Franklinton man faces multiple deer charges

Suspect allegedly killed three deer in one day in Washington Parish, LDWF says

After a month-long investigation by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, a 31-year-old Franklinton man was cited for allegedly killing three deer in one day in Washington Parish.

According to a news release, Johnny D. Tarver was cited on Jan. 30 for taking over the limit of deer, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements, intentional littering and concealment or destruction of wildlife.

Agents received a tip on Dec. 30 about Tarver possibly harvesting three deer on the same day. After investigating, agents determined Tarver killed a 6-point, a 5-point and a spike in Washington Parish on Christmas Day, the release states.

Hunters were only allowed one antlered and one antlerless deer in that area on Dec. 25, the release states.

Additionally, agents learned Tarver allegedly threw the deer remains, antlers and meat into the Bogue Chitto River near Clifton when he heard that he was under investigation, the release states.

Intentional concealment of wildlife carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking over the daily limit of deer 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, and   intentional littering brings up to a $500 fine and eight hours of community service in a litter abatement work program as approved by the court.

Tarver may also face civil restitution totaling $4,874 for the replacement value of the three illegally taken deer, according to the release.