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LDWF Agents Investigating Fatal Boating Incident in Orleans Parish

Release Date: 11/18/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents are investigating a fatal boating incident in Orleans Parish.

The bodies of Levi Slaughter Jr., 87, and his son Levi Slaughter III, 62, both of New Orleans, were recovered on Nov. 18 from Lake Pontchartrain.

Agents were notified about 2:45 p.m. on Nov. 18 of an unmanned 19-foot boat near Irish Bayou in Lake Pontchartrain.  LDWF agents along with the New Orleans Police Department and U.S. Coast Guard immediately conducted a search for the missing boaters.

First responders found the bodies near the unmanned vessel about 8:15 p.m.  According to family, the Slaughters had left to go fishing around 8 a.m. that morning.  It is unknown at this time what caused the men to enter the water.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this fatal boating incident.  Both men were found without wearing personal flotation devices.  The bodies were turned over to the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office to determine a cause of death.

Two Men Cited for Illegal Harvest of Buck

Release Date: 11/14/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two Louisiana men for alleged deer hunting violations on Nov. 11 in Evangeline Parish.

Agents cited Jordan Richard, 23, of Mamou, and Dylan Santoro, 25, of Ville Platte, for possession of an illegally taken deer, hunting deer using illegal methods and failing to wear hunter’s orange.  Agents also cited Richard for failing to comply with deer tagging requirements and failing to possess a big game hunting license.

Agents received a tip about the two men illegally harvesting a deer on Nov. 10 while they were duck hunting on Grand Maris Bayou near Mamou.

Agents located the two men and during questioning, they both admitted to shooting the deer with fine shot.  The two men said they were duck hunting when they saw the 18-point non-typical buck on the bank and they both shot it with fine shot.

Agents seized the deer meat and antlers.

Possession of an illegally taken deer carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting deer with illegal methods brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging requirements carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Failing to possess a big game hunting license and to wear hunter’s orange each brings up to a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

The men may also face civil restitution totaling $2,033 for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.

LDWF Offices will be closed on Monday, November 12 in Observance of Veterans Day

Release Date: 11/09/2018

LDWF honors and thanks all those who have served our country. In observance of Veterans Day, LDWF offices will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12 and will re-open on Tuesday, Nov. 13. 

Happy Veterans Day!

Marksville Man Cited for Deer Hunting Violations on Lake Ophelia Wildlife Refuge

Release Date: 11/07/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) agents along with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) officers cited a Marksville man for alleged deer hunting violations on the Lake Ophelia Wildlife Refuge on Nov. 3.

Agents cited Keith Carmouche, 34, of Marksville, for taking over the daily limit of antlered deer, possession of an illegally taken deer, and failing to comply with deer tagging and harvest card requirements.

Agents received an anonymous tip that Carmouche had harvested two bucks on Nov. 1.  Agents then made contact with Carmouche at his residence.

During questioning Carmouche admitted to harvesting both deer on Nov. 1 with his crossbow.  He said he transported and tagged a six-point deer on the evening of Nov. 1 and transported and tagged a 15-point non-typical deer on Nov. 2.

Agents seized two antlered deer heads and the quartered deer meat.  The daily limit for antlered deer is one per licensed hunter.

Possession of an illegally taken deer carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking over the daily limit of antlered deer brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging and harvest card requirements carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 30 days in jail.

Carmouche also faces civil restitution totaling $2,033 for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.

LDWF Agents Rescue Father and Son in Vermilion Bay

Release Date: 11/05/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents performed a successful search and rescue mission on Nov. 3 in Vermilion Bay.

LDWF agents were notified about two overdue boaters on board a vessel about 9 p.m. on Nov. 3.  The missing boaters were a 57-year-old father and his 10-year-old son both from Erath.

LDWF agents immediately began conducting search and rescue efforts in conjunction with U.S. Coast Guard and the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office to locate the missing boaters.

LDWF agents located the missing boat with both boaters safely inside the vessel on Nov. 4 around 1:25 a.m.  LDWF loaded the father and son onto their vessel and transported the boaters back to the dock where they were evaluated by Emergency Medical Services and released to go home.

Agents found out that the boat battery died leaving the two boaters in need of assistance.

LDWF Enforcement Agents Recognized at November Commission Meeting

Release Date: 11/01/2018

LDWF Enforcement Agents Recognized at November Commission Meeting
LDWF Enforcement Agents Recognized at November Commission Meeting

Two Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents were honored at the Nov. 1 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting held in Baton Rouge.

Shikar-Safari Club International presented their 2018 Conservation Officer of the Year award for Louisiana to retired LDWF Sgt. Cliff Ortis, of Oscar.  The Shikar-Safari award recognizes an agent from each state for outstanding efforts in conservation law enforcement.

Sgt. Dean Aucoin, of Houma, received the Louisiana Waterfowl Enforcement Officer of the Year award from the Mississippi Flyway Council.  The Mississippi Flyway Council recognizes law enforcement officers from each state who make outstanding contributions to the protection of waterfowl.

Sgt. Ortis retired in September of 2018 after serving the department for the past 28 years.  He mainly patrolled West Baton Rouge Parish.  Sgt. Ortis also received the LDWF Enforcement Division’s “2017 Agent of the Year” award.

Sgt. Aucoin mainly patrols Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes and has been an agent for over 12 years.  Sgt. Aucoin was honored for his participation in numerous illegal waterfowl hunting investigations involving hunting migratory waterfowl over bait, taking over the limits of ducks, hunting with unplugged guns and with lead shot.

November 2018 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 10/29/2018

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 1, 2018, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.

The following items will be discussed:

 

1. Call to Order

2. Pledge of Allegiance

3. Roll Call

4. Adoption of October 4, 2018 Commission Meeting Minutes

5. Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege

6. Enforcement Report, October 2018

7. Present the Shikar Safari Officer of the Year Award

8. Present the Mississippi Flyway Council Officer of the Year Award

9. Announce the Winning Artist for the 2019 Louisiana Duck Stamp Contest

10. Receive and Consider a Resolution that Establishes and Adds Acreage to the Elmer’s Island Wildlife Complex

11. Receive and Consider a Resolution of Support for the Reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund

12. Receive and Consider a Declaration of Emergency Authorizing the Secretary of LDWF to Reopen the Commercial King Mackerel Season in State Waters to Coincide with a Reopening in Federal Waters

13. Receive and Consider a Notice of Intent to Un-Designate Certain Water Bottoms East of the Mississippi River as Public Oyster Seed Grounds

14. Receive a Summary Presentation on the October 2018 Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council Meeting

15. Set March 2019 Commission Meeting Date

16. Receive Public Comments

17.  Adjournment

A live audio/video stream of this meeting will be available via Gotowebinar.com.  To attend this meeting via webinar visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5967997777414159875

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to rlebreton@wlf.la.gov at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date. 

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