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Gonzales man arrested for shooting deer from I-49

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Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested a Gonzales man and accused him of using a stolen shotgun to "hunt" deer from a truck traveling down I-49. 

Logan M. Collins, 27, was booked with taking deer during illegal hours, hunting from a public highway, hunting from a moving vehicle, and possessing a stolen 12-gauge shotgun. He also was issued several traffic and vehicle violations by State Police. 

Collins was arrested the day after Christmas; the alleged violations happened in St. Landry and Avoyelles parishes. 

LDWF agents were called by Louisiana State Police to assist with a traffic stop on Interstate 49 in St. Landry Parish around 1 a.m.  When agents arrived on the scene they found two freshly killed deer in the bed of Collins’ vehicle, a spokesman said. 

During questioning Collins allegedly confessed to killing the deer off of I-49 at night on the Acadiana Conservation Corridor Wildlife Management Area in Avoyelles Parish.  After searching the vehicle, agents found Collins in possession of two pistols, two shotguns and three rifles.   Agents then learned that one of the shotguns was reported stolen from the Lake Charles area in April of 2017.

Agents booked Collins into the St. Landry Parish Jail and then transported and booked him into the Avoyelles Parish Jail.

Agents seized the seven firearms and the two deer.

Taking deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting from a moving vehicle carries a $250 to $500 and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting from a public road brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Possession of a stolen firearm carries one to five years in jail.

Collins may also be charged with civil restitution for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer totaling $3,249.

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