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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

To sign up for LDWF Alerts sent as text messages and emails directly to your mobile device click here.

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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Louisiana Oyster Task Force to Meet January 13 in New Orleans

Release Date: 01/07/2015

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting
John Tesvich, Chairman

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 1 p.m.
UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, suite 210, New Orleans

Agenda

I. Roll call and introduction of guests

II. Approval of December 9, 2014 and December 18, 2014 meeting minutes and January 13 agenda

III.  Treasury Report

         A. Oyster Tag Sales

         B. LOTF Financial Report

IV. Committee Reports

         A. Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee (Buddy Pausina)
             a. Adoption of November 13 Committee Report
             b. Vessel Management Project- Tom Soniat
             c. Innovation program using oysters as coastal restoration- Zach Lea

         B. Enforcement (Lt. Colonel Sammy Martin)

         C. Legislative (Jakov Jurisic)

         D. Research (Patrick Banks)

         E. Coastal Restoration (Dan Coulon)

         F. Marketing (Ashley Roth)

         G. Health (Lance Broussard)

         H. Sustainability (LDWF)

         I. Professionalism (LDWF)

V. Old Business

          A. BP Oil Spill Remediation

VI. New Business

         A. The role of hatcheries in oyster restoration- John Supan

         B. Report on weights and measures from Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and Louisiana Department of Agriculture- Al Sunseri

         C. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries landing data submitted to National Marine Fisheries Service- Al Sunseri

         D. Make recommendation to designate and set aside certain water bottoms as Inshore Recreational Reef Sites-LDWF

         E. Officer Elections

 VII. Public Comment

VIII. Set Next Meeting

IX. 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/6138087797398809346

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

To sign up for LDWF Alerts sent as text messages and emails directly to your mobile device click  here.

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.

 

 

 

Sunset Man Arrested for Illegal Night Hunting Activities

Release Date: 01/06/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Sunset man for alleged hunting violations on Jan. 3 in St. Landry Parish.

LDWF agents arrested Allen W. Moreau, 40, for hunting from a public road, hunting from a moving vehicle and hunting deer during illegal hours and booked him into the St. Landry Parish Jail.

Agents setup surveillance in an area known as Swayze Lake near Palmetto after receiving complaints from area hunters about night hunting.  Agents observed Moreau shooting a deer with a .243 rifle on Swayze Lake Road from his vehicle around 8:15 p.m.  Agents were able to make contact and arrest Moreau shortly after he shot the deer.

Hunting from a public road brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Hunting from a moving vehicle carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Moreau could also face a $1,624 civil restitution charge for the replacement value of the deer.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Ryan Faul, Sgt. Nick Guillory and Senior Agent Brandon Fontenot.

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

LDWF Announces Annual Caney Creek Reservoir Public Meeting

Release Date: 01/06/2015

(Jan. 6, 2015) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will hold a public hearing on Caney Creek Reservoir issues, including an overview of aquatic vegetation issues and the results of recent fish population sampling.

LDWF established a comprehensive management plan for Caney Creek Reservoir in 2006, which provides annual public hearings to update the public on ongoing projects, fisheries management issues and aquatic vegetation management.

Who:  LDWF biologists
What:  Public meeting on Caney Creek Reservoir
When:  Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at 7 p.m.
Where:  Jimmie Davis State Park Conference Center
              1209 State Park Rd.
              Chatham, LA 71226

The meeting is open to the public, and all persons interested in the conservation and management of the fisheries resources and aquatic habitats in Caney Creek Reservoir are encouraged to attend.

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

For more information, contact Jeff Sibley at jsibley@wlf.la.gov or (318) 371-3066.  For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (504) 283-8733.

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