On December 24, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited Claude C. Hoosier, 52, of Starks for allegedly hunting from a public road, hunting from a moving vehicle, attempting to take an illegal deer during open deer season, and for discharging a firearm from a public road. The alleged violations occurred on South Bearhead Road in Beauregard Parish.
Enforcement agents utilized a mechanical doe deer decoy to address complaints of persons hunting deer with dogs who were shooting from the road. Agents allegedly watched while Hoosier exited his truck, loaded his gun, and fired two shots at the decoy while he was standing in the middle of South Bearhead Road. Hoosier was immediately apprehended and cited, and his shotgun was seized as evidence.
The penalty for hunting or attempting to take an illegal deer during open deer season is a fine of up to $750 and jail for not less than 15 days or more than 30 days plus court costs. Hunting deer from a public road carries a fine of up to $350 or up to 60 days in jail or both plus court costs. Hunting from a moving vehicle carries a fine of up to $500 or up to 90 days in jail or both plus court costs, and discharging a firearm from a public road carries a fine of up to $50 or up to 30 days in jail or both plus court costs.
Agents participating in the case were Lieutenant Jesse Savoie, Sergeant David Liles, Sergeant Keith Aucoin, and Senior Agent Wendel Vaughn.
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