Enforcement

Two Men Cited in Orleans Parish for Shrimping During Closed Season

Release Date: 01/12/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited two men for alleged shrimping violations on Jan. 8 in Orleans Parish.

Agents patrolling in the Industrial Canal (Inner Harbor Navigation Canal) observed a skimming vessel actively shrimping around 9:30 p.m.  During the inspection, agents found approximately 1,400 pounds of white shrimp on board the vessel.

Agents cited Michael D. Roussel Jr, 38, of Paulina, and Troy Cantillo, 49, of Gramercy, for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season and seized the entire catch.  Both subjects were also cited for illegal shrimping in the Industrial Canal.  The fall shrimp season for state inside waters was closed at sunset on Dec. 21, 2015.

Using skimmers during a closed shrimp season brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

In addition to any and all other penalties, for the first conviction of shrimping during the closed season, the court may revoke or suspend the violator's trawl, skimmer, and butterfly gear licenses for one year from the date of the conviction. During such revocation or suspension, the violator may be present on a vessel harvesting or possessing shrimp or possessing a trawl, skimmer, or butterfly net, only if the vessel is equipped with and employs an operating vessel monitoring system which is accessible to LDWF. The court may also sentence the violator to perform 40 hours of community service.

Shrimping in the Industrial Canal carries up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. Jason Russo, Senior Agent Kyle Wagner and Agent Patrick Dempsey.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Oak Grove Man Arrested for Deer Hunting Violations

Release Date: 01/09/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested an Oak Grove man for alleged deer hunting violations in Concordia Parish on Jan. 6.

Agents booked Joseph L. Chop, 54, into the Concordia Parish Jail for taking over the limit of deer, possession of illegally taken deer, failing to comply with harvest record requirements and failing to comply with deer tagging requirements.

Agents on patrol around 6:45 p.m. on Jan. 6 near Monterey found two subjects cleaning a deer.  After further investigation, the agents found three untagged freshly harvested does.

After further questioning, Chop admitted to killing all three does.  A license compliance check on Chop revealed two additional does, of which one was not validated, logged onto the harvest report card portion of the license.  This put Chop over the daily limit of one antlerless deer and yearly limit of three antlerless deer.

Possession of illegally taken deer carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking over the limit of deer brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing to comply with harvest record and deer tagging requirements each carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Chop may also face civil restitution totaling $4,873 for the three illegally taken deer.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Trey Mason and Agent Eric Little.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Cottonport Man Cited For Deer Hunting Violations in Concordia Parish

Release Date: 01/07/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a man for alleged hunting violations on the Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area on Jan. 6 in Concordia Parish.

Agents cited Eddie Bordelon, 60, of Cottonport, for possession of a spotted fawn, fail to comply with deer tagging regulations, intentional concealment of game and possession of an open alcoholic container in a vehicle.

Agents conducted a license and game check on Bordelon on the Richard K. Yancey WMA when they observed an open alcoholic container in the cup holder of his vehicle.  Agents asked Bordelon if he had killed anything to which he advised that he did not.

While speaking to Bordelon, agents observed the lid to the ice chest in the back of the truck partially open with a freshly harvested spotted fawn inside.

Agents seized the spotted fawn and a 45-70 rifle that was used to shoot the deer.

Possessing a spotted fawn brings a fine of $500 to $750 and 15 to 30 days in jail.  Intentional concealment of illegal game carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging regulations brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Bordelon may also face civil restitution of $1,624.61 for the illegally taken spotted fawn.

Agents involved in the case are Senior Agent Lucas Hidalgo and Sgt. Todd Laviolette.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Five Men Caught Night Hunting on LDWF Agent Property

Release Date: 01/07/2016

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agent arrested five men for allegedly night hunting on his property in Claiborne Parish on Jan. 1.

LDWF Lt. Kenneth Balkom cited Justin S. Wren, 34, of Monroe; Christopher L. Wren, 23, of Shreveport; Jordan M. Wren, 26, stationed in Atsugi, Japan; Aaron C. Kilpatrick, 27, of Katy, Texas; and Joseph B. Ralston, 27, of McKinney, Texas; for hunting rabbits during illegal hours, hunting from a moving vehicle and from a public road.

Justin Wren was additionally cited for operating a utility task vehicle (UTV) on a public road and open container of alcohol in a moving vehicle.  Christopher Wren was also cited for possession of marijuana, illegally carrying of a weapon while in possession of marijuana and open container of alcohol in a moving vehicle.

Lt. Balkom was off duty inside his residence about 10 miles east of Minden around 11 p.m. when he heard a UTV being operated on Sexton Road outside of his house.  He went to the window to get a closer look and observed the UTV driving on Sexton Road with a spotlight shining on his hay field.

Lt. Balkom got into uniform and quickly stopped the men inside the UTV.  Lt. Balkom found the men in possession of three freshly harvested rabbits, a spotlight, one rifle, one pistol and three shotguns.  Lt. Balkom also found a bag of marijuana on Christopher Wren.  Lt. Balkom seized the guns, marijuana, rabbits, spotlight and UTV and booked the men into the Claiborne Parish Jail.

Possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia each brings up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.  Possession of a firearm while in possession of illegal drugs carries up to a $10,000 fine and between five and 10 years of prison.

Hunting during illegal hours and hunting from a moving vehicle each brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting from a public road carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Open container of alcohol in a moving vehicle brings a $100 fine.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Two Belle Chasse Men Cited for Hunting Violations

Release Date: 12/30/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents cited two Belle Chasse men for alleged hunting violations on Dec. 27 in Plaquemines Parish.

Agents cited Derek P. Billiot, 34, for violating non-toxic shot requirements while hunting migratory game birds, taking over the limit of coots and taking over the limit of rabbits.  Agents also cited William A. Schultheis III, 34, for operating an unregistered motorboat and hunting without a basic hunting license.

Agents received a complaint that three subjects were hunting from an airboat in a pond near the Ollie Road subdivision.  Agents stopped the subjects and found them in possession of 11 rabbits and 20 coots, which were subsequently seized.  The daily bag limit for rabbits is eight and for coots is 15.

Billiot admitted to taking the rabbits and coots.  Schultheis was operating the vessel and agents determined him to be actively participating in the hunt.  Agents determined that the third person was not actively hunting.

Taking over the limit of coots brings and violating the non-toxic shot requirement each bring a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in prison for each offense.  Taking over the limit of rabbits carries a $250 to $500 and up to 90 days in jail.

Operating an unregistered motorboat and hunting without a basic hunting license each brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

Agents involved in the case are Sgts. Tim Fox and Villerie Reggio and Senior Agents Kyle Wagner and William Bartlett.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Two Men Cited for Commercial Fishing Violations in Lake Borgne

Release Date: 12/22/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited a commercial fisherman and his deckhand for allegedly using oversized fish trawls on Dec. 20th in St. Bernard Parish.

Agents cited Mike Russell, 56, of New Orleans and his deckhand Bruce Metz, 63, of Slidell, for using oversized trawls in inside waters.

Agents patrolling in Lake Borgne observed a trawling vessel actively fishing around 1 p.m.  Upon making contact with the captain, agents observed two deployed 50 foot trawls.  The two trawls total 100 feet, which exceeds the maximum allowed trawl size for inside waters.

Agents seized Russell’s trawls and approximately 1,000 pounds of fish.

Trawling in inside waters with more than a 50 foot trawl brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  The men may also get their trawl, skimmer and butterfly gear licenses suspended for one year.  During the suspension the men may only be on a vessel possessing a trawl, skimmer, or butterfly net, if the vessel is using an operating vessel monitoring system which is accessible to LDWF.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Austin Arteaga, Agent Chelsea King, Senior Agent Bret Nabors and Sgt. Keith Francis.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Two Terrebonne Parish Men Cited for Oyster Violations

Release Date: 12/18/2015

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agent cited two Montegut men for alleged oyster violations on Dec. 15 in Jefferson Parish.

Agent Chelsea King cited John J. Naquin, 28, and Kenneth J. Naquin, 29, for taking oysters during a closed season from state grounds and taking commercial fish by using a dredge without commercial gear licenses.

Around 11 a.m. Agent King responded to an oyster complaint in Hackberry Bay.  The agent observed the two men actively fishing for oysters.

The Hackberry Public Oyster Seed Reservation closed on Nov. 9 until further notice.  The agent seized 13 sacks of oysters and returned them to the water.

Taking oysters during a closed season from state grounds brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking commercial fish without commercial gear licenses carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.

The violators could also face up to 40 hours of community service in a litter abatement community service program.  Any person convicted of these violations may for one year after the date of such conviction only harvest oysters from a vessel that employs a vessel monitoring system. Access to the monitoring system shall be granted to LDWF.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Two Louisiana Men Cited for Oyster Violations

Release Date: 12/18/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited two subjects for alleged oyster violations in Terrebonne Parish on Dec. 17, 2015.

While on patrol in Bay Mc Mancleuse in Terrebonne Parish agents found a vessel dredging oysters from a private lease without the lease owner's permission.

Agents cited Chance Lovell, 37, of Theriot, and Russell Callahan, 28, of Dulac for unlawfully taking oysters from a private lease, failure to have written permission, sanitation codebook violation, no commercial fisherman license and no oyster harvester license.

Agents seized the boats and dredges on a departmental seizure form and returned 25 sacks of oysters to the water.

Unlawfully taking oysters from a private lease brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Failure to have written permission and without an oyster harvester license each carries a $400 to $900 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Failing to have a commercial fishing license brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Violation of the sanitary log book regulations brings a $25 fine and up to 10 days in jail.

Any person convicted of these violations may for one year after the date of such conviction only harvest oysters from a vessel that employs a vessel monitoring system. Access to the monitoring system shall be granted to LDWF.

Agents participating in the case are Senior Agents Norman Deroche and Thomas Wolf.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Agents Cite Two Men for Two Separate Night Hunting Cases

Release Date: 12/15/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two Morgan City men for alleged night hunting violations on Dec. 13 in Assumption Parish.

Agents cited John Maynard, 18, and Dylan Giroir, 22, for two counts each of hunting deer during illegal hours with artificial light, hunting from a public roadway and spotlighting from a public roadway.

Around 11 p.m. on Dec. 12 agents observed two men on Hwy. 1011 near the intersection of Hwy. 400 spotlighting deer and firing four shots at a deer from the roadway.

Agents made contact with Giroir and Maynard and cited them for hunting deer during illegal hours, hunting deer from a public roadway and spotlighting from a public roadway.  Agents seized a .22 caliber rifle, 9 mm pistol and 12-gauge shotgun.

On the morning of Dec. 13, agents received a complaint in Assumption Parish about a deceased deer that was found shot about 80 yards from a nearby camp on Hwy. 400.  The complainant said he heard three shots the previous night about 7 p.m. from the nearby camp, which is located about four miles from the previous night’s case.

Agents arrived at the suspected camp and observed the same vehicle that was used in the night hunting case they made the night before.  Agents knocked on the door of the camp and Maynard and Giroir opened.

Maynard and Giroir admitted to shooting the deer at approximately 7 p.m.  The subjects also admitted to shooting the deer with the same .22 caliber rifle that was used to shoot the deer at 11 p.m.

Agents cited the men with another count of hunting deer during illegal hours, hunting from a public roadway and spotlighting from a public roadway.
Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Winston Michel, Senior Agent Joey Thompson and Agent William Carpenter.

Hunting deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to six months in jail.  Hunting from a public roadway carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Punishment for spotlighting from a public roadway is set by the parishes.  The men could also face civil restitution for the illegally taken deer totaling $1,624.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Six Men Cited for Illegally Shrimping in Lake Pontchartrain Sanctuary

Release Date: 12/09/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited six men in two separate cases for alleged Lake Pontchartrain Sanctuary shrimping violations on Dec. 7 in Orleans Parish.

Agents were patrolling in Lake Pontchartrain near the Seabrook Bridge when they observed two commercial shrimp vessels actively shrimping within the restricted area actively shrimping with their skimmer nets in the water.

Agents stopped both vessels and cited Roy Migliore, 42, Charles Allen, 31, Michael Chagnard, 27, and Santo Chagnard, 21, all from Chalmette, as well as Carey Hendrix, 25, and Casey Guidry, 17, both from Slidell, for using skimmers in a closed area.  The agents seized approximately 700 pounds of shrimp between the two vessels.

The Lake Pontchartrain Sanctuary extends out 1 1/4 miles from the southern shoreline of the lake starting at the Jefferson/Orleans parish line and extending eastward 1 1/4 miles from the Southern Railway Bridge then traveling to a point 1 1/4 miles southwest of Goose Point in St. Tammany Parish.  Taking fish, shrimp and other aquatic species by use of trawls, skimmer nets, butterfly nets, seines, or traps, with the exception of crab traps, cast nets, and recreational rod and reel fishing, is prohibited in the Lake Pontchartrain Sanctuary.

Violating the Lake Pontchartrain Sanctuary restrictions brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. Jason Russo, Senior Agent Kyle Wagner and Agent Patrick Dempsey.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

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