A Turkey Creek man pleaded guilty to taking deer illegally on Dec. 13 in the 13th Judicial Court in Evangeline Parish.
Judge Tom Fusilier sentenced Corey S. Gautreaux, 25, to pay a $1,000 fine and $122.50 in court costs, revoked his hunting privileges for two years and to 30 days of jail, which will be suspended.
On Oct. 23, 2011 Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited Gautreaux for taking deer illegally by snare in Evangeline Parish.
Agents received a complaint that Gautreaux had put several snares out on private land near the St. Landry community off of Frontier Road. The snares appeared to be set in a manner to take deer.
Agents went to the area to investigate on Oct. 23, 2011. After locating the snares, agents found a camera and a deer stand set up near the snares. After reviewing the photos on the camera, agents found photos of Gautreaux checking the snares.
On that same afternoon agents found Gautreaux sitting in the stand with a bow and arrow. After advising Gautreaux of his rights, he admitted to setting the snares for deer.
All the snares along with the camera were forfeited to the state.
Assistant District Attorney Tim Fontenot prosecuted the case. Sgt. Scott D. Fontenot was the lead investigative agent in the case.