Duck hunters cited for illegally harvesting massive Evangeline Parish 18-point buck

This is the rack of the 18-point Evangeline Parish buck illegally killed with bird shot by duck hunters.
This is the rack of the 18-point Evangeline Parish buck illegally killed with bird shot by duck hunters.

Incident occurred on Grand Marais Bayou near Mamou, LDWF says

Two duck hunters were cited for deer violations in Evangeline Parish after allegedly admitting to agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries that they shot and killed an 18-point non-typical buck with bird shot.

According to a press release, agents cited Jordan Richard, 23, of Mamou, and Dylan Santoro, 25, of Ville Platte, for possession of an illegally taken deer, hunting deer using illegal methods and failing to wear hunter’s orange.  Agents also cited Richard for failing to comply with deer tagging requirements and failing to possess a big game hunting license, the release states.

Agents received a tip about the two men illegally harvesting a deer on Nov. 10 while they were duck hunting on Grand Maris Bayou near Mamou.

According to the release, during questioning the two men admitted to shooting the deer with fine shot.  The said they were duck hunting when they saw the 18-point on the bank, and they both shot it with bird shot.

This photo provided by the LDWF shows the giant 18-point Evangeline Parish buck illegally harvested with bird shot by two duck hunters on Nov. 10.
This photo provided by the LDWF shows the giant 18-point Evangeline Parish buck illegally harvested with bird shot by two duck hunters on Nov. 10.

Agents seized the deer meat and antlers, the release states.

 Possession of an illegally taken deer carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting deer with illegal methods brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging requirements carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Failing to possess a big game hunting license and to wear hunter’s orange each brings up to a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail, according to the release. 

The men may also face civil restitution totaling $2,033 for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.

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