Hunting

Opelousas LDWF Public Meeting on 2011-12 Hunting Season

Date: 
Tue, 03/15/2011

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will host a public meeting on the proposed 2011-12 Hunting Season dates and regulations on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. in the Yambilee Festival Building located at 1939 W. Landry, Opelousas, LA. 

Minden LDWF Public Meeting on 2011-12 Hunting Season

Date: 
Tue, 03/15/2011

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will host a public meeting on the proposed 2011-12 Hunting Season dates and regulations on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. in the LDWF Field Office located at 9961 Hwy. 80, Minden, LA.  

Alexandria LDWF Public Meeting on 2011-12 Hunting Season

Date: 
Wed, 03/09/2011

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will host a public meeting on the proposed 2011-12 Hunting Season dates and regulations on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 6 p.m. in the Alexandria Convention Hall located at 915 Third St., Alexandria, LA.  

Outlaw Quadrupeds (Armadillos, Coyotes, Feral Hogs)

Holders of a valid Louisiana hunting license may take coyotes, feral hogs where legal and armadillos year round during legal daylight shooting hours (see Nighttime Take of Nuisance Animals & Outlaw Quadrupeds). The running of coyotes with dogs is prohibited in all turkey hunting areas during the open turkey season. Coyote hunting is restricted to chase only when using dogs during still hunting segments of the firearm and archery only season for deer. Foxes are protected quadrupeds and may be taken only with traps by licensed trappers during the trapping season. Remainder of the year "chase only" allowed by licensed hunters

Nighttime Take of Nuisance Animals & Outlaw Quadrupeds

On private property, the landowner, or his lessee or agent with written permission and the landowner’s contact information in his possession, may take outlaw quadrupeds (coyotes, armadillos and feral hogs), nutria or beaver during the nighttime hours from one-half hour after official sunset on the last day of February to one-half hour after official sunset the last day of August of that same year. Beginning Aug. 15, 2011, the method of such taking shall be with any legal firearm and may be with or without the aid of artificial light, infrared or laser sighting devices, or night vision devices. Anyone taking part in these activities at night is required to notify the parish sheriff’s office 24 hours in advance of any such hunt.

Sound Suppressors – Legal Use for Take of Outlaw Quadrupeds at Night

Beginning Aug. 15, 2011, outlaw quadrupeds may be taken at night using sound suppressors on the firearm(s) utilized. Anyone using such a weapon must have in possession a valid permit issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The use of sound suppressed weapons is restricted to the take of outlaw quadrupeds, including armadillos, coyotes and feral hogs, from March through August on private property.

Breeding Waterfowl Habitat

Breeding Waterfowl Habitat

Louisiana duck hunters regularly harvest more ducks than any other state in the U.S. According to the most recent USFWS Waterfowl Harvest Report, Louisiana killed 1.85 million ducks during the 2009/2010 hunting season, more than any other state. Our hunters averaged over 23 ducks per hunt, which was second only to California where waterfowl hunters enjoy a 107-day duck season compared to only a 60-day season here in Louisiana. However, the overwhelming majority of those ducks harvested in Louisiana are produced somewhere else. Louisiana is a wintering state, arguably the most important wintering state in the U.S., but we rely on good habitat conditions on the breeding grounds in places like North and South Dakota in the U.S. and Saskatchewan and Manitoba in Canada, to produce those birds. Consequently, Louisiana waterfowl hunters and the LDWF feel a responsibility to support activities in those important breeding habitats.

That responsibility to participate in habitat conservation on the breeding grounds as well as here in Louisiana has manifested itself in state law providing for financial support for those conservation activities. Specifically, Revised Statute 56:104(A)(1)(b) states: An amount equal to ten percent of the fees collected from the sale of hunting licenses shall be dedicated by the commission to the development and preservation of breeding grounds for migratory waterfowl, the funds to be expended for such purposes through Ducks Unlimited, Inc. or under the direction of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at its discretion ... So Louisiana hunters support conservation activities on the breeding grounds as prescribed by law and directed by the LWF Commission.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries was the first state agency to provide funding for breeding grounds conservation outside of its boundaries starting in the early-1960’s. From the beginning until 2002, all funding was administered through Ducks Unlimited to support projects to create, restore, and enhance wetland and grassland habitat for breeding waterfowl in Canada. In 2002, one-third of the money was awarded to Delta Waterfowl Foundation to support predator-control research in North Dakota, and in 2008, Delta Waterfowl was awarded half of the available funding to support a wetland easement program called Adopt-A-Pothole in Manitoba and Alternative Land Use Services program across the Canadian Prairie Provinces. During that time, Ducks Unlimited has continued their established programs to secure wetland and grassland easements, convert grain-crops to grassland habitat, increase cultivation of winter wheat, and manage existing acreage under conservation agreement from decades of past work to maximize the value of that acreage for breeding ducks.

Each year, reports from the conservation work supported by LDWF hunting license revenue is required prior to payment, and allows LDWF staff, LWF Commission members, and Louisiana’s hunters to see what has been done with those funds. Below are the reports submitted by each organization for the past 2 contracts. The projects supported by contributions from state agencies across the U.S. have been extremely popular with nearly all states in the Central and Mississippi Flyway providing some level of support. In acknowledgement of the importance of the breeding grounds to the overall health of waterfowl populations, and thus our hunting success, we are looking forward to posting many more reports of this partnership between southern hunters and habitat conservation on the Canadian Prairies. 

December 2010 Survey

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Month/Year Surveys
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L.D.W.F. Seeking Leads In Illegal Black Bear Killings

Release Date: 12/10/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents are seeking leads for several illegal black bear killings that have taken place recently.

The killings have taken place from coastal bear habitat in St. Mary and Vermillion Parishes to Tensas Parish.  The bears have either been shot or trapped in hog snares by poachers.

Citizens are reminded that killing a Louisiana black bear is a violation of both state law and the federal Endangered Species Act.  Violators are subject to penalties of up to $50,000 and six months in jail.  In addition, a civil restitution fine of $10,000 per bear may be imposed on anyone convicted of killing a black bear in Louisiana.

Anyone with information regarding these illegal bear killings or any other wildlife crime should call the Louisiana Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511.  Cash rewards up to $5,000 are offered for information leading to the apprehension of individuals harming a black bear.  Callers will also remain anonymous.

"The department is working very hard to remove the Louisiana black bear from the Endangered Species List with the goal of maintaining a sustainable population that can support legal hunting. Illegal killing of Louisiana black bears may impede this effort and make this goal more difficult to attain," said Maria Davidson, Large Carnivore Program Manager for LDWF.

Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze of LDWF's Enforcement Division added that “The loss of these animals is regrettable and agents of the Enforcement Division will make every effort to locate the poachers responsible for these crimes.”

For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2988 or klacaze@wlf.la.gov. 

Two St. Charles Parish Residents Cited On Salvador WMA

Release Date: 12/07/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited two St. Charles Parish men for alleged hunting violations on Salvador Wildlife Management Area (WMA) on Dec 4.

Agents cited Jason Foster, 27, of Luling, and Brad Kubelka, 27, of Des Allemandes, for three counts of not abiding by commission rules and regulations on a WMA.

Agent Austin Arteaga and Sgt. Kris Bourgeois received a complaint about several subjects hunting from illegal stands and baiting for deer on the Salvador WMA. The agents located the stands along with the bait in a remote area on the WMA and set up surveillance on a subsequent date.

Agents observed the subjects on Dec. 4 hunting from the illegal stands, hunting over bait, hunting without the required hunters orange and applying more bait to the hunting area after their hunt.

Hunters are not allowed to bait, hunt over bait or construct a permanent tree stand on any WMA. Hunters may leave a portable deer stand on a WMA if the stand is removed from the tree and left in the non-hunting position properly tagged with the user’s name, address, phone number and big game hunting license number (or lifetime license number).

The penalty for each violation carries a fine up to $350, jail time up to 60 days, or both plus court costs.

For more information, contact Capt. Steve McManus at 504-284-2024 or smcmanus@wlf.la.gov.

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Ducks Unlimited Waterfowl Migration Map

First Issue of Louisiana Conservationist Online Magazine Available Now

Dear Louisiana Hunters and Anglers,

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is excited to announce that the first online issue of Louisiana Conservationist is available now. Each issue will contain the same great stories and photography that was the hallmark of our printed magazine — available at http://louisianaconservationist.org/ as Web pages that are viewable in any browser, or at http://louisianaconservationist.org/current in an electronic book format featuring a familiar magazine-style layout.

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