Pair cited for illegal deer hunting in Lafourche

Two Jefferson Parish men were cited for alleged deer hunting violations in Lafourche Parish, authorities said Tuesday.

Enforcement agents cited Devin Anthony, 22, of Westwego, and Cody Cruise, 24, of Avondale, for taking deer from a public road, taking deer during illegal hours, spotlighting from a public road, discharging a firearm from a public road and hunting from a moving vehicle, the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said.

The Lafourche Sheriff’s Office called the agents about 9 p.m. Dec. 10 about a vehicle they stopped that had a freshly killed doe in the trunk. When agents arrived, they learned the same vehicle was reported earlier for firing a gun from a local roadway, the department said in a news release.

Anthony and Cruise told agents they shot the deer along La. 307 about 8:30 that night, the agency said.

Hunting deer during illegal hours carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Spotlighting from a public road is set by the local parish. Hunting from a moving vehicle carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail. Hunting deer from a public road carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail. Discharging a firearm from a public road brings up to a $50 fine and 30 days in jail.

Anthony and Cruise may also face civil restitution for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer totaling $1,624, authorities said.

-- Staff Writer Holly Duchmann can be reached at 857-2205 or holly.duchmann@houmatoday.com. Follow her on Twitter@holly_evamarie.

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