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Facebook photo leads to investigation of Norco duck hunter

November 2, 2011

From Nola.com

A Norco duck hunter who posted a photo of his kill on Facebook was cited for violating state game limits, according to the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Brandon Lowry (view FB page), 19, was cited Oct. 27 for violating limits set for the shooting of migratory birds, according to information released by the agency Wednesday.

From Facebook: A Norco hunter's Facebook posting prompted Department of Wildlife and Fisheries officials to charge him with violating state game limits on these birds.

Wildlife and Fisheries agents were informed of a photo taken during open teal season showing 64 blue-winged teal ducks and 12 hunters. Teal season was open Sept. 10 through Sept. 25.

Agents interviewed all of the hunters and uncovered additional Facebook postings that led them to believe that Lowry had violated daily and possession limits, according to a news release from the agency. The agents determined that Lowry had shot over the limit on one day, and shot his limit on two other days.

The daily bag limit during the special teal season is four per person per day with a two-day possession limit of eight.

Penalties for each offense for migratory bird violations of possession limits are fines between $400 and $950 or up to 120 days in jail, or both, plus court costs and forfeiture of anything seized.

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