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10 cited in alleged deer-poaching activity

February 21, 2012

From AmiteToday.com

SALINE– Wildlife agents have cited 10 persons with alleged poaching activity that killed at least 15 deer.
 
The violations occurred from December 2011 through February 2012 in Webster and Bienville parishes.
 
After receiving a public tip about illegal night hunting activities in Webster and Bienville parishes, agents initiated an investigation in December of 2011 that led to several illegal hunting violations.
 
Agents cited Devan Lucas, 20, of Haughton, for hunting from a moving vehicle, hunting deer using illegal methods, discharging a firearm from a public road, taking deer from a public road, taking deer during illegal hours, hunting without muzzleloader, big game or resident licenses and failing to comply with deer tagging requirements.
 
Michael Jay Brunson, 19, of Heflin, was cited for hunting deer during illegal hours, hunting deer from a public road, discharging a firearm from a public road, hunting from a moving vehicle and taking deer with artificial light.
 
Max Boyd, 21, of Ringgold, was cited for hunting and taking deer during illegal hours, hunting deer from a public road, discharging a firearm from a public road, taking a spotted fawn and hunting from a moving vehicle.
 
Nathan Jensen, 19, of Minden, was cited for discharging a firearm from a public road, hunting and taking deer during illegal hours, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements, hunting and taking deer from a public road and hunting from a moving vehicle.
 
Sean Tyler Tobin Gray, 18, of Sibley, was cited for hunting and taking deer during illegal hours, hunting deer from a public road, hunting from a moving vehicle, discharging a firearm from a public road, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
 
Taylor Collins, 18, and Jonathon Turner, 20, both of Minden, and Richard Watkins, 18, of Haughton, were each cited for hunting and taking deer during illegal hours, hunting from a moving vehicle and hunting and taking deer from a public road.
 
Asa Crownover, 19, and Michael Franklin, 18, both of Minden, were each cited for hunting and taking deer during illegal hours.
 
Agents are still investigating how many deer were taken, but as of now have allegedly confirmed 15 deer taken illegally.
 
Hunting without a resident license, hunting without a resident big game license and hunting without a muzzleloader license carry a $50 fine and up to 15 days of jail for each offense. Hunting from a moving vehicle, hunting deer using an illegal method and taking deer from a public road each carry a fine of $100 to $350 and up to 60 days in jail for each offense.
 
Taking and a spotted fawn carries a fine of $500 to $750 and 15 to 30 days in jail.
 
Hunting deer during illegal hours or with artificial light carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail and forfeiture of anything seized.
 
Possession of marijuana carries a fine up to $5,000 or jail time between two and five years.
 
Agents involved in the case were Capt. Richie McCarthy, Sgt. Michael Kelley, Senior Agent Jared McIver, Senior Agent Cullom Schexnyder, Senior Agent Bryant Coburn and Senior Agent Wesley Duck.

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