Turkey Hunters Decoyed
On March 24 and 28 enforcement agents from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited six men for alleged illegal hunting activities in the Sherburne Wildlife Management Area in Pointe Coupee Parish. After receiving several complaints of road hunting, agents set up a turkey decoy on the side of Hwy. 975 within the wildlife management area.
Elvain J. Ponvelle, 60, of Napoleonville, Christopher Hooks, 33, of Opelousas, David V. Matt, 32, of Sunset, Craig A. Dugas, 43, of Denham Springs, Marty J. Pourciau, 43, of Baker and Craig J. Molaison, 50, of Broussard were all cited for hunting from a moving vehicle and hunting across a public road after attempting to take the fake turkey from alongside the public highway. Ponvelle, Hooks and Pourciau were additionally cited for discharging a firearm from a public road.
Hunting from a moving vehicle, hunting across a public road and discharging a firearm from a public road all carry fines of up to $500, up to 90 days in jail, or both, plus court costs.
The turkey decoys were donated to the Enforcement Division by the Louisiana Wild Turkey Federation to help curtail illegal turkey hunting activities.
Agents participating in the cases were Lt. Darryl Moore, Sgt. Donald Vallet, Sr. Agent Cliff Ortis, Sr. Agent Brian Theriot and Sr. Agent Jerry Stassi.