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Body of Noble Man Recovered from Toledo Bend

Release Date: 08/17/2012

Search and Rescue officials recovered the body of a Noble man from Toledo Bend Sabine Parish on Aug. 16.

Search crews from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office recovered the body of Brandon Jeane, 27, around 9:45 p.m.

Officials were notified about a fisherman who fell overboard in Toledo Bend around 6:45 p.m. on Aug. 16.  Jeane was fishing with his Uncle in a 16 foot boat when he fell overboard without a personal flotation device.  According to the Uncle, Jeane never resurfaced and he called for help.

Jeane’s body was turned over to the Sabine Parish Coroner’s Office to determine a cause of death.  LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating crash incident.

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

LDWF Celebrates National Hunting & Fishing Day

Release Date: 08/16/2012

LDWF Celebrates National Hunting & Fishing Day
LDWF Celebrates National Hunting & Fishing Day
LDWF Celebrates National Hunting & Fishing Day
LDWF Celebrates National Hunting & Fishing Day
LDWF Celebrates National Hunting & Fishing Day
LDWF Celebrates National Hunting & Fishing Day

Aug. 16, 2012 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is celebrating National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFD) on September 22.  This year celebrates 30 years of bringing families to the outdoors.

NHFD is a national event celebrated by 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 our nation’s hunters and anglers. Forty years later, the events are still going strong.

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

“Our goal is to bring people outside, enjoy the activities we offer and hopefully, send them home with a renewed interest and appreciation for Louisiana’s natural resources," said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham.  “The quality of time families and friends spend together at National Hunting and Fishing Day is unique, and we know this because we see the experience passed on to younger generations.  Parents who spent time at NHFD as kids, are now bringing their children to the events.  That speaks for the value of the experience.”

All four events are free. 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 CCA, 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. 

Another great aspect of NHFD is the food.  Louisiana is known for its food and NHFD serves it up in traditional style for everyone to taste.  Local businesses and chefs cook up venison, catfish, shrimp, alligator and pig with the flare only Louisiana can offer.

For more information on National Hunting and Fishing Day, contact one of the four locations or go to www.wlf.louisiana.gov.

NHFD Locations

 

Monroe

LDWF District 2 Office


368 Centurylink Dr.


Monroe, LA.  71203


(318) 343-4044 

Baton Rouge

Waddill Outdoor Education Center

4142 N. Flannery Road

(225) 765-2800
 

Minden

Bodcau Wildlife Management Area


1700 Bodcau Dam Rd.


Haughton, LA.  71037


(318) 371-3050 

Woodworth

Woodworth Outdoor Education Center


661 Robinson Bridge Rd.


Woodworth, LA.  71485


(318) 484-2212

 

Two Livingston Parish Men Cited for Littering

Release Date: 08/10/2012

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two Denham Springs men for alleged gross littering violations on Aug. 7.

Agents discovered approximately 40 large garbage bags of household trash, appliances and mattresses located off of Miller Road and Neal Landing Road in Livingston Parish on July 30.

After sifting through the piles of garbage and conducting a thorough investigation, agents were able to identify two suspects.  Agents cited Cody D. May, 19, and Johnnie J. Jarreau, 17, for gross littering.

Gross littering brings a $500 to $1,000 fine and eight hours of community service in a litter abatement work program approved by the court.

Agents involved in the case were Lt. Will Roberts, Sgt. Guy Adams, Senior Agent Buck Hampton and Senior Agent Carl Armstrong.

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

Environmental Education Commission Meeting Set for Aug. 14

Release Date: 08/09/2012

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission will meet in Baton Rouge on Tuesday, August 14 at 1 p.m. in the Louisiana Room at theLouisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries main office located at 2000 Quail Drive.

I.  Call to order

II.  Roll Call/Sign-in

III.  Minutes from last meeting

IV.  Financial Report

V.  Coordinator’s Report

VI.  Old Business

A.  2013 Symposium Committee

1.  Complete committee sign-ups

2.  Keynote speaker

3.  Name change to consider

B.  Environmental Literacy Plan

C.  Art & Language Arts Contest update

D.  Whooping Crane Workshop update

E.  EPA grant reviewers

VII.  New Business

A.  Nominating Committee

1. Officers

2. LEEC member recommendation

B.  2013 Art & Language Arts Contest

1.  Theme

2.  Local emphasis

C.  Consider change in November meeting date

VIII.  Announcements

IX.  Next Meeting Dates: November 13, 2012 (Louisiana Room), February 22, 2013 (at Symposium in Baton Rouge), May 14, 2013

X.  Adjournment

2011 Youth Hunters of the Year Announced

Release Date: 08/07/2012

2011 LOWA-LDWF Female Youth Hunter of the Year Emily Williams.
2011 LOWA-LDWF Male Youth Hunter of the Year Joseph Scooter Hayes.
2011 LOWA-LDWF Female Youth Hunter of the Year Runner-Up Chloe Slayter.
2011 LOWA-LDWF Male Youth Hunter of the Year Runner-Up Scott Duplechain.

Aug. 7, 2012  -- The Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will recognize the boy and girl selected as the 2011 Youth Hunters of the Year during the 2012 LOWA Conference Awards Banquet in Chalmette on Aug. 11.

The common thread linking these two young hunters was their participation in special youth hunts conducted on public lands.

“This shows just how important these public lands, state and federal, are to the hunters in Louisiana and points out the good work being done by LDWF, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the US Army Corps of Engineers and the USDA Forest Service,” said Kenny Ribbeck, LDWF’s Wildlife Division Administrator. “Establishing hunting opportunities for the next generation of hunters is our shared goal and the Youth Hunter of the Year Program is a good fit, along with the Louisiana Hunting Heritage Program recently initiated by LDWF .”

Twelve-year-old Emily Williams from Golden Meadow is the 2011 Female Youth Hunter of the Year.  Emily is the daughter of Catina and Joseph Williams. She participated in the youth deer hunt on Lake Ophelia National Wildlife Refuge in Marksville.  Emily was very excited watching her first sun rise from the deer stand on a cold morning in Avoyelles Parish and the excitement only escalated when they began seeing deer and then dropped a 210-pound, eight-point in its tracks. She got quite a few thumbs up as she and her dad made the drive back home.

Seven-year-old Joseph Scooter Hayes is the 2011 Male Youth Hunter of the Year.  Joseph is the son of Douglas and Jessica Hayes of Mansura.  Joseph participated in the youth squirrel hunt on Spring Bayou Wildlife Management Area. With his dad as his guide, Joseph downed his first fox squirrel with his .410.  As Joseph described it, “The squirrel came tumbling down to the ground and dad made the retrieve.”  Many baby boomer hunters can remember that first squirrel hunting experience in the Bayou State and can relate to the excitement young Joseph felt on this memorable day in the woods with his dad.  His first hunt ended with a squirrel gravy that night, which he noted, “tasted really good, and LSU won their football game!”

The Youth Hunter Registry Program and the Youth Hunter of the Year Program are coordinated jointly by LOWA and LDWF.  These two programs are made possible by the generous donations of the South LA Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association, the Baton Rouge Chapter of Delta Waterfowl, Andrew Harrison with Harrison Law, LLC., the Louisiana Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Bayou State Bowhunters Association, the Louisiana Wildlife Federation and Bowie Outfitters in Baton Rouge.  The Bayou State Bowhunters Association, which is no longer operational,  made a generous donation to the program prior to dissolving the group.

This year for the first time a runner-up was selected for both the male and female category.  Ten-year-old Chloe Slayter of Pineville, who participated in a youth deer hunt on Buckhorn WMA, was selected as the runner-up for the Female Youth Hunter of the Year.  Chloe harvested a buck and a doe and wrote that she can't wait to go hunting again. 

Eleven-year-old Scott Duplechain of Thibodaux was selected as the runner-up for the Male Youth Hunter of the Year. Scott harvested his first deer with a gun when he was 10 and was given a bow for Christmas in 2011.  Hunting by himself in a tree stand in January, Scott downed a nice six-point buck in Tensas Parish.  He wrote that it was the best day of his life.  The runners-up will receive a gift card from Bowie Outfitters in Baton Rouge.

For more information about the Youth Registry Program and the Youth Hunter of the Year Program, visit the LDWF website at http://ww.wlf.state.la.us/hunting/youth-hunter registry-program or contact Scott Durham at 225-765-2351 or sdurham@wlf.la.gov or visit the LOWA website at www.laoutdoorwriters.com or contact David Moreland at heflinroots@hotmail.com.

 

2012 White Lake W.C.A. Youth Waterfowl Hunts Announced

Release Date: 08/06/2012

Aug. 6, 2012 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for the 2012 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. 3 and 4, 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. 13, 2012. 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.

Applicants must be 15 years of age or younger.  Selected hunters must be accompanied in the blind by a parent or guardian, though 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/hunting/lottery-hunts.  Completed applications may be delivered in person to Room 422 of the LDWF Building in Baton Rouge, or by mail.  The mailing address is: Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Attention: White Lake Youth Waterfowl Hunt at P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898.

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

For more information on White Lake WCA youth waterfowl hunts, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400 or wsweeney@wlf.la.gov.

 

L.D.W.F. Accepting Applications for Waterfowl Group Hunts at White Lake W.C.A. for 2012-13 Hunting Season

Release Date: 08/06/2012

Aug. 6, 2012 -- 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 2012-13 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/hunting/lottery-hunts.  A completed application form and $2,500 deposit must be submitted to LDWF by the close of business on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2012.

Interested groups must select one, two-day group hunt per application.  When selecting dates from the dates offered (example: Nov. 10-11), it is understood that arrival will be the afternoon before (example: Nov. 9).  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 then 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.

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, and the applicant will be notified by mail and required to submit the final payment of $27,500 no later than 14 days prior to arrival.

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 to Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Attention: White Lake Group Hunt, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898 (Physical Address: 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 or wsweeney@wlf.la.gov.

Five Men Cited In Terrebonne Parish For Oyster Violations

Release Date: 08/03/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited five men for alleged oyster violations in Terrebonne Parish on July 31.

While on oyster-growing-area patrol in Four Isle Bayou, agents found a vessel being used to dredge oysters from a private lease without the lease owner's permission.

Agents cited Lawrence J. Verdin, 61, from Bourg; Wesley P. Verdin, 54, from Theriot; Shaft D. Jones, 29, of Houma; Russell A. Trahan, 24, of Houma; and Walter O. Jones, 29, from Houma, for unlawfully taking oysters from a private lease and failure to have written permission.

The oysters located on the vessel were seized and returned to the water.  The boat and dredges were placed under an LDWF seizure order.

The penalty for unlawfully taking oysters from a private lease is a fine between $900 and $950, or imprisonment up to 120 days, or both, plus court costs and forfeiture of anything seized in connection with the violation.  Failure to have written permission is punishable by a fine of $400 to $900, or jail time up to 120 days, or both plus court costs.

Any person convicted of these violations may for one year after the date of such conviction only harvest oysters from a vessel that employs a vessel monitoring system.  Access to the monitoring system shall be granted to LDWF.  For that year, the person convicted of these violations shall identify for the department which vessel will be used to harvest oysters.

Agent participating in the case were Sgts. Richard Purvis and Bryan Marie and Senior Agent Norman Deroche.

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

L.W.F.C. Sets Tentative 2012-13 Migratory Waterfowl Season

Release Date: 08/02/2012

Aug. 2, 2012 -- The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) voted today to tentatively adopt proposed season dates, bag limits and shooting hours for the 2012-13 migratory waterfowl season.  The dates will be ratified by a declaration of emergency from the Commission, after approval from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Following a comment period that began after the July commission meeting, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) recommended a 60-day season for ducks, coots and mergansers in the three zones in place for the 2012-13 hunting season. Shooting hours begin one-half hour before sunrise and extend until sunset.

In the West Zone, the first segment will open on Nov. 10 and close on Dec. 9.  The second segment will open on Dec. 22 and run through Jan. 20.  In the East Zone, the first segment will run from Nov. 17 to Dec. 2.  The second segment will start Dec. 15 and end Jan. 27. In the new Coastal Zone, the first segment will open on Nov. 10 and close on Dec. 2, and the second segment will open on Dec. 15 and run through Jan. 20.

Youth waterfowl weekend hunts will be held Nov. 3-4 in the West and Coastal Zones, and Nov. 10-11 in the East Zone.

A proposal to move the youth waterfowl weekend to the end of the final hunting segment in the East Zone was not adopted due to public comments received in favor of the traditional pre-season dates normally provided for youth. Additionally, public comment asking for an East Zone opening segment with 16 days and second segment with 44 days was accommodated.

The daily bag limit on ducks is six and may include no more than four mallards (no more than two of which may be females), two pintails, one canvasback, one mottled duck, one black duck, three wood ducks, four scaup and two redheads.

The daily bag limit on coots is 15.  The daily bag limit for mergansers is five, of which only two may be hooded mergansers.  The merganser limits are in addition to the daily bag limit for ducks.

The possession limit on ducks, coots and mergansers is twice the daily bag limit.

Light geese and white-fronted geese will have a 74-day season.  The first segment in the West Zone will open on Nov. 10 and close on Dec. 9.  The second segment in the West Zone will run from Dec. 22 to Feb. 3.  The first segment in the East Zone will open on Nov. 3 and run until Dec.  2.  The East Zone second segment will run from Dec. 15 to Jan. 27.  In the Coastal Zone, the season on light and white-fronted geese will be Nov. 10 to Dec.2 and Dec. 15 to Feb. 3. The daily bag limit on light geese is 20, with no possession limit.  The daily limit on white-fronted geese is two, with a possession limit of four.

The Canada goose season will run concurrent with the light and white-fronted goose season, but close on Jan. 31 in the West and Coastal Zones, EXCEPT  a small  area in southwest Louisiana will remain closed. That closure zone includes the following area: Beginning at the Texas state line, proceeding east along Hwy 82 to the Calcasieu Ship Channel, then north along the Calcasieu Ship Channel to its junction with the Intracoastal Canal, then east along the Intracoastal Canal to its juncture with LA Hwy 82, then south along LA Hwy 82 to its juncture with Parish road 3147 to Freshwater  Bayou Canal, then south to the Gulf of Mexico, then west along the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico to the Texas state line, then north to the point of beginning at LA Hwy 82.  Open waters of Lake Arthur and the Mermentau River, from the Hwy 14 bridge southward, will also be closed to Canada goose hunting.

The daily limit for Canada geese is three in aggregate with white-fronted geese and the possession limit is six in aggregate with white-fronted geese.  So the daily bag limit will allow three dark geese (white-fronted and Canada geese), no more than two of which may be white-fronted geese.

The Statewide Conservation Order for light geese will open the first segment in the West Zone on Dec. 10and run to Dec. 21, andthe second segment will run from Feb. 4 to March 9.  The first segment in the East Zone will run from Dec. 3 to Dec. 14, and the second segment will run from Jan. 28 to March 9.  The first segment in the Coastal Zone will run from Dec. 3 to 14, and the second segment from Feb.4 to March 9. During this time, only snow, blue and Ross geese may be taken and daily bag and possession limits are eliminated.  The use of electronic calls and unplugged shotguns is allowed.  Shooting hours during the Conservation Order begin one-half hour before sunrise and extend until one-half hour after sunset.

Rails may be taken from Sept. 15 to 30 and again from Nov. 10 to Jan. 2.  For King and Clapper rails, the daily limit is 15 in the aggregate with a possession limit of 30.  Sora and Virginia rails have a daily and possession limit of 25 in the aggregate.

Gallinule season will be open from Sept. 15 to 30 and again from Nov. 10 to Jan. 2.  The daily bag limit is 15 with a possession limit of 30.

Snipe season will open  in the West Zone with the first segment from Nov. 3 to Dec. 10, and the second segment from Dec. 22 to Feb. 28. In the East Zone and Coastal Zones, the first segment will run from Nov. 3 to Dec. 3, with a second segment running Dec. 15 to Feb. 28. The daily bag limit is 8 and the possession limit is 16.

An extended falconry season for ducks, rails and gallinules will take place from Nov. 3 to Feb. 1.

For more information, contact Larry Reynolds at 225-765-0456 or lreynolds@wlf.louisiana.gov.

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Briefed on 2011-12 Deer Harvest

Release Date: 08/02/2012

Aug. 2, 2012 – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission received a report today on the 2011-12 deer season as compiled by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) Wildlife Division. 

The 2011-12 LDWF mail survey deer harvest index was down13 percent when compared to the 2010-11 deer season.  A record mast crop and reduced hunter effort are considered the primary reasons for the decline in harvest, and a season that left many hunters with fewer than normal deer sightings.

Other contributing factors to the decreased harvest included; a relatively warm January resulting in limited deer movement;  the second historic opening of the Morganza spillway which caused deer and other wildlife mortality and prompted a season reduction in those affected areas; and two very dry summers in a row.  Research has shown that especially dry Junes are thought to increase the prevalence of hemorrhagic disease, the most significant deer disease and non-hunting source of mortality in Louisiana. 

In his report to the Commission, LDWF’s Deer Program Manager Scott Durham also noted reduced forest management practices and potentially reduced fawn recruitment, critical factors for sustaining populations, as additional factors contributing to the reduced harvest. Referencing the summer droughts, the report underscored the very negative impacts on browse availability, palatability and nutrient content at a time when doe health and fawn growth, development and survival are most critical. 

Other factors presented that would have affected the 2011-12 harvest included hunters  who only hunted permanent stands over food plots or bait and did not have a lot of success, and gas prices during last year’s hunting season which prompted many hunters to stay home.  This factor is substantiated by the mail survey which showed the number of days hunted (2,989,600) was down 8.6 percent. 

Hunter survey data indicated a 10 percent increase in hog harvest (98,200), verifying more hogs on the landscape.  Recent research shows that deer and hogs do not mix well and that deer can be displaced by hogs, reported Durham.  Hog populations are high enough in some areas of the state to affect deer numbers through direct competition for food resources.

The presentation to the Commission included data from the deer harvest reporting system and the long term mail out survey.  The mail survey is sent to six percent of licensed hunters between the ages of 16 and 59. The mail survey index for the 2011/12 season indicated 158,600 deer hunters harvested 133,000 deer.  The deer hunter number index has been relatively stable the last few years, according to Durham.  The deer harvest index was down 13 percent and is the lowest estimate since 1984.  The harvest sex ratio according to the mail survey was 56 percent male, 44 percent female.

The harvest allocation by weapon type revealed that modern weapons are still by far the most effective method for harvesting deer in Louisiana and a four percent increase in bow hunters resulted in a bow harvest higher than the primitive firearms harvest.

For more information on LDWF’s Deer Program, contact Scott Durham at 225-765-2351 or sdurham@wlf.la.gov.

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