PLAQUEMINES PARISH RESIDENT CITED FOR ILLEGAL DEER

Release Date: 12/12/2005

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited a Plaquemines Parish resident for multiple deer violations in St. Mary and Plaquemines parishes.


Ludger Couvillion, 24, from Pointe a la Hache, was issued the citations after agents received a complaint of a man cleaning two doe deer in Morgan City on Dec. 2. The agents made contact with Couvillion and interviewed him.  He allegedly claimed to have taken the does on Dec. 1 near his hometown. 


The deer hunting season in that area of Plaquemines Parish has been closed since Hurricane Katrina, Dec. 1 was not a doe day and the daily bag limit on deer is one with antlers and one without antlers when legal. 


Couvillion was issued a citation in St. Mary Parish for possession of illegally taken deer.  He was also issued a citation in Plaquemines Parish for taking deer during a closed season and taking more than the limit of deer.


The penalty for possession of illegally taken deer is a fine between $400 and $750, or 120 days in jail plus forfeiture of anything seized in connection with the violation.  The penalty for taking deer during a closed season is a fine between $900 and $950, or 120 days in jail plus the forfeiture of anything seized in connection with the violation.  Taking deer over the limit carries a penalty between $250 and $500 in fines, or 90 days in jail or both.  In addition to the criminal penalties, Couvillion faces civil restitution for the value of the deer, which is set at $524.54 each.


The two deer were seized and later donated to charity.  Couvillions pick-up truck was seized on a LDWF seizure order and is pending the court outcome.


Agents involved in this case were Sgt. Ross Mire and Senior Agent Winston Michel.


EDITORS: For more information contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2469 or klacaze@wlf.louisiana.gov.