Enforcement

Agents Cite Three Men for Hunting Violations in Bienville Parish

Release Date: 02/08/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited three Ringgold men for alleged hunting violations on Jan. 26 in Bienville Parish.

LDWF agents Sgt. Mike Kelley, Senior Agent Cullom Schexnyder and Senior Agent Jared McIver were patrolling for night hunters within Bienville Parish.  At 9 p.m. the agents observed Nicholas Eugene Dunn, 23, Douglas Victor Mains, 18, and Tyler Kane Hodges, 18, spot lighting a clear-cut section of woods off Pine Bluff road.

Agents made contact with the three subjects and found a loaded .22 caliber rifle and a spot light inside the vehicle.  Agents also found a suspected marijuana cigarette in a cigarette box near the vehicle that was allegedly thrown by Dunn.

Agents cited all three men for hunting from a moving vehicle and hunting during illegal hours.  Agents also charged and arrested Dunn for possession of marijuana and intentional littering.  He was booked into the Bienville Parish Jail.

For hunting from a moving vehicle and during illegal hours, all three men face a fine between $250 and $500 and up to 90 days in jail for each offense.  Dunn also faces a $250 to $5,000 fine and up to five years in jail for the possession of marijuana charge and a $250 fine and eight hours of community service for the intentional littering citation.

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

L.D.W.F. Agents Arrest Convicted Felon On Numerous Charges

Release Date: 02/02/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents with the Special Investigations Unit arrested a convicted felon for allegedly resisting arrest and numerous deer hunting violations on Jan. 27 in Iberville Parish.

Agents charged Kirkpatrick Juray Tasker, 28, of St. Gabriel, with flight from an officer, resisting arrest, felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, hunting deer during illegal hours, with an artificial light, from a moving a vehicle and from a public road and driving without a driver's license.

Later in the day, the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office (IBSO) charged Tasker with possession of a stolen firearm and felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after IBSO deputies raided his home with an existing search warrant. The IBSO also arrested four of Tasker's roommates on drug and stolen firearm charges. Tasker is also scheduled for court today, Feb. 2, 2011, for second-degree murder charges in Iberville Parish.

LDWF Senior Agent Robert Turner, Senior Agent Edward Ridgel and Lt. Jay Diez were working a night hunting complaint along La. Hwy. 75 in St. Gabriel when thy heard a gun shot coming from a white Ford Taurus around 1:30 a.m. Agents tried to stop the vehicle, but were led on a seven-mile high-speed pursuit that ended at Tasker's residence. Once at Tasker's residence, agents were able to subdue and arrest Tasker. Tasker was booked into the Iberville Parish Jail.

Agents found a spotlight and a 20-gauge shotgun in the car. Agents were also able to retrieve a freshly taken deer on top of the river levee close to the road where agents tried to stop Tasker's vehicle.

Agents have previously cited Tasker with failing to wear hunter's orange, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements and gross littering.

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

L.D.W.F. Agents Recover Two Stolen Vessels

Release Date: 02/01/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested three Dequincy men for allegedly possessing stolen vessels on Jan. 26, 2011 in Bayou D'Inde near Sulphur.

Agents arrested Heith Logan Babineaux, 22, Wacey Paul Goodfriend, 19, and Stann Michael Leblue, 19, for unauthorized use of a moveable. The case has been turned over to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office for further investigation.

While investigating a report of a vessel floating freely, LDWF agents noticed another vessel with three occupants in the same general vicinity. The subjects in the vessel were tightening the engine bracket as LDWF agents approached them. Having received a memo a few days earlier, agents recognized the vessel as having been reported stolen the previous week from a residence in Lake Charles.

Agents confirmed the vessel was stolen and detained the three subjects for further questioning. Agents also confirmed that the free-floating vessel was stolen and had been stripped of the motor, which was being used on the previously mentioned stolen vessel. Agents seized the stolen property and returned it to the rightful owners.

The penalty for unauthorized use of a moveable is imprisonment with or without hard labor for up to three years, or up to a $5,000 fine or both.

Participating in the case were Sr. Agents Sean Moreau and Beau Robertson, Sgt. David Sanford and Lt. Remy Broussard.

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

Surveillance leads to Night Hunting Citations

Release Date: 01/21/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division cited two Louisiana men on Jan. 12 for alleged night hunting violations in Ascension Parish.

After two nights of surveillance, agents issued citations to Grant Duplessis, 25, of St. Amant, and Mark Duplessis, 56, of Gonzales for hunting deer during illegal hours and failing to wear hunter orange. Grant Duplessis was also cited for not having a basic hunting or big game license and violating the deer tagging regulations.

Hunting deer during illegal hours carries a $900 to $950 fine, or up to 120 days in jail, or both plus court cost. The penalties for failing to wear hunter orange and not having a basic or big game hunting license each brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail. Violating deer tag regulations brings a $100 to $350 fine, or up to 60 days in jail or both.

Agents involved in the case were Senior Agent Hal Bridges, Senior Agent Randy Lanoux and Sgt. Todd Lewis.

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

L.D.W.F. Agents Cite Three Men For Fishing Violations And Littering

Release Date: 01/20/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited three subjects in East Carroll Parish for several alleged fishing violations on Jan. 15 near the Goodrich Landing on the Mississippi River in East Carroll Parish.

During the morning hours, agents witnessed Steven Miles, 46, Michael Miles, 18, and Jimmy Ray Brown, 47, fishing 200 yards of illegal mesh sized netting taking a total of 58 fish including 25 game fish from the net. Of the 58 fish, 21 were crappie, 4 black bass, 14 gar, 12 catfish and seven buffalo.

During the ensuing investigation, agents also revealed the three men had allegedly been selling game fish recently to residents in the Lake Providence area.

Agents charged all three men with taking game fish illegally, using illegal mesh nets, taking commercial fish without a commercial license or commercial gear license and selling game fish. Each man was additionally charged with intentional littering for discarding some 21 articles of trash onto the landing and surrounding public park area during their fishing trip.

Taking game fish illegally and using illegal mesh nets each carry fines up to $750, or 120 days in jail or both. Taking commercial fish without a commercial license or gear license each bring fines up to $500, or up to 90 days in jail or both. Selling game fish carries up to a $500 fine and 30 days in jail or both. Littering violators may be fined between $250 and $1,250 and sentenced to serve eight hours of community service. Court costs may also be assessed.

Agents seized the illegal mesh net and donated the 58 fish to a local charity.

Agents involved in the case were Lt. Scott Mathews, Sgt. Wayne Parker, Sgt. James Hagan and Agent Ray Ellerbe.

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

Three West Monroe Residents Cited For Deer Hunting Violations

Release Date: 01/19/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited three West Monroe residents on Jan. 17 for alleged deer hunting violations in Ouachita Parish.

Michael B. Larue, 20, John M. Copeland, 19, and Shelby C. Lazenby, 18, all from West Monroe, were cited after the vehicle being operated by Larue was stopped on Thomas Road by the West Monroe Police Department (WMPD) for a traffic violation. WMPD officers noticed fresh blood and deer hair in the back of the truck and a loaded .17 caliber rifle and 12-gauge shotgun in the truck.

The subjects admitted to shooting a deer around midnight on Rodgers Road in southwest Ouachita Parish. LDWF Sgt. Duane Taylor met with the subjects at the WMPD and issued citations for the hunting violations.

Sgt. Taylor cited both Larue and Copeland for hunting deer during illegal hours, hunting from a moving vehicle and hunting from a public road. In addition, Larue was cited for hunting deer with an illegal weapon, discharging a firearm from a public road and failure to comply with deer tagging requirements. Lazenby was cited for possession of an illegally taken deer.

The penalty for hunting deer during illegal hours is a fine up to $950, or jail time up to 120 days, or both plus court cost. Hunting from a moving vehicle brings a fine up to $500, or jail time up to 90 days, or both plus court cost.

Hunting deer from a public road carries a fine up to $350, or up to 60 days in jail, or both plus court cost. The penalty for failure to comply with deer tagging is a fine up to $350, or up to 60 days in jail, or both plus court cost.

The penalty for discharging a firearm from a public road is a $50 fine or up to 30 days in 30 days. Hunting deer with an illegal weapon carries a fine up to $350, or jail time up to 60 days, or both plus court cost. The penalty for possession of an illegally taken deer is a fine up to $950, or jail time up to 90 days, or both plus court cost.

Both Larue and Copeland will receive a civil restitution citation for the cost of the deer.

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

TWO LOUISIANA MEN FOUND IN POSSESSION OF 65 TROUT

Release Date: 01/18/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division Strike Force agents cited two men for allegedly taking 65 spotted sea trout on Jan. 15 in Golden Meadow.

Strike Force agents cited Gerald Bourgeois, 56, of Galliano, and Danny Gaubert, 63, of Lockport, for taking over the legal daily limit of spotted sea trout. Louisiana law allows 25 trout per day per fisherman.

Agents setup surveillance and observed Bourgeois and Gaubert catching several trout from their boat and then transferring the fish to their truck. The subjects would then continue fishing.

After observing the subjects complete their fishing trip, the agents approached Bourgeois and Gaubert to conduct a license and creel compliance check. The two men were found to have taken 65 speckled trout ranging from 13 to 19 inches in length.

For taking over the daily limit of spotted sea trout, Bourgeois and Gaubert each face fines between $400 and $950, or up to 120 days in jail, or both plus a $25 per fish restitution charge for every fish over the limit.

Agents involved in the cases were Lt. Joseph Arnaud and Senior Agent Michael Williams.

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

Three Louisiana Men Found In Possession of 146 Speckled Trout

Release Date: 01/13/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents assigned to the Statewide Strike Force charged three men for allegedly taking 146 speckled trout on Jan. 12, in Golden Meadow in two separate cases.

Strike Force agents cited Lebron Shelby, 46, and Linkton Arnold Jr., 72, both of Raceland, and Michael Musco, 38, of Golden Meadow for taking over the legal daily limit of speckled sea trout. Louisiana law allows 25 speckled trout per day per fisherman.

Agents setup surveillance and observed Shelby and Arnold Jr. catching several trout from their boat and then transferring the fish to their truck. The subjects would then continue fishing. After observing the subjects complete their fishing trip, the agents approached Shelby and Arnold Jr. to conduct a license and creel compliance check. The two men were found to have taken 109 speckled trout ranging from 12 to 17 inches in length.

In a separate case in the same area, agents observed Musco taking 35 speckled trout.

For taking over the daily limit of spotted trout, Shelby and Arnold Jr. faces fines between $400 and $950, or up to 120 days in jail, or both plus a $25 per fish restitution charge for every fish over the limit. Musco faces a fine between $100 and $300, or up to 60 days in jail, or both plus a $25 per fish restitution charge for every fish over the limit.

Agents involved in the cases were Sgt. Todd Laviolette, Sgt. Ezekiel Talbert, Senior agent Michael Williams and Agent Ronnie Engelhard.

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

Three Louisiana Men Plead Guilty In Federal Court

Release Date: 01/13/2011

Three Louisiana men pled guilty on Jan. 6 in U.S. Magistrate Court in Alexandria for violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Judge James D. Kirk accepted the guilty pleas from Larry H. Floyd, 54, and Randy N. Mathews, 56, both of Pineville, along with Kent D. Bryant, 69, of Deville. Each man pled guilty to one count of violating the Lacey Act for their involvement with the illegal sale and transport of ducks that were taken, possessed, transported and sold in violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Mathews was sentenced to pay a fine of $5,000, serve five years of unsupervised probation and had his hunting privileges suspended for five years. Bryant was sentenced to pay a fine of $3,000, placed on unsupervised probation for three years and had his hunting privileges suspended for three years. Floyd was sentenced to pay a fine of $1,000, placed on unsupervised probation for one year and had his hunting privileges were suspended for one year.

The guilty pleas stem from a covert investigation, which was initiated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in 2007, of Mathews and his guide service. Further charges are pending as a result of the investigation.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents Lt. Eric Stokes and Sgt. Marcus Constance assisted USFWS special agents in the case. U.S. Assistant District Attorney Nicole Snyder prosecuted the case.

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

L.D.W.F. Agents Cite Night Hunters In Catahoula Parish

Release Date: 01/12/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited a man, a women and a juvenile for allegedly night hunting using a bow and arrow in Catahoula Parish on Jan. 7.

Agents cited Brett N. Faulk, 18, and Samantha E. Byrd, 19, both of Forest Hill and a juvenile for hunting during illegal hours or with artificial light, hunting from a moving vehicle and hunting from a levee road.

LDWF Sgt. James Parish observed a vehicle moving along the Diversion Canal Levee Road while shining a Q-beam style light out the driver side window. After stopping the truck, agents also noticed somebody riding in the bed of the truck holding a bow with an arrow in the shooting position. The subjects stated they were attempting to shoot a deer.

The penalty for hunting deer during illegal hours is a fine between $900 and $950, or 120 days in jail, or both plus court cost. Hunting from a moving vehicle carries a fine between $250 and $500, or up to 90 days in jail, or both plus court cost. The court will determine the hunting from a levee road fine.

Agents involved in the case were Sgt. James Parish and Senior Agent Troy Mayo.

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

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