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Source: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement agents cited 12 people across the state for alleged turkey hunting violations during the opening weekend of the 2020 turkey hunting season.  Turkey season opened on April 4, 2020, in all three turkey hunting areas.

Local citations issued on April 4 were:

  • William T. Fouquier, 34, of New Iberia, for hunting with an unplugged gun in Rapides Parish.
  • Noah Shapkoff, 20, of Leesville, for failing to tag a harvested turkey in Vernon Parish.
  • Alexis Burton, 18, of Anacoco, for failing to tag a harvested turkey in Vernon Parish.

Other citations were issued to:

  • Jude Cambre, 46, of Denham Springs, for hunting turkey over a baited area in East Baton Rouge Parish.
  • Joseph Gauthreaux, 52, of Baton Rouge, for hunting turkey over a baited area in East Baton Rouge Parish.
  • Jaratt Palmer, 34, of Mansfield, for hunting turkey over a baited area in Desoto Parish
  • Donald Lee, 44, of Jamestown, for hunting turkey over a baited area in Desoto Parish.
  • James Ezell, 54, of Downsville, for hunting turkey over a baited area in Caldwell Parish.
  • Kimberly V. Taylor, 45, of West Monroe, for hunting turkey over a baited area in Caldwell Parish.
  • Randal R. Taylor, 61, of West Monroe, for not possessing basic and big game hunting licenses, wild turkey license or turkey tags in Caldwell Parish.

On April 5 agents cited:

  • Charles Metcalf, 62, of Monterey, for hunting turkeys during a closed season for taking two turkeys during the youth turkey hunt weekend on March 28-29, hunting turkeys over a baited area and taking over the daily limit of turkeys.
  • Kenneth Allen, 56, of Archibald, for hunting turkey over a baited area in Claiborne Parish

According to the 2020 Turkey Regulations, no person shall hunt or take turkeys by the aid of baiting or on or over a baited area.  Hunters are not allowed to place, expose, deposit or scatter corn, wheat or other grain, salt or other feed to lure turkeys to their hunting area.

Also, turkey hunters are required to possess Louisiana basic hunting and big game licenses, Louisiana wild turkey license and turkey tags.

Hunting turkeys over a baited area, hunting with an unplugged gun and taking over the limit of turkeys each brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail for each offense.  Turkey hunting during a closed season brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Failing to comply with turkey tagging regulations carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Not possessing a basic hunting license, big game license and wild turkey license each brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

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