Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries arrested a 48-year-old Hamburg man for alleged deer hunting violations, as well as being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, according to a news release.
Marvin P. Smith was arrested for possession of illegally taken deer, taking deer with an illegal weapon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, hunting deer using illegal methods, hunting without resident basic and big game hunting licenses and failing to comply with deer tagging requirements, the release states.
Agents received a tip that Smith had killed an antlered deer in October. During questioning at his home this month, he admitted to killing the buck with a 12-gauge shotgun loaded with fine shot while squirrel hunting on Bayou des Glaises. He did not possess the required hunting licenses and shot the deer with a shotgun during archery-only deer season, and also failed to possess deer tags and didn’t use buck shot, according to the release.
Agents seized the antlered deer head along with the 12-gauge shotgun and booked Smith into the Avoyelles Parish Jail. He could also face civil restitution totaling $2,033 for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer, the release states.
Illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon carries a $1,000 to $5,000 fine and 10 to 20 years of jail.
Possession of an illegally taken deer carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Taking deer using illegal methods carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail . Failing to comply with deer tagging regulations and hunting with an illegal weapon each carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.