Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents have issued citations to 34 people for allegedly hunting turkeys over baited areas during the 2006 spring gobbler season. The citations have been issued throughout Louisiana and many were the result of reports by concerned sportsmen of suspected illegally baited hunting spots.
According to LDWF Enforcement Division Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze, illegal baiting for turkeys is not a new problem and may even be on the increase. "We receive numerous reports of illegally baited areas just prior to and during the early days of the spring gobbler season. For the last few years, it seems to be more widespread," LaCaze said. "We urge anyone who has any information about illegal turkey hunting activity to report it by calling the Louisiana Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511."
Louisiana law prohibits hunting, trapping or taking turkey by the aid of baiting, or on or over any baited area. Baiting is the placing, exposing, depositing, distributing or scattering of corn, wheat or other grain, salt or other feed so as to constitute for turkeys a lure or attraction to, on, or over any areas where hunters are attempting to take them. An illegally baited area shall remain a baited area for 15 days following complete removal of all the baited materials.
Hunting turkeys over bait is punishable by fines of $250 to $500, or jail for not more than 90 days, or both plus court costs.
Those cited for hunting turkeys over bait thus far during the 2006 spring gobbler season are as follows:
Region1: James T. Tuggle, 44, Samuel C. Guthrie, 64, Ronald S. Daniels, 27, Ronald L. Daniels, 61, Billy J. Rhodes, 44, Troyd Jat DelCambre, 41, Robert S. Kirkham, 51, Allison Lea Sheffield, 27, Seaborn R. Aycock, 63, and Jeff M. Davis, 29.
Region 2: Corbit A. Best, 53, Gregory L. Green, 35, and Kenneth D. Sanderlin, 62.
Region 3: Grover D. Stewart, 57, Grover Stewart, 79, Landry Wingate, 57, and Obie Wingate, 80.
Region 4: Robert L. Joy, 20, Larkin R. Jackson Jr., 19, and Joseph G. Glass, 66.
Region 6: William T. Toone, 55.
Region 7: Terrell B. Gaines, 34, Christopher L. Pace, 35, Matthew C. Sharp, 41, John P. Doullut, 40, Larry P. Bellard, 58, John G. JeJune, 55, James M. Viger, 56, Kenny M. Lang, 37, Marvin J. Needham, 63, Richard D. Menard, 67, Gregory Allison, 58, Joseph G. Belletto, 57, and Carlos Jones, 63.
EDITORS: For more information contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at email@example.com or 225-765-2469.