Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Newellton man for alleged deer hunting violations on Jan. 16.
Agents cited Michael F. Powell, 54, for taking over the season limit of antlered deer, taking over the daily limit of antlered deer, taking over the total limit of deer in a season and failing to abide by deer tagging regulations.
Agents investigating a tip from the public learned that Powell had harvested 11 total deer with nine of them being antlered deer from October to Jan. 16 this hunting season in Caldwell and Tensas parishes.
Agents made contact with Powell at his residence in Tensas Parish on Jan. 16 and found Powell in possession of a freshly killed antlered deer without a tag. After a short investigation, agents found Powell in possession of eight more sets of deer antlers that he admitted to harvesting this season.
That brought his total of antlered deer harvested this season to nine. Powell also admitted to killing two antlerless deer without tagging them earlier in the season.
Agents also found the antlers to an 11 point buck and eight point buck in the collection of antlers that Powell admitted to killing on the same day.
Agents seized the deer antlers and the rifle Powell said he used to harvest all the deer.
Deer hunters are allowed a total of six deer during the season, but hunters can’t exceed three antlered or four antlerless deer. During either sex days hunters are allowed to take one antlered and one antlerless deer per day.
Taking over the season limit of antlered deer, daily limit of antlered deer and total limit of deer in a season each brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail for each offense. Failing to comply with deer tagging regulations carries a $100 to $500 fine and up to 90s days in jail.
Powell may also face civil restitution totaling up to $18,860 for the illegally taken deer.
Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Lee Tarver, Sgt. Joe Chandler, Sgt. Bear Fletcher, Sgt. Justin Goudey, and Senior Agent Joey Tarver.
For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or firstname.lastname@example.org.