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Old 12-04-2019, 08:07 PM   #1
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Whatís the grade of charge and fine?

My cousin had some guy and his son shoot a buck near his place in Hilda couple days ago. Just so happened the game warden had blacked out near by and caught the man and his son. They missed the deer.

My cousin asked me what they would be charged with and the fine. I assume shooting from a public road.

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Old 12-04-2019, 08:14 PM   #2
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I have a friend that wants to know as well!
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Old 12-04-2019, 08:23 PM   #3
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Not sure about TPWD but Penal Code is Class B misdemeanor.. up to $2,000 fine and/or up to 180 days in jail.

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Old 12-05-2019, 09:35 AM   #4
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I saw a huge buck standing still over a bedded doe in a pasture next to refuge on 186. I looked at him thru the scope, trembled and drove on, the truck behind me stopped and killed it, gamewardens had the big buck staked out, I went back after handcuffing stuff ended and wondered why they didnt throw a rock at the deer to actually save his life. Restitution on that buck must have hurt like hell. Probably 25 years ago when big deer like that were seen once in a lifetime. Before supplements, low fence, but still dumb buck who fell to the charms of a doe in heat and a guy willing to shoot next to a refuge from the road. He probably got put under the jail. The younger me would have shot that buck with a gamewarden riding his back
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Old 12-05-2019, 09:42 AM   #5
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Less than trespassing....
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Old 12-05-2019, 09:48 AM   #6
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Couldn't that have been several charges?

Firing from roadway
Hunting without landowner consent
Trespass by projectile
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Old 12-05-2019, 10:14 AM   #7
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Going by the fines I see on the game warden show, the fine should be around $78.47. If they didnít have a license one will get a warning and the other a $15 fine.
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Old 12-05-2019, 10:47 AM   #8
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I think a lot of it just depends on the discretion of the GW, prosecutor, judge & the particulars of each case...I know firearms can be taken if the GW feels it's warranted.

I'll call gw buddy to see if there is a min/max for charges.


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Edit: Class A so fine up to $4k depending.

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Old 12-05-2019, 10:49 AM   #9
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Could be Class A Misd hunting without land owner consent if the land owner wants to pursue charges. I'm assuming they were shooting from the road to property they didn't have hunting rights on.
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Old 12-05-2019, 10:56 AM   #10
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Not enough for sure. I canít stand those folks. Also the one that cut the heads off deer in the side of the road. Iím seeing that more & more often. I mean kind of story can you tell about a deer that you just cut the head off of?!?! Idiots pure idiots!!!


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Old 12-05-2019, 10:57 AM   #11
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Going by the fines I see on the game warden show, the fine should be around $78.47. If they didnít have a license one will get a warning and the other a $15 fine.
I actually watched one last night where a guy and his fiance shot a doe at night with a .22 from the road. They lied at first then came clean and were arrested. They posted bail and are set to go to court. Maximum penalty was 20K in restitution and i forget how long of jail time, up to 5 years or something like that. But you are right, they will probably get $1500 fine and a year probation or something like that. The guy was just arrested a few weeks prior to the night hunting so hes going to take the majority of the penalty and the shooter (woman) will likely get leniency for a prior clean record.
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Old 12-05-2019, 11:16 AM   #12
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If it happens on Sabine county and he gets caught by game warden, gets a ticket or arrested, DA gonna kick his ***. He don't play around with people breaking game laws. He used to b a game warden
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Old 12-05-2019, 12:50 PM   #13
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I thought shooting from a public road was increased to a felony.
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Old 12-05-2019, 12:58 PM   #14
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I thought shooting from a public road was increased to a felony.
I specifically asked about shooting & missing...not sure what the charges are after a deer hits the ground.
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Old 12-05-2019, 01:40 PM   #15
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Whatever it is, it's not enough.
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Old 12-05-2019, 01:47 PM   #16
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Hunting out of season, season isnt ever open from public road
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Old 12-05-2019, 05:04 PM   #17
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I thought shooting from a public road was increased to a felony.
I previously said it was a class B misdemeanor but I think it is a C or the same level as a traffic citation.
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Old 12-05-2019, 05:14 PM   #18
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Not enough for sure. I canít stand those folks. Also the one that cut the heads off deer in the side of the road. Iím seeing that more & more often. I mean kind of story can you tell about a deer that you just cut the head off of?!?! Idiots pure idiots!!!


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The "cut the heads off and leave them by the road" crowd are typically state wildlife biologists testing for whatever that brain disease is, on deer ran over by vehicles. Big dust-up in my county a few years ago. I think one of them even got run off. Their excuse was that they had so many to test, they didn't have time to drag the deer off the road.
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Old 12-05-2019, 05:28 PM   #19
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Confess: I was about 25 years old. Never had a bow. Fatherinlaw gave me a recourve (Nice One). Walked out in to the gravel road in front of my trailer house with my German Shepeard just playing around. Not hunting, just messing around. No license either. GW pulled up. Took my bow. Ticket for no Lic and hunting from public road. I saw the judge. He doubled my fine I think for asking to explain? Gave me my bow back. Paid the fine. Was about $250 in 1976. Ouch. My mistake paid. I could not hit broad side of a barn anyway back than learning the tool.
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Old 12-05-2019, 07:00 PM   #20
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How can ANYONE justify this BS? Illegal, Unethical....."You reap what you sow!"
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Old 12-05-2019, 08:37 PM   #21
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If you don't get caught it's perfectly legal
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Old 12-05-2019, 09:34 PM   #22
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I think the deer was in the bar ditch and not on private property. I was just curious of the charge and level of offense
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Old 12-05-2019, 09:56 PM   #23
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My dad was driving his truck while his girlfriend was scanning his fields from the highway looking for pigs with his thermal rifle scope which was mounted to his gun.. we've never shot from the road nor the bar ditch. we will scan, park at the gate, get out and hop his gate to then stalk up on the pigs and shoot on his property inside the fence.. they have done thousands of dollars worth of damage to his pastures to where you can't even drive thru them. im talking 3 foot holes all over this pasture. We've tried trapping and nothing has worked. Anyways they both got tickets for $280 a piece and they searched his truck top to bottom, took all his stuff out, asking "where are the drugs and beer" (my dad has had one beer in the 33 years I've been around him) big waste of time...... my dads neighbor hired helicopters to come and shoot the *******s.. its terrible. say what you want but the GW were after the wrong folks..
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