Enforcement

14 Subjects Cited for Turkey Hunting Violations During Opening Weekend

Release Date: 04/10/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement agents cited 14 people for alleged turkey hunting violations during the opening weekend of the 2018 turkey hunting season.  Turkey season opened on April 7 in all three turkey hunting areas.

On April 7 agents cited:

Jason Stilley, 43, of Independence, for hunting turkey over a baited area and failing to comply with turkey tagging regulations in Livingston Parish.

Nicholas McAlister, 29, of Kenner, for hunting turkey over bait and failing to comply with turkey tagging regulations in St. Helena Parish

Andrew Skinner, 20, of Woodville, Miss., for hunting turkey without a big game license, hunting turkey without a wild turkey license and failing to comply with turkey tagging regulations in West Feliciana Parish.

Brian J. Moreau, 42, of Blanchard, for hunting turkey over a baited area in Bossier Parish.

Bryan E. Bryant Jr., 22, of Columbia, for hunting turkey over a baited area in Caldwell Parish.

Stuart C. Baum, 27, of Calhoun, for hunting turkey over a baited area and without a wild turkey license in Caldwell Parish.

Lucas Kyle Stamper, 34, of Clarks, for hunting turkey without a wild turkey license and failing to comply with turkey tagging regulations in Caldwell Parish.

Axexander L. Heard, 19, of Ragley, for hunting turkey without a wild turkey license and failing to comply with turkey tagging regulations in Beauregard Parish.

On April 8 agents cited:

Jon Brumfield, 63, of Greenwell Springs, for hunting turkeys over a baited area in East Feliciana Parish.

Francis T. Elder, 48, of Washington, for hunting turkeys without a resident basic hunting license, big game license and wild turkey license in Catahoula Parish.

Jordan J. Gibson, 34, of Lafayette, for failing to comply with turkey tagging regulations in Rapides Parish.

Ricky J. Kennedy, 49, of Farmerville, for hunting turkey over a baited area in Union Parish.

Austin B. Kennedy, 18, of Farmerville, for hunting turkey over a baited area in Union Parish.

Matthew W. Nugent Jr., 19, of Dry Prong, for possession of an illegally taken turkey and criminal trespassing on state property in Winn Parish.

According to the 2018 Turkey Regulations, no person shall hunt or take turkeys by the aid of baiting or on or over a baited area.  Hunters are not allowed to place, expose, deposit or scatter corn, wheat or other grain, salt or other feed to lure turkeys to their hunting area.

Also, turkey hunters are required to possess Louisiana basic hunting and big game licenses, Louisiana wild turkey license and turkey tags.

Hunting turkeys over a baited area brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing to comply with turkey tagging regulations carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Not possessing a basic hunting license, big game license and wild turkey license each brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

St. Bernard Man Cited for Crabbing Violations

Release Date: 04/10/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a St. Bernard man for alleged commercial fishing violations on April 2.

Agents cited Willard F. Guillot III, 55, for possessing commercial fish without a vessel license, possessing immature female crabs, and possessing crabs during a closed season.

While on patrol in the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet in St Bernard Parish, agents observed Guillot running crab traps.  Agents made contact with Guillot and found him in possession of a three crates of crabs.

The commercial harvest of female blue crabs is prohibited during the months of March and April.  Commercial fishermen are allotted two percent incidental take of immature female/female crabs for the total number of crabs in his possession.

Agents determined that the three crates contained 38 percent, 54 percent and 12 percent of female and immature female crabs.  Agents seized 350 pounds of crabs and returned them to the water.

Taking commercial fish without a vessel license carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Taking immature female crabs and female crabs during the closure each carry a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Texas Woman Cited for Crabbing Violations

Release Date: 04/06/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife And Fisheries Enforcement Division cited a Texas woman for alleged crabbing violations on April 5.

LDWF agents cited Lieu Ha Le, of Bridge City, Texas, for taking female crabs during a closed season and violating interstate commerce regulations.

LDWF agents along with Texas Parks and Wildlife agents are working jointly to detect Texas commercial fishermen coming into Louisiana waters and catching female crabs and then selling them in Texas.

There is currently a closure on the taking of female crabs in Louisiana waters for the commercial fishermen during the months of March and April.  There is no closure for the take of female crabs in Texas waters.  Agents also learned that Le does not possess the required licenses for crabs in Texas because of past violations.

LDWF agents observed Le running crab traps in Louisiana waters and then notified TPW agents about Le trying to sell her catch at a seafood dock just off the Sabine River in Texas.

LDWF agents seized two crab crates containing 48 female crabs and returned the crabs to the water.

Violating interstate commerce regulations carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking female crabs during a closed brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Boyce Man Cited for Deer Hunting Violations

Release Date: 04/06/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents cited a Rapides Parish man on April 3 for alleged deer hunting violations.

Agents cited Jonathan Pace, 31, of Boyce, for taking deer during a closed season, taking deer during illegal hours, taking deer from a public road, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements, possession of an illegally taken deer and intentional concealment of wildlife.

Agents were contacted by a Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Deputy that stated he discovered a freshly killed deer at a resident in Boyce.  Upon arriving and examining the remains, agents determined the deer was recently killed with a firearm.

Agents located other items around the property that were consistent with a deer being killed and processed at the residence.  Agents spoke with Pace later that evening when he admitted to killing the deer off of Hwy. 28 on April 2 around 11:30 p.m.

During the investigation, Pace also admitted to killing two other antlerless deer during nighttime hours this year with one on Jan. 13 and the other on Jan. 15.  Neither of these deer were tagged or validated.

Agents seized an antlerless deer and a 12 gauge shotgun.

Taking deer during a closed season, during illegal hours and intentional concealment of wildlife each brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Possession of an illegally taken deer carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking deer from a public road and failing comply with deer tagging requirements each carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Pace may also face civil restitution totaling $4,873 for the replacement value of the three illegally taken deer.

Body of Missing Boater Recovered from the Mermentau River

Release Date: 03/23/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement agents, Acadia Parish Fire and Rescue personnel and Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies, Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies and Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies found the deceased body of a missing boater on the Mermentau River today, March 23.

The body of Bradford Ware, 35, of Crowley, was recovered around 11 a.m. this morning on the Mermentau River on the Acadia Parish and Jefferson Davis Parish border.

The search and rescue crews received notification of the missing boater around 4:30 p.m. on March 22.  According to the operator and the other four passengers in the 18 foot vessel, they were drifting in the river.

Once they drifted close to the point where the Mermentau River intersects with Hwy. 90, Ware leaned backwards and entered the water without a personal flotation device and never resurfaced.

Authorities were notified and arrived on scene around 5 p.m. and searched for Ware until 11 p.m. on March 22.  Authorities then started the search again at 7 a.m. this morning.

Ware’s body was found near where he was reported missing and has been turned over to the Acadia Parish Coroner’s Office.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this fatal boating incident.

Boating Education Lagniappe Day Slated for April 21

Release Date: 03/22/2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will be hosting the eighth annual "Boating Education Lagniappe Day" on April 21 at eight different locations across the state.

During Boating Education Lagniappe Day, LDWF will provide instructors for the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) boating education course, NASBLA boating education certification, food and drinks, giveaways and door prizes all free of charge to the public.

LDWF urges the public to register quickly as most places have limited spaces available and registration is on a first come first serve basis.  To register please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating/courses and follow the links to register for one of the eight April 21 classes listed below.

Anybody born after Jan. 1, 1984 must complete a NASBLA approved boating education course and carry proof of completion to operate a motorboat in excess of 10 horsepower.

The course includes information on choosing a boat, classification, hulls, motors, legal requirements and equipment requirements.  The course also covers many navigation rules and charts, trailering, sailboats, canoeing, personal watercraft and more.  Completion of the course will result in the student being issued a vessel operators certification card.

Below is the list of lagniappe class locations:

Webster Parish
LDWF Region 1 Office
9961 Hwy. 80
Minden, LA 71055
Sponsors include Red River Waterway Commission, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bayou Bodcau Office, Bass Pro Shop of Bossier City, and The Boat Shop in Shreveport.

Ouachita Parish
Academy Sports and Outdoors
111 Constitution Dr.
West Monroe, LA 71292
Sponsors include Academy Sports and Outdoors and Johnny’s Pizza House.

Avoyelles Parish
Cottonport Bank Camp
1055 Old River Road
Mansura, LA 71350
Sponsors include Cottonport Bank, Anderson Seamless Gutters and the Louisiana Wildlife Agent’s Association (LWAA)

Iberia Parish
LDWF New Iberia Field Office
2415 Darnall Rd.
New Iberia, LA 70560
Sponsors include Raising Cane’s and LWAA

Calcasieu Parish
LSU AgCenter
7101 Gulf Hwy.
Lake Charles, LA 70607
Sponsors include Beauregard Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited

Lafourche Parish
St. John Volunteer Fire Department
2429 Parish Rd.
Thibodaux, LA 70301
Sponsors include Renovations Hardware of Galliano and LWAA

Tangipahoa Parish
Manchac Fire Department
30221 Hwy. 51
Akers, LA 70421
Sponsors include LWAA and Manchac Fire Department

St. Tammany Parish
St. Tammany Parish Library Madisonville Branch
1123 Main Street
Madisonville, LA 70447
Sponsors include Raising Cane’s and the LWAA

Three Men Sentenced for Migratory Game Bird Violations

Release Date: 03/08/2018

Three men pleaded guilty to migratory game bird violations and were sentenced in the Eastern District Court in New Orleans on March 3.

Cody Cefalu, 27, of Metairie, Mitchell Messina, 24, of Metairie, and Christopher Littlejohn, 23, of Kenner, were each sentenced to pay a $1,500 fine for violations of the migratory game bird treaty act.

Cefalu, Messina and Littlejohn were also placed on one year of probation during which time they will not be allowed to hunt or enter any National Wildlife Refuge or State Wildlife Management Area anywhere in the United States.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited the three men for migratory game bird violations during the 2016-17 hunting season.

On an enforcement patrol in January of 2017, agents heard multiple shotgun blasts on Oak Island in New Orleans east.  Agents set up surveillance and observed the three subjects actively hunting migratory game birds.

After the hunt, agents identified themselves and made contact with the hunters and found the men in possession of 48 ducks, which is more than twice the daily limit.

Two Men Arrested For Oyster Theft in St. Bernard Parish

Release Date: 03/07/2018

Louisiana Department Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested two St. Bernard men for alleged oyster violations on March 5, 2018 in St. Bernard Parish.

Agents arrested Nicholas Russell, 21, and Dalton Kieff, 21, for unlawfully taking oysters from a private lease and failing to have written permission.

Agents were on patrol south of the MRGO channel when they observed Russell in a vessel actively dredging for oysters in an area not leased to him around 10:30 a.m.

Agents seized a half sack of oysters and returned them to the water.  Agents also seized one oyster dredge and placed a forfeiture order on Russell's vessel.

Agents also found that after talking to the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office that both men had active warrants for their arrests.  Agents then booked the men into the St. Bernard Parish Jail.

Unlawfully taking oysters off of a private lease and failing to have written permission both carry up to a $950 fine and 120 days in jail.

The men could also face having their oyster harvester licenses revoked by LDWF for up to one year.  The violators could also be sentenced to perform 40 hours of community service and only be allowed to harvest oysters from a vessel that is equipped with a vessel monitoring device for up to one year.

Four Men Sentenced for Migratory Game Bird Violations

Release Date: 03/07/2018

Four men pleaded guilty to migratory game bird violations and were sentenced in the Eastern District Court in New Orleans on March 3.

Ty Scott, 44, of Belle Chasse, Alan Yedor II, 50, of Port Sulphur, Alfred McDonald II, 42, of Bay Minette, Ala., and Kevin Simmons, 40, of Grand Bay, Ala., were each sentenced to pay a $2,752 fine for violations of the migratory game bird treaty act.

Scott, McDonald, and Simmons were also placed on three years of probation with Yedor receiving four years.  All probation periods contained provisions of no hunting, no migratory bird hunting, and no entering a National Wildlife Refuge anywhere in the United States.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service special agents cited the four men for migratory game birds violations during the 2016-17 hunting season.

Agents found that the men harvested over 90 ducks and were in excess of the daily limit after hunting in the Venice area.  The men also concealed their actions by creating harvest tags with false information in order to deceive law enforcement officers.

LDWF Enforcement Division Academy to Enroll Up to 24 Cadets for Training

Release Date: 03/06/2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) Law Enforcement Division will begin training up to 24 cadets in July of 2018 to bolster the ranks of agents in the field.

The cadets will train at the department’s training facility housed within the Waddill Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge.  Successful completion of approximately six months of intensive physical and academic training is required to graduate.

The opening dates that applications will be accepted for the “Wildlife Enforcement Cadet” position are from March 5 to 25.

Interested applicants can apply online through the Department of Civil Service website and must complete the LEAPS 9500 test to qualify for consideration. Please visit the civil service website at http://www.civilservice.louisiana.gov/ for “Wildlife Enforcement Cadet” position and LEAPS 9500 testing application information.

“We are looking for men and women that have a strong work ethic, enjoy the outdoors and have an interest in law enforcement,” said Col. Sammy Martin, head of the Law Enforcement Division.  “Getting the chance to work in the outdoors while upholding conservation laws as well as our other duties makes for a very rewarding experience and career field.”

At the academy, cadets train to enforce the state's recreational boating laws, the state and federal wildlife and fisheries laws, and general law enforcement work on the state's many wildlife management areas.  The academy also covers general law enforcement training required for all state law enforcement officers.

Agents are additionally trained for search and rescue and serve as the lead responders in search and rescue coordination under the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

This class of graduating agents will fill field office vacancies around the state.  Each cadet is assigned to a parish and must reside in that parish upon completion of the academy.

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