Illegal Hunters Rescued by Wildlife Agents, Win 'Little Help?' Award

wildfowl1Choosing to break game laws is bad enough in itself. Having to call for help from the people paid to enforce said game laws after you've flipped your boat is even worse.

Nevertheless, that's exactly what happened to a Louisiana couple, Mark and Michelle Tarver, who were out hunting ducks illegally when they found themselves stranded and forced to call for help.

According to The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune, the Tarvers were paddling their canoe into Bayou Nezpique — which is closed to hunters along with the rest of the state's Coastal Zone — when they lost control in some fast-moving water.

After being ejected from their canoe, the two swam to shore. Unable to climb the bluff, however, the two remained halfway in the chilly waters. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents were sent out after receiving a 911 call and rescued the couple, who were treated for severe hypothermia and sent to a nearby hospital — but not before admitting they'd already harvested a couple quackers.


Granted, we're happy the Tarvers made it out alive, but we certainly believe there's a lesson to be learned here — if an area is closed to hunters, it's probably best to stay out. For calling for help from the agents paid to protect the wildlife you're illegally pursuing, we at Petersen's Hunting award the Tarvers the prestigious "Little Help?" Award.


GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

2018 Petersen

2018 Petersen's Hunting Episode 14: Swamp Bulls

With his Mozambique forest bull in the salt, Craig Boddington sets his sights on the Marromeu grasslands in pursuit of a swamp buffalo.

2018 Petersen

2018 Petersen's Hunting Episode 8: Midnight Sun Grizzlies

Kevin Steele and CZ-USA's Jason Morton return to Alaska's arctic tundra for Kevin's second and Jason's third attempt on the legendary species. Things are looking up on day one but time will tell if the boys will get a shot a the king of the tundra.

2018 Petersen

2018 Petersen's Hunting Episode 12: High Plains Elk

David Draper teams up with Fred Eichler to hunt elk on the high plains of southern Colorado.

2018 Petersen

2018 Petersen's Hunting Episode 13: Forest Buffalo

Craig Boddington returns to Mozambique's fame Coutada 10 for a shot a forest buffalo that's eluded him for 10 years.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

Didn't draw? Here are five great places you can make a last-minute mule deer hunt. North America

5 Great Last-Minute Public-land Hunts

Joseph von Benedikt

Didn't draw? Here are five great places you can make a last-minute mule deer hunt.

I have never felt that camping trailers at least the Hunting

The Ultimate Hunting Trailers

WA Staff

I have never felt that camping trailers at least the "house on wheels" variety that most people

Over the years, Remington has introduced a continuously expanded variety of Model 1100 shotguns. Guns

Remington Timeline: 1963 - Remington Model 1100 Autoloading Shotguns

Hunting Online Staff

Over the years, Remington has introduced a continuously expanded variety of Model 1100...

From deer to bear, these 10 big-game rifle cartridges have proven themselves most worthy in the field. Ammo

Top 10 Big Game Cartridges for North America

Joseph von Benedikt

From deer to bear, these 10 big-game rifle cartridges have proven themselves most worthy in...

See More Trending Articles

More Stories

Go Long While hunting skill is paramount to the sport 'in order to gain a shot opportunity in the Stories

Versus: Is Long-Range Hunting Ethical?

Joseph von Benedikt & Mike Schoby - October 14, 2014

Go Long While hunting skill is paramount to the sport 'in order to gain a shot opportunity in...

Choosing to break game laws is bad enough in itself. Having to call for help from the people paid Stories

Illegal Hunters Rescued by Wildlife Agents, Win 'Little Help?' Award

PH Online Editors - December 12, 2013

Choosing to break game laws is bad enough in itself. Having to call for help from the people...

For hunters, September is the start of our season. The kickoff month to the big show. Of course, Stories

It's Time to Recruit More Hunters

Mike Schoby - September 12, 2016

For hunters, September is the start of our season. The kickoff month to the big show. Of...

No longbeards, but entertainment aplenty with forming Texas tornado! Stories

Texas Turkey Hunting With a Spring "Twist"

Lynn Burkhead - April 27, 2020

No longbeards, but entertainment aplenty with forming Texas tornado!

See More Stories

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save.

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get Digital Access.

All Petersen's Hunting subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now