Lonesome Dove: Texas Man Under Investigation For Eating Dove That Collided With This Home

One can certainly understand why Ryan Adams is a bit confused in Pflugerville, Texas. After a dove hit the side of his house and broke its neck, Adams decided to eat it. He proceeded to post a picture and the recipe on cooking the Texas white-winged dove on the Internet. The doves are killed in the thousands by hunters in the U.S. and Mexico during this season. However, because he did not shoot the dove himself with a license, he has found himself the target of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.


Texas Parks and Wildlife spokesman Steven Lightfoot said that Adams should not have eaten the bird but surrendered it to a wildlife official (though I find it a bit odd that such an official would send out a truck to collect one dead dove). Lightfoot insisted “It is illegal to possess any wildlife resource that has not been taken legally. By legal I mean there are certain means and methods… you have to have a hunting license and you have to have the appropriate weapon and ammunition.” It appears that the side of your house is not an approved weapon.

I was not able to find a regulation expressly prohibiting the eating of a covered animal that died from a non-hunting accident. Indeed, even some restaurants have been known to serve up roadkill as the mystery meat du jour.

An investigation is now in the field. The corpus delicti however proved too delicious. Instead, the investigators are relying on the pictures. It appears that even a finding that the dove was suicidal will not be a defense. Self-defense seems out of the question. You can apparently kill and eat other “nuisance fur-bearing animals, depredating hogs or coyotes.” Presumably, Adams could have waited for a coyote to eat the dove and then eat the coyote like a version of a Turducken — a Dovote.

What do you think about the rule on eating doves that die from natural causes? Should it be treated as a violation.

Source: CBS

37 thoughts on “Lonesome Dove: Texas Man Under Investigation For Eating Dove That Collided With This Home

  1. the park service is out of control.

    Birds hit my windows all the time so it is not an unknown phenomena, assuming Texas birds are as stupid as the birds in this state. Which is probably a valid assumption.

  2. Stupid gets as stupid makes.

    Laws and regulations are confusing all situations and the law enforcer too, who either goes in over gear of assume ! The citizens too.

    Give us a break.

  3. This sort of nonsense appears to be becoming more common.

    Bureaucrats see laws as matters to be enforced to the letter, regardless of sense.
    They seem to have no concept of the purpose of laws. Their minds can only grasp the literal meaning.

    Perhaps bureacrats are terrorised into a position of protecting their asses from their bureaucrat superiors – who would penalise them for not acting like soulless unimaginative morons.
    The best than could be said for Lightfoot is that he is an automaton.
    Certainly the situation points to a stupidity in the park service that can only be damaging to society.

  4. Poor Dove. It really isn’t worth much. There was an Oriole who wouldn’t keep fighting with himself against the window. Stupid bird wouldn’t give up. The Oriole kept attacking his own reflection.

  5. The problem is that there is no way at this time to determine if the bird really hit the window or if was hit by some #8 shot. We have that problem around here occasionally, particularly during the bow hunt deer season. Game wardens checking find bullet holes in the carcass along with an arrow. People cheat.

    Now the game people may have over reacted a bit and maybe a few questions would have settled the matter but I bet the state has a law about reporting dead game animals and a procedure by which the guy could have legally claimed the dove. So the game people are in a bit of a bind but I don’t think it is as cut and dried as some people would like it to be.

  6. Frankly,

    “People cheat.”

    Sure they do, but for a dove? I can see dodging the wardens with larger game, but a single dove? That’s barely even a full meal for one. Honestly I think the guy deserves credit for frugality and making a teaching opportunity out of an act of God and the wardens need to find something better to do with their time. If I were their boss? I’d be pissed about something like this.

  7. Yes and maybe the bird was with a crooked eyesight and had intended to hit the neighbors house, and that Ryan Adams should have offered to share the meal with the neighbor, or even the potential hunter who maybe killed it !!
    I’m telling you the Laws are ridiculous.

  8. I think Frankly has the best reason for investigation. And if it was an “in your face wardens” attitude, you need to know Texans why the hammer came down.

  9. “I’m telling you the Laws are ridiculous.”

    This isn’t a bad law issue (although you could argue vagueness, I don’t think that argument would pass the technical criteria).

    This is a bad enforcement issue. Enforcement in instances like this is discretionary. The failure squarely lay with the enforcement. Speaking of which, according to the source material . . .

    “Update October 12, 2012 – Captain Scott Jurk, a Texas Parks and Wildlife game warden, says, ‘Texas Parks and Wildlife will not be pursuing any charges against Ryan Adams in this case.'”

  10. Michaelb 1, October 12, 2012 at 10:06 am

    And if it was an “in your face wardens” attitude, you need to know Texans why the hammer came down.
    ————————————-
    Shoot it with a rifle, then stick an arrow in it. That’s eastern Oregon. Stay in Texas. I never did that.

  11. Frankly: You must be a govt bureaucrat. That would explain a lot of the other nonsense spewing from your “pen” as well.

  12. Perhaps it might be helpful for the game department to read its own regulations first and arrive at what is known as the spirit of the law:

    Texas Uniform Wildlife Regulatory Act
    Sec. 61.060. DEFENSE TO PROSECUTION: HUMANE DISPATCH OF CERTAIN GAME ANIMALS AND BIRDS.

    It is a defense to prosecution for a violation of this chapter or of a regulation adopted or proclamation issued under the authority of this chapter by the commission that the actor dispatched a game animal or game bird that:(1) was mortally wounded, not through the actor’s conduct;

    Then we have the section of killing of wildlife off season:

    Sec. 62.010. EXCEEDING BAG LIMITS, HUNTING DURING CLOSED SEASON, ETC.; PENALTY.

    .(c) No person may kill, take, capture, wound, or shoot at any game bird or animal for which no open season is set out by this code.(d) No person may possess an illegally killed game bird or animal.

    I do not see any act by the accused where he “Illegally killed [a] game bird or animal” The bird’s death was caused by collision with a window. I don’t see any jursdiction of the state in the matter.

  13. “I find the interpretation of the law to be” bureaucratic nonsense. The DNR can have some gestapo in them. There was a Federal Game Warden in Wi. who would always be bringing cases of this nature to the US Attorney offices in Wisconsin. He was known as “Barney Fife” by AUSA’s.

  14. “Indeed, even some restaurants have been known to serve up roadkill as the mystery meat du jour. ”

    I recently got into a disagreement with a deer as to which of us should be in the Northbound Lane of I-25 in northern WY. When I called my wife to tell her, her first question was “Is any of the meat still useable?”

    Nothing wrong with eating roadkill.

    Bron,

    “Birds hit my windows all the time so it is not an unknown phenomena”

    There’s people that make and sell stickers to put on your windows to keep this from happening.

  15. You’ll notice an increase in birds hitting windows when the trees w/ berries start fermenting. Birds can’t handle their alcohol.

  16. Thanks onlooker! Sorry to disappoint you but I am an independent contractor making my living by helping large & small companies IT more secure. I have a very broad range of clients – including some state & federal agencies, Fortune 50 companies & a couple of mom-n-pops.

    I understand that reasonableness and an open mind are difficult for some people to deal with, I hope you get better soon

  17. Gyges,

    First we tried an owl silohuette, and the birds attacked it.
    Then we tried a hawk one, and the birds laughed at it.

    Then we put up a chinese paper moon used to celebrate eating crayfish in August. Haven’t seen a bird since.
    Except the drunk ones, or the ones chasing rivals in courting time.

  18. I think I’ll buy me a squab, kin to quail?, and grill it, video it aside a bottle of exclusive wine, and utube it under the name: “Ringdove???”

    Then we’ll see what happens here.

  19. Park and game ranger comes to his office.

    “What’ll I do today. Let check the net. First google “dove…..”,
    35 hits in my district alone. Wonder how much graft I can get today. Easily enough to buy thet venison side my neighbor is offering. I love this job, much better than chasing buffalo like my folks used to do.”

  20. JT: >An investigation is now in the field.<

    REALLY??? So. If the investigators decide that the house was at fauly for the death of said bird, will they charge the house with capitol murder and execute it and perhaps charge Mr. Adams as an accessory? Oh wait….it IS Texas.

  21. In Rockland County, New York, the parks and rec folks had imported a bunch of Canadian geese to pretty up the parks, but then regretted it when they were dirtying up the park benches. So they rounded them up and gassed them. GASSED THEM! It raised such a hullaballoo that the whole county was in an uproar and made them stop.

    Why didn’t they think of just hitting them geese with a house? :mrgreen:

  22. There’s the “spirit of the law,” and the “letter of the law.” There was an obvious lack of discretion employed by the Texas Lawman. Nothing new, however, lack of discretion by lawmen happen all the time…

  23. Darren was spot on to find the statute or rule pertaining to this case. If there is a court case the defendant and victim here ought to show up to court in Big Bird outfit and all his friends do likewise. Big Bird defendant should get up and read the statute and state that this is his affirmative defense. He did not kill the bird. The bird is the word. There is an old song from the fifties out there by that name.
    “The bird, bird, the bird is the word..
    Or dont you know , about the bird,
    Well everyone is talking about the Bird.”

    or sum such lingo.

  24. Ok, I Googled the Bird song and came up with the lyrics:

    A-well-a, everybody’s heard about the bird
    Bird, bird, bird, b-bird’s the word
    A-well-a, bird, bird, bird, the bird is the word
    A-well-a, bird, bird, bird, well, the bird is the word
    A-well-a, bird, bird, bird, b-bird’s the word
    A-well-a, bird, bird, bird, well, the bird is the word
    A-well-a, bird, bird, b-bird’s the word
    A-well-a, bird, bird, bird, b-bird’s the word
    A-well-a, bird, bird, bird, well, the bird is the word
    A-well-a, bird, bird, b-bird’s the word
    A-well-a, don’t you know about the bird
    Well, everybody knows that the bird is the word
    A-well-a, bird, bird, b-bird’s the word
    A-well-a

    A-well-a, everybody’s heard about the bird
    Bird, bird, bird, b-bird’s the word
    A-well-a, bird, bird, bird, b-bird’s the word
    A-well-a, bird, bird, bird, b-bird’s the word
    A-well-a, bird, bird, b-bird’s the word
    A-well-a, bird, bird, bird, b-bird’s the word
    A-well-a, bird, bird, bird, b-bird’s the word
    A-well-a, bird, bird, bird, b-bird’s the word
    A-well-a, bird, bird, bird, b-bird’s the word
    A-well-a, don’t you know about the bird
    Well, everybody’s talking about the bird
    A-well-a, bird, bird, b-bird’s the word
    A-well-a, bird

    Surfin’ bird
    Bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb, aaah

    Pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa
    Pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-ooma-mow-mow
    Papa-ooma-mow-mow

    Papa-ooma-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow
    Papa-ooma-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow
    Ooma-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow
    Papa-ooma-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow
    Papa-ooma-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow
    Oom-oom-oom-oom-ooma-mow-mow
    Papa-ooma-mow-mow, papa-oom-oom-oom
    Oom-ooma-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow
    Ooma-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow
    Papa-a-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow
    Papa-ooma-mow-mow, ooma-mow-mow
    Papa-ooma-mow-mow, ooma-mow-mow
    Papa-oom-oom-oom-oom-ooma-mow-mow
    Oom-oom-oom-oom-ooma-mow-mow
    Ooma-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow
    Papa-ooma-mow-mow, ooma-mow-mow
    Well, don’t you know about the bird
    Well, everybody knows that the bird is the word
    A-well-a, bird, bird, b-bird’s the word

    Papa-ooma-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow
    Papa-ooma-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow
    Papa-ooma-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow…

  25. A few years ago, my partner and I spent a week in Alaska, at Denali. One of the interesting things we learned was there is a list kept that people actually sign up and, when a moose becomes road -kill, the first name on the list gets a phone call and they have, I believe it was an hour, to get to the site, field dress the moose and take it home. If the first person doesn’t want to do that, his/her name gets crossed off and the selection goes to the next name, and so on, until someone comes and gets the moose. Talk about your road-kill!

  26. Pete9999:

    Coincidently, I have that very same stereo phonograph in my house. It’s a piece of furniture in itself. Gotta like the old days.

  27. The most dumbest law on the books. A kamakazi bird kills himself
    and you get arrested or issued a $300 plus citation for eating the damn bird.

    Go figure!

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