Ascension Parish man cited for deer hunting violations

Staff reports

Chad Porto, 37, allegedly harvested two antler less deer in one day and violated other hunting regulations.  The limit for antler less deer is one per day and three per season.

Agents also cited Porto for failing to wear hunter orange, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements and for concealing illegally taken wildlife evidence after he attempted to conceal the illegally taken deer from agents.  Both of the deer were seized and donated to local charitable organizations.

For taking over the limit of deer, Porto faces a fine between $250 to $500, or up to 90 days in jail, or both plus court costs.  The penalty for failing to comply with deer tagging requirements is a fine between $100 and $350, or up to 90 days in jail, or both plus court costs.   The penalty for intentional concealment of illegally taken wildlife evidence is a fine between $900 and $950, or up to 120 days in jail, or both plus court costs.  The penalty for failing to wear hunters orange is a fine of $50, or jail time up to 15 days or both.  In addition to the potential criminal fines, Porto could be subjected to pay restitution in the amount of $524.54.

Agents participating in this case were Senior Agent Randy Lanoux and Lt. Dennis Bueche.

The public is reminded that they can report wildlife violations anonymously by calling Operation Game Thief at 1-800-442-2511.  Participants may be eligible for cash rewards.