Operation Dalmatian—Covert Investigation of Dog Deer Hunting

Since the 1987 closure of Texas' Type II Public Hunting Lands to the hunting of deer with dogs and a subsequent statewide prohibition of the method in 1990, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has received numerous complaints about small bands of East Texas hunters who continue to use the method in open defiance of the prohibition. These complaints further allege that outlaw dog deer hunters have virtually taken over public hunting lands, intimidating lawful users and ignoring the rights of adjoining private landowners. Texas game wardens, operating in a covert capacity, infiltrated dog deer hunting groups in Jasper and Newton counties and took 25 defendants to the courts for violations of wildlife regulations.

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