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Six ‘winners’ of Louisiana hog hunting contest accused of cheating, now face charges

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Louisiana wildlife officials have arrested six men on suspicion of fraud after winning two state-sponsored hunting contests with wild hogs captured in Texas.

Law enforcement officers with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) arrested 30-year-old Trace Davis of Longville, 27-year-old Hunter Webb of Pitkin, 35-year-old Davey Haymon, 40-year-old Don Pollard Jr., 26-year-old Coby Bushnell of Dry Creek, and 34-year-old Nathan Granger of Vinton and charged them with hunting contest fraud and criminal conspiracy.

Davis, Webb, Bushnell, Haymon and Pollard Jr. were additionally charged with violating interstate commerce laws, and Davis was also charged with obstruction of justice.

Additionally, Webb was charged with hunting while his hunting license was suspended.

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Six Louisiana men captured a wild boar in Texas and entered it in a contest across the state, ultimately winning the top prize. (Roger Mallison/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

According to a press release from LDWF, investigators have collected evidence indicating the six suspects trapped hogs in Texas that were turned over for the Dingler Wild Hog Hunt in Bienville Parish on Feb. 9-10 and the Swamp Time Hog Hunt in Caldwell Parish on March 14-16.

Rules for both contests stipulate that the pigs must be caught within Louisiana during the event.

Granger did not participate in the Caldwell hunting contest and reportedly turned himself in to the Bienville Parish Prison on June 4.

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Law enforcement officials in Louisiana have arrested six men for allegedly capturing a wild hog in Texas and delivering it to a state-sponsored contest. (iStock)

The remaining hunters turned themselves in to the Bienville and Caldwell Parish jails on June 7.

Fox News Digital reached out to LDWF officials but did not immediately receive a response.

LDWF officials said the maximum penalty for hunting contest fraud and conspiracy is one year in prison and a $3,000 fine.

Those accused of violating the Interstate Commerce Act face fines of up to $950 and 120 days in jail, while those accused of obstructing justice face fines of up to $10,000 and five years in prison.

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Webb, who was charged with hunting with a suspended license, faces up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $500.

The investigation into this matter is ongoing.