Man Drowns Deer in Twelve-Mile Bayou

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James C. Meadows Jr., 26, of Oil City has been cited by enforcement agents from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for allegedly taking a deer in closed season on Twelve Mile Bayou in Caddo Parish.

An anonymous call on May 14 to the LDWF toll free 24-hour hotline reported the illegal taking of a deer from a boat on Twelve Mile Bayou near La. Hwy. 169, and Soda Lake WMA. Meadows was apprehended after he loaded his boat at the Hwy. 169 bridge. He was found in possession of deer meat in an ice chest.

Meadows admitted to killing the deer by holding its head under the surface of the water, causing it to drown. Agents cited Meadows, seized the meat and placed the boat under a seizure order, pending disposition of the case.

Taking deer in closed season is punishable by a fine of up to $950, jail for not more than 120 days, or both, plus court costs and forfeiture of anything seized. In addition, Meadows was also cited for the civil restitution value of $524 for the deer.

Agents participating in the case were Senior Agent Frank Reger and Lt. R. K. Barnes, Jr.