AGENT NABS HUNTER WITH MODERN FIREARM DURING MUZZLELOADER SEASON

Release Date: 10/30/2007

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent cited Wiley C. Cole II, 38, of Coushatta on Oct. 22 for allegedly hunting deer with an illegal method in Desoto Parish. 


Sgt. Troy Parker observed Cole exiting a wooded area off Mundy Road where he was found to be unarmed.  After a brief interview, Cole allegedly confessed to shooting a doe deer with a 7 mm magnum rifle.  The agent located the rifle in the deer stand Cole had been using and located the deer approximately 75 yards down a pipeline.


Cole was cited for hunting deer using an illegal method and for failing to wear hunter orange.  The rifle was seized as evidence and the deer was seized and donated to charity.


Hunting deer using an illegal method is punishable by a fine of $250-$500, or jail not more than 90 days, or both plus court cost.  Failure to wear hunter orange carries a fine of $50.  Cole must also pay restitution to the department for the deer if there is a conviction.   


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


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