Release Date: 12/12/2006

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a St. Bernard Parish resident on Dec. 3 for allegedly hunting deer during illegal hours and for illegal possession of untagged deer meat.

Agents were on patrol in New Orleans East when they saw Jason C. Cutrer, 34, of Meraux, using the headlights of his vehicle to illuminate several pipelines.  Agents stopped Cutrer and discovered that he was in possession of a loaded high-powered rifle and an untagged deer hindquarter.  During the investigation, Cutrer told the agents that he was looking for deer.  The rifle was seized and held as evidence. The untagged hindquarter was also seized and donated to charity.

Hunting or taking deer during illegal hours carries a fine up to $950, or imprisonment up to 120 days, or both plus court costs, and shall include the forfeiture of anything seized in connection with the violation.  Possession of an untagged deer carries a fine up to $500, or imprisonment up to 90 days, or both plus court costs.

Agents participating in the case were Sgts. Eddie Skena and James Gregoire.

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