A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agent arrested two men for allegedly hunting deer during illegal hours in Pointe Coupee Parish on Oct. 13.
Krotz Springs Police Officer Jason Sonnier pulled over Robert G. Kerner Jr., 31, of Breaux Bridge and Robert D. Reed, 52, of Lafayette for a traffic stop in Krotz Springs. Sonnier then notified LDWF Senior Agent Brad Guidroz after he allegedly found the pair in possession of a freshly killed doe in the bed of their pickup truck. Further investigation determined that the deer had been killed in Pointe Coupee Parish along the Atchafalaya River just after midnight.
Kerner and Reed were booked into the St. Landry Parish jail and then transported and booked into the Pointe Coupee Detention Center. The doe was seized and donated to charity. A .22 caliber magnum rifle was also seized and is being held as evidence. The men were additionally assessed civil restitution in the amount of $524.54 for the replacement value of the deer.
The penalty for hunting deer during illegal hours is a fine of $900 to $950, jail time for up to 120 days, or both plus court costs and forfeiture of anything seized.
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