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Smith Co. game warden arrests 2 men for illegally killing deer

Smith Co. game warden arrests 2 men for illegally killing deer
Van Zandt County Jail

POSTED: Friday, May 16, 2014 - 4:18pm

UPDATED: Friday, May 16, 2014 - 11:02pm

In the state game warden notes released on May 9, two men, including one Tylerite, were reportedly arrested after they were caught illegally hunting in March.

Harrison Angus Kent, 20, of Lubbock, and Alvin Blake Goetz, 20, of Tyler, allegedly killed a white tail deer illegally, according to Smith County Game Warden Dustin Dockery.

On March 21 at around 12:10 a.m., a local landowner contacted authorities about a driver in a truck with noisy pipes shooting a rifle and shining a light across his pasture. Shortly after the game warden arrived, he spotted the truck and a brief chased ensued. 

Once the vehicle was stopped, Goetz and Kent were found inside and questioned. During the interrogation, the driver admitted to shooting at some wild hogs. The warden then asked the landowner to check his property for freshly killed wildlife.

While the warden drove back to where the hogs were shot, the passenger confessed to killing a buck. When they arrived, the driver said they "may have shot a hog."

After seeing a buck next to the landowner's vehicle, the driver hung his head and said, "Sir, can I tell you something? We shot that deer." Goetz and Kent were arrested and charged with hunting white tail deer without landowner consent, hunting deer with artificial light, hunting whitetail deer at night and hunting whitetail deer from motor vehicle. Their bonds totaled $20,000 each.

The location of the incident, County Road 4923, was located at the Smith County-Van Zandt County line. Due to this, a Smith County game warden was first to respond, but the pair was booked into the Van Zandt County Jail. The crime was committed on the Van Zandt side of the Neches River.

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