Five Men Caught Night Hunting on LDWF Agent Property

Release Date: 01/07/2016

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agent arrested five men for allegedly night hunting on his property in Claiborne Parish on Jan. 1.

LDWF Lt. Kenneth Balkom cited Justin S. Wren, 34, of Monroe; Christopher L. Wren, 23, of Shreveport; Jordan M. Wren, 26, stationed in Atsugi, Japan; Aaron C. Kilpatrick, 27, of Katy, Texas; and Joseph B. Ralston, 27, of McKinney, Texas; for hunting rabbits during illegal hours, hunting from a moving vehicle and from a public road.

Justin Wren was additionally cited for operating a utility task vehicle (UTV) on a public road and open container of alcohol in a moving vehicle.  Christopher Wren was also cited for possession of marijuana, illegally carrying of a weapon while in possession of marijuana and open container of alcohol in a moving vehicle.

Lt. Balkom was off duty inside his residence about 10 miles east of Minden around 11 p.m. when he heard a UTV being operated on Sexton Road outside of his house.  He went to the window to get a closer look and observed the UTV driving on Sexton Road with a spotlight shining on his hay field.

Lt. Balkom got into uniform and quickly stopped the men inside the UTV.  Lt. Balkom found the men in possession of three freshly harvested rabbits, a spotlight, one rifle, one pistol and three shotguns.  Lt. Balkom also found a bag of marijuana on Christopher Wren.  Lt. Balkom seized the guns, marijuana, rabbits, spotlight and UTV and booked the men into the Claiborne Parish Jail.

Possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia each brings up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.  Possession of a firearm while in possession of illegal drugs carries up to a $10,000 fine and between five and 10 years of prison.

Hunting during illegal hours and hunting from a moving vehicle each brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting from a public road carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Open container of alcohol in a moving vehicle brings a $100 fine.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.