A Hat Tip to Game Wardens

As a rule, sportsmen are never thrilled to see the approach of a
game warden to their boat, ice-fishing shack or treestand. But here
are some stories that may help you appreciate these hard-working
men and women.

Litter Leads to Trespassing Poachers

A convenience store surveillance videotape and some good,
old-fashioned detective work led to the arrest and conviction of a
pair of Wyoming mule deer poachers.

A Cheyenne-area rancher notified Wyoming Game and Fish Department
warden Mark Nelson that someone had apparently dragged two deer
from his field to a county road. Upon investigating the scene,
Nelson found what was determined to be deer blood, as well as beer
cans and beef jerky wrappers.

With little more than litter to go on, Nelson went to a local
convenience store, where he inquired if anyone had purchased a
specific combination of beer and beef jerky the previous afternoon.
Not only did a clerk confirm such a purchase, but he also provided
surveillance tapes of the customer.

As a result, Frank E. Brennan, 35, of Cheyenne, was charged with
wanton destruction of a mule deer, taking a mule deer out of season
and being an accessory to each of the charges. His nephew, Adam R.
Brennan, 20, was charged with taking a mule deer out of season and
also as an accessory to the charge. They were fined $820 each and
were ordered to pay restitution to the state.

Poachers Get Pizza and Citations

A Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Warden utilized some
particularly creative tactics leading to the apprehension of some
unsuspecting game law violators.

One early fall day, the unidentified TPWD warden was in the process
of observing some illegal dove-hunting activity from a distance
while trying to determine how to advance on the ne-er-do-wells
safely and strategically.

About that time, the officer reportedly heard a vehicle approaching
from his rear. At first, he thought it was more hunters coming to
join the ones he was watching, but he soon realized it was a pizza
delivery truck.

With brilliantly deducted insight, the warden stopped the truck and
asked the driver if he might be on his way to deliver pizza to a
group of dove hunters.

The response was affirmative.

After convincing the driver he needed an assistant for the
remainder of his route, the warden was chauffeured directly into
the group of unsuspecting game violators, where he politely
delivered some supreme hunting citations, without olives.

Good Try, Warden

And finally, here at Offbeat Outdoors, we’d be remiss if
we didn’t share our favorite-but short-outdoor news item of the

It seems that last week the Mt. Pleasant law enforcement office for
Texas Wildlife and Parks received a report from a concerned citizen
who reported hearing someone advertising baby deer for sale on the
local radio station’s swap show.

Commerce involving live game animals is strictly illegal in
Texas–and elsewhere–without special permits and under special

On hearing the report, Titus County Game Warden Jerry Ash sprang
into action, phoning the on-air seller and posing as a potential
buyer, hoping to initiate a sting operation.

It turns out the seller was offering “baby gear,” and not “baby

Good try, though, warden.


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