Release Date: 10/31/2006

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Agents cited James J. Boudreaux, 49, of Gramercy for allegedly hunting during illegal hours in the early morning hours of Oct 6 in St. John Parish.

Agents received complaints of an unknown person hunting at night on the Mississippi River levee near the Kinder Morgan Co. plant in Reserve.  The agents set up surveillance on the levee for three consecutive nights to investigate the complaint.  On the third night at approximately 4:30 a.m., agents spotted a vehicle driving slowly on the levee using a light to shine the nearby tree line.  Boudreaux was driving the vehicle and he drove back to the nearby Kinder Morgan parking lot after seeing the agents.  He was pursued and found unloading a bolt action .410 shotgun in the back seat of his vehicle in the parking lot. 

Boudreaux was cited for hunting wild quadrupeds during illegal hours, hunting from a moving vehicle, hunting from a levee and driving on a levee.  If convicted, Boudreaux faces fines between $250-$500, or jail time up to 90 days or both for hunting during illegal hours and for hunting from a moving vehicle. Driving on and hunting from a levee both carry penalties of $50 in fines, or 30 days in jail, or both plus court costs

Agents involved in this case were Sr. Agent William Boyd and Agent Edward Ridgel.

For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2988 or