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LA: Citations issued for alleged hunting violations

January 10, 2007
The (Alexandria) Town Talk

Six Central Louisiana residents have been cited by Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries agents for alleged hunting violations.

An agent cited John P.D. Gordy, 36, and Dustin R. Wilson, 29, both of Hineston, and Jeffrey L. Dooley, 30, of Simpson on Dec. 11 for allegedly hunting rabbits illegally in Rapides Parish, according to a media release.

Senior Agent Spencer Cole stopped the men after watching them shine a spotlight on a cutover along Pine Coupee Road, the media release states. Cole found a .17-caliber rifle in their possession, and one of the men admitted they were hunting rabbits, the release states.

Cole cited the men for hunting wild game quadrupeds during illegal hours, hunting from a moving vehicle and hunting from a public road. The rifle and spotlight were seized.

Hunting wild game quadrupeds during illegal hours and hunting from a moving vehicle each carry fines of $250 to $500, or jail for not more than 90 days, or both, plus court costs. Hunting from a public road is punishable by a fine of $100 to $350, or jail for not more than 60 days, or both, plus court costs.

In another case, agents cited Thomas E. Custis Jr., 63, and Troy E. Custis, 37, both of Campti, on Nov. 21 in Natchitoches Parish for allegedly killing a deer illegally.

Wildlife & Fisheries Sgt. David McAlpin cited both men for hunting deer illegally from a boat after they each gave a voluntary written statement. Both admitted they were riding in a boat on Black Lake when they saw the large buck swimming across a channel.

They motored up to the deer, roped it and then shot it with a pistol, according to the media release. The deer was seized and later donated to charity.

The penalty for hunting deer illegally from a boat, while the deer is in the water, is a fine between $100 and $350, or jail for not more than 60 days, or both, plus court costs.

Restitution in the amount of $524.54 is also owed to Wildlife & Fisheries for the illegally taken deer.

Senior Agents Carla Rachal and Billy Shoemaker assisted in the case.

In a third case, agents cited Kris Vallery Deville, 36, of Deville on Dec. 26 for alleged migratory game bird and license violations, according to the media release.

Agents observed Deville hunting ducks after legal shooting hours, states the media release. Upon making contact with him, agents also found him to be in possession of a fraudulent hunting license, the release states.

One pintail and seven blackbirds were seized as evidence and later donated to charity. The illegally possessed hunting license was also seized for evidence.

Obtaining a license fraudulently carries a fine up to $500, jail for not more than 90 days, or both, plus court costs. Hunting migratory game birds during illegal hours is punishable by fines up to $15,000, up to six months in jail, community service and a probationary period up to five years, including loss of hunting privileges worldwide.

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