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National Hunting and Fishing Day Events Set for Sept. 24 in Three Louisiana Locations

Release Date: 08/30/2016

Release Date: 08/30/2016

News Release

 

For Immediate Release

Aug. 30, 2016
Contact: Rene LeBreton
Public Information
LDWF
(504) 286-8745
rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will host National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFD) events on Sept. 24 in Haughton, Woodworth and West Monroe. This year’s event in Baton Rouge, however, has been cancelled.

The Baton Rouge NHFD event was set for the Waddill Outdoor Education Center. But the facility and surrounding businesses sustained damage earlier this month during the historic flood that decimated parts of southern Louisiana.

“In addition to the flood damage, LDWF relies heavily on the generosity of volunteers from our agency and the community to host these NHFD events,’’ said Charlie Melancon, Secretary of LDWF.  “We believe those volunteer efforts would be better focused on the recovery tasks occurring in the Baton Rouge area.’’

The department encourages the public to attend one of the three other NHFD events that it will host across the state, including:

Bodcau Wildlife Management Area
1700 Bodcau Dam Rd.
Haughton, Louisiana 71037
(318) 371-3050

Woodworth
LDWF Outdoor Education Center
661 Robinson Bridge Road
Woodworth, Louisiana 71485
(318) 484-2276

OPSP Public Shooting Range
357 Sheriff Fewell Road
West Monroe, Louisiana 71291
(318) 343-4044

NHFD is a national event celebrated in all 50 states on the fourth Saturday in September. It was created in 1972 when Congress passed two bills establishing a specific day to celebrate the conservation contributions of the nation’s hunters and anglers.

LDWF introduced its first NHFD event in 1982 at the Monroe district office.  In the following years, three more locations were added in Baton Rouge, Minden and Woodworth.  Today, more than 10,000 people statewide attend the celebrations, making NHFD the biggest public event for the department.

NHFD events are free to the public. The number and types of exhibits vary at each location but all include exhibits on LDWF management programs, shooting and fishing demonstrations, exhibits from local chapters of Ducks Unlimited, Safari Club and supporting businesses from the local communities.

Attendees have the chance to try their skills at the shooting ranges, fishing ponds and boating activities, as well as learn about wildlife with live animals.

For more information about the event, visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/nhfd2016.

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. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at www.wlf.la.gov/signup.
 

Elmer’s Island closure extended to September 6th due to construction delays

Release Date: 08/30/2016

Elmer’s Island closure extended to September 6th due to construction delays

 

Unforeseen mechanical issues and unfavorable weather conditions have decreased production on the beach restoration project being constructed by the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) at Elmer’s Island.  These unexpected delays have extended the Elmer’s Island closure by 7 days to September 6, 2016.
  
 An updated map with new closure dates can be found above.
 
For further information, contact Rene LeBreton at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at rlebreton@wlf.la.gov, 504-286-8745, or Chuck Perrodin CPRA public information director at Chuck.Perrodin@LA.GOV or (225) 342-7615.

 

LDWF Family Fish Fest is Headed Back to Ivan Lake in September

Release Date: 08/30/2016

The first Family Fish Fest of the year will be September 10, 2016 at Ivan Lake Recreation Area near Cotton Valley, LA. Everyone is encouraged to attend for a fun day of fishing and educational activities. 

In addition to the family friendly fishing competition, there will be numerous fishing activities including the mobile touch tank, fish identification display, the casting inflatable, a scavenger hunt, art activities, and more. Participants will have the opportunity to get their picture taken with Robbie Redfish, the LDWF mascot. All participants will be entered into a raffle to win great prizes.

Pre-registration and event information are available online at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/FFFIvan.  The first 100 youth entries will receive a free goody bag. 

Competitive divisions include Little Angler (ages 8 and under), Junior Angler (ages 9-15), and Adult Angler (ages 16 and older). There will be categories for both shore and boat anglers, and a boat launch is located on-site. Don’t forget your fishing rod, tackle, bait, and an ice chest to take home your catch for the day.

On-site registration and fishing will begin at 6:30 am. The Awards Ceremony will be held at 11:30 am. Lunch will be provided by Wayne Avery Catering, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Sam’s Club. Lunch will be served at 10:00 am until supplies run out.

 

The LDWF Family Fish Fest is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation.  The LWFF was formed to provide a means for individuals and corporations to become partners with the Department and Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fish resources.
  
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.la.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
 
For more information, contact Danica Williams at dwilliams@wlf.la.gov or (504) 628-7282. 
 

LDWF Closes Pipeline Road at Boeuf Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 08/29/2016

Aug. 29, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has closed Pipeline Road in the Crow Field at Boeuf Wildlife Management Area (WMA) to all traffic except ATV/UTVs.
 
Flooding this spring and recent heavy rainfall has hampered efforts to maintain this road to support vehicular traffic. A gate has been erected and closed to restrict vehicular traffic, but will allow ATV/UTV traffic.
 
Boeuf WMA is located in Catahoula and Caldwell parishes, north and south of La. Hwy. 4 approximately 10 miles southeast of Columbia.
 
For more information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2777 or contact Lowrey Moak at 318-343-4044 or lmoak@wlf.la.gov.
 

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Artificial Reef Council Meeting Rescheduled for September 15th at 1:00 p.m.

Release Date: 08/29/2016

Due to the historic flooding in south Louisiana, the Artificial Reef Council meeting scheduled for Thursday, August 25th had to be rescheduled. The new date for the meeting is Thursday, September 15th at 1 pm in the Louisiana Room of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge.

 

Agenda:

1)   Introduction and Welcome                                                         

2)   Approval of Minutes & Agenda                                                

3)   Reef Program Update---Michael McDonough & Craig Gothreaux

4)   Presentation of Nearshore Reef Planning Area Maps

            -Decision by Council

5)   Presentation of Inshore Reef Proposals:

            a) Lake Pontchartrain

                        -Decision by Council

            b) Calcasieu Lake

                        -Decision by Council

6)   Public Comments

7)   Other business

8)   Adjourn

 

For more information contact Mike McDonough at 225-763-5418 or mmcdonough@wlf.la.gov.

Louisiana to Host Red Snapper Education Day in Baton Rouge

Release Date: 08/29/2016

August 29, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission are hosting a Red Snapper Education Day on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Louisiana Room at LDWF Headquarters, located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The purpose of this event is to provide the Commission with information about Gulf of Mexico red snapper, including the status of the stock; a brief history of management of Gulf red snapper fisheries; and current management challenges and alternatives.

The event will include presentations from a variety of stakeholders and interested parties, including, but not limited to, staff from LDWF and NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, as well as representatives from the private recreational angling community, for-hire and commercial fishing industries, and restaurant industry. The event will also include a facilitated discussion. The preliminary agenda is as follows:

1.     Welcome and Introductions

2.     Biology and Ecology of Red Snapper

3.     Status of the Gulf Red Snapper Stock

4.     History of State and Federal Management of Gulf Red Snapper

5.     The Gulf States Red Snapper Management Authority Act (HR 3094)

6.     Stakeholder Presentations

7.     Potential Solutions and Next Steps

LDWF is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

RECREATIONAL RED SNAPPER STATE SEASON TO CLOSE AT 11:59 P.M. SEPTEMBER 5, 2016

Release Date: 08/29/2016

News Release

 

For Immediate Release
August 26, 2016

 

Contact: Rene LeBreton

Public Information
LDWF

(504) 286-8745

rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced that the state recreational red snapper season will close at 11:59 p.m. on September 5, 2016. 

 

Preliminary estimates from the LA Creel survey indicate that the Department’s self-imposed quota of 1,116,732 pounds of red snapper for the private and charter sectors of the recreational fishery is projected to be harvested by September 5, 2016.  Closing the season in state waters avoids an overrun of the overall Gulf of Mexico recreational quota and allows the red snapper stock to continue rebuilding.  The Secretary of the Department has the authority to re-open the recreational season, as has been done in previous years, for additional recreational harvest if finalized landings data indicate such harvest would be within conservation targets.

 

The state red snapper season, which opened on January 8, allowed anglers an opportunity to harvest recreational red snapper for 242 days in state waters.  

 

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. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Training Class, set for Sept. 10, Moved to LDWF Headquarters in Baton Rouge

Release Date: 08/26/2016

Aug. 26, 2016 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) Wildlife Rehabilitation Basic Skills Class, set for Sept. 10 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., will now be held at LDWF headquarters in Baton Rouge at 2000 Quail Dr. in the Louisiana Room. The registration deadline is Sept. 6.
 
The class was moved to LDWF headquarters from Waddill Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge because of flooding damage to that facility.
 
The class, hosted by Wings of Hope Wildlife Sanctuary, is the only certification course recognized by LDWF and is for individuals who would like to become wildlife rehabilitators. The basic skills class fulfills one of the requirements for obtaining an LDWF wildlife rehabilitation license and is free.

The class will be taught by experienced wildlife rehabilitators, veterinarians and wildlife professionals.
 
To register for the class, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife-rehab-training-signup . For more information, contact LDWF permits coordinator Melissa Collins at 225-763-8584 or at mcollins@wlf.la.gov.
 
Anyone interested in pursuing an LDWF wildlife rehabilitation license should contact Collins.

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LDWF Reopens Oil Well Road at Pearl River WMA, Swamp Walk at Joyce WMA

Release Date: 08/24/2016

Aug. 24, 2016 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has reopened the south end of Oil Well Road at Pearl River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and the Swamp Walk at Joyce WMA. However, Boyce Tower Road on Maurepas Swamp WMA remains closed.
 
Recent flooding forced the closures. Once the flooding recedes at Maurepas Swamp WMA, LDWF will inspect and repair any damage and reopen the closed areas.
 
Maurepas Swamp WMA, which consists of 122,098 acres, is located approximately 25 miles west of New Orleans and along the south shore of Lake Maurepas west to near Sorrento. The WMA includes property in Ascension, Livingston, St. John the Baptist, St. James and Tangipahoa parishes. For more information on the WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2791.
 
Joyce WMA, which consists of 27,487 acres, is located in southern Tangipahoa Parish about five miles south of Hammond in the Pontchartrain Basin.  For more information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2774.
 
Pearl River WMA, which consists of 35,032 acres, is located in St. Tammany Parish, five miles east of Slidell.  For more information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2789.
 
For more information on these WMAs, contact Forest Burks at fburks@wlf.la.gov or 985-543-4781.

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LDWF Accepting Applications for 2016 White Lake WCA Youth Waterfowl Hunts

Release Date: 08/24/2016

Aug. 24, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for the 2016 youth waterfowl lottery hunts on White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) in Vermilion Parish.
 
There is no charge for the LDWF-sponsored hunts Nov. 5-6, 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. 20, 2016. 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 between 10-15 years of age on the date of the hunt they select. In addition, all applicants must have a certificate showing they have satisfactorily completed an LDWF approved hunter education course.
 
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 418 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 418
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
 
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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