Two Acadia Parish men cited for alleged illegal wood duck hunting
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two men and one juvenile for alleged violations of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act on Sept. 20 in Acadia Parish.
Agents cited Brandon Stutes, 18, Ryan Servat, 19, both of Rayne, and a juvenile from Crowley after they heard several shots fired from an area along Bayou Plaquemine. Agents determined that Stutes, Servat and the juvenile were doing the shooting and agents found 11 wood ducks in their possession.
It is illegal to hunt or possess any ducks other than teal during the special teal season.
Agents seized the 11 wood ducks and donated them to charity.
The penalty for violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act is a fine up to $15,000, or jail time up to six months or both.
National Hunting and Fishing Day held statewide
More than 7,800 people throughout Louisiana celebrated National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFD) with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) on Sept. 27 at events in Baton Rouge, Minden, Woodworth and Monroe.
At the Baton Rouge event, over 1,700 people enjoyed skeet shooting, a youth fishing contest, archery and canoeing among other activities. Once again, the “Paradise Louisiana” outdoors show was on hand to capture the day’s events. The wild game tasting booth featured fried alligator, duck gumbo, venison sliders, shrimp penne pasta, fried Louisiana catfish and deer sauce piquant. The crowd also enjoyed the falconry, squirrel dog and casting demonstrations.
Over 1,900 folks made their way to Woodworth’s NHFD event. Woodworth’s NHFD featured a hay bale ride from the parking lot to the gate and back, shooting instructions from the local LDWF Hunter Education staff and a U.S. National Guard rock climbing wall.
In Minden, more than 1,000 visitors participated in NHFD. The shotgun, muzzleloader, BB gun and archery stations drew big crowds all day. A chainsaw carver also created an owl and eagle out of two cedar logs in front of the NHFD participants.
At the Monroe NHFD activities, over 3,200 people attended a day full of crossbow demonstrations, a BB gun contest, pony rides and an alligator display.