Highway Turkey Hunters Caught

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Two men were arrested for allegedly killing a wild turkey from a moving vehicle and public road, and for possession of an illegally taken turkey on Louisiana Highway 10 on March 31.

West Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office and St. Francisville Police Department dispatchers reported a cell phone call about two men in a white Ford truck shooting a wild turkey from the window of a vehicle along Louisiana Highway 10 on their way to St. Francisville.

Sheriff’s dispatchers notified Senior Agent Paul Stuckey of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division, who immediately responded to the call. Mark G. Delaune 31, of Baton Rouge and Lynn J. Landry, 30, of Denham Springs were apprehended along Louisiana Highway 61 in St. Francisville.

Based on eyewitness testimony and voluntary statements from Delaune and Landry, Agent Stuckey booked both subjects into the West Feliciana Parish jail.

The penalty for hunting from a moving vehicle is court costs plus a fine of $250 to $500 or jail time up to 90 days or both. Hunting from a public road is punishable by court costs and a fine of $100 to $350 or up to 60 days of jail or both. Possession of an illegally taken turkey carries a fine of $400 to $750 or jail time up to120 days or both, plus court costs and forfeiture of anything seized in connection with the investigation.

In addition, Landry was cited for hunting without a basic resident hunting license, hunting without a resident big game license and hunting turkey without a turkey stamp. Each license violation is punishable by a $50 fine.

Landry and Delaune are scheduled for arraignment on June 16 before the Twentieth Judicial District Court in St. Francisville.

Deputy Lynn Bonaventure and Officers Scott Ford and Marty Freeman assisted with the case.