Read on to find out just what these Texas game wardens found when they busted these deer poachers in Matagorda County, Texas a couple of days ago.
On Nov. 14 these Texas game wardens were making their rounds in Matagorda County when they encountered a group of out-of -state hunters. Upon further investigation, the game wardens discovered that these guys were actually deer poachers.
The game wardens found nine dead whitetail deer: three does and six bucks. All of the bucks failed to meet the legal minimum of a 13-inch inside spread. All three doe heads were discovered in the woods surrounding their camp.
All three deer poachers were charged with Hunting Without a Valid Non-Resident Hunting License, Taking Illegal Whitetail Buck (six counts), and Possession of Whitetail Deer with Proof of Sex Removed (two counts). All three deer poachers plead guilty to these charges to the local Justice of the Peace.
In addition to having their firearms seized, the deer poachers were then fined approximately $6,000 and are facing nearly $8,000 in civil restitution. The game wardens also seized all nine deer carcasses and donated the meat to local needy families.
This is a great example of the work game wardens do to protect and conserve wildlife in the great state of Texas. Way to go, guys!
Let this be a lesson to all of the would-be deer poachers out there: if you play stupid games, you’ll win stupid prizes.
All images via Facebook/Texas Game Wardens