October 21, 2020

Mississippi pair caught allegedly spotlighting Louisiana deer face fines, jail time

Two Vicksburg men were arrested earlier this month and charged with spotlighting deer in Louisiana.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited Brennen Parham, 20, and Jeremy Richter, 22, both of Vicksburg, Mississippi, for hunting deer during illegal hours, hunting deer from a moving vehicle, and hunting deer from a public road.

The pair was nabbed on January 14 in Madison Parish, just across the Mississippi River from Vicksburg.

Agents were on patrol near the Mississippi River Levee at approximately 8 p.m. when they observed a vehicle traveling on the levee and shinning a spotlight from both the passenger and driver’s side windows.

Agents witnessed the men spotlight a doe and shoot it from the passenger side of the vehicle.

Agents approached the vehicle and made contact Richter, who was in the driver’s seat, and Parham, who was dragging the doe back to the vehicle.

Agents seized the deer and a .22-caliber rifle.

Hunting deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Hunting deer from a public road and hunting from a moving vehicle each carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 30 days in jail.

The men may also face civil restitution totaling up to $1,624 for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.