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Posted almost 6 years ago

 

Just thought I would start this topic just so we could share some stuff with eachother.  If you have had any good catches lately just post them up here.  My hunting season so far has been somewhat slow.  Just the normal no hunting license or hunters ed or unplugged shotgun for dove and just the run of the mill stuff.  But things will get a heck of a lot more busy as soon as the regular season for deer starts.

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Well it is now Jan 09 and Jan is almost over.  I actually had a pretty eventful weekend.  I started Friday with some guys that had no fishing license and illegal trotlines on the S.A. River and seized their equipment.  Continued with helping some of the local guys with some stuff on Friday, then Saturday was more fishing violations, and then Sunday went crazy started with finding a hog that I had seen the day before on the back of a truck dumped on one of the county roads.  I went back to the house and spoke with the boy that owned the truck and he admitted to dumping it and cutting its head off.  Then got a call about some trespassers that were fishing, and upon arrival I witnessed them fishing in the creek which was public water of the state and one decided to run after they pitched all their equipment into the creek.  Filed some more no fishing license violations and a Class B Misdemeanor Evade Arrest/Detention on the one that ran after I got him stopped.

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Sounds like you have been pretty busy by the looks of it. Some good cases. We did two search warrants in the last two weeks, one for a deer poaching by two guys in an orchard camp and another on a big trapping case where an unlicensed trapper witha vacation property had about 40 snare and leghold sets on a mountainside on all his neighbor's lands.  Body gripping traps are outlawed here.  Usually this work unit is slower in the winter but this year has been the exception.  We have a very active winter trout fishery on a reservoir in the Columbia River with a two-fish limit and that is generating lots of complaints and we are writing violations every week on that fishery.

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Glad to see another brother stopping in.  Glad to have ya, and sounds like you have been pretty busy yourself.  I saw your profile that you had one of our warden's pics on there Mike Bradshaw.  God rest his soul, he was a great man and a great hand.  Quite the professional, he just recently passed away after many years of service to this great state while on a fishing trip.  Look forward to talking with you sometime.

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Mike was a great guy, figured out in the short week I was with him, and who taught me alot at the hunting incident investigation school.  And he was a great guy, which you just confirmed.  I wasn't aware he was on a fishing trip when he died.  Lots worse times to go I guess.   I will miss his e-mails.  We have been busy for winter even though our snow is almost gone (we do snowmobile enforcement on 400 miles of trails).  Hunting and trapping cases and fishing are relatively busy for winter, that's for sure.  Yeah, I'm sure we'll continue contact if for no other reason there's not too many wardens on here to get lost among.  I like your profile page too.  Still trying to figure how to add music to mine.  J

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If you have a yahoo messenger ID, I can explain it to you step by step, or just simply if you want you are more than welcome to call me on my cell if you want.  It is pretty easy.  Just let me know I will help you with it...It was easy once I got started.  Look forward to talking to you again Jim.


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I figured it out after my 17 year old daughter clued me in...boy, do I feel old sometimes!  Thanks for the tip.  Don't use messenger myself but this is getting me into the swing of networking outside my usually tight circle.  Spent the day logging in evidence from our big trapping case.  The "process" is what is such a drag in the job.  Two hours working a good case and two days on the reports and evidence.  UGHHHH!  Stay in touch.  Jim

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Not a problem for the tip.  Glad that your daughter could help out.  I sure will stay in touch.  Once again, good lick on the trappers.  I recently had some guys that I got a comlaint on, on one of the creeks that had trespassed.  Upon arrival they saw me pull up, I got out and one started to take off running, after they all pitched their fishing equipment and dope in the creek.  I called in foot pursuit and caught him shortly after.  His 2 buddies that were with him were issued proper citations and he was arrested for evading after I kept yelling "Hey Stop Police!" several times.  He continued to run so he got charged with evading and other charges.  I couldn't figure out why he thought it was so important to run since all that was going to happen was he would have just gotten a fishing license violation and possibly drug paraphernalia which are all Class C's here. 

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It always surprises me why some guys run.  I think they DON'T think.  Invariably it seems they can't see how they make it worse.  I'm older and slower but wiser now.  With few exceptions in my 20+ years, I always get them--sooner or later.  It may not be that day, but I always figure out who they were and make it my mission to find them and drag 'em in.  It make take me a week or two, but I'll sack 'em up.  Glad you got 'em rounded up though.  Running here doesn't happen much unless they have a warrant for their arrest or some other thing going on.  Most seem to know the game is just a "ticket" on our stuff so chases are rare.  We don't have an "evading"  charge, except with a car,  but rather "obstruction" a gross-misdemeanor (max $5000 and 1 yr--but nobody ever gets the max).  Spent all day in court today 1 1/2 hours away in the next county on a wildlife trafficking case coming to trial soon, just to have my suppression hearing be the last one on the docket.  I swear, the "process" just chews up so much time.  I got a good case with meth paraphernalia as part of the case.  Sounds like you are finding that stuff too.  When I started my carreer at WDFW that was less frequent than when I was a Deputy with the County.  Now it is all the same, it's everywhere.  Sad really.  Stay safe and keep holding that Thin Green Line that keeps the resource from being stolen.  Don't forget to get your sweetheart something for Valentine's day.  Wanna keep you outta the doghouse!

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Yeah, the running part I will never understand.  I guess like you said they DON'T think.  I bet that was pretty draining sitting waiting at the court house all day for yours to be the last on the docket but I know the feeling believe me.  Yeah it is a time consuming and draining process.  Good job on the trafficking and meth!  As far as the drugs here we have a bunch of weed and a bunch of cocaine and just a little meth.  The deputies and I think that there is actually a meth house about 5 miles from my house where we live in the county.  I hope we are wrong but hopefully if it is that we will get them.  Well, as far as the sweetie, I got all the shopping done to keep me out of the doghouse, I was really surprised that I did it early.  Hope you had a great one and didn't end up in the doghouse, Stay safe.

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I got her a card that could be recorded in and she really liked that I could personalize it that way.  So I was cool on the holiday.  Meth was really big here a few years ago but not as much now.  Not sure why but weed is still everywhere here.  Our trapper guy got himself taken down by my guys and the deputies today after he went around this weekend making threats about getting even and going out in a shoot-out with LE.  We got warrants and nabbed him on a traffic stop and he is spending the night in jail.  I was supposed to be off today but wound up helping on that case and was on a conference call with HQ about a cougar management issue (9 hours on a "day off"). I'm "off" the next two days but have to work on a search warrant raid plan for another case.  I'll tell you more about that one when I can, it may get national attention at some point.  I also have to get annual evaluations done by Friday as I have appointements with my guys to receive them then.  Last time I checked this was Tuesday so I'm toast if I don't get some stuff done on these things.  Too many spinning plates sometimes it seems.  The sarge (me) does the admin, assists with cases, reviews warrant applications, etc, etc.  Plus I have my own case load so I'm hopping most of the time.  J

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Caught a 5 lb bass my last time out.......................................ooops - wrong thread.


It is what it is.............and.........these things too shall pass.

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LOL...no problem.  I did have a guy the other day that actually did something really dumb right in front of me.  Unrelated to game violations but he got arrested nonetheless.  He started doing a donut on the dirt road and then hauled butt and ran the stop sign right in front of me.  I started to run the plate as he came to a stop and while I opened my door he got out of the vehicle.  I told him to stay in the truck and he continued back towards me.  We stepped to the shoulder so we wouldn't get struck by any passing vehicles.  I informed him the reason for the stop and he gave me an excuse of oh well sir, I lost control of the vehicle.  I looked at him and told him I watched the whole thing and asked him for his DL.  Asked him to stay where he was and when I got to my truck to run the plate he was heading back to his vehicle.  I told him, get back over here and grabbed him and pulled him back to the spot and placed him in cuffs and instructed him why he was being detained and restrained.


I finally ran his DL only to find out he had a warrant for Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon.  Instructed him that he was no longer detained but under arrest.  Found a knife under the driver's seat, and figured that he was trying to get back to the vehicle for that reason or to take off and run.  He was insistant on getting back to the truck, and a deputy helped me search the vehicle and there were no other weapons.

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Good instinct and tactics there Chad. Good grab on that guy and you stayed safe.  Always remember, the job is a marathon and not a sprint.  And you wanna make that finish line in one piece.  J

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I got her a card that could be recorded in and she really liked that I could personalize it that way.  So I was cool on the holiday.  Meth was really big here a few years ago but not as much now.  Not sure why but weed is still everywhere here.  Our trapper guy got himself taken down by my guys and the deputies today after he went around this weekend making threats about getting even and going out in a shoot-out with LE.  We got warrants and nabbed him on a traffic stop and he is spending the night in jail.  I was supposed to be off today but wound up helping on that case and was on a conference call with HQ about a cougar management issue (9 hours on a "day off"). I'm "off" the next two days but have to work on a search warrant raid plan for another case.  I'll tell you more about that one when I can, it may get national attention at some point.  I also have to get annual evaluations done by Friday as I have appointements with my guys to receive them then.  Last time I checked this was Tuesday so I'm toast if I don't get some stuff done on these things.  Too many spinning plates sometimes it seems.  The sarge (me) does the admin, assists with cases, reviews warrant applications, etc, etc.  Plus I have my own case load so I'm hopping most of the time.  J



Good job on the card.  LOL yeah weed is all over the place.  Good deal on the trapper getting taken down, sweet job on the take down and nice way to stay safe on the traffic stop.  We don't have a bunch of cougars down here but there are a few.  I am getting ready to actually get SWAT cert and help out the multi agency SWAT team here.  Man congrats if it gets national attention on your end on the other case you are working on, good luck on that.  Ahhh...annual evals those are so fun...LOL Well good luck with it all and thanks for the kudos on the nab that I got.  Look forward to hearing about your big case...once again good luck and nice job.

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Great job guys.... Check out GW's are Us. I posted some info on the joint Striped Bass case with USFWS and Virginia Marine Police that lists how much Striped Bass they stole. It's good to see people in the US attorney's office taking conservation crimes seriously. Most of the defendants have already pled guilty and are awaiting sentencing. Stay safe.

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That is pretty neat Ed...I will go check it out.  I am glad to see that they are taking wildlife crimes seriously.  I know the next time here in this county that I catch someone baiting for migratory birds I will never file in JP court again.  Had a bad experience with that on a jury trial.  The JP overheard the jury saying that they felt sorry for the defendants, and found them not guilty.  I will turn it over to our federal brothers from now on. 

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Hi Ed- I'll check that out. Sounds like a real resource theft example.  Those are the cases I like to see the best.  The small stuff matters but I think we all like to see the big ones go down.  It's always iffy at best on getting the US Atty. interested on the cases here, there are so many smuggling cases and other stuff that seems to dominate.


We did two simultaneous search warrants today with USFWS. This is the "big" case I alluded to earlier. There is clamp-down on news while this is investigated further. I'll share when I can, 'cause it is a good one.  J

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Jim - Great I can't wait to hear the results. Put it to em' Brother. Stay safe.

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Jim, awesome job brother...stay safe, and like Ed said stick it to 'em...!!!!

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I have never conversed with a DNR Officer much, but I actually got stopped by two while on the lake riding my friends PWC.  I took boater's safety as a teenager and am semi-experienced.  I wasn't paying much attention to bouys and accelerated in a no wake zone in an empty cove, and then cut some 360's because there wasn't a boat for miles, with the exception of the patrol boat creeping up.  They stopped me but were very polite, professional and really just coool about it all.  After reading the stuff you guys deal with, my boating violation must be a very common thing.  They gave me a warning thank goodness!!

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Yeah, boating safety is a big part of our function here as there is little enforcement on it by the local law enforcement jurisdictions and frankly, few citiation by the even when warranted.  They may disagree but the stats are public information and bear that fact out, and in one week last year we did more boating inspections on the water than all other agencies combined.  People are worried about being checked by us because they know that we will back up the reg with a ticket for really dumb stuff like NO lifejackets on board.  EVERYONE knows you need those, and if they don't, they need not be operatiing a boat!  I don't exactly know why it is that many (but not all) local LEOs don't push this issue harder.  A local LEO will cite someone for no seatbelt in a car, but when the operator has a whole boat full of people, they don't cite for not having life jackets on board, even when there are kids there.  They can't make a choice, adults do it for them, playing roulette with their safety.


And there are lots of people in way over their head, pardon the pun, in operating a boat, and do really dumb things without a second thought.  I for one am glad to see the mandatory training requirements coming on board as it is all about safety.  None of us wants to see people hurt and training is a big step toward lowering accident rates.  And you don't get out and "walk" away from a boat wreck!  I'm glad you got a warning, as it sounds like they achieved compliance with your actions with a simple little bit of education.  That is the real goal anyway.


Take care.  J