NOVEMBER 2005 NEWS  

 

FELON HUNTER ARRESTED BY L.D.W.F. ENFORCEMENT AGENTS

FERRIDAY MAN CITED FOR NIGHT HUNTING

NATIONAL HUNTING AND FISHING DAY RECOGNIZED ACROSS STATE

DERIDDER MAN CITED FOR TAKING TURKEY DURING A CLOSED SEASON, OTHER RELATED OFFENSES  

PRO ANGLER ARRESTED FOR CHEATING IN BASSMASTER TOURNAMENT

L.D.W.F. AGENTS BOOK OLLA MAN ON DRUG CHARGES

L.D.W.F. ENFORCEMENT DIVISION AGENT HONORED AS ONE OF THE GLAMOUR MAGAZINE WOMEN OF THE YEAR  

FISH FOR THE FUTURE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES FISHERMAN'S RELIEF FUND

POST HURRICANE KATRINA PATROLS RESULT IN RECREATIONAL FISHING VIOLATIONS

NIGHT HUNTERS BOOKED INTO CONCORDIA PARISH JAIL

OUACHITA PARISH MEN CITED FOR HUNTING DURING ILLEGAL HOURS

DISCOVER LOUISIANA HUNTING WEEKEND PROVIDES OPPORTUNITY TO INTRODUCE SOMEONE TO THE OUTDOORS

  

DERIDDER MAN CITED FOR TAKING TURKEY DURING A CLOSED SEASON, OTHER RELATED OFFENSES

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents
cited a Deridder man for multiple turkey hunting violations on Nov. 1.

Frank A. Waller, 22, was cited for turkey hunting during a closed season,
turkey hunting with a rifle, from a moving vehicle and from a public road
and discharging a firearm from a public road.

Agents responded to a complaint from a local landowner who allegedly heard a
gunshot and witnessed a man placing a turkey in his vehicle on Greentown
Road just southeast of Deridder.  The eyewitness gave the agents a written
statement with a description and license plate number for Waller's vehicle.

The located Waller's vehicle and later questioned him pertaining to the
complaint.  Waller admitted to shooting a turkey from the road and he
provided a voluntary statement of the facts.

A .270 rifle and a hen turkey were seized in connection with the
investigation. Additionally, Waller was charged civil restitution for the
replacement value of a turkey, which was set at $802.50.

Turkey hunting during a closed season carries a fine up to $950, or jail
time for not more than 120 days, or both plus court costs and forfeiture of
anything seized.  Turkey hunting with a rifle and from a moving vehicle are
both punishable by a fine up to $500, or jail time up to 90 days, or both
plus court costs.  Hunting from a public road has a fine up to $350, or jail
time up to 60 days, or both plus court costs.  Discharging a firearm from a
public road has a $50 fine or jail time up to 30 days, or both plus court
costs.

Agents participating in the case were Lt. Jesse Savoie, Sgt. David Liles and
Senior Agent Wendel Vaughn.

 

PRO ANGLER ARRESTED FOR CHEATING IN BASSMASTER TOURNAMENT

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division
agents arrested a Missouri man for contest fraud in Natchitoches Parish
following the Citgo Bassmaster Central Open on the Red River on Nov. 11,
2005.

Paul E. Tormanen, 39, of Lee's Summit, Missouri, allegedly caught several
black bass before the tournament and tied them to stumps in the Red River.
He then used the black bass at the weigh in.

Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (BASS) officials alerted the agents to the
possibility of contest fraud after they were contacted by a fisherman who
had snagged one of the fish while practicing for the upcoming event.  Agents
secretly marked the fish and returned them to the stumps where they were
found. 

On Nov. 10, Tormanen brought the marked fish to the scales at the Grand
Ecore boat launch and had them officially weighed in to count toward the
total weight of his catch.  After weighing in his next days catch, Tormanen
was questioned by agents.  He admitted to catching several bass before the
tournament and tying them to stumps in order to weigh them in during the
tournament.  

Tormanen was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center for
contest fraud.  He was released after posting a $5,000 bond the same date of
the arrest.  The penalty for contest fraud is a fine up to $3,000 and
imprisonment with or without hard labor for up to one year or both.

Agents participating in the case were Lt. Richie McCarthy, Lt. Bill Tyree,
Sgt. Chuck Dison, Sgt. Patrick Staggs, Senior Agent Eric Droddy and Senior
Agent Billy Shoemaker.

  

L.D.W.F. AGENTS BOOK OLLA MAN ON DRUG CHARGES

Agents from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF)
Enforcement Division arrested and booked an Olla man in the LaSalle Parish
Jail for alleged drug charges on Nov. 3. 

Louie B Barnes, 55, was arrested for alleged possession of methamphetamines
and drug paraphernalia, which included two syringes.  The suspected
methamphetamines and syringes were seized as evidence. 

Agent Doug Anderson Jr. made contact with Barnes while investigating a night
hunting complaint.  During Agent Anderson's investigation, he discovered
Barnes to be in possession of suspected illegal drugs and drug
paraphernalia.  Barnes was also charged for resisting an officer and
obstruction of justice after attempting to swallow the narcotics. 

The penalties for resisting an officer are $500 or up to six months in jail
or both.
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia also carries a fine of  $500 or not more
than six months in jail or both.  Possession of methamphetamines is
punishable by up to five years in jail with or without hard labor and up to
a $5,000 fine.  The penalty for obstruction of justice is a fine up to
$10,000 or up to five years with or without hard labor in jail.

Agents participating in the case were Agent Anderson Jr., Sgt. Brian
McDowell and Agent Robbie Mayo. 

 

L.D.W.F. ENFORCEMENT DIVISION AGENT HONORED AS ONE OF THE GLAMOUR MAGAZINE
WOMEN OF THE YEAR


Glamour magazine honored a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Enforcement Division agent as one of their "2005 Women of the Year" at a
ceremony on Nov. 2 in New York City.

Sgt. Rachel Zechenelly, 35, who has been an enforcement agent since 1999,
was selected by Glamour for her efforts during the search and rescue
missions in the New Orleans area following Hurricane Katrina.

"Glamour wanted women who participated in all areas of the rescue efforts,"
Zechenelly said. 
 
The 2005 Women of the Year who participated in saving people's lives
following Hurricane Katrina include Sara Faulkner, who is the only female
rescue swimmer for the U.S. Coast Guard, New Orleans Charity and University
Hospitals' Dr. Cathi Fontenot, nurse Julie Newman, Yamily Bass-Choate, an
Episcopal Priest from Mississippi, and Army Pvt. Yakima Sanderlin.

Zechenelly, who is living in Baton Rouge after her apartment near New
Orleans lost its roof, took shelter at the New Orleans Convention Center the
night before Katrina came ashore.   

"That was my bunkhouse," she said.  "Staying at the convention center
allowed me to be in the city immediately after the storm had passed the next
morning." 

Zechenelly proved to be a valuable asset with her knowledge of the city in
helping LDWF save over 21,000 people, as she was able to direct agents to
where people needed the most help.  "I started finding passable routes to
get our boats and trucks to locations such as the Ninth Ward." she said.

Glamour paid for the entire trip that lasted from Nov. 1 to Nov. 6 for
Zechenelly and her sister.  The trip included round trip first-class
airfare, accommodations at the Trump International Hotel and a private
dinner at the restaurant Shun Lee hosted by Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Zechenelly was able to meet Zeta-Jones, Venus Williams, Christiane Amanpour,
Goldie Hawn and Melissa Etheridge who were also honored as women of the
year.  She also met Michael Douglas, Tipper Gore, Meg Ryan, Steven
Spielberg, Marisa Tomei, Campbell Brown and many other celebrities. 

In addition, Zechenelly was interviewed by E! Entertainment, Entertainment
Tonight, CNN, Inside Edition, The New York Times and several other media
outlets on the red carpet.

Zechenelly said she was grateful for being able to represent this department
at the awards ceremony.  "Our department employs many incredible men and
women who worked during the rescue efforts, so I felt honored to represent
such an esteemed collection of people.  It was difficult to be singled out
knowing the other men and women in our department who ran into the storm
instead of running away in order to help the survivors of Katrina.

The 2005 Women of the Year issue is set to hit newsstands on Nov. 8.  The
ceremony will be broadcast in the following markets:

New Orleans WWL   CBS--channel 4        12/17/05 at 3p.m.
Shreveport KMSS      NBC--channel 33      12/17/05 at 3 p.m.
Baton Rouge WAFB CBS--channel 9  12/18/05 at 1 p.m.
Monroe-El Dorado KAQY ABC--channel 11      12/10/05 at 1 p.m.
Alexandria KALB NBC--channel 5 12/11/05 at 2 p.m.

 

FISH FOR THE FUTURE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES FISHERMAN'S RELIEF FUND

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to advise
fishermen that the Fish For the Future Foundation, a non-profit institution
established to improve the scientific and economic understanding of marine
fisheries management and the seafood industry in the U.S., has announced the
establishment of the Gulf Fisherman's Relief Fund according to the
foundation's Web site.

The Gulf Fisherman's Relief Fund is offering to assist members of the
fishing community in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and parts of Florida
affected by this natural disaster. 

In order to assure fairness, the fund plans to appoint an advisory panel
made up of the most knowledgeable fisheries administrators within the region
to review applications submitted by fishermen and assessments provided by
local authorities. 

Funding for the program is derived from charitable events and volunteer
contributions and overhead expenses will be limited through the use of
volunteers and professionals who have offered their services pro bono.  The
foundation is also accepting contributions from individuals, groups and
corporations interested in donating to the relief fund.  Checks and money
orders may be sent to the Gulf Fisherman's Relief Fund, 3382 Gunston Rd.,
Alexandria, Virginia.

Applications for assistance and more information concerning the relief fund
are available at the Fish For The Future Foundation Web site at
http://www.fish4thefuturefoundation.org.  In addition to name and contact
information, grant applications require information on state and federal
permit type, number and effective dates, vessel information and a brief
statement of losses. 

  

POST HURRICANE KATRINA PATROLS RESULT IN RECREATIONAL FISHING VIOLATIONS

While patrolling the Jefferson Lake area of Plaquemine's Parish on Nov. 2,
agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement
Division cited two Avondale men for recreational fishing violations.

Agents cited Charles Gibson, 65, and George Lee Jr, 68, for allegedly
possessing twice the daily limit of red drum, more commonly called redfish,
and for possession of undersized red drum.

The investigation began when the agents noticed both men actively fishing
from a boat.  As the agents began to approach, both men started tossing
plastic bags into the water.  The agents successfully retrieved the bags
from the water and found 30 red drum in the two bags.  The recreational
possession limit is five per person.  As agents measured the catch, 23 of
the 30 red drum were found to be under the legal size limit of 16 inches.

Agents patrolling the hurricane-affected areas have noticed an increase in
recreational harvest in the weeks following the storm. Even with the
significant damage to the waterways and surrounding marsh, agents have
observed numerous fishermen catching their limits of spotted sea trout and
red drum.

The penalties for possessing twice the daily limit of red drum are a fine
between $400 and $750 or jail time up to 120 days, or both plus court costs
and forfeiture of anything seized.  In addition, the offender must pay $25
per each fish over the limit to LDWF.  Possession of undersized red drum is
punishable by a fine between $100 and $350 or jail time up to 60 days or
both, plus court costs. Offenders of undersized re drum must also pay $25
per each fish under 16 inches in length to LDWF and are subject to
revocation of any and all fishing licenses for one to three years.

Agents participating in the case were Senior Agents Mike Garritty and Roy
Pier.

  

NIGHT HUNTERS BOOKED INTO CONCORDIA PARISH JAIL

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents
booked two Jonesville men into the Concordia Parish jail for allegedly
taking deer during illegal hours on Nov. 5.

Patrick Daymon Bass, 31, and Johnathon Dale Bass, 33, were cited for taking
deer during illegal hours, hunting deer from a public road and hunting from
a moving vehicle. 

At approximately 11:45 p.m. agents saw and heard two shots fired from a
vehicle.  Upon stopping the vehicle occupied by the two men, the agents
found two freshly killed deer in the back of the vehicle.

A 12-gauge shotgun and the two deer were seized as evidence.  The two deer
were later donated to charity.

Taking deer during illegal hours carries a fine up to $950, or jail time up
to 120 days, or both plus court costs.  Hunting from a moving vehicle is
punishable by a fine up to $500, or jail time up to 90 days, or both plus
court costs.  Hunting from a public road has a fine up to $350, or jail time
up to 60 days, or both plus court costs.

A civil restitution summons for the value of the two deer was also issued in
the case.

Agents participating in the case were Sr. Agent Joey Tarver and Lt. Kenneth
Hedricks. 
 

OUACHITA PARISH MEN CITED FOR HUNTING DURING ILLEGAL HOURS

Two Ouachita Parish men were cited by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and
Fisheries Enforcement Division agents for allegedly hunting deer during
illegal hours, hunting from a moving vehicle and hunting from a public road
on Oct. 13.

Warren Blake Carr, 20 of West Monroe and Colby Martin Hines, 19, of Calhoun,
were cited after agents received a complaint of illegal hours hunting on
Richardson Road in western Ouachita Parish.

While questioning Carr, agents located the head of an eight-point buck in
the back of his truck.  Carr and Hines both allegedly admitted to shooting
the buck on the night of Oct. 11, on Hwy 546 and also shooting another deer
in the yard of a residence on Richardson Road around midnight on Oct. 12.
Carr was also cited for discharging a firearm from a public road. 

A 30/06-caliber rifle and both deer were seized.  The deer were donated to
charity. 

The penalty for hunting deer during illegal hours is a fine of $900 to $950,
or jail time up to 120 days, or both plus court costs.  Hunting from a
public road carries a fine of $100 to $350, or jail time up to 60 days, or
both plus court costs.  Hunting from a moving vehicle is punishable by a
fine between $250 and $500, or jail time up to 90 days, or both plus court
costs.  Discharging a firearm from a public road carries a fine up to $50,
or jail time up to 30 days, or both plus court costs.

Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Jimmy Vining, Sgt. Mike Murray
and Senior Agent Thomas Risser.
 

DISCOVER LOUISIANA HUNTING WEEKEND PROVIDES OPPORTUNITY TO INTRODUCE SOMEONE TO THE OUTDOORS

If you've been waiting for the opportunity to introduce someone you know to
the wonders of Sportsman's Paradise, now's the time.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is urging licensed hunters to
invite new or one-time hunters to experience the outdoors during Discover
Louisiana Hunting (DLH) weekend, Nov. 25-27.

It could be a relative, best friend, spouse, or neighbor who you've promised
to take hunting, but never followed up on.  With the DLH permit, valid for
this Thanksgiving weekend, it's easy to get involved for a weekend of
hunting without the expense of a hunting license.

"The program allows both Louisiana residents and non-residents, 16 years of
age and older, to experience recreational hunting for the first time or
enjoy the sport again with a DLH permit," said LDWF Secretary Dwight
Landreneau.  "We want to stimulate interest in hunting, promote gun and
hunter safety, and foster an appreciation for the conservation and habitat
management mission served by LDWF."

James Newell, a teacher from Lafayette, is participating as a host hunter
for a friend of his son. Newell, who has hunted for 34 years, will be the
mentor for his guest at Sherburne Wildlife Management Area (WMA), located
halfway between Lafayette and Baton Rouge, off Interstate 10.

"I think this program is great," Newell said.  "It gives people a chance to
experience the thrill of the hunt and the diversity of the woodlands in
Louisiana's WMAs that we all enjoy."

Interested DLH participants need to obtain hunter safety certification, or
be enrolled in a class by Nov. 15 to qualify for a DLH permit.  Permits can
be obtained online through Nov. 21.  A host hunter requirement for DLH
participants adds additional safety for everyone hunting Thanksgiving
weekend.
 
"It has never been easier for hunters needing to take a hunter education
course," said John Sturgis, LDWF Hunter Education Program manager.  "If your
busy schedule does not permit you to attend the standard education course,
you can try our home study program.  Students can study at their own pace
and convenience and attend a six-hour field day for course completion."

Interested participants can complete the course by accessing the
www.discoverlouisianahunting.com Web site.  Then by clicking on the "Hunter
Ed" tab located at the top of the page.  Next, click on the "online" link
located in the second bullet from the top of the page.  Then follow the
on-screen directions.  A list of standard classroom hunter education courses
around the state is also available at the DLH Web site.

DLH is targeting new hunters and non-residents that want to enjoy the
Louisiana outdoors for the first time and experienced hunters that want to
try the sport again by making this weekend available at no cost.

"This program gives non-residents a chance to see what Louisiana has to
offer, non-hunters a chance to see what hunting is all about and retired
hunters a chance to see what they are missing," Newell said.

To sign up for a permit simply visit the DLH Web site and click on the
"Register" tab at the top of the page.  Then fill in the blanks on the
registration form and hit "Submit."

"Obtaining the permit was easy," Newell said.  "All you have to do is submit
the information online.  Using the DLH Web site was so easy--you just answer
the questions."

During the Discover Louisiana Hunting weekend, only quail, rabbit, squirrel
and deer can be hunted.  For daily bag and possession limits and deer zone
restrictions refer to the 2005-06 Louisiana Hunting Season and WMA
Regulations Booklet or go to www.discoverlouisianahunting.com and click on
"Regulations."

Once a participant utilizes this no cost weekend hunting option, appropriate
licenses and permits must be obtained for all future hunting trips in
Louisiana.

Any interested participant without Internet access can call any of the
following LDWF offices Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., for
permit application assistance:

* Alexandria: 1995 Shreveport Hwy., Pineville, LA 71360; ph.
318-487-5885
* Baton Rouge: 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808; ph.
225-765-2346
* Ferriday: 261 Wildlife & Fishery Road, Ferriday, LA 71334;
ph. 318-757-4571
* Lake Charles: 1213 North Lakeshore Dr., Lake Charles, LA
70601; ph. 337-491-2575
* Minden: 1401 Talton Street, Minden, LA 71055; ph.
318-371-3050
* Monroe: 368 Century Tel Drive, Monroe, LA 71203; ph.
318-343-4044
* New Iberia: 2415 Darnall Road, New Iberia, LA 70560; ph.
337-373-0032
* Opelousas: 5652 Highway 182, Opelousas, LA 70570; ph.
337-948-0255

DLH Weekend supporting sponsors and partners include: Academy Sports &
Outdoors, Bass Pro Shops/Bossier City, Bayou State Bowhunters Association,
Bowie Outfitters, Ducks Unlimited, Hunter's Run Gun Club, Louisiana Wildlife
& Fisheries Foundation, Louisiana Wildlife Federation, National Wild Turkey
Federation, National Whitetail Association and Safari Club International. 
 

FELON HUNTER ARRESTED BY L.D.W.F. ENFORCEMENT AGENTS

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents
arrested a Pierre Part man on Oct. 17 in Assumption Parish for alleged
hunting violations as well as criminal charges for being a felon in
possession of a firearm.

Elray Domingue, 37, was stopped by agents to perform a license and limit
check after being alerted to hunting in a wooded area near a subdivision.
They allegedly discovered that he was in possession of three squirrels and a
12-gauge shotgun that was capable of holding more than three shotgun shells.
He was also unable to produce a resident hunting license.

As the agents were escorting Domingue from the woods, he bolted and the
agents gave chase.  When they caught Domingue, he offered resistance before
the agents could control and arrest him. 

A subsequent search resulted in the discovery of a bottle with what appeared
to be marijuana cigarettes on Domingue.  A criminal history check revealed
that Domingue had a previous felony conviction, which prohibits him from
possessing a firearm.

Domingue was booked into the Assumption Parish Jail for possession of a
firearm by a convicted felon, two counts of resisting arrest, possession of
marijuana, criminal trespass, hunting with an unplugged gun and hunting
without a resident hunting license.  Domingue's shotgun was seized and is
being held for evidence.  The squirrels were donated to charity.  The
container of suspected marijuana was seized and sent to the Louisiana State
Police Crime Lab in Baton Rouge for chemical analysis.

The penalty for being a felon in possession of a firearm is between a 10-15
year jail sentence without the possibility of probation, parole or suspended
sentence, and with a fine between $1,000-$5,000.  The maximum penalties for
resisting arrest are a fine $500 or six months in jail or both.  The maximum
penalties for possession of marijuana are a fine of $500 or six months in
jail or both.  The penalty for hunting with an unplugged shotgun is a fine
between $250-$500 or up to 90 days in jail or both plus court costs.
Hunting without a resident hunting license is a Class 1 offense and the fine
is $50.  The penalty for criminal trespass is a fine up to $500

Agents involved in this case were Sr. Agent Winston Michel and Agent Robert
Turner.

 

FERRIDAY MAN CITED FOR NIGHT HUNTING

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents cited a
Concordia Parish man for alleged night hunting violations near Dunbarton on
Oct. 15.

Agents stopped Gerry D. Buckles Jr., 35, of Ferriday after he was spotted
hunting from a four-wheeler with the aid of a spotlight.  Agents found
Buckles in possession of a .22 caliber rifle and cited him for hunting wild
quadrupeds during illegal hours and hunting from a moving vehicle.

Hunting wild quadrupeds during illegal hours and hunting from a moving
vehicle both carry fines between $250-$500, or jail time up to 90 days, or
both plus court costs.

Agents participating in the case were Lt. Kenneth Hedricks and Sr. Agent
Joey Tarver.

  

NATIONAL HUNTING AND FISHING DAY RECOGNIZED ACROSS STATE

More than 3,500 people throughout Louisiana celebrated National Hunting and
Fishing Day (NHFD) with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
(LDWF) on Oct. 22 at events in Baton Rouge, Minden, Woodworth and Monroe.

The original event was scheduled for Sept. 24, but was postponed due to
Hurricane Rita.  But, the postponement and the start of muzzleloader deer
season in some parts of the state could not keep the annual festivities from
being a fun day to spend outside with the family.

The events featured skeet shooting, fishing, archery and canoeing among
other activities.  LDWF personnel also provided displays and demonstrations
to help educate kids and families about different aspects of the outdoors in
Louisiana.  Other exhibitors were also on hand to show off different
techniques and to provide more information about the state's valuable
outdoor resource. 

"This event is something the department and public look forward to every
year," said Thomas Gresham, acting NHFD coordinator in Baton Rouge.  "It
gives us a chance to share something we all enjoy: nature."