WATSON, LA (WAFB) - Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division cited four people in East Feliciana and Livingston parishes on August 18 for alleged deer hunting violations.
Denham Springs residents Edward A. Slaven III, Edward A. Slaven IV, and Donald J. Weaver as well as and Maegan C. Chavers, of Liberty, Miss., were cited for Federal Lacey Act violations, not possessing deer tags, hunting from a public road and moving vehicle, hunting deer during a closed season and illegal hours, not possessing a big game license and possession of illegally taken deer out of season.
Slaven IV, Weaver and Chavers were also cited for not possessing a basic hunting license.
LDWF agents were contacted around 11:45 p.m. on August 18 after a deputy with by the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office saw two deer in the back of a truck. The vehicle had been pulled over for a moving violation at the intersection of Hwy 1024 and 16 in Watson.
Agents learned the suspects tried deer hunting from the truck in Livingston and East Feliciana Parishes but weren't able to find a deer. The suspects then drove to Amite County in Mississippi and shot two doe deers that they found.
They drove the deer back to Louisiana which is a Federal Lacey Act violation.
All four also face wildlife charges in Mississippi. LDWF agents seized their 2004 pickup truck, 12 gauge shotgun, .22 rifle, .357 pistol and two spotlights.
The four suspects could face several fines and jail time.
- The Lacey Act violation brings up to a $10,000 fine and five years in jail.
- Hunting deer during a closed season, during illegal hours each brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.
- Possession of an illegally taken deer carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.
- Hunting from a moving vehicle brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.
- Hunting from a public road and not possessing deer tags each carries up to a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.
- Hunting without basic and big game licenses each brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.