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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ]
Sept. 17, 2013
Game Warden Field Notes
The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports.
--Your Lie Just Croaked Two Tarrant County game wardens were checking a field on opening day when they found two men sitting around a stock tank with shotguns and a moving dove decoy set out. The father-son duo was contacted by the wardens and it was discovered that the father, who was from out-of-state, did not have a hunting license. The father told the wardens that he was not hunting dove, and that the shotgun and empty hulls by his seat were from shooting at bullfrogs. The wardens informed the man that he needed a license to hunt bullfrogs, as well.
--Trouble in the Field A Shackelford County game warden was checking local fields for early hunters when he found a field with a high concentration of dove. After investigating the sunflower field further, the warden found wheat seed. Later that night, the warden came back to the field to confirm it was baited and found that wheat seed had been spread all the way around the field and in each mowed strip. The next morning, the shooting started and the warden made contact with a group who said they were surprised to see the bait. One subject was even more surprised that the nighthawk he shot was not a dove.
--Fishing in the Dark Two game wardens received information-including the time and place, that a Mexican commercial fisherman would be out on Lake Falcon picking up gill net. When the wardens checked the lake at the reported time, they saw a vessel without navigation lights operating in the dark. They moved in for a closer look, made contact with the vessel, and found a fisherman pulling in the last section of gill net. He was placed in custody for no commercial fishing license and possession of illegal fishing device (1,980 feet of gillnet).
--Can I Keep Him? A San Patricio County game warden received an Operation Game Thief call about someone keeping white tailed deer as pets. With the help of another San Patricio County game warden, they found the property where the deer were being kept. Hidden behind a trailer park on several acres of high fence with a mixture of fallow and axis deer were one doe, one buck, and one very young fawn whitetail. After the wardens talked to several neighbors, the property owner was located and questioned. He said that he knew the day would come when he would get caught. He claimed the oldest animal jumped in his pen and never left and the other two were brought to him to be cared for after they were found abandoned. A citation was issued for possession of white tailed deer without permits and the deer were relocated.
--Driving Dangerously While driving through the Rio Grande Valley after working during opening weekend, a game warden stopped a vehicle in Brooks County that was being driven erratically and also had an expired registration. After the driver consented to a search, the warden found approximately 25 grams of cocaine for which the driver was arrested.
--Prickly Situation A game warden was contacted by U.S. Border Patrol about some peyote cactus they had found on a ranch. The federal agents were tracking illegal immigrants when they found three burlap sacks full of peyote, and the warden was contacted to help them dispose of it. The total weight of the peyote was 297 pounds with a value of almost $24,000.

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[ Additional Contacts: Tim Hogsett, Recreation Grants Branch, 512-389-8224 or tim.hogsett@tpwd.texas.gov ]
Sept. 17, 2013
Public Meetings Planned for Local Park Grant Program
AUSTIN-- The 83rd Legislature has restored approximately half of the Texas Recreation Parks Account (TRPA) and Large County & Municipality Recreation and Parks Account funding for the 2014-2015 biennium.
Funding will become available in 2014 for the Local Park Grant Program and for the Community Outdoor Outreach Program (CO-OP). As this is only a partial restoration, program rules such as award ceilings, scoring criteria and application deadlines need to be reviewed. To assess the needs and desires of grant customers, TPWD's planning a series of statewide public input meetings and an online customer survey. After the results of these inputs are obtained, TPWD staff will propose rule changes for adoption by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission in early 2014, with a call for grant applicants subsequent.
Scheduled Public Meetings:
Wed., Oct. 2, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (Noon) TPWD Headquarters 4200 Smith School Rd. Austin, Texas 78744 Google Map
Wed., Oct. 16, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (Noon) Municipal Court and Theatre Building 1302 Center Street Deer Park, TX 77536 Google Map
Thurs., Oct. 17, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Quinta Mazatlán 600 Sunset Drive McAllen, TX 78503 Google Map
Tues., Oct. 22, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.The Summit2975 EsplanadeGrand Prairie, TX 75053Google Map
Thurs., Oct. 24, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (Noon) Sherwood Community Center 4819 N. Everglade Odessa, TX 79761 Google Map
Urban Summit
The Urban Summit is for those who qualify under the Urban Recreation Grant guidelines, to include Dallas, Dallas County, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, El Paso, El Paso County, Austin, Travis County, San Antonio, Bexar County, Houston, Harris County, Hidalgo County, Collin County, Denton County and Fort Bend County.
Thursday, Nov. 7, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. TPWD - Ed Werland Training Room 1340 Airport Commerce Drive Building 6, Suite 600B ** Austin, TX 78741 Google Map
**Please note that Building 6 is the last building toward the east side in the Airport Commerce Park complex.
Those unable to attend the public meetings will have the opportunity to participate in an online survey which will be made available late October or early November.
To stay current on the progress of the restoration of our grant the public may to visit: http://tpwd.texas.gov/business/grants/ or subscribe to our newsletter: rec.grants@tpwd.texas.gov
For further information on this scheduled meeting, please contact Recreation Grants at rec.grants@tpwd.texas.gov or at 512-389-8224.