MAN CITED FOR KILLING TWO HEN TURKEYS

Release Date: 02/06/2008

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited Jackie R. Ganson, 54, of Hineston, for allegedly killing two turkeys illegally in Vernon Parish on Jan. 12, 2008.


Agents began looking into a complaint that Ganson had killed two turkeys near his home on R.J. Hilton Road on Jan. 10, 2008.   After a thorough investigation, Ganson was cited for two counts of taking a turkey during a closed season and two counts of possessing an illegally taken turkey.


Upon questioning, Ganson admitted to agents to killing two hen turkeys near his home and then dumping the remains nearby.  The cleaned turkeys were recovered and seized for evidence along with the 12-gauge Mossberg shotgun used to kill them.  A request for a court-ordered restitution to LDWF in the amount of $1,605 will be filed along with the citations for the illegally taken turkeys.


The penalty for taking a turkey during a closed season is a fine of $900 to $950, or jail time up to 120 days, or both plus court costs and forfeiture of anything seized in conjunction with the case.  Possession of an illegally taken turkey is punishable by a fine of $400 to $950, or jail time up to 120 days, or both plus court costs and forfeiture of anything seized.


Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Curt Belton, Senior Agents Russell Brack, Scotty Delaney, and Eric Droddy along with Vernon Parish Sheriff's Deputy Mike Martin.


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


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