The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division is asking the public for help about deer hunting and trespassing violations that occurred in Rapides Parish on Nov. 22.
A landowner alerted agents about a photo that his game camera took of two men with deer at 8:37 p.m. on Nov. 22 in the Kolin and Effie area of Rapides Parish. In the photo one man has a deer draped around his back to haul it out of the area and the other man lying on the ground to drape another deer to his back for transportation.
LDWF is offering up to a $1,000 reward for anybody that volunteers information that leads to an arrest and conviction in this case. Anyone with tips or leads can call LDWF’s Operation Game Thief’s (OGT) toll free hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or text LDWF OGT by texting LADWF and their tip to 847411. Tipsters can also download the LADWF Tips iPhone and Android apps from iTunes and Google Play stores free of charge.
Agents believe that the men were trespassing on private land without permission and may have committed other deer hunting violations such as hunting during illegal hours and with lights or night vision.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited five Louisiana residents for alleged hunting violations and Migratory Game Bird violations in Caddo and Bossier parishes.
Agents cited Daniel D. Owens, 44, of Vivian; Tristen N. Owens, 17, of Vivian; Ethan L. Mikesell, 19, of Shreveport; and Devynn E. England, 18, of Shreveport, for taking over limit of ducks and wanton waste on Nov. 15 in Caddo Parish. Tristen Owens was also cited for intentionally destroying, concealing or disposing of wildlife or fish evidence.
Agents observed the hunters shooting ducks and leaving the field without making an effort to retrieve several dead and crippled birds. Agents found a total of 14 ducks left in the field or concealed under their duck blind. Agents seized a total of 38 ducks, which are 14 over the legal limit for the four hunters.
On Nov. 14 agents cited Daniel M. Currie, 27, of Bossier City, for allegedly obtaining a hunting license by fraud and hunting without non-resident licenses in Bossier Parish.
LDWF agents conducted a joint investigation with Arkansas Game and Fish and discovered that Currie was in possession of both Louisiana resident and Arkansas resident hunting licenses. According to Currie he had killed one deer in Arkansas and three deer in Louisiana.
After a brief interview with Louisiana and Arkansas agents, Currie was cited for his violations in Louisiana and Arkansas.
Taking over the limit of ducks, intentional concealment of wildlife evidence and wanton waste each brings up to a $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Obtaining a license by fraud carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail. Hunting without non-resident licenses brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.
Agents involved in these cases are Lt. Roy Schufft, Sgt. Troy Parker, and Sgt. Frank Reger, and Arkansas wildlife officers Clay Raborn and Blake Broomfield.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Agents arrested a Jones man for deer hunting and narcotics violations on November 17 in Morehouse Parish.
Agents arrested Cody L. Pollock, 23, for possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of synthetic marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Agents also charged Pollock with taking over the daily limit of deer and two counts of failing to comply with deer tagging requirements.
Agents responded to Pollock's address to question him in reference to a complaint he had taken over the limit of deer. Pollock opened the door to his home and agents witnessed and smelled marijuana smoke.
Upon questioning, Pollock told agents he had a substantial amount of marijuana inside his travel trailer and two antlerless deer that he took that morning quartered. Agents recovered two quart sized bags of marijuana, 11 individually wrapped baggies for individual sale and the two quartered antlerless deer.
Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute brings five to 30 years in prison and up to $50,000 in fines. Possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia each carries up to a $500 fine and up to six months in jail for each offense. Possessing over the legal daily limit of deer brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 60 days in jail. Failing to tag a deer carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail. Pollock may also face civil restitution of $1,624 for the illegally taken deer.
Agents involved in the case are Sgts. James Hagan and Darren Bruce.
A New Orleans man pleaded guilty to the illegal selling of game fish violations on Nov. 18 in the New Orleans Municipal Court in Orleans Parish.
Judge Desiree Charbonnet sentenced Paul Haptonstall, 35, to 120 days of imprisonment suspended and fined him $3,730.80 for the illegal selling of game fish.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited Haptonstall on June 13, 2014 in New Orleans for illegal selling of game fish and undersized fish.
Agents started the investigation after receiving complaints about the subject selling red drum in the New Orleans area. Haptonstall sold a total of 11 black drum, three sheepshead, two spotted seatrout, two catfish and 138 red drum to Special Operation agents throughout the investigation.
Agents involved in the case were the LDWF Special Operations Section, Sgt. Kris Bourgeois and Agent Jeffrey Farmer.
A Monterey man was sentenced in 7th Judicial District Court in Concordia Parish on Nov. 14 for illegal night hunting.
Judge Kathy Johnson sentenced Duell S. Moreland, 24, to 60 months of hard labor with 40 months suspended, 30 days in jail and to a 15-year no hunting ban.
Agents from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) arrested Moreland on Jan. 31, 2014. The agents observed Moreland night hunting on foot on an All-Terrain Vehicle trail located on the Bayou Cocodrie National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). The agents were able to make contact with Moreland after a brief chase.
Moreland was found hunting after hours with a cross bow equipped with a night vision scope along with a .444 primitive rifle.
Moreland was booked into jail for hunting deer during illegal hours, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements, resisting an officer, hunting deer using illegal methods, using a firearm/archery equipped with illegal sights and not possessing a resident hunting license. The agents seized all the equipment.
USFWS Agent Mark Cupit and LDWF Sgt. Trey Mason participated in the case.
A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent cited two Louisiana men for alleged night hunting violations on Nov. 12 in Franklin Parish.
Agents cited Claude B. Roberts, 24, and Cody A. Barton, 27, both from Fort Necessity for taking a deer during illegal hours, hunting from a public road and hunting from a moving vehicle. Barton was also cited for discharging a firearm from a public road.
According to the men they were in a vehicle and shined a deer with a spotlight from a public road in Franklin Parish around 9 p.m. Barton then shot and killed a spiked deer from the vehicle.
After shooting the deer, the men saw a vehicle coming and attempted to flee the area and wrecked their truck in the process of leaving. The Franklin Parish Sheriff’s Office was contacted by a person near where they crashed their truck.
LDWF Senior Agent Johnny Wilson made contact with the men at the scene and cited the men.
Taking deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Hunting from a public road and discharging a firearm from a public road each carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail. Hunting from a moving vehicle brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail. Barton may also face civil restitution of $1,624 for the illegally taken deer.
Involved in the case are Senior Agent Johnny Wilson and Franklin Parish Deputy Brandon Box.
A Raceland man pleaded guilty to several hunting violations on Nov. 5 in the 17th Judicial District in Lafourche Parish.
Judge John E. Leblanc sentenced Eric Savoie, 37, to a total of $3,750 in fines, 120 days of imprisonment suspended, and has to forfeit a 7 mm rifle with scope, 12-gauge shotgun and .22 rifle in connection with the hunting violations. Savoie also faces up to $3,249 in civil restitution for two illegally taken deer.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited Savoie for deer hunting violations on Christmas day, Dec. 25, 2013 on Eagle Island.
Agents cited Eric Savoie, 37, for hunting or taking deer during illegal hours, failing to tag deer, over limit of deer, taking deer illegally during an open season, hunting deer without a big game license, and hunting with an unplugged shotgun. Savoie pleaded guilty to these charges.
On Dec. 24, LDWF agents received a complaint that Savoie had killed two does at night on Dec. 20.
When agents approached Savoie’s residence on Eagle Island on Dec. 25, agents observed Savoie seated at the rear of his residence with a loaded 7 mm rifle in hand and a loaded 12 gauge shotgun with buckshot, a loaded .22 rifle and using a utility street light to shine deer to shoot them at night.
Upon further investigation, agents learned that near the light Savoie placed several pounds of soybeans on the ground to attract deer at night.
After Savoie was disarmed by agents, Savoie was questioned. Savoie admitted to harvesting two antlerless deer during illegal hours on Dec. 20 and attempting to harvest more deer during illegal hours on the night of Dec. 25.
Agents involved in case are Lt. Joseph Arnaud and Senior Agents Jamie Folse and Ryan Breaux. District Attorney Camille A. Morvant II prosecuted the case.