Release Date: 12/12/2006

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited James R. Smith, 46, of Kelly, on Dec. 4 for alleged migratory game bird violations in LaSalle Parish. 

Agents were patrolling near Castor Creek when they heard gun shots.  Upon arrival, agents made contact with Smith and found him to be in possession of a freshly killed wood duck and a 12-gauge shotgun loaded with 7 1/2 lead shot shells.  After going to a nearby camp where Smith was staying, agents found another wood duck allegedly killed by Smith earlier that day.

He was cited for possession of freshly killed migratory game birds during a closed season, violating non-toxic shot requirements (lead shot) and hunting ducks without a federal duck stamp.

The two wood ducks and five 7 1/2 lead shot 12-gauge shells were seized as evidence.

Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Melvin McDowell and Senior Agent Robbie Mayo.

For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at or 225-765 2988.