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Old 10-18-2019, 12:41 PM   #1
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Neighbor ranchers chased a guy they caught spotlighting on their ranch. Ended up being a high speed chase down gravel roads. Nobody could alert me that they were chasing him through our ranch. I donít get cell phone service in the house, which can be bad for me. They ended up having to break off the chase. Couldnít catch up to him. Whatís really strange is that the same suspected poacher was in town this morning at the same place we were all buying breakfast from. He overheard our conversation about last nightís events and immediately left as fast as possible. Word is out that thereís no game warden. Haven't heard if the GW quit or what.

I heard shots the other night, but didnít go to investigate. Just thought it was further away on somebody elseís land. Couldíve been the same poacher. Due to the crazies out here itís especially not wise to go out alone when confronting a trespasser at night. Iíll wait and get help from sheriff deputies.
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Old 10-18-2019, 12:52 PM   #2
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Is this in Earth County?

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Old 10-18-2019, 12:53 PM   #3
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Old 10-18-2019, 01:29 PM   #4
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WOW that sucks!
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Old 10-18-2019, 01:29 PM   #5
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Guess he doesnít want us to know where there isnít a game warden.


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Old 10-18-2019, 01:30 PM   #6
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So are you going to call Sheriff or TPWD to seek help?
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Old 10-18-2019, 01:31 PM   #7
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You gonna tell us a county?
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Old 10-18-2019, 01:34 PM   #8
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Are u sure it wasn’t the ex game warden doing the spot lighting!
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Old 10-18-2019, 01:36 PM   #9
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If you want to PM me the county, I can ask my Fed GW buddy if he's got any insight why there wouldn't be a contact and/or get you a number for a neighboring county GW...I'm sure they would help.
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Old 10-18-2019, 01:49 PM   #10
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Yikes!
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Old 10-18-2019, 02:14 PM   #11
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I ain't no game warden. Therefore I wouldn't be high speed pursuing anyone. That's a good way to get shot over a deer. I'll pass.
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Old 10-18-2019, 02:20 PM   #12
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This reminds me a movie I saw once.
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Old 10-18-2019, 02:21 PM   #13
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wow...there's nothing fun about any of that....good luck. Nice of you GS guys to offer help too!!
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Old 10-18-2019, 02:24 PM   #14
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That's annoying to deal with. Good luck.
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Old 10-18-2019, 02:31 PM   #15
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Below is a link to the game wardens by county. You can also look up and call the regional offices...
Yes wardens to get transferred/retire/quit from time to time, but I am pretty sure one of the surrounding county GW's is assigned to fill in on major cases until a full time replacement is brought in.

If you know who is poaching, and have high speed chases going through you ranch - I'm pretty sure TPWD would like to hear about it.

https://tpwd.texas.gov/warden/game-warden-list.phtml
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Old 10-18-2019, 02:35 PM   #16
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Not sure why a poacher or landowner would think a game warden is limited by county, I've been night hunting varmints 40+ years, have had plenty of game checks by my resident warden and his neighbors too. Wardens are like any other po-po, they'll be hanging out where somethings is reported or where illegal activity is historically likely to happen. Make a call to tpwd or the SO somebody will show up.
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Old 10-18-2019, 02:37 PM   #17
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Is this in Earth County?

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Is there a Earth county?
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Old 10-18-2019, 03:05 PM   #18
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Is there a Earth county?
No but there's an Erath. I think his avatar location is just really vague. I too, live on earth
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Old 10-18-2019, 04:03 PM   #19
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No but there's an Erath. I think his avatar location is just really vague. I too, live on earth
Lol there is an Earth, TX.
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Old 10-18-2019, 04:14 PM   #20
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Lol there is an Earth, TX.
Is that in erath county
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Old 10-18-2019, 04:18 PM   #21
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Is that in erath county
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Old 10-18-2019, 04:28 PM   #22
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When warden Darnell Crist took another job back around 2011, Madison County got plum stupid for a while. Then I got stupider and people stopped coming on our land to fish and hunt. You make a couple of different guys think that they are running for their life to the front gate that is 2 miles away, confiscate a new Dodge dually pickup, confiscate a couple of rifles (one was one guy's family heirloom) and do this on more than one occasion....word will get around and people will find an easier target.




In full disclosure, everything I confiscated was returned to the offenders thru either the Sheriff's Dept, the parents in one case, and a mutual acquaintance in another.

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Old 10-18-2019, 05:58 PM   #23
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I don’t recommend getting in a car chase, too dangerous on dirt
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Old 10-18-2019, 06:01 PM   #24
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I donít recommend getting in a car chase, too dangerous on dirt


Maybe shoot out their tires and then they canít drive so fast?


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Old 10-18-2019, 06:07 PM   #25
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Erath county, Stephenville is the county seat. Earth is in the panhandle. Usually called Spring Lake - Earth.

That stinks the GWs are not around. Our dudes are crawlin around all the time. They are awesome to work and visit with.
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Old 10-18-2019, 06:09 PM   #26
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Old 10-18-2019, 06:14 PM   #27
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Below is a link to the game wardens by county. You can also look up and call the regional offices...
Yes wardens to get transferred/retire/quit from time to time, but I am pretty sure one of the surrounding county GW's is assigned to fill in on major cases until a full time replacement is brought in.

If you know who is poaching, and have high speed chases going through you ranch - I'm pretty sure TPWD would like to hear about it.

https://tpwd.texas.gov/warden/game-warden-list.phtml
Thanks for the link, just put in our warden in my cell, ya' never know!
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Old 10-18-2019, 06:16 PM   #28
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So where is it weíre talking about? I have 350 acres in Erath.
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Old 10-18-2019, 06:42 PM   #29
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So where is it weíre talking about? I have 350 acres in Erath.
Itís a great story but a secret location I guess !?!
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Old 10-18-2019, 07:27 PM   #30
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Ain’t no deer worth getting shot over. Advice for the poacher and the land owner.
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Old 10-18-2019, 07:50 PM   #31
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This reminds me a movie I saw once.
Reminds me of a thread I read once. Seems awfully familiar.
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Old 10-18-2019, 07:53 PM   #32
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So I want to know how you know it was the poacher who got up and left in a hurry after overhearing the story?
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Old 10-18-2019, 08:44 PM   #33
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They're in austin

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Old 10-18-2019, 09:33 PM   #34
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Sounds like if you can catch him ,do a SSS!
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Old 10-18-2019, 09:37 PM   #35
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Not sure why a poacher or landowner would think a game warden is limited by county, I've been night hunting varmints 40+ years, have had plenty of game checks by my resident warden and his neighbors too. Wardens are like any other po-po, they'll be hanging out where somethings is reported or where illegal activity is historically likely to happen. Make a call to tpwd or the SO somebody will show up.
Yep, Denton county game warden came to Cooke and investigated when a dude came out in the field I was hunting and started shooting at an illegal deer after dark also spraying bullets in my direction. He ran when I hollered because I didn't want to get shot. GW spent hours out there looking around for clues as to who it was. I was impressed.
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Old 10-18-2019, 10:08 PM   #36
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You been hangin around the cartel again?
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Old 10-18-2019, 10:43 PM   #37
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You been hangin around the cartel again?
Yep thatís the thread I was thinking of.
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Old 10-19-2019, 07:44 AM   #38
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You been hangin around the cartel again?
Just in the wrong place at the wrong time
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Old 10-19-2019, 07:48 AM   #39
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I ain't no game warden. Therefore I wouldn't be high speed pursuing anyone. That's a good way to get shot over a deer. I'll pass.
Certainly brakes the fun out of hunting when you have to deal with thieves

If I hear gunshots on my ranch, I am certainly going to investigate. But it’s probably me shooting hogs.
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Old 10-19-2019, 07:50 AM   #40
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Not sure why a poacher or landowner would think a game warden is limited by county, I've been night hunting varmints 40+ years, have had plenty of game checks by my resident warden and his neighbors too. Wardens are like any other po-po, they'll be hanging out where somethings is reported or where illegal activity is historically likely to happen. Make a call to tpwd or the SO somebody will show up.
Our ranch has never been visited on 35 years.
My leases have only been visited once in 55 years
We would welcome them as we follow rancher’s rules anyway.

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Old 10-19-2019, 07:57 AM   #41
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Old 10-19-2019, 08:22 AM   #42
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Are u sure it wasnít the ex game warden doing the spot lighting!
there did that come from????
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Old 10-19-2019, 03:05 PM   #43
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Iíve been hunting and fishing down here for about 15 years now and have only been seen by a warden one time.
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Old 10-19-2019, 03:12 PM   #44
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I looked up our county and it just says "vacant"
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Old 10-19-2019, 03:24 PM   #45
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You been hangin around the cartel again?
Probably another one of those threads.
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Old 10-19-2019, 04:12 PM   #46
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Iíve been hunting and fishing down here for about 15 years now and have only been seen by a warden one time.
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Old 10-19-2019, 06:34 PM   #47
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This brought back some memories about a GW I got to know pretty well many years past in Sterling County. Gene Posey was a very good and personable GW and I'm sure he has passed as it's been a lot of water under the bridge since then.

I've never established any contact with the GW's in the Robert Lee area, in fact never even been checked for a long time. One thing I do know, from experience these Men and Women do it "alone" the majority of their time in the field and have my utmost respect. Like many, I always had at least "some" backup within a short time if I needed it, but it's a very dangerous job as we all can assume.

As a side note, the author CJ Box and the Joe Pickett series of novels focuses on a GW in Wyoming, great reads IMO...fiction novels.
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Old 10-19-2019, 07:03 PM   #48
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Can y'all stand your ground on that poacher?

According to the LNN(Libtard News Network), the Texas SYG laws allow y'all to shoot somebody if they pass by your land and get too close to the property line.
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Old 10-19-2019, 07:21 PM   #49
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Old 10-20-2019, 04:30 PM   #50
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