Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Madison Parish man for alleged deer hunting violations on Dec. 25, 2014 in East Carroll Parish.
After observing David Bolton, age 41, of Tallulah, hunting at night in East Carrol Parish on Dec. 25, agents arrested him for possession of firearms by a convicted felon, hunting deer during illegal hours, and hunting from a public road and moving vehicle.
Bolton was arrested for similar hunting violations in December of 2013 and his hunting privileges were suspended for two years.
While in custody at the East Carrol Parish jail, Bolton admitted to agents that he took up to 15 deer since Nov. 18, 2014 in Madison Parish. At least six of the deer were sold locally. In addition to deer, Bolton was also found to have killed and sold migratory birds.
Bolton faces the following charges in Madison Parish: hunting without a license, felon in possession of a firearm, illegally taken deer, failing to comply with tagging requirements, selling deer, hunting deer during illegal hours, selling migratory birds and criminal trespassing. He was also cited for violating interstate commerce regulations for bringing an illegally taken deer across state lines.
As a result of the investigation and Bolton’s testimony, agents cited eight additional subjects for buying or selling deer meat. A total of 59 citations were issued with additional charges pending further investigation.
Possession of a firearm by a felon is a felony and carries a $1,000 to $5,000 fine and 10 to 20 years in jail. Hunting deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Selling deer brings a $500 to $750 fine and 15 to 30 days in jail. Selling migratory birds carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Hunting deer from a moving vehicle, using illegal methods brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail. Hunting from a public, failing to comply with tagging requirements road brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail. Criminal trespassing carries a $100 to $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail. Hunting without a license brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.
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