Billy Platt, Sr.
Topics: Wildlife, Game Laws, Hunting, Fishing, Big Thicket
Beginning in the early 1960s, Mr. Platt served
as a game warden for Texas Parks and Wildlife in east Texas.
Especially during his early years, game law enforcement was an
unpopular and dangerous effort, as stock laws, bag limits, hunting
seasons, and restrictions on hunting with dogs were still new to the
area. Mr. Platt worked on numerous cases, ranging from fishing
violations, such as gill nets, wire nets, trammels, hoop nets,
and shocking, to night-hunting, poaching rings, meat hunting,
trespass and other illegal practices. Following his service as
a warden, Mr. Platt worked as a pasture rider, overseeing hunting clubs within more than 500,000
acres of privately-owned east Texas timberlands.
March 1, 2008
Reels 2428, 2429, and 2430