat on the trailer. The wardens provided some advice and a water safety digest to the new boat owner.

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