On Dec. 2, taxidermist James L. Tyler, 41, of Atlanta, was arrested and
taken to the Winn Parish jail. He is charged with taking deer after legal
hours, hunting from a moving vehicle and hunting across a public road.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Senior Agent Rusty Perry saw
Tyler shoot an eight point buck from Hwy. 471 in Winn Parish at night. After
Perry and Lt. Kelly Fannin recovered the deer from beside the highway, Tyler
admitted that he had shot the deer. In addition to the citations, Tyler was
issued a summons to pay civil restitution in the amount of $524.54 to LDWF
for the deer. Agents seized the deer, which was donated to charity and a
.308 caliber rifle.
The penalty for taking a deer outside legal hours is a fine of $900 to $950
or up to 120 days in jail, or both, plus court costs and forfeiture of
seized items. Hunting from a moving vehicle and hunting across a public road
are each punishable by a fine of $250 to $500 or up to 60 days in jail, or
both, plus court costs.