January 10, 2003
Vermilion Parish Sheriff
Raywood J. LeMaire, 62, of Abbeville, Joseph Clyde Potier (elder),62,
of Duson, and Joseph Clyde Potier, Jr., 32, of Rayne, entered guilty
pleas to waterfowl charges on January 10, 2003, before U.S. Magistrate
Mildred Methvin in Lafayette, Louisiana. The pleas are the result of
an investigation conducted by U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service Agents and a Louisiana
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Agents which began in
Raywood J. LeMaire pled
guilty to three federal Petty Offenses: (1) hunting migratory game birds
(ducks) with the aid of bait and he was sentenced to pay a fine of $500,
plus a $10 special assessment fee, plus $800 for eight ducks taken over
the bait, equaling $1,310; (2) taking over the limit of duck and sentenced
to pay a fine of $350 plus $10 special assessment fee, plus $100 for
each of the two ducks taken over the limit, equaling $560; (3) possession
of toxic shot (lead shot) while hunting waterfowl and sentenced to pay
$250, plus $10 special assessment equaling $260.00; total fines, $2,130.
A total of ten ducks (all teal),one coot, two gallinules, and one Sora Rail. Federal agents made contact with Joseph Clyde Potier, Jr. at the camp who’d returned from hunting ducks with two juveniles. They killed six ducks and Joseph Clyde Potier, Jr. admitted they baited the ponds. He and a federal agent went to get the last hunter, whose boat broke down. The hunter was identified as Raywood J. LeMaire, he had two ducks over the six duck limit, six Teal, one Gadwall, and one Mottled Duck; and possession of lead shot. All of the hunters and agents met at the camp. A federal agent and a state agent accompanied Joseph Clyde Potier, Jr. to all the ponds they hunted to get bait samples of the 500 pounds of rice the Potier’s admitted to putting in five ponds. The agents took information from the adult hunters and seized the 28 birds, which were kept for evidence. The hunters were very cooperative during the investigation.
Sergeant Edwin Broussard
of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries assisted U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agents Philip Siragusa, Bob Oliveri,
Bill Mellor, and Biologist/Pilot Fred Roetker.
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