Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two Gonzales men for multiple deer violations on the Maurepas Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in St. James Parish on Dec. 9.
Agents cited Kenneth Daniel Corley Jr. 22, and Kristopher A. Brown, 17, for allegedly possessing an illegally taken deer, taking deer using illegal methods, hunting deer with a modern firearm during archery season on the WMA and failure to wear hunters orange.
Agents apprehended Corley and Brown while exiting Maurepas WMA. Agents observed the two men loading a flat boat into the bed of a truck. The two men told agents that they were hunting squirrels but did not have any luck. Agents observed the tail of a deer sticking out of a tarp under the boat. After agents questioned the men, both men admitted killing the doe deer on the WMA while squirrel hunting.
Possession of an illegally taken deer is punishable by fines between $400 to $750, or jail time up to 120 days, or both plus court costs and forfeiture of anything seized. Hunting deer using illegal methods carries fines of $250 to $500, or jail time up to 90 days, or both plus court costs. Not abiding by WMA rules and regulations by using shotguns during archery only deer season on the WMA, and hunting deer without hunters orange on the WMA are each punishable by fines of $100 to $350, or jail time up to 60 days, or both plus court costs.
Agents also seized two shotguns and illegal fine shot in connection with the violation. Corley and Brown may also be ordered by the court to pay $525.54 as a restitution value for the deer.
Agents participating in this case were Sgt. Aron Hastings and Agent William Boyd.
For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2988 or firstname.lastname@example.org.