Release Date: 12/13/2005

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited six men and two juveniles in Caddo Parish for alleged multiple migratory game bird violations near Vivian on Nov. 26.

Francis M. Hale, 37, of Vivian, was cited for allegedly duck hunting during illegal hours, without a federal duck stamp and state duck hunting license.  Justin Q. Hale, 22, Samuel C. Tyson, 22, Clifford D. Rowell, Jr., 19, all of Vivian, Talmadge J. Dail, 29, of Ida, Jared K. Chiles, 19, of Bivins, Texas., and two juveniles were issued citations for allegedly hunting ducks during illegal hours, violating non-toxic shot requirements, taking ducks over the legal limit and wanton waste of migratory game birds.  In addition, Justin Hale was cited for hunting ducks with an unplugged gun and Clifford Rowell was cited for hunting ducks without a federal duck stamp and state duck hunting license.

Agents received an anonymous complaint concerning late shooting taking place in north Caddo Parish.  Upon arrival, the agents heard heavy shooting well after sunset when legal shooting hours for migratory game birds end each day.  The eight hunters were contacted and found to have taken 38 wood ducks.  The daily limit for wood ducks is two per person.  The agents seized the ducks and donated them to charity.

The penalties for each migratory game bird violation are fines up to $15,000, up to one year in jail and loss of hunting privileges world-wide.

Agents participating in the case were Sr. Agents Frank Reger and Jason Clinton.

EDITORS: For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at or 225-765-2469.