Agents learn about illegal taking of deer from social media

Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) cited a Coteau Holmes man for alleged deer hunting violations on Feb. 13.

Agents cited Randy J. Bourque, 42, for hunting under hunting license revocation, hunting on a Louisiana State Park, hunting without resident hunting and big game licenses, failing to possess deer tags and failing to follow deer tagging requirements.

On Jan. 5, agents learned about the illegal taking of a deer from Bourque’s social media page. During the investigation, agents discovered that Bourque illegally killed a 12-point buck on the Lake Fausse Pointe State Park on Jan. 1. Bourque was hunting without any current hunting licenses or deer tags due to being under revocation.

Agents seized the 12-point rack and cape.

Hunting deer under hunting license revocation, failing to possess deer tags, and failing to follow deer tagging requirements each carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail for each offense. Hunting deer on a Louisiana State Park carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail. Hunting without basic season and big game hunting licenses each carries a fine up to $50 and 30 days in jail.

Bourque could also face civil restitution totaling $2033.29 for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.