Release Date: 01/09/2007

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited Thomas E. Custis Jr., 63, and Troy E. Custis, 37, both of Campti, on Nov. 21, 2006, in Natchitoches Parish for allegedly killing a deer illegally.

LDWF Sgt. David McAlpin cited both men for hunting deer illegally from a boat after they each gave a voluntary written statement.  Both men admitted that they were riding in a boat on Black Lake when they saw the large buck swimming across a channel.  They motored up to the deer, roped it, and then shot it with a pistol.  The deer was seized and later donated to charity.

The penalty for hunting deer illegally from a boat, while the deer is in the water, is a fine between $100 and $350, or jail for not more than 60 days, or both plus court costs.  Restitution in the amount of $524.54 is also owed to LDWF for the illegally taken deer.

Senior Agents Carla Rachal and Billy Shoemaker assisted in the case.

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