A Pitkin man has been arrested by Louisiana Department of Wildlife
and Fisheries agents for alleged violations on the Kisatchie National
Forest in Vernon Parish.
Joseph K. Baggett, 45, was charged with three counts of taking
illegal deer during open season, three counts of possession of an
illegally taken deer during open season, three counts of taking over
limit of deer, failing to wear a hunter's orange cap and intentional
littering, an LDWF news release said.
The investigating agent originally found Baggett with a six-point
buck in his possession, but Baggett denied shooting any antlerless deer.
After further investigation, agents found three dead doe near a stand
that contained Baggett's belongings, and he later admitting to shooting
the deer, officials said.
Baggett is responsible for paying nearly $5,000 in restitution, and
if convicted on all counts, he could face more than three years in
prison and fines as much as $7,000.
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