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Mathews Man Arrested for Hunting Violations and Illegal Possession of a Firearm

Mathews Man Arrested for Hunting Violations and Illegal Possession of a Firearm

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of a Mathews man after he was found hunting deer with a rifle out of season. Leonie Guidry, 26, also faces charges related to the illegal possession of a firearm after a domestic abuse battery conviction.

At around 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, January 24, deputies with the Lafourche Parish Water Patrol were conducting boating safety checks in the area of Company Canal near its intersection with Bayou Blue. Deputies observed a boat turn from Bayou Blue into a pump canal and initiated a stop. They made contact with the boat occupants who were wearing attire commonly used by hunters, and the deputies also observed a rifle on the deck of the boat.

Noting that deer season was closed to hunting with such a rifle, deputies began questioning those on board. One of the boat occupants, Leonie Guidry, stated the rifle belonged to him and that he left his hunting license inside a vehicle at the Lockport Boat Launch.

The deputies and the three individuals headed to the boat launch, and upon arrival, they were met by agents of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Through investigation, deputies learned two of the three individuals, Guidry and Casey Loupe, 30, did not have a valid hunting license. They also learned Guidry could not possess any firearms due to a previous conviction for domestic abuse battery.

Deputies placed Guidry under arrest and transported him to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux, and Loupe was cited by Wildlife and Fisheries agents for her violations.

Guidry was booked into the Detention Center on charges of possession of a firearm by a person convicted of domestic abuse battery, hunting with an illegal weapon, hunting big game without a license, and hunting without a license. He was released on Sunday afternoon after posting $4,000 bond as set by Judge Walter I. Lanier III.