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Pitkin man accused of hunting violations

December 5, 2011

From TheTownTalk.com

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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