Robeline Man Cited for Deer Hunting Violations in Natchitoches Parish
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Robeline subject for alleged deer hunting violations on Sept. 15 in Natchitoches Parish.
Agents cited Justin S. Matthews, 20, for taking deer during a closed season, possession of an illegally taken deer, hunting without resident and big game licenses, fail to possess deer tags and failing to comply with deer tagging requirements.
Agents received a tip about an eight-point buck that was shot northwest of Robeline. After further investigation, agents made contact with Matthews.
Matthews admitted to agents that he shot the deer the evening before around 6:30 p.m. using a Marlin 30/30 rifle with a scope. Agents seized the deer meat, antlers and the rifle with the scope.
Taking a deer during a closed season 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. Failing to possess deer tags and comply with deer tagging requirements each brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 30 days in jail. Hunting without basic hunting and big game licenses each carries up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.
Matthews may also face civil restitution totaling $2,033 for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.
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