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Two Louisiana Men Cited for Hunting Violations in Assumption Parish

Release Date: 12/05/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two Louisiana men for alleged hunting violations on Dec. 2 in Assumption Parish.

Agents cited Talbot Daniels, 18, of Baton Rouge, and Alex Mabile, 27 of Albany, for hunting wild quadrupeds during illegal hours.  Agents also cited Talbot for hunting without a resident and big game licenses, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements, possession of an illegally taken deer, failing to comply with hunter education requirements and possession of an untagged deer.

Agents on patrol in the area observed the men using a light while actively hunting in a field near Labadieville around 2 a.m.  Agents made contact with the men and found them in possession of two rifles, a six-point deer and a rabbit.

Agents seized one antlered deer, one rabbit and the two rifles.

Possession of an illegally taken deer brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting wild quadrupeds during illegal hours and possession of an untagged deer carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail for each offense.  Failing to comply with deer tagging requirements carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Hunting without a basic season license, big game license and failure to comply with hunter education requirements each bring up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail for each offense.

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

Two Men Pleaded Guilty to Migratory Game Bird Violations

Release Date: 11/27/2018

Two Louisiana men were sentenced in the U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana in Alexandria for duck hunting violations.

Tyler W. Smith, 33, of St. Francisville, and Logan A. Blanchard, 25, of Oscar, both pleaded guilty to placing bait to take migratory game birds and hunting migratory game birds over a baited area.  Smith also pleaded guilty to hunting migratory game birds without a state duck license and hunting without a basic hunting license.

The honorable U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph H.L. Perez-Montes accepted the guilty pleas, and sentenced Smith on Nov. 7 to pay a $3,610 fine and suspended his hunting privileges for two years.  Judge Perez-Montes also sentenced Blanchard on Sept. 26 to pay a $3,540 fine and suspended his hunting privileges for three years.

The guilty pleas stem from a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement division investigation.  Agents cited Smith and Blanchard on Dec. 16, 2017 for the migratory game bird hunting violations in Catahoula Parish near Harrisonburg.

Two Avoyelles Parish Men Cited for Deer Hunting Violations

Release Date: 11/21/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division Agents cited two men for alleged deer violations in Avoyelles Parish on Nov. 19.

Agents cited Brice Rodgers, 19, Plaucheville, and Brandon Prothro, 39, of Simmesport, for taking over the daily limit of deer, taking deer from a moving vehicle, taking deer during illegal hours, taking deer with an illegal weapon, possession of illegally taken deer and intentional concealment of wildlife.  Agents also cited Rodgers for failing to comply with deer tagging requirements.

Agents received a tip about five freshly killed deer beneath a wooden bridge in Plaucheville.  Agents investigated the complaint and found the deer and uncovered information that led them back to Rodgers and Prothro.

Agents arrived at Rodgers’ residence for questioning where they found two more untagged deer in ice chests.  Rodgers said he harvested those two deer during the primitive firearms season, but had not tagged them.

During the investigation, agents determined that on Nov. 16, Rodgers and Prothro went hunting at night killing four deer with a .17 cal. rifle and one with a crossbow from the road out of a truck.

Agents learned they had the deer at Rodgers’ residence.  However, they decided to throw the five deer over the bridge because they thought agents might be looking into their alleged illegal hunting activity.

Intentional concealment of wildlife and hunting deer during illegal hours each brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.  Possession of illegally taken deer carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking over the daily limit of deer carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting deer from a road, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements and hunting deer with an illegal weapon each brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each offense.

The men may also face up to $8,123 in civil restitution for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.  Rodgers faces an additional $3,249 in civil restitution.

LDWF Agents Conduct Successful Search and Rescue Mission

Release Date: 11/20/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents performed a successful search and rescue mission of an overdue boater in Cameron Parish.

Agents received information about a kayaker that was overdue on the afternoon of Nov. 18 on the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge (NWR).  LDWF agents immediately conducted a search of the area and were able to find the missing 38-year-old Lake Charles resident around 9 a.m. on Nov. 19.

The man was found about a mile from the place he launched his kayak.  According to the kayaker, he went out duck hunting on the morning of Nov. 18 when he got lost and couldn’t find his way back to the launch.  He attempted to call for help but was unable to get service on his cell phone.

Agents were able to retrieve the man and his kayak and get him back to the launch where an ambulance transported him to the Cal Cam Hospital in Sulphur for treatment of mild hypothermia.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Coast Guard and Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office also participated in the search.

LDWF Agents Investigating Fatal Boating Incident in Orleans Parish

Release Date: 11/18/2018

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

The bodies of Levi Slaughter Jr., 87, and his son Levi Slaughter III, 62, both of New Orleans, were recovered on Nov. 18 from Lake Pontchartrain.

Agents were notified about 2:45 p.m. on Nov. 18 of an unmanned 19-foot boat near Irish Bayou in Lake Pontchartrain.  LDWF agents along with the New Orleans Police Department and U.S. Coast Guard immediately conducted a search for the missing boaters.

First responders found the bodies near the unmanned vessel about 8:15 p.m.  According to family, the Slaughters had left to go fishing around 8 a.m. that morning.  It is unknown at this time what caused the men to enter the water.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this fatal boating incident.  Both men were found without wearing personal flotation devices.  The bodies were turned over to the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office to determine a cause of death.

Two Men Cited for Illegal Harvest of Buck

Release Date: 11/14/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two Louisiana men for alleged deer hunting violations on Nov. 11 in Evangeline Parish.

Agents cited Jordan Richard, 23, of Mamou, and Dylan Santoro, 25, of Ville Platte, for possession of an illegally taken deer, hunting deer using illegal methods and failing to wear hunter’s orange.  Agents also cited Richard for failing to comply with deer tagging requirements and failing to possess a big game hunting license.

Agents received a tip about the two men illegally harvesting a deer on Nov. 10 while they were duck hunting on Grand Maris Bayou near Mamou.

Agents located the two men and during questioning, they both admitted to shooting the deer with fine shot.  The two men said they were duck hunting when they saw the 18-point non-typical buck on the bank and they both shot it with fine shot.

Agents seized the deer meat and antlers.

Possession of an illegally taken deer carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting deer with illegal methods brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging requirements carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Failing to possess a big game hunting license and to wear hunter’s orange each brings up to a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

The men may also face civil restitution totaling $2,033 for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.

LDWF Agents Rescue Father and Son in Vermilion Bay

Release Date: 11/05/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents performed a successful search and rescue mission on Nov. 3 in Vermilion Bay.

LDWF agents were notified about two overdue boaters on board a vessel about 9 p.m. on Nov. 3.  The missing boaters were a 57-year-old father and his 10-year-old son both from Erath.

LDWF agents immediately began conducting search and rescue efforts in conjunction with U.S. Coast Guard and the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office to locate the missing boaters.

LDWF agents located the missing boat with both boaters safely inside the vessel on Nov. 4 around 1:25 a.m.  LDWF loaded the father and son onto their vessel and transported the boaters back to the dock where they were evaluated by Emergency Medical Services and released to go home.

Agents found out that the boat battery died leaving the two boaters in need of assistance.

LDWF Enforcement Agents Recognized at November Commission Meeting

Release Date: 11/01/2018

LDWF Enforcement Agents Recognized at November Commission Meeting
LDWF Enforcement Agents Recognized at November Commission Meeting

Two Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents were honored at the Nov. 1 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting held in Baton Rouge.

Shikar-Safari Club International presented their 2018 Conservation Officer of the Year award for Louisiana to retired LDWF Sgt. Cliff Ortis, of Oscar.  The Shikar-Safari award recognizes an agent from each state for outstanding efforts in conservation law enforcement.

Sgt. Dean Aucoin, of Houma, received the Louisiana Waterfowl Enforcement Officer of the Year award from the Mississippi Flyway Council.  The Mississippi Flyway Council recognizes law enforcement officers from each state who make outstanding contributions to the protection of waterfowl.

Sgt. Ortis retired in September of 2018 after serving the department for the past 28 years.  He mainly patrolled West Baton Rouge Parish.  Sgt. Ortis also received the LDWF Enforcement Division’s “2017 Agent of the Year” award.

Sgt. Aucoin mainly patrols Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes and has been an agent for over 12 years.  Sgt. Aucoin was honored for his participation in numerous illegal waterfowl hunting investigations involving hunting migratory waterfowl over bait, taking over the limits of ducks, hunting with unplugged guns and with lead shot.

Golden Meadow Man Cited for Endangered Species Act Violation

Release Date: 10/25/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Golden Meadow man for an alleged endangered species act violation on Oct. 23 in LaFourche Parish.

Agents cited Lee H. Leger Jr., 61, for violating the endangered species act.

Agents received a tip about a Golden Meadow man possessing two green sea turtles at his residence.  Agents went to the residence of Leger Jr. where they found about 20 pounds of turtle meat in freezer bags in the freezer.  Leger Jr. also admitted to possessing two green sea turtles and cleaning them for their meat.

Green sea turtles are federally protected and listed as an endangered species.  Violating the Endangered Species Act brings up to a $50,000 fine and one year in jail.

Five Mississippi Men Cited For Over Limit Red Drum

Release Date: 10/17/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement agents cited five Mississippi men for alleged fishing violations on Oct. 12 in Plaquemines Parish.

Agents cited Davis Byrd, 62, Henry Cooper Jr., 45, and Hayden Bryant, 45, all of Star, Miss., Benton Moseley, 29, of Florence, Miss., and Steaven Hardaere, 29, of Harrisville, Miss., for taking double the daily limit of red drum.

Agents received a complaint about these men “double tripping” red drum near Venice. Double tripping fish is the act of catching a daily limit of fish and bringing them back to a launch or camp and then returning to catch an additional limit in the same day.

Agents observed the men in the morning bringing a limit of red drum to be cleaned and packed at a marina and then leave in their vessels again.  Agents stopped the men on the second trip and found them with an additional limit of red drum.

Agents seized a total of 50 red drum from the men.  The daily limit is five red drum per licensed fishermen putting the men double over the daily limit.

Taking double the daily limit of red drum brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  The men may also face revocation of any and all fishing licenses for the period for which they were issued.  The men may also be prohibited from obtaining any new fishing license for one to three years.

The men will also be assessed civil restitution in the amount of $661 for the replacement value of the red drum.

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