Belton: Hunters hit with 20 citations for shooting ducks from boat

Two men who were seen shooting at game from a boat on an area lake ended up with stiff fines after game wardens cited them for more than 20 violations. (File)
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BELTON, Texas (KWTX) Two Bell County men who were seen shooting at game from a boat on Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir ended up with stiff fines after game wardens cited them for more than 20 violations.

A Bell County game warden was notified by a man fishing on Stillhouse Hollow that he’d seen the two men in the boat shooting at ducks.

The warden, assisted by another, located the two men as they were leaving a boat ramp parking lot and stopped them.

“Upon further inspection, the individuals had more than 20 violations and had killed two buzzards along with three coots,” a news release issued by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department says.

“Some of the violations included no hunting license, utilizing lead shot, rally and disturb, hunt from a watercraft and no migratory duck stamp, just to name a few,” according to the release.

Dog drags a deer head home

In Limestone County a game warden received a report from a landowner who was concerned after he found an undersized white-tailed buck deer head lying on his front porch.

Investigation indicated the man’s dog had dragged the deer head from a neighbor’s home.

“The warden spoke to the neighbor and found the man who harvested the undersized buck,” the release said.

“The man admitted he knew he made a mistake but was afraid to call the game warden because he didn’t want to get in trouble.”

The warden filed several cases including taking an illegal buck under 13 inches, untagged deer and a harvest log violation, the report showed.

Net-casters net some citations

A Navarro County game warden learned from a local fisherman that several people had been seen casting nets and keeping everything they caught and that he had recorded the incident on his cell phone.

When he arrived, the warden found the people and a white five-gallon bucket “that was nearly full of fish.”

One of the people involved told the warden the fish in the bucket were just minnows, but inspection proved they actually were undersized crappie.

“When asked for fishing licenses and identification, one of the individuals said they would ‘just throw them back’ and attempted to reach for the bucket,” the release noted.

But the warden said the fish now were evidence and stopped the man.

Nearly 100 fish were identified and of those more than 70 were undersized crappie of which 61 were either dead or too injured to be released back into the water, the warden reported.

The individuals all had valid fishing licenses but they received several citations for other violations.

” Where am I? How did I get here?”

Two Henderson County game wardens received a call in the evening from a local landowner who said he and members of his church were conducting a bible study when an unknown vehicle sped through his front gate and crashed in the pasture behind his property.

When wardens arrived, the driver of the vehicle fled on foot and couldn’t be found, but he left behind his wallet and identification card along with other personal items in the car.

“Early the next day, the landowner called the wardens saying he had gone deer hunting and as he was leaving the deer stand the driver appeared out of nowhere, smoking a cigarette,” the release says.

“The driver asked him ‘Where am I? How did I get here?’

The wardens returned and found the landowner and driver sitting down by a fire having coffee.

During an interview the driver told the wardens he decided to smoke some Kush cannabis after leaving his parole officer’s office.

“The driver spent the night outside in freezing temperatures and was so impaired he had no clue how he got to this ranch or where his car was,” the release noted.