A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent cited two Louisiana men for alleged night hunting violations on Nov. 12 in Franklin Parish.
Agents cited Claude B. Roberts, 24, and Cody A. Barton, 27, both from Fort Necessity for taking a deer during illegal hours, hunting from a public road and hunting from a moving vehicle. Barton was also cited for discharging a firearm from a public road.
According to the men they were in a vehicle and shined a deer with a spotlight from a public road in Franklin Parish around 9 p.m. Barton then shot and killed a spiked deer from the vehicle.
After shooting the deer, the men saw a vehicle coming and attempted to flee the area and wrecked their truck in the process of leaving. The Franklin Parish Sheriff’s Office was contacted by a person near where they crashed their truck.
LDWF Senior Agent Johnny Wilson made contact with the men at the scene and cited the men.
Taking deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Hunting from a public road and discharging a firearm from a public road each carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail. Hunting from a moving vehicle brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail. Barton may also face civil restitution of $1,624 for the illegally taken deer.
Involved in the case are Senior Agent Johnny Wilson and Franklin Parish Deputy Brandon Box.
For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or firstname.lastname@example.org.