Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Agents cited a St. Amant man on Nov. 26 for allegedly killing four deer on the Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area.
James M. Duhe, 47, of St. Amant was cited after agents set up surveillance and apprehended Duhe near Highway 641, in St. James Parish. Duhe and three other men were observed dragging two button bucks, a doe and a 10-point buck through the swamp to the edge of the highway.
After further investigation and interviews by the agents with the four men, Duhe ultimately confessed to killing all four deer. The legal daily limit for deer on a WMA is one antlered and one antlerless deer (when legal) per day.
Duhe was placed under arrest and booked into the St. James Parish jail. Agents seized the rifle used by Duhe as evidence. The four deer were also seized and later donated to charity.
If convicted, Duhe faces fines up to $750 or jail time between 15 and 30 days for possession of illegally taken deer. For taking over the daily limit of deer, he faces fines up to $500, or jail time up to 90 days, or both plus court costs. Failure to comply with rules and regulation on a WMA carries fines up to $350, or jail not more than 60 days, or both plus court costs. Duhe also faces civil restitution penalties of $524.54 per deer.
Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Aron Hastings and Agent Robert Turner.
For more information contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2988 or firstname.lastname@example.org.