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L.D.W.F. News Release

Support Clean Out Your Freezer Day

Release Date: 09/19/2011

Sept. 19, 2011The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries urges all hunters to support Hunters for the Hungry on Clean Out Your Freezer Day set for Sunday, Sept. 25.

As the 2011-12 hunting season gets underway, hunters can donate frozen game to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank in support of the needy within the community.  Between 1 and 4 p.m. on Sept. 25, frozen game and fish will be accepted at the following collection points:

Ascension Parish

Cabela’s – Interstate 10 at La. Hwy. 30, Gonzales

East Baton Rouge Parish

Old Alex Box Stadium (LSU) – Parking lot at corner of Nicholson and Skip Bertman Dr.

Baker Fire Department – 3701 Groom Road

Baton Rouge Fire Dept. – 545 Lobdell Drive and 835 Sharp Road

Bowie Outfitters – 8630 Perkins Road

CCA Louisiana – 12241 Industriplex Blvd.

Central Fire Dept. – 11646 Sullivan Road

St. George Fire Dept. – 7027 Antioch Road and 16415 George O’Neal Lane

Zachary Fire Dept. – 4525 Main Street

West Baton Rouge Parish

Spillway Sportsman – La. Hwy. 1, Brusly

West Feliciana Parish

Feliciana Seafood and Deli – 7555 Highway 61 North, St. Francisville

Iberville Parish

Basin River Electrical Supply – 24310 Railroad Avenue, Plaquemine

Livingston Parish

Bass Pro Shop – Interstate 12 at Range Avenue, Denham Springs

Pointe Coupee Parish

Soprano’s Supermarket – 8389 Hwy. 190, Livonia

For more information, contact the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank at 225-359-9940, ext. 206 or amy@brfoodbank.org.

Belle Chasse Man Cited for Filing False Boat Registration

Release Date: 09/19/2011

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division Strike Force and undercover agents cited a Belle Chasse man for alleged boat registration violations on Sept. 18.

Agents cited Benjamin Vodopija, 24, for possessing a motorboat with an altered hull identification number in Plaquemines Parish.  Vodopija was also cited for injuring public records and filing false public records in East Baton Rouge Parish in his attempt to illegally register a boat.

Undercover agents answered an Internet classified ad in reference to a subject wanting to purchase a Louisiana boat registration for a vessel that he was unable to obtain a registration for legally.  Undercover agents made contact with Vodopija and sold him a false registration for $200.  Vodopija allegedly registered the vessel in his name with the false registration.

For filing false public records and injuring public records, Vodopija faces up to five years in jail, or up to $5,000 in fines or both for each offense.  Agents seized the vessel along with a Yamaha outboard motor and boat trailer.

Agents involved in the case were Lt. Joseph Arnaud, Sgt. Todd Laviolette, Agents Charles Talbert, Justin Lowry, Ronnie Engelhard and LDWF undercover agents.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF to Begin Accepting Lake Calcasieu Oyster Permit Application September 26

Release Date: 09/15/2011

September 15, 2011 – Today the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reminds interested oyster harvesters that Lake Calcasieu oyster permit applications will begin being accepted at 9 a.m., Monday, September 26.  Applications may be submitted online only.

To view a sample application click here: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/image/sample-application-calcasieu-lake-oyster-permits

For more information on the Lake Calcasieu oyster permit application click here: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/webform/calcasieu-lake-oyster-harvester-permit

For questions concerning the application process, contact Cole Garrett at (225) 763-5577 or at cgarrett@wlf.la.gov.

As required by Act 329 of the 2011 Louisiana Legislative Session, anyone seeking to commercially harvest oysters in Lake Calcasieu must have one of 126 special Oyster Harvester Permits issued by LDWF. 

Of the 126 permits available, 63 will be issued exclusively to eligible fishermen who have historically harvested in Lake Calcasieu since January 1, 2001.  The remaining 63 permits will be issued to any person who is otherwise eligible.

Permits will be valid for a period of one year beginning October 1, of a given year and ending September 30, of the following year.  Applicants are required to hold a current and valid commercial fishing license and oyster harvester license.

At its September meeting, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the 2011 limit at 10 sacks per person, per vessel, per day at Lake Calcasieu.  Only the portion of the Lake known as West Cove will be open for harvest.  The season is set to open on November 1st.

Applications for permits will be available exclusively online on the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries website (www.wlf.louisiana.gov).  Permits will be issued on a first-come-first-serve basis, determined by the order in which completed applications are submitted through the LDWF website.  Online submission is the ONLY acceptable method to submit completed applications.

Completed applications will be reviewed by LDWF and permits will be issued prior to the opening of the oyster harvest season in Lake Calcasieu West Cove.

Harvesters will be required to reapply on the last Monday of September each year.

A completed application consists of the following information:  applicant’s name, physical and mailing address, phone number, commercial license number, and oyster harvester license number.

For press inquiries please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (225)610-2363.

 

LDWF Sets Public Meetings to discuss Drawdown for Anococo Lake

Release Date: 09/14/2011

(Sept. 14, 2011)– The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Vernon Parish Lake Commission will hold two public meetings in Leesville, La., to discuss a drawdown for Anacoco Lake in Vernon Parish.  The meetings are being held to provide additional information and address public concerns. 

The lake will be lowered approximately 18 feet below pool stage beginning January 9, 2012, and will remain lowered until November 1, 2012.

The drawdown is being conducted to reduce muddy water and renovate the lake bottom.  It will also allow property owners the opportunity to conduct shoreline and property maintenance. 

The meeting dates, times and locations are as follows:

  • Sept. 20 – 6:30 p.m. at the Vernon Parish Fairgrounds Auditorium, 276 HM Stephens Blvd., Leesville
     
  • Oct. 11 – 6:30 p.m. at the Vernon Parish Government Complex Building, 300 S. Third St., Leesville

For further information regarding the drawdown, contact Eric Shanks, LDWF Inland Fisheries Manager, at (337) 491-2577.

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.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov (225) 765-5113.

2011 White Lake W.C.A. Marsh and Rice Field Lottery Waterfowl Hunts Announced

Release Date: 09/14/2011

Sept. 14, 2011-- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is now accepting applications for the 2011-12 marsh and rice field lottery waterfowl hunts on the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) in Vermilion Parish.

The available dates for rice field hunts are: Nov. 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 22 and 30; Dec. 3, 4, 17, 18, 21, 28 and 30; Jan. 4, 7, 8, 11, 14, 15, 17, 21 and 22. Marsh hunts are available on: Nov.16, 21, 23, 26 and 27; Dec. 27, 29 and 31; and Jan. 18 and 19.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and applications for both hunts must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 13, 2011.

Applications may be obtained by contacting any of LDWF's field offices or by visiting the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts .  Completed applications may be delivered in person to Room 458 of the LDWF Building in Baton Rouge, or by mail.  The mailing address is: La. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Attention: White Lake Marsh/Rice Field Lottery Hunt, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898.

Each application will be assessed a non-refundable $5 administrative fee. Applications must be accompanied by a 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.

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.govon Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information on White Lake WCA rice field and marsh lottery waterfowl hunts, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-479-1894 or wsweeney@wlf.la.gov .

 

Commercial King Mackerel Season to Close September 16

Release Date: 09/14/2011

September 14, 2011 – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the commercial season for king mackerel in Louisiana waters will close at 12 p.m., on Friday, September 16, 2011. 

The closure was made based on data gathered by LDWF biologists and the National Marine Fisheries Service, that the annual quota for king mackerel of 1.01 million pounds for the western zone of the Gulf of Mexico would soon be met.  The commercial fishing season for king mackerel will also close in federal waters at noon on Friday. 

Each year, a commercial quota is established for Gulf of Mexico group king mackerel by NMFS based on recommendations by the Gulf and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils. That figure is then divided into allocations for various zones and fisheries.  According to the best information available, the 1.01 million pound commercial quota of king mackerel for the western zone of the Gulf of Mexico will be harvested by September 16, 2011.

While there are relatively few king mackerel harvested or targeted by Louisiana recreational anglers, a substantial commercial fishery does exist, which typically lands 800,000 to 900,000 pounds annually at Louisiana ports.  A significant portion of the king mackerel landed in Louisiana ports is shipped to markets in the northeast United States.

For more information, contact Jason Adriance at 504.284.2032 or jadriance@wlf.la.gov.  For press inquiries contact Laura Deslatte-Wooderson at 225.610.2363 or lwooderson@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF Unveils New Toll Free Information Hotline

Release Date: 09/13/2011

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is now offering a free information hotline to the public that will cover popular season dates and regulations.

The public can call the toll free hotline 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-256-2749.  As seasons are set, LDWF will update the hotline with the most current information.

"The department anticipates the most useful feature of the hotline will be for those looking for season dates after our normal operating hours and on weekends," said Lt. Col. Jeff Mayne of LDWF's Enforcement Division.  "This hotline provides another tool the public can use to find out about newly set seasons in addition to our Web site and other publications."

After calling the hotline, the public will listen to an operator and follow the prompts to access the information they are seeking.

Hunting and fishing dates will be available through the hotline for the following seasons: shrimp, deer, squirrel, rabbit, migratory game birds, turkey, quail, recreational finfish and commercial finfish.

"In efforts to increase voluntary compliance, we want to ensure the public is aware of what seasons are currently open and the legal take and limits," said Mayne.

The hotline will also feature boating safety, Wildlife Management Area and hunter safety information as well as the contact information for regional offices located around the state.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Ecotourism Workshop Set for Sept. 28-29 in Monroe

Release Date: 09/09/2011

Ecotourism Workshop Set for Sept. 28-29 in Monroe

Sept. 9, 2011 - A two-day workshop on developing outdoor recreation on agricultural lands has been scheduled for Sept. 28-29 at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Monroe, La.

Sponsored by the LSU AgCenter and Mississippi State University’s Natural Resource Enterprises Program, the program will focus on developing ecotourism activities featuring wildlife and water systems on farmlands.

Guest speakers will talk about revenue potential, outdoor recreational opportunities on farmlands, how to start an outfitter business and legal concerns, as well as hunting and crawfish production, Hatch said.

Nationally known river guide John Ruskey will speak and offer a canoe trip on the first day of the workshop. The river guide and outfitter from Clarksdale, Miss., will lead two 10-person canoes on a two-hour paddle. The fee is $25.

Keynote speaker for the first day will be Daryl Jones, director of Mississippi State University’s Natural Resource Enterprises Program. Jones will present statistics about enterprise development and trends that are making outdoor recreation popular.

LSU AgCenter agritourism coordinator Dora Ann Hatch will discuss marketing enterprises, and LSU AgCenter wildlife specialist Don Reed will talk about managing private lands for fee or lease hunting.

Optional activities at the end of the first day will include a photography session and a bird-watching session offered by the Friends of the Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

The second day will give participants an opportunity to learn about successful tourism programs in paddling, becoming an outfitter and legal liabilities associated with navigating waterways. Keynote speaker for day two will be Tom Potter, executive director of North Carolina Paddle Trails, who will provide information on the economic and social impacts of paddling. A panel of speakers will talk about how they got involved in paddling and offering their services to others.

After the panel, Stuart Johnson, assistant secretary in the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism Office of State Parks; Keith Casio with the Louisiana Natural and Scenic Rivers Program in the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries; Bob Strader, Gay Brantley and Jean Mikeal with National Wildlife Refuges in Mississippi and in Monroe and Tallulah, La., will talk about state and national opportunities for nature-based tourism in their respective areas.

Registration for this event is available online at www.LSUAgCenter.com/onlinestore and at www.lsuagcenter.com/agritourism . The fee is $50 for single days or $75 for both days.

For more information, contact Dora Ann Hatch at 318-927-9654, ext. 229, or at dhatch@agcenter.lsu.edu or John Hanks at 318-343-4044 or jhanks@wlf.la.gov .

Hunting and Fishing Advisory Education Council Scheduled to Meet Sept. 13, 2011

Release Date: 09/09/2011

The Hunting and Fishing Advisory Education Council will meet Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 1:30 p.m. at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters building located at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge.

The agenda for Tuesday’s meeting in the Louisiana Room is as follows:

1.  Roll Call

2.  Approval of Minutes of June 14, 2011

3.  Chairman Welcome and Opening Comments

4.  Enforcement Division Report

5.  Office of Fisheries Report

  • Atchafalaya Basin Fishing Survey
  • Pearl River Spill Update
  • Texas-LA Border Fishing Regulations Agreement
  • Tilapia Update

6.  Office of Wildlife Report

  • Kisatchie National Forest Deer-dog Hunting
  • WMA Expansion: Sites Adding Acreage
  • Limited Access Areas Providing Hunter Options

7.  Set Next Meeting Date

8.  Receive Public Comments

9.  Adjournment

For more information, contact Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov.

 

Union Parish Man Arrested For Fifth DWI

Release Date: 09/09/2011

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Union Parish man for allegedly his fifth driving while intoxicated (DWI) offense on Sept. 6 on the Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area (WMA).

Agents arrested Jerry R. McAdams, 51, of Downsville, for his fifth DWI offense and also cited him for driving without a valid license and violating WMA rules and regulations.

Agents stopped McAdams in his vehicle to inquire about his self-clearing permit when they noticed that McAdams appeared to be intoxicated.  Agents then discovered that McAdams did not possess a current driver’s license, or check in to use the WMA and was on probation for his fourth DWI offense.

Agents arrested and transported McAdams to the Ouachita Parish Correctional Center where he submitted a breath sample.  The results showed McAdams to have a blood alcohol content above the legal limit of .08.

A fourth DWI offense or any subsequent conviction is a felony punishable by imprisonment between 10 and 30 years and up to a $5,000 fine.  Failing to abide by WMA rules and regulations brings a fine up to $350, or up to 60 days in jail, or both plus court cost.  Operating a vehicle without a valid driver’s license is a fine up to $175, and up to 30 days in jail, or both plus court cost.

Agents involved in the case are Senior Agent Scott Jeansonne and Lt. Rick Owens.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

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