A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent along with Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office (CPSO) deputies arrested four subjects in Concordia Parish for alleged night hunting violations on Oct. 21.
Sgt. Trey Mason observed a vehicle traveling on Haphazard Road about 10 miles West of Ferriday around 4 a.m. Sgt. Mason then observed someone from inside the vehicle shine a spotlight in nearby fields and shoot numerous times at various game.
Sgt. Mason along with Concordia Parish Sheriff's Office Sgt. Randy Stockman and Deputy Amos Coley stopped the vehicle. The four subjects inside the vehicle were identified as Joshua K. Parker, 21, of Vidalia, Shelby L. Martin, 17, of Ridgecrest, Joshua S. Homes, 26, of Ridgecrest, and Emily S. Perry, 23, of Ridgecrest.
Sgt. Mason and the CPSO deputies found numerous firearms along with nine freshly killed rabbits and one freshly killed deer in the bed of the vehicle.
All four subjects were charged with taking deer during illegal hours, hunting wild quadrapeds during illegal hours, hunting from a moving vehicle and taking deer from a public road. Parker and Martin were also cited for discharging a firearm from a public road. The subjects were arrested and booked into the Concordia Parish Jail.
Hunting deer during illegal hours brings up to a $950 fine and 120 days in jail. Hunting from a moving vehicle, discharging a firearm from a public road and hunting wild quadrupeds during illegal hours each carry between a $250 and $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail. Taking a deer from a public road carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents are seeking leads for an illegally killed black bear that was found in Avoyelles Parish.
A citizen alerted authorities on Oct. 8 about a dead black bear laying in the woods a couple of miles south of the Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Area. The bear was collected and sent in for a necropsy.
The necropsy revealed the bear was probably dead for about five to six days and that it was shot with a shotgun slug in the head. Agents also collected an arrow by where the bear was found dead and believe the bear may have been shot with the arrow before being shot with the slug.
A cash reward from The Humaine Society, Roy O Martin and LDWF totaling up to $8,000 is being offered to anyone with information that leads to the arrest and conviction for this illegal killing of a black bear.
Anyone with information regarding this illegal bear killing should call the Louisiana Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or use LDWF's tip411 program. To use the tip411 program, citizens can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone and Android app from the Apple App Store or Google Play free of charge.
The hotline and the tip411 program are monitored 24 hours a day. Tipsters can also remain anonymous.
The Louisiana black bear has been listed on the Federal Threatened and Endangered Species List since 1992. Citizens are reminded that killing a Louisiana black bear is a violation of both state law and the federal Endangered Species Act. Violators are subject to penalties of up to $50,000 and six months in jail. In addition, a restitution fine of $10,000 for the bear may be imposed on anyone convicted of killing a black bear in Louisiana.
With the number of bear and hunter interactions on the rise within the last couple of years, LDWF encourages hunters to carry bear spray.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited two Louisiana men for alleged deer hunting violations on Oct. 16 in Avoyelles and Rapides parishes.
Agents cited Barry B. Laiche, 17, of Marksville, and Travis Maddox, 26, of Echo, for taking deer using illegal methods, possession of illegally taken deer, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements, taking illegal deer during an open season and hunting on Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) lands without permission from land owner. Maddox was also cited for hunting without a big game hunting license.
Agents received information that Laiche and Maddox illegally killed a total of five deer on or about Oct. 7 and 8 on Grand Lake Rod and Gun Club property. Agents learned that Laiche drove his truck onto the property to retrieve the killed deer.
Agents arrived at Laiche’s residence to question him and noticed his vehicle parked in the yard. Agents found blood and hair on the tailgate of the truck and inside the bed. Agents then learned that Laiche was incarcerated in the Avoyelles Parish Jail on non-related charges.
After agents questioned Laiche, he admitted that he and Maddox did illegally kill five deer on the Grand Lake Hunting Club with a .308 caliber and 45-70 caliber rifles. Agents obtained a search warrant for Laiche’s residence and seized photos of three antlerless deer and two antlered deer and antlers from a seven point buck.
Agents then arrested Maddox and booked him into the Avoyelles Parish Jail.
Possession of illegally taken deer brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Taking illegal deer during an open season carries a $500 to $750 fine and 15 to 30 days in jail. Taking deer using illegal methods brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail. Failing to comply with deer tagging requirements and hunting on DMAP lands without permission from land owner each carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail. Hunting without a resident big game license brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.