MCLENNAN COUNTY (November 8, 2012)—A McLennan County game warden had two encounters with people who were firing into a creek with powerful rifles, one of whom said he was shooting at turtles, according to field notes released Thursday by the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife.
The warden received a report of trespassers and after failing to find them, decided to wait in the area, the department said.
After dark a vehicle stopped down the road, some people got out with a semi-automatic AR-15 rifle and a flashlight, and they began to fire into a nearby creek and field.
The warden cited them for discharging a firearm from a public road.
Then 45 minutes later, another truck stopped in the same area, a man got out with an AK-47 assault rifle, and fired “numerous rounds” into the creek, the department said.
The warden approached the man, noticing open containers in the truck as he did.
The man told the warden he was testing the rifle by firing at turtles in the creek.
Names of those cited were not released Thursday.
The warden, however, didn’t find any turtles and citations were issued, the department said.