A Facebook video led to citations for three Jennings men on June 3 accused of alligator and frog citations in Jefferson Davis Parish, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Enforcement agents cited Rhett Guidry, 24, Dodie Bouley, 19 and Kyle Thibodaux, 23, for taking alligators during a closed season, hunting from a moving vehicle, hunting from a public road and taking frogs using illegal methods. Guidry and Thibodaux also were cited for collecting frogs without a basic fishing license, according to a press release.
Agents were notified about a video that allegedly was posted to Guidry’s Facebook page showing the three men shooting and killing two gators and some frogs from a truck with a .17 caliber rifle on the night of June 2, the release states.
The men were contacted, and the release states they confessed when confronted with the video evidence.
Alligator season in Jeff Davis Parish doesn’t open until the first Wednesday in September for those with alligator tags.
Taking alligators during a closed season brings a $400 to $900 fine and 120 days in jail. Hunting from a moving vehicle, hunting from a public road, and taking frogs using illegal methods each bring a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail. Collecting frogs without a basic fishing license carries up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail, the release states.
The men could also face civil restitution totaling $751 for the replacement value of the alligators, according to the release.