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Old 10-12-2012, 10:08 PM   #1
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Default Pleasant Game Warden Experience Tonite

I went for a quick hunt tonite (no luck) and when I topped the levy on my walk back in the dark, i noticed a Truck parked just beyond our gate and approximately 30 yards behind my truck. Well, I figured it was a game warden or Richard. As I got near my truck, a light came on and a genleman called out "state game warden". So I layed my gear down and met Mr. Jeff Powell, Ellis county game warden. I had met Mr. Powell a few months back at an outdoor show in waxahachie. I had also called him recently regarding having a light on a bow while deer hunting.

We chatted for a bit, looked at trail cam pics and my hunting license. Then he went on his way. It was nice to see him out and about doing what they do. I respect them and their job at hand.

I wish I'd mentioned TBH to him as he seemed interested in my Mathews bow.

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Old 10-12-2012, 10:10 PM   #2
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Never an issue and always a pleasure!

5'6" DPS officers on the other hand....
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:16 PM   #3
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Never an issue and always a pleasure!

5'6" DPS officers on the other hand....
HAHA, They are professional... Traffic violation enforcers. Most of my PD friends can't stand them as they are not trained well in other areas of L.E.

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Old 10-12-2012, 10:20 PM   #4
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Good deal!!! Never had a bad GW experience myself.

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Old 10-12-2012, 10:23 PM   #5
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I've had mostly pleasant experiences but I would expect to since I am not breaking the law. Most are friendly but all business.

I had a friend that was cited one time and wanted to discuss the offense but the warden was not interested in admitting he was wrong. The warden was brought up from south Texas for mule deer season. My friend contested it in court and the judge kicked it. The judge shook his head in disbelief that my friend had been cited. So did the local game warden that was in court.

All of the wardens in my neck of the woods seem to be good people and are usually pleasant to speak or deal with.
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:24 PM   #6
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Yep! Texas GWs are the best there is!

So Jeff, he checked our your "Teacher's license"?
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:27 PM   #7
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Miley, it's a Professors license. He was unaware of the schooling situation.
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:27 PM   #8
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Glad you had a good experience

Now tell us what he said about having a light on the your bow
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:28 PM   #9
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Ive met Mr. Powell too. Great guy.
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:32 PM   #10
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Glad you had a good experience

Now tell us what he said about having a light on the your bow
Perfectly legal. Mine was on my bow tonite when he looked at it.
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:35 PM   #11
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Is this his interpretation/opinion or law?

Would love to keep my light on in case pigs show right at dark but have always figured it would get me a ticket
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:36 PM   #12
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I've never had a bad experience w/ a GW. I've had them board my boat, check me in the field, even fed them dinner one night when they stopped by our deer camp.
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:37 PM   #13
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Several years ago, the first year we had the kill log on the back of the license, I was leaving the lease and was met at the gate by the GW. We chatted, he asked if I had killed anything.

"Yes, a pig and it's in the ice chest" which he checked.

"Killed any wtd?"

"Yep, a good 10"

"Great, let's see your license then and we'll be done here"

First thing he did was flip it over and I knew I had forgotten to fill in the log. Before I could say a thing, he asked "Do you know when you killed the buck?"

"Yes, and I can show you in the log back at camp"

He said--"Go back to camp and fill out the log, and if you don't come on the public highway without it filled out, you'll be OK>"

Of course, I did just that, and he could have written me up easily.
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:41 PM   #14
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Miley, it's a Professors license. He was unaware of the schooling situation.
Glad to know the "Hog Professor" can spell. Noth-n like someone who uses improper spell-n, much less gram-r, to teach, uh?

Love ya Jeffy .
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:43 PM   #15
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Only run in I have had was a good one. He checked my paperwork including lease papers, told me I was missing one thing, told me how to fix the problem. Said have a good night, let me go.

Just like any job I am sure they have their bad days, but they always seem to be in a good mood in my hunting area.

It is good to hear the good things as we hear so much bad.
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Old 10-12-2012, 11:13 PM   #16
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Couple of years ago I had GW and county Sherrif waiting for me when I was walking back to my truck that was parked on a road next to the fence line of our lease after an evening rifle hunt. I actually thought it was my buddies tricking me when I heard "drop your weapon"...I thought better and then complied with the request. The GW and Sherrif had gotten a call about an unknown vehicle parked on a road and thought someone was poaching. Long story short, the GW (and a trainee GW who was a 5'10" blond) followed me back to camp to check everyone's license. All was good...and we enjoyed the view!
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Old 10-13-2012, 12:46 AM   #17
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Glad you had a pleasant experience FND. I've been checked a few times and have had nothing but great experiences as well. A few really good ones up here in this area.
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Old 10-13-2012, 06:41 AM   #18
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Couple of years ago I had GW and county Sherrif waiting for me when I was walking back to my truck that was parked on a road next to the fence line of our lease after an evening rifle hunt. I actually thought it was my buddies tricking me when I heard "drop your weapon"...I thought better and then complied with the request. The GW and Sherrif had gotten a call about an unknown vehicle parked on a road and thought someone was poaching. Long story short, the GW (and a trainee GW who was a 5'10" blond) followed me back to camp to check everyone's license. All was good...and we enjoyed the view!
Lol! Now that's pretty rare.
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Old 10-13-2012, 06:47 AM   #19
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Atleaset all was good
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Old 10-13-2012, 08:09 AM   #20
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Glad it was a good encounter. When you gonna be back around Houston
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Old 10-13-2012, 08:41 AM   #21
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Is this his interpretation/opinion or law?

Would love to keep my light on in case pigs show right at dark but have always figured it would get me a ticket
It's all open to interpretation. Jeff said he was going on te assumption it was perfectly legal, which it was according to this warden, but the next one he meets might have a completely different view of things. It's a very gray area. Most of the wardens I have run into would rather add te revenue to the state so it's not a chance I would take.
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Old 10-13-2012, 09:11 AM   #22
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There's no Grey area. It's crystal clear in the hand book where it states, "it is illegal to use..." a light to shoot a game a animal. It DOES NOT say its illegal to posess, have on bow, etc...

Not sure your obsession with this but I'll trust in what the game warden told me.

Oh and there was no "assumption". As stated earlier, I called him specifically with this question about two weeks ago.

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Old 10-13-2012, 10:08 AM   #23
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I've talked to Jeff a couple of times. Seems to be a super nice guy. I use a light too just in case a pig strolls in. No problems.
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Old 10-13-2012, 10:11 AM   #24
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There's no Grey area. It's crystal clear in the hand book where it states, "it is illegal to use..." a light to shoot a game a animal. It DOES NOT say its illegal to posess, have on bow, etc...

Not sure your obsession with this but I'll trust in what the game warden told me.

Oh and there was no "assumption". As stated earlier, I called him specifically with this question about two weeks ago.
Most game wardens are gonna assume since you possess it your gonna use it. No different than having a gun in the blind for hogs during bow season.
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Old 10-13-2012, 10:42 AM   #25
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Most game wardens are gonna assume since you possess it your gonna use it. No different than having a gun in the blind for hogs during bow season.
But the law states it's illegal unless you have a CHL. It's no different the riding around spotlighting hogs at night. The warden can't site you for shooting a deer with the means of a light if you don't have a deer in your possession. Now if he is watching you thru bino's and sees you turn the bow light on from your stand and then you drag a deer to the truck guess what your gonna get a ticket for taking a game animal with a light.
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Old 10-13-2012, 10:48 AM   #26
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Most game wardens are gonna assume since you possess it your gonna use it. No different than having a gun in the blind for hogs during bow season.
That's nowhere close to the same. Come on man!!!. An assumption gets you a chuckle from a judge or hopefully a punch in the gut from his captain.

Under your definition, it would also be illegal to have a flashlight.

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