Three men accused of hunting deer at night near Kentwood and then letting the animals rot were cited by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries last Thursday.
According to a press release, Walter Prine, 20, and Aaron Morris, 20, both of Denham Springs, and Stefan Reynolds, 25, of Gonzales, were cited on Feb. 12 for harvesting deer during a closed season, harvesting deer during illegal hours, harvesting deer from a moving vehicle on a public road, possession of illegally taken deer and failure to follow deer tagging requirements.
The men allegedly killed five deer between 12 a.m. and 4 a.m. on Feb. 1 near Kentwood, the release states. The animals were transported to a residence in Ascension Parish, where agents found no effort was made to clean or butcher the deer.
Agents seized a 12-gauge shotgun in the investigation, and disposed of the deer since they were unfit for human consumption, the release states.
Harvesting a deer during a closed season and taking a deer during illegal hours each brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Possession of an illegally taken deer carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Hunting deer from a moving vehicle and failing to follow deer tagging requirements each brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail. Hunting from a public road carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.
The men also could face civil restitution charges in excess of $8,000 for the illegally taken deer, according to the release.