2 arrested for hunting violations in Monterey

Published 12:02am Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Monterey — Two Louisiana men were arrested Friday for alleged hunting violations — including hunting deer using illegal methods — on the Bayou Cocodrie National Wildlife Refuge.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Agent Mark Cupit and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fish Sgt. Trey Mason were patrolling the refuge Friday when they observed Duell S. Moreland, 23, of Monterey, walking down a trail shining a headlight.

Upon approaching Moreland with the aid of night vision, the agents identified themselves as police officers and told Moreland not to move.

Moreland attempted to run away on foot before being caught by the agents, according to an LDWF press release.

The agents identified Moreland and learned he is awaiting trial for the illegal killing of a black bear in Concordia Parish.

Moreland was found wearing a head light on his forehead, carrying a loaded crossbow equipped with a night vision scope, a loaded .444 rifle, carrying marijuana and another person’s deer tags.

The agents then went back to a nearby camp on private property where they believe Moreland originated his illegal hunt from and found Ronnie Mason, 43, of Jonesville.

After further investigation, agents found Mason to be a convicted felon who was also illegally in possession of a firearm at the camp.

The agents also found a freshly killed untagged doe near the camp with several propeller cuts on its body.

An investigation revealed that while travelling to the camp, Mason used his boat to intentionally run over a deer that was attempting to swim across Bayou Cocodrie.

Moreland was booked into the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office jail for hunting deer during illegal hours, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements, second offense of illegal possession of marijuana, resisting an officer, possession of marijuana while in possession of a firearm, hunting deer using illegal methods and using archery equipment with illegal sights.

Mason was booked for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, hunting deer using illegal methods and failing to comply with deer tagging requirements.

Duell Moreland previously turned himself into the CPSO in November 2013 for his alleged role in the illegal killing of a Louisiana Black Bear.