Acting on a tip, enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited a Newellton man this weekend for harvesting 11 deer this season, including nine antlered deer from October through January.
According to a news release, Michael F. Powell, 54, could face civil restitution charges totaling up to $18,860 for the illegally taken deer, which were allegedly harvested in Caldwell and Tensas Parishes.
Powell was cited with taking over the season limit of antlered deer, taking over the daily limit of antlered deer, taking over the total limit of deer in a season and failing to abide by deer-tagging regulations, the release states.
Agents made contact with Powell at his residence in Tensas Parish on Jan. 16 and found him in possession of a freshly-killed antlered deer without a tag. After a brief investigation, agents found Powell in possession of eight more sets of deer antlers that he admitted to harvesting this season, the release states.
Powell also admitted to killing two antlerless deer this season, according to the release. In the antler collection, agents found an 11-point buck and an 8-point that Powell admitted to killing on the same day, the release states.
Agents seized the deer antlers and the rifle Powell said he used to harvest all the deer, the release states.
Deer hunters are allowed a total of six deer during the season, but hunters can’t exceed three antlered or four antlerless deer. During either sex days, hunters are allowed to take one antlered and one antlerless deer per day.
Taking over the season limit of antlered deer, daily limit of antlered deer and total limit of deer in a season each brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail for each offense. Failing to comply with deer tagging regulations carries a $100 to $500 fine and up to 90s days in jail, the release states.