OUACHITA PARISH MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ILLEGAL HUNTING

Release Date: 01/28/2006

An Ouachita Parish man pled guilty in the 3rd District Court in Union Parish for illegal hunting charges on Jan. 18. 


Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited Scott Allen Bass, 24, of Monroe after agents received a complaint from another hunter that witnessed the illegal hunting.  The witness saw a truck, in which Bass was a passenger, stop along Hwy 549 west of Marion.  The driver of the truck then shot a deer from the road. 


Agents located the truck a short time later on the Union Wildlife Management Area and questioned Bass.  Bass confessed to being involved in the incident and provided agents with a voluntary written statement.  Bass is scheduled for sentencing on March 22.  The driver of the truck, Rodney Dale Austin Jr., 24, of Monroe was also cited.  He pled not guilty and is awaiting trial.


The penalty for hunting from a moving vehicle is a fine from $250-to-$500, and jail time up to 90 days, or both plus court costs.  The penalty for hunting from a public road is a fine between $100 and $350, or jail time up to 60 days, or both plus court costs.


Agents involved in the case were Sgts. Jimmy Vining and Mike Murray.


EDITORS: For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2985 or klacaze@wlf.louisiana.gov.