Game Warden Chris Fried had some time off Sunday so he decided to do a little hunting himself and took his bow to the Cooper Wildlife Management Area near Sulphur Springs in Delta County.
But, while sitting in his blind, Fried saw a light and heard what he believed to be an electronic game call.
“Thinking someone might be illegally hunting on the state property, the warden went into law enforcement mode and left his stand to investigate,” said Mike Cox, spokesman for the wardens.
That's when Fried, 31, was wounded with a high-power rifle.
Cox said a tip from a Delta County resident led wardens and other officers to the suspects -- two young men from Illinois, ages 18 and 21, who were in Texas for the holidays.
-- Bill Miller