Husband, wife bagged on deer charges

Internet photos helped Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrest two Coushatta residents for deer hunting violations on Feb. 18 in Natchitoches Parish.

Husband and wife Donald and Tonette Mason were each cited for failure to comply with the deer tagging requirements. Tonette was additionally cited for taking over the daily limit of deer.

Tonette allegedly killed a 16-point and 12-point buck in one evening and used her 2009-10 Big Game License Antlered Deer Tag on the 16-point buck deer. Donald used his 2009-10 Big Game License Antlered Deer Tag on the 12-point buck deer. Agents seized both sets of antlers from the Masons.

Agents received a complaint from individuals about the two deer being taken on the same day by Tonette. Information was received and confirmed through pictures posted on the Internet.

Agents involved in the investigation were Sgt. Chuck Dison and Senior Agent Cullom Schexnyder from the Minden Office.

Penalties for taking over the daily limit of deer first offense are a fine between $250 and $500, or imprisonment for up to 90 days or both. Penalties for failing to comply with the deer tagging requirements first offense are a fine between $100 and $350, or imprisonment for up to 60 days or both.

The La. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division is committed to the protection, conservation and replenishment of the natural resources, wildlife and aquatic life. To report any wildlife violation, please contact the La. Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries Operation Game Thief at 1-800-442-2511.

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