A tip from a witness led the arrest of an Agua Dulce man for illegal hunting near Alfred late Friday night. 

Texas Game Warden Ben Andrews said the 29-year-old Agua Dulce man was charged with hunting without landowner consent, which is a state jail felony punishable by between 180 days and two years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000. Charges and possible restitution are pending.

Andrews said he was called out to the area of Jim Wells County Road 320 after a witness said the man was seen shooting a whitetail buck off the roadway and then entering private property to retrieve the deer at about 11:30 p.m. Friday. According to the game warden, the deer was shot just off the roadway and crossed over into private property.

Andrews was able to locate the suspect with the deer in bed of his truck.

Game wardens and deputies say that illegal hunting remains a major program in Jim Wells and neighboring counties.

“It’s a big problem here,” Andrews said. “I know a lot of our wardens and land owners continue to see it as a big problem. It’s something that’s still very common here.”

Andrews urged residents to call game wardens or the Operation Game Thief hotline if they see some type of illegal hunting or poaching.

Operation Game Thief

If you witness or know of someone trespassing and hunting illegally, call (800) 792-GAME (4263). Cash rewards of up to $1,000 are given for information leading to the arrest and convictions.