Enforcement

LDWF Agent Cites Two Alabama Men in Plaquemines Parish

Release Date: 01/19/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested one Alabama man and cited another for alleged wildlife and criminal violations in Plaquemines Parish on Jan. 3.

Agents arrested Walter Holloway, 57, for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, resisting an officer and hunting without a non-resident hunting license.  Agents also cited James Bailey, 40, possessing over the daily limit of rabbits.

On Jan. 3 an LDWF agent observed a group of hunters off of Hwy. 23 near Point a la Hache.  The agent approached the subjects in order to conduct a license, equipment and limit check.

When the agent approached the subjects, one man fled the scene.  The agent made contact with three additional men including Bailey who was found in possession of 18 rabbits.  The daily possession limit for rabbits is eight.  The agent seized the 18 rabbits.

The agent then searched the surrounding area and located Holloway who had fled from the agent earlier.  During questioning, Holloway admitted to using a shotgun to hunt with the group and fleeing the scene.  Holloway also admitted to being a convicted felon, which would prohibit him from possessing a firearm.

The agent placed Holloway under arrest and booked him into the Plaquemines Parish Prison.

Possessing over the daily limit of rabbits brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Bailey may also face civil restitution totaling $317 for the rabbits over the daily limit.

Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon brings a $1,000 to $5,000 fine and five to 20 years in jail.  Resisting an officer carries up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.  Hunting without a non-resident hunting license brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Agents Cite Two Subjects for Violating Calcasieu Lake Oyster Regulations

Release Date: 01/12/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two subjects for alleged oyster violations in Cameron Parish on Jan. 11.

Agents cited Ira J. Rodrigue Jr., 31, and Lerlene D. Rodrigue, 52, both of Cameron, for violating Calcasieu Lake oyster regulations.

Agents received complaints of subjects using a dredge in a tonging only area near West Cove on Calcasieu Lake.  Agents setup surveillance in the area and observed Ira and Lerlene actively dredging for oysters in West Cove.

Agents made contact with the subjects and found them in possession of three sacks of oysters that they admitted were caught with the illegal dredge.

Agents seized the dredge and returned three sacks of oysters to the water.

Violating Calcasieu Lake oyster regulations brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail plus court costs and forfeiture of anything seized.  The offenders may also be forced to forfeit any permit to harvest oysters on Calcasieu Lake and shall be barred from obtaining a permit for the remainder of the period for which it was issued plus one year, during which time the offender shall be barred from participating in any oyster harvesting activity on Calcasieu Lake.

Agents Arrest Lettsworth Man for Killing a Louisiana Black Bear

Release Date: 01/10/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested a Lettsworth man on Jan. 8 for allegedly killing a Louisiana Black Bear.

Agents arrested Ronald J. Kimble, 28, for taking a Louisiana Black Bear during a closed season and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

On Nov. 29, 2017, Agents began investigating a dead black bear that was found shot to death on the Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Concordia Parish.  The necropsy revealed that the four and a half year-old female bear was shot twice with a rifle within a few days of being found.

Agents began patrolling the area the bear was found more frequently and found Kimble hunting in the area on Dec. 29 and again on Jan. 4.  Agents approached Kimble and during questioning he admitted to killing the bear with a .270 rifle on Nov. 26, 2017.

Agents also found that Kimble was a convicted felon and not allowed to possess a firearm.

Agents seized the .270 rifle and booked Kimble into the Concordia Parish Jail.

The state charge for illegally killing a Louisiana Black Bear brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Possessing a firearm by a convicted felon brings a $1,000 to $5,000 fine and 10 to 20 years in jail.

Kimble may also face up to $10,000 in civil restitution for the replacement value of the illegally taken black bear.

Security Guards Cited for Night Hunting Violations in Terrebonne Parish

Release Date: 01/09/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited three people for alleged night hunting violations in Terrebonne Parish on Jan. 6.

Agents cited Terry Hebert, 51, Clarence Thibodaux, 47, and Lacy Thibodaux, 29, all of Thibodaux, for hunting deer during illegal hours and for hunting from a moving vehicle.  Terry Hebert was also cited for illegal spotlighting from a public roadway.  Clarence Thibodaux was also cited for hunting across a public roadway.

Agents learned about security guards at the Modern American Recycling Services (MARS), located in Gibson, placing bait under street lights to attract deer and hunting them at night.  Agents learned the security guards would either set up on the bait after dark or patrol by vehicle slowly with lights off looking for deer.

Agents set up surveillance in various strategic locations around the baited area and were able to observe night hunting activities take place several nights. Just prior to midnight on Jan. 6, agents made contact with the three subjects when they were actively engaged in night hunting activities.

Agents seized two rifles with scopes.

Hunting deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting from a moving vehicle and hunting across a public roadway each carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail for each offense. The fine for spotlighting from a public road is set by each judicial district accordingly.

Leesville Man Arrested for Night Hunting

Release Date: 01/09/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested a Leesville man for alleged deer hunting violations on Dec. 21, 2017.

Agents arrested Heriberto Garcia, Jr., 49, for taking deer during illegal hours with artificial light, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements and failing to comply with harvest report requirements.

Agents received a complaint on Dec. 20 about Garcia Jr. possibly hunting at night.  According to the complaint, Garcia would frequently park his truck at his hunting lease gate near Simpson and walk to his deer stand where he would stay several hours after dark.

Agents set up surveillance around 8 p.m. on Dec. 20 and observed that Garcia did not return to his vehicle until nearly 7 a.m. the following morning.  Agents made contact with Garcia and after questioning he admitted to shooting a buck sometime around midnight.  After shooting the deer, he stayed in his stand until daylight to give the impression that he legally harvested the deer in the morning.

He also admitted to shooting a doe during legal shooting hours on Dec. 9 and records show he failed to tag or validate this deer.

Agents then reviewed Garcia’s game camera, which had a video of Garcia shooting at another deer with his crossbow on Dec. 16 at 4:09 a.m.

Agents seized Garcia’s crossbow, bolts and eight point buck.  Garcia was booked into the Vernon Parish Jail.

Taking deer during illegal Hours with artificial light brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging and harvest report requirements each carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Garcia may also face civil restitution totaling $2,033 for the replacement value of the illegally taken buck.

Agents Cite Jamestown Man for Deer Tagging and Possession Limit Violations

Release Date: 01/07/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Jamestown man for alleged deer hunting violations on Dec. 29, 2017 in Bienville Parish.

Agents cited Kevin L. Woodall, 45, for taking over the daily bag limit of antlerless deer and failing to comply with deer tagging requirements.

Agents received a complaint about Woodall harvesting two antlerless deer on the same day.  Agents met up with Woodall for questioning where he confessed to harvesting two antlerless deer during the same day.

He also said he harvested a total of five deer this deer season without validating the harvest or filling out the harvest card.  Agent further revealed that Woodall used an antlered tag on an antlerless deer he harvested.

Hunters are allowed to harvest one antlered and one antlerless deer per day for this area of the state.

Taking over the daily bag limit of deer brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging requirements carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Woodall may also face civil restitution totaling $1,624 for the replacement value of the illegally taken antlerless deer that put him over the daily bag limit.

Seven Subjects Cited for Migratory Game Bird Violations

Release Date: 01/05/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited seven subjects for alleged migratory game bird violations in Vermilion Parish.

Agents cited Brian Debarge, 53, of Cameron, Brandon Debarge, 26, of Cameron, Jody Trahan, 37, of Cameron, Allen Romero, 51, of Gueydan, and Timothy Nelton, 55, of Houma, for hunting migratory game birds from a vehicle and from a public road on Dec. 21.  Agents also cited Jeremy Debarge, 32, of Cameron, Lakelyn Rougeau, 21, of Bell City, for the same violations on Dec. 25.

Agents also cited Brian Debarge, Brandon Debarge, Jeremy Debarge, Trahan, Romero and Nelton for possessing over the limit of geese.  Trahan was additionally cited for hunting without a basic hunting license, hunting migratory game birds without the state duck license and the federal duck stamp, and hunting with an unplugged gun.  Nelton was also cited for hunting with an unplugged gun.

Agents received a complaint about subjects shooting geese out of a moving vehicle from a public road on Dec. 21 in Gueydan.  Agents arrived on the scene and observed a vehicle matching the description and the subjects actively hunting for geese.

During questioning the subjects admitted to hunting from a public road for geese.  Agents seized 198 light geese and donated them to a local charity.  Licensed hunters are allowed 20 light geese per day.

Hunting migratory game birds from a vehicle, hunting migratory game birds from a public road, possessing over the limit of geese, and hunting with an unplugged gun each carry a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting for migratory game birds without a basic hunting license, state duck license and federal duck stamp each bring up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

The subjects may also face civil restitution totaling up to $10,212 for the replacement value of the illegally taken migratory game birds.

Two Men Cited for WMA Violations

Release Date: 01/04/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two men for alleged Wildlife Management Area (WMA) violations on Dec. 22

Agents cited Adam J. Cochran, 23, of Jarreau, and Patrick J. Chustz, 18, of Lakeland, for violating WMA regulations for failing to check in to the Grassy Lake WMA and for driving a truck on an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) trail.  Cochran was also cited for criminal damage to state property and violating WMA regulations for rutting a ditch along the road.

Agents received information on Dec. 18 that the High Line Road ATV trail gate lock was cut and the ditches along the trail were rutted up by a truck.  Agents investigated the scene and were able to obtain evidence identifying both of the men involved.

Agents then met with Cochran and Chustz to question them about the damage on Dec. 22.  Cochran admitted to cutting the lock with an ax and stated that he was driving the truck with Chustz as his passenger.

Violating WMA regulations bring a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each offense.  Criminal damage to state property carries up to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail.  Cochran could also face civil restitution up to $200.

Agents Arrest Gonzales Man for Night Hunting and Possession of Stolen Firearm

Release Date: 12/28/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested a Gonzales man for alleged hunting violations on Dec. 26 in Avoyelles and St. Landry Parishes.

Agents arrested Logan M. Collins, 27, for taking deer during illegal hours, hunting from a public highway, hunting from a moving vehicle, and possessing a stolen 12-gauge shotgun.  Collins was also issued citations from Louisiana State Police for several traffic and vehicle violations.

LDWF agents were called by Louisiana State Police to assist with a traffic stop on Interstate 49 in St. Landry Parish around 1 a.m.  When agents arrived on the scene they found two freshly killed deer in the bed of Collins’ vehicle.

During questioning Collins confessed to killing the deer off of I-49 at night on the Acadiana Conservation Corridor Wildlife Management Area in Avoyelles Parish.  After searching the vehicle, agents found Collins in possession of two pistols, two shotguns and three rifles.   Agents then learned that one of the shotguns was reported stolen from the Lake Charles area in April of 2017.

Agents booked Collins into the St. Landry Parish Jail and then transported and booked him into the Avoyelles Parish Jail.

Agents seized the seven firearms and the two deer.

Taking deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting from a moving vehicle carries a $250 to $500 and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting from a public road brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Possession of a stolen firearm carries one to five years in jail.

Collins may also be charged with civil restitution for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer totaling $3,249.

Port Barre Men Cited For Deer Hunting Violations

Release Date: 12/28/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two Port Barre men for alleged deer hunting violations on Dec. 25.

Agents cited Brandon Bergeron, 27, and Joseph Bergeron, 42, for failing to comply with deer tagging requirements.  Brandon was also cited for possession of an illegally taken deer and hunting without a primitive firearms license.

Agents received information about a nine point buck that was harvested by Brandon on Dec. 15 on the Thistlethwaite Wildlife Management Area (WMA) during primitive firearms season.  Agents then learned that Brandon didn’t possesses a primitive firearms license at the time the nine point buck was harvested.

During questioning Brandon admitted that he had Joseph tag the deer for him.  Agents seized the deer meat and antlers.

Possession of an illegally taken deer brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging requirements brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Hunting without a primitive firearms license carries up to a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

The men may also face civil restitution for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer totaling $2,033.

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