A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent cited Eric Eues, 20, and Joshua Broussard, 17, both of Morgan City for alleged deer hunting violations on Feb. 5 at approximately 11:15 p.m.
LDWF Sgt. Winston Michel was contacted by St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Deputy Jason Albares, who had made a vehicle stop on Eues and Broussard along La. Highway 70 between Belle River and Stephensville in St. Martin Parish. Deputy Albares had observed Eues and Broussard illegally hunting with an artificial light along Hwy. 70 and contacted Sgt. Michel to investigate further.
Upon his arrival, Sgt. Michel found the two in possession of a 12-gauge pump action shotgun loaded with two 12-gauge buckshot shells as well as a single shot .410 shotgun. In the bed of the subject's pickup truck he found a headlamp and battery. After questioning both subjects, one of them provided a written statement attesting to the fact that they were attempting to kill deer during illegal hours.
Both men were issued citations for hunting deer during illegal hours, hunting deer from a public road, and hunting deer by illegal methods since the deer firearm season was closed at the time.
Hunting deer during illegal hours carries fines between $900-$950, or jail time up to 120 days, or both plus court costs and forfeiture of any seized items. Hunting deer from a public road is punishable by fines between $100-$350, or jail time up to 60 days, plus court costs or both. Hunting deer using illegal methods has a fine between $250-$500, or jail time up to 90 days, or both plus court costs.
For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2988 or klacaze@wlf.Louisiana.gov.