A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent cited a Mississippi man for allegedly drowning a deer in the Mississippi River in Concordia Parish on Dec. 11.
LDWF Sgt. Trey Mason cited David E. Hayes, 40, of Natchez, Miss., for not having the required basic hunting and big game hunting licenses, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements, hunting from a moving vessel and taking deer from a vessel while the deer was swimming.
Mason was contacted by a witness who saw a man in a boat approach a deer that was swimming in the river. The witness then saw the man wrap a rope around the deer's antlers and drown the animal.
Mason arrived in the area and from the top of a levee, saw a vessel matching the description given with an 8-point buck lying in front of the boat. Mason made contact with Hayes and saw that he was in possession of a dead, wet deer with no apparent wounds. After a brief interview, Hayes admitted to drowning the buck in the river on the Louisiana side.
Hunting from a moving vessel carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail. Taking deer from a vessel while the deer is swimming, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements and hunting without a non-resident basic hunting and big game hunting licenses each brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each offense. A civil restitution charge of $2,033 for the replacement value of the deer may also be imposed.