Erwinville man arrested for multiple hunting violations

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents arrested an Erwinville man for alleged hunting and firearm violations in West Baton Rouge Parish.

Agents arrested and charged Hunter Varnado, 20, with multiple violations that included resisting an officer and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Agents say they received a tip about a convicted felon possessing a firearm while hunting. Agents investigated the complaint and reached arrived at Varnado’s home with a search warrant.

Agents found a 30-06 high-powered rifle in Varnado’s residence.  Varnado admitted to deer hunting with the rifle.  When the agents attempted to arrest him he resisted several times.

Officials say Varnado did not possess the required hunting licenses or tags for deer hunting and he is a convicted felon, which prohibits him from being in possession of a firearm.

While searching Varnado’s phone agents found evidence of Varnado harvesting a doe in August with the rifle and a six-point buck in September with a crossbow.  Varnado was also found hunting with a high-powered rifle during the open archery season.

Agents seized the rifle and a set of antlers and booked Varnado into the West Baton Rouge Parish Jail.

Varnado’s other charges include:

  • Taking deer during a closed season
  • Hunting deer using illegal methods
  • Hunting without basic hunting and deer hunting licenses and without deer tags.

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