More Fish Cops, Less Liberty
Dr Jimmy T (Gunny) LaBaume
Back in February of 2007, I wrote about an encounter I had with one of the State’s Game Keepers (See Liberty v. Fish Cops and Federalies). I am sad to report that the situation in the police state has deteriorated substantially since that time.
Some time between 4:30 and 5:00 PM on Friday, November 7, 2008 my wife and I arrived at the entrance to the property in Terrell County, Texas referred in the 2007 article cited above. The entrance to our private road (belonging to the property owners association) is off of US Highway 90 approximately 5 miles south of the small town of Sanderson, Texas. The gate is normally kept locked.
My wife had been driving on the highway. As we normally do, we stopped just inside the gate to switch drivers, stretch our legs, “water the dog,” etc. The wife had walked on up the road with the dog (a small Chihuahua-Terrier cross named “Nemo” by a grand child). I had busied myself with adjusting the seat to suit my longer legs, closing the doors and preparing to continue our journey. We had not yet shut and locked the gate.
Suddenly, a green pick-up truck with the markings of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Service entered the gate and stopped behind our vehicle (a short-bed, step side, GMC pick-up loaded with tools, lumber and animal feed). The driver (a uniformed Game Warden) exited the state vehicle and approached. We exchanged the standard greetings; “How are you?” “Fine, thank you.”