The following is a news release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Calcasieu Parish man on alleged deer hunting violations on Oct. 30.
LDWF agents received a tip411 complaint from the public on Oct. 19 about potential deer hunting violations that occurred in Allen Parish.
Agents cited Christopher Bailey, 46, for taking deer with an illegal weapon, using illegal methods, hunting without a big game license and failing to comply with deer tagging or harvest record regulations.
After investigating the tip411 complaint and interviewing Bailey, agents found that Bailey had been squirrel hunting when he took an 8-point buck using a semi-automatic shotgun with fine shot. Bailey admitted to agents he shot the deer the day before the still hunt season opened in Area 8. Agents also found that Bailey failed to possess a big game license or deer tags.
Taking deer with illegal methods brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail. Taking deer using an illegal weapon carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail. Hunting without big game license brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.
Failing to comply with deer tagging or harvest record regulations brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail. Bailey may also be responsible for a civil restitution penalty of $1,624.61 for the replacement value of the deer.
Agents participating in this case were Sgt. Keith Aucoin and Senior Agent Danon Maricle.
LDWF launched the tip411 program at the end of September as a part of their Operation Game Thief program, which may offer a cash reward for information leading to arrests or convictions.
To use the tip411 program, citizens can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone app from the Apple iTunes store free of charge. CitizenObserver, the tip411 provider, uses technology that removes all identifying information before LDWF receives the text so that LDWF cannot identify the sender.
Texting or downloading the app enables the public to send anonymous tips to LDWF and lets LDWF respond back, creating a two-way anonymous "chat". Users of the app or texters can also send in photos to help support their claim and be used as evidence.