Wildlife

Deer Hunting Season to Reopen in Portion of Northeast and Central Louisiana on Saturday Morning 30 Minutes Before Sunrise

Release Date: 01/08/2016

Jan. 8, 2016 – Deer hunting season in areas of northeast and central Louisiana near the Mississippi River will resume Saturday (Jan. 9) 30 minutes before sunrise.

The closure, enacted Jan. 3 because of flooding of the Mississippi River, covered land from the Arkansas state line, east to U.S. 65 to Vidalia, La., and west of the Louisiana-Mississippi border. However, land from the levee to the Mississippi River in this area will remain closed until further notice.
Parishes affected by the closure include East Carroll, Madison, Tensas and Concordia.
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us atwww.wlf.la.gov or www.FishLA.org. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

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.

World Champions Honored at Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting

Release Date: 10/02/2015

World Champions Honored at Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting

On Thursday, Oct. 1 the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries recognized Louisiana student archers who participated in the 2015 National Archers in the School Program (NASP) World Archery Tournament in Nashville, Tenn. in July.

This year’s NASP World Tournament proved to be the largest ever held with nearly 5,000 student archers competing from five countries including the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, South Africa, and Namibia.  Of those 5,000 students, 64 came from Louisiana and proudly represented not only their school but the entire state of Louisiana.

Benton Middle School, of Benton, La., were crowned as World Champions in the Middle School Division.   Benton Middle School also finished 3rd in the 2015 NASP National Tournament held in May in Kentucky.  Benton Elementary, who placed 4th at nationals this year and were last year’s World Champions, brought home their second World Championship becoming Louisiana’s first ever back-to-back World Champions.

Along with the world titles achieved by these teams, three individuals from Louisiana brought home World Championship titles as well.

Anna Robins of Benton Middle School finished 4th in the World in the middle school girls division.

Nathan Delill of Buckeye High School finished 3rd in the World in the middle school boys division.

Emma Bunch of Benton Elementary became Louisiana’s first-ever individual World Champion Archer placing 1st in the elementary school girls division.

In addition to being recognized at the LDWF commission meeting, these students received team and individual awards from the department recognizing their achievements.

The Archery in Louisiana Schools Program is a member of the National Archery in the Schools Program, which teaches international target archery to students in grades 4-12.  All students who attend school where the ALAS/NASP curriculum is taught become eligible to compete in State, National and World tournaments.   For more information regarding ALAS and how you can get a program started at your school contact the ALAS State Coordinator – Robert Stroede at rstroede@wlf.la.gov or (318)484-2276.

Temporary Road Closure on Pearl River Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 07/29/2015

(July 29, 2015) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is announcing a temporary road closure on Oil Well Road located on Pearl River Wildlife Management Area beginning today, Wednesday, July 29 for repair work. 
 
Vehicular traffic will resume once repairs are complete.
 
Pearl River WMA is located in southeastern St. Tammany Parish, approximately six miles east of Slidell and one mile east of Pearl River.  For more information about this WMA, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2789.
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources.  For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
 
For more information regarding this closure, contact Christian Winslow at (985) 543-4777 cwinslow@wlf.la.gov.
 
 
For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-8733.

Friends of the Whooping Cranes Volume 3 Issue 1

 
Dear Friend of the Whooping Cranes-
 
Please find the latest edition of our newsletter linked below.
 
We appreciate your continued interest and support. Happy New Year 2014 to all of you.

 

Shooting Range Safety Zones Established on LDWF Wildlife Management Areas

Release Date: 11/22/2013

Nov. 22, 2013 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Wildlife Division has established and enhanced safety zones surrounding shooting ranges on three Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs).

The affected WMAs include Bodcau, Pearl River and Sherburne WMAs. The Woodworth Shooting Range within Alexander State Forest WMA already had a designated safety zone established.

The Department wants to remind the public to consult with your local LDWF field office for hours of operation and rules on all WMA ranges and rules.  Information and maps for individual ranges as well as the associated safety zones may also be found at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/shooting-ranges.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Wildlife Management Area Program is charged with providing necessary habitats to manage and protect both game and non-game wildlife, as well as to provide quality outdoor recreation for the public.

For more information: visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov, at www.facebook.com/ldwffb; on Twitter @LDWF; or by contacting Steve Smith at ssmith@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2359; or Fred Kimmel at fkimmel@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2355.

Youth and the Outdoors: Recognition Programs

Youth Hunter Registry Program / Youth Hunters of the Year

The Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Deer Program are encouraging youth hunters 15 years of age or younger to participate in the Youth Hunter Registry. 

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

LOWA Youth Journalism Contest

The Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association holds an annual Youth Journalism Contest. 

Open to all youths, 18 and under, the contest is designed to stimulate an interest in outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, boating, camping, hiking, and most outdoor activities--and the ability to communicate this interest to the public.

This highly-popular contest attracts entrants from all over Louisiana and neighboring states, and is lauded by educators statewide as an effective youth literacy project.

The contest has three categories consisting of Senior Essay (14-18 YOA), Junior Essay (13 YOA and under), and Photography (18 YOA and under) and features cash prizes donated by the Louisiana Chapter of Safari Club International.

Awards are given in 1st through 4th place in each category, and the winning students will be recognized by LOWA at the annual conference banquet which is usually held yearly in August.  Additionally, the winning entries will be published on the LOWA and LDWF websites, as well as in publications and on websites across the state.

Entries accepted from the beginning of each fall hunting season through May.

For more information, visit www.laoutdoorwriters.com or www.2theadvocate.com/sports/outdoors

 

Food Plot Workshop Set for Aug. 24 in Abbeville

Release Date: 08/14/2013

 
Aug. 14, 2013 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, National Wild Turkey Federation, LSU Ag Center, Natural Resource Conservation Service and Tractor Supply Company will present a Food Plot Workshop on Saturday, Aug. 24 in Abbeville, La.
 
The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Tractor Supply Company store located at 3410 Veterans Memorial Drive in Abbeville.  This event is free and open to the public, and lunch will be provided by Future Farmers of America.
 
A panel discussion will begin at 10 a.m. with topics including planting recommendations, benefits of wildlife food plots, land management programs available to the public and more.
The event will also offer information stations, vendor booths, a food plot demonstration area, and activities for kids.  Vendors will include Plot Spike, Wild Game, Record Rack and others.
  
For more information, contact LDWF Private Lands biologist Kori Legleu in the Lake Charles field office at 337-491-2575 or klegleu@wlf.la.gov .
 
 
 

Reward Increases to $15,000 for Shooting Death of Whooping Crane

Release Date: 06/27/2013

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) officials are still looking for leads regarding a whooping crane that was found shot to death in Red River Parish in April.

The Humane Society of the United States and the The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering $5,000, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation is offering $3,800, LDWF’s Operation Game Thief Program is offering $1,000, the USFWS is offering $1,000, the Whooping Crane Conservation Association is offering $1,000, John Perilloux is offering $1,000, anonymous donors are offering $1,250, the International Crane Foundation, through the restitution money from the South Dakota whooping crane shooting case, is offering $500, the Audubon Nature Institute is offering $250, and the Louisiana Ornithological Society is offering $200.

This brings the total in rewards to $15,000 for anybody that has any information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

LDWF Whooping Crane Biologist Sara Zimorski said, “We have a lot of people and organizations that are very serious about making sure the person that shot this crane is punished for his or her actions.  By increasing the reward amount, we are very hopeful that it will also increase the incentive for anybody with information regarding the shooting of this whooping crane to come forward.”

If any group or person wants to donate funds to increase the reward amount, please contact LDWF Biologist Sara Zimorski at szimorski@wlf.la.gov or 337-536-9400 ext. 4.

To report any information regarding this whooping crane shooting, please call 1-800-442-2511.

The whooping crane was found and recovered from the bank of the Red River about two miles northwest of Loggy Bayou on April 16.  After a necropsy of the crane, it was determined that the bird was shot with a 6.5mm/.264 caliber projectile.

Investigators believe the bird was shot between April 10 and 14.  The whooping crane was a part of LDWF's whooping crane reintroduction program and was fitted with a GPS tracking device.  The last tracking point of the crane moving was on April 10 near where she was eventually found dead on April 16.  The last tracking point received was on April 14 at the location she was found.

This whooping crane was released in Louisiana on March 14, 2011.

LDWF has released 40 whooping cranes since 2011 and currently have 25 whooping cranes they are tracking.  This is the third whooping crane that has been found shot with the previous two having been shot in Jefferson Davis Parish in October of 2011.

The reintroduced whooping cranes came from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, MD, and they were placed in the coastal marsh of Vermilion Parish within LDWF’s White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA).  This reintroduced population marked the first presence of whooping cranes in the wild in Louisiana since 1950.

LDWF is working cooperatively with the USFWS, USGS, and the Louisiana Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit to bring the species back to the state.  This non-migratory flock of whooping cranes is designated as a non-essential, experimental population but is still protected under state law, the Endangered Species Act, and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

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

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