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Arklatex In Depth: Hunting Violations

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Hunting white tail deer in Louisiana is always a big draw for sportsmen. The 2013-14 season has now come to a close.

The white tail deer season was an average take for Louisiana hunters. In fact to according to Captain Richie McCarthy of wildlife and fisheries the harvest may have been a bit off target. He says "Seemed it was a little slower this year on the deer kill from just talking to people. Still a lot of hunters out there".

Outdoors man are known for ringing up big dollars for retail outlets

McCarthy states "The economic impact that hunters have on the local economy is pretty vast. Talking about anything from merchandise to ammunition to camouflage to deer corn."

Hunters are valuable to the economy, and deer are valuable to the state of Louisiana. The state considers them a resource and sets a value on individual deer. So when people break the law, by hunting at night, out of season, or going over their limit, they not only pay a fine and face possible jail time, they must repay the state for the value of their ill gotten game. So how much is a deer worth these days?

McCarthy says "Roughly about sixteen hundred dollars is what you are going to be out by the state saying what that animal is worth. Sixteen hundred twenty four dollars it will cost you for a basic deer. But if you go into a trophy status as a trophy buck it can be much more than that, sometimes more than $2000.00. And that does not include the fine"

McCarthy advises "get a hunting pamphlet and be mindful of any law changes that have taken place.

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