Placed bait under street lights and patrolled slowly with lights off looking for deer, LDWF says
Three security guards at Modern American Recycling Services in Gibson were cited for alleged night-hunting violations on Jan. 6 in Terrebonne Parish.
Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited Terry Hebert, 51, Clarence Thibodaux, 47, and Lacy Thibodaux, 29, all of Thibodaux, for hunting deer during illegal hours and for hunting from a moving vehicle. Hebert was also cited for illegal spotlighting from a public roadway. Clarence Thibodaux was also cited for hunting across a public roadway, according to a press release.
Agents learned security guards at MARS were allegedly placing bait under street lights to attract deer and then hunting them at night, the release states. The guards would either set up the bait after dark, or patrol by vehicle slowly with their lights off looking for deer, according to the release.
The LDWF set up surveillance in the area, and observed night-hunting taking place several nights, the release states. Prior to midnight on Jan. 6, agents made contact with the three suspects, who were allegedly actively engaged in night-hunting activities at the time, according to the release.
Agents seized two rifles with scopes, the release states.
Hunting deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Hunting from a moving vehicle and hunting across a public roadway each carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail for each offense. The fine for spotlighting from a public road is set by each judicial district accordingly, according to the release.