LDWF Enforcement Region 2 News

L.D.W.F. Agents Investigating Boating Fatality in Franklin Parish

Release Date: 03/17/2011

March 17, 2011 - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division (LDWF) agents are investigating what appears to be a one vessel boating fatality that occurred March 16 near Crowville on Crockett Point Lake in Franklin Parish.

Agents determined that James Ray Thomas, 69, of Winnsboro, had reportedly been fishing alone from a 16-foot boat most of the day.  A family member checked on him around 7 p.m. and discovered him missing from his boat that was found adrift against the bank of the lake.

Family members notified local authorities, and LDWF, the Franklin Parish Sheriff's Office and the Madison Parish Sheriff's Office conducted a search of the area.  About 10 p.m. searchers discovered the victim’s body near the lake bank where it was recovered. 

The victim was found without a personal flotation device and there was no evidence of alcohol use.  LDWF will continue their investigation into the boating fatality.

For more information, contact Alan Bankston at 318-362-3102 or abankston@wlf.la.gov. 

West Carroll Men Arrested As The Result Of 14-Point Deer Investigation

Release Date: 02/08/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited five subjects in West Carroll Parish for alleged hunting violations on Jan. 29 south of Goodwill.

While investigating a complaint, agents discovered that Thomas Crawford Boyte, 24, of Pioneer, allegedly killed a 14-point buck with a 30-06 rifle during closed gun season on Jan. 25. Boyte and his wife, Amber Boyte, 19, of Pioneer, then entered the buck into the Simmon’s “Big Buck” contest in Bastrop that will be held on Feb. 12. Agents charged Boyte with taking the deer using illegal methods and failing to properly tag the antlered deer. Agents also arrested Thomas and Amber Boyte for contest fraud and booked them into the Morehouse Parish Jail.

During the investigation, agents also discovered blood and carcass evidence of another freshly taken deer. Agents revealed that Thomas Boyte aided Kevin Allen, 38, of Goodwill, Jacob Faircloth, 22, of Goodwill, and Amber Boyte in killing a deer on the previous night from Allen's pickup. Each subject received citations for taking deer during illegal hours with artificial light and hunting from a moving vehicle.

Agents also discovered that Thomas Boyte and Kevin Allen drove the deer meat and two rifles to a separate location in an effort to hide the items. Subsequently, agents charged Thomas Boyte and Kevin Allen with intentional concealment of illegally taken wildlife.

Agents charged all involved with possession of illegally taken deer. This charge included Thomas Boyte’s brother, Charles Boyte, 24, of Goodwill. Charles Boyte was found to have assisted Thomas Boyte in recovering the 14-point buck from the kill site.

The penalty for taking deer during illegal hours with artificial light is a fine up to $950, an up to 120 days in jail or both. Hunting from a moving vehicle carries fines up to $500, and up to 90 days in jail or both. The penalty for taking deer by illegal methods is up to $500 in fines, and up to 90 days in jail or both. Failing to comply with deer tagging requirements carries up to a $350 fine, and up to 60 days in jail or both. The penalty for intentional concealment of illegally taken wildlife is up to a $950 fine, and up to 120 days in jail or both. The penalty for possession of illegally taken deer is a fine up to $950, and up to 120 days in jail or both. Contest fraud brings a $500 to $3,000 fine and up to a year in jail.

All charges do not include court costs. Civil restitution penalties for the value of the deer may also be imposed. Agents seized the deer meat and donated it to local charity. The trophy deer head was seized and will be held at the LDWF Monroe office as evidence in the case.

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

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

Public Hearing on Lake Caney, Jan. 31

Release Date: 01/27/2011

LDWF officials will discuss vegetation issues, sampling results

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will hold a public hearing on Caney Lake issues, including an overview of vegetation issues and current sampling results. LDWF established a management plan for Caney Lake in 2006, which provides annual public hearings to update the public on ongoing projects. Current issues include stocking of Florida bass, control of aquatic vegetation and fish population sampling.

Who: LDWF Officials

What: Public Hearing on Caney Lake

When: January 31, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Jimmie Davis State Park
  Group Camp building
  1209 State Park Road
  Chatham, LA 71226

For more information, contact Evan Thames (318)339-4282 or Jesse Bahm at(318)343-4045.

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 Franklin Parish Residents Cited For Night Hunting

Release Date: 12/14/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited two Baskin residents for alleged night hunting violations on Dec. 11 in Franklin Parish.

Sr. Agent Albert Tarver and Sr. Agent Johnny Wilson cited Sherrie A. Mccarty, 23, and Robert Guimbellot, 36, for hunting wild quadrupeds during illegal hours with a artificial light, hunting from a public road, hunting from a moving vehicle and possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a vehicle on a public road. Agents also arrested and booked Guimbellot into the Franklin Parish Detention Center for an alleged driving while under the influence (DWI) charge.

Hunting wild quadrupeds at night, hunting from a public road and hunting from a moving vehicle each carry a fine between $250 and $500, or jail time up to 90 days, or both plus court cost. Possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a vehicle on a public road and DWI penalties will be set by the presiding judge assigned to the case.

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

Accidental Shooting In Ouachita Parish Leads To Night Hunting Citations

Release Date: 11/29/2010

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agent cited two Ouachita Parish men for alleged night hunting violations on Nov. 23.

James Allen Clark, 18, of West Monroe, and Tyler Blaine Jones, 17, of Calhoun, were each cited after they arrived at Glenwood Hospital Emergency room seeking treatment for a gunshot wound.

On the morning of Nov. 23 while allegedly attempting to illegally night hunt from Okaloosa Road in South Ouachita Parish, Jones was struck in the head by a ricocheted bullet from Clark’s .270-caliber rifle.

Clark allegedly admitted to holding a spotlight while Jones attempted to shoot over the cab of their truck at what they believed to be a deer. While attempting the shot, the rifle accidentally discharged inside of their truck striking Jones. Jones was treated and later released from the emergency room suffering a minor injury.

Sgt. Duane Taylor cited Clark and Jones for hunting deer during illegal hours, hunting from a public road and hunting from a moving vehicle. Jones was additionally cited for spotlighting from a public road. Clark was also cited for discharging a firearm from a public road.

The penalty for hunting deer during illegal hours is a fine up to $900, or jail time up to 120 days, or both, plus court cost and forfeiture of anything seized. Hunting from a moving vehicle is punishable by a fine up to $500, or jail time up to 90 days, or both plus court cost. Hunting from a public road carries a fine up to $350, or jail time up to 60 days, or both plus court cost. Discharging a firearm from a public road is punishable by a fine up to $50 plus court cost. The penalty for spotlighting from a public road carries a fine up to $50 plus court cost.

For more information contact Capt. Alan Bankston at abankston@wlf.la.gov or 318-362-3102.

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Convicted Felon Arrested For Possessing Firearm

Release Date: 11/23/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Tensas Parish man on Nov. 20 for allegedly possessing a firearm by a convicted felon.

Jeffery R. Bass, 47, of St. Joseph, was arrested after he exited the woods carrying a loaded .44 caliber rifle off of Yucatan Road in Tensas Parish.  Bass was transported to the Tensas Parish Sheriff’s Office and booked for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Bass had previously been found guilty of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and therefore cannot legally possess a firearm.  He is currently being held without bond.

Agents involved in the case were Senior Agents Leya Grover and John Hendrix.

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

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Three Franklin Parish Men Cited For Multiple Violations On Tensas River N.W.R.

Release Date: 11/10/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agent and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) officers cited Winnsboro men for allegedly violating multiple regulations on the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge on Nov. 6.

A LDWF agent and USFWS officers cited Carl Williams, 31, James Fortenberry, 47, and Jonathan Thomas, 32, hunting over a baited area, leaving deer stands unattended and cutting limbs or trees on a federal refuge. Thomas and Williams were also cited for using remote trail cameras on a refuge. Williams was additionally cited for using archery equipment with illegal electronic sights.

LDWF agents had observed the men placing their bait and having their stands and cameras out since early October. On the opening morning of the Tensas Refuge’s archery deer season, Nov. 6, USFWS officers and LDWF agents set up surveillance on the three baited stand locations. The officers and agent apprehended all three subjects shortly after daylight.

If convicted, the men will face fines and penalties that will be set by a U.S. Magistrate Judge at their Federal Court appearance in Monroe to be set at a later date.

LDWF Senior Agent Lee Tarver and USFWS Officers John Tarver and Brandon Jones participated in the case.

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

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