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Two Louisiana Men Cited for Oyster Violations

Release Date: 12/18/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited two subjects for alleged oyster violations in Terrebonne Parish on Dec. 17, 2015.

While on patrol in Bay Mc Mancleuse in Terrebonne Parish agents found a vessel dredging oysters from a private lease without the lease owner's permission.

Agents cited Chance Lovell, 37, of Theriot, and Russell Callahan, 28, of Dulac for unlawfully taking oysters from a private lease, failure to have written permission, sanitation codebook violation, no commercial fisherman license and no oyster harvester license.

Agents seized the boats and dredges on a departmental seizure form and returned 25 sacks of oysters to the water.

Unlawfully taking oysters from a private lease brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Failure to have written permission and without an oyster harvester license each carries a $400 to $900 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Failing to have a commercial fishing license brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Violation of the sanitary log book regulations brings a $25 fine and up to 10 days in jail.

Any person convicted of these violations may for one year after the date of such conviction only harvest oysters from a vessel that employs a vessel monitoring system. Access to the monitoring system shall be granted to LDWF.

Agents participating in the case are Senior Agents Norman Deroche and Thomas Wolf.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

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Agents Cite Two Men for Two Separate Night Hunting Cases

Release Date: 12/15/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two Morgan City men for alleged night hunting violations on Dec. 13 in Assumption Parish.

Agents cited John Maynard, 18, and Dylan Giroir, 22, for two counts each of hunting deer during illegal hours with artificial light, hunting from a public roadway and spotlighting from a public roadway.

Around 11 p.m. on Dec. 12 agents observed two men on Hwy. 1011 near the intersection of Hwy. 400 spotlighting deer and firing four shots at a deer from the roadway.

Agents made contact with Giroir and Maynard and cited them for hunting deer during illegal hours, hunting deer from a public roadway and spotlighting from a public roadway.  Agents seized a .22 caliber rifle, 9 mm pistol and 12-gauge shotgun.

On the morning of Dec. 13, agents received a complaint in Assumption Parish about a deceased deer that was found shot about 80 yards from a nearby camp on Hwy. 400.  The complainant said he heard three shots the previous night about 7 p.m. from the nearby camp, which is located about four miles from the previous night’s case.

Agents arrived at the suspected camp and observed the same vehicle that was used in the night hunting case they made the night before.  Agents knocked on the door of the camp and Maynard and Giroir opened.

Maynard and Giroir admitted to shooting the deer at approximately 7 p.m.  The subjects also admitted to shooting the deer with the same .22 caliber rifle that was used to shoot the deer at 11 p.m.

Agents cited the men with another count of hunting deer during illegal hours, hunting from a public roadway and spotlighting from a public roadway.
Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Winston Michel, Senior Agent Joey Thompson and Agent William Carpenter.

Hunting deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to six months in jail.  Hunting from a public roadway carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Punishment for spotlighting from a public roadway is set by the parishes.  The men could also face civil restitution for the illegally taken deer totaling $1,624.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

2016 Turkey Season Lottery Hunt Applications Available

Release Date: 12/15/2015

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for the 2016 turkey season lottery hunts on state wildlife management areas.  The deadline for application submission is Friday, Feb. 5, 2016.

Regular turkey lottery hunts will be held on 10 state wildlife management areas (WMAs) this spring.  Youth lottery hunts will be held on 14 WMAs.
The application forms for these WMA hunts for adult and youth hunters are now available on the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts . The forms list all lottery hunt dates and locations.

The 2016 wild turkey season will open March 26 on private lands in three designated areas with varying end of season dates as follows: Area A, March 26 - April 24; Area B, March 26 - April 17; and Area C, March 26 - April 10. For a map with all areas color-coded, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/turkey.

The statewide youth and physically challenged hunter weekend for private lands will be March 19-20. To access additional information on turkey season, review the 2015-16 Louisiana Hunting Regulations booklet at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/regulations .

For more information, contact Cody Cedotal at ccedotal@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2361.

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/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

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