Texas game wardens seize illegally hunted wildlife mounts, drugs

Texas game wardens and Williamson County sheriff’s deputies seize illegal mounts, drugs

Texas game wardens and Williamson County sheriff’s deputies serving a search warrant at a residence over the weekend seized a collection of illegally taken wildlife mounts, a quantity of marijuana and $4,000 in cash.

The search began about 11:30 a.m. Saturday, and a 55-year-old man was taken into custody, according to a news release.

During the search, game wardens recovered 52 mounts of animals believed to have been illegally taken in several states, more than 2 pounds of marijuana, and the cash. The taxidermy items are believed to have been hunted illegally in multiple states and Canada. Species include fish, white-tailed deer, Aoudad, assorted sheep, bear, boar, fox, bobcat and many other exotics, according to the release.

The search and subsequent arrest was the culmination of a six-month investigation that began after a hunting outfitter in Iowa became suspicious of a man driving a truck with Texas license plates. The investigation revealed identity theft and numerous documents forged under a false name.

The investigation continues and more charges are expected.

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
Will Leschper is founder of The Texas Outdoor Digest. He has been recognized for Excellence in Craft by the Outdoor Writers Association of America and the Texas Outdoor Writers Association. He is Conservation Editor of Texas Fish & Game Magazine and is a regular contributor to the Journal of the Texas Trophy Hunters, in addition to writing for plenty of of now-defunct publications.