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12 Subjects Cited for Turkey Hunting Violations During Opening Weekend

Release Date: 03/28/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement agents cited 12 people for alleged turkey hunting violations during the opening weekend of the 2017 turkey hunting season.  Turkey season opened on March 25 statewide.

On March 25 agents cited:

William Tomlinson III, 49, of West Monroe, for hunting turkeys without a turkey license and over a baited area in Jackson Parish.

Everett Walker, 60, of Bossier Parish, for hunting turkeys over a baited area and without  basic, big game and turkey licenses in Bossier Parish.

Wendi D. Eckroat, 48, Bossier Parish for hunting turkeys over a baited area and without basic, big game and turkey licenses in Bossier Parish.

Rufus Joseph Jr., 58, of St. Martinville, for hunting turkeys over a baited area in Sabine Parish.

Wendell Day, 54, of Greensburg, for hunting turkeys over a baited area in St. Helena Parish.

Loretta Day, 50, of Greensburg, for hunting turkeys over a baited area in St. Helena Parish.

Seth Hutchinson, 30, of Albany, for hunting turkeys over a baited area in Livingston Parish.

On March 26 agents cited:

Bernard Criswell Jr., 53, of West Monroe, for hunting turkeys over a baited area in Jackson Parish.

Jonathan L. Brockwell, 36, of Crossett, Ark., for hunting turkeys without basic, big game and turkey licenses in Grant Parish.

Kelvin Blades, 28, of Kentwood, for hunting turkeys over a baited area and with an unplugged shotgun in St. Helena Parish.

William Brabham, 28, of Kentwood, for hunting turkeys over a baited area, failing to comply with turkey tagging requirements and hunting with an unplugged shotgun in St. Helena Parish.

Marvin O’Nellion, 57, of Holden, for hunting turkeys over a baited area in Livingston Parish.

According to the 2017 Turkey Regulations no person shall hunt or take turkeys by the aid of baiting or on or over a baited area.  Hunters are not allowed to place, expose, deposit or scatter corn, wheat or other grain, salt or other feed to lure turkeys to their hunting area.

Also, turkey hunters are required to possess Louisiana basic hunting and big game licenses, Louisiana wild turkey license and turkey tags.

Hunting turkeys over a baited area and with an unplugged shotgun each brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail for each offense.  Failing to comply with turkey tagging regulations carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Not possessing nonresident basic, big game and turkey licenses each brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Theriot Man Found in Possession of 32 Black Bass Over the Limit

Release Date: 03/27/2017

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agent cited a man for an alleged recreational fishing violation on March 26 in Terrebonne Parish.

The agent cited Joseph R. Molliere, 31, of Theriot, for possessing over the limit of black bass.

Senior Agent Richard Bean was on patrol and stopped a vessel for a boating safety and license compliance check in Falgout Canal.  The agent found Molliere in possession of 42 black bass.  This put Molliere 32 black bass over his daily possession limit of 10 per person.

Possessing over the limit of black bass brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Molliere also faces civil restitution totaling $448 for the replacement value of the 32 fish over the limit.

Boating Education Lagniappe Day Slated for April 22

Release Date: 03/24/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will be hosting the seventh annual "Boating Education Lagniappe Day" on April 22 at nine different locations across the state.

During Boating Education Lagniappe Day, LDWF will provide instructors for the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) boating education course, NASBLA boating education certification, food and drinks, giveaways and door prizes all free of charge to the public.

LDWF urges the public to register quickly as most places have limited spaces available and registration is on a first come first serve basis.  To register please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating/courses and follow the links to register for one of the nine April 22 classes.

Anybody born after Jan. 1, 1984 must complete a NASBLA approved boating education course and carry proof of completion to operate a motorboat in excess of 10 horsepower.

The course includes information on choosing a boat, classification, hulls, motors, legal requirements and equipment requirements.  The course also covers many navigation rules and charts, trailering, sailboats, canoeing, personal watercraft and more.  Completion of the course will result in the student being issued a vessel operators certification card.

Below is the list of class locations:

Webster Parish
LDWF Region 1 Office
9961 Hwy. 80
Minden, LA 71055
Sponsors include the Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association (LWAA), Coca-Cola of Minden, McDonald’s, Burger King, Sonic, Raising Cane’s, and Buffalo Wild Wings.

Ouachita Parish
Academy Sports and Outdoors
111 Constitution Dr.
West Monroe, LA 71292
Sponsors include Academy Sports and Outdoors and Johnny’s Pizza House.

Rapides Parish
Academy Sports and Outdoors
3205 S MacArthur Dr.
Alexandria, LA 71301
Sponsors include Academy Sports and Outdoors

St. Martin Parish
1015 Amy St (next to the Henderson town hall)
Henderson, LA 70517
Sponsors include LWAA

Beauregard Parish
First Baptist Church of Deridder
2030 US-171
DeRidder, LA 70634
Sponsors include Beauregard Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited

Lafourche Parish
Galliano Fire Station District 3
1762 West Main St
Galliano, LA 70354
Sponsors include Renovation Hardware in Cut Off

Tangipahoa Parish
Manchac Fire Department
30221 US-51
Akers, LA 70421
Sponsors include Reno Seafood and Manchac Boat Club

Ascension Parish
Cabela’s of Gonzales
2200 W Cabela's Parkway
Gonzales, LA 70737
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will be teaching this class.
Sponsors include Cabela’s of Gonzales.

St. Tammany Parish
St. Tammany Parish Library Madisonville Branch
1123 Main St
Madisonville, LA 70447
Sponsors include LWAA and Raising Canes.

LDWF Agents Make Drug Arrest in Morehouse Parish

Release Date: 03/23/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested two men for alleged drug and fishing violations on March 19 in Morehouse Parish.

Agents arrested John D. Lucero, 55, of Crossett, Ark., and Brian P. Griffis, 32, of Bastrop, for possession of methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia.  Lucero was also arrested for taking over the limit of black bass, angling without a non-resident fishing license, violating license revocation, expired boat registration and failing to comply with personal flotation device (PFD) requirements.

Agents observed Lucero and Griffis fishing from a vessel in Bayou Bartholomew in Ouachita City.  Agents made contact and conducted license compliance checks.  Lucero did not have a valid fishing license, was under revocation in Louisiana from buying a fishing license, and is currently a resident of Arkansas.  Lucero’s vessel also did not have any PFDs and had an expired boat registration.

Upon further investigation, agents determined that Lucero had taken 11 black bass putting him one over the daily limit.

Agents subsequently found both subjects to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Possession of methamphetamine carries up to a $5,000 fine and five years in jail.  Possession of drug paraphernalia brings up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.  Angling without a non-resident fishing license, violating license revocation and possessing over the limit of bass each brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Possessing expired boat registration and failing to comply with PFD requirements each carry up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

Both subjects were booked into the Morehouse Parish Jail.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. James Hagan, Senior Agent John Hattaway, and Senior Agent Ray Ellerbe.

Body of Port Barre Man Recovered from Toledo Bend

Release Date: 03/21/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents recovered the body of a Port Barre man on March 20 from Toledo Bend in Sabine Parish.

LDWF agents found the unresponsive body of Philip D. LeBlanc, 71, in the Pirates Cove area of Toledo Bend around 6 p.m.  Agents then transported LeBlanc to the Pirates Cove Marina where medical personnel pronounced him dead at the scene.  His body was turned over to the Sabine Parish Coroner’s office to determine an official cause of death.

Agents were called to the scene around 4:30 p.m. after being notified of an unmanned vessel.

Agents learned that a witness observed LeBlanc fishing in the area from the front deck of his vessel.  Moments later the witness saw the same vessel without LeBlanc in the vessel.  The witness then made contact with the 21 foot vessel and found the trolling motor on without an operator on board.  The witness was able to call authorities to begin searching for LeBlanc in the water.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this fatal boating incident.  LeBlanc was recovered without a personal flotation device.

Six Alabama Men Cited for Closed Season Shrimping in St. Bernard Parish

Release Date: 03/21/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited six men for alleged illegal shrimping on March 17 in St. Bernard Parish.

Agents cited, William Byrd, 42, Jobie Nelson, 38, Jack Harmon, 39, Joseph Nelson, 40, all of Grand Bay Ala., Derek Bateman, 29, of Coden, Ala., and Joshua Sprinkle, 30, of Irvington, Ala., for taking shrimp in state waters during a closed season.

Agents observed the six men onboard two separate vessels actively trawling for shrimp inside state waters ten miles inside the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet.  Agents boarded the vessels and found harvested shrimp on board as well as shrimp in the trawls. Agents seized 1,450 pounds of shrimp onboard, which were subsequently sold at the dock.

Shrimping 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 shall also sentence the violator to perform 40 hours of community service.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. David Nunez, Sgts Mike Garrity, and Keith Francis, Senior Agents Richard Clark, Travis Bartlett, Kyle Haydel, Jason Gernados and Blaine Wagner.

Summerfield Man Arrested for Hunting Violations in Claiborne Parish

Release Date: 03/20/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested a Summerfield man for alleged hunting violations this morning, March 20, in Claiborne Parish.

Agents arrested Zachary J. Verdin, 24, for hunting turkey during a closed season, failing to comply with turkey tagging requirements, and failing to comply with deer tagging requirements.

Agents were on patrol this morning when they found a man trying to call turkeys into his area and possessing a 12 gauge shotgun.  After making contact with Verdin, he admitted to actively hunting turkey.  Turkey season doesn’t open until March 25.

After further questioning, Verdin also admitted to not tagging a turkey his son killed during the youth hunt on March 19.  He also confessed to killing three antlerless deer this past hunting season of which none were tagged or validated.

Verdin was arrested and booked into the Claiborne Parish Detention Center.

Hunting turkey during a closed season brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Failing to comply with turkey and deer tagging requirements each brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each offense.

Agents also seized Verdin’s 12-gauge shotgun and three turkey calls.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Jared McIver, Senior Agent Will Holomon, and Senior Agent Bryant Coburn.

Two Men Caught Shrimping In Closed Area

Release Date: 03/20/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two men for alleged illegal shrimping on March 17 in Iberia Parish.

Agents cited Hoang D. Nguyen, 55, of Katy, Texas, and Nile L. Franklin, 52, of Gretna, for taking shrimp in state waters during a closed season.

Agents observed the two men onboard a vessel actively trawling for shrimp inside state waters southeast of Marsh Island Refuge.  Agents boarded the vessel and found harvested shrimp on board as well as shrimp in the trawls.

Agents returned the shrimp from the trawls back to the water.  Agents also seized 3,409 pounds of sacked shrimp onboard, which were subsequently sold at the dock.

Shrimping 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 shall also sentence the violator to perform 40 hours of community service.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. Jesse Savoie, Sgt. Justin Sonnier, Sgt. David Sanford, and Senior Agent Nathan Vanya.

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