Texas hunter was one buck over the line, game wardens say

(Chase A. Fountain/TPWD/file)
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KWTX) An encounter in December in the Texas Panhandle between Texas game wardens and a proud deer hunter ended with criminal charges against the young man and confiscation of his trophies.

Game wardens with the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife regularly scan what are known as “bragging boards” on which hunters, fishermen and other sports enthusiasts gleefully show off their prizes and accomplishments.

Such was the case when wardens gathered intelligence from Facebook about a hunter who was bragging that he’d bagged two white-tailed bucks the same day near Lubbock.

The wardens were able to identify the poster and once they’d interviewed him, learned he had committed several game violations.

The suspect admitted he’d been the one who posted the “brag”.

The county has a one-buck limit.

The hunter was cited for over-the-limit and tagging violations and authorities are seeking civil restitution.

In Trinity County, in an unrelated case, a warden found a social media post of an un-tagged 8-point buck.

That investigation also resulted in charges after the young man who shot the deer admitted he didn’t have a hunting license.

Cases in both incidents are pending.