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LDWF Brings New Life to Pearl River

Release Date: 11/02/2011

LDWF Fisheries Technician Mickey Miller displays a net full of channel catfish fingerlings, less than a year old.
Thousands of fish, reared at Booker Fowler Fish Hatchery in central Louisiana, are released into the Pearl River.
Thousands of fish, reared at Booker Fowler Fish Hatchery in central Louisiana, are released into the Pearl River.

Nearly 30,000 catfish and 24,000 bluegill fingerlings stocked

(Nov. 2, 2011) – Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) biologists took the first step in restoring fish to the Pearl River this afternoon by releasing thousands of fish into the river.  Approximately 30,000 channel catfish and 24,000 bluegill fingerlings were stocked at sites along the river in St. Tammany and Washington parishes. 

The stocking enhances the recovery of local fish populations following the Temple-Inland incident that killed over 500,000 fish and freshwater mussels in the river.  Although the fish population is expected to recover naturally, extra fingerlings were allocated to Pearl River to speed up the natural process.  Anglers have already reported catching fish in the affected area, prior to the stocking. 

“The department recognizes how important fishing in the Pearl River is to the local communities and anglers of south Louisiana,” said LDWF Assistant Secretary Randy Pausina.  “And we are making great efforts to restore the river as quickly as possible.”

The fish were raised and distributed from the Booker Fowler Fish Hatchery in central Louisiana.  The native fish were spawned this spring and are less than a year old.

“This is a healthy batch of fish.  They are about 4 to 5 inches long and average 40 fish per pound.  Because of their size, survival rates are expected to be high,” said Director of Inland Fisheries Mike Wood. “The fish were dispersed in multiple areas with optimal habitat to increase their chances of survival.”

The Department is currently in the preliminary stages of assessment following a fish kill caused by a discharge from Temple-Inland Paper Mill in Bogalusa, La.  Prescribed values for each impacted fish and mussel were recently submitted to Temple-Inland for review. 

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.

Ducks Unlimited, Partners Celebrate Completion of Pointe-Aux-Chenes WMA Project

Release Date: 11/02/2011

Ducks Unlimited, Partners Celebrate Completion of Pointe-Aux-Chenes WMA Project

Nov. 2, 2011–Representatives of Ducks Unlimited and several partner organizations gathered Tuesday at Pointe-Aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area to celebrate the completion of a $1.2 million coastal restoration project in southeast Louisiana and to dedicate it to Ron and Jackie Bartels of Schriever. More than 100 people attended the dedication event.

“Ducks Unlimited is pleased to recognize the Bartels’ unyielding commitment to conservation by dedicating the Grand Bayou Unit project to them,” said DU Executive Secretary Dan Thiel. “Pointe-Aux-Chenes WMA is one of the most popular public lands for waterfowl hunting in the state, and it is only fitting that Ron and Jackie’s conservation legacy be tied to it.”

The Bartels are well-known in the conservation arena for their pursuit of an impressive list of international game species as well as for their dedication to conservation organizations such as the Safari Club International and Ducks Unlimited. Ron has been an active DU volunteer for many years and currently serves as the Advisory Senior Vice President for Membership.

“If you’re going to harvest game, you absolutely must give back to the resource,” said Ron, manager at Eagle Consulting, LLC and Facilities, Inc.

Ron and Jackie have impressed upon their children and grandchildren the importance of a strong conservation ethic. At last count, 35 members from four generations of the Bartels family are carrying forward a passion for conservation through active support and involvement in organizations like Ducks Unlimited. “It makes me feel great that everybody is involved,” Jackie said.

The Grand Bayou project restored hydrology on approximately 3,255 acres of coastal marsh habitat through the installation of water control structures and levee work. In addition to enhancing public hunting opportunities on one of the most popular areas in the state, the work enables Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) managers to restore and maintain coastal marsh vegetation and salinity levels that support migratory waterfowl, shorebird and neo-tropical songbird populations, resident mottled ducks and myriad other marsh-dwelling species.

“This project is a premier example of Ducks Unlimited’s work to restore vital Gulf Coast marshes,” LDWF Secretary Robert Barham said. “The efforts of all partners involved greatly assist Wildlife and Fisheries’ efforts to efficiently and effectively manage the area for waterfowl and a wide variety of fish and other wildlife.”

“Anytime we are able to advance coastal restoration projects and mesh them with increased opportunities for wildlife management, it’s a win-win situation. And this project accomplishes both objectives,” Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne said.

The project, led by Ducks Unlimited, is a cooperative effort among 17 partners including: the North American Wetlands Conservation Council, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, Abita Brewing Company, Irene W. & C.B. Pennington Foundation, TransCanada Corporation, ExxonMobil Foundation, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation, Go-Devil Manufacturers of Louisiana – Warren Coco, Safari Club International – Louisiana Chapter, Trapp Cadillac-Chevrolet, Inc. – Heinke Trapp, Songy’s Sporting Goods – Barry Songy, Matthew Hagen, Dr. Ted Price, Pierre Olivier, and Bobby and Linda Burguieres.

Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America’s continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 12 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever.

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For more information, contact Andi Cooper at 601-206-5463 or acooper@ducks.org or Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov .

 

*Caption for group photo: Attending the Nov. 1 dedication of the recently completed coastal restoration project at Pointe Aux Chenes WMA  are (left to right): Jimmy Anthony, LDWF Office of Wildlife asst. secretary; Kell McInnis, LA Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation; Lee Hobbs, TransCanada Corporation; Dan Thiel, DU executive secretary; Jackie and Ron Bartels; Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne; and LDWF Secretary Robert Barham.(photo provided by Ducks Unlimited)

                                                                    

Facebook User Cited For Over Limit Of Ducks

Release Date: 11/02/2011

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a St. Charles Parish resident on Oct 27 for alleged migratory bird violations as a result of recent postings on his Facebook page.

Brandon Lowry, 19, of Norco, was cited for taking over the daily limit and two-day possession limit of teal.  Agents were informed of a photo taken during open teal season on Lowry’s Facebook profile showcasing 64 blue-winged teal ducks and 12 hunters.  Teal season ran from Sept. 10-25.

Agents then conducted an extensive investigation interviewing all 12 hunters and uncovering additional Facebook postings, which led them to believe that Lowry had shot over his daily and possession limits. 

After further questioning, Lowry admitted to investigators that he shot over the daily limit one day and shot his daily limit two other separate days.  The daily bag limit for teal during the special teal season is four teal per person per day with a two-day possession limit of eight.

The state penalties for migratory bird violations for having over the daily and possession limits are fines between $400 and $950, or up to 120 days in jail, or both plus court cost and forfeiture of anything seized for each offense.

LDWF Agent Jared Taylor was the lead investigative agent.

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

Environmental Education Commission Meeting Scheduled for Nov. 8

Release Date: 11/02/2011

NOV. 2, 2011– The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission will meet in Baton Rouge on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. in the Louisiana Room at theLouisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters located at 2000 Quail Drive.

         I.  Call to order

        II.  Roll Call/Sign-in

       III.  Minutes from last meeting

       IV.  Financial Report;

        V.  Coordinator’s Report;

       VI.  Old Business

A.     2012 Symposium Committee Reports

1.      Audio Visual

2.      Door Prize/Hospitality

3.      Evaluation

4.      Exhibitor

5.      Finance

6.      Keynote

7.      Financial Assistance

8.      Programs

9.      Public Relations

10.    Registration

   B.    Environmental Literacy Plan

           C.    Art & Language Arts Contest updates

  VII.  New Business

  A.     2012 Grants Program

  B.     LEEC Vote of Officers

  VIII.  Announcements

           2012 Calendars are ready for pickup

  IX.  Next Meeting Dates: March 9, 2012 (at Symposium in Lafayette), May 8, 2012, August 14, 2012

   X.  Adjournment

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LDWF Announces Oyster Season Closures in Hackberry Bay, Lake Chien and Lake Felicity Public Seed Grounds

Release Date: 11/01/2011

November 1, 2011 – Today Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Barham signed an order to close oyster harvest season in the public seed grounds of Hackberry Bay, Lake Chien and Lake Felicity, effective this Friday, November 4, at one-half hour past sunset. 

Historically, Hackberry Bay, Lake Chien and Lake Felicity, all yield a smaller oyster crop.  Based on current harvest pressures and the estimated stock sizes, these areas can sustain only a few days of harvest, as a result these closures were made to protect the long-term sustainability of the resource. 

All other details, rules and regulations of the 2011/2012 oyster season as established by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in September remain in effect until further notice.

Visit here for the latest on the 2011/2012 oyster season: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oyster-seasons

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 more information, please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (225) 610-2363.
 

Permitting Details Announced for Deer Hunters on Kisatchie National Forest Dec. 17-25, 2011

Release Date: 11/01/2011

Nov. 1, 2011 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and Kisatchie National Forest (KNF) today announced details for permitting that will be required for all deer hunters on KNF lands within the Catahoula, Winn and Kisatchie Ranger Districts and the Evangeline Unit of the Calcasieu Ranger District from Dec. 17 through 25, 2011.

The no cost permit required during the “with or without dogs” portion of the hunting season is available on the LDWF website. To obtain a permit, go to www.wlf.la.gov and click on the link to the KNF Deer Hunting Permit.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) approved “with or without dogs” dates during a special meeting in August. The special season requiring the KNF Deer Hunting Permit will be bucks only. The permitting process will enable KNF and LDWF to gather information necessary for management of hunting opportunities on KNF lands.

Every deer hunter in Kisatchie National Forest, except on the Caney Ranger District and the Vernon Unit of the Calcasieu Ranger District, during these dates, regardless of age, is required to have this permit.

Deer hunters using dogs must register an identifying mark with LDWF. Each dog must wear a collar providing the owner’s name, address and phone number. To obtain a permit, the hunter must provide their name and address and the identifying mark used on dogs engaged in the hunt.

For more information on all other rules regarding hunting on the KNF, please visit: http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/kisatchie/hunting/index.html.

For more information on how to obtain a KNF Deer Hunting Permit, call the LDWF Pineville Field Office at 318-487-5885 or the LDWF Wildlife Division Baton Rouge office at 225-765-2346.

Livingston Parish Resident Cited for Cruelty to Animals

Release Date: 11/01/2011

 

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent cited a Holden man for cruelty to animals in Livingston Parish on Oct. 28.

Kenneth W. Gordon, 41, was cited for hunting from a moving vehicle, illegal spotlighting from a public road, discharging a firearm from a public road, cruelty to animals and contributing to the delinquency of juveniles.

LDWF Agent Clarence Marques was investigating a night hunting complaint at 10 p.m. on Hwy. 1036 in Livingston Parish when he observed a spotlight coming from the passenger side of a pickup truck.  After stopping the vehicle, Marques noticed two freshly killed cats in the bed of the pickup truck.

Along with Gordon in the pickup truck were two juvenile teenage boys one 14 and the other 15 years old, a .22 caliber rifle and a spotlight.

Hunting from a moving vehicle brings a fine up to $500, or jail time up to 90 days, or both plus court cost.  Illegal spotlighting from a public road carries up to a $175 fine, or up to 30 days in jail or both.  Discharging a firearm from a public road brings a $50 fine or up to 30 days in jail. 

Cruelty to animals brings a fine up to $1000, or up to six months of imprisonment or both.  Contributing to the delinquency of juveniles carries up to a $500 fine, or up to six months of jail or both.

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

Amended Agenda For Commission Meeting

Release Date: 10/31/2011

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, November 3, 2011, in the Louisiana Room at the Wildlife and Fisheries Building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.

The following items will be discussed:

1.    Roll Call

2.   Approval of Minutes of October 6, 2011

3.  Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

4.  To present Shikar-Safari Club International Award to Sgt. Randy Lanoux

5.  To hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports/October

6.  To hear brief overview on Budget Request

7.  To announce 2012 Duck Stamp Competition Winner

8.  To consider Declaration of Emergency for Atchafalaya Deer Season, Including Changing Primitive Firearms Season on Attakapas Island  WMA from Either-Sex to Bucks Only

9.  To consider Notice of Intent to Establish a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit

10. To consider Notice of Intent to Establish Reporting Requirements for Recreationally Harvested Yellowfin Tuna

11. Set March 2012 Meeting Date

12.  Receive Public Comments

13. Adjournment

 

 

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L.D.W.F. Reminds Migratory Bird Hunters of HIP Certification Requirement

Release Date: 10/27/2011

Oct. 27, 2011-- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) reminds all migratory bird hunters that state and federal regulations require them to be Harvest Information Program (HIP) certified.

If you hunt ducks, coots, geese, brant, swans, doves, band-tailed pigeons, woodcock, rails, snipe, sandhill cranes or gallinules, you are required to participate in the HIP Program in each state that you hunt.

Hunters obtain their HIP certification when purchasing a hunting license by informing the sales agent that they hunt migratory birds and want to be HIP certified.  There is no cost or test for HIP certification.  Hunters of all ages, even hunters who have a lifetime hunting license, must obtain HIP certification and that can be done anywhere hunting licenses are sold.

Data gathered from HIP participants provides state wildlife managers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) a more accurate method of estimating the number of migratory birds harvested annually in each state.  The information is used by biologists to justify season lengths, bag limits and population monitoring.

For more information, contact Jeff Duguay at 225-765-2353 or jduguay@wlf.la.gov .

 

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Hunting Basics Workshop Attracts Outdoors Women

Release Date: 10/27/2011

Hunting Basics Workshop Attracts Outdoors Women
Hunting Basics Workshop Attracts Outdoors Women
Hunting Basics Workshop Attracts Outdoors Women
Hunting Basics Workshop Attracts Outdoors Women

Oct. 27, 2011-- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), in conjunction with Cabela’s, held a second Women’s Weekend Workshop on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge.

Twenty four participants spent a full day learning “Hunting Basics” from LDWF  Education Section staff members and Hunter Education volunteer instructors.

The eight-hour workshop focused on safe hunting and firearm skills, game basics, scouting/blood trailing, rifle and shotgun shooting techniques, archery and tree stand safety demonstrations.  Each activity offered hands-on practice time for every participant.  At the conclusion of the workshop, each participant received complimentary outdoor items from Cabela’s and the opportunity to taste different wild game dishes.

Through private partnerships, LDWF has arranged hunts later in the 2011-12 hunting season for each participant to hunt and test their skills.  The program goals include developing outdoors skills and attracting and retaining new hunters.

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 more information on future workshops, call Gene Cavalier at 985-882-9159 or gcavalier@wlf.la.gov .

 

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