Monterey man cited for night hunting in Concordia Parish

Published 1:49 pm Thursday, February 22, 2024

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By Adam Enick


MONTEREY — A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agent cited a Monterey man for alleged hunting violations in Concordia Parish on Jan. 15.

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Senior Agent Jamyson Loomis cited Taylor B. Campbell, 32, for hunting from a moving vehicle, discharging a firearm from a public road, hunting deer during illegal hours and hunting deer from a public road.

Senior Agent Loomis was on patrol around 7:30 p.m. on a public road near Monterey when he observed Campbell stop his vehicle, use an infrared light to locate a deer and shoot at a deer from his vehicle. Senior Agent Loomis made contact with Campbell and found him in possession of a rifle fitted with a night vision scope.

Senior Agent Loomis seized the infrared light and night vision scope. Campbell missed the deer he shot at.

Hunting deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Hunting from a moving vehicle and discharging a firearm from a public road carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail for each offense. Hunting deer from a public road brings up to a $350 fine.

The white-tailed deer are considered a conservation success story. Historically low numbers in the early 1900’s have rebounded due to conservation efforts and early protection. Regulations exist to prevent over-harvest and illegal take, promoting conservation. Conservation refers to the wise use of natural resources in a way that they can be utilized and will remain available for future generations. Conservation also includes fair chase, which refers to the ethical and lawful pursuit and taking of free-ranging game species that does not give the hunter an unfair advantage over the game animals.