Parish man cited for illegal hunt

Published 5:16 am Friday, February 3, 2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Franklinton man for alleged deer hunting violations on Monday in Washington Parish, according to an LDWF press release.

Agents cited Johnny D. Tarver, 31, for taking over the daily limit of deer, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements, intentional littering and intentional concealment or destruction of wildlife.

Agents began investigating Tarver after receiving a tip on Dec. 20, 2016, about Tarver possibly harvesting three deer on the same day. After a month-long investigation, agents determined that Tarver harvested a six-point, five-point and spike deer on Sunday, Dec. 25, in Washington Parish. Hunters were only allowed one antlered and one antlerless deer for this area on Dec. 25.

Agents also learned that Tarver allegedly threw the deer remains, antlers and meat into the Bogue Chitto River near Clifton in Washington Parish after Tarver got word of the investigation.

Intentional concealment of wildlife carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Taking over the daily limit of deer brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail. Failing to comply with deer tagging requirements carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail. Intentional littering brings up to a $500 fine and eight hours of community service in a litter-abatement work program as approved by the court.

Tarver may also face civil restitution totaling $4,874 for the replacement value of the three illegally taken deer, LDWF officials said.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Darryl Galloway and Sgt. Toby Miller.