Release Date: 01/30/2006

Agents from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division cited a Jefferson Parish man for taking over the limit of ducks, hunting ducks during illegal hours, hunting ducks with a shotgun capable of holding more than three shells and failing to comply with non-toxic shot regulations on Jan. 8.

Joshua P. Bodenheimer, 21, of Metairie was cited after agents allegedly observed him taking wood ducks after legal shooting hours near LaPlace in St. John Parish.  Agents found Bodenheimer in possession of three wood ducks, lead shot shotgun shells and a 12-gauge shotgun capable of holding more than three shells.

These are all violations of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and have been referred to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for prosecution in federal court.  For each conviction the penalty is a fine up to $15,000, and jail time up to 6 months or both.

Agents involved in this case were Sgt. Davis Madere, and Agents Ed Ridgel and Robert Turner.

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