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LoneOStar Outdoor News

GAME WARDEN BLOTTER RESCUE BOAT FLIPS A single vehicle with two occupants was swept off a low-water crossing near Fort McKavett and into the San Saba River. After one occupant was recovered, the Texas Game Warden Swift Water Rescue Team, along with four members of the Junction Fire Department, were working to save the second motorist. However, the first responders’ boat flipped during the recovery effort. A Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter assisted in recovering the rescue team members, along with the second occupant. All individuals were safely recovered. EVIDENCE NEARLY EATEN A Jasper County game warden was notified by Martin Dies Jr. State Park staff that a group of campers may have taken an alligator illegally. At the campsite, the warden heard conflicting stories from two male subjects, but eventually received a confession from one that he had killed a small alligator. The alligator meat was seasoned, wrapped in foil and about to be placed on the grill when the warden arrived. The gator hide, head and meat were seized. Several citations are pending, along with civil restitution. NEEDS A BIGGER COOLER A state trooper observed an alligator tail sticking out of an ice chest during a recent traffic stop, and contacted a Jasper County game warden. The trooper noted there were no tags or documentation on the tail. The warden made contact

BAYOU FISHERMAN ILLEGAL MORE WAYS THAN ONE Harris County game wardens observed three men pulling a small boat from a bayou near Clear Lake. The boat was unregistered and had a large illegal gill net onboard. The suspects initially denied having any form of identification. When one of the men kept walking toward the driver side door of his vehicle, and continued to ignore commands, one of the wardens detained the subject fearing a weapon might be in the vehicle. The warden searched the

with the subject and seized the alligator tail. Several citations are pending along with civil restitution. THESE MULLET SURE HAD BIG MOUTHS Along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, an Orange County game warden made contact with a fisherman throwing a cast net for bait. When asked if he was having any luck, the fisherman said that he had caught some mullet. During an inspection of the man’s bait bucket, the warden found largemouth bass that had been taken illegally with the net along with the mullet. The bass were still alive and released. MAN THROWN FROM PERSONAL WATERCRAFT FOUND Aransas County game wardens received a call concerning two individuals on a personal watercraft in Copano Bay who had gotten separated after the driver was thrown from the vessel with the kill switch lanyard still attached to his arm.

vehicle and discovered a .40 caliber semi-automatic with two fully loaded magazines, as well as a large machete. The firearm was made safe, and the wardens attempted to locate valid identification for the suspects to no avail. A local Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent was contacted, and it was determined that one of the men was undocumented. The suspect was cited and the firearm was seized.

Without the kill switch, the passenger was unable to restart the vessel and floated away from the operator. Friends of the two individuals located the craft and passenger but could not locate the operator. After searching the area and hearing faint a yell from the bay, the wardens and sheriff’s deputies were still unable locate the operator. The U.S. Coast Guard was notified and a helicopter requested to aid in the search after dark. The helicopter located the operator and guided the game warden boat to the victim’s location where he was transported to his vacation residence. SHOCKING FISH ON THE BORDER On the Rio Grande River, Webb and La Salle County game wardens spotted two boats fleeing towards Mexico. Although the first vessel made it back to the Mexico side of the river, the wardens were able to stop the second vessel and its three occupants. After making contact with the individuals, the wardens

spotted a wooden hand-crank fish shocker used to stun fish. The wardens seized the fish shocker and released several large catfish back into the river. KAYAKER STUCK, RESCUED Jasper County game wardens received information recently about a missing elderly man who had been kayaking on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. A family member who had spoken with the man earlier in the day indicated he seemed disoriented. Three wardens responded to the call with help from the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, which was able to ping the individual’s cell phone location. The cell phone information placed the elderly man in a creek on the Jasper/Sabine County line. Eventually, phone contact was made and the individual informed responders he was stuck in a grass mat and was experiencing muscle cramps. One of the wardens located the individual from land while the other wardens ap-

proached by water. The man was in good condition, other than experiencing slight dehydration, and was reunited with family members at the scene. BOATFUL OF WEED In early August, Texas game wardens were conducting water safety enforcement patrol on Falcon Lake when they got a text from a Falcon State Park police officer about a report of a suspicious boat entering Texas waters from the Mexico side of the lake. Wardens contacted the fisherman who made the report and determined the approximate location of the suspicious vessel. While searching the area, wardens observed a panga-style boat operating at a high rate of speed heading toward the Texas shoreline. During the ensuing pursuit, wardens chased the panga into a backwater cove more than 3 miles from the U.S./Mexico boundary line. After closing the distance, the wardens were able to prevent the escape of the suspect vessel. They found the vessel abandoned and beached on the Texas shoreline. Forty-eight bundles of marijuana were hidden under camouflage tarps and filled the vessel from bow to stern. The total cargo weighed approximately 1,100 pounds and was turned over to U.S. Border Patrol agents.


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September 14, 2018 - Lone Star Outdoor News - Fishing & Hunting  

Daily fishing and hunting news with weekly fishing reports, game warden blotter, fishing and hunting products, events calendar, fishing and...

September 14, 2018 - Lone Star Outdoor News - Fishing & Hunting  

Daily fishing and hunting news with weekly fishing reports, game warden blotter, fishing and hunting products, events calendar, fishing and...