A Destrehan man accused of hunting ducks during illegal hours was cited by agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries on Jan. 1 in Jefferson Parish.

According to a press release, Frank Abbate Jr., 56, of Destrehan is accused of hunting ducks illegally near a grain elevator in Westwego on the Mississippi River. 

Acting on a confidential tip, agents allegedly witnessed Abbate cross the levee on foot and enter a gate at a business located on River Road. The release states agents witnessed Abate hunt ducks for about 30 minutes after legal shooting time ended, and seized five black-bellied tree ducks in the investigation.

Abbate was cited for the same offense in 2005, the release states.

The second offense for hunting ducks during illegal hours brings a $750 to $999 fine and 90 to 180 days in jail, and Abbate may also be responsible for restitution for the illegally taken ducks in the amount of $130, according to the release.