Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents arrested Billy W. Jordan, 54, on Jan. 19, alleging he shot the 15-point buck with a .204 caliber rifle, which is smaller than the minimum allowable .22 caliber.
Agents were tipped that Jordan shot the deer on exclusive Louisiana Delta hunting property in Catahoula Parish in late December. During an interview, he allegedly confessed.
After shooting the deer, Jordan entered it in big buck contests in Morehouse Ouachita, Caldwell and LaSalle parishes.
The deer’s main beams measured 31.5 inches with an inside spread of 24 7/8 inches.
Taking a deer with an illegal weapon can get up to 60 days in jail and a $350 fine. Contest fraud carries up to a year in jail and a $3,000 fine.
Jordan will also be ordered to pay $2,033 - the deer’s civil restitution value.