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Two Men Cited For Red Drum Violations in Plaquemines Parish

Release Date: 02/12/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents cited two men for alleged red drum violations in Port Sulphur on Feb. 11.

Agents cited Byron Turner, 35, of Port Sulphur, and Raishon Hingle, 18, of Labadieville, for possessing undersized red drum, possessing over 10 red drum, angling without a basic fishing license and angling without a saltwater license.

Agents received a complaint about two men trespassing on Plaquemines Parish property at a pump station located on West Paula Drive in Port Sulphur.  Upon responding to the complaint, agents found the vehicle that matched the description given in a parking lot in Port Sulphur.

Agents found Turner and Hingle in the vehicle possessing undersized red drum.  Turner and Hingle then took agents to a residence where the rest of the fish were being kept.

Agents found 23 more red drum at the residence bringing the total to 33 red drum of which ten were under the legal size limit of 16 inches.  Each man was only allowed five drum per day putting them 23 red drum over the minimum limit.  The penalty for over the limit of red drum is stricter for anyone possessing 10 or more red drum.  Both men were also unable to produce valid basic and saltwater fishing licenses.

Possessing over 10 red drum carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking undersized red drum brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Angling without a basic or saltwater license each carries a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.  The men will also be assessed civil restitution in the amount of $608.81 for the illegally taken fish.

Agents participating in the case are Sgts. Adam Young and Villere Reggio, Senior Agent Travis Bartlett and Agent Blaine Wagner.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

West Monroe Man Cited for Deer Tagging Violations

Release Date: 02/10/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents cited a West Monroe man on Feb. 5 for alleged deer hunting violations in Lincoln Parish.

Agents cited Kenneth Cook, 67, for deer tagging violations on one antlered deer and one antlerless deer.

LDWF agents were alerted by an anonymous complaint about Cook taking an antlered deer and using someone else’s tag on Dec 10, 2015.  Agents met up with Cook on Feb. 5 when Cook admitted to using his wife’s tag on the antlered deer.

After further investigation, agents also learned that Cook harvested an antlerless deer on Oct 1, 2015 and failed to validate the deer in the required seven day period.

Failing to comply with deer tagging requirements carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each offense.

Agents participating in the case are Senior Agent Josh Harris, Sgt. Patrick Staggs and Lt. Thomas Risser.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

LEEC Special E-News Bulletin: Ocean Exploration Short Course

The 2016 Environmental Education State Symposium, to be held February 19-20 at the Baton Rouge Marriott, kicks off in just two short weeks. Registration for the conference is just $50 and includes Saturday concurrent sessions and meals. Friday short courses are just $10 and also include lunch. Register at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/webform/2016-louisiana-environmental-education-state-symposium.
 
Registrants will have the opportunity to attend the Ocean Exporation short course, among others, offered Friday, February 19. Presented by environmental educator Murt Conover of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON),  the Ocean Exploration short course will offer attendees many lessons and activities full of information about the field of oceanography and how ocean exploration is conducted. Attendees will also get hands-on experince building a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and testing it underwater! Participants will keep their ROV frames.
 
Other activities and topics will include ocean floor mapping, research cruise simulation, bioluminescence, ocean climate change, deep sea ecosystems, and much more.
 
See more at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/louisiana-environmental-education-symposium.

Deer Tagging Investigation Leads to Charges in Pointe Coupee Parish

Release Date: 02/03/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents cited two Lettsworth men on Feb. 1 for alleged deer hunting and tagging violations in Pointe Coupee Parish.

Agents cited Marshall J. Adams, 46, for deer tagging violations on three antlered deer.  Agents also cited Marshall J. Adams Jr., 23, was cited for taking deer with an illegal weapon, deer tagging violations and possession of illegally taken deer.

LDWF agents were responding to a complaint about a deer tagging against Marshall Adams.  Upon arriving at Adams’ residence on Feb. 1, agents found a freshly killed untagged deer.  Agents learned the deer was shot that day by Adams Jr. with a .17 caliber rifle.  It is illegal to hunt deer with anything smaller than a .22 caliber center fired firearm.

After further investigation into the original complaint agents learned that Adams harvested three bucks during this hunting season and failed to comply with any deer tagging requirements.

Failing to comply with deer tagging requirements carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each offense.  Hunting deer with an illegal weapon brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Possession of an illegally taken deer carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

Both Adams and Adams Jr. may also each face a civil restitution penalty in the amount of $1624.61 for the illegally taken deer.  Agents seized the .17 caliber rifle.

Agents participating in the case are Senior Agent Channing Duvall and Agent Tyler Smith.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Port Allen Man Cited for Deer Tagging Violations

Release Date: 02/02/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents cited a cited a Port Allen man on Jan. 26  for alleged deer hunting violations in Winn and East Baton Rouge parishes.

Agents cited Sammy L. Monson Jr., 25, for deer tagging violations on three antlered deer.

LDWF agents were alerted by an anonymous complaint about Monson taking deer throughout the season and not properly tagging them.  Agents met up with Monson at his residence on Jan. 26 and found him in possession of deer meat from a 12 point buck that he took on Jan. 17 in East Baton Rouge Parish that wasn’t properly tagged.

After further investigation, agents learned that Monson harvested a spike buck in East Baton Rouge Parish and an eight point buck in Winn Parish in November of 2015.  Monson Jr. failed to comply with deer tagging requirements for both deer.

Failing to comply with deer tagging requirements carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each offense.  Monson may also face civil restitution for the 12 point deer totaling $2033.29.

Agents participating in the case are Senior Agent Allan Marbury and Senior Agent David Boudreaux.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. Issues $16,800 in Rewards in 2015

Release Date: 02/01/2016

Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. (LOGT), a Louisiana wildlife crime-stoppers program, awarded $16,800 to diligent citizens statewide in 2015.

The LOGT board reviewed a total of 43 cases in 2015.  A total of 72 subjects were apprehended and a total of 385 offenses were written in regards to the reviewed cases.  The LOGT has paid out a total of $375,700 since inception in 1984.

The cases reviewed and awarded money to the public for their assistance consisted of 27 deer cases,  three migratory game bird cases, seven turkey cases, three commercial fish cases and an alligator case.

Anyone wishing to report wildlife or fisheries violations should anonymously call LDWF’s 24-hour toll free Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or utilize LDWF's new tip411 program.  To use the tip411 program, tipsters can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone and Android apps from the iTunes or Google Play store free of charge.  Texting or downloading the app enables the public to send anonymous tips to LDWF and lets LDWF respond back, creating a two-way anonymous “chat”.

Users of the app or texters can also send in photos to help support their claim and be used as evidence.  CitizenObserver, the tip411 provider, uses technology that removes all identifying information before LDWF receives the text so that LDWF cannot identify the sender.

LOGT was instituted in 1984 and provides cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of violators of fish and wildlife regulations.  Funds are raised through private donations, court directed contributions and through contributions from cooperative endeavor agreements with organizations such as the National Wild Turkey Federation and Quality Deer Management Association.

To make a donation to the LOGT that can be used for cash rewards, please contact Lt. Will Roberts at wroberts@wlf.la.gov.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2465.

LEEC Special E-News Bulletin: LEEC Accepting Grant Proposals for 2016-2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries' Environmental Education Commission (LEEC) is now accepting proposals for their 2016-2017 Grants Program. The submission deadline for each of these grants is March 15, 2016. Applications will be accepted via electronic submission only.
 

Educator Grants - Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus, and be designed to directly impact Louisiana students - Those eligible: Accredited K-12 Louisiana schools - Maximum award: $1,000 for 1 teacher or $2,000 for a team

http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2016-2017-LEEC-Educator-Grant-Guidelines

http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2016-2017-LEEC-Educator-Grant-Application

 

Professional Development Grants - Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus, and be designed to directly impact pre-service and/or in-service educators in Louisiana - Those eligible: Louisiana education, state, or environmental agencies, colleges, universities, or 501(C)(3) nonprofit organizations - Maximum award: $2,500

http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2016-2017-LEEC-Professional-Development-Grant-Guidelines

http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2016-2017-LEEC-Professional-Development-Grant-Application

 

University Research Grants - Post-graduate research with a focus on environmental issues - Those eligible: Students attending Louisiana colleges or universities and who are working toward a Masters, Ph.D., or conducting Ph.D. research are eligible to apply on behalf of their school - Maximum award: $1,200

http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2016-2017-LEEC-University-Research-Grant-Guidelines

http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2016-2017-LEEC-University-Research-Grant-Application

 

Green Schools Grants - Supports projects designed to reduce a school’s environmental impact, reduce health disparities that can aggravate achievement gaps, and engage students in hands-on learning. Proposals to be considered are those that align with pillars found in the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools Program: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/green-schools-pillars-and-elements - Those eligible: Accredited K-12 Louisiana schools - Maximum award: $5,000

http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2016-2017-LEEC-Green-Schools-Grant-Guidelines

http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2016-2017-LEEC-Green-Schools-Grant-Application

 

For more information on these grants or the 2016 Environmental Education State Symposium, visit our web-site at:http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec.

Or contact: Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries vortego@wlf.la.gov

 

Shooter of LDWF Agent Sentenced to Life in Prison

Release Date: 01/27/2016

A Monroe man convicted of two counts of attempted first degree murder on Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents was sentenced to life in prison today, Jan. 27 in Ouachita Parish.

Luke Jarrod Hust, 29, was sentenced by 4th District Court Judge Scott Leehy to three life sentences in prison without the benefit of parole for two counts of attempted first degree murder and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Hust was found guilty on Dec. 3 by a jury of his peers for shooting LDWF Sgt. Scott Bullitt and shooting at another LDWF agent.

“We are thankful this case is resolved to give Sgt. Bullitt and his family some closure and that the shooter will spend the rest of his life behind bars where he belongs,” said Col. Joey Broussard, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division.  “We also want to thank the prosecutors and judge for securing the stiffest penalties possible so that Hust won’t have the chance to commit another violent crime.”

Around 6:40 p.m. on May 21 LDWF Sgt. Scott Bullitt along with another agent stopped a vehicle at the end of Buckley Hill Road near the Wham Brake Boat Launch on the Russell Sage WMA.  During the stop, Hust shot Sgt. Bullitt and at another agent before fleeing the scene into the woods.

Sgt. Bullitt was rushed to a Monroe hospital and stabilized.  Hust was captured around 11 p.m. that night.

Sgt. Bullitt was then taken to Shreveport where he successfully underwent surgery to remove the bullet and bone fragments on May 26.  Sgt. Bullitt is still rehabbing from his injuries and not yet returned to regular duty as a LDWF agent.

Sgt. Bullitt has been an LDWF agent for over five years.

District Attorney Jerry Jones was the lead prosecutor for the state.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

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