Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited an Arkansas man on Jan. 7 for allegedly obtaining a hunting license by fraud in Claiborne Parish.

James Perkins, 42, of Emerson, Ark., was cited for obtaining a Louisiana resident hunting license by fraud, hunting without a non-resident hunting license and possessing an unplugged shotgun that held five shells.

Agents conducted a license compliance check on Perkins when they observed him returning from hunting on Kisatchie National Forest in Claiborne Parish, according to a release.

That check revealed Perkins was an Arkansas resident who was in possession of a Louisiana resident hunting license, the release states. 

Further investigation revealed that Perkins’ 12-gauge shotgun held five shells.

It is illegal to possess a shotgun that is capable of holding more than three shells during hunting season.  Plugs are to be used if a shotgun can hold more than three shells, the release states.

Penalties for obtaining a license by fraud will be set at a later date by a presiding judge.  Hunting with an unplugged gun carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting without a non-resident hunting license carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail, the release states.