TEAL HUNTERS NABBED ON OPENING DAY
Enforcement agents from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
seized 40 teal from three men on September 13, citing them in Catahoula
Parish for alleged federal violations of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
Carlos D. Boyd, 42, and Thomas J. Jones, 41, both of Jena, and Jeromie
Chad Smith, 25, of Jonesville were all cited for taking or possessing over
the limit of teal. Smith and Boyd were additionally cited for violating
migratory game bird tagging requirements.
Agents set up surveillance on the subjects' duck blind before daybreak on
the opening morning of teal season. The men arrived and began shooting
teal at approximately 6:30 a.m. After only an hour of hunting, the
subjects had killed a total of 40 teal. During that time, Boyd transported
the first 16 teal to the residence of Smith, while Smith and Jones
continued hunting. Once Boyd returned to the blind, agents stopped the
hunt and found the subjects to be in possession of 24 additional teal. The
first 16 teal were later retrieved from Smith's residence. The daily bag
limit on teal is four per person.
The two violations of taking or possessing over the limit of teal and
violating migratory bird tagging requirements each carry a penalty of up
to $15,000 in fines and up to six months in jail.
Agents participating in the case were Sergeant John Barker, Sr. Agent Joe
Tarver, and Sr. Agent James Parish.
For more information, contact Maj. Keith LaCaze at 225/765-2469
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