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Sheriff's deputies call about night hunting; wildlife agents arrest 7 men north of Coushatta

November 10, 2011

From TheRepublic.com

COUSHATTA, La. Seven men aged 19 to 35 were arrested after Red River Parish sheriff's deputies made a 4 a.m. call to Louisiana wildlife agents about night hunting north of Coushatta.

The men had a dead raccoon, two dead does, and firearms ranging from a 12-gauge shotgun to a high-powered rifle when they were arrested Nov. 7, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Wednesday.

A news release said all seven were cited for hunting deer during illegal hours with artificial light, hunting from a moving vehicle and hunting from a public road, carrying total maximum penalties of $1,800 and eight months in jail.

It said Dametry Caldwell, 19, and Adam Caldwell, 20, both of Coushatta, also were both cited for firing a gun from a public road, which carries up to 30 days in jail and a $50 fine.

Dametry Caldwell also was cited for hunting without resident hunting and big game licenses, possessing over the limit of deer and failing to comply with deer tagging requirements, while Adam Caldwell was cited for hunting raccoons illegally and failing to comply with hunter safety regulations.

Conviction on those charges could bring up to 150 days in jail and $900 in fines for Dametry Caldwell, and 75 days in jail and $550 in fines for Adam Caldwell.

A civil restitution penalty of $1,624 for each doe and $27.75 for the raccoon also could be imposed, according to a news release.

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