Two Belle Chasse men were cited Dec. 27 in Plaquemines Parish for several hunting violations, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reported today.
Derek P. Billiot, 34, was cited for violating non-toxic shot requirements while hunting migratory game birds, taking over the limit of coots and taking over the limit of rabbits, the LDWF said. Agents also cited 34-year-old William A. Schultheis III for operating an unregistered motorboat and hunting without a basic hunting license, according to the agency.
The case began when agents received a complaint that three subjects were hunting from an airboat in a pond near the Ollie Road subdivision, the LDWF news release reported.
Agents stopped the subjects and allegedly found them in possession of 11 rabbits and 20 coots, which were subsequently seized, the news report stated.
The daily bag limit for rabbits is eight and for coots is 15.
Billiot allegedly admitted to taking the rabbits and coots, the LDWF said. Schultheis was operating the vessel, and agents determined him to be actively participating in the hunt, the agency said.
Agents determined that the third person was not actively hunting.
Taking over the limit of coots brings and violating the non-toxic shot requirement each bring a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in prison for each offense. Taking over the limit of rabbits carries a $250 to $500 and up to 90 days in jail.
Operating an unregistered motorboat and hunting without a basic hunting license each bring a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.