Wildlife Agents Round up Suspected Illegal Turkey Hunters

Send by email Printer-friendly version Share this

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited several hunters during the opening weekend of turkey season for allegedly violating various turkey hunting regulations.

On Saturday, March 27, John H. Menard Jr., 59, of Breaux Bridge and Huey R. Rogers, 51, of Winnfield were each cited for possession of an illegally taken turkey and hunting turkey over a baited area. On the following day, Harold J. Trahan, 57, of Kaplan was cited for the same offense. Menard was cited while hunting on Buck Run Hunting Club, Rogers while on Kisatchie National Forest and Trahan while on Koonce Creek Hunting Club. In all three cases the men were issued a civil summons to pay restitution in the amount of $802.50 to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for the illegally taken turkeys. In each case, the turkeys were donated to charity and a 12-gauge shotgun was seized.

Kermit J. Leblanc, 42, of Rayne, was cited in Vernon Parish for hunting turkey over a baited area and hunting with an unplugged gun. Leblanc was cited after he was found hunting turkeys with a shotgun capable of holding more than three shells in an area baited with corn on Koonce Creek Hunting Club.

David E. Brown, 36, of Florien, was cited in Sabine Parish for hunting turkey over a baited area. Brown was cited after he was found hunting turkeys in an area baited with cracked corn, milo, and oats on "C" Big Buck Hunting Club.

Allen C. Angers, 59, of New Iberia, was cited in Rapides Parish for failure to abide by Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission rules (hunt turkey with buckshot). Angers was cited after he was found hunting turkeys with buckshot on Buck Run Hunting Club. Three #4 buckshot shells were seized in the case.

Tommy Deville, 48, of Carencro, was cited in Rapides Parish for hunting turkey over a baited area. Deville was cited after he was found hunting turkeys in an area baited with cracked corn on Buck Run Hunting Club.

Paul C. Thibodeaux, 41, of Eunice, and Shannon J. Thibodeaux, 32, of Mamou, were each cited in Vernon Parish for not abiding by rules and regulations on a WMA (hunt turkey in closed area). Both men were cited after they were found to be hunting turkeys on Boise-Vernon WMA without lottery permits during the lottery-only hunt.

On Sunday March 28, the following were apprehended and cited: William T. Joiner, 74, of Alexandria, and Colleen J. LaBorde, 38, of Shreveport, were each cited in Vernon Parish for hunting turkey over a baited area. Joiner and LaBorde were cited after they were found to be hunting turkeys in an area baited with corn east of Hwy. 465, near Simpson.

Luke A. Parker, 20, and Robert M. Parker, 22, both of Simpson, were each cited in Vernon Parish for hunting turkey over a baited area. Both men were cited after they were found to be hunting turkeys in an area baited with cracked corn, milo, and millet on Parker Hunting Lease.

Agents participating in the various cases were Lt. Jim Day; Sgts. Mike Bonner, Marcus Constance, Eric Stokes, Bill Tyree, and Dennis Weldon; Senior Agents Curt Belton, Travis Burnett, Spencer Cole, Joe Dewil, Eric Droddy, Kevin Hill, and Rick Markway; and Agent Russell Brack.

The penalty for possession of an illegally taken turkey is a fine of up to $750, jail for up to 120 days, or both, plus court costs and forfeiture of anything seized. Hunting turkey over a baited area and hunting with an unplugged gun are each punishable by a fine of up to $500, jail for up to 90 days, or both, plus court costs. The penalty for failure to abide by LWFC rules (hunt turkey with buckshot) and not abiding by rules and regulations on a WMA (hunt turkey in closed area) is a fine of up to $350, jail for up to 60 days, or both, plus court costs.