CLAIBORNE PARISH, LA (KSLA) - Five men, including a Shreveporter, face charges for not only allegedly hunting rabbits at night but also doing so on a state wildlife enforcement agent's homestead in Claiborne Parish.
It reportedly happened about 11 p.m. Jan. 1 about 10 miles east of Minden.
Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries Lt. Kenneth Balkom was off duty when he heard a utility task vehicle (UTV) being operated outside his house on Sexton Road. Looking out a window, he reportedly saw at UTV traveling on Sexton Road with a spotlight shining on his hay field.
The agent got into uniform and stopped the UTV. Inside the vehicle he reportedly found 3 freshly killed rabbits, 3 shotguns, a rifle, a pistol, a spotlight and a bag of marijuana and seized them.Booked into the Claiborne Parish Jail in Homer were Aaron C. Kilpatrick, 27, of Katy, Texas; Joseph B. Ralston, 27, of McKinney, Texas; Christopher L. Wren, 23, of Shreveport; Jordan M. Wren, a 26-year-old stationed in Atsugi, Japan; and Justin S. Wren, 34, of Monroe. Each faces 1 count each of hunting rabbits during illegal hours, hunting from a moving vehicle and hunting from a public road.
Justin Wren additionally was cited for allegedly operating a UTV on a public road and for having an open container of alcohol in a moving vehicle.
Christopher Wren also was charged with 1 count each of possession of marijuana, illegally carrying of a weapon while in possession of marijuana and having an open container of alcohol in a moving vehicle.
The men face the following possible penalties if convicted as charged.
Possession of a firearm while in possession of illegal drugs: a fine of up to $10,000 and 5 to 10 years in prison.
Possession of marijuana: up to 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $500.
Possession of drug paraphernalia: up to 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $500.
Hunting during illegal hours: a fine of $250 to $500 and up to 90 days in jail.
Hunting from a moving vehicle: a fine of $250 to $500 and up to 90 days in jail.
Hunting from a public road: a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.
Having an open container of alcohol in a moving vehicle: $100 fine.