Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Senior Agent Joey James cited Eric S. Gordon, 28, of Mittie and Kacey L.Trahan, 25, of DeRidder for allegedly hunting from a moving vehicle, hunting from a public road and hunting wild quadrupeds during illegal hours on Nov. 23, 2006.
Gordon and Trahan were spotted traveling at a slow rate of speed down Trammel Road in Allen Parish. A spotlight was shined from both the driver and passenger side of the vehicle to illuminate fields and ditches along the roadway and a .22 caliber rifle was fired from the vehicle.
James then stopped the vehicle and found the .22 caliber rifle and a hand held spotlight in the console area. A freshly killed cottontail rabbit was found in the vehicle.
The rifle, a spent .22 caliber cartridge, the spotlight and the rabbit were seized as evidence. The rabbit was donated to charity.
The penalties for hunting wild quadrupeds during illegal hours and hunting from a moving vehicle each include fines between $250-$500, or jail for up to 90 days, or both plus court costs. Hunting from a public road carries a fine between $100-$350, or jail time up to 60 days, or both plus court costs.
For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2988 or klacaze@wlf.Louisiana.gov.