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L.D.W.F. Agents Issued 13 Turkey Hunting Citations During Opening Weekend

Release Date: 03/24/2011


Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents across the state were out in full force during the opening weekend of the turkey-hunting season.

On March 19 and 20, LDWF agents issued 13 citations for turkey hunting violations. Of those 13 citations, 11 were for illegally hunting turkeys over bait.

"Our agents have always concentrated enforcement efforts during turkey season on looking for those who hunt turkey's over baited areas," said Col. Winton Vidrine, Chief of the LDWF Enforcement Division. "Agents have been well trained in scouting out baited areas and doing surveillance work to get enough evidence for a conviction."

Agents issued the most turkey hunting citations in the Florida parishes with eight, including six citations for hunting over bait. Agents cited James Shirley, 84, of Baton Rouge, and Ricky Lacy, 62, of Baton Rouge for hunting turkeys over bait in Tangipahoa Parish. Damion Thornton, 32, of Livingston, was cited for hunting turkeys over bait in St. Helena Parish. Agents cited Richard D. Sutton, 71, of Denham Springs, and Betty J. Efferson, 58, of Livingston, for hunting turkeys over bait in Livingston Parish. Kurt Danos, 52, of Cut Off, was cited for hunting turkeys over bait in West Feliciana parish. Agents also cited Barton T. Evans, 31, of Baton Rouge, and Sutton for not possessing turkey tags.

Agents in the western part of the state made five cases for hunting turkeys over a baited area. Agents cited Robert G. Sandifer, 62, of Jena and Onessia J. Posey, 48, of Jena, in LaSalle Parish. In Beauregard Parish, agents cited Gregory Byrley, 57, of Lake Charles, and Timothy Scimemi, 51, of Lafayette. Agents cited David L. Wallace, 57, of Deridder in Vernon Parish.

Hunting turkeys over a baited area carries a fine up to $500, or up to 90 days in jail, or both plus court costs. Hunting without possession of a turkey tag brings a $50 fine, or up to 15 days in jail or both.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or

Wildlife Field Offices and Telephone Numbers

Hammond Field Office
42371 Phyllis Ann Drive
Hammond, LA    70403
Phone (985) 543-4777

Serving Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington and West Feliciana parishes


Lake Charles Field Office
1213 North Lakeshore Drive

Lake Charles, LA 70601
Phone (337) 491-2575
Fax (337) 491-2009

Serving Acadia, Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Evangeline, Jefferson Davis and Vermilion parishes


Minden Field Office
9961 Hwy. 80
Minden, LA 71055
Phone (318) 371-3050
Fax (318) 371-3052

Serving Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne and Webster parishes


Monroe Field Office
368 Century Link Drive
Monroe, LA 71203
Phone (318) 343-4044
Fax (318) 345-0797

Serving Caldwell, East Carroll, Franklin, Jackson, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, Tensas, Union and West Carroll parishes


New Iberia Field Office
2415 Darnall Road
New Iberia, LA 70560
Phone (337) 373-0032
Fax (337) 373-0181

Serving Assumption, Iberia, St. Martin, St. Mary and Terrebonne parishes


Opelousas Field Office
5652 Hwy. 182
Opelousas, LA 70570
Phone (337) 948-0255
Fax (337) 948-0213

Serving Avoyelles, Iberville, Lafayette, Pointe Coupee, St. Landry and West Baton Rouge parishes


Pineville Field Office
1995 Shreveport Hwy.
Pineville, LA 71360
Phone (318) 487-5885
Fax (318) 487-5886

Serving Catahoula, Concordia, DeSoto, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides, Red River, Sabine, Vernon and Winn parishes


Enforcement Region Offices

Region 1 (Minden)

9961 Hwy 80
Minden, LA 71055
Phone (318) 371-3049
Fax (318) 371-3332

Region 2 (Monroe)

368 Century Tel Drive
Monroe, LA 71203-8732
Phone (318) 343-2417
Fax (318) 362-3273

Region 3 (Alexandria)

1995 Shreveport Highway
Pineville, LA 71360
Phone (318) 487-5634
Fax (318) 487-5636

Region 4 (Opelousas)

5652 Highway 182
Opelousas, LA 70570
Phone (337) 948-0257
Fax (337) 948-0293

Region 5 (Lake Charles)

Lake Charles
1213 North Lakeshore Drive
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Phone (337) 491-2588
Fax (337) 491-2971

Region 6 (Thibodaux)

1102 Highway 3185
Thibodaux, LA 70301
Phone (985) 447-0821
Fax (985) 447-0824

Region 7 (Baton Rouge)

Baton Rouge
2000 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Phone (225) 765-2999
Fax (225) 763-5429

Region 8 (New Orleans)

2021 Lakeshore Drive
Suite 204
New Orleans, LA 70122
Phone (504) 284-2023
Fax (504) 284-2026

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Thibodaux Man Arrested For Alleged Insurance Fraud

Release Date: 03/23/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Thibodaux man for alleged insurance fraud on March 13 following a boating crash incident in Concordia Parish.

Agents arrested Joshua Keith Soileau, 30, for filing false public records and cited him for gross littering and criminal mischief.

Soileau stated to LDWF Agents that he had tied his boat up to a tree along the Red River the evening before and returned to the boat in the morning and it was gone. Soileau stated that he and his friends found several items floating that were in his boat, which led him to believe that the boat might have sunk.

Based on the items that were recovered by Soileau, agents found evidence that led them to discover the boat was possibly sunk on purpose. After interviewing Soileau a second time, he admitted to sinking his boat because he wanted to purchase a new one with the insurance money. Soileau was then arrested and booked into the Concordia Parish Jail.

Filing false public records carries a fine up to $5,000, or up to five years in jail with or without hard labor or both. Gross littering carries a fine up to $100 and eight hours of community service in a litter abatement work program as approved by the court. Criminal mischief carries a fine up to $500, up to six months in jail or both.

Agents involved in the case were Senior Agent Trey Mason and Senior Agent Joey Tarver.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or

Monterey Man Cited for Game Fish Violations in Concordia Parish

Release Date: 03/23/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Monterey man on March 17 for alleged recreational game fish violations.

Lovice B. Beard Jr., 58, was cited for taking game fish illegally from hoop nets, angling without a license and violating recreational gear license requirements.

Agents observed Beard emptying hoop nets into his boat and followed him to his shop. Agents found Beard in possession of 42 crappie, nine bream and one catfish. Agents seized the fish and two hoop nets as evidence. The fish were later donated to a local charity.

Taking game fish illegally carries a fine up to $750, or up to 120 days in jail, or both, plus court costs. Angling without a license carries a fine of $50, or jail time up to 15 days or both. Violating recreational gear license requirements carries a fine of $50, up to 15 days in jail or both. The state will also be seeking civil restitution for the value of the illegally taken fish.

Agents participating in the case were Senior Agent Trey Mason, Sgt. James Parish, Senior Agent Robbie Mayo and Senior Agent Joey Merrill.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or

School Sustainability Grant Announcement

School Sustainability Grant Announcement
School Sustainability Grant Announcement


Louisiana Environmental Education Commission
Keep Louisiana Beautiful

…are pleased to announce a pilot grant program designed to encourage a sustainability initiative in Louisiana K-12 schools. Projects to be considered are to address a litter/waste abatement issue within a particular school campus that will result in long-term impact. These projects can center on recycling, waste reduction, litter prevention, etc.

Application Deadline: April 29, 2011
Award not to exceed $10,000
Parishes eligible for this pilot program: East Carroll, Jackson, Lincoln, Ouachita, Red River, Union, West Carroll, Winn
Questions: Contact Venise Ortego at

An electronic version of this form can be found on our website at

White Lake Property Advisory Board to Meet March 24

Release Date: 03/21/2011


 The next regular Advisory Board meeting will be held on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. at the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area located at 15926 Louisiana Highway 91 in Gueydan, LA.

The following items will be discussed:

  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of Minutes of October 14, 2010 Meeting
  3. Department Financial Report
  4. Election of Officers
  5. Results of Marsh, Rice Field, and Group Lottery Hunts – Mr. Wayne Sweeney
  6. Update on Birding Trail Project – Mr. Wayne Sweeney
  7. Update on Agricultural and Hunting Leases – Mr. Buddy Baker
  8. Other Business 
  9. Public Comment
  10. Adjournment

L.D.W.F. Agents Assist in Search for Two Men in Lafourche Parish

Release Date: 03/18/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents aided in the search for two Golden Meadow men on March 17 in Lafourche Parish.

The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office (LPSO) was notified about a sunken vessel near the tidewater docks just south of Golden Meadow along La. Hwy. 1 around 8 a.m. Shortly thereafter LDWF agents and LPSO officers arrived on scene to conduct a search of the area.

Searchers found the deceased body of Orand J. Terrebonne Jr., 33, in the water shortly after 10 a.m. about a half mile from the vessel. The searchers were able to recover the body and vessel to bring back to the dock. Terrebonne Jr.’s body was then handed over to the Lafourche Parish Coronor’s Office.

The searchers then began the search for Simon P. Billiot, 32, who was the owner of the sunken vessel. An LDWF agent and Port Fourchon Harbor Policeman were able to fly in a VIH Cougar helicopter to help in the search.

Around 2:30 p.m., they found Billiot in the water clinging to the edge of the marsh a canal over from the sunken vessel. Billiot was loaded into the helicopter and airlifted to Our Lady of the Sea Memorial Hospital and treated for hypothermia.

According to Billiot, he and Terrebonne Jr. decided to go night fishing the previous night and left out of Bobby Lynn’s boat launch around 7:30 p.m. Billiot said they went to the bridges near Leeville and fished under the lights without success. In their search to find a better spot, Billiot said they struck an oyster reef and broke the seal on a fiberglass patch on the hull.

Billiot stated that the vessel sank upright and they abandoned it in favor of walking back to town through the marsh. He said that after walking some distance the two of them got separated and he decided to try to stay warm until daylight.

The boat was identified as a 14 foot Polarcraft with a hand tillered 25 horsepower engine.

Agencies involved in recovery and rescue were LDWF agents Lt. Chad Hebert, Agent Stephen Rhodes and Agent Ryan Breaux; LPSO Water Patrol Capt. Dean Savoie, Jeff Prevost, Kent Mathern and Cody Naquin; Port Commission Harbor Police Captain Larry Terry, Chief John Callias, Sgt. Troy Dufrene and Officer Tate Lafont; Golden Meadow Police Officer Reggie Pitre; and VIH Cougar helicopter pilots Grant Mills and Mike Belling along with rescue men Richard Cormier and Steve Johnson.

The LDWF Enforcement Division will be conducting the ensuing investigation. The cause of Terrbonne Jr.’s death is unknown at this time.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 

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