NIGHT HUNTERS CITED IN ALLEN AND VERMILION PARISH

Release Date: 12/06/2005

Enforcement Division agents from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) reported several night hunting cases made in Allen and Vermilion parishes in November.


Agents cited Nicholas Soileau, 22, of Eunice on Nov. 7 on the West Bay Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Allen Parish for allegedly hunting deer during illegal hours, hunting from a moving vehicle, hunting deer from a public road and also for violating numerous rules and regulations of a WMA.  Senior Agent Joey James allegedly observed Soileau shining clear-cuts on the WMA with a spotlight from his vehicle.  Soileau was subsequently stopped and the agent found a loaded 7 mm magnum rifle next to him on the front seat, along with a Q-Beam spotlight still plugged into the power point hookup of the vehicle.  Soileau admitted that he was hunting deer.  His rifle and spotlight were seized as evidence.


Two Kinder men were cited on Nov. 26 for allegedly hunting wild quadrupeds during illegal hours with artificial light, hunting from a moving vehicle and hunting from a public road.  Eric Lavan, 21, and Jacob Lormand, 22, were observed by Sgts. David Liles and Keith Aucoin using the headlights of their vehicle to illuminate fields and road right of ways.  The agents stopped the vehicle on Parish Line Road in Allen Parish, and found a loaded .22-caliber rifle and 12-gauge-shotgun in the front seat of the vehicle.  The men admitted to rabbit hunting.  Both guns were seized in connection with the violations.


Sgt. David Sanford cited a Vermilion Parish man on Nov. 23 for allegedly taking deer during illegal hours with artificial light.  Bryan Guidry, 31, of Abbeville was observed parked on the shoulder of Highway 82 near Rockefeller Refuge.  Sgt. Sanford stopped to see if the motorist needed assistance.  He then followed a trail of muddy footprints and found a freshly killed 8-point buck nearby, which Guidry admitted to killing.  Seized in connection with the violation were a Marlin .17-caliber rifle and a spotlight.  The deer was donated to charity.


The penalty for hunting deer during illegal hours is a fine up to $950, or jail time up to 120 days, or both plus court costs and forfeiture of anything seized.  The penalty for hunting deer from a public road is a fine up to $350, or jail time up to 60 days, or both and court costs.  The violations of hunting wild quadrupeds during illegal hours with artificial light and hunting from a moving vehicle each carry a fine up to $500, or jail time up to 90 days, or both plus court costs.  The violations of hunting from a public road and not abiding by the rules and regulations on a WMA each carry a fine up to $350, or jail time up to 60 days, or both plus court costs.


EDITORS: For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at klacaze@wlf.louisiana.gov or 225-765-2469