Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two men in two different cases involving cervid carcass importation in November and December in Northeast Louisiana.
Agents cited Garrett McDonald, 33, of West Monroe, for two counts of illegal cervid carcass importation on Nov. 24. Agents also cited Charles Guice, 38, of Bastrop, for three counts of illegal cervid carcass importation and Federal Lacey Act violations on Dec. 2.
Agents made contact with McDonald in West Monroe on Nov. 24 where he admitted to harvesting two antlered deer in Arkansas and then transporting them back whole across the state line into Louisiana.
Agents made contact with Guice in Bastrop on Dec. 2. Guice admitted to killing three antlered deer in Arkansas and transporting them back whole across the state line into Louisiana. Arkansas Game and Fish also cited Guice for taking over the limit of antlered deer in a season. Guice also received Lacey Act violations since he transported illegally harvested deer over state lines.
LDWF agents seized the five deer associated with these cases.
Louisiana implemented import regulations on deer taken out of state to reduce the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Regulations state that no one can import, transport of possess any cervid carcass or part of a cervid carcass originating outside of Louisiana except for meat that is cut and wrapped, meat that has been boned out, quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached, antlers, clean skull plates with antlers, cleaned skulls with without tissue attached, capes, tanned hides, finished taxidermy mounts and cleaned cervid teeth.
Illegal cervid carcass importation brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail. Lacey Act misdemeanor violations carry up to a $10,000 fine and felony violations brings up to a $20,000 fine and up to five years in prison.
Agents involved in the case are Sgt. James Hagan, Sgt. John Hattaway, Corporal Joshua Harris, and Corporal Clint Branton.