Mississippi man cited for alleged hunting license fraud

Case involves 7-point buck in West Carroll Parish, LDWF says

Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited a 28-year-old Mississippi man for alleged deer hunting violations in West Carroll Parish, according to a news release.

Anthony W. Kessler was ticketed for fraudulently obtaining a Louisiana hunting license and hunting without non-resident basic and big game licenses, the release states.

During a compliance check, agents found Kessler allegedly did not meet the state’s bona fide resident rules for resident license status. According to the release, Kessler had not resided continuously in Louisiana for six months, and his motor vehicle was registered in Mississippi.

Agents seized Kessler’s 7-point buck, the release states.

Obtaining a hunting license fraudulently carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting without non-resident and big game hunting licenses each brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail. 

Kessler may also face civil restitution totaling $1,624 for the replacement value of the deer, according to the release.

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