NOT A HAPPY NEW YEAR FOR NIGHT HUNTERS

Release Date: 01/16/2007

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent cited Dustin Foster, 23, of Elizabeth, Tony Abe Seals, 17, of Oberlin, Brandon Seals, 25, of Mittie, and Casey Randall Reeves, 26, of Dequincy, on Jan. 1 for alleged night hunting violations in Allen Parish.
 
Senior Agent Ray Thomas stopped the men after watching them shine a spotlight on a cutover along Turner Road.  Thomas found a loaded .223 rifle between Foster and Brandon Seals in the front seat of their vehicle along with a spotlight. A 12-gauge shotgun loaded with 00 buckshot was discovered in the back seat between Tony Seals and Reeves.   A .30-.30 rifle and ammunition were also found in the back seat.


All of the men were cited for hunting or taking deer from a public road, hunting from a moving vehicle, and hunting deer during illegal hours with an artificial light.  The guns and spotlight were seized.


Hunting deer from a public road carries a fine up to $350, or jail for not more than 60 days, or both plus court costs.  Hunting from a moving vehicle has a fine up to $500, or jail not more than 90 days, or both plus court costs.  Hunting or taking deer during illegal hours with artificial light is punishable by a fine up to $950, or jail time up to 120 days or both plus court costs and forfeiture of anything seized.


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