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Deer Tagging Investigation Leads to Charges in Pointe Coupee Parish

Release Date: 02/03/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents cited two Lettsworth men on Feb. 1 for alleged deer hunting and tagging violations in Pointe Coupee Parish.

Agents cited Marshall J. Adams, 46, for deer tagging violations on three antlered deer.  Agents also cited Marshall J. Adams Jr., 23, was cited for taking deer with an illegal weapon, deer tagging violations and possession of illegally taken deer.

LDWF agents were responding to a complaint about a deer tagging against Marshall Adams.  Upon arriving at Adams’ residence on Feb. 1, agents found a freshly killed untagged deer.  Agents learned the deer was shot that day by Adams Jr. with a .17 caliber rifle.  It is illegal to hunt deer with anything smaller than a .22 caliber center fired firearm.

After further investigation into the original complaint agents learned that Adams harvested three bucks during this hunting season and failed to comply with any deer tagging requirements.

Failing to comply with deer tagging requirements carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each offense.  Hunting deer with an illegal weapon brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Possession of an illegally taken deer carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

Both Adams and Adams Jr. may also each face a civil restitution penalty in the amount of $1624.61 for the illegally taken deer.  Agents seized the .17 caliber rifle.

Agents participating in the case are Senior Agent Channing Duvall and Agent Tyler Smith.

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

Port Allen Man Cited for Deer Tagging Violations

Release Date: 02/02/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents cited a cited a Port Allen man on Jan. 26  for alleged deer hunting violations in Winn and East Baton Rouge parishes.

Agents cited Sammy L. Monson Jr., 25, for deer tagging violations on three antlered deer.

LDWF agents were alerted by an anonymous complaint about Monson taking deer throughout the season and not properly tagging them.  Agents met up with Monson at his residence on Jan. 26 and found him in possession of deer meat from a 12 point buck that he took on Jan. 17 in East Baton Rouge Parish that wasn’t properly tagged.

After further investigation, agents learned that Monson harvested a spike buck in East Baton Rouge Parish and an eight point buck in Winn Parish in November of 2015.  Monson Jr. failed to comply with deer tagging requirements for both deer.

Failing to comply with deer tagging requirements carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each offense.  Monson may also face civil restitution for the 12 point deer totaling $2033.29.

Agents participating in the case are Senior Agent Allan Marbury and Senior Agent David Boudreaux.

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

Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. Issues $16,800 in Rewards in 2015

Release Date: 02/01/2016

Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. (LOGT), a Louisiana wildlife crime-stoppers program, awarded $16,800 to diligent citizens statewide in 2015.

The LOGT board reviewed a total of 43 cases in 2015.  A total of 72 subjects were apprehended and a total of 385 offenses were written in regards to the reviewed cases.  The LOGT has paid out a total of $375,700 since inception in 1984.

The cases reviewed and awarded money to the public for their assistance consisted of 27 deer cases,  three migratory game bird cases, seven turkey cases, three commercial fish cases and an alligator case.

Anyone wishing to report wildlife or fisheries violations should anonymously call LDWF’s 24-hour toll free Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or utilize LDWF's new tip411 program.  To use the tip411 program, tipsters can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone and Android apps from the iTunes or Google Play store free of charge.  Texting or downloading the app enables the public to send anonymous tips to LDWF and lets LDWF respond back, creating a two-way anonymous “chat”.

Users of the app or texters can also send in photos to help support their claim and be used as evidence.  CitizenObserver, the tip411 provider, uses technology that removes all identifying information before LDWF receives the text so that LDWF cannot identify the sender.

LOGT was instituted in 1984 and provides cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of violators of fish and wildlife regulations.  Funds are raised through private donations, court directed contributions and through contributions from cooperative endeavor agreements with organizations such as the National Wild Turkey Federation and Quality Deer Management Association.

To make a donation to the LOGT that can be used for cash rewards, please contact Lt. Will Roberts at wroberts@wlf.la.gov.

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

LEEC Special E-News Bulletin: LEEC Accepting Grant Proposals for 2016-2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries' Environmental Education Commission (LEEC) is now accepting proposals for their 2016-2017 Grants Program. The submission deadline for each of these grants is March 15, 2016. Applications will be accepted via electronic submission only.
 

Educator Grants - Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus, and be designed to directly impact Louisiana students - Those eligible: Accredited K-12 Louisiana schools - Maximum award: $1,000 for 1 teacher or $2,000 for a team

http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2016-2017-LEEC-Educator-Grant-Guidelines

http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2016-2017-LEEC-Educator-Grant-Application

 

Professional Development Grants - Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus, and be designed to directly impact pre-service and/or in-service educators in Louisiana - Those eligible: Louisiana education, state, or environmental agencies, colleges, universities, or 501(C)(3) nonprofit organizations - Maximum award: $2,500

http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2016-2017-LEEC-Professional-Development-Grant-Guidelines

http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2016-2017-LEEC-Professional-Development-Grant-Application

 

University Research Grants - Post-graduate research with a focus on environmental issues - Those eligible: Students attending Louisiana colleges or universities and who are working toward a Masters, Ph.D., or conducting Ph.D. research are eligible to apply on behalf of their school - Maximum award: $1,200

http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2016-2017-LEEC-University-Research-Grant-Guidelines

http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2016-2017-LEEC-University-Research-Grant-Application

 

Green Schools Grants - Supports projects designed to reduce a school’s environmental impact, reduce health disparities that can aggravate achievement gaps, and engage students in hands-on learning. Proposals to be considered are those that align with pillars found in the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools Program: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/green-schools-pillars-and-elements - Those eligible: Accredited K-12 Louisiana schools - Maximum award: $5,000

http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2016-2017-LEEC-Green-Schools-Grant-Guidelines

http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2016-2017-LEEC-Green-Schools-Grant-Application

 

For more information on these grants or the 2016 Environmental Education State Symposium, visit our web-site at:http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec.

Or contact: Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries vortego@wlf.la.gov

 

Shooter of LDWF Agent Sentenced to Life in Prison

Release Date: 01/27/2016

A Monroe man convicted of two counts of attempted first degree murder on Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents was sentenced to life in prison today, Jan. 27 in Ouachita Parish.

Luke Jarrod Hust, 29, was sentenced by 4th District Court Judge Scott Leehy to three life sentences in prison without the benefit of parole for two counts of attempted first degree murder and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Hust was found guilty on Dec. 3 by a jury of his peers for shooting LDWF Sgt. Scott Bullitt and shooting at another LDWF agent.

“We are thankful this case is resolved to give Sgt. Bullitt and his family some closure and that the shooter will spend the rest of his life behind bars where he belongs,” said Col. Joey Broussard, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division.  “We also want to thank the prosecutors and judge for securing the stiffest penalties possible so that Hust won’t have the chance to commit another violent crime.”

Around 6:40 p.m. on May 21 LDWF Sgt. Scott Bullitt along with another agent stopped a vehicle at the end of Buckley Hill Road near the Wham Brake Boat Launch on the Russell Sage WMA.  During the stop, Hust shot Sgt. Bullitt and at another agent before fleeing the scene into the woods.

Sgt. Bullitt was rushed to a Monroe hospital and stabilized.  Hust was captured around 11 p.m. that night.

Sgt. Bullitt was then taken to Shreveport where he successfully underwent surgery to remove the bullet and bone fragments on May 26.  Sgt. Bullitt is still rehabbing from his injuries and not yet returned to regular duty as a LDWF agent.

Sgt. Bullitt has been an LDWF agent for over five years.

District Attorney Jerry Jones was the lead prosecutor for the state.

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

Two Men Cited for Illegal Purchasing and Selling of Deer Meat

Release Date: 01/26/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two Louisiana men for alleged illegal deer transactions on Jan. 20 in Allen Parish.

Agents cited Charles W. Ortego, 42, of Kinder, for illegally selling deer meat and failing to comply with deer tagging regulations, and Noland Meyers, 66, of Elton, for illegally purchasing deer meat.

Agents received an anonymous tip on Jan. 13 about Ortego selling a deer to Meyers.  After making contact with Meyers, he admitted to buying two deer from Ortego for a total of $160.

Agents also made contact with Ortego who admitted to taking and selling the two deer to Meyers in Allen Parish without properly tagging the deer.

Illegally selling or purchasing deer meat brings a $500 to $750 fine and 15 to 30 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging regulations carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Ortego may also face civil restitution for the illegally taken deer totaling $3,250.

Agents involved in the case are Senior Agent Danon Maricle and Sgt. Scott Fontenot.

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

Agents Arrest Night Hunters in East Carroll Parish

Release Date: 01/26/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested two subjects and cited another from Morehouse Parish for alleged night hunting activity on Jan. 25.

Agents cited Charles A. Brantley, 27, of Collinston, Cassandra Barnes, 32, of Bastrop, and Danielle Brantley, of Collinston, 21, for hunting deer during illegal hours with artificial light, hunting from a public road and hunting from a moving vehicle.  Agents also cited Charles Brantley and Barnes for hunting rabbits during illegal hours.  Charles Brantley was additionally cited for criminal trespass and failing to comply with deer tagging requirements.

As a result of recent high waters along the Mississippi River deer were heavily concentrated along Hwy. 596 near Lake Providence.  Around midnight on Jan. 25, agents witnessed the trio drive back and forth along this rural stretch of highway shooting at deer and rabbits.  Agents also observed them shoot a deer and drop one of the occupants off to search for the deer.

Upon stopping the vehicle agents discovered that Charles Brantley was operating his vehicle outfitted with high intensity aftermarket lighting with Danielle Brantley and Barnes as passengers.  Agents found six freshly killed rabbits in the cargo area of the pickup.

After further investigation agents determined that Charles Brantley and his front seat passenger Cassandra Barnes were the ones shooting at deer and rabbits with Barnes the one responsible for killing the deer.  Charles Brantley was also the one that was dropped off to search for the deer on private property.

Agents seized one .22 rifle with a scope mounted light, night vision equipment, six rabbits and one antlerless deer.

Agents arrested and booked Charles Brantley and Barnes into the East Carrol Parish Detention Center.

Hunting deer during illegal hours or with artificial light carries fines between $900 and $950 and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.  Hunting from a moving vehicle carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging requirements and hunting from a public road each brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each offense.  Criminal trespassing carries a $100 to $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail.

Civil restitution totaling $1,625 may also be imposed for the replacement value of the deer.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Wayne Parker and Lt. Scott Mathews.

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

LEEC Special E-News Bulletin: Green Schools Tour, Leading Preschoolers in Exploration Short Courses Full

Last-minute registrants: Time is running out!

The Environmental Education State Symposium will be held February 19-20, 2016 at the Baton Rouge Marriott. Formal and non-formal educators alike are invited to come learn new information and techniques, meet with peers, and gain continuing education hours. Regular registration for the event is just $50. Register here.

Be sure to check out our Friday Short Course offerings. Get focused instruction in a 7-hour session on Friday, February 19. The short course fee is $10 - lunch included. Be sure to register soon because the short courses are filling up. Both our Leading Preschoolers in Exploration and Green Schools Tour have proved overwhelmingly popular, so registration for each is now closed. Discovering Biodiversity only has a few spots left, so don't hesitate!

For more information, visit our website http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/louisiana-environmental-education-symposium or contact Thomas Gresham tgresham@wlf.la.gov.

Goldonna Man Arrested for Illegal Weapon and Drug Possession and DWI

Release Date: 01/22/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested a Goldonna man for alleged illegal drugs and weapon charges in Natchitoches Parish on Jan 17.

Agents arrested James Garner, 52, for driving while intoxicated (DWI), possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamines, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, illegal carrying of a weapon while in possession of illegal drugs and possession of an open alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle.

Agents received a call from U.S. Forestry Officers working a checkpoint on the Kisatchie National Forest about a vehicle they stopped with the driver appearing to be intoxicated.  U.S. Forestry Officer’s also located suspected meth in Garner’s pocket, a half smoked marijuana joint in the vehicle, open container of alcohol in the vehicle and a loaded .223 rifle.

After failing the standardized field sobriety test conducted by LDWF agents, Garner was placed under arrest and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.

Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon is a felony and carries a $1,000 to $5,000 fine and 10 to 20 years 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.  Possession of methamphetamine carries up to a $5,000 fine and five years in jail.

A DWI carries a $300 to $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail.  Possession of marijuana brings up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.  Open container of alcohol in a vehicle brings a $100 fine.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Joseph Melton and Agent Devin Bryant along with U.S. Forestry Officer Jason La Mons and Officer Edward Jones.

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

LEEC Special E-News Bulletin: Leading Preschoolers in Exploration Short Course Full, Last Day for Early Birds

Today is the last day to get the Early Bird registration rate of just $35 for the Environmental Education State Symposium in Baton Rouge on February 19-20. Beginning January 23, our regular registration rate will apply.
 
This conference is not just for "Environmental Education" teachers. The wide variety of presentations will appeal to anyone providing non-formal or formal education in the fields of science, the outdoors, natural resources, and more. We in Louisiana especially love the outdoors, which is why this conference theme is Exploring the Natural World. Choose from among our many Saturday concurrent sessions - organized by grade level and chock-full of great information to bring back to your classroom or educational space.
 
Be sure to check out our Friday Short Courses, too. For just $10 (lunch included), get a full 7-hour course on a specific topic, including: Green Schools, Discovering Biodiversity, the LEEC's new Watershed Webs project, or Ocean Exploration. Leading Preschoolers in Exploration is no longer available because registration exceeded capacity. Don't wait for your short course to fill up, too. Register today!
 
Find the online registration form at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/webform/2016-louisiana-environmental-education-state-symposium.

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