January 21, 2015

From TheNewsStar.com

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested David Bolton, 41, after observing him hunting at night in East Carroll Parish, agents arrested him on charges of possession of firearms by a convicted felon, hunting deer during illegal hours, and hunting from a public road and moving vehicle.

Bolton was arrested for similar hunting violations in December 2013, and his hunting privileges were suspended for two years.

Bolton admitted that he took up to 15 deer since Nov. 18, 2014. In addition, Bolton was also found to have killed and sold migratory birds.

He faces the following charges: hunting without a license, felon in possession of a firearm, illegally taken deer, failing to comply with tagging requirements, selling deer, hunting deer during illegal hours, selling migratory birds and criminal trespassing. He was also cited on violating interstate commerce regulations for bringing an illegally taken deer across state lines.

As a result of Bolton’s testimony, agents cited eight additional subjects on buying or selling deer meat. A total of 59 citations were issued with additional charges pending further investigation.

Possession of a firearm by a felon is a felony and carries a $1,000 to
$5,000 fine and 10 to 20 years in jail. Hunting deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Selling deer brings a $500 to $750 fine and 15 to 30 days in jail. Selling migratory birds carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Hunting deer from a moving vehicle, using illegal methods brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail. Hunting from a public, failing to comply with tagging requirements road brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail. Criminal trespassing carries a $100 to $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail. Hunting without a license brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

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