Hunting

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. 

2015 Request for Proposal

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December 2010 Survey

Survey Type: 
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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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.

Hunting and Fishing Advisory Education Council Meeting

Date: 
Tue, 12/07/2010

 

Hunting and Fishing Advisory Education Council
Meeting Agenda
Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010 - 1:30 p.m.
Louisiana 4th Floor Conference Room
Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries Headquarters
2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, La.  70808

  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of Minutes of Sept. 21, 2010
  3. Welcome and Opening Comments
    Woody Crews, Chairman
  4. Organization Overview: LSU AgCenter
    Dr. Donald Reed
  5. Enforcement Division Report: Boating Safety Course Compliance
    Lt. Col. Jeff Mayne
  6. Office of Fisheries: Tilapia Control in Plaquemines Parish
    Dr. Tom Lorenz, University of New Orleans
  7. Whooping Crane Re-introduction Project
    Robert Love, Office of Wildlife, CNR Division
  8. 2010-11 Duck Season Update
    Larry Reynolds, Office of Wildlife, Wildlife Division
  9. Sector Separation
    Woody Crews, Chairman
  10. Set Next Meeting Date
  11. Receive Public Comments
  12. Adjournment

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

Hunting and Fishing Advisory Education Council Announce Dec. 7 Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 12/02/2010

Hunting and Fishing Advisory Education Council
Meeting Agenda
Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010 - 1:30 p.m.
Louisiana 4th Floor Conference Room
Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries Headquarters
2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, La.  70808

  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of Minutes of Sept. 21, 2010
  3. Welcome and Opening Comments
    Woody Crews, Chairman
  4. Organization Overview: LSU AgCenter
    Dr. Donald Reed
  5. Enforcement Division Report: Boating Safety Course Compliance
    Lt. Col. Jeff Mayne
  6. Office of Fisheries: Tilapia Control in Plaquemines Parish
    Dr. Tom Lorenz, University of New Orleans
  7. Whooping Crane Re-introduction Project
    Robert Love, Office of Wildlife, CNR Division
  8. 2010-11 Duck Season Update
    Larry Reynolds, Office of Wildlife, Wildlife Division
  9. Sector Separation
    Woody Crews, Chairman
  10. Set Next Meeting Date
  11. Receive Public Comments
  12. Adjournment

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

L.D.W.F. Advisory for Duck Hunters Encountering Ongoing Oil Spill Activities During 2010-11 Season

Release Date: 11/10/2010

In advance of the opening of the regular duck season this weekend, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is advising duck hunters to remain aware of ongoing activities in coastal areas affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

The 2010-11 duck season will run from Nov. 13 through Jan. 30 and hunters may encounter clean-up crews and Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) teams gathering samples for testing. Clean-up activities continue in the marshes, bays and on beaches of coastal southeast Louisiana. In addition, NRDA data collection activities involving aerial and boat surveys, fish trapping, and submerged aquatic vegetation sampling may be seen in some areas. Hunters are required to stay at least 65 feet from any existing clean-up operation or equipment and are asked to be tolerant and respectful of this important work.

The U.S. Coast Guard and oil spill response operations personnel have been briefed and will delay initiating work to reduce crowding at boat ramps and marsh disturbance during the popular early-morning hunting hours on opening weekend. Hunters are advised that for the duration of the season, clean-up crews will be easily recognized as clusters of workers wearing white Tyvek suits and their presence puts added emphasis on standard gun-safety procedures.

If a hunter harvests an oiled bird, it must be kept as part of the daily bag limit, but LDWF is advising hunters NOT to eat visibly oiled ducks. Hunters are asked to report any oiled bird harvested or any other oiled birds observed in the field to LDWF at (225) 278-8082. If a harvested bird is observed to be oiled, wrap the bird in aluminum foil or paper and deliver it to the nearest LDWF field office or active bag check station so the bird can be analyzed and become part of the oil spill damage assessment.

For more information please contact Larry Reynolds, LDWF Waterfowl Study Leader, at (225) 765-0456 or lreynolds@wlf.la.gov.

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Peason Ridge W.M.A. Closed for Hunting While the Fort Polk W.M.A. May Have Limited Areas Open for Hunting on Oct. 30-31

Release Date: 10/25/2010

Due to military training exercises, the Peason Ridge Wildlife Management Area (WMA) will be closed for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) scheduled Oct. 30-31 either sex hunt. The Fort Polk WMA may be open in limited areas for the Oct. 30-31 either sex hunt.

LDWF previously announced that all of Fort Polk WMA would be closed for this upcoming weekend hunt, but has now received word from the U.S. Army that training may not take up the entire WMA and there may be limited areas open to either sex hunting.

Hunters will have to check with local officials or check station maps immediately prior to the hunt to determine what, if any areas are open for either sex hunting on the Fort Polk WMA. Hunters can also check the following link for Fort Polk hunting information at http://www.jrtc-polk.army.mil/hunt2/hunt/default.htm .

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

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Fort Polk W.M.A. Closed To Hunting From Oct. 30-31

Release Date: 10/20/2010

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is announcing that the Fort Polk Wildlife Management Area (WMA) will be closed to hunting from Oct. 30-31 due to military training operations.

This closing means that the LDWF scheduled either sex deer hunt on Oct. 30-31 on the WMA is cancelled. The Fort Polk WMA is scheduled to be re-opened for the bucks only season beginning on Nov. 1.

Please check the LDWF Web site at www.wlf.louisiana.gov for any possible future hunting closings and openings.

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

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