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Two Houma Men Cited for Illegal Oyster Harvesting in Terrebonne Parish

Release Date: 12/17/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two Louisiana men for alleged oyster harvester violations on Dec. 11 in Terrebonne Parish.

Agents cited John Parker, 29, and Richard Ainsworth, 39, for taking oyster during a closed season on the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation and taking oysters from a polluted area.

Agents observed Parker and Ainsworth around 9:30 a.m. actively dredging for oysters from the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation.  The Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation is closed for the entire 2018-19 oyster season.  The area where Parker and Ainsworth were found dredging is also an unapproved polluted area.

Agents seized 17 sacks of oysters and returned them to the water.

Taking oysters from an unapproved polluted area and during a closed season each brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.  The men could also face having their oyster harvester licenses revoked by LDWF 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 that is equipped with a vessel monitoring device for up to one year.

Agents Cite Six Subjects for Illegal Oyster Harvesting in Sister Lake

Release Date: 12/11/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents cited six men in three vessels for alleged oyster harvesting violations on Dec. 11 in Terrebonne Parish.

Agents cited Danny L. Farkas Jr, 26, of Montegut, and Austin R. Cole, 22, of Chauvin, for taking oysters during a closed season and during illegal hours, taking oysters without a commercial fishing license and without a commercial gear license.  Farkas Jr. was also cited for taking oysters without an oyster harvester license and for violating log book requirements.

Agents cited Hermilo Gomez Lura, 29, and Jose Lewis Ramirez, 28, for taking oysters during illegal hours and during a closed season.  Lura was also cited for violating log book requirements and running light requirements.

Agents cited Lorenzo Aguilar Lara, 35, and Mavino Aguilar Lara, 36, for taking oysters during a closed season and during illegal hours.  Lorenzo Aguilar Lara was also cited for violating log book requirements and running light requirements.

Agents were on patrol on the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation when they found three vessels actively dredging for oysters between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. on Dec. 11.  The Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation is closed for the entire 2018-19 oyster season.

Agents seized a total of 75 sacks of oysters from the three vessels and returned them to the water.

Taking oysters during a closed season brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking oysters during illegal hours and harvesting oysters without an oyster harvester license each carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.  Taking oysters without a commercial fishing license and commercial gear license each brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Violating the running light requirement brings up to a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.  Violating the log book sanitation code requirements carries up to a $25 fine and up to 10 days in jail.

Six People Found Using Oyster Dredges in Tonging Only Area

Release Date: 12/11/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited six people in two separate vessels for alleged illegal oyster harvesting violations on Dec. 5 in Cameron Parish.

Agents cited Joby A. Landry, 22, of Lake Charles, Lawrence A. Landry, 56, of Cameron, and Rodney P. Dyson, 38, of Cameron, for violating Calcasieu Lake oyster regulations for using dredges and intentional concealment of oysters.  Agents also cited Phillip C. Dyson II, 36, of Cameron, Kenneth D. Debarge, 39, of Cameron, and Kasey L. Mock, 26, of Cameron, for violating Calcasieu Lake oyster regulations for using dredges.

Agents were patrolling Calcasieu Lake when they observed two vessels actively dredging for oysters in a tonging only area.  When agents approached the oyster vessels, they observed three subjects throw three sacks of oysters overboard from one of the vessels.

Intentional concealment of oysters brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Violating Calcasieu Lake oyster regulations brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.

The offenders may also face forfeiting their permits to harvest oysters on Calcasieu Lake and be barred from obtaining permits for the remainder of the period for which it was issued plus one year, during which time the offenders will be barred from participating in any oyster harvesting activity on Calcasieu Lake.

Two Louisiana Men Cited for Hunting Violations in Assumption Parish

Release Date: 12/05/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two Louisiana men for alleged hunting violations on Dec. 2 in Assumption Parish.

Agents cited Talbot Daniels, 18, of Baton Rouge, and Alex Mabile, 27 of Albany, for hunting wild quadrupeds during illegal hours.  Agents also cited Talbot for hunting without a resident and big game licenses, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements, possession of an illegally taken deer, failing to comply with hunter education requirements and possession of an untagged deer.

Agents on patrol in the area observed the men using a light while actively hunting in a field near Labadieville around 2 a.m.  Agents made contact with the men and found them in possession of two rifles, a six-point deer and a rabbit.

Agents seized one antlered deer, one rabbit and the two rifles.

Possession of an illegally taken deer brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting wild quadrupeds during illegal hours and possession of an untagged deer carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail for each offense.  Failing to comply with deer tagging requirements carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Hunting without a basic season license, big game license and failure to comply with hunter education requirements each bring up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail for each offense.

Daniels may also face civil restitution totaling up to $1,624 for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.

Two Men Pleaded Guilty to Migratory Game Bird Violations

Release Date: 11/27/2018

Two Louisiana men were sentenced in the U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana in Alexandria for duck hunting violations.

Tyler W. Smith, 33, of St. Francisville, and Logan A. Blanchard, 25, of Oscar, both pleaded guilty to placing bait to take migratory game birds and hunting migratory game birds over a baited area.  Smith also pleaded guilty to hunting migratory game birds without a state duck license and hunting without a basic hunting license.

The honorable U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph H.L. Perez-Montes accepted the guilty pleas, and sentenced Smith on Nov. 7 to pay a $3,610 fine and suspended his hunting privileges for two years.  Judge Perez-Montes also sentenced Blanchard on Sept. 26 to pay a $3,540 fine and suspended his hunting privileges for three years.

The guilty pleas stem from a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement division investigation.  Agents cited Smith and Blanchard on Dec. 16, 2017 for the migratory game bird hunting violations in Catahoula Parish near Harrisonburg.

Two Avoyelles Parish Men Cited for Deer Hunting Violations

Release Date: 11/21/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division Agents cited two men for alleged deer violations in Avoyelles Parish on Nov. 19.

Agents cited Brice Rodgers, 19, Plaucheville, and Brandon Prothro, 39, of Simmesport, for taking over the daily limit of deer, taking deer from a moving vehicle, taking deer during illegal hours, taking deer with an illegal weapon, possession of illegally taken deer and intentional concealment of wildlife.  Agents also cited Rodgers for failing to comply with deer tagging requirements.

Agents received a tip about five freshly killed deer beneath a wooden bridge in Plaucheville.  Agents investigated the complaint and found the deer and uncovered information that led them back to Rodgers and Prothro.

Agents arrived at Rodgers’ residence for questioning where they found two more untagged deer in ice chests.  Rodgers said he harvested those two deer during the primitive firearms season, but had not tagged them.

During the investigation, agents determined that on Nov. 16, Rodgers and Prothro went hunting at night killing four deer with a .17 cal. rifle and one with a crossbow from the road out of a truck.

Agents learned they had the deer at Rodgers’ residence.  However, they decided to throw the five deer over the bridge because they thought agents might be looking into their alleged illegal hunting activity.

Intentional concealment of wildlife and hunting deer during illegal hours each brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.  Possession of illegally taken deer carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking over the daily limit of deer carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting deer from a road, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements and hunting deer with an illegal weapon each brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each offense.

The men may also face up to $8,123 in civil restitution for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.  Rodgers faces an additional $3,249 in civil restitution.

LDWF Agents Conduct Successful Search and Rescue Mission

Release Date: 11/20/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents performed a successful search and rescue mission of an overdue boater in Cameron Parish.

Agents received information about a kayaker that was overdue on the afternoon of Nov. 18 on the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge (NWR).  LDWF agents immediately conducted a search of the area and were able to find the missing 38-year-old Lake Charles resident around 9 a.m. on Nov. 19.

The man was found about a mile from the place he launched his kayak.  According to the kayaker, he went out duck hunting on the morning of Nov. 18 when he got lost and couldn’t find his way back to the launch.  He attempted to call for help but was unable to get service on his cell phone.

Agents were able to retrieve the man and his kayak and get him back to the launch where an ambulance transported him to the Cal Cam Hospital in Sulphur for treatment of mild hypothermia.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Coast Guard and Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office also participated in the search.

LDWF Agents Investigating Fatal Boating Incident in Orleans Parish

Release Date: 11/18/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents are investigating a fatal boating incident in Orleans Parish.

The bodies of Levi Slaughter Jr., 87, and his son Levi Slaughter III, 62, both of New Orleans, were recovered on Nov. 18 from Lake Pontchartrain.

Agents were notified about 2:45 p.m. on Nov. 18 of an unmanned 19-foot boat near Irish Bayou in Lake Pontchartrain.  LDWF agents along with the New Orleans Police Department and U.S. Coast Guard immediately conducted a search for the missing boaters.

First responders found the bodies near the unmanned vessel about 8:15 p.m.  According to family, the Slaughters had left to go fishing around 8 a.m. that morning.  It is unknown at this time what caused the men to enter the water.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this fatal boating incident.  Both men were found without wearing personal flotation devices.  The bodies were turned over to the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office to determine a cause of death.

Two Men Cited for Illegal Harvest of Buck

Release Date: 11/14/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two Louisiana men for alleged deer hunting violations on Nov. 11 in Evangeline Parish.

Agents cited Jordan Richard, 23, of Mamou, and Dylan Santoro, 25, of Ville Platte, for possession of an illegally taken deer, hunting deer using illegal methods and failing to wear hunter’s orange.  Agents also cited Richard for failing to comply with deer tagging requirements and failing to possess a big game hunting license.

Agents received a tip about the two men illegally harvesting a deer on Nov. 10 while they were duck hunting on Grand Maris Bayou near Mamou.

Agents located the two men and during questioning, they both admitted to shooting the deer with fine shot.  The two men said they were duck hunting when they saw the 18-point non-typical buck on the bank and they both shot it with fine shot.

Agents seized the deer meat and antlers.

Possession of an illegally taken deer carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting deer with illegal methods 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.  Failing to possess a big game hunting license and to wear hunter’s orange each brings up to a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

The men may also face civil restitution totaling $2,033 for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.

LDWF Agents Rescue Father and Son in Vermilion Bay

Release Date: 11/05/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents performed a successful search and rescue mission on Nov. 3 in Vermilion Bay.

LDWF agents were notified about two overdue boaters on board a vessel about 9 p.m. on Nov. 3.  The missing boaters were a 57-year-old father and his 10-year-old son both from Erath.

LDWF agents immediately began conducting search and rescue efforts in conjunction with U.S. Coast Guard and the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office to locate the missing boaters.

LDWF agents located the missing boat with both boaters safely inside the vessel on Nov. 4 around 1:25 a.m.  LDWF loaded the father and son onto their vessel and transported the boaters back to the dock where they were evaluated by Emergency Medical Services and released to go home.

Agents found out that the boat battery died leaving the two boaters in need of assistance.

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