Agents cite five men for deer hunting violations in Ouachita Parish

OUACHITA PARISH, La. (LDWF) - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited five men for alleged deer hunting violations in Ouachita Parish.

Agents cited Joe Willis, 37, of West Monroe, Dana J. Murray, 66, of Monroe, and Bert T. Willis, 62, of St. John, Fla., for possession of an untagged deer on December 12th.

Joe Willis was also cited for hunting deer during illegal hours, possession of an illegally taken deer, and failing to comply with deer tagging requirements.

Agents also cited John Pineda, 32, of Benton, Ark., and Edward Grant Jr., 22, of Bryant, Ark., for hunting without non-resident basic and big game hunting licenses, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements, criminal trespassing and possession of an illegally taken deer on December 14th.

Agents received a tip on December 12th about night hunters on Whitewood Road in West Monroe. Agents arrived on scene and stopped a vehicle near a hunting camp and found an eight-point and seven-point deer head in the bed of the truck. The driver of the vehicle, Joe Willis, admitted to shooting a deer in a field across from the camp at night with aid of a spotlight that did not belong to one of the antlered deer heads in the back of the truck.

Agents then escorted Joe Willis back to the camp where they came into contact with Bert Willis and Murray. Agents then found an ice chest with quartered up deer meat, of which the men claimed as theirs. They then found another ice chest with more quartered up deer meat with no possession tags, of which the men said belonged to Grant and Pineda.

Joe Willis then stated that he legally killed the eight-point deer on his land in Luna. He then stated the seven-point deer was shot by his friend, Grant, across the river from the camp on Dec. 11. He also admitted to Pineda harvesting an antlerless deer behind the camp on Dec. 11. Willis also stated that Grant and Pineda already went back to Arkansas.

Agents then found that Joe Willis had not tagged three antlered deer from earlier in the season that he admitted to taking. Agents seized Willis' 30-30 rifle, spotlight and all the deer meat.

Agents contacted Arkansas Game and Fish agents whom interviewed Grant and Pineda on Dec. 14 in relation to the incident of the two deer they shot in Louisiana. They both admitted to killing the deer without licenses. Grant also stated that he and Pineda went across the river in a boat and retrieved one of the deer from private property. LDWF agents were then able to issue citations for Grant and Pineda.

Failing to comply with deer tagging requirements and hunting without non-resident and big game hunting licenses each brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 30 days in jail for each offense. Hunting deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Possession of an illegally taken deer carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.