A Winnfield man was cited Dec. 1 for a number of deer-hunting violations after wildlife agents received information through a tip program dedicated to catching poachers, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said today (Dec. 9).

Agents cited 26-year-old Jeremy S. Rowell for possession of illegally taken deer, taking over the legal limit of deer, hunting without a basic and big game license and without deer tags.

Agents received information through their tip411 program about Rowell harvesting three deer on Dec. 1 in Winn Parish. The ensuing investigation determined that Rowell killed three does.

LDWF launched the tip411 program at the end of September as a part of Operation Game Thief, which offers cash rewards for information leading to arrests or convictions.

To use the tip411 program, citizens can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone app from the Apple iTunes store free of charge.   CitizenObserver, the tip411 provider, uses technology that removes all identifying information before LDWF receives the text so that LDWF cannot identify the sender.

Citizens can also call Operation Game Thief's Hotline at 800.442.2511. The hotline and the tip411 program are monitored 24 hours a day.

Possession of an illegally taken deer brings a fine between $400 and $950, and up to 120 days in jail. Taking over the limit of deer carries a fine of $250 to $500, and up to 90 days in jail. Hunting without a basic license, big game license and deer tags are each punishable with a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

Rowell also could be responsible for civil restitution to LDWF in the amount of $1,624 per illegally taken deer.