Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited three men for fishing violations on Jan. 10 in Terrebonne Parish.
Agents cited Nelson D. Robinson, 47, of Luling, Vernell C. McBride, 44, of Houma, and Troy A. Dangerfield, 37, Houma, for fishing without basic and saltwater fishing licenses and for possessing over the limit of red drum.
An LDWF agent in his off time was fishing near Bayou Chauvin when he came into contact with Dangerfield and Robinson fishing the same area. The men didn’t know he was an agent and told him they already caught their daily limit and were heading back where they would drop off their fish and head back out to catch another daily limit.
The agent and the men made their way to the Ashland Public Boat Launch in Grand Cailou. The agent was able to document the men give 10 red drum to McBride who was waiting for them on shore. The two men then relaunched the vessel to catch more fish.
The agent was able to call two on duty agents about what was happening and also gave a description of the boat and truck the men were using. The two agents arrived on the scene shortly after 10 a.m. and waited for the men to come back with more red drum.
Around noon, Dangerfield and Robinson came back from their second trip where McBride was again waiting. The agents were able to make contact and found the three men in possession of 25 red drum. The daily limit is five red drum per person per day.
Possessing over the limit of red drum brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Also, the men face an additional $25 per fish over the limit and since they did not possess fishing licenses all 25 are considered over the limit resulting in a $625 fine. Not possessing a basic and saltwater fishing license each carries up to a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail. The men may also face a $661.75 civil restitution charge for the replacement value of the fish.
Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Bryan Marie, who was the off duty agent, Sgt. Richard Purvis and Lt. Joseph Arnaud.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Coushatta Man for alleged deer hunting violations on Jan. 7 in Red River Parish.
Agents cited Russell L. Long Jr., 31, for hunting deer during illegal hours and with artificial light, hunting deer from a moving vehicle, hunting without basic hunting and big games licenses, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements and discharging a firearm from a public road.
Around 2:36 a.m. on Jan. 7 a Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy observed a vehicle using a spotlight on Catfish Bend Road and tried to pull the vehicle over. After a brief pursuit the deputy was able to stop the vehicle driven by Long Jr. and notify LDWF agents about possible deer hunting violations.
When agents arrived on the scene they found a 7-mm rifle and spotlight in Long’s vehicle. The agents then recovered a doe deer from where Long Jr. was found spotlighting from his vehicle. After questioning, Long Jr. admitted to shooting the deer with the rifle.
Hunting during illegal hours and with artificial light brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Hunting from a moving vehicle carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail. Failing to comply with deer tagging requirements and hunting deer from a public road each carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail. Discharging a firearm from a public road carries up to a $50 fine and 30 days in jail. Hunting without basic hunting and big game licenses each brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.
Participating in the case are LDWF Sgt. Chuck Dison and Sgt. Patrick Staggs along with RRSO Lt. Melvin Massey.
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) adopted notices of intent for the 2015-17 hunting seasons, the 2015-16 Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) general rules and regulations, 2016 general and WMA turkey hunting rules and regulations, 2016 turkey hunting areas, and seasons and bag limits at their Jan. 8 meeting.
The notices of intent include proposed hunting season dates and changes from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) for the upcoming hunting seasons and provide for a public comment period.
Some of the proposed changes include:
Adding pistols as allowable gear for primitive firearms season.
Modification of Deer Area 5 season for 2015-16, extending season by two weeks.
Adding bird dog training in some Small Game Emphasis Areas on WMAs.
Allowing UTVs to be utilized on ATV trails as long as the manufacturer’s specifications for that vehicle do not exceed the weight, length and tire restrictions for ATVs.
Prohibiting the use of nets, yoyos and trotlines on Big and Chain Lakes on Big Lake WMA.
Limiting the use of mud boats or air-cooled propulsion vessels on Biloxi WMA to straight shaft, long tail, air-cooled mud motors that are 16 total horsepower or less.
Specifying that crawfish traps or nets may not be left overnight on Grassy Lake or Pomme de Terre WMAs.
Prohibiting all nighttime activity during open waterfowl seasons on Wham Brake within Russell Sage WMA.
Change of Big Lake WMA Youth Turkey Lottery to an open youth two-day hunt.
Public comment will be accepted at LWFC monthly meetings from February through April and/or can be submitted in writing by mail to: Steve Smith, LDWF Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org until 4:30 p.m., April 3, 2015.
Additionally, LDWF will collect public comment at public hearings to be held at the following locations:
February 23 beginning at 6:00 p.m., LDWF Woodworth Outdoor Education Center, 661 Robinson Bridge Road, Woodworth
February 24 beginning at 6:00 p.m., Ruston Civic Center, 401 North Trenton Street, Ruston
February 24 beginning at 6:30 p.m., LSU Ag Center (next to Burton Coliseum), 7101 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles
February 24 beginning at 6:30 p.m., Natchitoches Event Center, 750 Second Street, Natchitoches
February 25 beginning at 6:00 p.m., Caldwell Parish Courthouse, 201 Main Street, Columbia
February 26 beginning at 6:30 p.m., Slidell Municipal Auditorium, 2056 2nd Street, Slidell.
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) today adopted a notice of intent for clarification to the rules and regulations pertaining to the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP).
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) recommended the changes to clarify for program participants when the harvest of antlerless deer is permitted. Antlerless deer may be harvested any day of the deer season on property enrolled in DMAP provided a DMAP tag is possessed by the hunter at time of harvest.
Under DMAP, LDWF biologists work with participating hunting clubs and private landowners to accomplish their specific goals and objectives for deer population management.
To view the full, amended notice of intent, visit the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items. Public comment will be accepted at the LWFC monthly meetings through April 3, 2015. Comments will also be accepted by mail sent to Johnathan Bordelon, Wildlife Division, Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 9800, Baton Rouge, LA, 70898-9000 or via email to email@example.com.
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.