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TWO LOUISIANA MEN FOUND IN POSSESSION OF 65 TROUT

Release Date: 01/18/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division Strike Force agents cited two men for allegedly taking 65 spotted sea trout on Jan. 15 in Golden Meadow.

Strike Force agents cited Gerald Bourgeois, 56, of Galliano, and Danny Gaubert, 63, of Lockport, for taking over the legal daily limit of spotted sea trout. Louisiana law allows 25 trout per day per fisherman.

Agents setup surveillance and observed Bourgeois and Gaubert catching several trout from their boat and then transferring the fish to their truck. The subjects would then continue fishing.

After observing the subjects complete their fishing trip, the agents approached Bourgeois and Gaubert to conduct a license and creel compliance check. The two men were found to have taken 65 speckled trout ranging from 13 to 19 inches in length.

For taking over the daily limit of spotted sea trout, Bourgeois and Gaubert each face fines between $400 and $950, or up to 120 days in jail, or both plus a $25 per fish restitution charge for every fish over the limit.

Agents involved in the cases were Lt. Joseph Arnaud and Senior Agent Michael Williams.

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

State, Hornets Debut Louisiana Seafood Race at Monday’s Game

Release Date: 01/14/2011

Seafood Lovers Encouraged to Fan Up!

Hornets fans will be in for a special treat at the Monday, 2 p.m. match-up against the Toronto Raptors, as the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board and the Office of Community Development- Disaster Recovery Unit debut the first ever interactive Louisiana Seafood Race.  

“We are proud to partner with the Hornets to promote Louisiana’s seafood industry in this creative, family-friendly way,” said Assistant Secretary Randy Pausina.  “We encourage everyone to come out and watch the first ever Louisiana Seafood Race and don’t forget to stop by the Louisiana-only seafood concession stand located in the arena on the first concourse.”

What is sure to be a fan favorite, will vie “Louie” the shrimp, “Claude” the crab and “Acme” the oyster against one another to be crowned the winner of the Louisiana Seafood Race.  At a designated time during the remainder of the Hornets 2011 games, the race will ensue and the winning character will reward an entire group of fans with a free specialty item at Acme Oyster House.  

“The entire Hornets family is proud to support the Louisiana seafood industry,” said Hornets Sr. Vice President of Corporate Partnerships Tom Ward.  “Through our partnership with the OCD, LDWF and LSPMB, we are able to communicate to the local community and the rest of the country that Louisiana seafood is back open for business. The interactive race at the arena is a fun and engaging way to send the message that local seafood is safe and fresh while providing our fans with world-class entertainment at the Hive.”

“OCD-DRU is proud to support the local fishermen and shrimpers as they continue to recover from hurricanes Gustav and Ike,” said Stacy Bonnaffons, OCD-DRU chief of staff. “The partnership with LWDF and the Hornets is a fun and creative way to boost the local seafood economy.”

In November LDWF, LSPMB and OCD-DRU announced their $300,000, three-year recovery grant partnership with the Hornets to help promote Louisiana’s seafood with a Louisiana-only seafood concession stand and other community education and outreach opportunities.  The Hornets also committed to working with the state to promote Louisiana seafood with their fans and in cities across the country.  

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 Disaster Recovery Unit within the Office of Community Development is dedicated to helping Louisiana's citizens recover from hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike. As the state's central point for hurricane recovery, the OCD-DRU manages the most extensive rebuilding effort in American history, working closely with local, state and federal partners to ensure that Louisiana recovers safer and stronger than before.

For more information please contact Laura Deslatte at ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov or (225)610.2363.
 

Three Louisiana Men Found In Possession of 146 Speckled Trout

Release Date: 01/13/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents assigned to the Statewide Strike Force charged three men for allegedly taking 146 speckled trout on Jan. 12, in Golden Meadow in two separate cases.

Strike Force agents cited Lebron Shelby, 46, and Linkton Arnold Jr., 72, both of Raceland, and Michael Musco, 38, of Golden Meadow for taking over the legal daily limit of speckled sea trout. Louisiana law allows 25 speckled trout per day per fisherman.

Agents setup surveillance and observed Shelby and Arnold Jr. catching several trout from their boat and then transferring the fish to their truck. The subjects would then continue fishing. After observing the subjects complete their fishing trip, the agents approached Shelby and Arnold Jr. to conduct a license and creel compliance check. The two men were found to have taken 109 speckled trout ranging from 12 to 17 inches in length.

In a separate case in the same area, agents observed Musco taking 35 speckled trout.

For taking over the daily limit of spotted trout, Shelby and Arnold Jr. faces fines between $400 and $950, or up to 120 days in jail, or both plus a $25 per fish restitution charge for every fish over the limit. Musco faces a fine between $100 and $300, or up to 60 days in jail, or both plus a $25 per fish restitution charge for every fish over the limit.

Agents involved in the cases were Sgt. Todd Laviolette, Sgt. Ezekiel Talbert, Senior agent Michael Williams and Agent Ronnie Engelhard.

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

Three Louisiana Men Plead Guilty In Federal Court

Release Date: 01/13/2011

Three Louisiana men pled guilty on Jan. 6 in U.S. Magistrate Court in Alexandria for violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Judge James D. Kirk accepted the guilty pleas from Larry H. Floyd, 54, and Randy N. Mathews, 56, both of Pineville, along with Kent D. Bryant, 69, of Deville. Each man pled guilty to one count of violating the Lacey Act for their involvement with the illegal sale and transport of ducks that were taken, possessed, transported and sold in violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Mathews was sentenced to pay a fine of $5,000, serve five years of unsupervised probation and had his hunting privileges suspended for five years. Bryant was sentenced to pay a fine of $3,000, placed on unsupervised probation for three years and had his hunting privileges suspended for three years. Floyd was sentenced to pay a fine of $1,000, placed on unsupervised probation for one year and had his hunting privileges were suspended for one year.

The guilty pleas stem from a covert investigation, which was initiated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in 2007, of Mathews and his guide service. Further charges are pending as a result of the investigation.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents Lt. Eric Stokes and Sgt. Marcus Constance assisted USFWS special agents in the case. U.S. Assistant District Attorney Nicole Snyder prosecuted the case.

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

L.D.W.F. Agents Cite Night Hunters In Catahoula Parish

Release Date: 01/12/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited a man, a women and a juvenile for allegedly night hunting using a bow and arrow in Catahoula Parish on Jan. 7.

Agents cited Brett N. Faulk, 18, and Samantha E. Byrd, 19, both of Forest Hill and a juvenile for hunting during illegal hours or with artificial light, hunting from a moving vehicle and hunting from a levee road.

LDWF Sgt. James Parish observed a vehicle moving along the Diversion Canal Levee Road while shining a Q-beam style light out the driver side window. After stopping the truck, agents also noticed somebody riding in the bed of the truck holding a bow with an arrow in the shooting position. The subjects stated they were attempting to shoot a deer.

The penalty for hunting deer during illegal hours is a fine between $900 and $950, or 120 days in jail, or both plus court cost. Hunting from a moving vehicle carries a fine between $250 and $500, or up to 90 days in jail, or both plus court cost. The court will determine the hunting from a levee road fine.

Agents involved in the case were Sgt. James Parish and Senior Agent Troy Mayo.

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

Coastal Land Stewardship Authority Announces Agenda for January 13th Meeting

Release Date: 01/12/2011

The inaugural Coastal Land Stewardship Authority meeting will be held on Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 9:00 A.M. in the Louisiana Room at the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries located at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge, LA.

The following items will be discussed:

  1. Roll Call
  2. Overview
  3. Introduction of Board Members
  4. Election of Officers
  5. Other Business
  6. Public Comment
  7. Adjournment

For more information please contact Bob Love at (225) 765-2811 or blove@wlf.la.gov

L.D.W.F. Agents Cite Two Concordia Men For Night Hunting From A Boat

Release Date: 01/11/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents issued citations to two Monterey men for alleged night hunting violations in Concordia Parish on Dec. 28.

Agents cited Jimmy Maier Jr., 43, and Charles W. Wiley, 71, for taking deer during illegal hours, taking deer illegally from a boat while a deer was swimming and hunting from a moving vessel in Cocodrie Bayou. Maier was also cited for taking deer with an illegal firearm and failing to comply with deer tagging regulations.

Agents were at the residence of Maier and Wiley investigating commercial fishing activity when they discovered a freshly killed spike deer head. Agents questioned Maier who confessed that he and Wiley killed the deer at night from a boat with a .22 cal rifle.

Taking deer during illegal hours carries a fine up to $950, or jail up to 120 days, or both plus court cost. Taking deer illegally from a boat or while deer are swimming carries a fine up to $350, or jail time up to 60 days, or both plus court cost. Hunting from a moving vehicle carries a fine up to $500, or jail time up to 90 days, or both plus court cost. Taking deer with an illegal weapon carries a fine up to $350, or jail time up to 60 days, or both plus court cost. Failing to comply with deer tagging regulations carries a fine up to $350, or jail time up to 60 days, or both plus court cost.

Agents participating in the case were Senior Agent Trey Mason and Senior Agent Robbie Mayo. Concordia Parish Deputies Lt. Chris Groh and Deputy Jamie Lipscomb also assisted in the case.

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

Simmesport Man cited for Night Hunting in Concordia Parish

Release Date: 01/11/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents issued citations to a Simmesport man for alleged night hunting violations in Concordia Parish on Jan. 1, 2011.

Brian Joseph Kimble, 27, was cited for allegedly hunting or taking deer during illegal hours, hunting from a moving vehicle, hunting or taking deer from a public road and discharging a firearm from a public road along Louisiana Hwy. 15.

Senior Agent Trey Mason received a phone call from an anonymous complainant stating that somebody had just shot a deer on La. Hwy. 15 near Deer Park. The complainant was following the subject in his personal vehicle traveling south bound on La, Hwy. 15. Senior Agent Mason was in the area and caught up with both the complainant and the violator and stopped the subject on La. Hwy. 15 in Pointe Coupee Parish approximately 1 1/2 miles south of Concordia Parish.

Kimble admitted to shooting at a deer on La. Hwy. 15 in Concordia Parish approximately six miles south of Deer Park.  The next morning, Jan. 2, an 8-point buck was found dead at the location of the incident the night before. Agents seized the deer and later donated it to a local charity.

Hunting or taking deer during illegal hours carries a fine up to $950, or jail time up to 120 days, or both plus court cost. Hunting from a moving vehicle carries a fine up to $500, or jail time up to 90 days, or both plus court cost. Hunting or taking deer from a public road carries a fine up to $350, or jail time up to 60 days, or both plus court cost. Discharging a firearm from a public road carries a fine up to $350, or jail time up to 60 days, or both plus court cost.

Agents participating in the case were Senior Agent Trey Mason, Sgt. Cliff Ortis and Senior Agent T.J. Ashley.

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

Two Subjects Cited For Deer Hunting Violations In Red River Parish

Release Date: 01/11/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two men for alleged deer hunting violations on Jan. 1, 2011 in Red River Parish.

Agents cited Clifton Daniel Latour, 31, and Aaron Christopher Cannon, 26, both from Coushatta, for hunting deer during illegal hours with an artificial light, hunting deer from a public road and hunting from a moving vehicle. Agents also cited Latour for not possessing a driver's license.

Agents found the suspects driving on Springhill Church Road and using a spotlight to shine for deer from a moving vehicle. Agents stopped the vehicle and found a loaded Remington .243 rifle in the front seat.

Hunting deer during illegal hours with an artificial light brings a fine between $900 to $950, or jail time up to 120 days or both. Hunting deer from a public road carries a fine between $100 to $350, or jail time up to 60 days or both.  Hunting from a moving vehicle brings a fine between $250 to $500, or jail time up to 90 days or both. For driving without possession of a driver's license, Latour faces a $170 fine.

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

SIX MEN FOUND IN POSSESSION OF 94 RED DRUM

Release Date: 01/10/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents assigned to the Statewide Strike Force charged six men with possessing 94 red drum on Dec. 27, 2010 in Fourchon.

Strike Force agents cited Eric R. Wood, 23, of Ethel; John M. Calhoun III, 22, of Zachary; Anthony M. Guidry, 32, of Larose; Tad M. Gaspard, 40, of Lockport; John M. Calhoun Jr., 46, of Greenwell Springs; and Ted Joseph Gaspard, 50, of Lockport; for possessing more than 10 red drum each.

Agents received a complaint from a confidential informant in reference to several subjects angling from the bank near Flotation Canal located in Fourchon.

Agents arrived on scene to setup surveillance and observed the subjects catching several red drum and placing the fish in a boat that was in the bed of a truck. After observing the subjects for more than an hour, agents approached the subjects to conduct a license and creel compliance check.

The six men were found to be in possession of 94 red drum ranging from 16 inches to 25 inches in length. Louisiana law allows five red drum per day per fisherman and 10 fish for the possession limit per fisherman.

Wood was issued an additional citation for angling without a resident saltwater license. Calhoun III was issued additional citations for angling without resident basic and saltwater licenses.

The six men were also issued civil restitution citations for the value of the red drum.

If convicted of the over limit of red drum, the men face fines between $400 and $950, or jail time up to 120 days, or both plus court cost.

Agents involved in the case were Lt. Joseph Arnaud and Senior Agent Michael Williams, along with the assistance of Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Water Patrol Sgt. Jeff Prevost and Deputy Kent Matherne.

Agents seized and donated the 94 red drum to the Larose/Cutoff Youth Center.

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

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