Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents in a joint investigation with Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) officers cited a Louisiana man on March 23 for alleged turkey hunting violations in Washington Parish.
LDWF agents cited Joshua Seal, 24, of Angie, for criminal trespassing, taking a turkey during a closed season and failing to comply with turkey tagging regulations.
Agents were notified by MDWFP officers about Seal illegally hunting turkeys in Mississippi and Louisiana on March 19. LDWF agents conducted an investigation and discovered that Seal illegally took a turkey in Louisiana on private property that he did not have permission to be on just off of Jerry Moses Rd. near Angie. The turkey season in Louisiana didn’t start until March 26.
Seal then took the Louisiana harvested turkey into Mississippi to make it look like he killed the turkey in Mississippi where the season was ongoing when he was discovered by MDWFP officers.
Taking a turkey during a closed season brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 day in jail. Failing to comply with turkey tagging regulations carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail. Criminal trespassing brings a $100 to $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail. Seal may also face civil restitution totaling $1,539 for the replacement value of the illegally taken turkey.
Louisiana agents involved in the case are Sgt. Darryl Galloway, Sgt. Toby Miller and Senior Agent Lee Davis. Mississippi officers involved are Master Sgt. Mike Jones and Corporals Jacob Brumfield and Michael Pounds.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov or www.FishLA.org. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.