Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited two men from Lettsworth on Feb. 1 for alleged deer hunting and tagging violations in Pointe Coupee Parish.

According to a news release, agents cited Marshall J. Adams, 46, for deer tagging violations on three antlered deer.  Agents also cited Marshall J. Adams Jr., 23, for taking deer with an illegal weapon, deer tagging violations and possession of illegally taken deer.

Originally acting on a complaint against Marshall Adams, agents arrived at his residence and found a freshly killed, untagged deer. There, agents learned the deer had been allegedly shot by Adams Jr. with a .17 caliber rifle. It is illegal to hunt deer with anything smaller than a .22 caliber centerfire firearm, the release states.

Further investigation revealed that Adams harvested three bucks this season and failed to comply with any tagging requirements, the release states.

Failing to comply with deer tagging requirements carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each offense.  Hunting deer with an illegal weapon brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Possession of an illegally taken deer carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

Both Adams and Adams Jr. may also each face a civil restitution penalty in the amount of $1,624.61 for the illegally taken deer.  Agents also seized the .17 caliber rifle, the release states.