2 Coushatta men arrested for deer hunting violations, trespassing

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DESOTO PARISH, La. (LDWF) - Two Coushatta men were arrested for alleged deer hunting violations in Desoto Parish.

LDWF agents arrested Phillip L. Morgan, 35, and Phillip M. Morgan, 60, for possession of an illegally taken deer, failure to wear hunter orange and criminal trespassing.

LDWF agents received multiple complaints of people criminal trespassing on the Dolet Hills Mining Company property in Red River and Desoto Parishes. Agents set up surveillance on the property and came into contact with the subjects on December 14.

Through the investigation, agents determined the men were deer hunting on the property without permission, not wearing hunter orange and in possession of an illegally taken nine-point deer.

Agents with the cooperation of the Dolet Hills Mining Company were able to obtain arrest warrants. On December 21, agents arrested the men and booked them into the Desoto Parish Detention Center.

Possession of an illegally taken deer brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Failing to wear hunter orange carries up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail. Criminal trespassing brings a $100 to $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail.

The men may also face civil restitution totaling up to $2,033 for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.

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