Warden’s job more than hunting, fishing

Limestone County Game Warden Trent Marker shows some sets of antlers from deer that were illegally killed by local hunters. Also shown is a telephone device that was used to send an electrical current into a body of water, which stuns fish and brings them to the surface – another illegal hunting method. Marker found the device in Lake Limestone. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Trent Marker is the only game warden assigned to Limestone County, and that usually keeps him busy checking on all those who like to hunt and fish.

Being a game warden is not often thought of as a dangerous assignment, but he was injured Oct. 4 when he and a fellow game warden were involved in a car wreck while pursuing a man they had seen driving without lights on a country road. Marker’s supervisor at Texas Parks and Wildlife, Capt. Michael Hanson, reports that Marker is still in rehabilitation but is expected to be back at work in a few weeks.

Just before the accident, Marker spoke to the Rotary Club of Mexia about his job and where his duties take him.

“It just depends on what time of the year it is as to where I am or where there’s a lot of enforcement action,” he told the Rotarians. “On the lake, on the river, fishing and boating enforcement. Right now dove hunting is big, so I spend a lot of time around Coolidge and Mexia, where there’s a lot of dove hunters; Prairie Hill, down towards Ben Hur. When deer season starts, I’ll spend a lot of time in the Kosse area.”

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