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DOTD Continues Drawdown on Vernon Lake for Repair Work

Release Date: 11/14/2017

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced the water level of Vernon Lake in Vernon Parish has reached the desired depth to assess damage that occurred during Hurricane Harvey. The drawdown was necessary to evaluate the condition of the dam.
 
The lake will be maintained at or near its current level until a full assessment of the damage is complete, designs are developed for the repairs, and the repairs are finalized.
 
The management gate will be operated to maintain the existing lake level; however, water levels will fluctuate during this period due to rainfall and the gate’s limited capacity to remove runoff. The dam remains stable at this time.
 
The timeframe for project completion and for the lake to return to pool stage is contingent on the results of the assessment. Updates will be provided throughout the process.
 
Anacoco Lake, located downstream of Vernon Lake, is near pool stage, and intentions are to keep the management gate closed and the lake near pool stage during the repair process.
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would also like to remind all property owners that any work to the shoreline or lake bottom of a state waterbody requires a permit from either the Division of Administration Office of State Lands or the US Army Corps of Engineers.
 
For information on permit requirements contact the Lake Charles LDWF office (337) 491-2575, the Office of State Lands (225) 342-4578 or the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office (817) 886-1306.
 
For questions regarding the drawdown, contact Brad Sticker (318) 561-5280 or Jonathan Lachney (318) 561-5103 with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.

LDWF Commercial Fishing Licenses To Be Available At Field Offices

Release Date: 11/13/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will offer new and renewals of commercial fishing licenses and motorboat registration from the following locations: 
  
Bourg Office

November 28-30, 2017
467 Texas Gulf Road
Bourg, LA
8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

New Orleans Office
December 5-7, 2017
2021 Lakeshore Drive Suite 210
New Orleans, LA
8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Lake Charles Office

December 12-14, 2017 
1213 North Lakeshore Drive
Lake Charles, La.
8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  
Fishermen are reminded that acceptable forms of payment will include personal checks, cashier's checks, money orders and cash.  No credit cards. To avoid processing delays, those purchasing licenses are asked to bring their license renewal notices with them.  
  
 First-time applicants can apply by mail or in-person.  Renewals can be completed online at  www.wlf.la.gov . When applying in person you must provide the following: 

·       Resident applicants must provide proof of residency such as a Louisiana driver’s license, (held continuously for 12 months) voter’s registration, vehicle registration and state income tax.

·       Non-residents applicants must provide proof of residency from their domiciliary state, such as driver's license, voter's registration, vehicle registration and state income tax.

·       Applicants applying for a license in a business name must provide documentation showing proof of valid federal tax ID# assigned to business name and proof of authorized signature, or an occupational license will be required.

For commercial licenses inquiries, contact (225) 765-2898.

 

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 email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

LDWF, Louisiana Trappers and Alligator Hunters Association to Hold Free Trapping Workshops Dec. 2, Dec. 9

Release Date: 11/13/2017

Nov. 13, 2017 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Louisiana Trappers and Alligator Hunters Association will hold free trapping workshops on Dec. 2 and Dec. 9. The Dec. 2 workshop will be held at Cypress Black Bayou Recreation Center in Benton and the Dec. 9 workshop at Palmetto State Park near Abbeville.
 
Workshop topics include state regulations, trapping equipment, trapping safety, best management practices, trap selection and setting and skinning.
 
Those interested in attending one of the workshops are encouraged to complete the free online trappers’ course by going to https://conservationlearning.org/login/index.php . The online course can be completed at any time.
 
The two workshops are designed to focus on the hands-on aspects of trapping while the online course provides background on best management practices, trapping equipment, trapping regulations and other topics.
 
To register for the workshops, please contact Jennifer Hogue at jhogue@wlf.la.gov or call 337-373-0032. Space is limited so register early. 

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Bodcau, Woodworth Shooting Ranges to be Closed Friday in Observance of Veterans Day

Release Date: 11/08/2017

Nov. 8, 2017 – The Bodcau and Woodworth shooting ranges will be closed Friday (Nov. 10) in observance of Veterans Day, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced. Both ranges will be open Saturday and Sunday with normal hours.
 
The Woodworth shooting range is located at 661 Robinson Bridge Road in Woodworth. For more information on the Woodworth shooting range, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/shooting-range/woodworth-shooting-range or call 318-484-2212.
 
The Bodcau shooting range is located at 168 Ben Durden Road in Benton. For more information on the Bodcau shooting range, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/bodcau-wma or call 318-326-3225.
 
Information on all LDWF shooting ranges can be found at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/shooting-ranges .

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South Bosco ATV/UTV Trail Opened at Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 11/06/2017

Nov. 6, 2017 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has opened the South Bosco ATV/UTV trail to the public at Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area (WMA). This new trail will provide access to more than 2,700 acres of WMA property referred to as the South Bosco Tract, which was acquired and included in the WMA in 2015.
 
Russell Sage WMA consists of 38,213 acres and is located in Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland and Caldwell parishes. It is situated approximately seven miles east of Monroe and ten miles west of Rayville. The WMA can be accessed via U.S. Highway 80 and 165, Louisiana Highway 15 and Interstate 20. There are 13 self-clearing permit stations located at major entrances to the WMA.
 
For information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2777 or contact Mitch McGee at 318-343-4044 or mmcgee@wlf.la.gov.
 

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Construction Completed on Floating Docks at Grand Lac Boat Launch at Spring Bayou WMA

Release Date: 11/03/2017

New floating docks at Grand Lac boat launch.

Nov. 3, 2017 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has completed construction of floating docks at the Grand Lac Boat Launch at Spring Bayou Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The project replaced the damaged wooden docks.
 
The launch is located on Grand Lac, which is on the northwestern portion of the WMA at the end of Dr. Michel Road.
 
The 12,506 acre WMA is located in Avoyelles Parish. Fishing is excellent and popular during the spring and summer. Common species are largemouth bass, various pan fish and catfish. Spring Bayou WMA is located two miles east of Marksville of Louisiana Highway 115 and 452.
 
For more information, contact Tony Vidrine at tvidrine@wlf.la.gov or 337-948-0255.

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Gov. Edwards pledges support for commission, wildlife and fisheries

Release Date: 11/02/2017

BATON ROUGE, La.  – Gov. John Bel Edwards praised the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for its maintenance of the “Sportsman’s Paradise” on Thursday.

Appearing for the first time at the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting, Edwards called LDWF “Ambassadors of The State” for the way it is handling the state’s fishing and hunting programs.

 He described his visit to the commission meeting as a chance to show his appreciation for the work of the commission and LDWF.

“I want to thank you all for the work that you do,” he said, then directed special praise for the work done by the LDWF Enforcement agents and the dangerous situations involved in their day-to-day operations. He said they along with department biologists “sacrifice a lot to do what they do for Louisiana.”

He said he supported the recent effort by LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet to push for more fishing opportunities for Louisiana anglers to catch red snapper. He said that sometimes there are disagreements on the red snapper subject. “It’s okay with me,” he said. “…We are not always going to agree.”

The governor urged the Commissioners to send questions or concerns they may have to his office, adding that “I want to continue working with all of you.” 

Tim Taylor Wins 2018 Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Competition

Release Date: 11/02/2017

The 2018 Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp competition winner.

Nov. 2, 2017 - Tim Taylor of Mount Arlington, N.J., was selected the winner of the 2018 Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp competition sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF). The annual contest picks the artwork that will be used on what is called the Louisiana Duck Stamp.
 
Taylor finished fourth in the Federal Duck Stamp Contest in 2014 and 10th in 2007. He won the 2010-11 California Duck Stamp contest and was second the previous year. Taylor’s entry features a pair of canvasbacks flying in a cloud filled sky.
 
Garrett Jacobs of Orlando, Fla., was the runner-up for the second year in a row, and Tony Bernard, the 2015 and 2008 Louisiana Duck Stamp winner, was third.
 
“This year we received 15 entries, which was down from the recent past but overall the entries were much higher quality,’’ said Larry Reynold’s, the LDWF Waterfowl Program Manager. “The winning entry is an amazing piece of artwork. The detail is amazing. It’s going to make a great stamp because of the contrast between the bird and the background. The judging was as clear as it could be. The winning entry got the top score from all five judges in the first round and was the  unanimous first place choice in the second.’’
 
Judges for this year’s contest included Jeff Gleason, the Gulf of Mexico Bird Conservation Coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from Lacombe; Barry Wilson, the Coordinator of the Gulf Coast Joint Venture of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan from Lafayette; R.C. Davis, an artist from Amite who won the 1998 Louisiana Duck Stamp Contest, Murrell Butler, a wildlife artist from St. Francisville and the 1988 Artist of the Year for the National Wild Turkey Federation, and Ellis Guilbeau, Louisiana State Chairman for Duck’s Unlimited from Carencro.
 
The Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp program was established in 1988 by the Louisiana Legislature to generate revenue for conservation and enhancement of state wetlands, benefitting migratory waterfowl overwintering in Louisiana. The program has generated almost $13 million for wetlands conservation in Louisiana since 1989.
 
The 2018 stamp will go on sale June 1, 2018. 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.
 
For more information, contact Larry Reynolds at lreynolds@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-0456.

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LDWF Restores Access to Navigable Waterways at Spring Bayou Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 10/31/2017

Oct. 31, 2017 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has completed the clearing of trees that blocked navigable water access at the northeast corner of Spring Bayou Wildlife Management Area (WMA) known as the bean fields. LDWF WMA staff removed more than 100 trees that were felled in 2014, blocking waterways that connect Cocodrie Bayou to Lake Valerie.
 
LDWF WMA staff used a marsh excavator and floated the machine along waterways within the WMA to the site then removed the cut trees that were impeding navigation.
 
The 12,506 acre WMA is located in Avoyelles Parish. Spring Bayou WMA is located two miles east of Marksville of Louisiana Highway 115 and 452. These highways connect to Louisiana Highway 1 and 107 in the immediate vicinity of Marksville. Vehicle access to the east side is via an improved shell road off the Bordelonville levee. Access to the Boggy Bayou boat launch and campgrounds is via Spring Bayou Road.
 
For more information on the WMA, contact the Opelousas Field Office at 337-948-0255.

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Agenda for the November Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting

Release Date: 10/30/2017

 

 

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, November 2, 2017, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA

 

The following items will be discussed:

1.  Call to Order

2.  Pledge of Allegiance

3.  Roll Call

4.  Governor’s Address to the Commission – Governor John Bel Edwards

5.  Adoption of October 5, 2017 Commission Meeting Minutes

6.  Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege

7.  Enforcement Report October 2017 – Captain Edward Skena

8.  Announcement of the 2017-18 State Duck stamp contest winner – Larry Reynolds, Wildlife Biologist

9.  Receive Gulf Council Update – Chris Schieble, Biologist

10.  Set March 2018 Commission Meeting Date

11.  Receive Public Comments

12.  Adjournment

To access a live stream of the event, please register for the October 2017 LWF Commission Meeting on November 2, 2017 9:30 AM CDT at:   https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9020185972977693953

 

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

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