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LDWF Accepting Applications for 2016 Lottery Teal Hunts at White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area

Release Date: 06/28/2016

June 28, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for the 2016 lottery teal hunts on the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) in Vermilion Parish through July 25.
 
Available dates include Saturday, Sept. 10; Sunday, Sept. 11; Tuesday, Sept. 13; Thursday, Sept. 15; Saturday, Sept. 17; Sunday, Sept. 18; Wednesday, Sept. 21; Saturday, Sept. 24; and Sunday, Sept. 25.
 
Persons 18 years of age or older can apply and only one application per hunter will be accepted. Applications are available on the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/lottery-applications or by writing to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Attention: White Lake Teal Hunt, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.
 
Completed applications must be received by close of business on July 25. A $5 non-refundable administration fee in the form of a check or money order made payable to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries must accompany each application.
 
Each applicant who is selected will be allowed to bring one additional hunter as a guest. All hunters must have appropriate licenses, including a basic hunting license (or Louisiana Sportsman's Paradise license), a Louisiana duck license, federal duck stamp and HIP permit.
 
Successful applicants will be notified by mail and required to submit an additional check or money order for $250 per hunt party. Applications are non-transferrable.
 
For more information on White Lake WCA teal season lottery hunts, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400, ext. 1, or wsweeney@wlf.la.gov .

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Louisiana Archers Claim Second Straight National Archery in Schools Program World Championship

Release Date: 06/27/2016

Benton Middle School archers captured their second NASP World Tournament title
Louisiana archers compete in the 2016 NASP World Tournament

June 27, 2016 – After bringing home Louisiana’s first National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) national championship in May, Benton Middle School claimed its second straight NASP world title last weekend.
 
Benton won the championship, beating Castle North Middle School of Indiana by an impressive 70 points, at the 2016 NASP World Tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
 
Archers from six Louisiana schools competed alongside more than 4,000 other students from the United States, Canada, and Mongolia.  A total of 103 Louisiana student archers, part of the Archery in Louisiana Schools (ALAS) program, attended the 2016 NASP World Tournament after earning the right by qualifying at the NASP National Tournament in May.
 
Benton Middle archers improved their score from NASP Nationals by 40 points.
 
“That isn’t as an easy feat when your archers are already shooting at such a high level,” said ALAS State Coordinator Robert Stroede, who oversees the program for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. “It is impressive to see the dedication of these students. They gave up half of their summer vacation to prepare for this tournament and it’s great to see their hard work and determination pay off.”
 
The win was definitely a team effort with every Benton Middle School team member shooting a 260 or above. The team was led by Abbie Rutledge, the top female shooter from Louisiana with a 291 score ranking her fourth among middle school girls. Riley Daniels was the top male shooter for the team, firing a 290 which put him 15th among middle school boys.
 
Benton Middle wasn’t done yet though. Held in conjunction with the NASP World Tournament was the 2016 NASP World IBO 3-D Challenge. Thanks to stellar performances by Emma Bunch, Aidan Haire and Kaitlyn Misenheimer, Benton Middle School also won Louisiana’s first NASP 3D World Championship. 
 
Benton Middle School archers also brought home hardware as individuals in the 3-D event. After shooting a 291, Emma Bunch was named the middle school girls world champion. Aidan Haire and Kaitlyn Misenheimer both shot 289s and placed third in the middle school division.
 
Two other Louisiana schools captured impressive finishes from the 2016 NASP World IBO 3D Challenge. Benton Elementary School and Kingston Elementary in Benton placed second and third, respectively, in the elementary school division. The two schools finished just three points apart. Kingston was competing in its first year in NASP events. Kennedy Halsell of Kingston Elementary received an individual award after shooting a 276 and placing fourth in the elementary girls division.
 
Benton Elementary school improved their score from NASP Nationals by 40 points, but it wasn’t quite enough to defend its world championships from the past two years.  However, both Benton and Kingston Elementary also had a strong showing in the bullseye portion of the tournament finishing second and fourth, respectively.
 
Other notable finishes at the NASP World Tournament included: top 25 finishes by both Northwood High School (17th) and Haughton Middle School (24th). Jena Junior High placed 35th in this, its first NASP World Tournament. Northwood High School also broke the top ten in the World IBO 3D Challenge placing ninth with Jena Junior High finishing 22nd.  To see all results for the 2016 NASP World Tournament and the 2016 NASP World IBO 3-D Challenge visit www.nasptournaments.org.
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to extend congratulations to all Louisiana student archers and coaches who competed at the 2016 NASP World Tournament.
 
All students and schools who participated in the NASP World Tournament are part of the ALAS program, which is designed to teach students in grades 4-12 international target style archery. The NASP/IBO 3-D program features students shooting life-like 3-D animal targets with the same equipment used in the NASP program. The ALAS/NASP program is available to all schools in Louisiana and grants are available to assist with funding.  For more information regarding the ALAS program, please contact NASP State Coordinator Robert Stroede at rstroede@wlf.la.gov or 318-484-2276.

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Hunting Rules, Regulations, Season Schedules for 2016-17 Now Available on Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Website

Release Date: 06/23/2016

June 23, 2016 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has released its 2016-17 hunting regulations pamphlet online at the LDWF website. Click here to view the upcoming season’s regulations.
 
The pamphlet contains hunting rules, regulations and season dates for the 2016-17 season, including hunting information on LDWF’s Wildlife Management Areas and Louisiana’s federal lands.
 
Printed copies of the pamphlets will be available in early August at LDWF offices throughout the state and at vendors where hunting and fishing licenses are sold.
 
New to this year’s hunting regulations pamphlet are migratory bird zones, seasons and regulations. Formerly, migratory bird regulations were published in a separate brochure.  From this year forward, they will be included as part of the annual regulations pamphlet.
 
This season’s regulation pamphlet also has season schedules for the state’s 10 deer hunting areas and major changes for the 2016-17 season.
 
For more information, contact Steve Smith at 318-487-5885, 225-765-2359 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov.

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Steven Ray of Simsboro Selected for Grand Prize in LDWF’s Validate to Win Deer Harvest Contest

Release Date: 06/21/2016

Steven Ray (middle) accepts his prize from Ruffin Moreland (left) of Bowie Outfitters and Johnathan Bordelon.

June 21, 2016 – Good fortune smiled twice on Steven Ray of Simsboro the morning of Dec. 19, 2015. It was the day he harvested the biggest deer of his life and also earned first prize in the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Validate to Win Contest.
 
Ray’s deer, the only one he took during the 2015-16 season, measured 19 ¾ inches wide, 14 inches high and had seven points. He also came away with a Thompson Center breech loading rifle complete with a scope and case, the grand prize provided by Bowie Outfitters in the Validate to Win Contest. Four other hunters will be selected to receive lifetime hunting licenses provided by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation.
 
One of the key components in LDWF’s Deer Management Program is hunters reporting each harvested deer to LDWF, as required by Louisiana hunting regulations. During the 2015-16 deer season, Louisiana deer hunters had the added incentive provided by the Validate to Win Contest.
 
Hunters needed only to validate each tag for each deer harvested during the 2015-16 season. Each validated tag equated to an entry in the prize drawing.

 Any hunter who validated his/her deer tag information within seven days after harvest was automatically entered in the contest. 
“Our Validate to Win contest was designed to encourage deer hunters to supply the vital information we need to manage the state’s deer population,” said Johnathan Bordelon, Deer Program Manager for LDWF. “We’d like to thank Bowie Outfitters and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation for supplying the prizes and congratulate Mr. Ray. It is the obligation and requirement for our state’s deer hunters to report every harvest.’’
 
Just taking the only buck of the 15-16 season was good enough for Ray, who began hunting when he was a child with his father. He said he overslept that morning but decided to venture out anyway.
 
“I was going to my stand and it was 7:30 a.m.,’’ said Ray, who said he was only about five miles from his home when he took the buck. “The feeder had already gone off and I said, ‘If I go (to the stand), I’ll just run anything out.’ So I climbed alongside a tree, sat down and about 30 minutes later he walked out. It’s about as lucky as you could get. It’s the biggest and best deer I’ve ever taken.’’
 
Ray said he normally harvests one to two deer per season and makes validating a priority.
 
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 .

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LDWF to Hold Lake Bistineau Public Meetings

Release Date: 06/16/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will conduct an informational meeting concerning Lake Bistineau.
 
Who:  LDWF Inland Fisheries Staff
 
What:  Public information meeting on Lake Bistineau
 
When:  Thursday, June 23, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.
 
Where:    Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Region 1 Office
                Jonathan Glasscock Memorial Classroom
                9961 Hwy. 80
                Minden, LA 71055
 
The meeting will include an update on the current status of the lake, and LDWF staff will field questions concerning the management of Lake Bistineau and giant salvinia.  Everyone interested in Lake Bistineau is encouraged to attend. 
 
Space is limited to 100 individuals, so please keep this in mind when making plans to attend.  
 
The current LDWF Lake Bistineau Management Plan can be viewed at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/waterbody-management-plans-inland
 
For additional information regarding the meetings, contact Jeff Sibley, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jsibley@wlf.la.gov or (318) 371-3066.

LDWF Schedules Drawdown for Aquatic Vegetation Control on Chicot Lake

Release Date: 06/15/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in conjunction with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LA DOTD) and the Louisiana Office of State Parks, has scheduled a drawdown for Chicot Lake in Evangeline Parish for vegetation control and bridge repairs. The drawdown is scheduled to begin after Labor Day on September 6, 2016. The control structure is scheduled for closure on January 2, 2017, to allow the lake to refill and ensure that fish nesting habitat is accessible for springtime spawning. 
 
In order for LA DOTD to perform the necessary bridge repairs, the lake will initially be lowered at a rate of 3 inches per day to a maximum of 6 feet below pool stage. Caution is advised for boaters during the low water period, as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance of underwater structures.
 
The lake will be closed to fishing, boating and all other recreation when the lake reaches 3 feet below pool level (39’ MSL). LA DOTD will begin repairs in early October, barring significant rainfall, and they expect to complete repairs within two to three weeks. The control structure will then be closed and the lake allowed to refill until it reaches 3 feet below pool stage.  At that time, the lake will be reopened to fishing and other recreation. The lake will be maintained at that level for vegetation control until January 2, 2017, when the control structure will be closed and the lake allowed to refill.   
 
This action is a necessary component of LDWF’s integrated management plan developed in 2015 to control overabundant aquatic vegetation growth and to improve the Chicot Lake sport fishery.  An annual cycle of high and low water fluctuation can provide beneficial effects similar to a natural overflow lake system.
 
LDWF also conducts annual herbicide applications for floating and emergent vegetation. An application of fluridone was applied in the early spring of 2016 near the north fishing pier. This systemic herbicide is used to target early-submersed plant growth. 
 
For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Jody David, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jdavid@wlf.la.gov or (337) 948-0255. 

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Reopens Boyce Tower Road in Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 06/14/2016

June 14, 2016 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has reopened Boyce Tower Road in Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Heavy rain caused flooding in part of the WMA, forcing the road closure.
 
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.
 
For more information on this WMA, contact Forest Burks at fburks@wlf.la.gov or 985-543-4781.

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Agency Partnership Makes Boat Trailer Registration Process More Convenient

Release Date: 06/09/2016

News Release

For Immediate Release
June 9, 2016

Contact: Rene LeBreton
Public InformationLDWF
(504) 286-8745
rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

Contact: Jill H Jarreau
Headquarters Administrator
Office of Motor Vehicles
225.925.7917
Jill.Jarreau@la.gov

 

(Baton Rouge, LA) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) have announced a partnership that will allow customers to register their boats and trailers at one location.

Beginning June 13, the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles will have a representative at LDWF headquarters at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge every Monday to assist with boat/trailer registrations. Customers will be able complete the registration process without having to go to both agencies.

“We look forward to this partnership with the Office of Motor Vehicles,” said LDWF Secretary Charlie Melancon. “We will take advantage of any opportunity to increase the level of our customer service and to become a more user-friendly agency.”

Commissioner Karen St. Germain stated “OMV is pleased to have been given the opportunity to work in conjunction with the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and will always take any opportunity to combine customer services when possible.”

LDWF reminds customers that the Louisiana Department of Revenue has a representative available on Mondays at LDWF headquarters to process tax payments for customers registering boats. This addition of the Office of Motor Vehicles will create a one-stop-shop every Monday for new and used boat owners.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us a twww.wlf.la.gov. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

For more information on vehicle registration, please visit www.expresslane.org

LWF Commission Establishes Oyster Harvester Training Program

Release Date: 06/09/2016

 

News Release
 
For Immediate Release
June 8, 2016
 
Contact: Ashley Wethey
Public Information
LDWF
(504) 286-8733
awethey@wlf.la.gov

 

 

 

 

 

LWF Commission Establishes Oyster Harvester Training Program

Last week, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission took action on a Notice of Intent (NOI) to establish an Oyster Harvester Training Program mandated by Act 276 of the 2016 regular session of the Louisiana Legislature.
 
The purpose of the program is to develop professionalism in the oyster harvest industry. The NOI establishes the requirements needed to complete the program, including training in the Louisiana Shellfish Sanitation Program and the best harvest practices for conservation of the species.
 
Applicants will be required to complete an online course with a passing score of 80 percent or above in order to receive a certificate. The course must be completed within the previous three years, or within the previous year if course materials have substantively changed.
 
To view the full notice of intent, please visit here.
 
Interested persons may submit comments relative to the proposed rule to Steve Beck, Fisheries Division, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000 or via email to sbeck@wlf.la.gov prior to July 19, 2016.
 
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. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

 

2016 Federal Red Snapper Season Extended By Two Days

Release Date: 06/09/2016

 

News Release

 

For Immediate Release
June 8, 2016

 

Contact: Rene LeBreton

Public Information
LDWF

(504) 286-8745

rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

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2016 Federal Red Snapper Season Extended By Two Days

(Batobn Rouge, LA) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to notify our anglers that NOAA Fisheries is extending the red snapper recreational fishing season for private anglers in the Gulf of Mexico due to impacts of Tropical Storm Colin. 

 

NOAA Fisheries is extending the season for two additional days in federal waters seaward of 9 nautical miles; the private angler red snapper federal season will close at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, June 12, 2016.

 

The state season for the recreational harvest of red snapper in state waters out to 9 nautical miles is also currently open and will remain open after the federal season closes. LDWF monitors real-time red snapper harvest during 2016 through the LA Creel program.
 

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. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

 

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