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L.D.W.F. Public Meetings in North and Central Louisiana Rescheduled for March

Release Date: 02/26/2015

Feb. 26, 2015 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has rescheduled three public meetings that were cancelled this week due to inclement weather.  The rescheduled meetings include:
 
March 2 -  6 p.m., LDWF Outdoor Education Center, 661 Robinson Bridge Rd., Woodworth
March 4 - 6 p.m., Caldwell Parish Courthouse, 201 Main Street, Columbia
March 10 - 6 p.m., Ruston Civic Center, 401 North Trenton Street, Ruston
 
The meetings are being held to gather comments on the proposed 2015-17 resident game hunting season dates, wildlife management areas (WMA) general rules and regulation changes, and 2016 turkey season and turkey hunting areas.

Public comment will be taken on all items currently under consideration as notices of intent by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission through April 2. To view the full notices of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulations changes, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items .

Public comment will be accepted at LWFC monthly meetings from now through April 2 or may be submitted directly to Steve Smith, LDWF Wildlife Division, PO Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to ssmith@wlf.la.gov .

For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov .

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Monroe Man Cited for Cutting Down Trees on Ouachita WMA

Release Date: 02/25/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Ouachita Parish resident for alleged Wildlife Management Area (WMA) violations on the Ouachita WMA.

Agents cited John Johnson, 63, of Monroe, for criminal damage to state property, intentional littering, hunting deer out of season and leaving a deer stand in a hunting position.

Agents observed Johnson returning from a deer hunt on Jan. 31 on the Ouachita WMA, which was closed for deer hunting for the youth waterfowl hunt.  Agents observed Johnson discard plastic bottles on the ground and leave his deer stand in a hunting position from a few days prior.

Upon further investigation, Johnson admitted to agents that he cut 14 trees down along with 79 limbs in various sizes and diameters to clear a shooting lane.  Agents cited him for criminal damage to state property on Feb. 15.

Cutting down trees on a WMA is criminal damage to state property and carries a fine up to $10,000 and up to 10 years in jail.  Johnson may also face a civil restitution charge for the replacement value of the trees.

Hunting deer out of season and leaving a deer stand in a hunting position on a WMA each brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Intentional littering brings a $250 fine and eight hours of community service in a litter abatement work program.

Agents involved with the case are Lt. Lane Kincaid, Lt. Thomas Risser, Sgt. Scott Bullitt and Agent Joshua Harris.

LDWF is still investigating and seeking leads for information about who cut down trees on the Spring Bayou WMA in Avoyelles Parish.  LDWF has found up to 100 trees cut down on the Spring Bayou WMA since early December of 2014.

LDWF has secured up to $1,000 in reward money each from the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, Spring Bayou Restoration Team and Louisiana’s Operation Game Thief.  The reward now totals up to $3,000 to anyone with information that leads to the arrest in this case.  Anyone with information regarding the cut down trees on the Spring Bayou WMA should call the Louisiana Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or use LDWF’s tip411 program.

To use the tip 411 program, citizens can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the “LADWF Tips” iPhone and Android app from the Apple App Store or Google Play free of charge.

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

L.D.W.F. Public Meetings in Ruston and Columbia Cancelled Due to Inclement Weather

Release Date: 02/24/2015

 Feb. 24, 2015 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) public meetings scheduled for 6 p.m. today in Ruston and 6 p.m. Wednesday in Columbia have been cancelled due to inclement weather.  The meetings will be rescheduled at later dates.
 
LDWF public meetings around the state are provided to present changes and gather comments on the proposed 2015-17 resident game hunting season dates, wildlife management areas (WMA) general rules and regulation changes, and the 2016 turkey season and turkey hunting areas.
 
The full notices of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulations changes are available at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items .

Public comment on proposed changes is being accepted at Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission monthly meetings from now through April 2 or may be submitted directly to Steve Smith, LDWF Wildlife Division, PO Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to ssmith@wlf.la.gov . Monthly Commission meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at LDWF headquarters, 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge.

For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov .

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2015 Archery in Louisiana Schools State Tournament Set for March 7

Release Date: 02/24/2015

2015 Archery in Louisiana Schools State Tournament Set for March 7
2015 Archery in Louisiana Schools State Tournament Set for March 7
2015 Archery in Louisiana Schools State Tournament Set for March 7

Feb. 24, 2015 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Archery in Louisiana Schools Program (ALAS), a member of the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP), will host the 2015 ALAS State Tournament on Saturday, March 7 in Alexandria.
 
The event is open to the public and will be held at the LSU AgCenter Storm Shelter, 8125 Hwy. 71. Admission is $3 for adults, and anyone 18 years of age and under is admitted free. The first flight of competitors will begin at 8 a.m. and the last flight will begin at 5:20 p.m. An awards ceremony will be held following the final flight at approximately 6:45 p.m.
 
LDWF needs volunteers to assist with the tournament as lane officials. Anyone 18 years of age and over can volunteer and volunteers receive a state tournament t-shirt and lunch on the day of the competition. Those interested in volunteering are asked to call 318-484-2276 or send an email to rstroede@wlf.la.gov.
 
Eight hundred of the top student archers in Louisiana will compete for the opportunity to qualify for the NASP National Tournament, as well as the opportunity to win individual and team awards. The state tournament qualifiers were among over 1,000 students who competed at this year’s two ALAS Regional Qualifying Tournaments.
 
Archers at the state tournament compete for the top spots in each school level from elementary through high school.  Trophies, prize bows and scholarships are also awarded.  This year, thanks to sponsors including the Central Louisiana Quality Deer Management Association, the Louisiana Archery and Sports Center, and the National Archery in the Schools Program, $7,500.00 in scholarships will be presented.
 
This year’s tournament will include the new NASP/IBO 3-D challenge where students will be able to try their hand at shooting 3-D animal targets with the same NASP equipment that they use to compete in the bull’s eye competition.  LDWF will have their mobile aquarium on site and the Treehouse Museum of Alexandria will be hosting their annual Kite Day on the grounds as well.  There will be exhibitors and vendors on site throughout the day providing food and beverages.
 
A special thank you to all sponsors of this year’s ALAS State Tournament including:  Central Louisiana Quality Deer Management Association, NASP, Louisiana Archery and Sports Center, Louisiana Branch of the National Wild Turkey Federation, GAEDA, Louisiana National Guard, Alexandria Pineville Visitors and Convention Bureau, Outlaws BBQ, H & E Equipment, Y-Not Stop, Morrell Targets, Cenla Signs, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the LSU AgCenter.
 
ALAS is a part of the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) that is designed to introduce students in grades 4-12 to international target style archery. As the name states, the program is designed to be taught as part of the in-school curriculum. Most commonly the program is integrated into the schools PE program and is taught within the school’s gymnasium. Once exposed to the program many schools develop after school programs and archery clubs. Students at schools that teach the ALAS curriculum are then eligible to compete in state, national, and even world tournaments.
 
The sport of archery is a great way to get students involved in not only a lifelong sport, but also in their school and into the outdoors. ALAS strives to inspire confidence through the focus and discipline that the sport of archery requires. The results speak for themselves. Nationwide over 13 million students have participated in the National Archery in the Schools program in its first 13 years. Just last year over 2.3 million students participated in NASP, more than participated in Little League.
 
For more information regarding the ALAS program: visit our Facebook page at ALAS-Archery in Louisiana Schools or contact program coordinator Robert Stroede at 318-484-2276 or rstroede@wlf.la.gov .

*Photos: ALAS Regional Qualifying Tournament photos provided by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

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Father and Son Cited For Harvesting Polluted Oysters

Release Date: 02/23/2015

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agent cited a father and son near Pointe-aux-Chenes in Terrebonne Parish for alleged oyster violations on Feb. 20.

After receiving a complaint, Sgt. Bryan Marie observed Kenneth J. Naquin Jr., 28, of Montegut, and Kenneth J. Naquin Sr., 55, of Chauvin, harvesting oysters from an unapproved area.

Sgt. Marie seized and returned five sacks of oysters to the water.  He also seized the dredge and vessel.

Taking oysters from an unapproved area brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail and forfeiture of anything seized in connection with the violation.  The father and son could also have their oyster harvesting licenses suspended for a year and serve 40 hours community service.

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

L.D.W.F. Public Meeting in Woodworth Cancelled Due to Inclement Weather

Release Date: 02/23/2015

Feb. 23, 2015 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) public meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. today at the Outdoor Education Center, 661 Robinson Bridge Road in Woodworth has been cancelled due to inclement weather. The Outdoor Education Center is south of Alexandria in Rapides Parish.

The full notices of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulations changes, that were to have been discussed, are available at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items .

Public comment on proposed changes is being accepted at Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission monthly meetings from now through April 2 or may be submitted directly to Steve Smith, LDWF Wildlife Division, PO Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to ssmith@wlf.la.gov . Monthly Commission meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at LDWF headquarters, 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge.

The remaining six public meetings are still scheduled around the state to gather comments on the proposed 2015-17 resident game hunting season dates, wildlife management areas (WMA) general rules and regulation changes, and the 2016 turkey season and turkey hunting areas. The meetings still scheduled include:

Feb. 24 - 6:00 p.m., Ruston Civic Center, 401 North Trenton Street, Ruston

Feb. 24 - 6:30 p.m., LSU Ag Center, 7101 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles

Feb. 24 - 6:30 p.m., Natchitoches Event Center, 750 Second Street, Natchitoches

Feb. 25 - 6:00 p.m., Caldwell Parish Courthouse, 201 Main Street, Columbia

Feb. 25 - 6:00 p.m., Opelousas Civic Center, 1638 Creswell Lane, Opelousas

Feb. 26 - 6:30 p.m., Slidell Municipal Auditorium, 2056 2nd Street, Slidell

For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov .

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AMENDED -Louisiana Oyster Task Force Public/Private Oyster Grounds Committee to Meet

Release Date: 02/20/2015

Amended content in bold.

10 a.m., Tuesday, February 24, 2015

UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210, New Orleans 70122

 

AGENDA

 

I.  Call to Order

II. Continue Discussion of Framework development for potential Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) legislation

III. Public Comment 

IV. Adjourn

 

The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq.  The public is invited to attend.

Those interested in listening in to the meeting via Webinar or telephone register at  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/680499106166008321

 

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/ldwffb, or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For press inquiries please contact Ashley Roth, 504-286-4162 or aroth@wlf.la.gov

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Louisiana Oyster Task Force Public/Private Oyster Grounds Committee to Meet

Release Date: 02/19/2015

UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210, New Orleans 70122

AGENDA

I.  Call to Order

II. Continue Discussion of Framework development for potential Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) legislation

III. Public Comment

IV. Adjourn

The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq.  The public is invited to attend.

Those interested in listening in to the meeting via Webinar or telephone register at  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/680499106166008321

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/ldwffb, or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For press inquiries please contact Ashley Roth, 504-286-4162 or aroth@wlf.la.gov

To sign up for LDWF Alerts sent as text messages and emails directly to your mobile device click   here.

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Louisiana Oyster Task Force to Meet February 24, 2015 in New Orleans

Release Date: 02/19/2015

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

John Tesvich, Chairman

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 1 p.m.
UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, suite 210, New Orleans

I.  Roll call and introduction of guests

II.  Approval of January 13 meeting minutes and February 24 agenda

III. Treasury Report

   A.  Oyster Tag Sales

   B.  LOTF Financial Report

IV.  Committee Reports

   A.  Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee (Buddy Pausina)

   B.  Enforcement (Lt. Colonel Sammy Martin)

   C.  Legislative (Jakov Jurisic)

   D.  Research (Patrick Banks)

   E.  Coastal Restoration (Dan Coulon)

   F.  Marketing (Ashley Roth)

   G.  Health (Lance Broussard)

   H.  Sustainability (LDWF)

    I.   Professionalism (LDWF)

V.  Old Business

   A.  Recreational inshore artificial reef plan update- LDWF

   B.  Mini Sack/Half Sack options-LDWF

   C.  In-shell versus meat weight conversion table-LDWF

   D.  VMS Discussion-LDWF

   E.  Trip Ticket and Excise Tax Update

   F.  Consider opening of public seed grounds North of MRGO to Mississippi state line

  G.  Public oyster seed ground damage evaluation board Discussion

VI.  New Business

   A.  Status update of the public oyster grounds-Patrick Banks

   B.  “Oyster Reef for a Cleaner Gulf” video-Al Sunseri

   C.  Seed Ground Vessel  Permit Appeals Board- Sam Slavich

   D.  Tom Soniat- VMS update

   E.  Incidental harvesting of clams- Rusty Gaude

VII.  Public Comment

VIII.  Set Next Meeting

IX.  Adjourn

The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq.  The public is invited to attend.  To listen in to the meeting via webinar register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7242026059784465922

For press inquiries please contact Ashley Roth, 504-286-4162 or aroth@wlf.la.gov

To sign up for LDWF Alerts sent as text messages and emails directly to your mobile device click  here.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us atwww.wlf.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb, or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

 

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L.D.W.F. Public Meetings Begin Feb. 23 to Gather Comments on Proposed Hunting Seasons, W.M.A. Rules and Regulations Changes

Release Date: 02/19/2015

Feb. 19, 2015 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will provide seven public meetings around the state to gather comments on the proposed 2015-17 resident game hunting season dates, wildlife management areas (WMA) general rules and regulation changes, and the 2016 turkey season and turkey hunting areas.

Public comment will be taken on all items currently under consideration as notices of intent by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission through April 2. The meeting dates and locations include:
 
Feb. 23 - 6:00 p.m., LDWF Outdoor Education Center, 661 Robinson Bridge Road, Woodworth
Feb. 24 - 6:00 p.m., Ruston Civic Center, 401 North Trenton Street, Ruston
Feb. 24 - 6:30 p.m., LSU Ag Center, 7101 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles
Feb. 24 - 6:30 p.m., Natchitoches Event Center, 750 Second Street, Natchitoches
Feb. 25 - 6:00 p.m., Caldwell Parish Courthouse, 201 Main Street, Columbia
Feb. 25 - 6:00 p.m., Opelousas Civic Center, 1638 Creswell Lane, Opelousas
Feb. 26 - 6:30 p.m., Slidell Municipal Auditorium, 2056 2nd Street, Slidell

To view the full notices of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulations changes, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items .

Public comment will also be accepted at LWFC monthly meetings from now through April 2 or may be submitted directly to Steve Smith, LDWF Wildlife Division, PO Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to ssmith@wlf.la.gov .

For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov .

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