THREE MARKSVILLE MEN ARRESTED ON NIGHT HUNTING CHARGES

Release Date: 02/27/2006

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents booked three Marksville men into the Concordia Parish jail for allegedly taking deer during illegal hours on Feb. 10.


Justin Paul Desoto, 18, Justin Paul Brouillette, 18, and Channing Renee Smith, 20, were cited for taking deer during a closed season, taking deer during illegal hours, hunting deer from a public road and hunting from a moving vehicle.


At approximately 9:30 p.m. agents saw and heard a single shot fired from a vehicle.  Upon stopping the vehicle occupied by the three men, the agents found a spotlight and a .270 caliber rifle.  Once agents returned to the location of the shot they found a freshly shot doe deer.


The .270 caliber rifle, spotlight and one set of night vision binoculars were seized as evidence.  The deer was later donated to charity.


Taking deer during a closed season carries a fine up to $950, or jail time up to 120 days, or both plus court costs and forfeiture of anything seized.  Taking deer during illegal hours carries a fine up to $950, or jail time up to 120 days, or both plus court costs.  Hunting from a moving vehicle is punishable by a fine up to $500, or jail time up to 90 days, or both plus court costs.  Hunting from a public road has a fine up to $350, or jail for not more than 60 days, or both plus court costs.


Agents participating in the case were Sr. Agent Joey Tarver, Sgt. Russ Kiser, Agent Charlie Ferrington, Agent Christopher Hoag and Agent Joseph Merrill.


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