Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents cited two men this week for alleged deer hunting violations that occurred earlier this month in Avoyelles and Rapides parishes, according to a press release.
Barry B. Laiche, 17, of Marksville, and Travis Maddox, 26, of Echo, were cited for taking deer using illegal methods, possession of illegally taken deer, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements, taking illegal deer during an open season and hunting on Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) lands without permission.
In addition, Maddox was cited for hunting without a big game license, the release states.
Agents received a tip stating that Laiche and Maddox had illegally killed five deer on or about Oct. 7 or 8 on Grand Lake Rod and Gun Club property, and that Laiche had driven his truck onto the property to retrieve the deer, the release states.
Upon arriving at Laiche’s home to question him regarding the case, agents found blood and hair in the bed and on the tailgate of his truck. They learned that Laiche was incarcerated in the Avoyelles Parish Jail on non-related charges, the release states.
According to the release, Laiche later admitted during questioning that he and Maddox used a .308-caliber and 45-70 caliber rifle to take the five deer.
A search warrant was obtained for Laiche’s residence, where agents seized photos of three antlerless deer and two antlered deer, as well as antlers from a 7-point buck, the release states.
Agents then arrested Maddox and booked him into the Avoyelles Parish Jail, the release states.
Possession of illegally taken deer brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Taking illegal deer during an open season carries a $500 to $750 fine and 15 to 30 days in jail. Taking deer using illegal methods brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail. Failing to comply with deer tagging requirements and hunting on DMAP lands without permission from land owner each carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail. Hunting without a resident big game license brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail, according to the release.