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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission would like to remind exhibitors that the deadline for exhibitors to ensure inclusion in the Environmental Education State Symposium program is Friday, January 9, 2015. While exhibitor registration will remain open until a week before the February 27-28 conference, those wishing to be included on printed promotional materials should submit an application by the official deadline.
The Louisiana Environmental Education State Symposium is a two-day professional development event hosted each year by the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission and our partner the Louisiana Environmental Education Association. Day one of the conference consists of day-long short courses packed with information, lesson plans or tours of environmentally important areas of the host city. Day two features hour-long concurrent sessions geared to grade level and presented by environmental educators from around Louisiana and neighboring states. The upcoming event will be held at the Baton Rouge Marriott on February 27 and 28, 2015.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Sunset man for alleged hunting violations on Jan. 3 in St. Landry Parish.
LDWF agents arrested Allen W. Moreau, 40, for hunting from a public road, hunting from a moving vehicle and hunting deer during illegal hours and booked him into the St. Landry Parish Jail.
Agents setup surveillance in an area known as Swayze Lake near Palmetto after receiving complaints from area hunters about night hunting. Agents observed Moreau shooting a deer with a .243 rifle on Swayze Lake Road from his vehicle around 8:15 p.m. Agents were able to make contact and arrest Moreau shortly after he shot the deer.
Hunting from a public road brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail. Hunting from a moving vehicle carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail. Hunting deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Moreau could also face a $1,624 civil restitution charge for the replacement value of the deer.
Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Ryan Faul, Sgt. Nick Guillory and Senior Agent Brandon Fontenot.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited four Louisiana residents for alleged migratory game bird violations on Dec. 29 in Acadia Parish.
Agents cited August Guillory, 30, of Morse, Tyler Boone, 21, of Mermentau, Jason Myers, 35, of Morse,and Trevor Myers, 21, of Morse, with hunting across a public road, wanton waste and intentional concealment of wildlife. Jason and Trevor Myers were also cited for hunting without a residence license.
On the evening of Dec. 29, agents received a complaint about shots being fired near a residential area in Morse. Senior Agent Derek Logan responded to the scene and observed Boone and Guillory on an all-terrain vehicle in a field with four wounded light geese.
The men said they had left other birds and their licenses at their house. When the agent went with the men to retrieve their licenses there were five more light geese at the camp.
Upon further investigation, the Guillory and Boone admitted that Jason and Trevor Myers were hunting from across a subdivision road earlier in the evening. Agent Logan and the men were able to retrieve an addition two birds from the field the men had been hunting.
Intentional concealment of wildlife evidence and wanton waste each brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Hunting without a license brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail. Hunting across a public road brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.