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Location: Conroe Texas
Joined: 06/02/2009
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Not a Hunter, need advice

Any suggestions would help!

Came home from work on Sun. about 11 p.m., let 3 or 4 dogs out (weight range 16lbs-6lbs, we are on 5 acres). Can't light up entire yard, have light approx. 2 acres before pitch black. Heard determined barking and armed with a hoe (yes, I seem to think I can kick anyones butt - stupid me but I throw a mean punch for a girl!), just thought it was maybe a racoon or even another dog (lot of strays wonder in).

Hit the dark part of yard, was met by gator, ran like you know what, dogs outrunning me and ended up hurting myself. Harped on hubby (o.k, nagged to no end) to kill the thing before it killed my dogs. Insisted it was 12 ft but when he saw it, he states " It's only about 4 or 5 ft babe." Found it in our pond, he killed it. It was over 7 1/2 long. We just gave it away to some guys we didn't even know.

Had know idea that protecing people, domestic animals and property was illigal. TPWD showed at door, I told him what happened, showed around all the while barely able to walk due to injury (passed out on a fellow manager at work the next day about 3 hours into shift - got sent home, went to docs next day, told to stay home).

No license until Officer told hubby to get one on way home from work, said he would work with us, showed later in day, gave ticket for hunting without license and told to show at court in one week for the civil portion of citation. Also told if he couldn't find the folks that we gave it to it would be a lot worse on us. This after assuring me that he appreciated my cooperation and telling the truth.

Sorry long-winded but thought someone might have ideas. My bad thinking people tell the truth (my daddy always told me lies just get you in trouble and when you don't even know you did something wrong, why would you?!) Oops!

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Location: Conroe Texas
Joined: 06/02/2009
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Forgot

Still have two more back there. Now know hubby cannot shoot another and can't shoot at night. Am getting my license today (put in wrong time due to pain, it's 2:25 a.m..

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Location: Florida,USA
Joined: 08/21/2003
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Not a Hunter, need advice

Welcome to BGH whyknot.

I don't know about Texas but in Florida you can legally kill a Gator that is threatening yours or your pets lives. Maybe you could argue that point to the judge.
As far as Gators in your pond, do they have "nuisance gator" trappers?
Again here in Florida you can have a nuisance gator removed from a private pond using one of these Trappers. You may call the TPWD officer back and ask about that.

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Location: Conroe Texas
Joined: 06/02/2009
Posts: 4
Thanks for the info

I am fighting it. Got med records today and will get statement from the other manager when released to return to work. Will tell Judge that due to hauling butt in the dark from the thing, passing out the next day and at the doc before the Game Warden showed, that consitutes imminent danger in my opinion.

Texas does have traps but didn't know about this till Game Warden told me to go on-line and look if up. Still miffed about all this and now, after another visit to doc and put in a brace, I have to go to a pain mangement doc tomorrow.

Maybe if I still can't walk by court date the judge will ... (maybe not) but I'll be d**med if I don't state the case FIRMLY!

This is about as much fun as sitting and eating cornflakes with a mule farting in your face!

Thanks again and anyone else (or you) have any more suggestion, let me know (I'm going prepared!)

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Joined: 06/01/2009
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Not a Hunter, need advice

Sounds like the officer is helping you out and just walking through the paperwork. Still, its an outrage to have to go through that after being attacked.

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Location: Conroe Texas
Joined: 06/02/2009
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Not a Hunter, need advice

The Officer was very nice and seemed (and kept repeating) that he was surprised that I was so helpful and didn't lie to him. He actually seemed shocked when I asked why someone would lie. I wondered when he left if he had run across more dishonest folks than honest ones. When he returned later I asked and found out it makes his job harder but they still find the point of where the case originates eventually. I have too much respect for myself and my parents to lie and when you don't even know you did something wrong, telling a lie would be about as stupid as you get. You live and learn but the next one that shows is mine (won't go hunting for it, just won't get bit in the butt or injure myself)!

Who knows, I may just decide to actually "hunt" next season after reading a ton of posts on this board (it's a wealth of info!).

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Location: Oklahoma City, OK
Joined: 09/15/2006
Posts: 204
Not a Hunter, need advice

While I'm sorry to hear about what has happend to you. I hope you make a full and quick recovery. I'm sorry to say that you would be hard pressed for the judge to just toss it out. You and or your hubby will most likely end up with a fine and or probation time. Most likely your hubby as he is the one who shot it.

I had an issue hunting related several years back in California. If it wasn't for the GW telling the judge how shocked she was I turned myself in and the game plus being military he would have given me the max (6 months in jail & $3,700 fine). I ended up with a $200 fine and 6 months probation.

Sometimes doing the right thing will still get you in trouble even if you don't like it. But you can still say you did the right thing in the end. You just have to take it as a lesson learned and what and how not to do things again.

I hope all turnes out fine. Please post and tell us how it turnes out.

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