Plaquemines Parish Man Arrested on Deer Violations

Release Date: 06/11/2019

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested a Buras man on June 6 for deer hunting violations in Plaquemines Parish.

Agents arrested Blake J. Rigby, 25, for hunting without a bow license, failing to comply with deer harvest record requirements, intentional concealment of illegal wildlife and violating interstate commerce regulations.

In October of 2018, LDWF agents received a complaint about Rigby taking a deer off the Delta National Wildlife Refuge (NWR).  Agents made contact with Rigby and he admitted to taking the deer with a bow without having a bow license and without reporting the deer.  Rigby also told agents that the illegally taken deer was in Alabama at a taxidermist.

LDWF agents obtained an arrest warrant for Rigby on these charges and he turned himself in on June 6.

Intentional concealment of illegal fish or wildlife and violating the interstate commerce regulations each carries a $900 to $950 and up to 120 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer reporting requirements brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting without a bow license carries a up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

Rigby may also face civil restitution totaling $1,624 for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.