Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited a Coushatta man for alleged deer hunting violations on Jan. 7 in Red River Parish.

According to a press release, Russell L. Long Jr., 31, was cited for hunting deer during illegal hours with artificial light, hunting deer from a moving vehicle, hunting without basic hunting and big game licenses, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements and discharging a firearm from a public road.

A Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy allegedly observed a vehicle using a spotlight on Catfish Bend at 2:36 a.m. and attempted to pull the vehicle over. After a brief pursuit, the deputy stopped the vehicle, which was driven by Long, and notified LDWF agents about potential deer violations. the release states.

LDWF agents found a 7 mm rifle and spotlight in Long’s vehicle, and recovered a doe from where he was allegedly found spotlighting from his vehicle. 

During questioning, Long admitted to shooting the deer, the release states.

Hunting during illegal hours and with artificial light brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting from a moving vehicle carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging requirements and hunting deer from a public road each carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Discharging a firearm from a public road carries up to a $50 fine and 30 days in jail.  Hunting without basic hunting and big game licenses each brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail, according to the release.