LDWF arrests felons for hunting violations
HOLDEN - Wildlife agents said two Livingston Parish men arrested while hunting on New Year's Day were felons who should not have had guns.
Agents arrested Bobby Sykes, 38, and Barry Gill, 46, both of Holden, for being felons in possession of a firearm. They were also cited for not wearing hunter's orange, and hunting deer with an unplugged gun.
An unplugged shotgun could carry more shells than a plugged gun, and are illegal in Louisiana.
A Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries spokesperson said agents received an anonymous tip the pair were hunting illegally on land near Holden. When they arrived agents said they caught the two coming out of the woods without required hunter's orange and with a loaded 12-gauge shotgun.
Possession of a firearm by a person convicted of certain felonies carries a $1,000 to $5,000 fine and 10 to 20 years in jail. Failing to wear hunter orange carries a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail. Hunting with an unplugged shotgun brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.
The men were booked into the Livingston Parish jail.