LDWF News Release

Alligator Violations on the Rise in Louisiana

Release Date: 08/22/2012

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division has seen a steady rise in alligator violations since 2009.

According to LDWF violation statistics, Enforcement Division agents have issued 98 alligator related violations in 2012 already.  LDWF issued 60 total alligator related citations in 2007 and 2008, 69 in 2009 and 2010, and 80 in 2011.

“The increase of alligator citations is of concern and the department is doing their best to catch these violators,” said Col. Winton Vidrine, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division.

The popularity in outdoor reality TV shows seems to be one of the reasons why there have been more alligator violations in the last couple of years.

“In some of our cases the subjects have admitted to watching a reality TV show and then wanting to replicate what they watched,” said Col. Vidrine.  “While these shows offer a high level of entertainment, they do not offer a lot of information on how to legally harvest an alligator.”

The majority of the alligator violations are classified as possession of an alligator during a closed season, failing to possess a license and possession of an alligator without a license.  Also, most of the increases in violations are occurring in the Saint Mary, Saint Martin, Assumption, Saint James, Saint John, LaFourche and Terrebonne parishes going from two violations in 2010 to 42 violations so far in 2012.   For illegally possessing an alligator, poachers can get up to a $950 fine and 120 days in jail for the first offense.

LDWF issues alligator harvest tags for property containing sufficient alligator habitat capable of sustaining an alligator harvest.  A resident alligator hunter must either own this approved land or have permission to hunt alligators on land that is classified as wetland habitat in order to qualify for alligator harvest tags.  Alligator hunters apply for alligator tags prior to the season.  To apply for tags, hunters must submit an application prior to the season found at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife/alligator-hunting.

The alligator season is split into an east zone that runs from the last Wednesday of August for 30 days and the west zone that goes from the first Wednesday of September for 30 days.  A resident alligator hunting license costs $25.

“With the upcoming opening of alligator season, hunters are reminded to utilize their tags only on the approved property and that all alligators caught on their lines must be harvested and immediately tagged,” said Noel Kinler, LDWF’s alligator program manager.

Currently there are an estimated 1.5 million alligators in Louisiana.  Since 1972, over 870,000 wild alligators have been harvested.

“The department’s Alligator Program has been very successful in managing the alligator resource from near extinction to a healthy sustainable population,” said Col. Vidrine.  “These regulations are put in place for a reason and have worked for over 40 years since their inception in 1972.”

Residents not possessing or having permission to harvest alligators on private lands or public lands/lakes can harvest alligators as an alligator sport hunter while accompanied by a guide.  Non-residents can only harvest alligators as an alligator sport hunter while accompanied by a guide.  A guide must be an alligator hunter possessing tags.  An alligator sport hunter license cost is $25 for Louisiana residents and $150 for non-residents.

Residents not possessing or having permission to harvest alligators on private lands may be able to harvest alligators on public lands or lakes.  These public lands/lakes are managed by many different entities ranging from local parish governments to federal governmental agencies.  Methods in which alligator hunters are chosen for these areas include bidding and lotteries.

The lottery alligator harvest program provides the opportunity for over 300 resident alligator hunters to harvest approximately 800 alligators on almost 40 Wildlife Management Areas (WMA)/public lakes located throughout the state.

Lottery alligator harvest applications become available mid to late May of each year and lists all available WMAs/public lakes.  For more information on LDWF’s Alligator Program, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife/alligator-program.

Anyone wanting to report alligator violations should anonymously call LDWF’s 24-hour toll free Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or utilize LDWF's new tip411 program.  To use the tip411 program, citizens can anonymously text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone app from the Apple iTunes store free of charge.  CitizenObserver, the tip411 provider, uses technology that removes all identifying information before LDWF receives the text so that LDWF cannot identify the sender.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Chicot Lake Drawdown Scheduled

Release Date: 08/21/2012

Aug. 21, 2012 – The water control structure on Chicot Lake near Ville Platte, La., will be opened soon after Labor Day to allow for a lake drawdown.  The action is part of an integrated management plan developed to control submerged vegetation. 

In addition to the drawdown, the Department will continue herbicide applications, and triploid (sterile) grass carp will be introduced this winter.

Drawdowns on Chicot Lake will be conducted annually to mimic natural water fluctuation.  The target level for this year’s drawdown is two feet below pool stage.  Future drawdowns will be three foot below pool stage.

The lake will not be closed to fishing during the drawdown, but caution is advised of boaters during the low water period as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance for underwater obstructions. 

For further information regarding the drawdown, contact Jody David, LDWF Biologist Manager, at (337) 948-0255 or at jdavid@wlf.la.gov.

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) 765-2396.

Commercial King Mackerel Season to Close August 22

Release Date: 08/21/2012

Aug. 21, 2012– Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the commercial season for king mackerel in Louisiana waters will close at noon on Wednesday, August 22, 2012.

The National Marine Fisheries Service will also close the commercial season for king mackerel in federal waters on Wednesday at noon.

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. 

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 August 22, 2012.

While there are relatively few king mackerel harvested or targeted by Louisiana recreational anglers, a substantial commercial fishery does exist, which typically lands 800 to 900 thousand 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 Ashley Wethey at (225) 765-2396 or awethey@wlf.la.gov.

L.D.W.F. Accepting Applications for Wildlife Management Area Lottery Hunts

Release Date: 08/17/2012

Aug. 17, 2012  -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for lottery hunts to be held on several Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) this upcoming hunting season.

LDWF is sponsoring the hunts to provide a quality outdoor experience for the various hunters. Youth, physically challenged, physically challenged wheelchair confined and general lottery hunts will be conducted. 

Successful participants in the hunts will be selected by a randomized computer drawing. Applications for the lottery should be submitted to LDWF before close of business on the date listed on the application. Rules pertaining to the hunts are also included on the application. A $5 administrative fee is required with each application submitted.

Applications and more information may be obtained by contacting your local LDWF field office, visiting the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-huntsor by reviewing the list of available lottery hunts in the 2012-13 Louisiana Hunting Regulations booklet.

Completed applications may be delivered in person to Room 442 in the LDWF Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Dr. in Baton Rouge, or by mail. The mailing address is: Wildlife Division WMA Lotteries, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898 to the attention of the lottery application title.

For more information, contact Randy Myers at rmyers@wlf.la.govor 225-765-2359.


Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board

Release Date: 08/17/2012

Marketing/Sponsorship Committee

Regular Meeting Agenda

August 20, 2012

9:00 a.m.

LouisianaSeafood Promotion and Marketing Board

2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 310, New Orleans, La.

I.  Call to order

II. Financial Report

III. Old Business

   A. Update on approved sponsorships

   B. LRA We Live to Eat Restaurant Week

   C. Nicholl’s State University partnership

IV. New Business

  A. Carnival du Vin (Emeril Lagasse Foundation)

  B. Saints Sponsorship Proposal

V. Public Comment

VI. Set Next Meeting

VII. Adjourn



L.O.W.A. Honors Members for Excellence in Outdoor Communications

Release Date: 08/17/2012

Aug. 17, 2012 – The Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) honored members during the group’s 67th annual conference, Aug. 10-11 in Chalmette. The honorees were selected for awards in the association’s 2012 Excellence in Craft (EIC) competition.

The EIC contest, which recognizes excellence within eight categories of outdoor-related communications, has been held continuously since 1945. Member entries for the 2012 competition were judged by members of the Outdoor Writers of Ohio.

LOWA membership includes newspaper and magazine writers, editors, columnists, photographers, radio and television broadcast journalists, wildlife artists, internet journalists, book authors, videographers and public relations specialists.

For more detailed information about the competition or LOWA, visit www.laoutdoorwriters.com. The winners and sponsors of the 2012 EIC competition by category:

Magazine Short Feature (less than 1000 words)

1st Chris Holmes: Chandeleur Shark

2nd Deborah Burst: Knee Deep in Alligators

3rd Jerald Horst: Mustard Boiled Crawfish

Co-Sponsors: LA Forestry Association and LA Association of Professional Biologists

Magazine Regular Feature (more than 1,000 words)

1st John Flores: Delta Young Guns

2nd Steve McNemar: Retrieving Memories

3rd Butch Thurmond: The Harvest

Co-Sponsors: LA Charter Boat Association and Category 5 Outdoors

Newspaper Article

1st John Flores: What are the chances?

2nd Lyle Johnson: Noodles, but not Pasta

3rd John Flores: My Summer with Elizabeth

Sponsor: Louisiana Sportsman Magazine

Broadcast (radio or television)

1st Paradise Louisiana Team: Chris Macaluso, Gary Krouse, Chris LeCoq

Episode broadcast Feb. 16, 2012 - “Vanishing Paradise”

2nd Glynn Harris: Episode broadcast Jan. 27, 2012 - “Gene Amons”

3rd Hunt Fish Talk Team: Wendy Billiot, Don Dubuc, Lyle Johnson, Steve McNemar

Episode broadcast April 21, 2012

Sponsor: National Wild Turkey Federation – LA Chapter

Electronic Media

1st John Flores: Making Headcounts – One Strand at a Time

2nd David Moreland: Mast Boom Means Boom for Wildlife

3rd Wendy Billiot: Two Years and 11 Crosses Later

Sponsor: CCA Louisiana

Black and White Still Photograph

1st John Flores: Strong and Capable

2nd Jerald Horst: Gotcha

3rd Lyle Johnson: Intensity in the Duck Blind

Sponsor: Bass Anglers Sportsman Society and General Motors

Color Still Photograph

1st John Flores: Mother’s Love

2nd Rex Caffey: Luring Leviathans

3rd Jerald Horst: Stuffing the Box

Sponsor: Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation


1st Jerald Horst: Game Warden – On Patrol in Louisiana

2nd Jerald Horst: The Louisiana Seafood Bible – Crawfish

3rd David Moreland: Louisiana Whitetails                             

Sponsor: Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission

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 onFacebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, contact Chris Holmes at 504-495-8189 or cholmes@att.net, or Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov.



L.D.W.F. Website and Internet Access Restored

Release Date: 08/17/2012

Aug. 17, 2012  -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ website and Internet services, interrupted Monday evening by a broken water line which flooded the department’s main office in Baton Rouge, have been restored. LDWF information is once again available via www.wlf.louisiana.gov and staff email communication is now functional in the Baton Rouge office.

“We will continue to work to return walk-in customer service options in Baton Rouge to full capacity,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham.

The flooding created by the broken water line damaged computer equipment and office space on the first floor of LDWF’s 2000 Quail Drive address. Department staff handling licensing and boat registration transactions were also displaced temporarily by the water damage. The entire first floor will require extensive repairs.

While there was some inconvenience to walk-in customers at the Baton Rouge office, alternative sources for recreational hunting and fishing license sales were not interrupted during the flood event. Retail outlet sales were not affected and customers had the additional options for license purchases that included the toll-free vendor phone number 1-888-765-2602 and www.wildlifelicense.com .

Customers needing commercial fishing licenses will continue to be served as walk-in customers in Baton Rouge.  Those license holders can also mail in license applications.

Boat registrations can be renewed on line at www.wildlifelicense.com (click on Louisiana). Anyone needing to register a new boat or transact the sale of a used boat, can bring in necessary paperwork to LDWF’s Baton Rouge office (2000 Quail Drive) or mail in a boat registration application which is available at any LDWF field office, on-line at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating or from boat dealers. 

For more information, contact Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115.


Body of Noble Man Recovered from Toledo Bend

Release Date: 08/17/2012

Search and Rescue officials recovered the body of a Noble man from Toledo Bend Sabine Parish on Aug. 16.

Search crews from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office recovered the body of Brandon Jeane, 27, around 9:45 p.m.

Officials were notified about a fisherman who fell overboard in Toledo Bend around 6:45 p.m. on Aug. 16.  Jeane was fishing with his Uncle in a 16 foot boat when he fell overboard without a personal flotation device.  According to the Uncle, Jeane never resurfaced and he called for help.

Jeane’s body was turned over to the Sabine Parish Coroner’s Office to determine a cause of death.  LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating crash incident.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF Celebrates National Hunting & Fishing Day

Release Date: 08/16/2012

LDWF Celebrates National Hunting & Fishing Day
LDWF Celebrates National Hunting & Fishing Day
LDWF Celebrates National Hunting & Fishing Day
LDWF Celebrates National Hunting & Fishing Day
LDWF Celebrates National Hunting & Fishing Day
LDWF Celebrates National Hunting & Fishing Day

Aug. 16, 2012 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is celebrating National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFD) on September 22.  This year celebrates 30 years of bringing families to the outdoors.

NHFD is a national event celebrated by all 50 states on the fourth Saturday in September.  It was created in 1972 when Congress passed two bills establishing a specific day to celebrate the conservation contributions of our nation’s hunters and anglers. Forty years later, the events are still going strong.

LDWF introduced its first NHFD event in 1982 at the Monroe district office.  In the following years, three more locations were developed in Baton Rouge, Minden and Woodworth.  Today, more than 10,000 people statewide attend the celebrations, creating the largest public event for the department.

“Our goal is to bring people outside, enjoy the activities we offer and hopefully, send them home with a renewed interest and appreciation for Louisiana’s natural resources," said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham.  “The quality of time families and friends spend together at National Hunting and Fishing Day is unique, and we know this because we see the experience passed on to younger generations.  Parents who spent time at NHFD as kids, are now bringing their children to the events.  That speaks for the value of the experience.”

All four events are free. The number and types of exhibits vary at each location but all include exhibits on LDWF management programs, shooting and fishing demonstrations, exhibits from local chapters of Ducks Unlimited, Safari Club and CCA, and supporting businesses from the local communities. Attendees have the chance to try their skills at the shooting ranges, fishing ponds and boating activities, as well as learn about wildlife with live animals. 

Another great aspect of NHFD is the food.  Louisiana is known for its food and NHFD serves it up in traditional style for everyone to taste.  Local businesses and chefs cook up venison, catfish, shrimp, alligator and pig with the flare only Louisiana can offer.

For more information on National Hunting and Fishing Day, contact one of the four locations or go to www.wlf.louisiana.gov.

NHFD Locations



LDWF District 2 Office

368 Centurylink Dr.

Monroe, LA.  71203

(318) 343-4044 

Baton Rouge

Waddill Outdoor Education Center

4142 N. Flannery Road

(225) 765-2800


Bodcau Wildlife Management Area

1700 Bodcau Dam Rd.

Haughton, LA.  71037

(318) 371-3050 


Woodworth Outdoor Education Center

661 Robinson Bridge Rd.

Woodworth, LA.  71485

(318) 484-2212


Two Livingston Parish Men Cited for Littering

Release Date: 08/10/2012


Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two Denham Springs men for alleged gross littering violations on Aug. 7.

Agents discovered approximately 40 large garbage bags of household trash, appliances and mattresses located off of Miller Road and Neal Landing Road in Livingston Parish on July 30.

After sifting through the piles of garbage and conducting a thorough investigation, agents were able to identify two suspects.  Agents cited Cody D. May, 19, and Johnnie J. Jarreau, 17, for gross littering.

Gross littering brings a $500 to $1,000 fine and eight hours of community service in a litter abatement work program approved by the court.

Agents involved in the case were Lt. Will Roberts, Sgt. Guy Adams, Senior Agent Buck Hampton and Senior Agent Carl Armstrong.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

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