I get a lot of strange email and I’ll bet you do, too. But one missive I get regularly, which is really entertaining, comes uninvited from the Texas Parks and Wildlife people. I love their television show every weekend, and I have subscribed to their magazine, but I really don’t know why I started getting their news releases. I’m glad I do.
Among the news about different parks and the special events held by them are reports from the game wardens about things they have done, cases they have handled and, mostly, arrests they have made.
I covered a trial once in Galveston, which featured the prosecution of a man arrested by the game warden for shooting a pet exotic deer, which was living in somebody’s private pasture. He was convicted.
About once a month in the summer, I have been getting reports on people breaking all the fishing laws.
Now that fall has finally arrived, the subject has turned to hunting, and the situations become bizarre.
For instance, the warden near Lake Palestine noticed a large circle of buzzards near a personal watercraft beached on an island at the lake with vultures in the trees all around.
The warden suspected there might be someone deceased nearby, but soon determined there was nothing for the vultures to scavenge on. He also discovered the boat had been stolen in Wood County and parked near the vulture roost. How it ended up in Lake Palestine is still under investigation.
Here’s a full report: “Houston County game wardens were investigating a large, fresh blood spot in the middle of a county road indicative of a road kill when a truck came around the corner and stopped short of their location. Inside the truck were two teenagers from New Caney, and in the bed of the vehicle was an ice chest containing a freshly quartered white-tailed deer they claimed to have killed in the Davy Crockett National Forest.
“The teen claiming to have arrowed the deer had improperly tagged it with a mule deer tag, and failed to complete the required hunter harvest log on his license. After a brief interview about evidence the wardens had gathered from the scene, the teenagers admitted to running over the deer then stabbing it with an arrow. They then carried it to their camp, cleaned it, and tagged it with the mule deer tag. The cases are pending.”
Here’s the one I found most unusual: “Texas game wardens aren’t just responsible for enforcing wildlife laws; they also protect the state’s cultural resources. Recently, Kerr County game wardens completed an investigation involving desecration of a well-known Indian midden on private property.
“A grand jury returned indictments on two individuals for first degree felony criminal mischief based on cases made by the wardens, who caught the duo in the act of digging up artifacts at the midden back in January. The damage to the site, based on assessments by archaeologists with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas Historical Commission, exceeded $400,000.”
Don’t get crosswise of our Texas game wardens.