Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested three Louisiana residents for alleged deer violations that took place in and around the area of the Estelle 2 pump station in Marrero on Dec. 15.
Agents responded to a call that gunshots were heard after legal shooting hours in a wooded area near the pump station. They set up surveillance on the scene and saw three men cleaning whitetail deer at the pump station. The men were stopped and identified as Jeremy Kinley, 25, of Harvey, Jason M. Daigle, 21, of Covington, and Brian M. Baudoin, 47, also of Harvey. Baudoin is employed as the pump operator for the Estelle 2 pump station and was on duty at the time.
Further investigation determined that Baudoin had opened the locked gates around the pump station, giving Kinley and Daigle access to the wooded area surrounding the pump. Kinley and Daigle both gave statements that Baudoin had allowed them to shoot the deer from the pump station property after legal shooting hours and then left his station and transported them onto private property to retrieve the deer. The two high-powered rifles used in the violation were seized as evidence. Three whitetail deer were also seized and later donated.
Baudoin, Kinley and Daigle were each arrested for hunting deer during illegal hours, possession of illegally taken deer, possession of over the legal limit of deer and criminal trespassing.
The above violations vary from Class 3 to Class 6 and can carry a penalty range between a $250 to $950 fine, or jail time up to 90 days, or both plus court costs for each offense. Civil penalties will also be assessed for the value of the three-whitetail deer at $524.54 per deer.
Agents participating in the case were Lt. Stephen McManus, Sgt. James Gregoire and Senior Agents Kris Bourgeois and Jason Gernados.
For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2988 or firstname.lastname@example.org.