Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited two Otis men for alleged deer hunting violations in Vernon Parish on Thursday, according to a news release.
John E. Kosik, 25, and Jeffrey Pederson, 51, were cited for possession of illegally taken deer and failing to comply with deer-tagging regulations. Kosik also was charged with being over the daily bag limit of deer, according to the release.
An anonymous tip led agents to Kosik, who admitted to killing three antlered deer in Vernon Parish on Oct. 11, the release states. Pederson allegedly assisted Kosik by tagging one of those deer.
Hunters are allowed to take one antlered or one antlerless deer a day, putting Kosik over the daily bag limit by two antlered deer. Agents seized the three deer and donated them to a local charity, the release states.
Possession of an illegally taken deer carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Possessing over the daily limit of deer brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail. Failing to comply with deer tagging regulations carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail. The men could also face civil restitution totaling $5,282 for the replacement value of the deer, according to the release.