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Aerial Spraying on Spring Bayou to Begin on Wednesday

Release Date: 08/18/2014

(Aug. 18, 2014) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will conduct an aerial herbicide application on Spring Bayou in Avoyelles Parish beginning Wednesday, August 20 to control aquatic vegetation.

American lotus, which grows as a large floating pad, now covers the waterbody to the extent where navigation has become difficult. 

Approximately 325 acres of aquatic vegetation will be treated in the areas outlined in the following map.  Anglers and boaters are urged to stay clear of treatment areas Wednesday.

The herbicides are approved by the Environmental Protection Agency for aquatic use and are not harmful to lake ecosystems, animal life or humans.  No fish consumption advisories will be issued for the treatment areas.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting many of 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 Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2396.

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Agents Cite Three Subjects for Fishing Violation on Lake Bistineau

Release Date: 08/18/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two Louisiana men and a juvenile male for alleged fishing violations on Aug. 15 in Bossier Parish.

Agents cited Matthew D. Pyle, 18, of Minden, Caleb A. Lee, 20, of Doyline, and a juvenile male for taking game fish using illegal methods.  Pyle was also cited for fishing without a fishing license.

Agents received a complaint about the three suspects using a seine net at the Lake Bistineau Spillway and keeping every fish that was caught.  Agents made contact with the subjects and found them to be in possession of two seine nets and nine crappie, five black bass and three bream.

According to the suspects, they would stretch the net out across the spillway and then walk the net back to the bank where they would retrieve the fish caught in the net.

Agents seized the fish and nets.  Taking game fish illegally brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Angling without a fishing license carries a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Chuck Dison, Senior Agent John Blalock and Senior Agent Bryant Coburn.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-354-9517 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF Agents Arrest Ascension Parish Man for Boating Hit and Run

Release Date: 08/15/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents arrested an Ascension Parish man this morning, Aug. 15, for his alleged involvement in a boating hit and run.

Agents arrested Thomas J. Amorello, 32, of the St. Amant area, for felony hit and run, negligent injury and reckless operation of a vessel and booked him into the Livingston Parish Jail.

Agents began investigating a hit and run between two ski boats on the Amite River Diversion Canal on July 26 in Livingston Parish.  The incident happened around 8:30 p.m. when a ski boat was rear ended and ran over by another ski boat allegedly operated by Amorello.  The three passengers of the boat that was run over were treated for minor injuries and released.

Using eyewitness accounts of the description of a ski boat that sped through a no wake zone just north of where the hit and run took place near the Tiki Hut, agents were able to identify and track down Amorello’s boat on July 28 at his residence.  Amorello’s boat matched the description and also had damage to the hull.

Agents seized Amorello’s boat and the victim’s boat and brought them to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for further investigation.  The crime lab was able to make a direct match between the damage sustained on both vessels and determined that Amorello’s ski boat was involved in the hit and run.

Felony hit and run brings up to a $5,000 fine and 10 years in jail.  Negligent injury carries up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.  Reckless operation brings up to a $200 fine and 90 days in jail.

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

Louisiana Youth Hunters of the Year Recognized at LOWA Conference

Release Date: 08/14/2014

2013 Louisiana Female YHOY Chloe Slayter and uncle, Billy Porche.
2013 Louisiana Male YHOY Jay Chase Slayter.

Aug. 14, 2014 -- The 2013 Louisiana Male and Female Youth Hunters of the Year (YHOY) were recognized at the 2014 Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) Conference in Houma on Aug. 9.
 
Chloe Slayter, of Pineville, received the award for the 2013 Female YHOY and her brother, Jay Chase Slayter, received the award for the 2013 Male YHOY. The brother and sister team received their awards from Rebecca Triche, executive director of the Louisiana Wildlife Federation (LWF).
 
LWF is one of the sponsors of the YHOY Program along with the South Louisiana Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association, the Louisiana Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Harrison Law LLC, the BR Chapter of Delta Waterfowl and Bowie Outfitters in Baton Rouge.
 
Previously honored as 2012 Female YHOY, Chloe last year harvested a huge 14-point buck in Concordia Parish on Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area.
 
In 2013, during the youth lottery hunt on Bayou Cocodrie National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), Chloe was escorted by her uncle, Billy Porche. Her short story submitted to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) Youth Hunter Registry Program described the hunt as a cold, windy day that evolved from a morning during which no deer were sighted.
 
Chloe drew stand number two, her favorite number, for the evening hunt. The weather conditions were still not too favorable for hunting, but Chloe was certain stand number two was going to bring her success.  At 4:20 p.m., a buck appeared within range and the veteran hunter raised her rifle, aimed and fired. Once the excitement of the shot was over, Chloe and her uncle went to look for the deer she knew she’d hit cleanly. In a short time, Chloe had her hands on another monster buck.  This time it was an 11- point, 210 pound buck with a 17- and 5/8-inch inside spread.
 
In her narrative, Chloe spoke highly of all the NWR personnel involved with the youth hunt, stating that she fully understands how much work goes into these programs and that she was very thankful that she was able to participate.
 
Chase Slayter was selected as the 2013 Male YHOY for his participation in the East Zone Youth Waterfowl Hunt on Catahoula Lake. Chase and his two friends were guided on the hunt by his dad, Jay Slayter. Chase’s hunting story described a very foggy morning and quite challenging boat ride to the blind. But his group arrived safely and in a short time the decoys were made ready, the hunters were in the blind, and the ducks were everywhere.
 
The three young hunters limited out that morning with pintail drakes being the duck of the day. It was an exciting hunt for Chase because both he and his dad were doing the calling and the ducks that day were very responsive to their calls.
 
Catahoula Lake is known nationally as a waterfowl area of importance.  LDWF manages the lake to enhance the aquatic plant species that ducks eat and this lake generally provides excellent waterfowl hunting each fall.  Many young hunters get their start on Catahoula Lake.
 
“Those of us who are involved with the Youth Hunter of the Year Program salute the Slayter family for keeping the Louisiana hunting tradition alive,” said David Moreland, YHOY Program co-coordinator.  “The goal of the program is to get the youths in the woods hunting and to keep them hunting as they become adults. No doubt Chloe will be a lifetime hunter.”
 
The two winners received plaques recognizing their achievement and a gift card from Bowie Outfitters.  The 2014 YHOY competition started during the 2014 spring turkey season and continues when the 2014-15 dove season begins in September.  LDWF and LOWA encourage all youth hunters, 15 years old or younger, to participate in the Youth Hunter Registry Program and the Youth Hunter 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 or David Moreland at 225-978-6552 or heflinroots@hotmail.com.

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Greater Amberjack Commercial Season to Close

Release Date: 08/14/2014

 
(August 14, 2014)– The  Louisiana Deparment of Wildlife and Fisheries announced today that the 2014 commercial fishing season for greater amberjack in Louisiana state waters will close on Monday, August 25 at 12:01 a.m.
 
Following a review of current landings, data indicates the 2014 Gulf of Mexico commercial quota of 409,000 pounds will be harvested by August 24. 
 
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that federal waters will also remain closed to recreational and commercial amberjack fishing for the remainder of 2014. 
 
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 press inquiries, contact Ashley Roth at aroth@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-4162.
 

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LDWF Urges Private Anglers and Charter Captains to Attend Gulf Council Meeting on Sector Separation

Release Date: 08/14/2014

 
(August 14, 2014) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries strongly urges private recreational anglers and for-hire captains with reef fish permits to attend a public meeting hosted by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council on Monday, August 18 in Baton Rouge at 6 p.m. to collect input on Reef Fish Amendment 40 regarding sector separation.
 
Amendment 40 examines various options of dividing the recreational red snapper quota into a private angling sector and federal for-hire sector.   Current recreational management measures such as season length, daily bag limits, and size limits are typically applied to the recreational sector as a whole, without making a distinction between the private and for-hire components.
 
LDWF strongly urges private recreational anglers and for-hire captains with reef fish permits to attend this meeting and voice their opinions.  This is the best opportunity for you to make suggestions or raise concerns before the Council begins developing an amendment.
 
All input will be presented to the Council during its August meeting in Biloxi, Mississippi.
 
The Louisiana meeting is scheduled as follows:
 
Monday, August 18, 2014, 6 p.m.
Hyatt Place Baton Rouge
6080 Bluebonnet Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA
 
If you cannot attend the public hearing, we encourage our anglers to complete the online survey LDWF issued to our Recreational Offshore Landing Permit holders via email on July 30th regarding sector separation.
 
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, on Instagram @WLFLA, or on Twitter @LDWF.
 
For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-8733.

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Jimmy Anthony Named Chairman of National Flyway Council

Release Date: 08/13/2014

Jimmy Anthony Named Chairman of National Flyway Council

Aug. 13, 2014 – Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Assistant Secretary Jimmy Anthony has been named chairman of the National Flyway Council (NFC) for 2014-15.
As chair of the National Flyway Council, Anthony will work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Canadian Wildlife Service on North American migratory bird management issues that affect all the Flyway Councils across North America. 
 
Anthony also serves as the chair of the Mississippi Flyway Council (MFC), one of the four Flyway Councils that serve as an advisory panel to the USFWS for all migratory bird management issues, including regulations and seasons for game species such as ducks, geese, doves and woodcock. The Mississippi Flyway includes the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, and Wisconsin, and the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario.
 
The MFC, organized in 1952, contains representatives of agencies from each state and province that have management responsibility for migratory bird resources in the flyway. The Council was established to coordinate the management of migratory game birds in the Mississippi Flyway and to promote those activities of its members that serve the long-term benefit of the resources and the flyway as a whole.
 
Anthony, assistant secretary for the Office of Wildlife since 2008, has been with the department for over 38 years. He has additionally served as a division administrator, biologist program manager, biologist and WMA supervisor. He received his master’s degree in biology in 1979 from what was then called Northeast Louisiana University, now the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit  www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
 
For more information, contact Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov.

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L.D.W.F. Accepting Applications for Waterfowl Group Hunts at White Lake W.C.A. for 2014-15 Hunting Season

Release Date: 08/12/2014

Aug. 12, 2014 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is now accepting applications for waterfowl group hunts for up to 12 hunters per group at White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA).
 
The cost of the 2014-15 waterfowl season hunts will be $30,000 for each group and the application form is available on the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/lottery-applications .  A completed application form and $2,500 deposit must be submitted to LDWF by the close of business on Friday, Sept. 3, 2014.
 
Interested groups must select one, two-day group hunt per application.  When selecting dates from the dates offered (example: Nov. 15-16), it is understood that arrival will be the afternoon before (example: Nov. 14).  The two consecutive days of hunting do not include the arrival day, which will be the day before from 3 to 5 p.m.
 
LDWF will select one application by random lottery drawing for each hunt offered.  Applicants must be at least 18 years old and must submit a separate application for each two-day group hunt they wish to reserve. Applicants can apply for as many as three separate, two-day hunts. If multiple applications are submitted, each will require a separate $2,500 deposit.
 
Applications must be accompanied by a bank draft, money order or other liquid instrument made payable to Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in the amount of $2,500.  If the application is selected, the deposit is non-refundable. The applicant will be notified by mail or e-mail, and will be required to submit the final payment of $27,500 no later than Oct. 15, 2014.
 
The fee covers up to 12 hunters and includes the following:  transportation to and from the airport (Jennings or Lake Charles or Lafayette), all food and beverages, two-night stay at the White Lake Lodge, professional hunting and fishing guides, hunting and fishing licenses, steel shot shotgun shells for waterfowl hunts and lead shot for skeet range, the use of shotguns and fishing gear, bird and fish cleaning and packaging.
 
On the arrival day, hunters will watch a safety film and then be issued hunting and fishing licenses. If time allows, the group will shoot skeet in the late afternoon hours.  Day two starts with a morning waterfowl hunt from 6 to 9:30 a.m.  After the hunt, the group can fish or shoot clay targets on the skeet range or sporting clays course.  On day three, a morning waterfowl hunt is scheduled from 6 to 9:30 a.m., and checkout is no later than noon, after lunch.
 
Applications must be mailed or delivered to:
 
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Attention: White Lake Group Hunt
2000 Quail Drive, Room 422
Baton Rouge, LA   70808
 
For more information on White Lake WCA waterfowl group hunts, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400, ext. 1, or wsweeney@wlf.la.gov .

 
 

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2014 White Lake W.C.A. Youth Waterfowl Hunts Announced

Release Date: 08/12/2014

Aug. 12, 2014  -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for the 2014 youth waterfowl lottery hunts on White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) in Vermilion Parish.
There is no charge for the LDWF-sponsored hunts on Nov. 8 and 9, provided as a quality experience for young waterfowl hunters. The participants in the hunts will be determined by a lottery drawing.

Applications for the lottery should be submitted to LDWF before close of business on Sept. 11, 2014. One applicant will be selected based on the Office of Wildlife’s seven field office geographic coverage areas, plus one participant selected from the state at large. To be eligible, applicants must be 15 years of age or younger on the date of the hunt they select.  Selected hunters must be accompanied in the blind by a parent or guardian, although the youth will be the only one permitted to possess a firearm.

Applications may be obtained by contacting any of LDWF's field offices or by visiting the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/lottery-applications .  Completed applications may be delivered in person to Room 422 of the LDWF headquarter building at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge, or sent by mail to:

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Attention: White Lake Youth Waterfowl Hunt
2000 Quail Drive, Room 422
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
 
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 on White Lake WCA youth waterfowl hunts, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400, ext. 1 or wsweeney@wlf.la.gov.

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Chevron Recognized for Supporting Whooping Crane Re-introduction

Release Date: 08/08/2014

Chevron Recognized for Supporting Whooping Crane Re-introduction
Chevron Recognized for Supporting Whooping Crane Re-introduction

Aug. 8, 2014 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation (LWFF) recognized Chevron on Aug. 7 for three years of financial support provided for the department’s whooping crane reintroduction project which began in 2011.
 
In a ceremony at Thursday’s Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting in Baton Rouge, commission members, department staff and meeting attendees were briefed on the value of the $400,000 in Chevron grant funding and all that it has provided from 2012 through 2014.
 
“Chevron chose to make a social investment in southwest Louisiana and this project presented an ideal opportunity,” said Robert Love, LDWF Coastal and Nongame Resources Division administrator. “Re-establishing the whooping crane within Louisiana’s ecosystem involves not only specialized research tools but a lot of people power and teamwork. Success and sustainability also requires raising public awareness and appreciation of the birds’ presence and educating our young citizens, as well as our farmers, on the importance having of this iconic and charismatic species back on the landscape. The Chevron grant funding was vital in each of these project components.”
 
“Chevron Gulf of Mexico recognizes the importance of protecting biological diversity – the rich variety of life on Earth, its ecosystems and species, and the ecological processes that support them,” said Sakari Morrison, Chevron Gulf of Mexico General Manager of Public Affairs. “For this reason, we are a proud and active partner in support of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation and the Department and their work to reintroduce whooping cranes to Louisiana and educate the public on the importance of wildlife protection.”
 
The grant funding has provided for satellite transmitter equipment and associated communications costs for tracking the movement of the whooping cranes released from LDWF’s White Lake Wetland Conservation Area in Vermilion Parish. Biologists plot the birds’ movement, habitat selections and adaptive behavior as they adjust to life in the wild.
 
Supporting LDWF’s efforts, the LWFF has coordinated receipt and dispersal of grant funds for stewardship, public outreach and educational purposes. Kell McInnis, LWFF executive director, presented a signed print of the Chris Davis’ wildlife portrait “Taking Flight” to Morrison in appreciation of the corporate support provided for the project.
Grant funds have additionally been utilized for a public outreach media campaign designed to alert the public that the birds are now on the Louisiana landscape, they should be observed from a distance if spotted and LDWF should be notified if anyone witnesses cranes being harmed.  Billboards have been produced, as well as television and radio announcements, to deliver these messages.
 
A third key component funded by the Chevron donation provides lesson plans and classroom tools that have been made available to Louisiana middle and high school teachers through educational workshops. Teachers then deliver endangered species information to students to foster an appreciation for non-game species and awareness of the significance of LDWF’s and its partners’ efforts.
 
The whooping crane, a very vulnerable species, was found in south Louisiana until their demise during the late 1800s and early 1900s when little conservation ethic was in existence and conversion of prairies and marsh lands to agriculture acreage became a trend. Since 2011, LDWF has soft released 50 isolation-reared, juvenile cranes provided by the US Geological Survey Research Center in Patuxent, Md., into rural southwest Louisiana, and 29 survive today.  Nesting pairs within that experimental population have produced the first eggs in the wild in over 70 years, but no fledglings have resulted as yet.
 
The recovery plan goal is for Louisiana to reach a subpopulation of 25-30 productive pairs, which translates to about 130 cranes in Louisiana. This process could take 15 to 20 years. To learn more about Louisiana’s whooping crane population, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife/information . To contribute to the whooping crane project or any LDWF initiative, go to the LWFF website at http://lawff.org .
 
For more information, contact Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov .
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*photo 1 – (left to right) La. Wildlife & Fisheries Foundation Executive Director Kell McInnis, Chevron Gulf of Mexico General Manager of Public Affairs Sakari Morrison, LDWF Secretary Robert Barham and LDWF Coastal and Nongame Division Administrator Bob Love gather after Aug. 7 LWF Commission meeting recognition for Chevron’s contributions to Louisiana’s whooping crane re-introduction project.
 
*photo 2 – LDWF’s whooping crane recovery team gather with Chevron’s Sakari Morrison (front row center) following Aug. 7 LWF Commission meeting.  Team members (front row, left to right) Dr. Sammy King, USGS Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at LSU Ag Center; Sara Zimorski, LDWF Project Biologist; Morrison; Venise Ortego, La. Environmental Education Commission Coordinator; Phillip Vasseur, LSU Ag Center Research Associate; (back row, left to right) Buddy Baker, LDWF Coastal and Nongame Division Biologist Director ; Kell McInnis, La. Wildlife & Fisheries Foundation Executive Director; Charles Smith, LSU Ag Center Research Associate; Bob Love, LDWF Coastal and Nongame Division Administrator; and Chad Gaspard, LDWF Technician.
 

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