GRANT PARISH - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two men for alleged deer hunting violations in Grant Parish on Oct. 13.
Agents cited Nathan Smith, 18, of Pollock, for taking deer during illegal hours. Agents also cited Bobby Seals, 52, of Pollock, for possession of an illegally taken deer and possession of a live game quadruped without a permit.
Agents responded to a complaint about a rifle shot after legal hunting hours in Pollock on the night of Oct. 13. The agents found Smith and Seals cleaning a freshly harvested antlerless deer on Seals’ property.
Smith confessed to taking the deer after hours with his rifle in the back yard of Seals’ residence. While at Seals’ property, agents also located a penned fawn that Seals said he found months earlier.
Deer hunting during illegal hours 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. Possession of a penned fawn without a permit brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.
Smith may face civil restitution totaling $1,624 for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer. Seals may face civil restitution totaling $1,624 for possessing the penned fawn without a permit.
Agents participating in the case are Sgt. James Smith and Senior Agent Suni Nelson.