Two Men Charged With Numerous Night Hunting Violations

Release Date: 10/29/2012

Oct. 29, 2012 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two men for alleged night hunting violations and cruelty to animals on Oct. 27 in East Baton Rouge and East Feliciana parishes.

During the early morning hours of Oct. 27, agents received information of possible night hunting activity in the northern section of East Baton Rouge Parish.  Agents investigated the area and found Ryan Stogner, 20, of Denham Springs, and Nicholas Tarver, 21, of Zachary, involved in night hunting activities.

After further investigation, agents were able to track and locate a white tail doe deer the pair had shot and killed earlier in the night off of Pride/Port Hudson Road.  Agents also learned that the two men had shot and killed a personally owned malamute husky belonging to a couple in East Feliciana Parish along Hwy. 409 earlier in the night.

Agents cited the two men with two counts each for taking deer during illegal hours, taking deer from a public road, hunting from a moving vehicle, hunting without basic and big game licenses and violating deer tagging regulations in East Baton Rouge and East Feliciana parishes.  Stogner was also cited for discharging a firearm from a public road in both parishes.  Both men were also cited for aggravated cruelty to animals in East Feliciana Parish for killing the husky.

Agents seized one whitetail deer along with one malamute husky, a Remington .308 rifle with scope and a Q-beam spotlight.

Hunting or taking deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each count.  Hunting or taking deer from a public road carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each count.  Hunting from a moving vehicle brings a $250 to 500 and up to 90 days in jail for each count.  Hunting without basic and big game licenses carries a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail for each count.  Violating deer tagging regulations brings a $100 to $300 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each count.  Discharging a firearm from a public road carries a $50 fine and up to 30 days in jail for each count.

Aggravated cruelty to animals brings a $5,000 to $25,000 fine and between one and 10 years in prison plus possible court ordered physiological evaluation.

In addition to the criminal penalties, both men are subject to pay restitution in the amount of $800 to $1,000 for the malamute husky back to the owners and $1,624.61 for the deer to the state.

Agents participating in this case were Sgt. Randy Lanoux and Lt. Will Roberts.  Deputies from the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office also assisted agents in this case.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2465.