BLOOD TRAIL LEADS AGENTS TO ILLEGALLY TAKEN DEER

Release Date: 01/23/2007

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited three men on Jan. 12 for alleged deer violations in Calcasieu Parish.


Nicholas J. Hargroter, 22, of Jennings, was cited for taking deer during illegal hours and taking deer by using illegal methods.  Jeffrey P. Landry, 25, of Lake Arthur, and Joshua S. Monceaux, 25, of Vidor, Texas, were both cited for possession of an illegally taken deer.


Agents received a complaint of shots fired near a residence on Lorraine Bridge Road.  At approximately 5:05 a.m., agents responded to the area and located the men at Lorraine Bridge Park.  Fresh blood was found in the bed of the truck, which led to a freshly killed doe locked in the toolbox of the vehicle.


The rifle and spotlight used in the violations were seized as evidence.  The doe  was also seized and donated to charity.


Taking deer during illegal hours carries a maximum fine of $950, up to 120 days in jail, or both plus court costs.  This penalty also includes the forfeiture of the items used.  Taking deer by using illegal methods carries a maximum fine of $350, up to 60 days in jail, or both plus court costs.  Possession of an illegally taken deer carries a maximum fine of $750, up to 120 days in jail, or both plus court costs.


Agents participating in the case were Sgt. David Sanford and Senior Agent Robert Deville.


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