PLAQUEMINES PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents recently cited two Belle Chasse men for alleged hunting violations in Plaquemines Parish.
Agents cited Derek P. Billiot, 34, for violating non-toxic shot requirements while hunting migratory game birds, taking over the limit of coots and taking over the limit of rabbits. Agents also cited William A. Schultheis III, 34, for operating an unregistered motorboat and hunting without a basic hunting license.
Agents received a complaint that three subjects were hunting from an airboat in a pond near the Ollie Road subdivision. Agents stopped the subjects on Dec. 27 and investigators say they found the two men in possession of 11 rabbits and 20 coots, which were subsequently seized. The daily bag limit for rabbits is eight and for coots is 15.
Billiot allegedly admitted to taking the rabbits and coots. Agents say Schultheis was operating the vessel and agents determined him to be actively participating in the hunt. Agents determined that the third person was not actively hunting.
Taking over the limit of coots brings and violating the non-toxic shot requirement each bring a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in prison for each offense. Taking over the limit of rabbits carries a $250 to $500 and up to 90 days in jail.
Operating an unregistered motorboat and hunting without a basic hunting license each brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.