Release Date: 08/01/2006

On June 29, Lawrence B. Davis, 45, of Mansura, pled guilty to possession of an illegally taken deer, hunting without a resident license and hunting without a big game license.

The guilty plea was the result of an investigation by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents of illegal hunting in Avoyelles Parish.  Agents had received information that Davis killed a trophy buck on the morning of Feb. 15, 2006 with a shotgun.  The only legal method for taking deer on this date was with archery equipment.  

12th Judicial District Judge William Bennett ordered a search of Davis' residence and the antlers of the buck were discovered in the search. 

Judge Bennett accepted Davis' guilty pleas and issued a suspended sentence of 90 days in jail.  He placed Davis on probation for one year with the condition that he pays $931.50 in fines and fees.  In addition, Judge Bennett ordered Davis to pay restitution in the amount of $524 to LDWF for the illegally taken deer.

District Attorney Charles A. Riddle III prosecuted the case.  Agents participating in the case were Capt. Peter Oliver, Lt. Eric Stokes, Sgt. Gabe Guidry and Agent Doug Anderson, Jr.

For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at klacaze@wlf.louisiana.gov or 225-765 2988.