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.
A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division Agent arrested two men for alleged recreational fishing violations in Plaquemines Parish on Nov. 9.
LDWF Sgt. Adam Young arrested Terry Felo Jr., 42, of Harvey, and Gary Felo, 39, of New Orleans, for taking and possessing undersized red drum, possessing over 10 red drum, and taking or possessing undersizde black drum. Terry Felo was also charged with the intentional concealment of illegal fish.
Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office (PPSO) deputies also charged the pair with criminal trespassing for entering into a parish owned pump station without permission. It was also discovered both men had warrants out for Jefferson Parish and Gretna.
Sgt. Young and Plaquemines Parish Deputies stopped the men and found them in possession of 63 red drum, placing them 53 over their daily limit. Out of the 63 red drum, 61 were under the minimum size limit of 16 inches. The men also possessed three black drum under the size limit of 16 inches. Additionally, when uniformed law enforcement arrived on scene Terry Felo tried to conceal the illegal fish from agents and deputies.
Taking undersized red drum carries up to a $350 fine and 60 days in jail. Possessing of over 10 red drum and intentional concealment of illegal fish each brings up to a $950 fine and 120 days in jail for each offense. The men also face a total civil restitution of $1,614.67 for the illegally possessed fish.
LDWF Enforcement Sgt. Adam Young and PPSO Deputies Chad Lafrance and Johnathan Camneter were involved in the case.
The next regular Environmental Education Commission Meeting will be November 12, 2014 in the Louisiana Room of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries Headquarters Building in Baton Rouge at 1 PM. Agenda follows.
Call to order
Minutes from last meeting
2015 Symposium Committee Reports
Environmental Literacy Plan
Art & Language Arts Contest updates
EPA Sub-Grant field experiences
LEEC Vote of Officers
Next Meeting Dates: February 27, 2015 (at Symposium in Baton Rouge), May 12, 2015, August 11, 2015