agents with Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries have arrested and charged a Louisiana man multiple hunting violations including a charge of fraud related to a big buck contest. This arrest was made on January 3 in Grant Parish in the central part of the state.
Farrion Fletcher Junior is accused of taking more deer than the law allows, failing to mark a deer he has killed and committing criminal trespassing, and he is also charged with fraud in connection with a “Big Buck” competition in which he is alleged to have entered deer, who have not been lawfully caught.
LDWF agents claim that Fletcher shot a total of six antlered deer during the 2022-2023 hunting season. This number would get him above the seasonal limit by three based on regulations for his area of the state.
Agents also claim Fletcher shot an eight-pointed deer on December 4, 2022. It is alleged that the animal was harvested from a property where Fletcher did not have a hunting license. It is also claimed he tagged and validated the deer with a tag other than his own.
According to charges filed by the Department of Wildlife Fletcher, the ill-gotten eight-point animal entered a Big Buck contest in Grant Parish. The stag was reportedly Fletcher’s fourth hallowed stag of the season, which would mean the roe was harvested illegally as it was technically over the seasonal limit.
According to Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries website Fletcher could face 90 days in prison and $250 to $500 in fines if he harvests deer over the seasonal limit. According to the LDWF, the fine for failing to properly tag a deer is $350.
Hunting competition fraud could result in a fine of up to $3,000 and up to a year in prison. Fletcher also faces trespassing charges that could carry an additional $100 to $500 in fines and up to 30 days in prison.
It should be noted that Mr Fletcher should be presumed innocent until the charges against him are proven beyond reasonable doubt. If convicted, Mr. Fletcher could also be forced to pay civil indemnity fees of $6,907. This counts as the replacement value of the illegally killed game.
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