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LDWF Reopens Oil Well Road at Pearl River WMA, Swamp Walk at Joyce WMA

Release Date: 08/24/2016

Aug. 24, 2016 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has reopened the south end of Oil Well Road at Pearl River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and the Swamp Walk at Joyce WMA. However, Boyce Tower Road on Maurepas Swamp WMA remains closed.
 
Recent flooding forced the closures. Once the flooding recedes at Maurepas Swamp WMA, LDWF will inspect and repair any damage and reopen the closed areas.
 
Maurepas Swamp WMA, which consists of 122,098 acres, is located approximately 25 miles west of New Orleans and along the south shore of Lake Maurepas west to near Sorrento. The WMA includes property in Ascension, Livingston, St. John the Baptist, St. James and Tangipahoa parishes. For more information on the WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2791.
 
Joyce WMA, which consists of 27,487 acres, is located in southern Tangipahoa Parish about five miles south of Hammond in the Pontchartrain Basin.  For more information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2774.
 
Pearl River WMA, which consists of 35,032 acres, is located in St. Tammany Parish, five miles east of Slidell.  For more information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2789.
 
For more information on these WMAs, contact Forest Burks at fburks@wlf.la.gov or 985-543-4781.

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LDWF Accepting Applications for 2016 White Lake WCA Youth Waterfowl Hunts

Release Date: 08/24/2016

Aug. 24, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for the 2016 youth waterfowl lottery hunts on White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) in Vermilion Parish.
 
There is no charge for the LDWF-sponsored hunts Nov. 5-6, provided as a quality experience for young waterfowl hunters. The participants in the hunts will be determined by a lottery drawing.
 
Applications for the lottery should be submitted to LDWF before close of business on Sept. 20, 2016. One applicant will be selected based on the Office of Wildlife’s seven field office geographic coverage areas, plus one participant selected from the state at large.
 
To be eligible, applicants must be between 10-15 years of age on the date of the hunt they select. In addition, all applicants must have a certificate showing they have satisfactorily completed an LDWF approved hunter education course.
 
Selected hunters must be accompanied in the blind by a parent or guardian, although the youth will be the only one permitted to possess a firearm.
 
Applications may be obtained by contacting any of LDWF's field offices or by visiting the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/lottery-applications . Completed applications may be delivered in person to Room 418 of the LDWF headquarter building at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge, or sent by mail to:
 
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Attention: White Lake Youth Waterfowl Hunt
2000 Quail Drive, Room 418
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
 
For more information on White Lake WCA youth waterfowl hunts, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400, ext. 1 or wsweeney@wlf.la.gov .

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LDWF Accepting Applications for White Lake WCA 2016-17 Marsh and Rice Field Waterfowl Lottery Hunts

Release Date: 08/24/2016

Aug. 24, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for 2016-17 marsh and rice field waterfowl lottery hunts on White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) in Vermilion Parish.
 
Marsh hunts are available on:
 
Nov. 16, 20, 22, 26 and 27;
 
Dec. 22, 27 and 29;
 
Jan. 10, 12, and 17.
 
Rice field hunts are available on:
 
Nov. 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 23, 26, 27 and 29;
 
Dec. 1, 3, 4, 17, 18, 20, 21, 28 and 30;
 
Jan.  3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 14, 15, 18, 21 and 22.
 
Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and applications for both hunts must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 22, 2016.
 
Applications may be obtained by contacting any of LDWF's field offices or by visiting the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/lottery-applications .  Completed applications may be delivered in person to the LDWF headquarters building at 2000 Quail Drive, Room 418, Baton Rouge, La., 70808 or by mail to the same address. Please note on envelope: Attention: White Lake Marsh (or Rice Field) Lottery Hunt, whichever is applicable.
 
Each application must include a non-refundable $5 administrative fee. The $5 fee must be paid by a check or money order payable to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Successful applicants will be notified by mail.
 
Selected applicants will be allowed two guests for the rice field hunts and one guest for the marsh hunts. An additional payment of $225 will be required for the rice field hunts and $350 for the marsh hunts.
 
For more information on White Lake WCA marsh and rice field waterfowl lottery hunts, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400, ext. 1, or wsweeney@wlf.la.gov .

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LDWF Reschedules Cervid Importation Ban Public Hearings in Mandeville, Lafayette

Release Date: 08/23/2016

Aug. 23, 2016 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has rescheduled public hearings in Mandeville and Lafayette to discuss a proposed cervid carcass importation ban. The Mandeville meeting will be held Aug. 29 and the Lafayette public hearing Aug. 30.
 
The ban was proposed to assist in preventing the introduction of chronic wasting disease (CWD) into Louisiana’s white-tailed deer population.
 
Here is the complete meeting schedule:
 
Aug. 24 at LDWF Minden Field Office, 9961 Hwy. 80, Minden, 6:30 p.m.,
 
Aug. 25 at Woodworth Outdoor Education Center, 661 Robinson Bridge Road, Woodworth, 6:30 p.m.,
 
Aug. 29 at St. Tammany Parish Council Chambers, 21490 Koop Dr., Mandeville, 7 p.m.,
 
Aug. 30 at USGS National Wetlands Research Center, 700 Cajundome Blvd., Lafayette, 6:30 p.m.
 
An importation ban on carcasses of cervids harvested out-of-state was proposed by LDWF during the July LWFC meeting and is in the public comment period. The ban defines a cervid as animals of the family Cervidae, including but not limited to white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, moose, caribou, fallow deer, axis deer, sika deer, red deer and reindeer. 
 
The proposed ban would prohibit the importation of cervid carcasses except for deboned meat, antlers, clean skull plates with antlers, cleaned skulls without tissue attached, capes, tanned hides, finished taxidermy mounts and cleaned cervid teeth.
 
This proposed ban is strictly for the purpose of reducing the likelihood that CWD will enter Louisiana through carcass importation. Approved parts and deboned meat from other states must contain a possession tag with the hunter’s name, out-of-state license number (if required), address, species, date and location (county and state) of harvest.  Each state has different possession requirements for game once processed.
To view the full notice of intent, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.
 
Public comment can be submitted in writing by mail to: Johnathan Bordelon, LDWF Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to jbordelon@wlf.la.gov until 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 26, 2016.
 
For more information, contact Bordelon at 225-765-2344.
 

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Catahoula Lake Diversion Canal Boat Launch on Dewey W. Wills WMA Closed

Release Date: 08/23/2016

Aug. 23, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has closed the boat launch located on the Catahoula Lake Diversion Canal at Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area (WMA) until further notice.
 
The launch has experienced permanent damage due to severe erosion and is unsafe for use.
 
LDWF has begun repair work on the structure and will announce when it is ready.
 
Dewey W. Wills WMA, which consists of 63,901 acres, is located in Catahoula, LaSalle, and Rapides Parishes, 20 miles northeast of Alexandria.  For more information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2753.
 
For more information, contact Cliff Dailey at 318-487-5885 or adailey@wlf.la.gov.

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Waddill Wildlife Refuge And Outdoor Education Center Closed Indefinitely Because of Flooding

Release Date: 08/23/2016

Aug. 23, 2016 – The Waddill Wildlife Refuge and Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge has been temporarily closed to the public because of significant flooding that damaged the facility and grounds. Waddill, owned and operated by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), was inundated by the Comite River during the recent historic flood event.
 
All previously scheduled events and classes have been cancelled until further notice.
 
LDWF has begun repairing the facility and will announce when it will be reopened.
 
Waddill is located on 237 acres of hardwood bottomland that borders the Comite River. It provides teachers of all grade levels an opportunity for their students to explore and experience the natural world. Features and facilities available at Waddill include a classroom, two fishing ponds with fishing piers, picnic pavilion, trails, archery range, restrooms, and a sand bar on the river. Most of the facilities are accessible for the physically challenged.
 
For more information, contact Eric Shanks at 337-491-2575 or eshanks@wlf.la.gov.

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Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge Temporarily Restricted Beginning Sept. 7

Release Date: 08/23/2016

Aug. 23, 2016 -- Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge will begin its annual nuisance alligator harvest Sept. 7, 2016. During the harvest period, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will close the refuge to the public each day until 10 a.m.
 
After 10 a.m., the public will be allowed to enter the refuge and utilize recreational areas until official sunset each day.
 
The delayed openings will be in effect for seven days or until all alligator trappers have utilized their tags for this controlled harvest.
 
The refuge, spanning 26 miles of coastal Louisiana in Cameron and Vermilion parishes, provides recreational fishing opportunities for shrimp, redfish, speckled trout, black drum, largemouth bass and other species.
 
Rockefeller is one of the most biologically diverse wildlife areas in the nation and attracts over 100,000 visitors annually. Located at the terminus of the vast Mississippi Flyway, south Louisiana winters about four million waterfowl annually. The refuge provides high quality wetlands habitat for ducks, geese, shorebirds and wading birds.
 
For more information on Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge, visit the LDWF website at www.wlf.la.gov or contact Gabe Giffin at 337-491-2000.

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LDWF Schedules Drawdown on Indian Creek Lake

Release Date: 08/23/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Rapides Parish Police Jury have scheduled a drawdown on Indian Creek Lake in Rapides Parish for hydrilla control, organic reduction and fish habitat improvement. 

The lake should dewater at a rate of 2 to 4 inches per day once the water control structure opens on September 6, 2016.  Initially the lake will be lowered to 6 feet below pool stage to allow for a vegetation survey.  If necessary, the lake will be lowered an additional 2 feet to  a maximum of 8 feet below normal pool stage .  The Indian Creek lake control gates are scheduled for closure on December 15, 2016 to allow the lake to refill for winter and early spring recreational activities.

 During the drawdown, approximately 1,500 - 1,600 acres of water will remain in the lake..  Boaters may still access the main waterbody from the ramp on Indian Creek Recreational Area.  Boaters are advised to use caution during the low water period as normal clearance of underwater obstructions will be reduced. 

This action is a necessary component of LDWF’s integrated management plan to control overabundant aquatic vegetation growth and to improve access for recreational activities.  An annual cycle of high and low water fluctuation can provide beneficial effects similar to a natural overflow lake system.

The current LDWF Indian Creek Management Plan can be viewed at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/waterbody-management-plans-inland

 

For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Rick McGuffee, LDWF Biologist, at rmcguffee@wlf.la.gov or (318) 487-5885.  

LDWF Now Accepting Applications for Lottery Deer Hunts on Louisiana Office of State Parks Property

Release Date: 08/22/2016

Aug. 22, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for deer lottery hunts for the 2016-17 season to be held on Louisiana Office of State Parks Property. The hunts will be conducted at the Coochie Brake tract in Winn Parish.
 
The hunts will be conducted Oct. 21-23, Dec. 2-4 and Jan. 20-22.
 
Applications are available on the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts and must be received in the LDWF Baton Rouge office by 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 16. Details on the qualifications, application requirements and dates of the hunts are listed on the application forms.
 
These special hunts are restricted to hunters selected through the lottery application process. The application form, along with a $5 administrative fee payment, must be sent to the specific address listed on the form.
 
For more information on these hunts, contact Britt Evans at 225-342-1587 or bevans@crt.la.gov.

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2015 Louisiana Youth Hunters of the Year Honored at LOWA Conference

Release Date: 08/22/2016

Kamryn Paige Hatton the 2015 Female Youth Hunter of the Year
Earl Darby Jr. the 2015 Male Youth Hunter of the Year

Aug. 22, 2016 – Kamryn Paige Hatton of Crowville and Earl Darby Jr. from Broussard have been named the 2015 Louisiana Female and Male Youth Hunters of the Year (YHOY). The duo was recognized during the Louisiana Outdoors Writers Association (LOWA) conference in Shreveport earlier this month.
 
The Youth Hunter of the Year Program is a joint effort between the LOWA and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF). Program sponsors include the South Louisiana Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association, Bowie Outfitters in Baton Rouge, the Louisiana Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Louisiana Wildlife Federation, the Baton Rouge Area Chapter of Delta Waterfowl, and Andrew Harrison of Harrison Law, LLC in Baton Rouge.
 
Ten-year old Hatton, the daughter of Angel and William Hatton, harvested her first two deer during the 2014-15 hunting season. She made the most of her first deer hunt in 2014 when hunting with her father, taking a doe on her grandfather’s land in Madison Parish.
 
Then in 2015, Hatton harvested her first buck.
 
Darby Jr., 7, enjoyed a successful 2014-15 hunting season with his grandparents, Arden and Rhonda Delahoussaye. In the fall of 2014, Darby Jr. went on his first squirrel hunt and harvested five squirrels. The family had one black fox squirrel mounted as a keepsake for Darby Jr.
 
Darby Jr. showed in 2015 that his first hunt wasn’t beginner’s luck. On his first deer hunt, he harvested a doe in Olla. Then later in the season, he took his first buck, an 8-pointer.
 
The 2016 Youth Hunter of the Year contest began with the 2016 turkey season and gets into full swing in September when the 2016 hunting season opens for dove and teal.
LDWF and LOWA encourage all youth hunters, 15 years old or younger, to participate in the Youth Hunter Registry Program and the YHOY of the Year Program. 

For more information about the Youth Hunter Registry and YHOY Program, visit LDWF’s website at http://www.wlf.state.la.us/hunting/yhrp or contact Scott Durham at 225-765-2351 or sdurham@wlf.la.gov .

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