Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested two Washington Parish residents on the night of Saturday, Jan. 6 for alleged night hunting violations that took place north of Franklinton.
David M. Mulina, 25, and Shane M. Husser, 51, both of Franklinton were arrested for taking deer during illegal hours with an artificial light, taking deer from a public road, hunting from a moving vehicle, discharging a firearm from a public road, and for no basic resident or resident big game hunting licenses.
Shortly after 11 p.m., agents watched Mulina and Husser spotlight and shoot a deer in a rye grass field from their vehicle on Mt. Pisgah Road. Two rifles and a spotlight were seized along with the deer, which was found dead in the field and later donated to charity.
If convicted, each faces penalties including fines between $900 to $950, or jail for not more than 120 days, or both, plus court costs and forfeiture of anything seized for taking deer during illegal hours. Hunting from a moving vehicle carries a fine between $250 and $500, or jail for not more than 90 days, or both plus court costs. Taking deer from a pubic road is punishable by a fine between $100 and $350, or jail for not more than 60 days, or both plus court costs. Hunting without a basic and big game hunting licenses each carry fines of $50 or jail time up to for the first offense. The penalty for discharging a firearm from a public road is a fine up to $50, or up to 30 days in jail, or both, plus court costs.
Mulina and Husser were also assessed civil restitution in the amount of $524.54 payable to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for the value of the deer.
Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Darryl Galloway and Senior Agent Robert Larsen.
For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2988 or firstname.lastname@example.org.