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Search Crews Find Missing Helicopter and Pilot

Release Date: 08/04/2016

Search and rescue crews found the missing helicopter and pilot in Iberia Parish this morning, Aug. 4.

Search crews from the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), Louisiana State Police, Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office, St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Coast Guard started searching for the missing helicopter and pilot yesterday, Aug. 3, after 4 p.m.

Around 9:30 a.m. this morning a Louisiana State Police helicopter found the wreckage site and notified LDWF agents and sheriff deputies in boats that were near the area.  Agents and deputies then walked about a 100 yards from their boats to the swampy remote wreckage site.  Agents and deputies then confirmed that the missing helicopter was found with the deceased body of the pilot nearby.

The wreckage site is in the Atchafalaya Basin in the Grand Lake area just east of the Atchafalaya River.  The pilot was the only person on board the helicopter.  The helicopter is owned by Texas-based Gulf Coast Helicopters, Inc.

Four Mississippi Men Cited for Illegal Shrimping in Louisiana Waters

Release Date: 08/03/2016

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agent cited four Mississippi men for alleged shrimping violations on Aug. 2 in St. Bernard Parish.

The agent cited Joe Tran, 48, Duc Le, 48, Tri Le, 55, and Phung Hoang, 59, for trawling in a closed season.

Senior Agent Brett Nabors received a complaint about a vessel illegally catching shrimp in Lake Borgne near the Rigolets.  The agent observed the four men with their trawls in the water around 8:10 a.m.

The agent observed shrimp and fresh bycatch in the closed tails of the trawls when they were instructed to pick up.  The agent seized 6,100 pounds of shrimp from the vessel and sold them to the highest bidder.

Using skimmers in a closed season brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail and forfeiture of anything seized.

In addition for the first conviction of shrimping during the closed season, the court may revoke or suspend the violator's trawl, skimmer, or butterfly gear licenses for one year from the date of the conviction.  During such revocation or suspension, the violator may be present on a vessel harvesting or possessing shrimp or possessing a trawl, skimmer, or butterfly net only if the vessel is equipped with and employs an operating vessel monitoring system which is accessible to LDWF.  The violator may also have to perform 40 hours of community service.

Two Men Caught Shrimping in Closure Zone

Release Date: 08/02/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents cited two men for alleged shrimping violations on Aug. 1 in Plaquemines Parish.

Agents cited Ernie P. Barthélemy, 52, of Slidell, and Jimmy Lynn Merrick, 55, of Boothville, for using skimmers in a closed season.

The agents were responding to complaints of illegal shrimping taking place in the Buras area.  During the stop agents seized 300 pounds of shrimp that was later sold.

Using skimmers in a closed season carries up to a $950 fine and 120 days in jail plus forfeiture of anything seized.

In addition for the first conviction of shrimping during the closed season, the court may revoke or suspend the violator's trawl, skimmer, or butterfly gear licenses for one year from the date of the conviction.  During such revocation or suspension, the violator may be present on a vessel harvesting or possessing shrimp or possessing a trawl, skimmer, or butterfly net only if the vessel is equipped with and employs an operating vessel monitoring system which is accessible to LDWF.  The violator may also have to perform 40 hours of community service.

Agents involved in the case are Senior Agents Travis Bartlett and Jeffery Farmer.

Six Cited for Illegal Possession of Red Snapper in Federal Waters

Release Date: 08/01/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents cited six people for alleged saltwater fishing violations on July 29 and 30 in federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico.

Agents cited Brandon Longman, 32, from Ethel; Henry Noto III, 32, from Denham Springs; and Steven Kennedy, 61, from Belle Chase, for possession of red snapper during the closed season in federal waters on July 29.

On July 30 agents cited James Clarkin, 55, from Baton Rouge; Walton Tate, 41, from Hammond; and Dwayne Reeder, 75, from Carencro; for possession of red snapper during the closed season in federal waters on July 30.  Agents also cited Reeder cited for intentional concealment of illegally taken fish.

The 2016 red snapper season is currently open in state waters with a limit of 2 per person; however, the red snapper season in federal waters is currently closed.  All six people were caught with red snapper several miles inside federal waters and nowhere near state waters that extends nine miles into the Gulf of Mexico.

Possessing red snapper during a closed federal season in federal waters brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to six months in jail.  Intentional concealment of illegally taken fish also carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to six months in jail.

Agents involved in these cases are Sgt. Nicholas Guillory and Senior Agent Lucas Hidalgo.

Two Louisiana Men Sentenced for Illegal Deer Hunting Violations

Release Date: 08/01/2016

Two Louisiana men were ordered to pay a total of $38,776 in East and West Feliciana courts in the past week for deer hunting violations that occurred in February of 2016.

Judge Elizabeth “Betsy” Jones of the 20th Judicial District Court in both East and West Feliciana parishes sentenced Devin Wascome, 26, of Slaughter, and Joseph Buhler, 21, of Zachary, to pay fines, fees and court costs, as well as revoke their hunting privileges for five years.

Wascome was ordered to pay $17,231 in East Feliciana Parish and $4,791 in West Feliciana Parish.  He was also forced to forfeit his .17 caliber rifle.  Buhler was ordered to pay $12,560 in East Feliciana Parish and $4,194 in West Feliciana Parish.  The men must also pay a total of $6,498 in civil restitution for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) agents cited Wascome and Buhler on Feb. 10, 2016 for illegal deer hunting violations in East Feliciana, West Feliciana, East Baton Rouge and Livingston parishes.

After receiving a complaint about Wascome and Buhler illegally taking deer, agents initiated an investigation.  During the investigation agents found that Wascome and Buhler illegally harvested a deer on Feb. 1 in East Feliciana Parish, Feb. 7 in West Feliciana Parish, and on Feb. 8 in East Feliciana Parish.  Wascome also admitted to illegally shooting a doe on Feb. 4 at night while on foot.

The two men would drive around at night on public roads hunting for deer.  They were cited for taking deer during a closed season and illegal hours, hunting from a moving vehicle, possession of illegally taken deer, taking deer from a public road, intentional concealment of illegally taken wildlife, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements, and discharging a firearm from a public road among other violations.

The two were also cited for illegal deer hunting activities in East Baton Rouge and Livingston parishes since they admitted to actively hunting those parishes using the same methods they did to harvest the illegally taken deer in East and West Feliciana parishes.  The two men have yet to appear in court in East Baton Rouge and Livingston parishes.

District Attorney Sam D’Aquilla prosecuted this case for the state in East and West Feliciana parishes.

LDWF Investigating Two Boating Fatalities in LaFourche Parish

Release Date: 07/31/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents are investigating two boating fatalities that took place in LaFourche Parish last night, July 30, and early this morning, July 31.

LDWF agents received a call around 11:40 p.m. on July 30 about Ethan Hancock, 5, of Houma, who was reported missing in the Intracoastal Waterway. Agents arrived on scene and with the assistance of the LaFourche and Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Offices and U.S. Coast Guard recovered his body at 7:30 a.m. on July 31.

Agents learned that Hancock and his father were out frogging in their 14 foot mudboat when they ran out of gas near Bourg. The father then attempted to paddle across the Intracoastal Waterway when a tugboat pushing two 297 foot barges came up from behind. The father and Hancock then entered the water with Hancock wearing a personal flotation device. The two got separated with the father able to swim away from the tugboat, but Hancock got sucked under the tugboat and didn't resurface from under the tugboat until 7:30 a.m.

LDWF agents also received a call around 1:15 a.m. on July 31 about Robert Sims, 44, of Metairie, who suffered from serious head trauma after hitting his head on a piling near Grand Isle while boating.

Agents learned that Sims was a passenger on a 28 foot vessel travelling at a high rate of speed in the Caminada Pass in Grand Isle heading to Port Fourchon. Sims was leaning out of the vessel as a lookout when his head struck a piling around 1 a.m. on July 31. Agents arrived on scene with LaFourche Emergency Medical Services within minutes of the incident, but Sims was already deceased.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for both boating fatalities.  Both bodies were turned over to the LaFourche Parish Coroner's Office.

Agents Cite Men for Closed Season Shrimping In Plaquemines Parish

Release Date: 07/29/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents cited two men for alleged shrimping violations on July 26 in Plaquemines Parish.

Agents cited Thuong Nguyen, 59, and Steven Nguyen, 27, both of Buras, for using skimmers in a closed season.

The agents were responding to complaints of illegal shrimping taking place in the Buras area.  During the stop agents seized and returned 75 pounds of shrimp to the water.

Using skimmers in a closed season carries up to a $950 fine and 120 days in jail plus forfeiture of anything seized.

In addition for the first conviction of shrimping during the closed season, the court may revoke or suspend the violator's trawl, skimmer, or butterfly gear licenses for one year from the date of the conviction.  During such revocation or suspension, the violator may be present on a vessel harvesting or possessing shrimp or possessing a trawl, skimmer, or butterfly net only if the vessel is equipped with and employs an operating vessel monitoring system which is accessible to LDWF.  The violator may also have to perform 40 hours of community service.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Villerie Reggio and Agent Kyle Haydel.

Belle Chasse Man Cited for Illegal Shrimping

Release Date: 07/29/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents cited a Belle Chasse man for alleged shrimping violations on July 29 in Plaquemines Parish.

Agents cited Sang V. Pham 57, for using skimmers in a closed season.  Agents received complaints about a vessel illegally catching shrimp in Blind Bay.  Agents observed Pham with his skimmers in the water around 10:50 a.m.

Pham then pulled the skimmers up and the nets were closed with shrimp and bycatch inside the net.  Agents made contact with Pham and found him in possession of about 25 pounds of shrimp.

Using skimmers in a closed season brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail and forfeiture of anything seized.

In addition for the first conviction of shrimping during the closed season, the court may revoke or suspend the violator's trawl, skimmer, or butterfly gear licenses for one year from the date of the conviction.  During such revocation or suspension, the violator may be present on a vessel harvesting or possessing shrimp or possessing a trawl, skimmer, or butterfly net only if the vessel is equipped with and employs an operating vessel monitoring system which is accessible to LDWF.  The violator may also have to perform 40 hours of community service.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Todd Laviolette and Lt. Louis Burnett.

July 2016 ALAS Newsletter

July 2016 ALAS Newsletter

2016 ALAS COACHES CONFERENCE
 
Thank you to all of the coaches that attended the first annual ALAS Coaches Conference!  This was a wonderful opportunity to network with other coaches, discover new coaching tips and techniques, and hear about additional archery programs and upcoming opportunities.  Coaches had a little fun with an introduction to bowfishing lesson and Bullseye/3-D friendly competition!  Coaches gave valuable input that will be presented at the NASP Coordinators Conference at the end of the month in Kentucky. 
 
Thank you again to all of the wonderful coaches who attended! 

 
2016 NASP WORLD TOURNAMENT 
 
4135 student archers from 27 states and 3 countries competed at the 2016 NASP World Bullseye Tournament in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  Of those students, 103 archers from 6 Louisiana schools competed and showed the world, once again, that our state hits the mark!  Benton Middle School took the gold as World Champion Middle School team in bullseye competition.
 
Louisiana archers didn’t stop there! 1120 participants from 25 states and 2 countries competed at the 2016 NASP World 3-D Tournament.  103 Louisiana archers from 6 schools took home a truck load of trophies. 
•       World Champions – Benton Middle School (3-D)
•       2nd Place- Benton Elementary (3-D)
•       3rd Place- Kingston Elementary  (3-D)
•       Emma Bunch – World Champion Middle (3-D)
•       Kaitlyn Misenheimer – Benton Middle - 3rd Middle (3-D)
•       Aiden Haire – Benton MS - 3rd Middle (3-D)
•       Kennedy Halsell –  Kingston Elementary  - 4th Elementary (3-D)
 
Congratulations to everyone that traveled to Worlds to represent our state.  We are proud of you!  Keep up the great work!
 
 
 
BEYOND NASP TIM STRICKLAND ACADEMY
 
Louisiana will be hosting archery professional Tim Strickland and the Beyond NASP Clinic! 
 
Saturday & Sunday, October 22nd & 23rd, 2017
Woodworth Outdoor Education Center
661 Robinson Bridge Road
Woodworth, LA 71485
 
You won’t want to miss this opportunity to improve instructor ability to develop life-long archers.  See the attached flyer for more course information, course agenda, and link to online registration.  Seats are limited.  Contact rstroede@wlf.la.gov with any questions. 
 
 
 
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
 
2017 Tournament Dates:
 
South Regionals     Saturday, January 14th        LSU AgCenter-Mega Shelter         Alexandria, LA
North Regionals      Saturday, January 21st        Shreveport Convantion Center     Shreveport, LA
State Tournament  Saturday March 4th               Shreveport Concention Center     Shreveport, LA
 
Upcoming BAI Classes:
 
Friday, July 29th                    8:00-4:30   Doyle Elementary School                  Livingston, LA
Friday, July 29th                    8:00-4:30   Haughton Middle School                   Haughton, LA
Monday, August 8th              7:30-4:00   West Feliciana Middle School          St. Francisville, LA
Monday, August 8th              8:00-4:30   Northwood High School                    Lena, LA
 
To register for a class visit NASP BAI Class Search LA  or click on a class date above. 
Summer is a great time to get parents and teachers interested in helping with your archery program trained!  For information about hosting a BAI training class contact jmcgovern@wlf.la.gov.  
 
 
 
Enjoy the rest of your summer break!  

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