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State Owned Road Grader Vandalized on Dewey Wills WMA

Release Date: 07/14/2015

Damaged Glass of Road Grader

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is seeking leads about a road grader that was vandalized on the Dewey Wills Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in LaSalle Parish.

The road grader was used on June 26 when it over heated and couldn’t be moved to its secured storage area.  It was left on the side of Hunt Road on the WMA with the cab of the grader locked overnight.

The 2011 John Deere road grader was vandalized sometime between 5:30 p.m. on June 26 and 7 a.m. on June 27.  The road grader sustained shattered glass to the front windshield, left side door window and both rear view mirrors from somebody throwing rocks.  The estimated damages is over $5,000.

Anyone with information regarding the vandalism to this road grader on the Dewey Wills WMA should call Louisiana Operation Game Thief (LOGT) at 1-800-442-2511 or use LDWF’s tip411 program.

To use the tip 411 program, citizens can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the “LADWF Tips” iPhone and Android app from the Apple App Store or Google Play free of charge.

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

Five Men Cited for Red Snapper Violations

Release Date: 07/14/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited five Louisiana men for alleged red snapper violations on July 11.

Agents cited Darren Bartlett, 50, of Kenner, Christopher Bartlett, 53, of Mandeville, Michael Moats, 39, of Metairie, Kevin Pichon, 52, of Metairie, and Robert O'Neil, 52, of Mandeville, for over the limit of red snapper.

Agents on a Joint Enforcement Agreement patrol out of Venice stopped the men’s vessel for an inspection.  Agents found the men in possession of 20 red snapper.

The bag and possession limit is two red snapper per person.  The five men doubled their legal limit of 10 red snapper.

All five men were also written warnings for not having their recreational offshore landing permit which is required in order to possess the red snapper.

Over limit of red snapper brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  The men could also face a total civil restitution of $287 for the replacement value of the over limit fish.

Agents participating in the case are Senior Agent Michael Marques Jr. and Senior Agent Michael Williams.

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

Greater Amberjack Commercial Season to Close in Louisiana

Release Date: 07/13/2015

July 13, 2015 – Officials with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2015 commercial fishing season for greater amberjack in Louisiana state waters will close on Sunday, July 19 at 12:01 a.m.
 
Following a review of current landings, data indicates the 2015 Gulf of Mexico commercial quota of 409,000 pounds will be harvested by July 19. 
 
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that federal waters will also remain closed to commercial amberjack fishing for the remainder of 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 contact Jason Adriance at 504.284.2032 or jadriance@wlf.la.gov .  For press inquiries contact Ashley Roth at 504-2864162 or aroth@wlf.la.gov.  To sign for text alerts related to commercial fishing visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/textalert-signup.
 
 
 

 

Three Men Found Harvesting Oysters in Closed Area

Release Date: 07/09/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested three men for alleged oyster harvesting violations on July 9 in Terrebonne Parish.

Agents arrested Juan Resendiz-Zarraja, 33, of Houma, Jorge Enrique Loper-Mendoza, 19, of Houma, and Gilberto Lopez-Pascual, 26, of Houma, for taking oysters during a closed season on the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation.  The captain of the vessel, De-Laoanaya, was also cited for violating the log book requirements.

On the morning of July 9, LDWF agents were on patrol when they observed a vessel in the Sister Lake Seed Reservation actively dredging for oysters.

Agents stopped the vessel found the three men in possession of 31 sacks of oysters.  Agents seized the vessel, oyster dredges and returned the oysters to the water.  The men were booked into the Terrebonne Parish Jail.

The Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation is closed for the 2014/15 season.

Taking oysters during a closed season brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Violating the logbook sanitation code requirements carries up to a $25 fine and up to 10 days in jail.

Agents participating in this care are Lt. Joseph Arnaud and Sgt. Bryan Marie.

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

White Lake WCA 2015 Teal Season Lottery Announced

Release Date: 07/09/2015

July 9, 2015 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for the 2015 lottery teal hunts on the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) in Vermilion Parish.
 
Available dates include Saturday, Sept. 12; Sunday, Sept. 13; Tuesday, Sept. 15; Thursday, Sept. 17; Saturday, Sept. 19; Sunday, Sept. 20; Wednesday, Sept. 23; Saturday, Sept. 26; and Sunday, Sept. 27.
 
Persons 18 years of age or older can apply and only one application per hunter will be accepted. Applications are available on the LDWF web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/lottery-applications or by writing to the La. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Attention: White Lake Teal Hunt, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.
 
Completed applications must be received by close of business on Aug. 14, 2015. A $5 non-refundable administration fee in the form of a check or money order made payable to the La. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries must accompany each application.
 
Each applicant who is selected will be allowed to bring one additional hunter as a guest.
 
All hunters must have appropriate licenses, including a basic hunting license (or Louisiana Sportsman's Paradise license), a Louisiana duck license, federal duck stamp and HIP permit.
 
Successful applicants will be notified by mail and required to submit an additional check or money order for $250 per hunt party. Applications are non-transferrable.
 
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 on White Lake WCA teal season lottery hunts, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400, ext. 1, or wsweeney@wlf.la.gov.
 

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Last day of federal red snapper season for charter vessels is July 14th

Release Date: 07/09/2015

 

(July 7, 2015) – LDWF would like to remind charter vessels and headboats (for-hire sector) that July 14th is the last day of the federal red snapper season.
 
NOAA Fisheries made the decision to split the recreational red snapper quota into two distinct components – private anglers and charter vessels and headboats (for-hire).  Each component has its own quota allocations based upon NOAA’s catch target figures. Private anglers had a 10-day federal season that closed on June 10, and charter vessels/headboats have a 45-day federal season, closing at the end of day July 14, 2015.
 
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 rlebreton@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-8745.  To sign for text alerts related to recreational fishing visit: http://www.fishla.org/text-alert-sign-up/.

 

Application Available for Elbow Slough WMA Opening Weekend Lottery Dove Hunts

Release Date: 07/08/2015

July 8, 2015 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for lottery dove hunts on Elbow Slough Wildlife Management Area (WMA) for the opening weekend of dove season, Sept. 5-6.
 
The lottery dove hunt access to the WMA in Rapides Parish will provide 80 hunters the opportunity to hunt on the first Saturday and Sunday of the first season split. Hunt times each day will be from one half hour before sunrise until noon. 
 
The deadline for applications to be submitted is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 7.  The application form, along with a $5 administrative fee payment, must be sent to LDWF’s Wildlife Division, Elbow Slough Lottery Dove Hunts, P. O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA  70898-9000. A random drawing will then select 40 hunters to participate each day. The application is available on the LDWF website at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts.
 
Only those selected through the lottery drawing will be allowed to attend the dove hunts at Elbow Slough WMA on opening weekend. For safety reasons, guests or other observers will not be allowed.   
 
Starting on Wednesday, Sept. 9, Elbow Slough WMA will be open to all dove hunters, and will remain open for dove hunting by anyone on Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays ONLY, through Sunday, Sept. 27.  Elbow Slough WMA will again be open to anyone for dove hunting on Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays ONLY, Oct. 10 through Nov. 8. Hunt times for these scheduled open days will be from one half hour before sunrise until sunset.  Dove hunters are reminded that non-toxic shot is required for all hunting on Elbow Slough.
 
For more information, contact Jeff Johnson at (318) 371-3050 or jjohnson@wlf.la.gov .
 
 

 

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LDWF Reminds Offshore Anglers of Free, Required Permit

Release Date: 07/07/2015

 

(July 7, 2015) – With summer in full swing, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries takes this opportunity to remind anglers of the free, required Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.  The permit is required for all anglers possessing tunas, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, groupers and snappers, hinds, cobia, wahoo and dolphin, except for anglers under 16 years of age or anglers fishing on a paid-for-hire trip where the captain holds a permit.
 
The program was developed to better quantify and characterize the charter and recreational fishermen who fish beyond Louisiana’s territorial waters. 
 
The permit is available at no cost to the public.
 
Anglers wishing to obtain or renew a permit can register at https://rolp.wlf.la.gov.
 
Anglers may renew their permits up to 30 days prior to expiration.  A valid Louisiana fishing license number is required to obtain a permit.  A confirmation number is allowed for a temporary (trip) license.
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant 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 media inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 721-0489.

 

L.W.F.C. Sets 2015-2016 Early Migratory Bird Hunting Seasons

Release Date: 07/02/2015

July 2, 2015 -- The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the dates for the 2015-2016 early migratory bird hunting seasons at their July 2 meeting. These dates, recommended by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), are tentative pending U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approval.

The proposed dove season is broken down into a north and south zone with each zone having three segments and includes mourning, white-winged, Eurasian collared and ringed-turtle doves. The upcoming dove season will provide 90 days to hunt doves in Louisiana.

The north zone splits include Sept. 5 – 27; Oct. 10 – Nov. 8; and Dec. 10 – Jan. 15. The south zone splits include Sept. 5 – 13; Oct. 10 – Dec. 1; and Dec. 19 – Jan. 15.

The dove hunting hours will be one-half hour before sunrise to sunset on all dates in each split, EXCEPT on Sept. 5 opening day on state wildlife management areas and LDWF leased fields, where the hunting hours will be 12 noon to sunset, except for Elbow Slough WMA which will open one-half hour before sunrise on opening day.

The daily bag limit for mourning, white-winged and fully dressed Eurasian collared-doves and ringed-turtle doves would be 15 in aggregate and possession of 45 in aggregate. However, there is no bag limit on Eurasian collared-doves or ringed turtle-doves provided that a fully feathered wing and head remain attached to the carcass of the bird. Fully dressed Eurasian-collared doves and ringed turtle-doves (those without a fully feathered wing and head naturally attached to the carcass) shall be included in the aggregate bag.

The following boundary divides the dove season zones: Beginning at the Texas-Louisiana border on La. Hwy. 12; thence east along La. Hwy. 12 to its intersection with U.S. Hwy. 190; thence east along U.S. Hwy. 190 to its intersection with Interstate 12; thence east along I-12 to its intersection with Interstate 10; then east along I-10 to the Mississippi state line.

Blue-winged, green-winged and cinnamon teal season would last from Sept. 12 - 27 with a daily bag limit of six (6) and a possession limit of eighteen (18). Federal and state waterfowl stamps are required to harvest teal.

Rail and gallinule seasons are proposed to last 70 days. The first segment would be open from Sept. 12 - 27. The other segment will be set in August with the regular waterfowl seasons. King and clapper rails would have a daily bag limit of 15 with a possession limit of 45. Sora and Virginia rails would have a daily and possession limit totaling 75. Common and purple gallinules would have a daily bag limit of 15 and possession limit totaling 45.

Under the proposal, woodcock season would last 45 days from Dec. 18 - Jan. 31, statewide. A three-bird daily bag limit and a nine-bird possession limit would be allowed.

Snipe season will be set in August.

Shooting and hawking hours for dove, woodcock, rail, teal and gallinules are tentatively set for half an hour before sunrise to sunset, including the first day of dove season on Sept. 5 on private land.  However, the shooting and hawking hours for these species will start at noon on the first day of dove season on state wildlife management areas, except for Elbow Slough WMA which will open one-half hour before sunrise on opening day of dove season.

Extended falconry mourning dove season would open from Sept. 13 - 29. Extended falconry woodcock season would open from Oct. 28 - Dec. 17 and will reopen from Feb. 1 - 11. The falconry daily bag limit would be three and possession limit of nine birds for all permitted migratory game birds during the extended falconry and regular hunting seasons. Extended falconry seasons for ducks, rails and gallinules will be set in August with the waterfowl regulations.

Hunters are reminded that they must have a HIP permit to hunt migratory birds.  HIP permits are free and are available wherever hunting licenses are sold.

For more information, contact Jeff Duguay at 225-765-2353 or jduguay@wlf.la.gov .

 

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Additional Roads Closed on Richard K. Yancey WMA

Release Date: 07/02/2015

July 2, 2015 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is advising Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area users that Sostien Bayou Road, Goose Lake Road, Blount Road, Catfish Bayou Road, and Ross Road from the Crowfoot to Long Bayou, are currently closed to all traffic due to high water.  Dobbs Bay Road also remains closed at this time.
 
Increasing water levels in associated river systems has caused backwater flooding on these thoroughfares.  Once the water recedes, vehicular traffic will be allowed.
 
Richard K. Yancey WMA is located approximately 35 miles south of Ferriday on Louisiana Hwy. 15 in lower Concordia Parish. 
 
For information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2767 or contact Tony Vidrine at 337-948-0255 or tvidirne@wlf.la.gov .

 

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