POSTED: Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 6:00am
UPDATED: Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 6:04am
PLAQUEMINES PARISH, LA — Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two men for alleged hunting and boating safety violations along Highway 23 near Triumph in Plaquemines Parish on December 16.
Agents cited Christopher Hicks, 25, of Boothville, and Calvin Riggs, 34, of Buras, for hunting migratory game birds (MGB) with an unplugged gun and violating the non-toxic shot requirements. Agents also cited Riggs for hunting with an unsigned duck stamp. Furthermore, Hicks was cited for hunt MGBs without a basic hunting license, federal and state duck stamps, possession of an alligator during a closed season and failing to comply with personal flotation device (PFD) requirements.
Agents were patrolling along Highway 23 and observed a vehicle parked in a wooded area and heard people talking near the vehicle further into the wooded area. Agents then observed several subjects coming from a barrow pit carrying a shotgun and dragging a pirogue.
Agents made contact with the subjects and found several ducks and a small alligator in the pirogue. Agents checked the shotguns and found both shotguns were unplugged and both subjects hunted MGBs with lead shot.
While conducting a license check, agents found that Hicks did not have a hunting license or a state and federal duck stamp and Riggs did not sign his federal duck stamp. Agents also discovered Hicks had hunted MGBs from the pirogue without a PFD.
The penalties for hunting ducks without a federal duck stamp, with an unsigned federal duck stamp, with an unplugged gun, violating non-toxic shot requirements, and possession of an alligator during a closed season carry a fine from $400 to $950 and up to 120 days in jail for each offense. Failing to comply with PFD requirements, hunting without a resident basic license and hunting MGBs without a state stamp carry a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail for each offense.
Agents seized and donated seven ducks, three coots and an alligator to charity. Replacement value of the ducks, coots and alligator may total $605.96 in restitution.