Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Crowley man for alleged illegal firearm possession by a convicted felon and migratory game bird (MGB) violations on April 25 in Crowley.
Agents cited Larry J. Marceaux Jr., 30, for hunting ducks during a closed season, using lead shot in an area designated for steel shot, hunting MGBs with an illegal firearm, hunting ducks or geese without a federal stamp, hunting MGBs without a state duck license or basic license, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
After receiving a complaint of somebody hunting illegally, agents were dispatched to a canal at the end of South Ave. in Crowley around 6:35 p.m. on April 25. When agents arrived the Crowley Police Department already had Marceaux detained. Marceaux stated that he shot a wood duck in a canal by his house with a rifle.
Marceaux did not have a resident license, state MGB stamp or a federal MGB stamp. Agents identified the duck as a wood duck hen and the rifle as a Marlin .17 caliber rifle.
Upon further investigation, agents learned that Marceaux was a convicted felon who had four years of probation remaining before he could possess a firearm.
Agents arrested Marceaux and booked him into the Acadia Parish Correctional Facility. Agents seized the wood duck and donated it to the Welcome House in Crowley. Agents also seized the Marlin .17 caliber rifle for evidence.
Hunting ducks during a closed season, using lead shot illegally, hunting MGBs with an illegal firearm, hunting ducks or geese without a federal stamp each bring a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Hunting MGBs without a state duck license or basic hunting license each carry a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.
Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon brings a fine between $1,000 and $5,000 and 10 to 20 years in jail.