Release Date: 11/27/2007

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent cited a St. Charles Parish resident on Nov. 16, for alleged hunting violations on the Hurricane Protection Levee near Paradis Canal. 

Samuel J. Graffia, 27, of Paradis, was cited for hunting without a license, hunting without a big game license, hunting deer using illegal methods, driving on levees and obstruction of justice.

Agent Derek Sampey responded to a complaint from a confidential informant who informed him that Graffia was hunting deer with a high-powered riffle during the muzzleloader season.  Sampey observed Graffia in the area of the complaint and conducted a license compliance check.  Graffia stated that he was not hunting, but Sampey uncovered Graffia's rifle hidden among some brush where his ATV was parked.  The rifle and miscellaneous hunting gear were seized and will be held as evidence for trial. 

Hunting without a license and hunting without a big game license both carry a fine up to $50, or jail time up to 15 days, or both, with no court costs on the first offense.  Hunting deer using illegal methods carries a fine between $250 and $500, or jail time up to 90 days, or both, plus court costs.  Driving on levees carries a fine up to $50, or jail time up to 30 days, or both.  Obstruction of justice carries a fine up to $10,000, imprisonment for up to five years with or without hard labor, or both.

For further information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2988 or