Hunters are not the only ones using game cameras to better their odds for the hunt. A Texas Fish and Wildlife officer used a game camera to assist in documenting hunting violations.
A Game Warden from Texas, Officer Vance Wallace, received the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Officer of the Year award for his work in the field. A local ranch manager in Kendall County Texas reported a possible case of hunting without landowner consent during the 2007 - 2008 season. Officer Wallace worked with the landowner to perform his surveillance work. He discovered numerous individuals that were hunting on the property without landowner permission. An individual hired to do work on the ranch was inviting people on the land to hunt, without the knowledge of the owner.
Officer Wallace had purchased a concealable game camera at his own expense during the investigation. His efforts resulted in 5 felony Hunt Without Landowner Consent charges, 38 Class A misdemeanor Hunt Without Landowner Consent charges, 3 Class C misdemeanor Fishing Violations, 1 Class C misdemeanor Deer Tagging Violation, and 3 warnings for license harvest log violations.
This serves as a good reminder to "Always seek the permission of the landowner before you hunt, fish, or access their property."