Two Marksville men are accused of shooting deer from a road in LaSalle Parish and damaging nearly a quarter-mile of a levee with ruts from their truck tires.
The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Blaine McNeal, 45, and Keith Dauzat, 43, were booked with a count of felony criminal damage to a federal levee and cited for several alleged hunting violations.
Agents on patrol Jan. 10 along a diversion canal near the Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area north of Marksville saw a truck moving slowly down the canal, heard gunshots and saw the truck drive down the side of the canal, Enforcement Division spokesman Adam Einck said in a news release.
He said the truck got stuck at the bottom of the diversion canal levee, and its driver and passenger got out and hid two does in nearby bushes.
Einck said both were cited for taking deer during illegal hours with artificial light, taking deer from a moving vehicle, hunting from a public roadway, shooting a gun from a public roadway, hiding illegally taken wildlife, and breaking the open container law.
The truck made deep ruts in the levee, which probably will cost several thousand dollars to repair, Einck wrote in an email. He said Tensas Levee District Police will decide penalties for that count.
The others carry total maximum penalties of nearly $3,000 in fines and more than 2½ years in jail.