2 arrested for illegal hunting
Published 4:57 am Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Special to The Daily News
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested two Mt. Hermon men on Saturday in Washington Parish, according to information from the LDWF.
Agents arrested Teddie Williams, 26, and Catlin Williams, 21, for allegedly possessing a stolen firearm, being convicted felons and possessing a firearm, hunting deer during illegal hours with artificial light, hunting deer from a public road and moving vehicle, hunting without basic season and big game hunting licenses and deer tags.
Agents received information about gunfire at night northwest of Franklinton. Agents setup surveillance off of Jim Edwards Road. According to the LDWF, agents observed the Williams men in a vehicle driving slowly while spotlighting for deer. Upon contact and further investigation, agents found that the Williams’ were convicted felons and in possession of a stolen .270 rifle.
Agents booked the men into the Washington Parish Jail.
Teddie Williams was charged with hunting without a resident license, hunting without a resident big game license, failure of non-resident to secure registration in Louisiana, hunting deer in/out outside legal hours and hunting across public road.
Catlin Williams was charged with hunting deer in/out outside legal hours, hunting across public road, hunting from a moving vehicle/aircraft and hunting without a resident big game license.
According to a spokesperson for the LDWF, the men might also be charged with possession of a stolen gun. Illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon carries a $1,000 to $5,000 fine and 10 to 20 years of jail. Possession of a stolen firearm brings one to five years of jail.
Hunting deer during illegal hours with artificial light brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Hunting deer from a public road and without deer tags each carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each offense. Hunting from a moving vehicle brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail. Hunting deer without a basic season and big game hunting licenses each carries up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.
Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Darryl Galloway, Sgt. Toby Miller and Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies.