LDWF News Release

2015 Louisiana Youth Hunters of the Year Honored at LOWA Conference

Release Date: 08/22/2016

Kamryn Paige Hatton the 2015 Female Youth Hunter of the Year
Earl Darby Jr. the 2015 Male Youth Hunter of the Year

Aug. 22, 2016 – Kamryn Paige Hatton of Crowville and Earl Darby Jr. from Broussard have been named the 2015 Louisiana Female and Male Youth Hunters of the Year (YHOY). The duo was recognized during the Louisiana Outdoors Writers Association (LOWA) conference in Shreveport earlier this month.
The Youth Hunter of the Year Program is a joint effort between the LOWA and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF). Program sponsors include the South Louisiana Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association, Bowie Outfitters in Baton Rouge, the Louisiana Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Louisiana Wildlife Federation, the Baton Rouge Area Chapter of Delta Waterfowl, and Andrew Harrison of Harrison Law, LLC in Baton Rouge.
Ten-year old Hatton, the daughter of Angel and William Hatton, harvested her first two deer during the 2014-15 hunting season. She made the most of her first deer hunt in 2014 when hunting with her father, taking a doe on her grandfather’s land in Madison Parish.
Then in 2015, Hatton harvested her first buck.
Darby Jr., 7, enjoyed a successful 2014-15 hunting season with his grandparents, Arden and Rhonda Delahoussaye. In the fall of 2014, Darby Jr. went on his first squirrel hunt and harvested five squirrels. The family had one black fox squirrel mounted as a keepsake for Darby Jr.
Darby Jr. showed in 2015 that his first hunt wasn’t beginner’s luck. On his first deer hunt, he harvested a doe in Olla. Then later in the season, he took his first buck, an 8-pointer.
The 2016 Youth Hunter of the Year contest began with the 2016 turkey season and gets into full swing in September when the 2016 hunting season opens for dove and teal.
LDWF and LOWA encourage all youth hunters, 15 years old or younger, to participate in the Youth Hunter Registry Program and the YHOY of the Year Program. 

For more information about the Youth Hunter Registry and YHOY Program, visit LDWF’s website at http://www.wlf.state.la.us/hunting/yhrp or contact Scott Durham at 225-765-2351 or sdurham@wlf.la.gov .


LDWF to Reschedule Artificial Reef Council Meeting Scheduled this Week

Release Date: 08/22/2016

Due to the historic flooding in south Louisiana last week, the Artificial Reef Council meeting scheduled for Thursday, August 25th will have to be rescheduled. A new date has yet to be determined, but will be released once available.

LDWF headquarters to sell commercial fishing licenses Friday, August 19th

Release Date: 08/18/2016


LDWF headquarters to sell commercial fishing licenses Friday, August 18th


Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will open in a limited capacity tomorrow, August 19th to sell commercial fishing licenses.  A small licensing team will be available from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to serve the public. 

Recent office closures due to flooding has prevented some commercial fishermen from purchasing their licenses ahead of the shrimp season, which opens Monday on the west side of the state.

As a reminder, commercial fishermen can renew their existing licenses online athttps://www.la.wildlifelicense.com/start.php.  New licenses must be purchased in person.

Our headquarters office is located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70898.

Many of our employees have been severely impacted by the recent flooding across the state, we appreciate the public’s patience as we begin the process of helping our LDWF family rebuild.

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 www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

LDWF Postpones Public Hearings on Proposed Cervid Carcass Importation Ban in Mandeville, Lafayette

Release Date: 08/18/2016

Aug. 18, 2016 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has postponed public hearings to discuss a proposed cervid carcass importation ban in Mandeville on Monday (Aug. 22) and Lafayette on Tuesday (Aug. 23).  Extreme flooding in some parts of southern Louisiana forced delaying the meetings.
The ban was proposed to assist in preventing the introduction of chronic wasting disease (CWD) into Louisiana’s white-tailed deer population.
The other four meetings in Lake Charles (Aug. 22), Monroe (Aug. 23), Minden (Aug. 24) and Woodworth (Aug. 25) will go on as scheduled.
LDWF will reschedule the meetings for Mandeville and Lafayette.
Here is the list of meetings still scheduled to be held:
Aug. 22 at Lake Charles’ LSU Ag Center, 7101 Gulf Hwy., Lake Charles, 6:30 p.m.,
Aug. 23 at LDWF Monroe Field Office, 368 Century Link Dr., Monroe, 6:30 p.m.,
Aug. 24 at LDWF Minden Field Office, 9961 Hwy. 80, Minden, 6:30 p.m.,
Aug. 25 at Woodworth Outdoor Education Center, 661 Robinson Bridge Road, Woodworth, 6:30 p.m.
An importation ban on carcasses of cervids harvested out-of-state was proposed by LDWF during the July LWFC meeting and is in the public comment period. The ban defines a cervid as animals of the family Cervidae, including but not limited to white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, moose, caribou, fallow deer, axis deer, sika deer, red deer and reindeer. 
The proposed ban would prohibit the importation of cervid carcasses except for deboned meat, antlers, clean skull plates with antlers, cleaned skulls without tissue attached, capes, tanned hides, finished taxidermy mounts and cleaned cervid teeth.
This proposed ban is strictly for the purpose of reducing the likelihood that CWD will enter Louisiana through carcass importation. Approved parts and deboned meat from other states must contain a possession tag with the hunter’s name, out-of-state license number (if required), address, species, date and location (county and state) of harvest.  Each state has different possession requirements for game once processed.
To view the full notice of intent, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.
Public comment can be submitted in writing by mail to: Johnathan Bordelon, LDWF Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to jbordelon@wlf.la.gov until 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 26, 2016.
For more information, contact Bordelon at 225-765-2344.


LDWF Creating Cuts in Rockefeller Refuge Southern Protection Levee to Help Alleviate Flooding

Release Date: 08/18/2016

LDWF Creating Cuts in Rockefeller Refuge Southern Protection Levee to Help Alleviate Flooding
A cut is created in the southern protection levee on Rockefeller Refuge to help alleviate flooding.
The first cut in the southern protection levee at Rockefeller Refuge.

LDWF Creating Cuts in Rockefeller Refuge Southern Protection Levee to Help Alleviate Flooding

Aug. 18, 2016 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will create two 50-foot cuts in in the southern protection levee on Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in Cameron and Vermilion parishes to help alleviate flooding from the recent rains that have inundated parts of southern Louisiana.

Both cuts should be completed by late Thursday afternoon and will help relieve flooding in Calcasieu, Cameron and Vermilion parishes in the Mermentau Basin.

“We are in the process of excavating two, 50-foot cuts in the southern protection levee from the Gulf of Mexico on Rockefeller Refuge,’’ said Scooter Trosclair, program manager at Rockefeller Refuge. “This will aid in additional outflow as tides allow from the excessive amounts of flood water flowing in from the Mermentau Basin.’’

Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, located in eastern Cameron and western Vermilion Parishes, is owned and maintained by the state of Louisiana and LDWF. It encompasses about 76,000 acres. 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, contact Trosclair at 337-491-2593.



Elmer’s Island closure extended to August 30th due to weather delays

Release Date: 08/18/2016

Elmer’s Island closure extended to August 30th due to weather delays

Elmer’s Island closure extended to August 30th due to weather delays
Recent weather conditions have made dredging in the Gulf of Mexico unfavorable.  These unexpected weather delays have extended the Elmer’s Island closure by 8 days to August 30th.   The slow-moving weather system that has caused unprecedented flooding in parts of our state is also responsible for these construction delays.
An updated map with new closure dates can be found above.

Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet

Release Date: 08/18/2016

The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board will meet on Tuesday, August 23, 2016. The meeting will convene at 10:30 a.m. in the second floor conference room of the University of New Orleans’ Advanced Technology Center located at 2021 Lakeshore Drive in New Orleans.  

Agenda items for the meeting of the Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board are as follows:

1.     Roll Call of Board Members

2.     Approval of Minutes from March 2, 2016 Meeting

3.     Hearing of New Renewal Permit Appeals

a.     Randy Chaisson, Sr.

b.     Kenneth Caywood

4.     Update on Recommendations Made at March 2, 2016 Meeting

5.     Receive Public Comments

6.     Set next meeting date

7.     Adjournment

This Board was established by Act 922 of the 2008 Regular Legislative Session for the purpose of hearing appeals of vessel permit denials by LDWF. Act 922 requires that anyone commercially harvesting oysters on the public oyster seed grounds and reservations, except those in Calcasieu Lake and Sabine Lake, must do so from a vessel holding a public oyster seed ground vessel permit issued by LDWF.

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.


For more information, please contact Ty Lindsey at 225-765-2387 or tlindsey@wlf.la.gov.  

LDWF Biologists Recommend Staying Away From Displaced Wildlife During Flood Event

Release Date: 08/17/2016

Aug. 17, 2016 – Widespread flooding in southern Louisiana will displace wildlife and could move the animals into populated areas. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists said the public should be on the lookout for wildlife such as deer, snakes, alligators or any displaced animal.
If you see wild animals the most prudent thing to do is stay away and leave them alone.
To report nuisance alligators, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife/nuisance-alligator-contacts . To report nuisance wildlife, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife/nwco .
In cases where a bird or mammal has been injured and is in need of assistance, concerned citizens should contact a certified wildlife rehabilitator listed at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife/rehab . Wildlife rehabilitators have the training, skills and facilities necessary to care for most injured animals and are permitted by LDWF to rehabilitate injured wildlife in Louisiana.
Rehabilitators are not permitted to take deer or fawns without prior LDWF approval. All calls regarding deer or fawns must be handled through the appropriate LDWF regional office. Go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife-field-offices-and-telephone-numbers for a listing of those offices or contact LDWF Deer Program Manager Johnathan Bordelon at jbordelon@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2344.
Bordelon said the public should not pick up fawns during this disaster. There is a good chance the doe is nearby but reluctant to come out in view of the public. Deer will attempt to return to their normal home ranges in advance of the water receding in some cases.
Department biologists said that smaller animals such as rabbits are adept swimmers and can ride out the flooding on stumps, logs and floating debris.
For more information on displaced wildlife, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife/nuisance-wildlife .


LDWF Postpones Alligator Hunting Information Meetings Until Aug. 24

Release Date: 08/17/2016

Aug. 17, 2016 – Widespread flooding in southern Louisiana has prompted the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) to postpone Wednesday’s (Aug. 17) alligator lottery and commercial hunt information meetings for Joyce, Manchac, Maurepas Swamp, and Pearl River Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) until Aug. 24.
The meetings will be held in the Louisiana Room on the first floor of the LDWF headquarters building at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge. The lottery meeting will begin at 10 a.m. with the commercial meeting to follow at 1 p.m.
Licenses and tags will be provided after each meeting.
For more information, contact Forest Burks at fburks@wlf.la.gov or 985-543-4781.


LASS Saltwater Series Cancelled for August 20th - Delacroix

Release Date: 08/16/2016

LASS Saltwater Series Cancelled for August 20th - Delacroix

For Immediate Release
August 16, 2016
Contact: Sam Barbera
(August 16, 2016) - Due to the extreme flooding conditions across much of south Louisiana, the Louisiana Saltwater Series (LASS) Delacroix event scheduled for Saturday, August 20th has been canceled. There are no plans to reschedule the event at this time.  
All pre-paid tournament fees will be refunded. Many of our anglers are voluntarily assisting with water rescue, and the future recovery assignments for LDWF employees are uncertain.  
The LASS tournament trail will resume on September 17th at Calcasieu Point Landing. Teams with participation in two events shall qualify for the 2016 Championship.
For questions contact Sam Barbera, LASS Tournament Director at Sbarbera@wlf.la.govor 225-405-7827.

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