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Five Mississippi Men Cited For Over Limit Red Drum

Release Date: 10/17/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement agents cited five Mississippi men for alleged fishing violations on Oct. 12 in Plaquemines Parish.

Agents cited Davis Byrd, 62, Henry Cooper Jr., 45, and Hayden Bryant, 45, all of Star, Miss., Benton Moseley, 29, of Florence, Miss., and Steaven Hardaere, 29, of Harrisville, Miss., for taking double the daily limit of red drum.

Agents received a complaint about these men “double tripping” red drum near Venice. Double tripping fish is the act of catching a daily limit of fish and bringing them back to a launch or camp and then returning to catch an additional limit in the same day.

Agents observed the men in the morning bringing a limit of red drum to be cleaned and packed at a marina and then leave in their vessels again.  Agents stopped the men on the second trip and found them with an additional limit of red drum.

Agents seized a total of 50 red drum from the men.  The daily limit is five red drum per licensed fishermen putting the men double over the daily limit.

Taking double the daily limit of red drum brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  The men may also face revocation of any and all fishing licenses for the period for which they were issued.  The men may also be prohibited from obtaining any new fishing license for one to three years.

The men will also be assessed civil restitution in the amount of $661 for the replacement value of the red drum.

Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. Issued Over $4,000 in Rewards At Meeting

Release Date: 10/16/2018

Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. (LOGT), a Louisiana wildlife crime-stoppers program, awarded $4,350 to diligent citizens statewide at their quarterly meeting on Oct. 3 in Mansura.

The LOGT board reviewed 12 cases that included public tips from informants.  A total of 25 subjects were apprehended and a total of 76 offenses were written in regards to the reviewed cases.

The cases reviewed and awarded money to the public for their assistance consisted of four deer cases, five commercial fishing cases, one alligator case, one black bear case and one migratory waterfowl 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 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.

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.

Commission Adopts Notice of Intent for Registration of Houseboats

Release Date: 10/15/2018

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) approved a notice of intent that would establish rules governing the registration of houseboats.

Act 628 of the 2018 Regular Legislative Session requires the registration of houseboats upon Louisiana waters beginning Jan. 1, 2019.  The proposed rule clarifies which vessels qualify as houseboats requiring registration and establishes an application process.

The notice of intent states that every houseboat operated, occupied, inhabited, utilized, or otherwise deployed on the waters of this state must be registered with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and be properly numbered in accordance with R.S. 34:851.20.

Houseboats would be defined as any vessel constructed or utilized for the primary purpose of a temporary or permanent dwelling without an effective means of propulsion for safe navigation.

When determining whether a vessel meets the definition of a “houseboat”, the department shall utilize the standard such that a reasonable observer would conclude that the vessel is capable of being used as an abode, habitation, or dwelling for at least a temporary basis.

Such determination should involve, but is not limited to, whether the vessel has a roof and is enclosed, or has multiple walls or structures capable of protecting inhabitants from the elements.

Additional evidence that may be considered include the presence of doors, windows, electrical wiring, plumbing, appliances, cabinetry, bedding, or any other features commonly found in a dwelling. 

While registration of houseboats is mandatory beginning in 2019, titling of houseboats is optional.

Public comment on this notice of intent may be submitted to Major Rachel Zechenelly at rzechenelly@wlf.la.gov.

Four Men Cited for Squirrel Hunting Violations in Winn Parish

Release Date: 10/11/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents cited four men for alleged squirrel hunting violations on Oct. 6 in Winn Parish.

Agents cited Joshua Young, 24, and Ernest Nowlin, 64, both of Tullos, for possessing over the limit of squirrels.  Agents also cited Michael Sullivan, 50, of Olla, and Richard Decker, 54, of Tullos, for hunting squirrels without a basic hunting license.

Agents received a complaint that hunters were taking too many squirrels so they set up surveillance on a hunting camp.  The men arrived back at the camp from their opening day squirrel hunt when agents made contact with the men.?

Agents found Young in possession of 16 squirrels, Nowlin in possession of 10 squirrels.  The legal daily bag limit is eight squirrels per licensed hunter for the fall and winter season.  Agents also found Sullivan in possession of seven squirrels and Decker one squirrel with no hunting licenses.

Possessing over the limit of squirrels brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  The men may also face civil restitution up to $365 for the replacement value of the illegally taken squirrels.  Hunting squirrels without a basic hunting license carries up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.  Agents seized the 34 squirrels.

Mansfield Man To Pay Over $6,000 for Wildlife Violations

Release Date: 10/09/2018

A Mansfield man was convicted in Desoto and Bossier parishes for multiple wildlife violations.

Frank Canizaro Jr., 30, was convicted in Bossier Parish on Sept. 26 for selling deer and failing to comply with deer tagging or harvest record requirements.  He was fined $839 and has to pay $692 in court costs and $4,069 in civil restitution.  Canizaro also lost all hunting privileges for one year.

He was also convicted in Desoto Parish on Oct. 3 for selling deer, selling squirrels and failing to comply with deer tagging or harvest record requirements.  Canizaro Jr. was fined $500 and received six months of probation.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents received a complaint about Canizaro Jr. selling squirrels and deer in 2016.  An undercover LDWF agent made contact with Canizaro Jr. in November of 2016.

The undercover LDWF agents purchased deer and squirrel from Canizaro Jr. in November and December of 2016 in both Desoto and Bossier parishes.  LDWF agents arrested Canizaro Jr. on Jan. 28, 2018 for selling deer and squirrels and failing to comply with deer tagging requirements in Desoto and Bossier parishes.

Three Men Cited for Oyster Violations

Release Date: 10/04/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited three Galiano men for alleged oyster violations in LaFourche Parish on Sept. 18.

Agents cited Carl J. Leblanc Jr., 42, Chad Martin, 22, and Bobby W. Taylor, 19, for taking oysters from a polluted area, taking oysters during illegal hours and intentional concealment of oysters.

Agents received a complaint about a vessel dredging for oysters in an area deemed to be polluted by the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH).  Agents setup surveillance and found an oyster vessel with Leblanc Jr., Martin and Taylor on board inside the polluted area.

During questioning, one of the men confessed that they were dredging for oysters the night before and that they offloaded their catch onto the bank when they thought agents might be suspecting them of their illegal activity.

Agents found 18 sacks of oysters on the bank one of which had a tag with Leblanc Jr.’s information filled out.  Agents seized the oysters and returned them to the water.

In a separate case, agents also cited Leblanc Jr. for taking oysters from a polluted area on Feb. 13, 2018.

Taking oysters from a polluted area and intentional concealment of oysters each brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.  Taking oysters during illegal hours carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

LDWF Cites Two Men for Over Limit of Bass

Release Date: 10/04/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two Louisiana men for alleged fishing violations on Sept. 21 in Terrebonne Parish.

Agents cited Ray Louviere Jr., 65, of Prairieville, and Robert Holland, 80, of Livingston, for possessing over the limit of black bass.

Agents received a complaint about fishermen possessing over the legal limit of bass on Bayou Black.  Agents setup surveillance at a boat launch near Gibson where they found a truck and empty boat trailer.

When a vessel with Louviere Jr. and Holland approached the marina, agents made contact with the men.  Agents found the men in possession of 53 bass, which put them 33 over the legal limit of 10 bass per day per fisherman.

Over the limit of black bass brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 30 days in jail.  The men may also face civil restitution totaling $443 for the replacement value of the illegally possessed fish.

Robeline Man Cited for Deer Hunting Violations in Natchitoches Parish

Release Date: 09/20/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Robeline subject for alleged deer hunting violations on Sept. 15 in Natchitoches Parish.

Agents cited Justin S. Matthews, 20, for taking deer during a closed season, possession of an illegally taken deer, hunting without resident and big game licenses, fail to possess deer tags and failing to comply with deer tagging requirements.

Agents received a tip about an eight-point buck that was shot northwest of Robeline.  After further investigation, agents made contact with Matthews.

Matthews admitted to agents that he shot the deer the evening before around 6:30 p.m. using a Marlin 30/30 rifle with a scope.  Agents seized the deer meat, antlers and the rifle with the scope.

Taking a deer during a closed season brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Possession of an illegally taken deer carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Failing to possess deer tags and comply with deer tagging requirements each brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 30 days in jail.  Hunting without basic hunting and big game licenses each carries up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

Matthews may also face civil restitution totaling $2,033 for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.

LDWF Investigating Fatal Boating Incident in Calcasieu Parish

Release Date: 09/18/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents are investigating a single fatal boating fatality in Calcasieu Parish.  The boating incident claimed the life of Lucas Marcantel, 24, of LeBleu Settlement.

Agents were alerted about a man who fell overboard into the east fork of the Calcasieu River around 7:50 p.m. on Sept. 17.  Marcantel’s body was recovered around 10 p.m. and turned over to the Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office to determine an official cause of death.

According to the other occupant in the 15-foot aluminum vessel, he and Marcantel were baiting a trotline when Marcantel fell overboard and did not resurface.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this fatal boating incident.  Marcantel was not wearing a personal flotation device when he fell overboard.

The LDWF Enforcement Division and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office participated in the search.

Winnsboro Man Cited for Possession of a Spotted Fawn

Release Date: 09/12/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a subject for possession of a spotted fawn on Sept. 9 in Franklin Parish.

Agents cited Somchanh Chanthapanya, 61, of Winnsboro, for possession of a spotted fawn.

Agents received information from a Franklin Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy who was performing a security check on the Garden Hen restaurant in Winnsboro.  The deputy discovered an open door and proceeded inside to clear the building when he found a dead spotted fawn in the cooler.

Agents responded to the information from the deputy and located Chanthapanya, who is the owner of the restaurant, at his residence butchering the fawn.

Chanthapanya said he found the fawn on the side of Hwy. 17 as roadkill and took it to his cooler at his restaurant.  When he received information that a deputy may have found the fawn in the cooler, he took it to his house.

Possession of a spotted fawn carries a $500 to $750 fine and up 15 to 30 days in jail.

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