Aug. 21, 2015 -- Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge will begin the annual nuisance alligator harvest on Wednesday, Sept. 2. During this period, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will not open 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 opportunities to fishermen seeking shrimp, redfish, speckled trout, black drum, and largemouth bass, among other species.
Rockefeller SWR 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 Phillip Trosclair at 337-491-2593.
UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, suite 210, New Orleans
I. Roll call and introduction of guests
II. Approval of May 5, 2015 meeting minutes and August 26 agenda
III. Treasury Report
A. Oyster Tag Sales
B. LOTF Financial Report
IV. Committee Reports
A. Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee
B. Enforcement (Lt. Colonel Sammy Martin)
C. Legislative (Jakov Jurisic)
a. 2015 legislative report- Cole Garrett
D. Research (Patrick Banks)
E. Coastal Restoration (Dan Coulon)
F. Marketing (Ashley Roth)
a. Louisiana Oystermen video proposal
G. Health (Lance Broussard)
a. Report on compliance with time-temperature matrix requirements
b. Update on ISSC education requirements
H. Sustainability (LDWF)
I. Professionalism (LDWF)
V. Old Business
A. Update on weights and measure rule change and report on warnings or citations given for mislabeled measurement of shell-stock oysters and mislabeled measurement of shucked oysters- LDAF/LDWF
VI. New Business
A. Save Louisiana Coalition presentation- Captain George Ricks
B. Appointment of the LOTF Oyster Lease Moratorium lifting committee Chairman, list of members and setting of first meeting.- Al Sunseri
C. NSSP harvester training requirements- LDWF/DHH
D. Active potential of commercial clam harvest-Rusty Gaude
E. ISSC conference-October 24-29, Salt Lake City- Al Sunseri
F. Annual oyster stock assessment and preliminary oyster season recommendations-LDWF
A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent cited two men for alleged alligator violations in Grant Parish on August 18.
Sgt. Chad Watts cited Samuel Daniels, 38, and Patrick Daniels, 43, both from Colfax, for taking alligators during a closed season and taking alligators without a license. LDWF agents are still searching for a third subject who is believed to be involved and is being sought for questioning.
Sgt. Watts began investigating the case after receiving information from detectives with the Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office and a Probation and Parole agent concerning possible alligator violations.
During the investigation 12 different alligator heads and carcasses that were recently harvested were discovered behind the subject’s residence. Inside the subject’s residence a large amount of alligator meat was discovered in two freezers.
Patrick Daniels and Samuel Daniels were interviewed and admitted to harvesting alligators in an oxbow off of the Red River on the Aug. 14 and 15. They said they snagged the gators using rods and reels equipped with treble hooks.
Taking alligators during a closed season carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Taking alligators without a license brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail. The men could also face civil restitution charges totaling $4,509.60 for the illegally taken alligators.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited four people in Livingston and East Feliciana parishes for alleged deer hunting violations on Aug. 18.
LDWF agents cited Edward A. Slaven III, Edward A. Slaven IV, 22, and Donald J. Weaver, all of Denham Springs, and Maegan C. Chavers, 25, of Liberty, Miss., for Federal Lacey Act violations, not possessing deer tags, hunting from a public road and moving vehicle, hunting deer during a closed season and illegal hours, not possessing a big game license and possession of illegally taken deer out of season.
Slaven IV, Weaver and Chavers were also cited for not possessing a basic hunting license.
Agents were notified about two illegally taken deer by the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office (LPSO) around 11:45 p.m. on Aug. 18. The LPSO pulled the vehicle over for a moving violation on the intersection of Hwy 1024 and 16 in Watson. During the vehicle stop, the LPSO deputy noticed two deer in the back of the truck and called LDWF agents.
When agents arrived they learned from the subjects that they tried to hunt for deer in Livingston and East Feliciana parishes from the truck, but couldn’t find a deer. They then entered Mississippi and found two doe deers to shoot in Amite County. After harvesting the two deer, they transported the deer back into Louisiana, which is a Federal Lacey Act violation.
The four subjects also face wildlife charges in Mississippi. Agents seized the 2004 pickup truck, 12 gauge shotgun, .22 rifle, .357 pistol and two spotlights.
The Lacey Act violation brings up to a $10,000 fine and five years in jail. Hunting deer during a closed season, during illegal hours each brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Possession of an illegally taken deer carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Hunting from a moving vehicle brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail. Hunting from a public road and not possessing deer tags each carries up to a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail. Hunting without basic and big game licenses each brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.
Agents participating in the case are Lt. Will Roberts, Sgt. Randy Lanoux and Senior Agent Terry Hicks.
Aug. 19, 2015 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is advising Wham Brake waterfowl hunters that construction will begin on the water control structures in September, delaying collection of rainfall to refill the reservoir until November.
As such, water levels may not be favorable for the September teal season, scheduled statewide for September 12 - 27. LDWF will be working with the contractor to ensure the project is completed as soon as possible in order to catch rainfall for the regular fall waterfowl season, scheduled to open November 21 (East Zone).
The water control structure work must be completed prior to the main weir replacement that is scheduled for 2016. These structures are situated in the lowest points in the impoundment and current conditions are favorable for their replacement.
Additional waterfowl opportunities, including for the early September teal season, are available on the southern portion of Russell Sage WMA (formerly Ouachita WMA) and on Boeuf WMA.
Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area includes acreage in Caldwell, Morehouse, Ouachita and Richland Parishes, and is located approximately seven miles east of Monroe and ten miles west of Rayville. Access is provided via U.S. Highway 80, U.S. Highway 165, LA Highway 15 and Interstate 20.
For more information, contact Lowery Moak, email@example.com or 318-343-4044 or Steve Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org or 318-487-5885.
Aug. 18, 2015 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for waterfowl lottery hunts to be held on several Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) this upcoming hunting season.
LDWF is sponsoring the hunts to provide a unique outdoor experience for hunters. Youth, disabled veterans, handicapped individuals, and the general public can apply for WMA hunting opportunities on the following WMA’s: Bayou Pierre, Russell Sage and Sherburne.
Successful applicants for youth hunts on Russell Sage and Sherburne WMAs must be between 10 and 17 years of age, and 10-15 years of age for Bayou Pierre WMA, on the date of the hunt for which they are selected. All youth hunters must be hunter safety certified.
All hunters will be selected by a randomized computer drawing. Applications for the lottery must be submitted to LDWF before close of business on Oct. 2, 2015. Rules and regulations pertaining to the hunts are also included on the application. A $5 administrative fee must be submitted with each application.
Applications may be delivered in person to Room 442 of the LDWF Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge or by mail. The mailing address is: Wildlife Division WMA Lottery Hunts, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000.
For more information, contact Steve Smith at email@example.com or 225-765-2359 or 318-487-5885.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two men for alleged deer violations in Grant Parish on Aug. 11.
Agents cited Skyler Welch, 19, and Dillon County, 18, both from Montgomery, for hunting deer during a closed season, during illegal hours with artificial light, with an illegal weapon and without any hunting licenses or tags.
Agents investigated the case after receiving information from the Montgomery Chief of Police who found a dead deer in a pasture behind a home where he was investigating a report of a stolen gun.
Agents arrived on the scene and collected a nine-point buck. Agents then interviewed Welch and County who were implicated in the stolen gun report.
During the interviews both men admitted to seeing the deer around 12:30 a.m. on Aug. 11. They went to get a gun then drove around to find that the deer had moved from the field and into the woods.
Once the deer was spotted in the woods, Skyler shot and dropped the deer with a rimfire .22 magnum. He then ran to the deer and shot it again at close range.
The men dragged the deer to the open field where it was spotted the next day by the Chief of Police.
Hunting deer during a closed season and during illegal hours with artificial light each carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Taking deer with an illegal weapon carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail. Failing to possess deer tags brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail. Failing to possess a basic and big game license each brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail. The two men could also face civil restitution charges totaling $2,033 for the illegally taken deer.
Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Byron Cammack, Sgt. Rusty Perry and Senior Agent Heath Wood.
(Aug. 18, 2015) - Winners of the 2015 Youth Angler of the Year Award were honored at the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association Annual Conference in Morgan City on Aug. 8. This year’s winners were seven-year-old Beatrice Long of Lafayette and 12-year-old Sean Turner of Prairieville.
LOWA and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries implemented a new essay contest this year, following the tradition of the well-known Youth Hunter of the Year Award. Youth ages 15 and under were given the opportunity to submit an essay about a memorable fishing trip, along with a photo of the youth and the fish. A male and female winner were then selected.
Beatrice is entering second grade at Cathedral Carmel School. Her hand-written essay was titled “The Redfish” which described a family crabbing and fishing trip. She expressed great pride in being the first to hook a nice red in a “whole boatful of grown-ups”. Beatrice’s parents are Kelley and Armistead Long.
Sean is entering seventh grade and is homeschooled through the Louisiana Virtual Academy. He received the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana Youth Award earlier this year. In his anecdotal essay about fishing in Cocodrie, Sean details a thunderstorm scaring his baby brother and postponing the family’s fishing trip, and then the reward and fun of catching limits of trout on the second day. Sean’s parents are Marissa and Franklin Turner.
Sponsors for this year’s Youth Angler of the Year Contest included LOWA, LDWF and Coastal Angler Magazine. Each winner received a plaque, rod and reel combo and a lifetime fishing license.
Aug. 17, 2015 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for a youth lottery hunt for squirrel to be held on Floy McElroy Wildlife Management Area (WMA) on Oct. 3 and 4.
LDWF is sponsoring the hunt to provide a quality outdoor experience for youth hunters. Applicants must be between 10 and 17 years of age on the date of the hunt, and must be hunter safety certified.
Floy McElroy WMA is a 681-acre tract in Richland Parish, two miles north of Rayville that has been part of LDWF’s WMA program since 1990.
Successful applicants will be selected by a randomized computer drawing. Applications for the lottery must be submitted to LDWF before close of business on Friday, Sept. 4. A $5 administrative fee must be submitted with each application.
Applications may be delivered in person to Room 442 of the LDWF Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Dr. in Baton Rouge or by mail. The mailing address is: Wildlife Division WMA Lottery Hunts, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000.
For more information, contact Steve Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 225-765-2359 or 318-487-5885.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited three men for alleged closed season turkey violations on Aug. 16 in Bienville Parish.
Agents cited James Kearney, 29, of Ringgold, Daniel Hollis, 25, of Arcadia, and Michael Foster, 51, of Sibley, for hunting from a public road. Kearney was also cited for taking a turkey illegally during a closed season. Hollis and Foster were also cited for possession of an illegally taken turkey.
Responding to an anonymous tip, agents were able to make contact with Hollis and Foster at Hollis’ residence. Upon questioning, the two men admitted to be in a truck when Kearney shot a turkey from Pietsch Road near Ringgold on Aug. 15. The two men also told the agent that the turkey was in an ice chest in Hollis’ front yard.
Agents involved in the case are Bryant Coburn, Jared McIver and Mike Kelley.
Taking turkey during a closed season brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Possession of an illegally taken turkey carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Hunting from a public road brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.
The turkey season for Bienville Parish ended in late April of 2015 and won’t reopen until March 26 of 2016.