How NOT To Hunt

Game Warden Field Notes
The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports.

Up on the Rooftop Mule Deer Paws

‘Twas the season for deer hunting Dec. 10 in Crosby County, just not for mule deer; whitetails were still fair game, but mule deer season ended a week earlier. So, when a game warden received a text message with an image of an SUV being driven through Crosby County with a deer trussed to its roof like a Christmas tree, it was the “branches” that caught his attention. One physical trait muleys possess that differentiates them from their cervid cousin, the whitetail, is a distinctive branched antler. After a quick run of the vehicle’s license plate, the warden contacted the registered owner on his cell phone, and asked if he was driving down the highway with a dead deer strapped to his roof. The man acknowledged, and claimed it was a whitetail he had harvested in Floyd County. When pressed, however, the man could not offer details on exactly where in Floyd County he hunted. The warden told him to text a photo so he could verify the deer was a whitetail, and at that point the man confessed. He had shot the mule deer earlier that morning. The warden later met with the man, gained a verbal and written statement, and seized both the deer and rifle used in the crime. Criminal charges for the out-of-season mule deer and for having illegally tagged it as a white-tailed deer are pending in Floyd County, and civil restitution for the mule deer are pending.

In Self Defense

Some hunters believe commercial scent attractants to be effective at luring in white-tailed deer, particularly during the rut. A Smith County man argued recently that these products work too good, and caused him to have to shoot two undersized bucks in self-defense. After a logging crew reported finding two buck heads on top of a shed hidden in the woods, a Smith County game warden began asking around. Upon hearing the law was investigating, a subject called the warden and confessed, but claimed there were extenuating circumstances. The subject stated he was hunting in a ground blind and decided to spray a commercial scent attractant out the window. Moments later, a 5-point buck with a 9 inch inside spread appeared. He claimed the buck took several steps toward him, and then charged at his ground blind. The subject said he shot the buck at 30 feet away in self-defense. After dragging the buck to his blind, the man claimed he left the area to get his truck, and later returned to collect the deer and his hunting gear. While exiting his blind with his gear, the subject said a 6-point buck with a 6 inch spread came charging at him and he was forced to shoot in self-defense again, this time from 36 feet away. The subject stated he put the deer heads on the shed with the intention of turning himself in, but never got around to it. Multiple charges are pending.

Read the rest of the article: https://tpwd.texas.gov/newsmedia/releases/?req=20180112b

Shots Fired At Congressional Baseball Practice

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and Rep. Roger Williams were shot and multiple congressional aides were also hit by a gunman with a rifle who opened fire at a GOP baseball practice in Virginia Wednesday morning, Fox News confirmed.

The gunman was shot by U.S. Capital Police, apprehended and taken to the hospital, officials said. Sen. Mike Lee told Fox News, however, the gunman was dead.

Read the rest of the article: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/06/14/virginia-gop-baseball-practice-shooting-multiple-people-shot.html

USPS Gun Theft

You ship packages and letters, but did you know the U.S. Post Office also has other cargo- guns?

“No, I did not realize that. You can actually ship guns through the Post Office? I would have thought that would be illegal,” said postal customer Nelda Finn.

Yes. Just like your regular mail, guns go through the postal system and are handled by the same workers.

Problems come when guns shipped through the mail never reach their destination.

They’re stolen, not from a truck in transit, but from the post office itself.

Scott Balfour, an Assistant Special Agent with the U.S. Post Office of Inspector General, talked with us via the internet, confirming gun shipments.

“Guns do go through the mail system. Mailers have to follow all postal regulations to send those guns through the mail, but there is no special handling procedure for guns in the mail system,” said Balfour.

That may be the problem.

WREG obtained a federal report that showed just how vulnerable guns shipped via USPS can be and what happened.

In May of 2013, firearms ended up missing from Memphis` Main Post Office on South Third.

The ATF report blocked us from seeing just how many guns thieves stole, but it happened over a months time.

During some of the thefts, the thieves swiped the weapons and shipped the empty firearm box on to its next destination.

The ATF documented 13 Post Office theft cases from February 2013 to May 2013.

They won’t say how many guns were stolen in those cases.

If you go back to 2012, there had been a total of 20 theft cases.

Some of the guns are still missing. The ATF couldn’t tell us how many.

Read the rest of the article: http://wreg.com/2016/09/19/guns-stolen-from-where-you-might-least-expect-the-united-states-post-office/

“Under The Gun” Violated Federal Gun Laws

Katie, get your gun lawyer.

By now you’ve probably heard about Katie Couric’s new anti-gun documentary “Under The Gun,” and how her producer doctored video of interviews with gun owners in order to make them look stupid and heartless. Couric’s producer and director, Stephanie Soechtig, admitted to doctoring the video, and Couric herself kinda sorta apologized for it.

But that’s not the worst thing that happened with the making of this documentary. It turns out that Couric’s production team deliberately conspired to violate federal gun laws. According to video obtained by Ammoland, a shooting sports news website, one of Couric’s producers deliberately committed at least four separate felonies by purchasing four separate firearms across state lines without a background check.

Read the rest of the article: http://thefederalist.com/2016/06/03/katie-courics-anti-gun-producers-repeatedly-violated-federal-gun-laws/

Former Reality Star Indicted, Arrested For Firearm, Tax Crimes

I saw a few episodes of this show back in the day and something seemed off to me. I couldn’t put my finger on specifically what it was, but this explains a lot.

A former reality star on the show American Guns, which aired on the Discovery Channel, has been indicted and arrested for firearm and tax crimes.

Richard Wyatt, 52, of Evergreen, surrendered to authorities Thursday on charges of conspiracy, dealing in firearms without a license and tax-related charges.

Wyatt was the subject of a 13-count federal grand jury indictment in Denver.

According to the indictment, Wyatt allegedly illegally sold guns and failed to report over $1.1 million to the Internal Revenue Service. He operated Gunsmoke, a store in Wheat Ridge that sold firearms, accessories and provided gunsmithing services. The store was the subject of American Guns, which ran on the Discovery Channel from 2011 to 2012. There were a total of 26 episodes.

Wyatt controlled the store’s bank account and was the principal decision-maker for the business.

On Feb. 17, 2012, Wyatt and several others, who have not been named, conspired to deal in firearms without a license.

In April 2012, he surrendered his Federal Firearms License due to his violations of federal laws and regulations.

When Gunsmoke surrendered the license, Wyatt changed the address of a store called Triggers Firearms, LLC and a firearms license to the Gunsmoke address, even though they did not play a role in managing Triggers and they did not receive any profits.

Wyatt submitted false paperwork to the ATF to hide that Triggers was acting as a straw licensee for Gunsmoke.

Read the rest of the article: http://www.9news.com/news/crime/former-reality-star-indicted-arrested-for-firearm-tax-crimes/40260539