Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents cited a Rapides Parish man on April 3 for alleged deer hunting violations.
Agents cited Jonathan Pace, 31, of Boyce, for taking deer during a closed season, taking deer during illegal hours, taking deer from a public road, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements, possession of an illegally taken deer and intentional concealment of wildlife.
Agents were contacted by a Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Deputy that stated he discovered a freshly killed deer at a resident in Boyce. Upon arriving and examining the remains, agents determined the deer was recently killed with a firearm.
Agents located other items around the property that were consistent with a deer being killed and processed at the residence. Agents spoke with Pace later that evening when he admitted to killing the deer off of Hwy. 28 on April 2 around 11:30 p.m.
During the investigation, Pace also admitted to killing two other antlerless deer during nighttime hours this year with one on Jan. 13 and the other on Jan. 15. Neither of these deer were tagged or validated.
Agents seized an antlerless deer and a 12 gauge shotgun.
Taking deer during a closed season, during illegal hours and intentional concealment of wildlife each brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Possession of an illegally taken deer carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Taking deer from a public road and failing comply with deer tagging requirements each carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.
Pace may also face civil restitution totaling $4,873 for the replacement value of the three illegally taken deer.