Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries have cited two hunters after they baited and shot ducks without the proper licensing.
Wildlife agents, Senior Agent Lucas Hidalgo, and Senior Agent Adam Tieben received a tip about illegal hunting activity around St. Martinville. Upon arrival, agents noticed the hunters baited the area with red milo and corn.
Agents cited Jean-Paul Leblanc and Seth Schouest for hunting migratory game birds over a baited area. The hunters also received citations for hunting ducks without a federal stamp, state duck license, and hunting license. Agents also cited Leblanc for placing bait to take migratory game birds. In addition, the agents also cited Schouest for violating non-toxic shot requirements.
On Saturday, wildlife agents heard shots coming from the baited area. After arriving, they saw Leblanc and Schouest leave the site with shotguns.
After the agents talked to the hunters, they found they did not have proper hunting licenses, including the state duck licenses or federal duck stamps. Leblanc told agents he placed the bait in the area.
Louisiana Hunters Face Fines, Jail Time
Consequently, hunting without a basic hunting license can bring a fine of up to $50 and 15 days in jail, according to the news release. In addition, hunting migratory game birds without a state license also has a fine of up to $50 fine and 15 days in jail.
According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department, “You cannot hunt waterfowl by the aid of baiting or on or over any baited area where you know or reasonably should know that the area is or has been baited.”
To clarify, the department defines baiting as “the direct or indirect placing, exposing, depositing, distributing, or scattering of salt, grain, or other feed that could lure or attract waterfowl to, on, or over any areas where hunters are attempting to take them.”