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Authorities seek tips in exotic poaching case; possible suspect truck in nearby 10-point buck poach

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Left: A Burnet County landowner is offering a $2,500 reward for the capture of a suspect who poached an exotic red deer bull, he used for breeding on his ranch off County Road 113 in Burnet County. Call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-792-GAME (4263) to offer a tip and remain anonymous.

Right: Texas Parks and Wildlife game wardens are taking aim at suspect poachers in two Burnet County cases. A witness snapped a photo of a vehicle belonging to a possible suspect who illegally shot a 10-point buck around 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 22 at a property off Ranch Road 690 in Burnet County. The suspect could also be connected to an illegal poaching of an exotic deer and white-tailed deer about five miles away around the same time.










By Connie Swinney

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

A suspect faces a string of charges, including a potential third-degree felony, in a Thanksgiving weekend poaching case involving an exotic red deer bull and whitetail buck found decapitated on a sprawling ranch in northwest Burnet County.

Texas Parks and Wildlife game wardens also released an image of a pickup truck, leaving the scene of a separate poaching incident on Ranch Road 690 about five miles from the Threadgill Ranch around the same time as the exotic case, investigators said.

Texas Parks and Wildlife investigators believe the whitetail buck and red deer bull were shot, decapitated and left on the Threadgill Ranch, just off County Road 113 sometime between Nov. 21 and 27.


New season dates make upcoming Texas dove season longest in 80 years

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Due to new season dates adopted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission, Texas hunters may enjoy the longest dove season in 80 years.

While the traditional opening dates established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service remain fixed, a new 90-day season this fall means hunters will have 20 more days of opportunity compared to previous years.

“The additional days are being integrated early in the season to take advantage of birds migrating into the state, as well as at the end of the season in the Special White-winged Dove Area to offer more wingshooting opportunities,” TPWD officials said in a release.

Dove season in central Texas will begin on Thursday, Sept. 1 and will continue through Nov. 6. The late season for dove is Dec. 17 through Jan. 8.

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