SEVEN DEER SEIZED IN THREE DAYS ON WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREAS

Release Date: 12/18/2007

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents recently seized seven deer in three separate incidents for hunting violations, which occurred on three different Wildlife Management Areas (WMA).


On Nov. 23, 2007, agents cited Arthur T. McKneely Jr., 54, of Pineville, and Steven M. Frazier, 55, of Monterey for violations they allegedly committed on Camp Beauregard WMA in Rapides Parish.  Capt. Peter Oliver and Lt. Eric Stokes observed McKneely and Frazier retrieving a button buck from the WMA, but found that neither man had checked in.  Further investigation by the agents revealed that McKneely had killed the button buck and two does earlier in the day. 


Both men were cited for not abiding by rules and regulations on a WMA.  McKneely was also cited for two counts of possessing illegally taken deer and two counts of taking over the legal limit of deer.  He is also responsible to pay restitution to LDWF in the amount of $1,049.08 for the illegally taken deer.  Agents seized the three deer, which were donated to charity, and a .50 caliber muzzleloader in the case.


On Nov. 24, 2007, agents cited Clifford J. Pousson, 68, Jason B. Rozas, 32, and Ralan J. Rozas, 60, all of Eunice, for violations they allegedly committed on Clear Creek WMA in Vernon Parish the previous day.  Lt. Bill Tyree and Senior Agents Russell Brack and Scotty Delaney questioned the men after receiving a complaint that Ralan Rozas had killed three deer at the same time.  Rozas admitted that he had killed two does and a button buck at the same time the previous morning.  He then stated that his son, Jason, and Pousson helped him retrieve the deer and they each claimed one deer while checking out of the WMA. 


Ralan Rozas was cited for three counts of possessing illegally taken deer and two counts of taking over the legal limit of deer.  He is also responsible to pay restitution to LDWF in the amount of $1,049.08 for the illegally taken deer.  Pousson and Jason Rozas admitted their part and were each cited for possessing an illegally taken deer.  Agents seized the three deer, which were donated to charity, and a 12-gauge shotgun in the case.


On Nov. 25, 2007, agents cited Joshua K. Chance, 22, of Hornbeck, and Nathan S. Self, 27, of Anacoco, for violations they allegedly committed on Peason Ridge WMA in Vernon Parish.  Lt. Bill Tyree and Senior Agent Ronnie Robertson observed Chance and Self hunting in a closed area on the WMA.  Self had killed a three-point buck in this closed area. 


Both men were cited for not abiding by rules and regulations on a WMA.  Self was also cited for possessing an illegally taken deer.  Self is responsible to pay restitution to LDWF in the amount of $524.54 for the illegally taken deer.  The deer was seized and donated to charity.  Fort Polk Game Warden J. E. Haymon and Department of Army Police Officer Brad Johnson assisted in this case.


The penalty for possessing an illegally taken deer is a fine of $400 to $750, and jail time up to 120 days, or both plus court costs and forfeiture of anything seized.  Taking over the legal limit of deer is punishable by a fine of $250 to $500, or jail time up to 90 days, or both plus court costs.  The penalty for not abiding by rules and regulations on a WMA is a fine of $100 to $350, or jail time up to 60 days, or both plus court costs.


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


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