Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries arrested two Port Barre men on Monday after allegedly finding a dead deer concealed in the back seat of their pickup truck, according to a press release.
Rikky Dodge, 22, and Dylan Richard, 22, were arrested for intentional concealment of illegally taken wildlife and for violating wildlife management area violations by deer hunting with a firearm and for possessing buckshot during an archery-only season, the release states.
Additionally, Dodge was cited for driving with a suspended license, open container and failure to tag a deer, and he had an active warrant for his arrest out of St. Landry Parish for unauthorized entry into a dwelling, according to the release.
Richard also was charged with hunting without basic hunting and big game licenses, hunting on a WMA without a WMA permit and violating WMA regulations for failure to fill out a self-clearing permit.
The incident occurred Monday when agents on patrol on Sherburne Wildlife Management Area in Pointe Coupee Parish stopped the vehicle to perform a regulations inspection.
The driver, Dodge, told agents he and Richard were hog hunting, but agents allegedly found a dead doe hidden under camo jackets in the back seat of his truck during a search of the vehicle, according to the release.
During the investigation, agents learned both men were allegedly deer hunting with shotguns during an archery-only seasno, and killed the doe and attempted to sneak it out of the WMA, the release states.
Intentional concealment of wildlife brings a $900 to $950 fine and 120 days in jail. Driving with a suspended license carries up to a $500 fine and six months in jail. Violating WMA regulations for hunting with a firearm and possessing buckshot during an archery only season each carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail. Failing to tag deer brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail. Hunting without basic season and big game hunting licenses, a WMA permit and utilizing a WMA without a self-clearing permit each bring up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.
The men may also face civil restitution totaling $1,600 for the illegally taken deer, according to the release.
Both men were booked into the Pointe Coupee Parish Detention Center.