LDWF News Release

Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge Temporarily Closing East End Locks Area for Facility Improvement Project

Release Date: 11/07/2011

Nov. 7, 2011-- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will begin a $2.4 million construction project at Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge on Nov. 14.  The project will enhance public recreational access to areas in the central and western portions of the refuge located in Cameron Parish.

To facilitate construction, the East End Locks Road will be closed starting Monday, Nov. 14, until further notice.  This action will close the area to crabbing, fishing and shrimping at East End Locks, and also close boat access to the east end of the refuge.

The project will replace bulkheads along East End Locks Road and the East End boat launch area. Two new boat ramps will be installed to replace the old ramps. The new boat ramps will also be extended into the Humble Canal to provide access to the refuge during low tides, and the launch parking area will be improved. 

The double boat launch on the west side of the Humble Canal will remain open until Feb. 15, 2012 to provide continued access to Mud Hole, the LSU Structure at Price Lake, Headquarters Canal and the Gulf of Mexico.  Many areas of the refuge will close Dec. 1 to minimize disturbance to wintering waterfowl.  These areas will be clearly marked as closed.

For more information on Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge, visit the LDWF website at www.wlf.la.gov or call 337-491-2593.



Jeffery Klinefelter Wins 2012 Louisiana Duck Stamp Competition

Release Date: 11/03/2011

2012 Louisiana Duck Stamp -- American Wigeon

Nov. 3, 2011 – Jeffery Klinefelter of Etna Green, Indiana, took home first place in the 2012 Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Competition sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF). The contest determines the image to be used on what is commonly known as the Louisiana Duck Stamp.

Klinefelter, who also won this contest for the 2008 Louisiana Duck Stamp, beat out 16 other competitors and was recognized at the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission’s Nov. 3 meeting as the 2012 winner.  Tom Crain of Branson, Missouri, a first-time entrant, came in second place, and third place went to 2009 winner Anthony Padgett from Noblesville, Indiana.  Last year, Wes Dewey of Kansas won the contest.

In addition to winning the 2008 contest, Klinefelter has previously won the Indiana Duck Stamp contest for 2011 and the 2011 Gamebird Stamp competition in California.  His painting of a male and female American wigeon at a marsh edge will be featured on the 2012 Louisiana Duck Stamp.

"The department was happy with the quantity of entries this year, and we continue to be impressed by the quality of the paintings," said LDWF Waterfowl Study Leader Larry Reynolds.  "Klinefelter’s painting showed exceptional attention to detail with the features and scale of American wigeon and will make an outstanding duck stamp."  

For the third consecutive year, LDWF held an open contest that allowed the artist to choose any migratory waterfowl species known to winter in Louisiana for entry in the contest.  Only northern pintails and wood ducks, which were featured on the 2010 and 2011 duck stamps respectively, were not allowed.

The Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp program was established in 1988 by the Louisiana Legislature to generate revenue for conservation and enhancement of state wetlands and other worthy programs that benefit Louisiana’s ducks and geese.  This program has generated over $11 million for wetland conservation in Louisiana since 1989, with over $270,000 from last year’s stamp sales alone.

The 2012 stamp, featuring Klinefelter's work, is expected to go on sale June 1, 2012.  The artist will retain the original artwork and will have reproduction rights to the image for prints and other commodities after LDWF has used the image to produce the stamps.

Judges for the competition were Dr. Frank Rohwer, Dr. Tommy Michot, R.C. Davis, Tex Plumley, and Bonnie Camos.  Rohwer is a Professor of Wildlife Ecology in the School of Renewable Natural Resources at LSU, and the Scientific Director for the Delta Waterfowl Foundation. Michot is a long-time wetland/waterfowl research biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S.G.S. National Wetland Research Center and is now a faculty member at University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  Davis, a professional artist from Amite, is a past winner of the Louisiana Duck Stamp contest for the 1998-99 stamp design. Plumley is the president of Billeaud Companies, a real-estate development company in Lafayette, and the current state chairman of Ducks Unlimited. Camos is an exhibiting artist, curator and art instructor in Lafayette who was an official Festival International de Louisiane artist in 2010.

For more information on the contest, contact Larry Reynolds at lreynolds@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-0456. To obtain a high-resolution digital image of the winning entry, contact Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@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 http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/ on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter@LDWF.


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L.W.F.C. Renews Declaration of Emergency for Revised 2011-2012 Deer Hunting Season Dates in Portions of Atchafalaya Basin

Release Date: 11/03/2011

Nov. 3, 2011– The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) re-affirmed changes to the 2011-2012 deer hunting season dates for select areas within the Atchafalaya Basin due to spring flood impacts.

The action, which extends the declaration of emergency approved in July, was recommended by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) based on estimates of deer mortality caused by recent historic flooding along the Mississippi River and subsequent opening of the Morganza Spillway on May 14.

The following 2011-2012 deer hunting season revisions will remain in effect:

Sherburne Wildlife Management Area:

Archery, bucks only: Oct. 1 to 15

Archery, either-sex: Oct. 16 to Feb. 15

Youth & Physically Challenged, either-sex: Oct. 29 and 30; ALL OTHER SEASONS CLOSED. Self-clearing permits.

Youth Lottery, either-sex: Oct. 29 and 30; and Dec. 23, 26, 28 & 30.

Firearms, either-sex: Nov. 25 and 26, mandatory deer check.

Firearms, bucks only: Dec. 24 to Jan. 1

Primitive Firearms, either-sex:Jan. 7 and 8

All lands within the Morganza floodway, from the Morganza control structure, south to I-10, and from I-10 south, within the protection levees of the Atchafalaya Basin:

Archery, Bucks Only: Oct. 1 to 15, Either-sex: Oct. 16 to Feb. 15

Primitive Firearms, Bucks Only: Jan. 23 to 29

Still Hunt, Either-sex: Nov. 19 to 27

Still Hunt, Bucks Only:  Nov. 28 to Dec. 9

With or Without Dogs, Either-Sex: Dec. 10 and 11

With or Without Dogs, Bucks Only: Dec. 12 to Jan. 15


Commission action today added the following change:

Attakapas WMA:

Primitive Firearms season will now be Bucks Only: Jan. 23 to 29

For more information, contact Scott Durham at 225-765-2351 or sdurham@wlf.la.gov.



LDWF Enforcement Agent Recognized At November Commission Meeting

Release Date: 11/03/2011

LDWF Enforcement Agent Recognized At November Commission Meeting

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agent was honored at the Nov. 3 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting held in Baton Rouge.

Shikar-Safari Club International presented their Officer of the Year award for Louisiana to LDWF Sgt. Randy Lanoux, 48, of Gonzales.  The Shikar-Safari award recognizes an agent from each state for outstanding efforts in conservation law enforcement. 

Lanoux has been with LDWF for five years and patrols the East Baton Rouge Parish and Ascension Parish areas.  Lanoux received the award partly for his enforcement of on the water operating or driving a vessel while intoxicated (DWI), boating safety and littering.  Lanoux made 13 DWI arrests and issued 34 littering citations in 2010.

"Sgt. Lanoux has always demonstrated a strong work ethic and professionalism since he came to the department and now his leadership roles are rising to the surface," said Col. Winton Vidrine, head of LDWF's Enforcement Division.  "He does a great job of doing whatever is asked of him and always carries a high case load."

Lanoux was recently selected as the LDWF Statewide Agent of the Year in March.  He is a former Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office deputy who primarily worked with their Water Patrol Division.

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


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.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/<br />
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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


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.

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