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Agents Cite Two Men for Migratory Game Bird Violations in St. John Parish

Release Date: 11/29/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents cited two men for alleged migratory game bird violations in St. John Parish on Nov. 26.

Agents cited Dane Haydel, 20, of Norco, and Jack Strohmeyer, 20, of Destrehan, were each cited for taking migratory game birds during illegal hours and possession of over the legal limit of wood ducks.

Agents received a call about shooting past legal hunting hours on private property near Laplace from a land owner in the area.  When agents arrived they could hear gun shots and were able to locate the subjects hunting in a pond.

Agents then began surveillance and recorded eight separate occasions of gunshots past legal shooting hours.  When agents stopped the two subjects they were in possession of 12 wood ducks, which is six over the daily bag limit of three per person.

Hunting migratory game birds past legal shooting hours and over the daily limit of wood ducks each brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.

Agents seized the wood ducks and donated them to a local charity.  The men may also face civil restitution penalties totaling $140.40 for the replacement value of the illegally taken wood ducks.

Agents involved in the case are Lt. Jason Russo and Senior Agent Gary Levron.

Agents Cite Metairie Man for Trawling Without a Turtle Exclusion Device

Release Date: 11/23/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited a Metairie man on Nov. 22 for allegedly shrimping in Lake Pontchartrain without his required Turtle Exclusion Device (TED).

Agents were patrolling in Lake Pontchartrain conducting a TED compliance patrol when they observed Roland Mollere Jr., 62, actively trawling in Lake Pontchartrain.  Agents made contact with Mollere to perform a license compliance check and TED inspection.

During the inspection agents discovered that Mollere’s gear was not equipped with the required TED.  Mollere was issued a citation and his net was seized in relation to the violation.

Trawling without a TED brings up to a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Shrimp trawlers in the Atlantic Area or Gulf Area need to have an approved TED installed in each net that is rigged for fishing.  However, certain exemptions to these requirements may apply (e.g. vessels without power or mechanical means of net retrieval, test trawls, skimmer and butterfly nets in compliance with tow time restrictions).

Skimmer and butterfly nets are exempt from TED use; however, federal regulations require skimmer and butterfly net fishermen to limit tow times if they do not use TEDs.  The tow time is measured from the time the cod-end of the net enters the water until it is removed from the water.  Maximum tow times are 55 minutes from April 1 – Oct. 31 and increase to 75 minutes from Nov. 1 – March 31.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. Jason Russo, Sgt. Austin Arteaga and Sgt. Chuck Strain.

LEEC eNews: Symposium Hotel Information, Spring Youth Summit and More!

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LEEC eNews: Symposium Hotel Information, Spring Youth Summit and More!


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LEEC eNews Special Edition: Symposium Venue Change; Eagle Tour Full

Due to a delayed remodeling schedule at the former host hotel, the 2017 Environmental Education State Symposium has moved to Embassy Suites by Hilton in Baton Rouge. The dates remain February 3 & 4, 2017. Please note that the Eagle Tour short course has reached capacity and registration is closed.

Register at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/webform/2017-louisiana-environmental-education-state-symposium for the symposium, to be held February 3 & 4 at the Embassy Suites Baton Rouge. Optional Friday short courses include: Growing Up WILD, Eagle Tour in the Atchafalaya Basin (Full - Registration is Closed), Endangered Species and Zoos, Wetlands, and Young Environmental Science Stewards Project.

If you are planning to propose a concurrent session, don't forget to submit a proposal via our web form at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/presenter-form. Deadline for proposals is December 5.
 
Finally, if you need to book a room in Baton Rouge, the link for Embassy Suites group rate is https://goo.gl/Xsqme1.

LDWF Urging Hunters to Practice Boating Safety

Release Date: 11/17/2016

With the fall and winter outdoor season underway in Louisiana, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division is reminding hunters about boating safety during the colder months of the year.

Hunting season for many people in Louisiana means utilizing boats to get to remote hunting areas often times during low visibility and in cold weather.

“The fall and winter boating season for Louisiana is a lot different than the spring and summer boating season,” said Lt. Col. Sammy Martin, the state’s boating law administrator.  “A lot of times we have duck and deer hunters leaving before dusk and navigating smaller tributaries.  The air and water temperatures are also much lower during this time of year.  Add all that up and it can put boaters in unsafe conditions if they don’t practice safe boating habits.”

LDWF is reminding all hunters about the importance of wearing a personal flotation device, having running lights on when operating at night, keeping speeds down at night and in narrower waterways, having proper lookouts and keeping a sober operator to and from their hunting location.  LDWF also recommend that hunters file a float plan with friends and family members that lets them know where they are going and when they plan to return.  Lastly, keeping a cell phone in a secure and dry place on your person could come in handy if a distress call needs to be made.

LDWF has reported 23 boating fatalities to date in 2016 for Louisiana.  In 2015, Louisiana had a total of 22 boating fatalities that included 16 fatalities at this same time last year.

As always LDWF offers free boating education classes year round.  Those interested can take either an online or classroom safe boating course.  The safe boating course is required for anybody born after Jan. 1, 1984 and operating a vessel over 10 horsepower.  For a list of boating classes please visit www.wlf.la.gov/boating.

ALAS Newsletter - November 2016

ALAS Newsletter  - November 2016

Attention ALL BAIs: Please complete this very short survey
regarding your attendance at the 2017 ALAS Tournaments:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QFH8YHV

WATCH THIS!

NASP SAFETY REFRESHER VIDEO

This video is meant to be an annual refresher or reminder to all NASP® certified persons of the important safety protocols taught and followed by NASP®. Please use the link below to view this informational video. Have your students watch as well for a reminder of NASP safety protocol that must be used at all times when on the range.

The link to the safety video is: https://youtu.be/H7RHXu8Fxpk

NEW SCORING PROTOCOL VIDEO

Scoring protocol has been updated to improve integrity at tournaments. In addition to the written rules description, a video has been provided to help coaches and archers understand how to score during tournaments. The video should be viewed and practiced by NASP/ALAS coaches and students so that all are familiar with the new procedure. This protocol is to be in place for the 2016/2017 school year. Please share this video with anyone that will be participating in NASP® competitions.

The link to the updated scoring video is: https://youtu.be/1xKTDKb23PU

A sample PDF image of the new approved score card can be found at: http://naspschools.org/instructors/attachments/1473454991.pdf

For additional information, please refer to Section 5 – Scoring (5.7.2.NEW PROTOCOL)

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

2017 TOURNAMENT DATES: *

11/14/16 Pre-Registration for ALAS South Regional Begins
11/21/16 Pre-Registration for ALAS North Regional Begins
12/1/16 Pre-Registration for ALAS South Regional Ends
12/8/16 Pre-Registration for ALAS North Regional Ends
12/5/16 Registration for ALAS South Regional Begins
12/12/16 Registration for ALAS North Regional Begins
12/21/16 Registration for ALAS South Regional Ends
12/23/16 Registration for ALAS North Regional Ends
1/14/17 ALAS SOUTH REGIONAL TOURNAMENT – Alexandria, LA
1/21/17 ALAS NORTH REGIONAL TOURNAMENT – Shreveport, LA
1/23/17 Pre-Registration for ALAS State Tournament Begins

2/1/17 Pre- Registration for ALAS State Tournament Ends
2/6/17 Tiered Registration for ALAS State Tournament Begins
2/15/17 Tiered Registration for ALAS State Tournament Ends
3/4/17 ALAS STATE TOURNAMENT – Shreveport, LA
5/11-13/17 NASP NATIONAL TOURNAMENT – Louisville, KY
7/20-22/17 NASP WORLD TOURNAMENT – Orlando, FL

*See the attached map to know which regional tournament your school will attend!

UPCOMING BAI CLASSES:

December 14th-15th, 2016 Haughton Middle School Haughton, LA *MUST ATTEND BOTH DAYS

For information about hosting a BAI training class at your school please contact jmcgovern@wlf.la.gov.

TOURNAMENT SPONSORSHIP INFORMATION

As always with the growth of a program we also experience increased cost to continue to provide the quality tournament experience that we have in the past. Most of the cost of the added materials needed, targets, target faces, bows, arrows, etc., is covered by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, however, costs to cover items like our promotional items, t-shirts, awards, signs, banners, equipment rental and most importantly the scholarships that we award require outside funds. Thankfully we have always been able to rely on the support of state and local sponsors to make our tournaments a great experience for all who attend and we hope to keep that going!
Attached is a copy of our sponsorship information for this year’s tournaments as well. Please take a look and please feel free to contact rstroede@wlf.la.gov with any questions that you may have.

TOURNAMENT VOLUNTEERS

Please be aware that each school participating a tournament will be required to provide a minimum of three (3) volunteers for at least one (1) flight during the tournament in which they are participating. More information regarding volunteer duties and a sign-up sheet will be included in the December ALAS Newsletter. Please share this information with your parent volunteers.

TOURNAMENT T-SHIRT DESIGN CONTEST

DEADLINE: All entries are due by Thursday, December 1st, 2016
See the attached T-Shirt Contest Rules document for official entry form and contest rules.
Artwork and entry forms should be scanned and emailed to Jan McGovern at: jmcgovern@wlf.la.gov
Contact for more information.
Artwork should be no larger than 8.5” x 11” (21.5cm x 28cm) and contain no more than two colors.
All students attending school where the NASP® curriculum is taught are eligible to participate. Entries may be submitted by an individual or group. Each participant in a group must complete and submit an entry form with the artwork. Winner will be notified via email.

Aim high!

LDWF Investigating Fatal Boating Incident in Rapides Parish

Release Date: 11/07/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents are investigating a fatal single boating incident in Rapides Parish that occurred on Nov. 6.

Holly A. Schnepp, 55, of Alexandria was pronounced dead on the scene after a vessel she was riding in capsized on the Red River about a quarter mile from the Curtis-Coleman Bridge.

According to the male operator, the steering handle slipped out of his hand and caused the 12 foot vessel to turn quickly ejecting them into the water shortly after 7 a.m.  Schnepp got caught under the vessel and couldn’t resurface.

After they were in the water for about 30 minutes, a tugboat crew saw them in the water and were able to recover them into a tugboat rescue vessel.  The male operator and Schnepp were then transported to the bank where Acadian Ambulance was waiting.

LDWF agents along with Pineville Fire Department, Pineville Police Department, and the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene of the Acadian Ambulance around 7:45 a.m.

Schnepp was unresponsive and pronounced dead on the bank of the river.  The male operator was conscious and brought to the Rapides Regional Hospital for minor injuries.

LDWF will be the leading investigative agency for this fatal boating incident.  Schnepp and the male operator were wearing personal flotation devices.  Schnepp’s body was turned over to the Rapides Parish Coroner’s Office to determine an official cause of death.

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