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Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge Closed Until Further Notice Due To Hurricane Harvey

Release Date: 08/25/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has closed Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge due to Hurricane Harvey.

 

This morning at 6:00 a.m. Cameron Emergency Operations Center ordered a mandatory evacuation of Cameron Parish below the Intracoastal Waterway. 

Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, which consists of 76,042 acres, is located in eastern Cameron and western Vermilion parishes. It borders the Gulf of Mexico for 26.5 miles and extends inland toward the Grand Chenier ridge, a stranded beach ridge, six miles from the Gulf. For more information on the refuge, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/rockefeller-wildlife-refuge.

 

 

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 email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

Red Snapper fishing likely to continue through Labor Day

Release Date: 08/24/2017

News Release

For Immediate Release
August 23, 2017

 

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

 

Baton Rouge, LA – Based on the latest LA Creel landings data and this weekend’s weather forecast, LDWF biologists anticipate the red snapper season will remain open through Labor Day.

The latest catch stats from LDWF’s LA Creel, the agency’s near real-time data collecting program, show that 849,227 pounds of red snapper had been caught as of August 13. The last reported amount was 780,769 pounds.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has ordered LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet to shut down the red snapper season when it appears anglers will meet the self-imposed limit of 1.04 million pounds.

LDWF believes that being accountable for the catch limit will help the state’s chances of receiving federal government permission allowing Louisiana to manage its own red snapper season out 200 nautical miles from its coast.

The red snapper fishing season was extended 39 days as part of an agreement reached earlier this summer involving Louisiana, the four other Gulf states – Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Florida - and the U.S. Department of Commerce. It allowed recreational anglers to fish out 200 miles from the Louisiana coast for red snapper for 39 days. The dates left on the schedule are August 25-27, and September 1-4.

Any dates after this weekend will be canceled immediately if the limit is reached before September 4.

Also under the agreement, there would be no red snapper fishing in state waters – out nine miles from the Louisiana coast – on Mondays through Thursdays, except on July 3-4 and September 4. Anglers are limited to two fish, measuring at least 16 inches, per day.

*For more information on the 2017 red snapper landings estimates, visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/default/files/red_snapper_website_document_8-13-17.pdf

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 LDWF email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

LDWF Schedules Aerial Treatment of Aquatic Vegetation at Saline/Larto Complex

Release Date: 08/17/2017

LDWF Schedules Aerial Treatment of Aquatic Vegetation at Saline/Larto Complex

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has scheduled an aerial herbicide application on Tuesday, August 22 to control large expanses of American lotus and giant salvinia that are inhibiting access in the Saline/Larto complex. 
 
The aerial application will be used to treat selected areas where giant salvinia and American lotus growth is particularly heavy, encompassing roughly 550 acres in total. The designated spray area will be the southwest portion of Saline Lake, including Friejon Bayou, Raccoon Bayou and up to the mouth of Big Creek. It also includes the mouth of Big Creek to approximately 0.7 miles past Camel’s Slough.
 
The aquatic herbicides to be used are approved by the EPA for use in aquatic environments.
 
LDWF asks that boaters avoid the application during this time. Recreational activities will not be restricted on other areas of the lake. 

 

 

The numbers say it all, red snapper fishing continues

Release Date: 08/17/2017

Baton Rouge, LA – Louisiana anglers find themselves looking at yet another weekend of red snapper fishing as catch numbers are more than 250,000 pounds below the state’s self-imposed limit for 2017.

The latest catch stats from LDWF’s LA Creel, the agency’s near real-time data collecting program, show that 780,769 pounds of red snapper had been caught as of Aug. 6. The last reported amount was 764,283 pounds.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has ordered LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet to shut down the red snapper season when it appears anglers will meet the self-imposed limit of 1.04 million pounds.

LDWF believes that being accountable for the catch limit will help the state’s chances of receiving federal government permission allowing Louisiana to manage its own red snapper season out 200 nautical miles from its coast.

The red snapper fishing season was extended 39 days as part of an agreement reached earlier this summer involving Louisiana, the four other Gulf states – Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Florida - and the U.S. Department of Commerce. It allowed recreational anglers to fish out 200 miles from the Louisiana coast for red snapper for 39 days. The dates left on the schedule are Aug 18-20, Aug. 25-27, and Sept. 1-4.

Any dates after this weekend will be canceled immediately if the limit is reached before Sept. 4.

Also under the agreement, there would be no red snapper fishing in state waters – out nine miles from the Louisiana coast – on Mondays through Thursdays, except on July 3-4 and September 4. Anglers are limited to two fish, measuring at least 16 inches, per day.

*For more information on the 2017 red snapper landings estimates, visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/page/41176-red-snapper-long-range-plan-facts/redsnapperwebsitedocument8-6-17-1.pdf

The August Louisiana Artificial Reef Council meeting to be rescheduled

Release Date: 08/17/2017

The Louisiana Artificial Reef Council meeting scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 29 in the Louisiana Room of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters building, has been canceled.  The rescheduled meeting date and time will be announced at a future date.

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 email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area 2017-18 Marsh and Rice Field Waterfowl Lottery Hunts Announced

Release Date: 08/16/2017

Baton Rouge -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is now accepting applications for 2017-18 marsh and rice field waterfowl lottery hunts on White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) in Vermilion Parish.

Marsh hunts are available on:

November 16, 25, 26 and 28;

December 21, 23, 29 and 30;

January 9 and 16.

Rice field hunts are available on:

November 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, 25, 26, 29 and 30;

December 2, 3, 16, 17, 20, 23, 27, 29 and 30;

January  3, 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 19, 20, and 21.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and applications for both hunts must be received by 4:30 p.m. on September 20, 2017.

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, Louisiana, 70808 or by mail to the same address. Please note on the 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 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 .

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.

Free online training available for Louisiana trappers

Release Date: 08/15/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has partnered with the Louisiana Trappers and Alligator Hunters Association and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies to provide a free, voluntary online trapper education course found at:
 https://conservationlearning.org/login/index.php
 
This course covers important topics such as Louisiana trapping regulations, best management practices, and trapping safety. It provides context for today’s trapping industry with a section dedicated to the history of trapping and a section on the role that trapping plays in furbearer and land management. It provides practical instructions on running a trap-line and covers the various types of traps and their uses as well as other trapping equipment. The last unit introduces the participant to the market value of furbearers and touches upon the processing of the fur, meat, and glands. A list of licensed Louisiana fur dealers is also included to assist new trappers entering the industry.
 
Trapper education is not mandatory in Louisiana, but the information provided in this free course can help current trappers improve their knowledge or provide new trappers with the basic background of the industry. The purpose of this course is to increase active trapper numbers, provide basic trapping knowledge, and teach ethical and law-abiding behavior, as well as to instill public confidence and maintain public support for trapping as a wildlife management tool.
 
For more information contact Jennifer Manuel at jhogue@wlf.la.gov or 337-373-0032.
 
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 email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

Kindal Tonn, Seth Gottardi Selected the 2016 Louisiana Youth Hunters of the Year

Release Date: 08/14/2017

2016 Youth Hunters of the Year Seth Gottardi (left), Kindal Tonn (middle), with Barney Callahan, Louisiana Wildlife Federation

Aug. 14, 2017 - Kindal Tonn of Lacassine and Seth Gottardi of Slidell were selected as the 2016 Louisiana Female and Male Youth Hunters of the Year. The Youth Hunter of the Year Program is a joint effort with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Louisiana Wildlife Federation and the Louisiana Outdoors Writers Association.
 
The awards were presented at the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association banquet Saturday (Aug. 12) at the Chateau Saint Denis Hotel in Natchitoches.
 
The Youth Hunter of the Year program is made possible by the generous donations from South LA Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association, the Baton Rouge Chapter of Delta Waterfowl, Andrew Harrison with Harrison Law, LLC, the Louisiana Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and Bowie Outfitters in Baton Rouge.
 
Tonn, 13 and the female winner, harvested a spike deer while taking part in a management hunt at Bamberger Ranch in Johnson City, Texas, in February of 2016. Tonn used a youth .243 rifle to take the deer. She was one of 10 kids on the hunt and the only female.
 
“I was the only girl on the hunt (that) weekend,’’ Tonn said. “That made me nervous but I made the most of it.’’
 
Tonn was with her father, Robert, and a guide when she spotted the spike during a morning hunt.
 
“The spike offered a clear shot and I took it,’’ Tonn said. “After what seemed like an hour but was really about 15 minutes, we were able to go look for him. After going over one hill, through a valley, across a small creek and up another hill, we finally found him on top of that hill.
 
“It was a great weekend spent with my dad and the outdoors. And come to find out the only deer shot and recovered that weekend was killed by the only female hunter, me.’’
 
Gottardi, 15 and the male winner, was hunting with his grandfather, Rick Gottardi, in Washington Parish in the spring of 2016 when he harvested a 20-pound turkey with a 9-inch beard and 1-inch spurs. He used a 12-gauge shotgun to harvest the bird.
 
“I’ve been my Pawpaw Rick Gottardi’s hunting buddy since I was 7 or 8 years old,’’ Seth Gottardi said. “He bought me a lifetime hunting and fishing license when I was a baby. He also attended my safety training (class) with me when I was 11 and I harvested my first deer with him when I was 12.’’
 
Seth Gottardi was using his father’s gun so he and his grandfather made sure the aim was true with target practice the day before the hunt. That night Seth said he stayed up a bit late playing video games, so he and his grandfather didn’t get to their hunting spot until 6:45 a.m. But it wasn’t too late.
 
“The weather in the morning was clear, and there were a bunch of turkey gobbling,’’ Seth said. “We set up close to a fence line where an open gate led into a field. I set up in some short trees with my decoy about 20 yards from me. Pawpaw sat about five yards behind me and started calling. The gobbler was answering his calls.’’
 
Seth said it wasn’t long before the turkey came into view.
 
“My heart was pounding so hard and my arms were heavy from holding my shotgun up,’’ Seth said. “I leveled the bead on its head and Pawpaw whispered, ‘Let him have it.’ I pulled the trigger and got him. I just harvested my first wild turkey. Paw Paw and I high fived and said a little prayer, thanking the Lord for this hunt. I absolutely love to hunt and I am thankful that I am in a family that gives me this opportunity.’’
 
The 2017 Youth Hunter of the Year contest began with the 2017 turkey season and gets into full swing in September when the 2017 hunting season opens for dove and teal.
 
For more photos, contact Rebecca Triche at rebecca@lawildlifefed.org or 225-344-6707.
 

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2017 White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area Youth Waterfowl Hunts Announced

Release Date: 08/14/2017

Aug. 14, 2017 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for the 2017 youth waterfowl lottery hunts on White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) in Vermilion Parish.
 
There is no charge for the LDWF-sponsored hunts on Nov. 4-5, 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. 14.
 
To be eligible, applicants must be between 10-17 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 headquarters 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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New Dove Hunting Regulation on LDWF WMAs and Leased Dove Fields Will Be In Effect During 2017-18 Season

Release Date: 08/10/2017

Aug. 10, 2017 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is reminding dove hunters that a new regulation governing the type of shot dove hunters may use on LDWF Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and LDWF leased dove fields will be in effect for the 2017-18 hunting season.
 
Hunters on those areas will be limited to the use of non-toxic shot, size 6 and smaller for dove hunting.
 
The change is intended to reduce the deposition of lead shot and potential effects of lead on wildlife. Current research has demonstrated that in dove fields and areas surrounding dove fields, deposition of lead is high and concentration of lead is elevated in the soil.
 
The regulation was proposed and adopted in order to mitigate the potential exposure of lead to wildlife in areas impacted by this activity. Go to the LDWF web site at wlf.louisiana.gov to see the 2017-18 hunting rules and regulations.
 
For more information, contact Steve Smith at ssmith@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2359.

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