A Ouachita Parish man was cited by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents on for two counts each of hunting deer during illegal hours, hunting from a moving vehicle, hunting from a public road and discharging a firearm from a public road on Jan. 11.
Derryl L. Price, 41, of West Monroe, was cited after agents received night hunting complaints on Jan. 9 and 11 from Johnson Road, located in northwest Ouachita Parish. Agents responded to Johnson Road on both days after residents in the area reported hearing shots in the early morning hours. Agents located evidence of night hunting on both days.
Agents received another complaint that the suspects vehicle was parked on the shoulder of Johnson Road and a man was in the woods in the immediate area where evidence was located earlier in the day on the afternoon of Jan. 11. Agents located the vehicle a short time later and made contact with Price and questioned him. They obtained a warrant to search his residence and found a Remington .270 caliber rifle hidden in a flowerbed. After the agents located the rifle, Price confessed to night hunting on Johnson Road and also provided agents with a written voluntary statement. The rifle, spotlight and deer meat were seized as evidence. The deer meat was later donated to charity.
The penalty for hunting deer illegal hours is a fine between $900 and $950, or up to 120 days in jail, or both plus court costs. The penalty for hunting from a moving vehicle is a fine from $250-to-$500, or jail time up to 90 days, or both plus court costs. Hunting from a public road has a fine from $100-to-$350 or jail time up to 60 days, or both plus court costs. The penalty for discharging a firearm from a public road is a fine up to $50 dollars, or jail time up to 30 days or both.
Agents involved in the case are Capt. Alan Bankston, Sgt. Duane Taylor, Senior Agent Thomas Risser and Agent Stan House.
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