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St. Bernard Man Cited for Oyster Violations

Release Date: 02/16/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents cited a St. Bernard man for alleged oyster violations on Feb. 14.

Agents cited Bruce Guerra III, 33, for using an illegal scraper and taking over the limit of oysters on a public seed ground.

Agents observed Guerra fishing for oysters on the public seed ground in Drum Bay located within St. Bernard Parish.  Agents found him with 70 mini sacks of oysters on board his vessel.  The daily limit for the seed ground is 20 sacks, which is equivalent to 60 mini sacks.

Agents also found the teeth on his scrapers he was using to harvest oysters were 6 inches long.  Scrapers for use on a public seed ground may not be longer than 5 inches long.

Using an illegal scraper and taking over the limit of oysters on a public seed ground each bring a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Agents returned the 70 mini sacks of oysters to the public oyster seed ground in Drum Bay.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. David Nunez, Sgt. Charles Strain and Senior Agent Brett Nabors.

Two Men Booked for Illegally Selling Shrimp

Release Date: 02/14/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two men for alleged commercial fish selling violations in Calcasieu Parish on Jan. 25.

Agents cited Kenny J. Menard, 45, of Rayne, and Jessie L. Dupuis Jr., 43, of Lafayette, for theft by fraudulent sales, selling shrimp without a retail seafood license and failing to maintain records.

Agents responded to a tip from two Hayes residents complaining about being shorted on shrimp they bought from two door to door shrimp salesmen on Jan. 25, 2017.

During the investigation, agents determined the two Hayes men were shorted about half of their agreed purchase amount of shrimp.  Agents were able to identify the sellers of the shrimp and found that the men were not licensed to sell shrimp.

On Feb. 8, agents secured arrest warrants for the two men.  Menard was arrested on Feb. 9 in Acadia Parish and is awaiting transport to Calcasieu Parish.  Dupuis Jr. turned himself in to Calcasieu Parish authorities on Feb. 13.

Theft by fraudulent sales carries up to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail.  Failing to maintain records and selling shrimp without a retail seafood license each brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.

LDWF agents participating in the case are Sgts. Justin Sonnier and David Sanford.

Illegal Alligator Egg Collectors Sentenced in Vermilion Parish

Release Date: 02/04/2017

Two Grand Chenier men were sentenced in the 15th Judicial District Court in Vermillion Parish on Jan. 24 for their part in the theft of alligator eggs.

Paul A. Canik, 48, pled no contest to illegal possession of alligator eggs, and criminal trespass.  Christopher M. Trahan, 25, pled no contest to not abiding by rules and regulations.

Judge Edward Broussard ordered Canik to pay a $593 fine for illegal possession of alligator eggs and a $50 fine for criminal trespassing.  Canik was also ordered to forfeit $1,740 from the sale of the illegally taken alligator eggs and an 18-foot aluminum boat with motor and trailer.  Canik’s egg collection privileges were also suspended for 18 months.  Trahan was ordered to pay a $293 fine.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited Canik and Trahan on July 21, 2015 for the illegal collection of 523 alligator eggs.  Agents determined that Canik collected numerous alligator eggs from property from which they did not have the required egg collection permits on Grand Chenier.  Canik also trespassed on property he did not have permission to access during the illegal egg collection.  Trahan assisted in the transport of the illegally taken alligator eggs.

Assistant District Attorney Aimee Hebert prosecuted the case.

Agents involved in the case were Sgt. David Sanford, Senior Agent Jason Stagg, Senior Agent Derek Logan and Senior Agent Anthony Verret.

St. Bernard Man Cited for Violating New Crabbing Regulations

Release Date: 02/02/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents cited a St. Bernard man for alleged commercial crab violations in Plaquemines Parish on Feb. 1.

Agents cited Allan Campo, Sr., 51, of Violet, for possessing immature female crabs.

Beginning in 2017, commercial crab fishermen in Louisiana state waters may not harvest immature female crabs regardless of size.  However, a legally licensed commercial crab fisherman may have an incidental take of immature female crabs not to exceed two percent of the total number of crabs.

On Jan. 20, LDWF agents found Campo in violation of the new crabbing regulation percentages and issued him a written warning.

On Feb. 1, agents were on patrol near Shell Lake in Plaquemines Parish and observed Campo actively crabbing.  Agents found two illegal crates of crabs with percentages of eight percent and ten percent of the total catch being immature female crabs.

Agents seized the crabs and returned them back to the water.

An immature female crab, also known as a “maiden” or “V-bottom” crab, can be identified as having a triangular shaped apron on her abdomen.  A mature female crab can be identified as having a dome shaped apron on her abdomen.

Possessing immature female crabs carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail and forfeiture of their crab catch.

LDWF agents participating in the case are Sgt. Jason Gernados and Senior Agent Patrick Dempsey.

Shreveport Man Cited for Hunting Violations on WMA

Release Date: 02/02/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents cited a Shreveport man for alleged deer hunting violations on Jan. 31 in Red River Parish.

Agents cited Jeremy A. Miller, 40, for taking deer using illegal methods and violating a wildlife management area (WMA) regulation.

Agents were on patrol on the Bayou Pierre WMA when they heard a gunshot.  The agents proceeded in the direction of the shot and made contact with Miller whom was in possession of a bow and arrow and a 9 mm pistol near a downed doe deer.

After further questioning, Miller admitted to killing the deer with his pistol.  The season for deer is bow and arrow only on the Bayou Pierre WMA and it illegal to carry a pistol on the Bayou Pierre WMA without a concealed carry permit.

Agents seized the pistol and deer.  The deer was later donated to local charity.

Taking deer using illegal methods brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Violating a WMA regulation carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Miller may also face civil restitution totaling $1,624 for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Troy Parker, Agent Mike Cook and Senior Agent Will Holomon.

Three Men Cited in St. Bernard Parish for Illegal Oyster Harvesting

Release Date: 02/01/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested three men for alleged oyster violations on the morning of Jan. 31 in St. Bernard Parish.

Agents arrested Dustin J Robin, 30, of St. Bernard, Randal Assavedo Jr,35, of Mereaux, and Carlos Mejia, 42, of Houston, Texas for dredging for oysters in a polluted area, unlawfully taking oysters off a private lease, taking oysters during illegal hours, and failing to have written permission to harvest oysters on a private lease.  Robin, the captain of the vessel, was also cited for failing to fill out an oyster log book.

Agents were patrolling the Lake Robin area when they observed a vessel actively dredging in the lake around 6 a.m.  Upon making contact with the vessel the agents discovered the men were dredging in a polluted area on a private lease without written permission during illegal hours.

Agents seized and returned 12 sacks of oysters to the water and seized two oyster dredges.  They also seized the vessel on a department seizure order.

Dredging for oysters in a polluted area and unlawfully taking oysters off a private lease each carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking oysters during illegal hours and failing to have written permission each brings a $400 to $950 and up to 120 days in jail.  Failing to fill out an oyster log book carries a $25 fine and up to 10 days in jail.

The men could also have their oyster harvester licenses revoked by the department for up to one year.  The violators could also be sentenced to perform 40 hours of community service and only be allowed to harvest oysters from a vessel with a vessel monitoring device for up to one year.

Agents involved in the case are Senior Agent Blaine Wagner and Agent Kyle Haydel. 

Month Long Investigation Leads to Deer Hunting Citations

Release Date: 02/01/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Franklinton man for alleged deer hunting violations on Jan. 30 in Washington Parish.

Agents cited Johnny D. Tarver, 31, for taking over the daily limit of deer, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements, intentional littering and intentional concealment or destruction of wildlife.

Agents began investigating Tarver after receiving a tip on Dec. 30, 2016 about Tarver possibly harvesting three deer on the same day.  After a month long investigation, agents determined that Tarver harvested a six point, five point and spike deer on Dec. 25 in Washington Parish.  Hunters were only allowed one antlered and one antlerless deer for this area on Dec. 25.

Agents also learned that Tarver threw the deer remains, antlers and meat into the Bogue Chitto River near Clifton in Washington Parish after Tarver got word of the investigation.

Intentional concealment of wildlife carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking 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 requirements carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Intentional littering brings up to a $500 fine and eight hours of community service in a litter-abatement work program as approved by the court.

Tarver may also face civil restitution totaling $4,874 for the replacement value of the three illegally taken deer.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Darryl Galloway and Sgt. Toby Miller.

LDWF Agent Makes Arrest in Concordia Parish

Release Date: 01/31/2017

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agent arrested a Waterproof man for alleged drug, deer hunting and driving while intoxicated (DWI) violations on Jan. 29 in Concordia Parish.

LDWF Sgt. Trey Mason arrested Tyrone Washington, 46, for possession of hydrocodone, DWI, shooting from a levee road, and hunting from a moving vehicle and during illegal hours.

Sgt. Mason was on patrol when he observed Washington in the process of hunting from his vehicle and a Mississippi River levee road on the Tensas and Concordia Parish line.

When Sgt. Mason attempted to make contact with Washington he drove away.  After a brief chase, Sgt. Mason made contact with Washington and found a spike deer and doe in the back of the truck.  He also found him in possession of prescription pills without a prescription and under the influence while driving.

Sgt. Mason booked Washington into the Concordia Parish Jail and seized his .22 rifle and two deer.

Possession of hydrocodone without a prescription carries up to a $5,000 fine and five years in jail.  DWI carries a $300 to $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail.  Hunting deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting from a moving vehicle carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting from a levee road brings a $50 fine and up to 30 days in jail.

Washington may also face civil restitution totaling $3,249 for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.

Two Avoyelles Parish Men Cited For Taking Game Fish Illegally

Release Date: 01/27/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division cited two men for alleged commercial fishing violations in Avoyelles Parish on Jan. 26.

Agents cited Donnyel W. Lapraririe, 60, and Phillip W. Lapraririe, 33, both from Effie, for taking gamefish illegally, illegal possession of gamefish, illegal net mesh size, taking commercial fish without a commercial license and gear license, and failing to tag/mark their nets.  Phillip Lapraririe was also cited for failing to comply with personal flotation device (PFD) requirements, improper running lights and possessing an expired boat registration.

Agents were working an area of Old River in Vick where they had recurring reports of illegal gill netting activity when they found the men picking up nets out of the water and putting them into their vessel before daylight.  Agents then saw the men offload the nets at the bank.

Agents made contact with the men and found the men did not possess the required commercial fishing licenses and that the net mesh size was two inches.  After further investigation, agents also learned that the men possessed 13 freezer bags in a house freezer with each bag containing 10 gutted, scaled and headless crappie.  The men admitted to catching the frozen crappie with the same nets.

In the nets agents found 13 largemouth bass, 44 crappie, seven bullhead catfish, five gar, one bowfin, two carp and 11 shad.  Agents seized the fish and donated them to a local charity.

It is illegal to fish commercially with a gill net that has a mesh size smaller than three inches in the freshwater areas of the state and to take game fish with a commercial gill net.

Illegal possession of game fish, taking game fish illegally and using illegal mesh size each carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking commercial fish without a commercial fishing license and gear license, and failing to tag nets each brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing to comply with PFD requirements, improper vessel running lights and possessing an expired boat registration each bring up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

The men may also face civil restitution totaling $1,109 for the replacement value of the illegally taken fish.

Agents participating in the case are Senior Agent Douglas Anderson Jr., Senior Agent Heath Wood and Sgt. Byron Cammack.

Concordia Parish Man Cited for Running Illegal Guide Service on WMA

Release Date: 01/24/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Concordia Parish man for allegedly guiding hunts on a wildlife management area (WMA) on Jan. 4 in Concordia Parish.

Agents cited William K. Sutton, 62, for not abiding by WMA rules and regulations after being found guiding hunts on Richard K. Yancey WMA.

Agents were on patrol in the area of the Richard K. Yancey WMA for the bucks only deer season in progress, when they observed a vehicle parked near an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) trail.  The vehicle was pulling a small trailer equipped with a dog kennel with another vehicle parked nearby with a New York license plate.

Agents then observed two subjects exiting the woods on foot from the ATV trail with one man carrying a shotgun and the other not armed, which was later revealed to be Sutton.

During the license and compliance check of the man carrying the shotgun, agents found he was carrying a magazine that included an advertisement for SDW Outfitters from Monterey, La., which is owned by Sutton.  At the bottom of the magazine page with the advertisement, agents observed a hand written note indicating that the man paid Sutton a $600 deposit and a post-it note with Sutton’s address.

The gun carrying man admitted to agents that he paid Sutton for his guiding services on the WMA.  After being confronted with the evidence, Sutton also confirmed receiving money for his guiding services on the WMA.

WMA rules and regulations state that nobody may act as a hunting guide for which they are paid by any other individual or individuals for services rendered to any other person or persons hunting on any WMA.

Operating an illegal guide service on a WMA brings a $100 to $350 fine plus court costs and up to 60 days in jail.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Trey Mason and Senior Agent Eric Little.

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