Hunting

Woodworth Environmental Education Center

Intro: 
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Woodworth Environmental Education Center
Woodworth Environmental Education Center

The Woodworth Environmental Education Center is located on the Alexander State Forest Wildlife Management Area in central Louisiana. This location also contains the Woodworth Shooting Range.  The Woodworth Env. Ed. Center is available for use by any group conducting environmental education programs.  Availability is on a first come, first serve basis, and all use must be scheduled in advance. 
The accomodations at the Woodworth Env. Ed. Center include a classroom, kitchen, dining room, sitting room, 40 person bunkhouse, bathrooms (including showers), as well as an outdoor pavilion w/ barbecue pit.  The facility is used extensively year round and reservations should be made well in advance.
For more information or to schedule a visit contact:
Phone: (318)484-2276
Email: rstroede@wlf.la.gov
Address:
661 Robinson Bridge Road
Woodworth, LA 71485

L.D.W.F. Makes Available Revised Wildlife and Fish Values for Public Comment

Release Date: 04/28/2011

April 28, 2011 - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) adopted a notice of intent this month to approve changes to the values assigned to fish and wildlife in Louisiana, and to modify the list of threatened and endangered species.  The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) recommended the revised values, which are used to determine fines for individuals who illegally take fish and wildlife.

The list of threatened and endangered species will be amended to match the current federal listing of threatened or endangered species that are in Louisiana.  Key changes were the removal of the brown pelican and the bald eagle, and the addition of the red wolf.

To view the full notice of intent, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items. Public comment will be accepted at the LWFC monthly meetings on May 5 and June 2. Comments will also be accepted by mail to LDWF headquarters in Baton Rouge through June 2, 2010. Mailed comments should be directed to:

David Lavergne
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
P.O. Box 98000
Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000

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.

For more information, contact Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov. 

L.D.W.F. Presents Proposed Alligator Regulation Changes to Commission

Release Date: 04/13/2011

April 13, 2011 - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) adopted a notice of intent April 7 for regulation changes in the Alligator Management Program. The changes, proposed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), provide options relative to alligator skin processing and would allow non-residents owning wetland habitat in Louisiana to obtain harvest tags.

The proposed change for alligator skins, prior to export out of state or prior to tanning in state, would allow for the sale of raw flanks or bellies of alligators and could be helpful when attempting to sell poor quality raw skins.

Concerning issuance of tags to non-residents, current regulations restrict landowners to assisting a resident, licensed alligator trapper during the season. This change would allow for non-residents, who own alligator habitat in Louisiana, to obtain their own tags.

Several other proposed changes/clarifications include: changing application deadlines for tags, addressing disposal of alligator skins deemed of no value, and stipulating that  alligators shall not be cut loose from hooks and lines for any purpose.

To view the full notice of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulations changes for the upcoming hunting season, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.

Public comment will be accepted at the LWFC May 5 meeting or can be submitted to Robert Love, LDWF Coastal and Nongame Resources Division, P. O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA  70898-9000, through June 1, 2011.

For more information, contact Noel Kinler at 337-373-0032 or nkinler@wlf.la.gov.

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.

Louisiana Youth Can Register Now for 2010 Hunter of the Year Awards

Release Date: 04/11/2011

April 11, 2011 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) are encouraging hunters 15 years of age or younger to enter the 2010 Youth Hunter of the Year competition. 

The contest requires youth hunters to submit a story about their hunting experience along with photographs of the hunt.  LDWF and LOWA will then select a male and female youth hunter of the year based upon the stories and photos that are received. 

Visit the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/youth-hunter-registry-program for information on the Youth Hunter Registry Program and the 2010 Youth Hunter of the Year Contest.

Youth hunters who participated in any hunting activity during the 2010-11 hunting season are encouraged to participate.  This is not a big buck or turkey contest. The program is about youths enjoying a hunting experience, with or without success, and keeping the hunting tradition alive in Louisiana. The deadline to enter the 2010 Youth Hunter of the Year Contest is June 30, 2011.

The two winners will be recognized at the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Conference this summer.  Winners will receive a plaque in recognition of their achievement and a gift certificate from Bowie Outfitters in Baton Rouge.

Additionally, all participants who register their 2010-11 hunting experiences with the Youth Hunter Registry Program will be eligible to win a gift certificate from Bowie Outfitters (winner to be selected by a random drawing).

For more information, contact Scott Durham at 225-765-2351 or sdurham@wlf.la.gov or David Moreland at 225-978-6552 or helfinroots@hotmail.com.

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.

Volunteer Hunter Education Instructors

Joing the Team That Makes a Difference!

Why Are Volunteers Important? 
Volunteer Instructors Make it Happen! 
Volunteer instructors are the backbone of LDWF?s hunter education program. Volunteers are connected to their communities and through their efforts more students can be reached. Volunteers as a group possess a vast wealth of information which has proven to be invaluable in passing on the knowledge and skills of the outdoors. Through the countless hours of teaching time they donate, thousands of students are taught the lessons of responsibility, conservation, firearms safety and safety in the outdoors. Each year 18,000 students graduate from hunter education courses taught statewide.  Become a part of the team that makes a difference!

What Courses Are Taught in our Hunter Education Program? 
Hunter Education, Bowhunter Education, Muzzleloading Education as well as providing instructions that teach other important hunting related outdoor skills.

What Do We Look For In a Volunteer Instructor?

  • A professional demeanor
  • Courteous and respectful
  • Good communicator
  • People oriented
  • Dedicated and motivated
  • Someone who believes in the importance of education

Requirements for Becoming a Hunter Education Instructor

  • Be of reputable character
  • Attend a 12 hour instructor training course
  • Complete livefire exercises
  • Pass a written exam
  • Undergo a criminal background check
  • Teach or assist in teaching one course every 24 months.

Find an Instructor Course
Follow the attached link for course information. For more information contact Fred Kimmel at fkimmel@wlf.la.gov   
INSTRUCTOR COURSES

What Other Ways Can I Serve as a Volunteer? 
Serving as a mentor to pass on the tradition of hunting is a noble undertaking. The LDWF sponsors hunts that target opportunities for youth and is looking for volunteers to help pass on the responsibility, knowledge and skills needed to make a hunter or an angler. In addition volunteers are used for:

and related programs that introduce people to outdoor recreational sports.

Benefits of Being a Volunteer Instructor
Incentives are offered to those who donate their time as volunteer hunter education instructors. The greatest reward though, of serving as a volunteer instructor is the self satisfaction of knowing you are helping to preserve the future of hunting by passing on a time honored tradition. For more information on instructor incentives follow the link for instructor resources.

 

Big Game Records - Annual Recognition List 2010-11

 






All of these deer have been officially scored by state measurers.    
Hunter Score Category Weapon Date Parish
           
Kenneth Bordelon 209 3/8 non-typical gun 1/3/11 Avoyelles
Kevin Breaux 176 5/8 typical gun 1/14/11 St. Mary
Kevin Kron 175    non-typical gun 12/11/10 St. Helena
John Preaus 172 7/8 typical gun 11/27/65 Union
Cory Coreil 166    non-typical gun 11/26/10 West Feliciana
Jude Newton 165 2/8 non-typical gun 12/24/10 Avoyelles
Anthony Plattsmier 163 6/8 typical gun 3/11/11 St. Landry
Roy L. Cole 162    typical gun 11/8/10 Webster
Wiley Averett 156 4/8 typical gun 1/1/11 Concordia (RRWMA)
Steven Smith 154 7/8 typical gun 12/27/10 West Feliciana
Richie Schaefer 153 7/8 typical gun 12/23/10 St Tammany
Mitchell Ritchie 151 3/8 typical gun 10/7/10 West Carrol
Tommy Calandro 148    typical gun 11/27/10 EBR
Lance Gautreaux 145 5/8 typical gun 12/19/10 St. Landry
Tony Morehead 145 3/8 typical gun 12/30/10 Webster
Chris Lebleu 143 7/8 typical gun 1/6/11 St. Landry (Thistlethwaite WMA)
Mike Lovelace 143 5/8 typical gun 12/18/10 Avoyelles
Found dead (C. Hymel) 143 4/8 typical found dead 11/1/10 Concordia (Red River WMA)
Eugene Brady 143 2/8 typical gun 12/21/10 St. John
Michael Nicolosi 142 4/8 typical bow 10/19/10 East Feliciana
Kris Melancon 141 2/8 typical gun 11/19/10 Concordia
Greg Gravois 140 2/8 typical bow 10/29/10 St. Mary (ADWMA)
Calvin Ardoin 139 7/8 typical gun 1/8/11 Concordia
Victor Bares 139 6/8 typical gun 12/13/10 Tensas
Bubba Jumonville 137 2/8 typical gun 1/2011 Pointe Coupee
Andrew LaFleur 136 4/8 typical gun 11/1/09 Beauregard
Leonard Tassin 136    typical gun 1/1/11 Avoyelles (Spring Bayou WMA)
Elizabeth Aldridge 134 7/8 typical gun 12/23/10 East Feliciana
Allen Gaspard 133 6/8 typical gun 11/5/10 Avoyelles (Spring Bayou WMA)
Rob Schexnayder 133 2/8 typical gun 1/7/11 Avoyelles (Spring Bayou WMA)
Maurice D'Aquin 133    typical gun 2010 Washington
Eric Brabham 132 1/8 typical bow 12/25/10 Tensas
Brandon Fontenot 131 2/8 typical gun 12/31/10 St. Landry (Thistlethwaite WMA)
Rick Hunt 130 7/8 typical gun 12/16/10 Washington
E.J Loupe 130 1/8 typical gun 1960s Pointe Coupee
H. C. Lewis 127 6/8 typical bow 10/5/10 Tensas
Eric Searcy 124 5/8 typical cross bow 10/29/10 West Raton Rouge
Craig Leader 123 6/8 typical primitive 1/11/11 Concordia (RRWMA)
Brian Williamson 123    typical bow 1/6/11 Avoyelles
Jeff Dupont 121 4/8 typical bow 12/27/10 Avoyelles (Pomme de Terre WMA)
Troy LaBorde 121    typical bow 11/12/10 West Feliciana
Al Dugas 120 3/8 typical bow 1/13/11 Avoyelles
Raymond Myrick 118 5/8 typical primitive 1/5/11 Tensas
Richard Dugas 116 5/8 typical bow 2011 Avoyelles
Ronnie Swayze 115    typical bow 12/14/10 Tensas
Curtis Hymel 114 6/8 typical bow 12/26/10 Concordia (Bayou Cocodrie NWR)
David Saale 114 3/8 typical cross bow 12/20/10 West Feliciana
Allen Gaspard 110 5/8 typical bow 11/5/10 Avoyelles (Spring Bayou WMA)
         
           
         

 

L.D.W.F. Opens New Air Gun Range at Waddill Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge

Release Date: 03/04/2011

The new Waddill Outdoor Education Center air gun range provides 12 shooting stations under a covered firing line.
Targets at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center air gun range are staged at 10 and 20-meters distances.
LDWF Secretary Robert Barham and NWTF Regional Biologist Luke Lewis at Waddill O.E.C. air gun range ribbon cutting

March 4, 2011 – The public now has access to a new air gun shooting range at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) Waddill Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge. Ribbon cutting ceremonies were held Feb. 25 at the site.

“This project is a wonderful example of a cooperative partnership involving the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Louisiana Chapter and the department,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham. “This is where the education process begins for young hunters or those who want to become competitive shooters.”

Range construction was funded by a $5,000 donation from NWTF’s La. Chapter that was matched with LDWF Hunter Education funds. The site provides 12 shooting stations with a covered firing line that is handicap-user accessible. The range, which can be used for air rifle, air pistol and BB gun target shooting, offers 12 targets at 10 meters and four targets at 20 meters, and was designed for use in official competitions.

This new air gun range adds to the outdoor activities available at Waddill that include fishing ponds, an archery range, field archery trail, walking trails and picnicking areas. The on site education center is also used for hunter education classes.

Those attending the Feb. 25 gun range ribbon cutting were also able to view a new footbridge providing easier access to the archery range. A senior project completed by Baton Rouge Magnet High School student John Parham Murrill, the bridge fulfills the student’s goal of giving back to the community.

The Waddill Outdoor Education Center is located at 4142 North Flannery Road and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Access to the site, including the new shooting range, is free of charge.

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.

For more information on the programs and facilities available at Waddill, contact Wayne Huston at 225-274-8192 whuston@wlf.la.gov.

For video of the new air rifle range dedication ceremony, please visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBolzuavH_8

or click the following link:

L.W.F.C. Adopts Amendment to Proposed 2011-12 Hunting Season Rules

Release Date: 03/03/2011

March 3, 2011 - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) adopted an amendment to the notice of intent for the 2011-12 Hunting Seasons Rules and Regulations at their March 3 meeting.

The amendment would increase the special youth deer hunt on private lands for the 2011-12 season from two to seven days. In addition, it would amend the regulation that restricts youth hunters to use shotguns loaded with a slugs only during the primitive firearm season and allow youth hunters to use any legal weapon during the primitive firearm season. The specific amendment is as follows:

Special Youth Deer Season on Private Land
Either sex. Youths 17 years of age or younger may hunt deer with any legal weapon during the Primitive Firearms Season in each deer hunting area.

Either sex. Areas 1, 4, 5, 6: Oct. 29 - Nov. 4, 2011 and Oct. 27 - Nov. 2, 2012; Area 2: Oct. 8 - 14, 2011 and Oct. 13 - 19, 2012; Areas 3, 7, 8: Sept. 24 - 30, 2011 and Sept. 29 - Oct. 5, 2012.
To view the original notices of intent and amendments for proposed hunting season dates for the upcoming hunting season, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.

Public comment can be submitted to Randy Myers, Wildlife Division, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, until May 5.

The public meeting schedule for the proposed 2011-12 hunting season is as follows:

  • March 9 at 6 p.m., Alexandria Convention Hall located at 915 Third St.
  • March 15 at 6:30 p.m., LDWF Office in Minden located at 9961 Hwy. 80.
  • March 15 at 6:30 p.m., Yambilee Festival Bldg., 1939 W. Landry, Opelousas 
  • March 16 at 6 p.m., Ponchatoula High School Cafeteria, 19452 Hwy. 22. 
  • March 17 at 6 p.m., Bastrop Visitor Center, 124 N. Washington St.
  • March 22 at 6:30 p.m., LSU Ag Center, 7101 Gulf Hwy., Lake Charles.

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.

For more information, contact Randy Myers at 225-765-2359 or rmyers@wlf.la.gov.

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