Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited 15 residents for alleged duck hunting violations on Jan. 17 at the Rayne sewer plant in Acadia Parish.
According to a news release, agents cited Blake Zaunbrecher, 22, John Gates, 17, Mason Menard, 26, Jordan Comeaux, 23, Millard Conques, 19, Caleb Robichaux, 18, Martin Dischler, 37, and Drake Conques, 22, all of Rayne; Bryce Credeur, 17, and James Richard, 17, both of Crowley; Brantley Yeager, 29, and Reese Besse, 18, both of Church Point; and Dustin Reiners, 18, of Branch, with wanton waste of migratory game birds.
Thomas Garrett III, 55, of Rayne, was cited for using lead shot in an area designated as steel shot. Scott Johnson, 53, of Rayne, was cited with hunting without a state duck license and a federal duck stamp, the release states.
Martin Dischler also was cited for contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. Caleb Robichaux also was cited for hunting without a resident hunting license, state duck license and a federal stamp, according to the release.
Acting on a tip about a large group hunting at the sewer plant, agents watched as hunters surrounded a large pond inside the fenced plant and allegedly observed the men shooting at ducks in the pond, the release states.
After the hunt, as the men returned to their vehicles, agents approached and questioned the hunters regarding compliance.
At the pond, agents discovered several ducks and coots left on the banks and in the water, and seized a total of 89 ducks and 72 coots during the investigation, according to the release.