LA: Seven cited for illegal hunting
March 4, 2010
Seven cited for illegal hunting in Kisatchie
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division
agents recently cited six men and one juvenile for deer hunting violations
in the Kisatchie National Forest in Natchitoches Parish.
Arrested were Robert L. Belsha, 37; Jeremy C. Martin, 23; John D. Redden,
31; Michael L. Sanders Jr., 23; John H. Saucier III, 27; George F. Sheppard,
45; and a 16-year-old juvenile -- all of Leesville. Each was cited after an
investigation of deer being illegally taken during the bucks-only segment of
deer season in the forest, according to officials.
Agents began the investigation after receiving information that a doe had
been killed in the forest during a deer hunt with dogs on Dec. 22. During
the investigation, agents were able to document six does that reportedly
were killed illegally by the hunters from Dec. 19 through Dec. 26, officials
All six men and the juvenile were cited for possession of illegally taken
deer during open season. Belsha, Martin and Saucier also were cited for
three additional counts and Sanders for two additional counts. Belsha,
Redden, Sanders, Sheppard and the juvenile also were cited for illegally
taking a deer during open season, with Belsha being cited with two counts of
the charge. The seven were cited for failing to comply with deer tagging
regulations, with Belsha being cited with four counts and Martin with two
Belsha, Martin, Sanders and Sheppard also were cited for failing to
comply with deer harvest record requirements, with Belsha and Martin
receiving two counts of the charge. Belsha also was charged with two counts
of taking over the legal limit of deer.
Agents were able to seize three of the illegally taken deer and an
antlerless deer tag. In addition to criminal fines, Redden, Sanders and
Sheppard may be ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $524.54 and
Belsha in the amount of $1,049.08 to the department for the illegally taken
deer, officials said.
The penalty for illegally taking a deer during open season is a fine of
$500 to $750 and imprisonment between 15 and 30 days. Possession of an
illegally taken deer is punishable by a fine of $400 to $950, or up to 120
days in jail, or both plus court cost and forfeiture of anything seized.
Agents also recently arrested a Coushatta couple for deer hunting
violations made in February in Natchitoches parish.
Donald and Tonette Mason were both cited for failure to comply with the
deer tagging requirements while Tonette Mason was also charged with taking
over the daily limit of deer.
Agents received a complaint about two deer reportedly being taken on the
same day by Tonette and agents were able to confirm that information through
pictures posted online and through the investigation.
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