Louisiana Man Arrested For Cheating in Big Buck Contest
First it was fishermen and now we can add a deer hunter to the list of cheaters!
You might recall back in early October last year that we got to see video of two anglers being caught in a well renown walleye tournament. Take a look at the video below, but be warned it's somewhat vulgar and laced with profanities.
And now, right here in the Bayou State, we are learning that the same thing has happened in the world of deer hunting.
According to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, on January 3, 2023, agents arrested Farrion Fletcher, Jr., 35-years-old, of Georgetown, Louisiana, for alleged deer hunting violations and contest fraud in Grant Parish.
The arrest report states that Fletcher was arrested on a number of charges including, taking over the seasonal limit of deer, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements and hunting contest fraud. The Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office also cited Fletcher Jr. for criminal trespassing.
It was in early December, 2022, that LDWF agents started their investigation and learned that Fletcher had entered a big buck contest with an eight-point deer he harvested on Dec. 4, 2022. On. Dec. 29, 2022, agents determined that Fletcher Jr. harvested the deer on property he did not have permission to be on near Pollock. He also tagged and validated the deer harvest with a tag other than his own.
Agents then discovered during the course of the investigation that Fletcher Jr. harvested a total of six antlered deer during the 2022-23 deer season which is three more than the seasonal limit of three antlered deer for this area. The deer he entered into the big buck contest was the fourth antlered deer taken by Fletcher Jr. for the 2022-23 deer season.
Agents arrested Fletcher Jr. on Jan. 3 and booked him into the Grant Parish Detention Center.
Taking over the seasonal limit of deer brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail. Failing to tag deer carries up to a $350 fine. Hunting contest fraud brings up to a $3,000 fine and up to one year in jail. Criminal trespassing carries a $100 to $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail.
Fletcher Jr. may also face civil restitution totaling $6,907 for the replacement value of the deer.