Eight men cited by LDWF for exceeding legal limit of teal

Opening-weekend citations issued for illegal kills at Catahoula Lake, LDWF says.

Eight men were cited in two separate Catahoula Lake incidents this weekend for killing more teal than legal limits allow, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries reported today (Sept. 17).

In the first incident, agents patrolling Catahoula Lake on Sept. 15 stopped four men who were leaving their hunting area and performed a license and limit inspection, the LDWF said.

Agents then allegedly found the men in possession of 28 teal, which put them 12 over the limit, according to the LDWF. The men stated they were unaware of the four-teal-per-person-per-day possession limit, the agency reported.

John P. Randall, 28, of Urania; Jereme B. Johnson, 27, of Ruston; Clint L. Cooksey, 27, of Jena; and Steven C. Douglas, 28, of Olla were issued state citations for possessing over the limit of migratory game birds.

On Sept. 16, agents patrolling the lake came in contact with four more men and again performed a license and limit inspection. The agents allegedly found them in possession of 23 teal, which put them seven over the limit, LDWF said.

Casey M. Deville, 17, of Lecompte; Dusty D. Ducote, 18, of Alexandria; Austin G. Linzay, 18, of Lecompte; and Brandon L. Simmons, 21, of Marksville were issued citations for possessing over the limit of migratory game birds.

Agents seized the 51 teal from the eight men and donated them to charity.

Violating state migratory waterfowl violations brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

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