posted on December 26, 2014 09:48
As hunters take to the fields in search for their favorite quarry like pheasants and quail, there are another group out there: the game wardens. These individuals are too on the prowl for their game, those looking to break hunting regulations and to support hunters who have injuries.
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism reported they were very busy checking 704 hunters who had harvested 343 pheasants and 50 quail. The group of wardens bagged 51 hunting citations during this time.
They also partnered with the highway patrol to set up a checkpoint along US Route 81. Here, they checked 53 vehicles, with 109 hunters that were transporting six deer, 111 pheasants and 25 quails. The majority of the pheasants were harvested from South Dakota.
At the checkpoint, the wardens issued one citation for an untagged deer. There was also an arrest of a Rice County resident who was trapping furbearers out of season, didn’t have a license, possessed untagged traps and was illegally in possession of a handgun.
During Operation Game Thief, the codename for the weekend, wardens investigated three deer hunters for violations in Greenwood County. Charges for these individuals are pending.
Other violations in the area included a group of individuals hunting illegally with artificial lights on Saturday night and several hunters who decided to take to the fields without the proper license.
Game wardens also assisted the local law enforcement officers with 19 other incidents over the weekend. This included a man being arrested for stealing fuel from a tractor.
During the weekend, the only injury reported by the agency was a boating accident where a 61 year old man was hospitalized. The investigation into the circumstances is still ongoing.
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