Release Date: 11/20/2006

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited six men on Nov. 11, the opening day of the 2006-07 West Zone duck season, for allegedly violating the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act by taking more than the daily limit of ducks on Douglas Farms in Rapides Parish.

Michael Fisher Jr., 60, and Ricky L. McMickens, 45, both of Alexandria, along with Neal L. McMickens, 42, Francis Melder, 59, Joseph M. Vincent, 46, and Thomas R. Vincent, 48, all of Pineville, were cited for taking over the legal limit of ducks and failure to maintain field possession of migratory game birds.  Fisher and Melder were also cited for hunting ducks without a federal waterfowl stamp.

Sgt. Travis Burnett and Senior Agent Spencer Cole checked the hunters and found them to be in possession of 11 wood ducks, three teal and one gadwall.  Further investigation by the agents revealed more wood ducks concealed where the men had been hunting and in a decoy bag hidden in the bushes near their parked ATVs.  A total of 48 ducks were seized from the hunters.

Violations of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act are punishable by fines up to $5,000, imprisonment for up to six months or both.  The case will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

For more information contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at klacaze@wlf.louisiana.gov or (225) 765-2988.