LDWF News Release

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Validate to Win Contest Provides Deer Hunters Chances for End of Season Prizes

Release Date: 11/25/2015

Nov. 25, 2015 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) wants all deer hunters to validate their harvested deer to support the department’s Deer Management Program. During the 2015-16 deer season now in progress, Louisiana deer hunters have the added incentive provided by the Validate to Win Contest.
Any hunter who validates his/her deer tag information within seven days after harvest will be automatically entered for an end of season drawing for prizes, including a deer rifle package and lifetime hunting licenses. The grand prize rifle package, provided by Bowie Outfitters, will be the winner’s choice of a Remington 700 or Thompson Center breech loading rifle in the winner’s choice of caliber, with a scope and case to go with it.
Additionally, four other winners will be selected to receive Louisiana lifetime hunting licenses provided by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation.  The lifetime license recipients will have the option of gifting their prize to a relative or friend if they already possess a lifetime license.
There are no entry forms to complete and no entry fees. Hunters need only validate each tag for each deer harvested during the 2015-16 season, as required by Louisiana hunting regulations, and each validated tag equates to an entry in the prize drawing. For those hunters who have already reported their harvest data since the archery season kicked off the 2015-16 deer season, their validated tag information qualifies those hunters for the drawing.
“We’re encouraging deer hunters to supply the vital information we need to manage the state’s deer population,” said Jimmy Anthony, assistant secretary, Office of Wildlife. “It is every successful deer hunter’s obligation and requirement to validate their deer harvest.”
Deer harvest validation, or reporting, provides parish-level data on the season harvest numbers, sex ratios, and calendar information that illustrate trends in the state’s deer harvest. That information plays a critical role in setting season lengths and bag limits. If harvest data is under-reported, LDWF biologists and managers cannot make accurate determinations on hunting success and deer population parameters. 
Prior to hunting deer, all deer hunters, regardless of age or license status, must obtain deer tags and have tags in possession when hunting deer. Immediately upon harvesting a deer, the hunter must tag the deer with the appropriate license tag before it is moved from the site, and the hunter must document the harvest on the attached report card portion of the deer tag license.
The hunter must record the date of harvest and the parish on the carcass tag. The tag must remain attached to the deer while kept at camp, or while it is transported to the domicile of the hunter, or to a cold storage facility. Hunters who keep the carcass or meat at camp must also comply with the game possession tag regulations. Within seven days, the hunter must validate the harvest using the toll free validation phone number 866-484-4805 or the web link: www.la.wildlifelicense.com.
For more information, contact Johnathan Bordelon at 225-765-2344 or jbordelon@wlf.la.gov .

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 or www.FishLA.org.


LDWF Urges New Orleans Area Families to Get Out and Fish!

Release Date: 11/24/2015

(Nov. 24, 2015) - Join the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, St. Bernard Parish and the St. Bernard Sportsman’s League at Sidney D. Torres Memorial Park in Chalmette on Saturday, December 12 for the next installment of our Get Out and Fish! community fishing event series. Prior to the event, the Department will stock 600 pounds of rainbow trout donated by Greer’s National Fish Hatchery.
This free event offers fun fishing activities for all ages including a mobile touch tank, casting inflatable and more. The first 100 pre-registered participants will receive a free goody bag.  In addition, every participant will be entered into a raffle drawing to win prizes. The St. Bernard Parish Fire Department will provide lunch.
Fishing competition categories include heaviest rainbow trout and heaviest “other” fish. Age divisions include Little Angler (ages 8 and under), Junior Angler (ages 9-15) and Adult Angler (ages 16 and older). Anglers 16 and older must possess a valid Louisiana fishing license.
Online registration is available here. Participants should bring their own gear, bait, tackle and ice chest to keep fish caught.
The Get Out and Fish! program seeks to increase the number of people with access to quality fishing. The program intends to recruit new anglers to the sport of fishing and promote outdoor activities for future generations.
Sponsors for the event include Hook and Line Sporting Goods, Studio Inferno, St. Bernard Sportsman’s League, St. Bernard-Arabi Kiwanis, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, St. Bernard Fire Department and the Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana.
For event information, contact Danica Williams at dwilliams@wlf.la.gov or (504) 628-7282.
This event is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation. The LWFF was formed to provide a means for individuals and corporations to become partners with the Department and Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fish resources.

LDWF to Close Harvest of Seed Oysters for Bedding on Public Oyster Seed Grounds East of Mississippi River and North of MRGO

Release Date: 11/24/2015

(Nov. 24, 2015) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will close the harvest of seed oysters for bedding purposes in all public oyster seed grounds east of the Mississippi River and north of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, including Lake Borgne, one half-hour after sunset on Monday, November 30. The area will remain open for the harvest of oysters 3 inches in length or greater for market purposes.
These public oyster seed grounds hold a limited oyster supply, and harvest pressure during the season opening on October 19 has depleted the resource and removed excess amounts of non-living reef material. Protection of the remaining oyster reef resources is in the long-term interest of oyster conservation in this area.
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission authorized LDWF Secretary Robert Barham to take emergency action to close areas on an as-needed basis based on ecological data or if enforcement problems are encountered. The Secretary was also authorized to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resources has ended and to open areas if substantial oyster resources are located.
Public notice of any opening, delay or closure of a season will be provided at least 72 hours prior to such action unless such closure is ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals for public health concerns. 

Oyster Harvest to Close in Lake Chien

Release Date: 11/23/2015

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has announced that the harvest of oysters shall close in the Lake Chien Public Oyster Seed Ground (POSG) in Terrebonne Parish at one half hour after sunset on Monday, November 30, 2015.  This public oyster seed ground holds a limited oyster supply and harvest pressure during the oyster season, which opened on October 19, has reduced the oyster resource.  Protection of the remaining oyster reef resources is in the long-term best interest of oyster conservation in this area.

The Commission authorized Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Secretary Robert J. Barham to take emergency action to close areas, on an as-needed basis, based on biological data or if enforcement problems are encountered.  The Secretary was also authorized to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resource has ended and to open areas if substantial oyster resources are located. 


Public notice of any opening, delay, or closure of a season will be provided at least 72 hours prior to such action, unless such closure is ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals for public health concerns.

Night Hunter Cited for Illegally Taken Deer

Release Date: 11/20/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Newellton man for night hunting violations on Nov. 18 in Tensas Parish.

Agents cited Mica G. Adair, 29, for taking deer during illegal hours, taking over the limit of antlered deer, not possessing basic and big game hunting licenses, and failing to comply with deer tagging requirements.

Agents received a tip about Adair hunting deer at night and went to his residence for further investigation.  Agents observed four antlered deer heads in the back of Adair’s truck.

Upon questioning, Adair admitted to harvesting a deer on Nov. 8, Nov. 11, Nov. 13 and Nov. 15 all at night in Tensas Parish.  The season limit is three antlered deer putting Adair one over the limit.

Taking deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Possessing over the limit of deer carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging requirements brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Not possessing basic and big game licenses each brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

Adair may also face a civil restitution penalty totaling $6,907 for the illegally taken deer.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. John Hendrix, Senior Agent Johnny Wilson and Agent Clinton Branton.

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

New Waterfowl Impoundment Completed at Dewey W. Wills WMA, Access Details Provided

Release Date: 11/20/2015

Nov. 20, 2015 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is informing WMA users that a new waterfowl impoundment has been completed within the acreage north of the Catahoula Lake Diversion Canal at Dewey W. Wills WMA.
The purpose of the project was to enhance forested wetland habitat for waterfowl along the Muddy Bayou watershed north of the Catahoula Lake Diversion Canal.  The reservoir is dependent upon rainfall for flooding, and will provide habitat for wintering waterfowl and public hunting opportunities.
Flooding within the new waterfowl impoundment has temporarily restricted vehicle access.  Camp Bayou Rd., accessible from Hwy. 28, is temporarily closed to regular vehicle traffic.  A parking area located near the gate can be used to offload ATVs and UTVs, which may be used on the portion of the road that is closed. Hunters can walk or paddle into the impoundment from any designated access point. Additional access points on the southwest corner, the southeast corner and northern edge of the impoundment are available near the Self Clearing permit stations. Those using ATVs or UTVs must stay on the trails provided. Once the water recedes after hunting season and road conditions allow, vehicular traffic will resume on Camp Bayou Rd.  
To view a map of the WMA and the new waterfowl impoundment, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2753.
Partnering with Wildlife and Fisheries on this new impoundment project were Ducks Unlimited, Wetlands America Trust, Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, and the North American Wetlands Conservation Council.     
Dewey W. Wills WMA is located in the southern portion of LaSalle and Catahoula parishes in central Louisiana approximately 20 miles northeast of Alexandria. For more information, contact Cliff Dailey at 318-487-5885 or adailey@wlf.la.gov .

LDWF Schedules Saline Lake Drawdown for Aquatic Vegetation Control

Release Date: 11/17/2015

(Nov. 17, 2015) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has scheduled a drawdown for Saline Lake in Natchitoches and Winn parishes on Thursday, November 19 for giant salvinia control.
The control structure will be closed once the water level reaches two feet below pool stage but will be reopened again on Monday, December 7 until the lake level reaches a total of 8 feet below pool stage.
The date of completion for the drawdown will be announced following an assessment of aquatic vegetation on the lake.
Although the lake will not be closed to fishing, caution is advised of boaters during the low water period, as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance for underwater obstructions.
For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Jason Brancamp, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jbrancamp@wlf.la.gov or (318) 487-5888.

Louisiana Fall Red Snapper Season to Begin Friday

Release Date: 11/16/2015

(Nov. 16, 2015) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to remind recreational anglers of the upcoming fall snapper season to begin this Friday, November 20 until further notice.
The fall season will run seven days a week in state waters with a daily bag and possession limit of two fish per person at a 16-inch minimum total length. 
“Our data reflects the reality,” said Robert Barham, LDWF Secretary. “Through our real-time quota monitoring program, La Creel, we have identified a fishery that is healthy and thriving with additional opportunity for harvest.”
The Louisiana Gulfward Boundary
In June 2012, the Commission took action to extend Louisiana state waters from three miles offshore to three marine leagues, or approximately 9 nautical miles, offshore.
LDWF officials encourage fishermen to use caution and their own personal judgment when fishing beyond the three-mile boundary that is currently recognized as federal waters, as it is fully expected that federal agents will continue to enforce federal law. Until U.S. Congress confirms Louisiana’s action, the battle will continue over Louisiana’s state water boundary.
Recreational Offshore Landing Permit
LDWF reminds anglers that a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit is required in order to possess certain species, including red snapper.  Anglers may obtain or renew the permit, free of charge at https://rolp.wlf.la.gov. Anglers may renew their permits up to 30 days prior to expiration. A valid Louisiana fishing license number is required to obtain a permit. A confirmation number is allowed for a temporary (trip) license.
Recreational anglers and charter captains are required to obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit to possess tunas, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, groupers, snappers, hinds, cobia, wahoo and dolphin. Minors (under 16) are not required to obtain a recreational offshore landing permit. Angling customers on a paid-for-hire charter trip also do not need a permit.

Delhi Man Charged with Deer Hunting Violations

Release Date: 11/13/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Delhi man for alleged deer hunting violations on Nov. 10 in Franklin Parish.
Agents cited Frederick W. Fudickar Jr., 32, for taking deer during a closed season, criminal trespassing and criminal damage to property.
On Sept. 25, LDWF agents responded to a complaint of two bucks dumped beside a box deer stand on private property in northern Franklin Parish.  The deer’s heads and back straps were removed.
On Nov. 6, LDWF agents received another complaint from the same people about extensive damage to the exact same piece of property.  Damage was done by trucks and tractors that had gotten stuck in the mud and then retrieved.  A game camera got partial photos of one of the tractors involved.
On Nov. 7, LDWF agents found the tractor and interviewed the owner who told them that Fudickar had gotten stuck and called several people to come help him.
LDWF agents went to Fudickar’s residence on Nov. 7 to interview him about the property damage and the two deer.  When they pulled into his driveway they noticed two buck heads lying on top of the shed in the back yard.
On Nov. 10, Fudickar admitted to killing the two bucks on Sept. 21 and dumping them beside the adjoining landowners deer stand.  Deer season in Franklin Parish didn’t open until October.
Taking deer during a closed season brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to six months in jail.  Criminal trespassing brings a $100 to $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail.  Criminal damage to property carries up to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail.  Fudickar may also face civil restitution for the replacement value of the deer totaling $4,066.
Agents involved in the case are Lt. Scott Watson, Sgt. Joe Chandler and Sgt. Bear Fletcher.
For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF’s License to Win! Sweepstakes Winners Announced

Release Date: 11/12/2015

(Nov. 12, 2015) - As part of it’s first annual License to Win! promotion, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in partnership with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation awarded five lucky winners for its September saltwater license holder drawing. Winners drawn on November 1 include Mark Baur, Michael Herpich, Payton Jolley, Clay Wilcoxon and Tanner Womack.
The winners were among thousands of names entered when they purchased a 2015-16 recreational saltwater fishing license.
The sweepstakes includes fives monthly prize winners of a YETI Tundra 45 ice chest, Shimano Curado G-Loomis Combo or gift cards from Academy Sports and Outdoors, Texaco and Whole Foods Market.
The License to Win! sweepstakes encourages anglers to provide accurate contact information to participate in a survey (LA Creel) that helps LDWF manage their fishery. LA Creel is the data-gathering survey that allows LDWF biologists to manage our fisheries at localized levels across the state. The success of LA Creel will not only allow the Department to better manage fisheries, but will ultimately maximize the amount of fishing opportunities for Louisiana anglers. 
We’re only halfway through this year long promotion, leaving plenty opportunity for your chance to be our next lucky winner.  Visit your nearest license vendor or go online (www.wildlifelicense.com) to purchase your recreational saltwater license to be eligible for next month’s drawing. The department will continue to select five winners each month, and one lucky angler will take home the grand prize, a 22 foot bay boat, trailer and motor donated by Venice Marina, Mercury Outboards and Mike Gerald’s Trailer Depot.
Rules, photos and additional information can be found at http://www.fishla.org/license-win-sweepstakes/

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