Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited a 61-year-old Baker man for numerous infractions resulting from a surveillance operation on Dec. 18 on the west side of Zachary off of La. Hwy. 61.
According to a press release, William R. Aucoin was cited for two counts of hunting deer during illegal hours, four counts of hunting deer using illegal methods, two counts of illegal possession of poisonous arrow pods, obstruction of justice and not possessing deer tags.
An informant notified agents that Aucoin was allegedly night hunting, and agents discovered his hunting site on Dec. 18, the release states.
Agents returned to his stand about 6:30 p.m. and found him there with an armed bow and arrow, night vision goggles and a flashlight attached to his bow, the release states. He was not in possession of deer tags, according to the release.
Aucoin also was seen fidgeting with his arrow and throwing an object on the ground, where agents discovered a poisonous pod that attaches to an arrow, the release states.
Under questioning, Aucoin admitted to hunting deer that night and on Dec. 2 at night with the same illegal set-up, the release states.
His bow, arrow, night vision goggles and flashlight were seized.
Hunting deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Hunting deer using illegal methods and using illegal poisonous pods each carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail. Failing to possess deer tags brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail. Obstruction of justice carries up to a $10,000 fine and up to five years in jail, the release states.