Those who are poaching deer around Dallas are now the main focus of the Texas Game Wardens.
With another deer season open in the Lone Star state, many deer hunters are excited at the opportunity to return to their blinds, enjoy time afield and hopefully harvest an animal, legally.
Unfortunately, there is another group of people who disregard laws, seasons and ethics and who are illegally poaching deer and other animals in Texas.
For those who are poaching animals, you’ve now become the hunted.
Though poaching is something that many people think only happens in rural parts of the state, Game Warden Cane Shumaker says otherwise.
Even though this is the Metroplex, even though this is an extension of Dallas and it’s the Dallas-Fort Worth area, poaching is a huge problem here.
He also referred to the heinous poaching act known as “thrill kills,” which is where poachers will shoot an animal and then leave it to die on the side of the road.
So far this year, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has received nearly 1,600 poaching related calls, which averages to over five per day.
In an effort to crack down on people who are poaching deer, the TPWD is asking anyone who has a tip to report it immediately to the Texas Operation Game Thief hotline at 800-792-GAME.