The owner of a Kaplan hunting guide service has been sentenced in federal court for illegal duck hunting, U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley said in a news release.
Louis Curmet Landry, 52, a professional hunting guide who owns Landry’s Guide Service was sentenced last week in federal court before U.S. District Judge Rebecca F. Doherty, to pay a $5,000.00 fine and serve five years probation, with a special condition that prevents him from hunting for the five years. The sentence was handed down as a result of Landry’s plea of guilty in August 2011, for knowingly conducting an illegal commercial duck hunt.
Landry admitted in open court that during the 2006 special teal season, he assisted his guide service clients in illegal duck hunts. During that hunt, Landry directed undercover federal agents, who were posing as his clients, to kill more than the daily limit of teal. He further directed the agents to kill five wood ducks, which were abandoned in the field because the season for wood ducks was closed at the time.
The charges against Landry were the result of a three-year undercover sting operation conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, which was preceded by complaints about Landry.