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Agents Cite Poacher for Harvesting 11 Deer this Season

Release Date: 01/19/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Newellton man for alleged deer hunting violations on Jan. 16.

Agents cited Michael F. Powell, 54, for taking over the season limit of antlered deer, taking over the daily limit of antlered deer, taking over the total limit of deer in a season and failing to abide by deer tagging regulations.

Agents investigating a tip from the public learned that Powell had harvested 11 total deer with nine of them being antlered deer from October to Jan. 16 this hunting season in Caldwell and Tensas parishes.

Agents made contact with Powell at his residence in Tensas Parish on Jan. 16 and found Powell in possession of a freshly killed antlered deer without a tag.  After a short investigation, agents found Powell in possession of eight more sets of deer antlers that he admitted to harvesting this season.

That brought his total of antlered deer harvested this season to nine.  Powell also admitted to killing two antlerless deer without tagging them earlier in the season.

Agents also found the antlers to an 11 point buck and eight point buck in the collection of antlers that Powell admitted to killing on the same day.

Agents seized the deer antlers and the rifle Powell said he used to harvest all the deer.

Deer hunters are allowed a total of six deer during the season, but hunters can’t exceed three antlered or four antlerless deer.  During either sex days hunters are allowed to take one antlered and one antlerless deer per day.

Taking over the season limit of antlered deer, daily limit of antlered deer and total limit of deer in a season each brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail for each offense.  Failing to comply with deer tagging regulations carries a $100 to $500 fine and up to 90s days in jail.

Powell may also face civil restitution totaling up to $18,860 for the illegally taken deer.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Lee Tarver, Sgt. Joe Chandler, Sgt. Bear Fletcher, Sgt. Justin Goudey, and Senior Agent Joey Tarver.

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

LEEC Special E-News Bulletin: Symposium Spotlight - Green Schools Tour

Spaces are filling up for the day-long short courses at the 2016 Environmental Education State Symposium to be held February 19-20 at the Baton Rouge Marriott. Be sure to register soon at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/webform/2016-louisiana-environmental-education-state-symposium.
Find the Special eNews Bulletin below.

Watershed Webs Registration

Check back soon for dates and locations.

This four-day workshop features exciting, hands-on activities designed to give you all the information you need to lead your students into the field and start collecting environmental data. Learn to use debris cleanup and water quality monitoring as a stewardship activity and data collection and analysis exercise. Use our WET App to share and analyze data from throughout the Gulf States region.

Participants Receive

· A binder filled with GLE/NGSS correlated lessons and related materials

· GPS unit

· Water analysis equipment

· And more!

 

Agents Arrest Metairie Man for DUI And Drug Possession

Release Date: 01/13/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested a Metairie man for allegedly driving under the influence (DUI) and drug possession in Orleans Parish on Jan. 11.

Agents received a complaint at approximately 12 p.m. about a person whom later was identified as George Girard, 31, appearing to be under the influence attempting to launch a boat at a public boat launch on Bayou Sauvage in Orleans Parish.  Agents arrived shortly after Girard managed to launch and waited for a brief period before he returned to the launch.

Upon Girard’s return to the launch, agents made contact and immediately observed Girard showing signs of impairment.  After Girard consented to a search of his vessel and himself, agents found marijuana and a plastic baggy with a white powdery substance.

After failing the Standardized Field Sobriety Test, agents arrested Girard for DUI and possession of illegal drugs and booked him into the Orleans Parish Prison.  The suspected illegal drugs were sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime lab for testing.

A DUI brings a $300 to $1,000 fine and 10 days to six months of jail.  Possession of illegal drugs carries up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Austin Arteaga, Sgt. Tim Fox, Senior Agent Bret Nabors and Agent Chelsea Kling.

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

Arkansas Man Cited for Hunting License Fraud

Release Date: 01/12/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited an Arkansas man for allegedly obtaining a hunting license by fraud on Jan. 7 in Claiborne Parish.

Agents cited James Perkins, 42, of Emerson, Ark., for obtaining a Louisiana resident hunting license by fraud, hunting without a non-resident hunting license and possessing an unplugged shotgun that held five shells.

Agents observed Perkins returning from hunting on the Kisatchie National Forest in Claiborne Parish on Jan. 7.  Upon conducting a license compliance check agents discovered that Perkins was a resident of Arkansas and possessed a Louisiana resident hunting license.

After further investigation, agents also discovered that his 12 gauge shotgun was holding five shells.  It is illegal to possess a shotgun that is capable of holding more than three shells during hunting season.  Plugs are to be used if a shotgun can hold more than three shells.

Obtain license by fraud penalties will be set at a later date by the presiding judge.  Hunting with an unplugged gun carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting without a non-resident hunting license carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

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

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.

Deer Hunting Season to Reopen in Portion of Northeast and Central Louisiana on Saturday Morning 30 Minutes Before Sunrise

Release Date: 01/08/2016

Jan. 8, 2016 – Deer hunting season in areas of northeast and central Louisiana near the Mississippi River will resume Saturday (Jan. 9) 30 minutes before sunrise.

The closure, enacted Jan. 3 because of flooding of the Mississippi River, covered land from the Arkansas state line, east to U.S. 65 to Vidalia, La., and west of the Louisiana-Mississippi border. However, land from the levee to the Mississippi River in this area will remain closed until further notice.
Parishes affected by the closure include East Carroll, Madison, Tensas and Concordia.
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us atwww.wlf.la.gov or www.FishLA.org. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

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