Rabbit hunters cited for alleged violations in Plaquemines Parish

Two Alabama men cited in Jan. 3 incident near Pointe a la Hache, LDWF says

Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries arrested one Alabama man and cited another for alleged wildlife and criminal violations in connection with a rabbit-hunting license-check stop on Jan. 3 in Plaquemines Parish.

Walter Holloway, 57, was arrested in the case and booked with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, resisting an officer and hunting without a non-resident hunting license. James Bailey, 40, also was cited for possessing over the daily limit of rabbits.

When agents approached a group of hunters off Highway 23 near Pointe a la Hache, Holloway allegedly fled the scene but was eventually captured.

During questioning, Holloway allegedly admitted to using a shotgun to hunt with the group, and to fleeing the scene.  Holloway allegedly admitted to being a convicted felon, which would prohibit him from possessing a firearm, the release states.

The agent placed Holloway under arrest and booked him into the Plaquemines Parish Prison, according to the release.

The agent made contact with three additional men including Bailey, who was allegedly found in possession of 18 rabbits, which were seized.  The daily possession limit for rabbits is eight.

Possessing over the daily limit of rabbits brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Bailey may also face civil restitution totaling $317 for the rabbits over the daily limit. Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon brings a $1,000 to $5,000 fine and five to 20 years in jail.  Resisting an officer carries up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.  Hunting without a non-resident hunting license brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail, the release states.