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Road Closure on Dewey W. Wills WMA

Release Date: 06/04/2015

June 4, 2015 The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is advising WMA users that Hunt Road, south of the Diversion Canal, on Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area (WMA) will be closed to all traffic once the water level on Larto Lake reaches 45.0 feet.
 
Based on current water levels and projections, this level is anticipated to occur on June 11.  Increasing water levels in the Mississippi, Black, and associated river systems will result in significant backwater flooding on this road.  Road closures are implemented in the interest of public safety and the protection of the area resources and infrastructure.  Once the water recedes and road conditions allow, the road will be reopened.
  
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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Louisiana’s free fishing weekend set for June 6-7

Release Date: 06/04/2015

 
(June 4, 2015) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries invites Louisianans of all ages to fish for free the first weekend in June without a fishing license on any of the state’s public waters. 
 
Louisiana offers miles of shoreline and a myriad of freshwater lakes, marsh, and bayous to take opportunity of during this annual event.
 
The Department hopes the weekend will introduce newcomers, visitors and people with rusty skills to one of Louisiana’s most popular sports.  If you already have a fishing license, consider taking a friend or family member who has never been fishing. 
 
Anglers are allowed to fish on all public bodies of waters without a license, but all fishing regulations still apply.
 
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources.  For more information, visit us atwww.wlf.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
 
For press inquiries, contact Rene LeBreton at rlebreton@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-8745
 

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2014 recreational red snapper numbers show real-time, regional management is the way to go

Release Date: 06/03/2015

(June 3, 2015) – NOAA Fisheries recently released data on recreational red snapper landings for the 2014 season. Across the Gulf of Mexico, recreational fishermen landed 3,866,531 pounds of red snapper in 2014, 28 percent below the recreational quota of 5.39 million pounds. These data, mainly from NOAA Fisheries’ Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP), were released months after the red snapper season closed. Because of NOAA Fisheries’ inability to monitor recreational landings in real-time during the season, recreational fishermen lost out on the opportunity to harvest more than 1.5 million pounds of red snapper last year. Inadequate data not only reduce anglers’ fishing opportunities but also economic opportunities for fishing communities through lost revenues at marinas, bait shops, and beyond.
 
These 2014 data further demonstrate that NOAA Fisheries continues to fail to adequately monitor the recreational red snapper fishery. In six of the past seven years between 2007 and 2013 (excluding 2010 when the fishery was closed due to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill) recreational harvests exceeded the quotas, sometimes by as much as 80 or 90 percent. MRIP simply was not designed to monitor quotas in season, which prohibits any kind of flexible, responsive management such as extending the season to allow fishermen the opportunity to harvest the full quota or closing the season to prevent overharvests. Responsible management of this fishery requires precise, real-time data.
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has proven in the last two years that we can provide the data needed to effectively manage this fishery, keeping harvests within limits and maximizing anglers’ time on the water. Through LA Creel, our new recreational data collection program, our biologists are on the dock every day, sampling catch and surveying anglers. Because of this intensive coverage, LA Creel provides more precise landings estimates and allows us to accurately count species such as red snapper as they are landed. Recreational landings estimates are available just two weeks after these data are collected. These near real-time data allow managers to flexibly and appropriately manage the fishing season—the Secretary of LDWF can adjust regulations within 72 hours if necessary. In 2014, for example, data from LA Creel enabled us to extend the state red snapper season by hundreds of days and still remain within our historic and projected share of the total Gulf recreational red snapper quota—good news for red snapper recovery, fishermen, and the businesses that depend on them.
 
Since Louisiana’s 2015 red snapper season opened in March, LDWF has continued to monitor the state’s recreational red snapper landings through LA Creel and is prepared to modify the season as needed to provide our anglers another successful year of red snapper fishing, conserve this valuable resource, and help keep our coastal communities thriving. LDWF is also currently working with NOAA Fisheries to recognize the validity of LA Creel and establish it as a replacement for MRIP. This process will pave the way for other Gulf states to adopt their own recreational data collection programs, improve data collection for this fishery, and hopefully bring the Gulf states one step closer toward regional, state-based management of the recreational red snapper fishery.  
 
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 Rene LeBreton at 504-286-8745 or rlebreton@wlf.la.gov.

 

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LDWF Goes Electronic for Licensing

Release Date: 06/02/2015

 

(June 2, 2015) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is now offering an electronic license option for both hunting and fishing privileges.  Save paper by storing an electronic file on your electronic device, or print the E-license in the convenience of your home for immediate use.

To access this option, simply visit www.wlf.la.gov and select the E-license option when making your purchase. 

Those customers interested in a traditional, hard copy license on durable, waterproof paper can still visit any license vendor or call toll-free 1-888-765-2602.

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 more information, contact Michelle Rayburn at 225-765-2881 or mrayburn@wlf.la.gov .  For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 721-0489.
 

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AMENDED AGENDA FOR COMMISSION MEETING

Release Date: 05/29/2015

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, June 4, 2015, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA

The following items will be discussed:

1.  Roll Call

2.  Approval of Minutes of April 2 and May 7, 2015

3.  Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

4.  Special recognition of Tony Vidrine - Quality Deer Managers Association (QDMA) Deer Manager of the Year National Award recipient

5.  To hear Enforcement Reports May 2015

6.  To hear presentations from three proposals to utilize Breeding Waterfowl Habitat Conservation funding

7.  To hear an update on the Legislative Session 

8.  Set October 2015 Meeting Date

9.  Receive Public Comments

10.  Adjournment

Live streaming available for the June 2015 LWF Commission Meeting through GoToWebinar.com.  To register for streaming, please follow this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1430504576958967041
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Road Closures on Dewey W. Wills WMA

Release Date: 05/29/2015

May 28, 2015 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is informing WMA users that Sandy Bayou Rd. and Muddy Bayou Rd. (Deville Crossing to Nolan Bayou Rd.) at Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is currently closed to all traffic.  Increasing water levels in the river system has caused backwater flooding on these roads.  Once the water recedes, vehicular traffic will be allowed.
  
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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LDWF Announces License to Win! Promotion

Release Date: 05/29/2015

Want to help us manage your fisheries?  Want to win a boat?   It’s as simple as buying your saltwater fishing license.
 
(May 29, 2015) - Louisiana has some of the most knowledgeable, die-hard, fishing fanatics in the world, who have continually supported the department’s programs and management efforts through the purchase of their annual saltwater fishing license.  Launching June 1, the License to Win! Sweepstakes is our way of saying thank you to our anglers for their unfettered support.
 
In partnership with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation and a host of great sponsors, Louisiana anglers will be rewarded in monthly drawings for YETI ice chests, Shimano gear and gift cards from Whole Foods, Academy Sports and Outdoors and Texaco.   One lucky angler will take home the grand prize, a 22 foot bay boat, trailer and motor donated by Venice Marina, Mercury Outboards and Mike Gerald’s Trailer Depot.
 
Qualification is simple:
 

  1. Buy a saltwater fishing license
  2. Provide an accurate email address (phone number if email not available)
  3. Respond to our verification email or phone call to validate your contact information

 
“We are fortunate Louisiana anglers understand and engage in many of the complex issues surrounding fishery management,” said Robert Barham, Secretary of LDWF.  “When the department developed our robust and accurate recreational fishing survey system, LA Creel, our anglers stood by our decisions, including a saltwater license fee increase to fund the program. We hope License to Win! shows them how much we appreciate their support.”
 
The success of LA Creel is heavily dependent on the accuracy of our email and telephone database, so in addition to this opportunity to extend our gratitude to Louisiana anglers, we are also able to improve upon the LA Creel program.    We need our anglers to do their part in managing their fishery; we need their valid email address and telephone number.
 
“Fishery conservation extends beyond our angling public and touches all Louisiana residents, so we hope this promotion will also serve as a motivational tool to entice those outside of the angling community and those who have left the sport to return and support the efforts of our agency by purchasing a saltwater fishing license,” said Randy Pausina Assistant Secretary of Fisheries.
 
Next time you buy your saltwater fishing license, don’t forget to provide a valid email address for your License to Win!
 
For more information on License to Win!, and a full list of our partners visit http://www.fishla.org/license-win-sweepstakes/
 
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, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
 
For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-8733.

 

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Postponed Drawdown on Iatt Lake

Release Date: 05/28/2015

(May 28, 2015) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has postponed a scheduled drawdown on Iatt Lake in Grant Parish.   The drawdown has been delayed indefinitely due to the high water level in the Red River, prohibiting the lake from draining. 
 
The Department will continue to monitor the situation and adjust the drawdown schedule as necessary.
 
The intent of the drawdown is to control nuisance aquatic vegetation.
 
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 additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Ricky Moses, LDWF Biologist Manager, at rmoses@wlf.la.gov or (318) 487-5885. 
 
For press inquiries contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 721-0489.

AGENDA FOR COMMISSION MEETING

Release Date: 05/28/2015

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, June 4, 2015, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA

The following items will be discussed:

1.  Roll Call

2.  Approval of Minutes of April 2 and May 7, 2015

3.  Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

4.  To hear Enforcement Reports May 2015

5.  To hear an overview of the Private Lands Program

6.  To hear three Request for Proposals (RFP) for funding Breeding Waterfowl Habitat Conservation

7.  To hear an update on the Legislative Session

8.  Set October 2015 Meeting Date

9.  Receive Public Comments

10.  Adjournment

Live streaming available for the June 2015 LWF Commission Meeting through GoToWebinar.com.  To register for streaming, please follow this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1430504576958967041
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Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. Issued $9,500 in Rewards At Meeting

Release Date: 05/27/2015

Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. (LOGT), a Louisiana wildlife crime-stoppers program, awarded $9,500 to diligent citizens statewide at their quarterly meeting on May 23 in Woodworth.

The LOGT board reviewed a total of 21 cases that included public tips from 23 informants.  A total of 31 subjects were apprehended and a total of 236 offenses were written in regards to the reviewed cases.  The LOGT has paid out a total of $368,400 since inception in 1984.

The cases reviewed and awarded money to the public for their assistance consisted of 13 deer cases,  four turkey cases, and the illegal cutting of trees on the Spring Bayou Wildlife Management Area among a few others.

In the Spring Bayou WMA case agents used a public tip to arrest Rick K. Savoy, 48, of Hessmer, on March 6.

Anyone wishing to report wildlife or fisheries 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, tipsters can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone and Android apps from the iTunes or Google Play store free of charge.  Texting or downloading the app enables the public to send anonymous tips to LDWF and lets LDWF respond back, creating a two-way anonymous “chat”.

Users of the app or texters can also send in photos to help support their claim and be used as evidence.  CitizenObserver, the tip411 provider, uses technology that removes all identifying information before LDWF receives the text so that LDWF cannot identify the sender.

LOGT was instituted in 1984 and provides cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of violators of fish and wildlife regulations.  Funds are raised through private donations, court directed contributions and through contributions from cooperative endeavor agreements with organizations such as the National Wild Turkey Federation and Quality Deer Management Association.

To make a donation to the LOGT that can be used for cash rewards, please contact Lt. Will Roberts at wroberts@wlf.la.gov.

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

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