CITIZEN TIP LEADS L.D.W.F. AGENTS TO ILLEGAL TURKEY HUNTER IN UNION PARISH

Release Date: 04/16/2007

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division (LDWF) agents cited Jason Andrew Reich, 20, of Shreveport for allegedly hunting turkeys over a baited area on March 26. 


Reich was found hunting on the third day of turkey season approximately 10 feet from an area baited with corn.  Agents entered the area the day before and located the bait after receiving a complaint from an individual who called and reported the violation.


Acting on the information received, agents made contact with Reich the next morning after they observed him lying on the ground in camouflage clothing holding a shotgun and facing a turkey decoy.  Agents collected samples of bait for evidence and photographed the area.


The penalty for hunting turkeys over a baited area is a fine between $250 and $500, or jail time up to 90 days, or both plus court costs.


To report wildlife law violations call "Operation Game Thief" anytime at 1-800-442-2511.  Callers do not have to give their name or testify in court.  Cash rewards of up to $1,000 are awarded for information leading to the arrests of wildlife violators.


Agents participating in the cases were Lt. Mike Rockett, Sgts. Kincaid, Thomas Risser, Jimmy Vining and Senior Agent John Volentine.


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