A 24-year-old Angie man was cited March 23 in connection with several turkey-hunting violations, including allegedly shooting a turkey in Washington Parish during a closed season, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Joshua Seal was cited for taking a turkey during a closed season, criminal trespassing and failing to comply with turkey tagging regulations, the LDWF said.
The citations were issued after LDWF agents were notified by Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks officers that Seal allegedly hunting turkeys turkeys illegally in Mississippi and Louisiana on March 19.
After an LDWF investigation, the agency said it discovered Seal allegedly illegally took a turkey on private Louisiana property for which he did not have permission to be on just off of Jerry Moses Road near Angie.
Louisiana's turkey season didn’t open until March 26.
Seal allegedly took the Louisiana turkey into Mississippi to make it look like he killed the bird in Mississippi, where the season was ongoing, when he was discovered by MDWFP officers.
Taking a turkey during a closed season brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 day in jail. Failing to comply with turkey tagging regulations carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail Criminal trespassing brings a $100 to $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail. Seal may also face civil restitution totaling $1,539 for the replacement value of the illegally taken turkey.