Release Date: 11/20/2007

Three Louisiana hunters were cited on Nov. 12, 2007 for multiple federal and state duck violations in a crawfish pond near Henderson. 

Acting on a complaint, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents allegedly observed Joshua J. Verret, 21, Joshua L. Picard, 19, both of Breaux Bridge and Traye M. Allemond, 20, of Carencro hunting ducks during a closed season.

Agents charged Allemond and Picard with resisting an officer, intentional concealment of illegal wildlife, hunting ducks during a closed season, hunting ducks without a federal duck stamp and state license and violating non-toxic shot requirements.  Verret was cited for hunting ducks during a closed season, violating non-toxic shot requirements and hunting ducks without a federal duck stamp or state license.

If convicted of the federal charges each hunter could face fines of up to $1,500 and up to six months in jail for each offense.  Resisting an officer carries a fine of up to $500, or six months in jail or both.  Intentional concealment of illegal wildlife carries a fine between $900 and $950, or jail time for up to 120 days, or both and forfeiture of anything seized in connection with the violation.  Hunting ducks without a state license carries a fine of $50.

Agents seized 32 ducks, and the three suspects are pending total civil restitution charges of $374.40. 

Agents participating in the case were Sgt. James Rhodes, Senior Agents Donnie Bozeman, Jason Romero and Agent Jason Marks.

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