Deer Decoy Effective On West Bay W.M.A.

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On November 29 and 30, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents issued 24 citations to ten people on West Bay Wildlife Management Area in Allen Parish. The violations included alleged failure to abide by Wildlife and Fisheries Commission rules and regulations on a wildlife management area by hunting from a road, hunting from a moving vehicle, hunting deer during illegal hours and littering.

After numerous reports of road hunting in the area, enforcement agents placed a deer decoy in a large cutover on West Bay WMA near Tram Road, on November 29. Within two hours, seven hunters stopped and shot the deer decoy. Citations were issued to Bryan K. Neal, 25, of Roanoke, Duane P. Landry, 28, of Houma, Lucas B. Aymond, 21, of Eunice, Ralph J. Chaison III, 27, of Mamou, Gary L. Winn, 27, of Grant, Lenox L. Laird, 50, of Mittie, and Donna D. Laird, 39, of Mittie for not abiding by rules and regulations on a WMA by hunting from a road and for hunting from a moving vehicle. A citation for littering was also issued to Donna D. Laird.

On November 30, the deer decoy was again placed in a clearing on the WMA near Mainline Road, where more road hunting had been reported. Within one hour, and prior to legal hunting hours, three men stopped and shot the decoy. Citations were issued to Carol J. Berzas, 62, of Mamou, John E. Ware, 38, of Oakdale and Ray P.Ware, 40, of Oakdale for hunting deer during illegal hours, not abiding by rules and regulations on a WMA by hunting from a road, and hunting from a moving vehicle. A 30-06 rifle and a 30-30 rifle were seized as evidence in these cases.

On December 21, Dwayne Brown, 41, of Oakdale, shot a decoy while resting his .270-caliber rifle on the hood of his truck. When approached by enforcement agents who were watching, he ran into the woods, abandoning his truck on Old Oakdale Road on the WMA. His vehicle was towed, and he was later cited for not abiding by rules and regulations on a WMA by hunting from a road and from a vehicle. He was also cited for flight from an officer.

Hunting deer during illegal hours carries penalties of a fine of up to $950, not more than 120 days in jail, or both, plus court costs. Hunting from a moving vehicle is punishable by a fine of up to $500, jail not more than 90 days, or both, plus court costs. Not abiding by rules and regulations on a WMA carries a fine of up to $350, jail for not more than 60 days, or both, plus court costs. Littering has a fine of $200 plus court costs with four hours mandatory community service.

Participating in the cases were Lt. Jessie Savoie, Sgt. Clyde Willis, Sr. Agent Keith Aucoin, Sr. Agent Scott Fontenot, Sr. Agent David Liles and Agent Steve Vidrine.