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LA: Bourg Man Arrested for Illegal Hunting

Bourg -- Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office says a Bourg man was arrested last Friday for allegedly hunting on a private lease off the Bourg-Larose Highway.

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre says that Ned Michael Dantin, 38, of Bourg, Louisiana was arrested last Friday. Deputies say Dantin was seen leaving a private hunting lease on La. Hwy 24 after being picked up in a truck. A license plate number and damaged cell phone led deputies to the home of Ned Dantin where he was questioned about his activity in the area. A Terrebonne Parish deputy assisted.

Dantin told deputies he was hunting on some land that a friend said he could hunt on and that he had been dropped off around 4:30 in the morning and was picked up later that morning after killing an 8-point deer around 7:30. He said he dragged the deer to the road where he was picked up by his friend. He said he gave the deer to a friend from Morgan City whose name he could not remember.

Dantin was brought back to the South Lafourche Sub-station where he admitted that he had hunted the private area earlier in the week and killed a doe. He was placed under arrest and charged with Criminal Trespassing. State Wildlife & Fisheries agents were present and also cited the subject for Failure to Comply with a Deer Harvest Card and Possession of Illegally Taken Deer.

The maximum penalty for criminal trespassing is a $500 fine and/or 30 days in jail. Charges filed by Wildlife & Fisheries can carry penalties of $750 plus 30 days in jail for Possession of an Illegally Taken Deer; a maximum of $350 fine and/or 60 days in jail; plus another maximum fine of $350 and/or 60 days in jail because this deer was taken from a private leased area that was under a “Deer Management Program”.

Mr. Ned Dantin was released on a $100 bond. He has a criminal history of arrests for theft, receiving stolen things, contempt of court, aggravated battery, and a drug charge.

The investigation is continuing and additional charges may be filed in this case.

Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office contributed this report.

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