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‘Exclusive’ Central Texas hunting lease wasn’t exclusive, after all

A white-tailed deer buck leaping through tall grass.
A white-tailed deer buck leaping through tall grass.(WEAU)
Published: Oct. 25, 2019 at 12:58 PM CDT
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A hunter who leased property in Freestone County complained to state game wardens he’d paid a premium for exclusive hunting and grazing rights only to learn the landowner had leased it “exclusively” to others, as well.

After beginning an investigation, wardens soon heard from two other hunters who reported that they, too, had been granted exclusivity for hunting and grazing on the same property.

“Upon further investigation, three additional people contacted the warden saying they had been given exclusive access to the same property,” a news release from the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife said.

“Overall, the landowner had ‘exclusively’ leased the property to five individuals making about $18,000 in profits,” according to the release.

Wardens obtained an arrest warrant, which resulted in the landowner’s arrest, charged with deceptive business practices.

Dude, I’m in the wrong county

In Montgomery County game wardens encountered a man parked at a local boat ramp and when they approached him, they noticed a significant odor of marijuana coming from his vehicle.

He admitted to both smoking and possessing marijuana and was arrested, though he protested vigorously, questioning why he was being detained for possession of less than a quarter ounce of pot in Harris County where state prosecutors have said they’ll not pursue marijuana cases when less than two ounces is seized.

“I thought this was Harris County!”

After being told he was in Montgomery County, he was transported to the Montgomery County Jail and booked.

Three shotguns, eight mourning doves…

Game wardens in both Coleman and McCulloch counties were on routine patrol when they received a call about three poachers in a dove field.

When the wardens arrived, the landowner said two of the poachers hopped the fence and took off running but a third man stayed behind.

As the man was being interviewed by one warden, the other warden went over a nearby fence where he found a house and inside the two poachers who admitted to hunting on the neighboring property without the landowner’s permission.

Wardens seized three shotguns and eight mourning doves and all three people were arrested and transported to the Coleman County Jail where they were booked for trespassing.