Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited four men for alleged migratory game bird violations on Dec. 3 in East Baton Rouge Parish.
Agents cited Logan Walker, 32, of Baton Rouge, Daniel Mesen, 33, of Baton Rouge, John Duvall, 40, of Prairieville, and Cory Chappell, 34, of Baton Rouge, for hunting migratory game birds over a baited area. Mesen was also cited for not possessing the state duck license.
Agents setup surveillance on a pond near Baton Rouge that was baited. Agents witnessed the four men arrive and then hunt over the baited area. Agents seized six wood ducks and donated them to a local charity.
Hunting migratory game birds over a baited area brings up to a $950 fine and 180 days in jail. Hunting migratory game birds without a state duck license carries up to a $50 fine.
The men may also face civil restitution totaling $160 for the replacement value of the illegally taken ducks.
Agents involved in this case are Senior Agent Seth Courtney and Senior Agent Jared Riddle.