Agents Nab Turkey Baiter

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Enforcement Agents from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries apprehended a Jena man on April 12, for allegedly hunting turkeys illegally on Highland Hunting Club in Catahoula Parish.

Melvin W. Poole, 64, was cited for hunting turkeys over a baited area after agents found him hunting from a box stand approximately 30 yards from corn scattered on the ground beneath an active, spreader-type corn feeder.

Agents approached Poole as he was sitting in the stand using a box-type turkey call and possessing a fully loaded 12-gauge shotgun. The subject was also using an inflatable turkey decoy he had placed only a few yards from the corn. Poole admitted the stand, corn, and feeder belonged to him, and that he had killed a young jake gobbler from the stand just three days before.

If convicted of hunting turkeys over a baited area, Poole could face a fine of up to $500, up to 90 days in jail, or both, plus court costs.

Agents participating in the case were Sergeant John Barker, Sergeant Brian McDowell, Senior Agent James Parish and Senior Agent Joe Tarver.