OUACHITA PARISH MAN CITED FOR TAKING WILD TURKEY IN CLOSED SEASON

Release Date: 01/15/2007

A Ouachita Parish man was cited by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents on Jan. 5 for allegedly taking a wild turkey during a closed season, hunting turkey with a rifle and hunting turkey without a turkey license.


Joel R. Guess Jr., 46, of West Monroe, was questioned after agents received an anonymous tip that he killed a turkey in November while hunting deer in Caldwell Parish.  The investigation led the agents to a taxidermist shop in Ouachita Parish where they located a turkey gobbler with an 11-inch beard that appeared to have been shot with a rifle.  Agents located Guess at his residence where he allegedly admitted to shooting the wild turkey with a rifle after mistaking it for a hog.  The turkey and a 7mm magnum rifle were seized as evidence.  Guess will also be assessed civil restitution payable to LDWF in the amount of $802.50 for the value of the wild turkey.


The penalty for taking turkeys during a closed season is a fine between $900 and $950, or jail for not more than 120 days, or both plus courts costs.  The penalty for hunting turkeys with a rifle is a fine between $250 and $500, or jail for not more than 90 days, or both plus courts costs.  The penalty for hunting turkeys without a turkey license is a fine of $50 or jail for not more than 15 days.


Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Duane Taylor, Senior Agent Scott Jeansonne and Agent John Volentine.


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