Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two men for alleged deer hunting violations in Vermilion Parish on Sept. 1.
Agents cited Davin A. Miller, 18, of Abbeville, for hunting deer during a closed season, failing to tag deer, failing to validate deer, failing to comply with harvest card regulations, and hunting without basic hunting and deer hunting licenses. Agents also cited Ronald J. Menard, 25, of Kaplan, for possession of an illegally taken deer and an untagged deer.
Agents received information about an illegally taken deer near Cuz road in Forked Island near Abbeville. After further investigation, agents determined a 10-point deer was taken on Aug. 23 with a .308 rifle by Miller. Menard retrieved the deer for Miller and transported it to Miller’s house where it was cleaned.
Agents seized the deer head and antlers. Rifle season for deer in this area does not open until Oct. 21.
Hunting deer during a closed season and possession of an illegally taken deer carries up to a $950 fine and 120 days in jail for each offense. Failing to tag deer, failing to validate deer, failing to comply with harvest card regulations and possession of an untagged deer brings up to a $350 fine. Hunting without basic and deer hunting licenses carries up to a $50 fine for each offense.
Miller may also face civil restitution totaling $2,033 for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.
Agents participating in the case are Corporal Derek Logan, Corporal Nathan Vanya, Senior Agent Joshua Segrest and Agent Clinton Willis.