NIGHT HUNTERS CAUGHT IN ST. CHARLES PARISH

Release Date: 01/07/2008

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two St. Charles Parish residents on Jan. 3 for alleged hunting violations.  Wilton Comardelle III, 23, of Paradis, and Brad Kubelka, 24, of Des Allemands, were cited for hunting deer during illegal hours and possession of an illegally taken deer.


Agents were on patrol in the Bayou Gauche area while Kubelka and Comardelle were allegedly hunting deer by means of a mud boat and with artificial light.  Agents then followed the subjects to a residence on Bayou Gauche and observed them unload a doe deer at approximately 10:25 p.m. 


Comardelle gave agents a written statement stating that the two subjects were hunting deer during illegal hours and that he had shot the doe at approximately 9:15 p.m. from his mud boat with a shotgun.  Agents also performed a time of death forensics test on the deer, which showed evidence corroborating Comardelle's written statement. 


Agents seized two shotguns along with a spotlight, five buckshot shells and the deer.  The guns and equipment will be held as evidence until trial.  The deer was donated to charity.


Hunting or taking deer during illegal hours carries a fine up to $950, or jail time up to 120 days, or both, plus court costs, and shall include the forfeiture of anything seized in connection with the violation.  Possession of an illegally taken deer carries a fine up to $950, or jail time up to 120 days, or both plus court cost.  In addition to the criminal charges, Comardelle will be assessed a civil penalty for the value of the deer totaling approximately $530.


Agents participating in the investigation were Senior Agent Kris Bourgeois and Agent Douglas Danna.


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


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