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Fall Shrimp Season to Close in Majority of Waters East of the Mississippi

Release Date: 01/15/2013

Jan. 15, 2013 –Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced fall shrimp season will close in all state inside waters east of the Mississippi River, except for the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds, at sunset this Friday, January 18.

The Department took action in December to extend the fall shrimp season in these waters, but current sampling by LDWF fisheries biologists indicates that average white shrimp size in these waters is smaller than 100 count per pound. This action protects these small, white shrimp and provides increased opportunity for growth to larger, more valuable sizes.

Effective with this closure, shrimping will only be allowed in:

  • Open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double-rig line in R.S. 56:491(A), and
  • All state outside beyond three nautical miles from the northwest shore of Caillou Boca westward to Freshwater Bayou Canal, and
  • All state outside waters east of the northwest shore of Caillou Boca as well as state outside waters west of Freshwater Bayou Canal

The shrimping industry is the most valuable commercial fishery in Louisiana, averaging over 8,700 licensed recreational and commercial shrimpers annually over the past five years.

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/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, please contact For more information, contact Martin Bourgeois (985) 594-4130 mbourgeois@wlf.la.gov. For press inquiries, contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (504)430-2623.

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Two Marksville Men Cited for Illegal Hunting Activities In LaSalle Parish

Release Date: 01/15/2013

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents citied two Marksville men for alleged wildlife and criminal charges on Jan. 10 in LaSalle Parish.

Blaine McNeal, 45, and Keith Dauzat, 43, were both cited for taking deer during illegal hours with artificial light, taking deer from a moving vehicle, hunting from a public roadway, discharging a firearm from a public roadway, intentional concealment of illegally taken wildlife, open container and felony criminal damage to a federal levee system.

Agents were patrolling the diversion canal near the Dewey Wills Wildlife Management Area in LaSalle Parish when they observed a vehicle traveling down the canal at a slow speed.  Agents then heard several gunshots coming from the direction of the vehicle and observed the vehicle drive down the side of the canal to possibly retrieve what they shot.

The two men got their truck stuck at the bottom of the diversion canal levee while retrieving a deer.  McNeal and Dauzat had two deer in possession, which they hid in the bushes near the truck after getting stuck.

Agents located two does in the bushes near the stuck truck.  Both subjects were arrested and transported to the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Hunting deer during illegal hours and intentional concealment of illegally taken wildlife each bring a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.  Hunting from a moving vehicle carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting from a public road brings a $150 to $300 fine and up to 30 days in jail.  Open container carries a fine up to $263 and up to six months in jail.  Discharging a firearm from a public road brings a $50 fine and up to 30 days in jail. 

The penalties for felony criminal damage to a federal levee system will be issued by the Tensas Levee District Police Office.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Charlie Ferrington, Senior Agent Robbie Mayo, Senior Agent Joey Merrill and Tensas Levee Police Officer Brandon Wagoner.

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

Deadline Approaching for 2013 Turkey Season Lottery Hunt Applications

Release Date: 01/15/2013

Jan. 15, 2013  --The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is reminding hunters that the 2013 turkey season lottery hunt application deadline of Thursday, Feb. 1 is approaching.

Regular turkey lottery hunts will be held on 10 state wildlife management areas (WMAs) this spring.  Youth Lottery hunts will be held on 15 WMAs and five Kisatchie National Forest (KNF) Ranger Districts.

In addition to the 689 regular WMA turkey lottery slots and 248 WMA youth turkey hunt slots, KNF is providing115 lottery slots, which includes 75 slots for the newly established youth lottery turkey hunts on the Caney, Winn, Kisatchie and Catahoula, along with the 40 slots offered last season on the Vernon and Evangeline Units of the Calcasieu Ranger District. 

Some of the LDWF-WMA youth turkey hunts are guided, while KNF youth hunts on March 16 are non-guided. Additional public lottery turkey hunt opportunities occur on US Army Corps of Engineers’ lands and US Fish and Wildlife Service’s lands.

The application forms for 2013 Turkey Season WMA and KNF lottery hunts for adult and youth hunters are now available on the LDWF website. Those forms list all lottery hunts dates and locations and are located at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts.

The 2013 wild turkey season will open March 23 in three designated areas with varying end of season dates as follows: Area A, March 23 - April 21; Area B, March 23 - April 14; and Area C, March 23 - April 7. These areas include similar geographic boundaries utilized in 2012 except for minor additional openings in Pointe Coupee, Ascension and Iberville parishes. The statewide youth and physically challenged hunter weekend for private lands will be March 16-17. To access additional information, the 2013 Turkey Regulations pamphlet can be viewed at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/regulations.

For more information, contact Jimmy Stafford at jstafford@wlf.la.govor Jason Nolde at jnolde@fs.fed.us.

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/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

 

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LDWF Urges Public to Attend Gulf Council Meeting in Support of Regional Management

Release Date: 01/14/2013

(Jan. 14,2012) -The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries strongly urges anglers across Louisiana to attend a public meeting hosted by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council TODAY, January 14 in Baton Rouge, La., at 6 p.m. in support of regional management of recreational red snapper.

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council Reef Fish Management Committee met earlier this week in Tampa, Fla., and is considering a 27-day recreational red snapper season.  The LDWF feels this proposal is unacceptable and essentially negates having a season at all. 

LDWF Assistant Secretary Randy Pausina wants red snapper to be managed on state-by-state or regional basis, with state agencies in control, working under a federal umbrella. 

“I have every confidence that our biologists do a superb job at managing Louisiana’s fish populations,” explains Pausina.  “Across the Gulf Coast you find the most robust fish populations are those that are state-managed.  The data speaks for itself; the areas where populations are in the most trouble are in those that remain federally-managed.  There is no “one-size fits all” approach that works for the Gulf.” 

Federal catch estimates show that the existing Gulf-wide management of red snapper is off track, and LDWF will go non-compliant if the Gulf Council is unwilling to move towards regional management, on the state’s terms. 

“There’s no confidence in the federal regulations, so it’s time to draw a line in the sand. We hope our fellow Gulf Coast states will join us in rejecting the federal red snapper dates and limits and move forward with our own interpretation of regional management.“

The LDWF strongly urges the public 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. 

The Louisiana meeting is scheduled as follows:

Monday, January 14, 2013, 6 p.m.

Doubletree by Hilton

4964 Constitution Avenue

Baton Rouge, LA 70808

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.govon Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For press inquires, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.govor (225) 765-2396.

 

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Hunters Found by Good Samaritan and LDWF Agents in Pearl River Canal

Release Date: 01/11/2013

Jan. 11, 2013 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents rescued a hunter and a good Samaritan rescued another from the Pearl River Canal in Washington Parish this morning, Jan. 11.

Stephen Leicher, 27, of Bush, and James Rogan, 26, of Bogulusa left out this morning for a duck hunt on the Pearl River Canal in a 13 foot vessel.  Around 5:15 a.m. their vessel had capsized putting Leicher and Rogan in the canal.

At 9:15 a.m. a passing boater noticed Leicher clinging to some woody debris in the canal and was able to get him in his boat.  Leicher was found near entrance of Ox Lot Canal.  They then notified LDWF agents about Rogan who was still missing.

At 10:10 a.m. agents found Rogan on the bank near Past Creek a mile in a half downstream from where Leicher was found.

Both men were checked on scene by Northshore Emergency Medical Services for any injuries and released.  Neither man was wearing a personal flotation device when the vessel capsized.

Agents participating in the search and rescue were Sgt. Darryl Galloway and Senior Agent Joel Cromp.

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

Joyce, Manchac and Maurepas Swamp WMAs Hunting Seasons Will Close Due to High Water Levels

Release Date: 01/11/2013

Jan. 11, 2013 --The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced today that all hunting seasons, except waterfowl, on Joyce, Manchac and Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) will be closed starting Jan. 12, 2013, due to high water levels in the Maurepas Basin associated with recent rain events.

This hunting season closure on these three WMA's in Ascension, Livingston, St. James, St. John the Baptist and Tangipahoa Parishes will remain in effect until further notice.

For additional information, contact Christian Winslow at 985-543-4777 or cwinslow@wlf.la.gov.

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Orleans Parish Man Charged with Illegal Possession of Piranha, Alligator and Drug Paraphernalia

Release Date: 01/11/2013

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited an Orleans Parish man for alleged illegal possession of piranha, a live alligator and drug paraphernalia on Jan. 8.

On Dec. 20, 2012 the LDWF agents received a complaint about an apartment tenant that possessed a live alligator and had left it unattended to leave for Christmas vacation.

Agents responded to the residence of Quinn Vanderbosch, 22, of New Orleans.  The agents were granted access to the apartment by a roommate and observed an alligator in a large plastic bin and a large fish tank with piranha swimming.

Agents returned to the residence with a search warrant to seize the illegal fish and alligator, as well as various drug paraphernalia left out in the open.

Agents cited Vanderbosch for possession of a live alligator without a permit, possession of a prohibited species (piranha), and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Due to the similarities with Louisiana waters and the piranha’s natural habitat, as well as the fish’s invasive nature, the fish are strictly forbidden to be possessed or sold within the state with the only exceptions being the Audubon Zoo and Aquarium of the Americas with an LDWF permit.

Possession of an alligator carries $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Possession of piranha brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Possession of drug paraphernalia is determined by the presiding judge.

Agents involved in the case are Senior Agent Jared Taylor and Sgt. Kris Bourgeois of LDWF and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agent Scotty Boudreaux.

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

Pearl River WMA Hunting Seasons and Road to Close Due to High River Level

Release Date: 01/10/2013

Jan. 10, 2013 --The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced today that all hunting seasons, except waterfowl, on Pearl River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) will be closed starting Jan. 11, 2013, due to the river stage at Pearl River, La., reaching 16.5 feet. 

This hunting season closure on the WMA in southeastern St. Tammany Parish will remain in effect until water levels drop below 16.5 feet.  

The gate at Old U.S.Hwy. 11, a primary access point to the WMA, will remain closed until the water recedes and all roads and bridges are determined safe for vehicle passage.

To monitor water levels, visit the National Weather Service link at http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=lix&gage=perl1.  For additional information, contact Christian Winslow at 985-543-4777 or cwinslow@wlf.la.gov.

 

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Winnsboro Police Officers and Franklin Parish Corrections Officer Cited for Hunting Violations

Release Date: 01/09/2013

Jan. 9, 2013 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents arrested a Winnsboro Police Officer, cited another Winnsboro Police Officer and cited a Franklin Parish Detention Center Corrections Officer for their alleged roles in the illegal harvesting of a deer.

Agents cited Winnsboro City Police Officer Chester Coleman, 34, of Enterprise, on Jan. 7 for taking a deer during illegal hours using artificial light, hunting from a moving vehicle, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements, and hunting without basic and big game licenses.  Agents also arrested Coleman for malfeasance in office and booked him into the Franklin Parish Jail.

Agents also cited Winnsboro City Police Officer Joshua Martin, 31, of Winnsboro, and Franklin Parish Detention Center Corrections Officer Hunter Guimbellot, 22, of Winnsboro, on Jan. 5 for taking a deer during illegal hours using artificial light and hunting from a moving vehicle.

Agents were notified by an informant of an illegal hunting incident that occurred in Franklin Parish on Dec. 30, 2012.  Agents learned from the informant that Coleman, Martin and Guimbellot harvested a doe deer around 8 p.m. at the Winnsboro City Industrial Park. 

Coleman was on duty at the time of the illegal hunting activitiy and he shot the deer from his patrol vehicle with Martin’s .308 rifle.  The three men then put the deer into the trunk of the patrol vehicle for later cleaning.

Agents seized the .308 rifle and the deer.  Agents involved in the case are Lt. Scott Watson and Senior Agent Johnny Wilson.

Malfeasance in office is a felony and brings up to five years in jail and $5,000 in fines.  Taking deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting from a moving vehicle brings a $250 to $500 and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting without basic and big game licenses carries a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail for each offense.  Violating deer tagging regulations brings a $100 to $300 fine and up to 60 days in jail. 

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

Two Livingston Parish Men Arrested

Release Date: 01/08/2013

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested two Livingston Parish men for allegedly possessing firearms by convicted felons on Jan. 1.

Agents responded to an area off of C. Holden Rd. and Highway 1036 in Holden after receiving an anonymous complaint of possible hunting violations.  Agents observed two men coming from a wooded area without their required hunter orange on and with a loaded 12-gauge shotgun.

After further investigation, the agents cited Bobby D. Sykes, 38, and Barry D. Gill, 46, both of Holden, for failing to wear hunter orange, hunting deer with an unplugged gun and possession of a firearm by a person convicted of certain felonies.

Possession of a firearm by a person convicted of certain felonies carries a $1,000 to $5,000 fine and 10 to 20 years in jail.  Failing to wear hunter orange carries a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.  Hunting with an unplugged shotgun brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail. 

Agents involved in the case are Senior Agents Buck Hampton, Clarence Marques  and Garrett Kimble.

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

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