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Russell Sage WMA Main Road Closed to All Traffic Due to Flooding

Release Date: 02/27/2018

Feb. 27, 2018 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has closed the main road from Ruby Road Kiosk to Ouachita Parish Landfill on Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area (WMA) due to flooding.
 
Increasing water levels in associated river systems has caused backwater flooding on this thoroughfare. Once the water recedes, the road will be reopened.
 
Russell Sage WMA is located in Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, and Caldwell parishes and is approximately seven miles east of Monroe and 10 miles west of Rayville. For more information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2777.
 
For more information, contact Lowrey Moak at 318-343-4044 or lmoak@wlf.la.gov.
 

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LDWF Announces Road Closures in Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 02/27/2018

Feb. 27, 2018 -  The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has closed Cas-cas Road at the Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) due to flooding. Other roads will be closed on the WMA as water continues to rise.
 
Increasing water levels in associated river systems and heavy rainfall has caused flooding on these roads. Once the water recedes, LDWF will inspect, repair and reopen the roads when deemed safe for travel.
 
Grassy Lake WMA is located in northeastern Avoyelles Parish, approximately 12 miles from Bordelonville. For information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.la.gov/wma/36994 .
 
For more information, contact Tony Vidrine at 337-948-0255 or tvidrine@wlf.la.gov or Steven David at 337-948-0255 or sdavid@wlf.la.gov .
 

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LDWF Announces Road Closures in Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 02/27/2018

Feb. 27, 2018 -   The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has closed several roads to vehicle traffic at the Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area (WMA) due to flooding, including Dobbs Bay Road, Union Point Road, Lincecum Road, Blackhawk Road and the partial closure of Blount Road paralleling Patton Lake Loop Road.
 
Increasing water levels in associated river systems and heavy rainfall has caused flooding on these roads. Once the water recedes, LDWF will inspect, repair and reopen the roads when deemed safe for travel. 
 
Richard K. Yancey WMA is located approximately 35 miles south of Ferriday on Louisiana Highway 15 in lower Concordia Parish. For information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.la.gov/wma/36994 .
 
For more information, contact Tony Vidrine at 337-948-0255 or tvidrine@wlf.la.gov or Steven David at 337-948-0255 or sdavid@wlf.la.gov .
 

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LDWF Announces Road Closures for Some Dewey W. Wills WMA Roads Due to Flooding

Release Date: 02/27/2018

Feb. 27, 2018 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will close Sandy Bayou Road and Muddy Bayou Road from Deville Crossing to Nolan Bayou Road at Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area (WMA) once the water level on Larto Lake reaches 42 feet mean sea level (MSL), which is expected Tuesday (Feb. 27).
 
In addition, the portion of Hunt Road located south of the diversion canal will be closed to all traffic once the water level on Larto Lake reaches 45 feet MSL, which is expected Friday (March 2). 
 
Current water level for the Larto Lake Gauge is available at: http://rivergages.mvr.usace.army.mil/WaterControl/stationinfo2.cfm?sid=CE7F3AA4&fid=&dt=S
 
ATV/UTV usage on the WMA will be permitted for access to Sandy Bayou Road.
 
Increasing water levels in the Mississippi, Black and associated river systems will create backwater flooding on these roads. Once the water recedes and conditions allow, the roads will be reopened.
  
Dewey W. Wills WMA is located in the southern portion of LaSalle and Catahoula parishes in central Louisiana approximately 20 miles northeast of Alexandria. For more information on the WMA, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2753 .
 
For more information, contact Cliff Dailey at 318-487-5885 or adailey@wlf.la.gov .
 
 

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Agenda for the March Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting

Release Date: 02/26/2018

The next regular commission meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, March 1, 2018, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.

Agenda:

1. Call to Order

2. Pledge of Allegiance

3. Roll Call

4. Adoption of February 1, 2018 Commission Meeting Minutes

5. Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege

6. Enforcement Report February, 2018 – Captain Edward Skena

7. Presentation of the award for the Shikar Safari Club International wildlife agent of the year

8. Consider a Resolution Regarding Transfer of Property from Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area to Joyce Wildlife Management Area.  - Alvin F. Landry, Attorney

9. Receive an update on Public comment relative to the 2018-19 and 2019-20 hunting seasons, 2018-19 general and Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) hunting seasons and rules and regulations, 2019 general and WMA turkey hunting season and rules and regulations, and 2018-19 migratory bird hunting season and rules and regulations --Tommy Tuma, Wildlife Director

10. Receive an update on discovery of CWD in Mississippi and consider a Declaration of Emergency to cease supplemental feeding of deer in East Carroll, Madison and Tensas parishes. --Dr. Jim Lacour, Veterinarian, and Johnathan Bordelon, Program Manager

11. Receive an update on Public comment relative to the Feral Hog transport rule --Dr. Jim Lacour, Veterinarian

12. Receive and consider a Notice of Intent to amend the Inside/Outside shrimp line – Peyton Cagle, Biologist

13. Receive and consider the Public Comments Report on the Notice of Intent for the Addition of Sterlet Sturgeon to the Domestic Aquatic Organism (DAO) List for final rule making– Rob Bourgeois, Biologist

14. Receive a presentation and consider a Declaration of Emergency setting the 2018 opening date for bait menhaden – Daniel Edgar, Louisiana Bait

15. Gulf Council Update – Chris Schieble, Biologist

16. Set July 2018 Commission Meeting Date

17. Receive Public Comments

 

18. Adjournment

A live audio/video stream of this meeting will be available via Gotowebinar.com.  To attend this meeting via webinar visit: 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6284783564634084353 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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 recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to the contact at the top of this announcement at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date. 

Archery in Louisiana Schools State Tournament to Be Held in Shreveport on March 3

Release Date: 02/22/2018

Feb. 22, 2018 More than 1,200 student archers from 52 schools will compete in the 2018 Archery in Louisiana Schools (ALAS) State Tournament on March 3 at the Shreveport Convention Center. Students will be competing for $20,000 in scholarships and a chance to advance to the national tournament.
 
The event, which begins at 8 a.m., is open to the public. Admission fee is $5 for adults and free to those 18 years old and younger. The tournament runs throughout the day with the awards ceremony set for 7 p.m. This year’s state tournament will include both bullseye and 3-D competitions. Students qualified for the state tournament in two regional events held in January and February.
 
Volunteers to assist at this year’s event are still being recruited. To volunteer, please contact ALAS State Coordinator Chad Moore at cmoore@wlf.la.gov or 318-230-4352.
 
The ALAS program, administered by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), is part of the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP), which teaches international target archery skills to students in grades 4-12. About 200 schools and 24,000 students in Louisiana participate in the program. Nationally, more than 14,000 schools and 2.4 million students take part in the NASP program.
 
The 2018 ALAS State Tournament is made possible by the generous contributions of our sponsors: Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission, Man Cave Archery, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation-Louisiana Chapter, Hoot & Holler Archery, LSU AgCenter,  Morrell Targets, H&E Equipment Services, Whitetails Unlimited-Cenla Buckbusters, Quality Deer Management Association-Red River Branch, Homeland Security, Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office, Cenla Bowbenders, Louisiana Bowhunter, Y-Not Stop and Outlaw’s BBQ.
 
ALAS has grown rapidly since May of 2012 when about 35 schools participated. The program is offered in all parts of the state from rural to metropolitan areas.
 
The ALAS/NASP program is available to all schools in Louisiana and grants are available to assist with equipment purchases. For more information about the ALAS program, contact ALAS State Coordinator Chad Moore at cmoore@wlf.la.gov or 318-230-4352.
 

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Archery in Louisiana Schools State Tournament to Be Held in Shreveport on March 3

Release Date: 02/22/2018

Feb. 22, 2018 More than 1,200 student archers from 52 schools will compete in the 2018 Archery in Louisiana Schools (ALAS) State Tournament on March 3 at the Shreveport Convention Center. Students will be competing for $20,000 in scholarships and a chance to advance to the national tournament.
 
The event, which begins at 8 a.m., is open to the public. Admission fee is $5 for adults and free to those 18 years old and younger. The tournament runs throughout the day with the awards ceremony set for 7 p.m. This year’s state tournament will include both bullseye and 3-D competitions. Students qualified for the state tournament in two regional events held in January and February.
 
Volunteers to assist at this year’s event are still being recruited. To volunteer, please contact ALAS State Coordinator Chad Moore at cmoore@wlf.la.gov or 318-230-4352.
 
The ALAS program, administered by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), is part of the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP), which teaches international target archery skills to students in grades 4-12. About 200 schools and 24,000 students in Louisiana participate in the program. Nationally, more than 14,000 schools and 2.4 million students take part in the NASP program.
 
The 2018 ALAS State Tournament is made possible by the generous contributions of our sponsors: Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission, Man Cave Archery, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation-Louisiana Chapter, Hoot & Holler Archery, LSU AgCenter,  Morrell Targets, H&E Equipment Services, Whitetails Unlimited-Cenla Buckbusters, Quality Deer Management Association-Red River Branch, Homeland Security, Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office, Cenla Bowbenders, Louisiana Bowhunter, Y-Not Stop and Outlaw’s BBQ.
 
ALAS has grown rapidly since May of 2012 when about 35 schools participated. The program is offered in all parts of the state from rural to metropolitan areas.
The ALAS/NASP program is available to all schools in Louisiana and grants are available to assist with equipment purchases. For more information about the ALAS program, contact ALAS State Coordinator Chad Moore at cmoore@wlf.la.gov or 318-230-4352.
 

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LDWF Announces 2018 Derelict Crab Trap Rodeo; Volunteers Needed

Release Date: 02/21/2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will again host its annual Derelict Crab Trap Rodeo, a volunteer derelict crab trap cleanup event, Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) Center located at 8124 LA-56, Chauvin, LA 70433. This event is being held in coordination with the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) and Louisiana Sea Grant; the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) will be providing lunch. 

We need many volunteers to make this crab trap rodeo successful and keep our Sportsman’s Paradise pristine. Volunteers will help collect traps in the field, unload traps at the dock and count traps as they are unloaded. Commercial crabbers are highly encouraged to participate; their experience with the local waters and ability to stack traps on their vessel is valuable. Event organizers will provide boat owners with the equipment needed to collect the traps; however, they are responsible for transporting traps in their vessels. 

Removing abandoned crab traps is a wet and dirty job, so please wear appropriate clothing and wet gear. Volunteers should bring their own personal floatation device, which should be worn at all times while on the water. A free t-shirt and lunch will be provided to all volunteers as a small token of appreciation for their help to keep our waterways free and clean of derelict crab traps.

Volunteers are encouraged to register in advance online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F9C2L2G

Please note that only LDWF, those approved by LDWF, or those assisting in the crab trap rodeo may remove derelict traps within the designated area. Derelict traps must be brought to the designated disposal site and may not be taken from the area. Furthermore, no one is authorized to access private property during the crab trap rodeo; individual landowners must provide authorization to access private property. 

The crab trap rodeo is part of LDWF’s Derelict Crab Trap Removal Program. LDWF initiated this program in 2004 to help address the abundance of derelict crab traps in public waters. Derelict, or discarded, lost, or abandoned traps, can incidentally catch and kill blue crabs and other species, interfere with other commercial fishing gear types, create navigation hazards, and reduce the aesthetics of our environment. 

The program is funded through commercial fishermen gear fees. Since its inception, program participants have removed and disposed of more than 33,000 derelict crab traps. 

Go to www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/derelict-crab-trap-removal or contact Peyton Cagle at 337-491-2575 or peyton.cagle@la.gov for more information on Derelict Crab Trap Removal Program.

LDWF Biologists, Veterinarians Meet with Arkansas, Mississippi Personnel to Review CWD Response

Release Date: 02/16/2018

Feb. 16, 2018 – Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) deer and wildlife health and disease program biologists and wildlife veterinarians met Thursday (Feb. 15) with Arkansas and Mississippi wildlife personnel to discuss and review their respective chronic wasting disease (CWD) response plans.
 
Arkansas, which confirmed CWD in its state two years ago, shared valuable information from its experiences so far. Each agency’s staff will play important roles in upcoming disease sampling and surveillance in Louisiana and Mississippi.
 
A CWD-positive deer was confirmed in Issaquena County, Miss., on Jan. 25, making Mississippi the 25th state to confirm the presence of the disease.
 
Louisiana and Mississippi will have coordinated and measured responses, officials said.  Although Louisiana has not detected the disease, the CWD-positive deer was only about five miles from the Louisiana/Mississippi border. LDWF has implemented its response plan along with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP).
 
Landowner contacts and logistics of surveillance work are being planned and finalized.  Louisiana and Mississippi personnel will communicate closely with each other as well as landowners and the public within the surveillance zones.
 
To view the current Mississippi CWD surveillance zone go to: http://www.mdwfp.com/media/254611/cwd-management-zone.pdf.
 
To review the facts about CWD go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/CWD.
 

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LDWF Announces Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Training Workshop Dates

Release Date: 02/16/2018

Aquatic Volunteer Instructor teaching students about native fish and invasive species found in Louisiana.

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer instructor for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF)?  Through LDWF’s Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program (Aquatic VIP), you can learn not only the basics of fishing and fisheries management, but also how to teach those skills to get younger generations hooked on fishing too! The workshops offered through this program are perfect for teachers, Boy Scout leaders, homeschoolers, and anyone who enjoys fishing and the outdoors!

At this hands-on workshop led by LDWF biologists, you’ll receive the training you need to become a volunteer instructor, an invaluable ally in LDWF’s efforts to increase fishing participation and wise utilization of natural resources across Louisiana. Topics and activities include basic fishing techniques, proper fish identification, invasive species awareness, fish biology, fisheries management and more. A binder full of lesson plans, activity guides and educational materials will be given to all volunteers who attend the workshop. 

After completing the 8-hour workshop and passing a background check, volunteers can borrow equipment to help teach these topics to others. For example, if you’ve always wanted to host your own fishing clinic for youth, but didn’t have the materials and resources to run one, then this is your solution! We can provide fishing rods with basic tackle, a knot tying kit, art and crafts activities and more. Join us at one of our many free* workshops across the state to get started!  Here are the locations and dates of our upcoming Aquatic VIP workshops:

Wed. March 14th in Youngsville
Wed. April 18th in Shreveport
Wed. May 16th in Baton Rouge
Sat. June 16th in Baton Rouge for Teachers Only
Sat. August 11th in New Orleans
Wed. August 15th in Woodworth

If you have a group of people who are interested in taking this training together, please contact Alayna McGarry at 504-286-4050 or amcgarry@wlf.la.gov.  We may be able to come to your area and set up a private workshop for you and your group!

To find out more information or to sign up, please visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/ldwf-volunteer-programs.  For any questions about the Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program, contact Alayna McGarry at (504)286-4050 or at amcgarry@wlf.la.gov

*A $25 registration fee is required to reserve your spot. This fee will be returned upon your arrival at the workshop. 

 

 
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