Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two Otis men for alleged deer hunting violations in Vernon Parish on Oct. 13.
Agents cited John E. Kosik, 25, and Jeffrey Pederson, 51, for possession of illegally taken deer and failing to comply with deer tagging regulations. Kosik was also charged with being over the daily bag limit of deer.
After receiving an anonymous tip about the over harvest of deer, agents began investigating Kosik. Kosik admitted to agents that he killed three antlered deer on Oct. 11 in Vernon Parish. The investigation also revealed that Pederson assisted Kosik by tagging one of the deer that was harvested by Kosik on Oct. 11.
Hunters are allowed to take one antlered or one antlerless deer a day putting Kosik over the daily bag limit by two antlered deer. Agents seized the three deer and donated them to a local charity.
Possession of an illegally taken deer carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Possessing over the daily limit of deer brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail. Failing to comply with deer tagging regulations carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail. The men could also face civil restitution totaling $5,282 for the replacement value of the deer.
Agents involved in the case are Senior Agent Derek Ware and Lt. John Volentine.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents are investigating a fatal boating incident in Cameron Parish.
Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies recovered the body of Louis Kibodeaux, 45, of Lake Charles, from the Intracoastal Waterway near Willow Lake around 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 3.
A 26 year old female passenger was found alive clinging to a capsized flat bottom vessel by a passing tugboat around 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 3. She was then transported to a Lake Charles hospital where she is in critical condition.
LDWF agents along with the Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Coast Guard searched the area for Kibodeaux’s body after receiving the distress call from the tugboat.
LDWF agents recovered the 15 foot flat bottom vessel. The vessel appears to have had a severe head on collision with an unknown object that ejected Kibodeaux and the female passenger into the water. Neither person was wearing a personal flotation device at the time of impact.
LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating crash incident. Kibodeaux’s body was turned over to the Cameron Parish Coroner’s Office to determine an official cause of death.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Winnsboro man for allegedly being over the daily bag limit of squirrels on Oct. 1 in Catahoula Parish.
Agents cited Landon L. Cotton, 36, after they found him in possession of 22 freshly harvested squirrels. The daily bag limit is eight.
Agents were patrolling the Boeuf River area the opening morning of squirrel season when they came across a squirrel vest containing 22 harvested squirrels. The agents took cover behind some trees and about 30 minutes later observed Cotton retrieve the squirrels.
When agents made contact with Cotton, he informed the agents that he harvested all 22 squirrels putting him 14 over the daily bag limit. Agents seized the 22 squirrels and donated them to a local charity.
Over the limit of squirrels brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail. Cotton may also face civil restitution totaling $447.
Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Lee Tarver and Senior Agent Kurt Hatten.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested a South Carolina man for alleged charter fishing guide violations on Sept. 29 in St. Bernard Parish.
Agents arrested James Hough, 39, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, for guiding a chartered fishing trip without a non-resident charter guide license.
Agents received several complaints that Hough was guiding chartered fishing trips in Louisiana without the proper license. Hough also posted on social media as the captain of Flat Spot Charters and offering charter trips in the Delacroix area.
After the investigation, agents were able to determine that Hough conducted a guided fishing trip for profit on Sept. 29. Agents seized four red drum in the case and donated them to a local charity.
Conducting a guided chartered fishing trip without a charter guide license carries a fine of up to a $950 and 120 days in jail plus forfeiture of anything seized. Hough was booked into the St. Bernard Parish Jail.
Agents participating in the case are Sgts. Todd Laviolette and Ezekiel Talbert, Jr.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two men for alleged deer hunting violations on Sept. 25 in Pointe Coupee Parish.
Agents cited Ashton J. Prejean, 22, and James Scott 19, both of Fordoche, for taking deer during a closed season, taking deer during illegal hours with artificial light and possession of illegally taken deer.
Agents found Prejean and Scott in possession of an illegally taken four point buck. During the investigation agents learned that the deer was taken several nights prior to the investigation with a crossbow and spotlight at night in the vicinity of Fordoche.
Agents seized a crossbow, spotlight and the deer.
Taking deer during a closed season and during illegal hours with artificial light each brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each offense. Possession of an illegally taken deer carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Prejean and Scott could face civil restitution for the illegally taken deer totaling $1624.61.
Agents participating in the case are Senior Agents Channing Duvall and Tyler Smith.
LDWF Information and Season Hotline - 1-800-256-2749
The LDWF Information and Season Hotline is available 24 hours a day by simply calling 1-800-256-2749. The hotline provides the most-up-to-date information on season dates and regulations. After calling the hotline, callers will follow prompts to access the information they are seeking.
Hunting and fishing dates will be available through the hotline for the following seasons: shrimp, oysters, deer, squirrel, rabbit, migratory game birds, turkey, quail, recreational finfish and commercial finfish.
The hotline also will feature boating safety, wildlife management area and hunter safety information, as well as contact information for regional LDWF offices.