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Hamburg Man Arrested in Avoyelles Parish

Release Date: 12/17/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents arrested an Avoyelles Parish man for alleged deer violations and possessing a firearm by a convicted felon on Dec. 5.

Agents arrested Marvin P Smith, 48, of Hamburg, for possession of illegally taken deer, taking deer with an illegal weapon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, hunting deer using illegal methods, hunting without resident basic and big game hunting licenses, and failing to comply with deer tagging requirements.

Agents received information about an antlered deer that was allegedly killed by Smith, who is a convicted felon, during the month of October.  On Dec. 5 agents made contact with Smith at his residence and questioned him about the deer.

During questioning, Smith admitted to killing the antlered deer with a 12-gauge shotgun loaded with fine shot while squirrel hunting on Bayou des Glaises.  Smith did not possess the required hunting licenses, shot the deer with a shotgun during archery only deer season, failed to possess deer tags, and did not use buck shot.

Agents seized the antlered deer head along with the 12-gauge shotgun and booked Smith into the Avoyelles Parish Jail.

Illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon carries a $1,000 to $5,000 fine and 10 to 20 years of jail.

Possession of an illegally taken deer carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking deer using illegal methods carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging regulations and hunting with an illegal weapon each carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Smith could also face civil restitution totaling $2,033 for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.

Collinston Man and Woman Charged with Multiple Hunting Violations

Release Date: 12/15/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents charged a Collinston man and woman with alleged hunting violations on Dec. 13 in Morehouse Parish.

Agents cited Zachary Nolan, 28, for hunting without nonresident basic and big game hunting licenses, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements, taking deer during illegal hours with artificial light, taking over the daily limit of deer, and taking over the seasonal limit of deer.  Agents also cited Stacy Yates, 32, for hunting without resident basic and big game hunting licenses, and failing to comply with deer tagging requirements.

Agents responded to information that Nolan had killed two deer without tagging them in the Mer Rouge area.  Agents discovered that Nolan did not possess the proper hunting licenses and was not a bona fide Louisiana resident.  Agents then viewed Nolan’s social media page and discovered several harvested deer by Nolan and numerous pictures and videos of him hunting.

After obtaining a search warrant for Nolan’s residence, agents searched the property and discovered four racks of deer antlers that were taken within the last two weeks. Agents seized the antlers and a Marlin 30-30 rifle.

During questioning Nolan also confessed to killing a fifth illegally taken buck.  He also admitted to harvesting two bucks on Dec. 2 including one of them during illegal hours.  The two bucks in one day put him one over the legal daily antlered limit and the five bucks in one season put him two over the seasonal antlered limit.

Yates confessed to deer hunting without possession of the proper hunting licenses or tags.

Hunting deer during illegal hours carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Taking over the season limit of antlered deer and daily limit of antlered deer each brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail for each offense.

Failing to comply with deer tagging regulations and failing to possess nonresident basic and big game hunting licenses each carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each offense.  Failing to possess basic and big game licenses each brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail for each offense.

Nolan could also face civil restitution for the illegally taken deer totaling $8,531.

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Registration is now open for the conference, which will be held at the Baton Rouge Marriott on February 23 and 24, 2018. This year’s theme is “Green STEM.” The conference will focus on environmental science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, and the emerging career opportunities available to your students. Don’t miss this exciting chance to join other formal and non-formal environmental educators as we meet to share EE teaching techniques and practices, new research and information, and spend time discussing our experiences as educators. Choose from multiple short courses, sessions, and round-table discussions to fit your interest and grade level.

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Benton Man and Juvenile Charged with Drug Possession and Hunting Violations

Release Date: 12/13/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested a Benton man and cited a juvenile for alleged drug possession and hunting violations on Dec. 9 in Bossier Parish.

Agents arrested Hunter Vaughn, 20, of Benton, and cited his 16-year-old passenger for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, hunting without basic and big game hunting licenses, hunting deer with artificial light during illegal hours, and hunting from a public roadway.  Vaughn was also cited for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Agents were patrolling public roads near Plain Dealing around 9 p.m. when they observed Vaughn operating a vehicle and spotlighting the ditches and fields on the sides of the road.  Agents stopped the vehicle and found Vaughn and the 16 year old in possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a .17 caliber rifle, and a spotlight.

During questioning the two subjects admitted to actively trying to hunt deer at night using a spotlight from a public road.

Agents booked Vaughn into the Bossier Parish Jail.  Agents also seized the marijuana, drug paraphernalia, rifle, and spotlight.

Possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia each brings up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.  Contributing to the delinquency of a minor carries up to a $500 fine and up to six months in jail for each offense.

Hunting deer during illegal hours carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting deer from a public road carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Hunting without basic and big game licenses each brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

Body of Boater Recovered from Little Bayou Pigeon

Release Date: 12/10/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents are investigating a fatal boating incident in Iberia Parish.

The incident took place in Little Bayou Pigeon on Dec. 8 around 9 p.m. and claimed the life of Malcolm Perera, 48, of Bayou Pigeon.  His body was recovered from Little Bayou Pigeon on Dec. 9 around 9:30 a.m. and turned over to the Iberia Parish Coroner’s Office.

LDWF agents were notified about the incident around 6 a.m. on Dec. 9.  LDWF agents along with the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office and volunteers conducted the search for Perera and the capsized aluminum vessel.

Agents learned that Perera was operating the vessel with another male passenger on board.  According to the male passenger Perera lost control of the vessel ejecting both men into the water.

The passenger was able to make it to shore and find an abandoned camp.  The passenger was then able to flag down a passing vessel at 5:30 a.m. on Dec. 9.  Perera never resurfaced and his body was found near the capsized vessel.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this fatal boating incident.  Neither men were wearing personal flotation devices at the time of the incident.  Agents were able to recover the capsized vessel.

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Sulphur Man Cited for Deer Hunting Violations

Release Date: 12/05/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents cited a man for alleged deer hunting violations on Dec. 1 in Calcasieu Parish.

Agents cited Jared L. Adams, of Sulphur, 34, for hunting from a moving vehicle, hunting deer during illegal hours, hunting deer from a public road and discharging a firearm from a public road.

Agents were working a night hunting complaint outside of Carlyss.  Around 6:30 p.m. the agents observed a person operating a vehicle and shining a spotlight off of Fabacher Road into some nearby fields.  Agents then observed the vehicle stop on the roadway and shoot at a suspected deer in the field from his vehicle.

Agents were able to stop the vehicle and found Adams with a loaded Browning 30-06 rifle in the passenger seat and a handheld spotlight.  Agents also found a freshly fired 30-06 hull in the driver's side floorboard.

Hunting deer during illegal hours carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Agents seized the rifle with a scope and the handheld spotlight.  Hunting deer from a public road carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Discharging a firearm from a public road brings up to a $50 fine and 30 days in jail.

Two Louisiana Men Cited for Commercial Fishing Violations

Release Date: 12/05/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two mullet fishermen on Dec. 4 for alleged commercial fishing violations in Plaquemines Parish.

Agents cited Clayton M. Buras, 35, of Franklinton, and Joseph L. Neal, 39, of Boothville, for taking commercial mullet during illegal hours.

Agents were responding to complaints of illegal mullet fishing when they observed the two subjects shining the water in an attempt to locate mullet.  Agents then stopped the vessel and found mullet strike net filled with mullet still alive around 3 a.m. near Port Eads in South Pass.

Agents seized 1,966 pounds of mullet and a 1,200-foot mullet strike net.  Louisiana law prohibits the commercial taking of mullet after legal sunset.

Taking commercial mullet during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

The two may also face a mandatory mullet permit suspension for a conviction of illegal fishing.  There is a mandatory one-year suspension for first conviction, two year suspension for a second conviction and a life suspension for a third conviction.

Agents Cite Night Hunters in Plaquemines Parish

Release Date: 12/05/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two subjects for alleged night hunting violations in Plaquemines Parish on Dec. 4.

Agents cited Mikal Black, 19, and Adrienne Black, 49, both of Port Sulphur, for hunting wild game quadrupeds during illegal hours and hunting from a public roadway.

Agents were patrolling an area in west Pointe a la Hache around 12:45 a.m. on Dec. 4 when they observed a vehicle driving slowly along the shoulder of Hwy. 23.  Agents watched the subjects for several minutes as they actively shined the side of the roadway with a spotlight in a manner that is common for hunting with a spotlight.

The agents then made contact with the subjects and found that they were in possession of six freshly killed rabbits and two firearms.  Agents seized the six rabbits, two rifles and two spotlights.

Hunting rabbits during illegal hours brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting from a public roadway brings a $100 to $350 fine or imprisonment for not more than sixty days, or both, for the first offense.  The two subjects may also face civil restitution totaling $190 for the replacement value of the illegally taken rabbits.

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