Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a St. Tammany Parish resident on December 22 for alleged hunting violations in Orleans Parish. Christian S. Hynes, 44, of Slidell was cited for allegedly hunting and possessing deer in a closed portion of Orleans Parish. Hynes was previously cited on November 26 for hunting migratory game birds in the same closed area.
A confidential informant notified agents that Hynes was seen taking a deer out of the woods near the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge. The agents responded to the complaint and found Hynes with one deer and a high-powered rifle. The deer and rifle were seized as evidence. The deer was turned over to LDWF Wildlife Division for scientific evaluation.
State law prohibits hunting in portions of Orleans Parish west of Chef Menteur Pass and north of the Intracoastal Waterway. On both occasions, agents found Hynes within these boundaries.
Hynes was charged with hunting or possessing deer in a closed area and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. Hynes was also issued a civil citation for the restitution value of the deer.
Hunting or possessing deer in a closed area carries a fine up to $350, imprisonment not more than 60 days, or both, plus court costs. Contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile carries a fine up to $500, imprisonment not more than six months, or both, plus court costs. The civil restitution for the deer is approximately $530.
Agents participating in the investigation were Captain Brian Clark, Lieutenant Allen Adam and Sr. Agents Kris Bourgeois and Eddie Skena.
EDITORS: For further information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2469.