Two Vicksburg men cited for spotlighting deer in Louisiana

Published 7:37 pm Monday, January 21, 2019

MONROE, La. — Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two Vicksburg men for alleged deer hunting violations in Madison Parish.

Agents cited Brennen Parham, 20, and Jeremy Richter, 22, both of Vicksburg, for hunting deer during illegal hours, hunting deer from a moving vehicle, and hunting deer from a public road, the LDWF said in a release.

According to the LDWF, agents were on patrol near the Mississippi River levee around 8 p.m. on Jan. 14 when they observed a vehicle traveling on the levee and shining a spotlight from both the passenger and driver’s side windows.

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Agents witnessed the men spotlight a doe and shoot it from the passenger side of the vehicle. Agents approached the vehicle and made contact with Richter, who was in the driver’s seat, and Parham, who was dragging the doe back to the vehicle.
Agents seized the deer and a .22 rifle.

Under Louisiana law, hunting deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Hunting deer from a public road and hunting from a moving vehicle each carries a $100 to $350 fine and 30 days in jail.

The men could also face civil restitution totaling up to $1,624 for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.