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LWFC Approves Consolidation of Russell Sage and Ouachita Wildlife Management Areas

Release Date: 01/14/2015

Jan. 14, 2015 -- The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approved consolidation of Russell Sage and Ouachita Wildlife Management Areas in action taken at the Jan. 8 commission meeting.
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries recommended the move to provide more efficient use of resources and eliminate the need for duplicate management and resources for properties that are adjacent to one another.
 
Ouachita WMA in Ouachita Parish included 13,332 acres and Russell Sage WMA included 21,514 acres in Ouachita, Morehouse and Richland parishes. The combined tract now comprises just under 35,000 acres. The WMA, which will retain the Russell Sage name, will continue to be managed out of the department's Monroe Field Office.
 
For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov.
 

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Off Duty LDWF Agent Reports Fishing Violations

Release Date: 01/14/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited three men for fishing violations on Jan. 10 in Terrebonne Parish.

Agents cited Nelson D. Robinson, 47, of Luling, Vernell C. McBride, 44, of Houma, and Troy A. Dangerfield, 37, Houma, for fishing without basic and saltwater fishing licenses and for possessing over the limit of red drum.

An LDWF agent in his off time was fishing near Bayou Chauvin when he came into contact with Dangerfield and Robinson fishing the same area.  The men didn’t know he was an agent and told him they already caught their daily limit and were heading back where they would drop off their fish and head back out to catch another daily limit.

The agent and the men made their way to the Ashland Public Boat Launch in Grand Cailou.  The agent was able to document the men give 10 red drum to McBride who was waiting for them on shore.  The two men then relaunched the vessel to catch more fish.

The agent was able to call two on duty agents about what was happening and also gave a description of the boat and truck the men were using.  The two agents arrived on the scene shortly after 10 a.m. and waited for the men to come back with more red drum.

Around noon, Dangerfield and Robinson came back from their second trip where McBride was again waiting.  The agents were able to make contact and found the three men in possession of 25 red drum.  The daily limit is five red drum per person per day.

Possessing over the limit of red drum brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Also, the men face an additional $25 per fish over the limit and since they did not possess fishing licenses all 25 are considered over the limit resulting in a $625 fine.  Not possessing a basic and saltwater fishing license each carries up to a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.  The men may also face a $661.75 civil restitution charge for the replacement value of the fish.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Bryan Marie, who was the off duty agent, Sgt. Richard Purvis and Lt. Joseph Arnaud.

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

Road Access Update on Dewey W. Wills WMA

Release Date: 01/14/2015

Jan. 14, 2015 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is advising sportsmen and women that a portion of Taylor Bayou Rd. on Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is currently an ATV/UTV trail only.
 
Parking is permitted before the ATV/UTV signs along Taylor Bayou Rd.  The road is scheduled to be improved after hunting season.  Once repaired, vehicular traffic will be allowed. Vehicular access to the Green Tree Reservoir parking area remains open.
 
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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Coushatta Man Cited for Deer Hunting Violations

Release Date: 01/13/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Coushatta Man for alleged deer hunting violations on Jan. 7 in Red River Parish.

Agents cited Russell L. Long Jr., 31, for hunting deer during illegal hours and with artificial light, hunting deer from a moving vehicle, hunting without basic hunting and big games licenses, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements and discharging a firearm from a public road.

Around 2:36 a.m. on Jan. 7 a Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy observed a vehicle using a spotlight on Catfish Bend Road and tried to pull the vehicle over.  After a brief pursuit the deputy was able to stop the vehicle driven by Long Jr. and notify LDWF agents about possible deer hunting violations.

When agents arrived on the scene they found a 7-mm rifle and spotlight in Long’s vehicle.  The agents then recovered a doe deer from where Long Jr. was found spotlighting from his vehicle.  After questioning, Long Jr. admitted to shooting the deer with the rifle.

Hunting during illegal hours and with artificial light brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting from a moving vehicle carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging requirements and hunting deer from a public road each carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Discharging a firearm from a public road carries up to a $50 fine and 30 days in jail.  Hunting without basic hunting and big game licenses each brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

Participating in the case are LDWF Sgt. Chuck Dison and Sgt. Patrick Staggs along with RRSO Lt. Melvin Massey.

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

LDWF will Begin Upgrades to ROLP Website on Monday January 12

Release Date: 01/09/2015

(Jan. 9, 2015) The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will be making changes to the website where anglers can apply for a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit (ROLP) beginning Monday, Jan. 12, 2015.  The site may be down for up to three days during these upgrades, but all changes will be final by Friday, January 16.
 
The new changes will feature an easier process to apply for a ROLP, as well as an improved interface.   For instance, the revised site will accept fishing license purchase confirmation numbers as well as fishing license numbers when signing up for a permit for the first time.  Additionally, family or group members may be added under a single account using one e-mail and still receive separate permits as required.
 
Existing ROLP permit holders should know that all passwords will be reset, so users will be prompted to create new passwords when accessing the new site for the first time. The site will also notify applicants that usernames will all change to the e-mail address associated with the account.  Access to the site will remain unchanged at the following address www.wlf.la.gov/rolp.
 
Who Needs an ROLP?
 
Both private recreational anglers and charter captains are required to obtain this free permit (however anglers on a paid for-hire trip are exempt).   This permit requirement only applies to offshore anglers who possess tunas, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, groupers, snappers, hinds, cobia, wahoo and dolphin.
 
Currently people under 16 who do not need a saltwater license are still required to have a ROLP, however a rule change will exempt these anglers from the ROLP permit requirement in April 2015.
 
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 Jason Adriance, 504-284-2032 or jadriance@wlf.louisiana.gov.  For press release inquiries, contact Rene LeBreton, rlebreton@wlf.la.gov or 504-286-8745. 
 
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LWFC Adopts Notices of Intent for Hunting Seasons, Hunting Regulations, Turkey Hunting Seasons, Turkey Hunting Regulations and WMA Rules

Release Date: 01/08/2015

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) adopted notices of intent for the 2015-17 hunting seasons, the 2015-16 Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) general rules and regulations, 2016 general and WMA turkey hunting rules and regulations, 2016 turkey hunting areas, and seasons and bag limits at their Jan. 8 meeting.

The notices of intent include proposed hunting season dates and changes from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) for the upcoming hunting seasons and provide for a public comment period.

Some of the proposed changes include:

Adding pistols as allowable gear for primitive firearms season.

Modification of Deer Area 5 season for 2015-16, extending season by two weeks.

Adding bird dog training in some Small Game Emphasis Areas on WMAs.

Allowing UTVs to be utilized on ATV trails as long as the manufacturer’s specifications for that vehicle do not exceed the weight, length and tire restrictions for ATVs.

Prohibiting the use of nets, yoyos and trotlines on Big and Chain Lakes on Big Lake WMA.

Limiting the use of mud boats or air-cooled propulsion vessels on Biloxi WMA to straight shaft, long tail, air-cooled mud motors that are 16 total horsepower or less.

Specifying that crawfish traps or nets may not be left overnight on Grassy Lake or Pomme de Terre WMAs.

Prohibiting all nighttime activity during open waterfowl seasons on Wham Brake within Russell Sage WMA.

Change of Big Lake WMA Youth Turkey Lottery to an open youth two-day hunt.

To view the full notices of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulations changes for the upcoming hunting seasons, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.

Public comment will be accepted at LWFC monthly meetings from February through April and/or can be submitted in writing by mail to: Steve Smith, LDWF Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to ssmith@wlf.la.gov until 4:30 p.m., April 3, 2015.

Additionally, LDWF will collect public comment at public hearings to be held at the following locations:  

February 23 beginning at 6:00 p.m., LDWF Woodworth Outdoor Education Center, 661 Robinson Bridge Road, Woodworth
February 24 beginning at 6:00 p.m., Ruston Civic Center, 401 North Trenton Street, Ruston
February 24 beginning at 6:30 p.m., LSU Ag Center (next to Burton Coliseum), 7101 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles
February 24 beginning at 6:30 p.m., Natchitoches Event Center, 750 Second Street, Natchitoches
February 25 beginning at 6:00 p.m., Caldwell Parish Courthouse, 201 Main Street, Columbia
February 26 beginning at 6:30 p.m., Slidell Municipal Auditorium, 2056 2nd Street, Slidell.

For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov.

Commission Adopts Notice of Intent for Revisions to Deer Management Assistant Program

Release Date: 01/08/2015

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) today adopted a notice of intent for clarification to the rules and regulations pertaining to the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP).

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) recommended the changes to clarify for program participants when the harvest of antlerless deer is permitted.  Antlerless deer may be harvested any day of the deer season on property enrolled in DMAP provided a DMAP tag is possessed by the hunter at time of harvest.

Under DMAP, LDWF biologists work with participating hunting clubs and private landowners to accomplish their specific goals and objectives for deer population management.

To view the full, amended notice of intent, visit the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items. Public comment will be accepted at the LWFC monthly meetings through April 3, 2015. Comments will also be accepted by mail sent to Johnathan Bordelon, Wildlife Division, Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 9800, Baton Rouge, LA, 70898-9000 or via email to jbordelon@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 www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, contact Johnathan Bordelon at 225-765-2344 or jbordelon@wlf.la.gov.

LWF Commission Sets King Mackerel Season

Release Date: 01/08/2015

(Jan. 8, 2015) - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission announced today that the 2015 commercial king mackerel season will open July 1.  Once the season opens, it will remain open until the quota is met or projected to be met.
 
King mackerel is a significant commercial fishery in Louisiana.  From 2000 through 2013, Louisiana landed on average an amount equal to approximately 75 percent of the allotted western Gulf of Mexico quota.  In 2013, approximately 731,000 pounds were landed in Louisiana.  A significant amount of the king mackerel landed in Louisiana is shipped to markets in the northeastern U.S.
 
Currently, the 2014-2015 commercial king mackerel season is closed as the established quota has been harvested.
 
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 Jason Adriance, 504-284-2032 or jadriance@wlf.louisiana.gov.  For press release inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey, awethey@wlf.la.gov or 504-286-8733. 

Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet

Release Date: 01/07/2015

The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board will meet on Tuesday, January 13, 2015. The meeting will convene at 9:30 a.m. in Suite 200 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 December 9, 2014 Meeting

3. Hearing of New Renewal Permit Appeals
          a. Baron Navarro

4. Update on Recommendation Made at December 9, 2014 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. 
 

 

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Louisiana Oyster Task Force Coastal Restoration Committee to Meet January 13 in New Orleans

Release Date: 01/07/2015

 Louisiana Oyster Task Force Coastal Restoration Committee Meeting
Dan Coulon, Chairman

Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 10:30 a.m.
UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, suite 210, New Orleans

Agenda

 

I. Roll call and introduction of guests

II. Discussion of Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion

III. Public Comment

IV. Adjourn

 

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.  To listen in to the meeting via webinar register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3862647384204827906

For press inquiries please contact Ashley Roth, 504-286-4162 or aroth@wlf.la.gov

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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.
 

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