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2015 Youth Angler of the Year Winners Announced

Release Date: 08/18/2015

2015 Youth Angler of the Year winner Sean Turner with his speckled trout in Cocodrie.
2015 Youth Angler of the Year winner Beatrice Long

(Aug. 18, 2015) - Winners of the 2015 Youth Angler of the Year Award were honored at the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association Annual Conference in Morgan City on Aug. 8. This year’s winners were seven-year-old Beatrice Long of Lafayette and 12-year-old Sean Turner of Prairieville. 
 
LOWA and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries implemented a new essay contest this year, following the tradition of the well-known Youth Hunter of the Year Award. Youth ages 15 and under were given the opportunity to submit an essay about a memorable fishing trip, along with a photo of the youth and the fish. A male and female winner were then selected.
 
Beatrice is entering second grade at Cathedral Carmel School. Her hand-written essay was titled “The Redfish” which described a family crabbing and fishing trip. She expressed great pride in being the first to hook a nice red in a “whole boatful of grown-ups”. Beatrice’s parents are Kelley and Armistead Long.
 
Sean is entering seventh grade and is homeschooled through the Louisiana Virtual Academy. He received the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana Youth Award earlier this year. In his anecdotal essay about fishing in Cocodrie, Sean details a thunderstorm scaring his baby brother and postponing the family’s fishing trip, and then the reward and fun of catching limits of trout on the second day. Sean’s parents are Marissa and Franklin Turner.
 
Sponsors for this year’s Youth Angler of the Year Contest included LOWA, LDWF and Coastal Angler Magazine. Each winner received a plaque, rod and reel combo and a lifetime fishing license.
 
For more information the contest, go to http://www.laoutdoorwriters.com/YAA/tabid/159/Default.aspx or contact Wendy Billiot at 985-851-7578 or captwendy@bayouwoman.com or Danica Williams at 504-286-4043 or dwilliams@wlf.la.gov.  For press inquiries contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or 504-286-8733.

L.D.W.F. Accepting Youth Lottery Applications for Squirrel Hunts on Floy McElroy WMA

Release Date: 08/17/2015

Aug. 17, 2015 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for a youth lottery hunt for squirrel to be held on Floy McElroy Wildlife Management Area (WMA) on Oct. 3 and 4. 

LDWF is sponsoring the hunt to provide a quality outdoor experience for youth hunters.  Applicants must be between 10 and 17 years of age on the date of the hunt, and must be hunter safety certified.

Floy McElroy WMA is a 681-acre tract in Richland Parish, two miles north of Rayville that has been part of LDWF’s WMA program since 1990.

Successful applicants will be selected by a randomized computer drawing.  Applications for the lottery must be submitted to LDWF before close of business on Friday, Sept. 4. A $5 administrative fee must be submitted with each application.

Applications and more information may be obtained by contacting your local LDWF field office or by visiting the LDWF Web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts.

Applications may be delivered in person to Room 442 of the LDWF Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Dr. in Baton Rouge or by mail.  The mailing address is: Wildlife Division WMA Lottery Hunts, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000.

For more information, contact Steve Smith at ssmith@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2359 or 318-487-5885.

 

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Three Men Cited for Closed Season Turkey Violations

Release Date: 08/17/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited three men for alleged closed season turkey violations on Aug. 16 in Bienville Parish.

Agents cited James Kearney, 29, of Ringgold, Daniel Hollis, 25, of Arcadia, and Michael Foster, 51, of Sibley, for hunting from a public road.  Kearney was also cited for taking a turkey illegally during a closed season.  Hollis and Foster were also cited for possession of an illegally taken turkey.

Responding to an anonymous tip, agents were able to make contact with Hollis and Foster at Hollis’ residence.  Upon questioning, the two men admitted to be in a truck when Kearney shot a turkey from Pietsch Road near Ringgold on Aug. 15.  The two men also told the agent that the turkey was in an ice chest in Hollis’ front yard.

Agents involved in the case are Bryant Coburn, Jared McIver and Mike Kelley.

Taking turkey during a closed season brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Possession of an illegally taken turkey carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting from a public road brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

The turkey season for Bienville Parish ended in late April of 2015 and won’t reopen until March 26 of 2016.

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

Ed Swindell Leaves Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission for Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council

Release Date: 08/17/2015

Aug. 17, 2015 – Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commissioner Edward “Ed” W. Swindell has resigned from the commission to accept a position on the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.
 
Swindell announced his departure from the commission at their Aug. 6 meeting, effective Aug. 10. He had served on the commission since April 2014 following his appointment by Governor Bobby Jindal. By law, Swindell is not able to hold the two positions concurrently.
 
A Hammond resident, Swindell represented the commercial fishing and fur industry on the commission. An appointee who would fill the remainder of his term has not yet been named.
 
For more information, contact Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov .

 

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Louisiana Saltwater Series Heads to Delacroix This Saturday

Release Date: 08/17/2015

(Aug. 17, 2015) – With only two tournaments and a championship remaining, now is the time to get in on the fishing action at the 2015 Louisiana Saltwater Series.
 
Who:  Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation in conjunction with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
 
              What:  Tag and release redfish fishing tournament
 
              When:  Saturday, August 22, 2015
                           5 to 6 a.m.  – Registration/Check-in/Boat checks
                           6 a.m. – Captain’s meeting
                          1:30 to 3:00 pm – Weigh-in

             Where:  Sweetwater Marina, Delacroix, La.
 
Visit www.lasaltwaterseries.com for additional details and to register. Registration is $200 per two-man team, with exceptions for youth entrants. The tournament series is 100% payout.
 
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 Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-8733.

LDWF Agent Books Two for Illegal Drug and Firearm Possession

Release Date: 08/17/2015

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent arrested two people on Aug. 12 in Claiborne Parish for alleged drug violations.

Lt. Kenneth Balkom arrested Billy J. Camp, 37, of Homer, and Amanda L. Irby, 36, of Doyline, for possession of methamphetamines, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a firearm while in possession of illegal drugs.

Lt. Balkom was on regular patrol around 5:30 p.m. when he spotted a pickup truck parked on the side of Flat Lick road.  Upon approaching the vehicle he saw a woman walk fast towards the woods to throw something and then come back to the truck.  When Lt. Balkom made contact with the two people he asked what Irby deposited in the woods and she admitted that it was a pistol.

Lt. Balkom then called Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies for backup as he conducted a search of their vehicle.  Lt. Balkom found marijuana in plain sight on the console inside the truck and also found methamphetamines and more marijuana during the search.  He also found Camp in possession of a firearm.

Possession of methamphetamines carries up to a $5,000 fine and two to five years in jail.  Possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia each brings up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.  Possession of a firearm while in possession of illegal drugs carries up to a $10,000 fine and between five and 10 years of prison.

He arrested the two and booked them into the Claiborne Parish Jail.

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

Road Openings on Dewey W. Wills WMA

Release Date: 08/17/2015

Aug. 17, 2015 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is advising WMA users that Alligator Bayou Road on Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is open to all traffic.  All unsafe road conditions have been repaired.
 
A portion of upper Hunt Road remains closed at this time due to ongoing construction activities.

Dewey W. Wills WMA is located in the southern portion of LaSalle and Catahoula parishes in central Louisiana approximately 20 miles northeast of Alexandria. For more information on the WMA, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2753 .
 
For more information, contact Cliff Dailey at 318-487-5885 or adailey@wlf.la.gov .
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LDWF Schedules Drawdown for Chicot Lake for Aquatic Vegetation Control

Release Date: 08/17/2015

(Aug. 17, 2015) – Immediately following Labor Day, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in cooperation with Louisiana State Parks, will initiate a drawdown for aquatic vegetation control on Chicot Lake near Ville Platte on September 8, 2015.

The lake level will be lowered 3 feet below pool stage as part of an integrated management plan to control nuisance aquatic vegetation and improve the sport fishery. Additional control efforts include herbicide applications for both floating and emergent vegetation.

The control structure will be closed no later than January 15, 2016, to allow the lake to refill.

Although the lake will not be closed to fishing, caution is advised of boaters during the low water period, as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance for underwater obstructions.

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 additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Jody David, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jdavid@wlf.la.gov or (337) 948-0255.  For press inquiries contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-8733.

2014 Louisiana Youth Hunters of the Year Recognized at LOWA Conference

Release Date: 08/14/2015

Mya Gravois
William Morrison

Aug. 14, 2015 -- The 2014 Louisiana Male and Female Youth Hunters of the Year (YHOY) were recognized at the 2015 Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) Conference in Morgan City on Aug. 8.
 
Mya Gravois of Lakeland received the award for the 2014 Female YHOY and William Morrison of Natchitoches received the award for the 2014 Male YHOY. Both young hunters received their awards from Glynn Harris, distinguished LOWA writer and 2015 Arthur Van Pelt Award Winner.
 
YHOY Program sponsors include the Louisiana Wildlife Federation, the South Louisiana Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association, the Louisiana Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Harrison Law LLC, the BR Chapter of Delta Waterfowl and Bowie Outfitters in Baton Rouge.
 
Twelve-year-old Mya is the daughter of Hank and Aleisha Gravois.  Mya began the 2014 hunting season by harvesting a 13-foot alligator that is currently on display at the Swamp Shop in Grosse Tete. She harvested the gator on Indian Bayou Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Mya continued her memorable season harvesting cat squirrels on Sherburne WMA and then completed her 2014 hunting experience by harvesting three deer with three shots over the course of the season.
 
In her essay submitted, Mya wrote about the variety of great hunting experiences with her father and the excitement of each season within the season, a testimony to the wonderful outdoor opportunities that both boys and girls have in the Bayou State.
 
Twelve-year-old William’s story actually began in 2012 on a spring turkey hunt on family land in Arkansas.  A gobbler came strutting right to him, he pulled the trigger and his gun did not fire. His older brother killed the tom and William was disappointed in his bad luck, but very excited for his brother and determined to harvest a turkey at his next opportunity.
 
He had no luck during the 2013 season, but on a turkey hunt in Louisiana in 2014 William made the shot with his new shotgun and bagged his first gobbler. His dad did the calling and his brother documented the hunt with his camera.  William's first turkey serves as a reminder that good things happen to those who persevere.  William is the son of William and Emily Morrison.
 
“These two youngsters and the families who provided their opportunities are fine examples that the Louisiana hunting tradition is alive and well,” said David Moreland, YHOY Program co-coordinator.  “The goal of the program is to get youth involved in the outdoors and develop their appreciation for a sport that can last a lifetime.”
 
The two winners received plaques recognizing their achievement and a gift card from Bowie Outfitters.
 
The 2015 YHOY competition started during the 2015 spring turkey season and continues when the 2015-16 dove season begins in September.  LDWF and LOWA encourage all youth hunters, 15 years old or younger, to participate in the Youth Hunter Registry Program and the Youth Hunter of the Year Program. 
 
For more information about the Youth Hunter Registry and YHOY Program, visit LDWF’s website at http://www.wlf.state.la.us/hunting/yhrp or contact Scott Durham at 225-765-2351 or sdurham@wlf.la.gov or David Moreland at 225-978-6552 or heflinroots@hotmail.com.

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Slidell Man Cited for Shrimping During a Closed Season

Release Date: 08/14/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited a commercial fisherman for alleged shrimping violations on Aug. 12 in Plaquemines Parish.

Agents patrolling in Black Bay observed a skimming vessel actively shrimping around 9:30 p.m.  During the inspection, agents found approximately 23 pounds of shrimp on board the vessel.

Agents cited Michael J Daigle Jr, 28, of Slidell, for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season and seized the shrimp.

The inshore shrimp season is set to open on Aug. 17 at 6 a.m.

Using skimmers during a closed shrimp season brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

In addition to any and all other penalties, for the first conviction of shrimping during the closed season, the court may revoke or suspend the violator's trawl, skimmer, and butterfly gear licenses for one year from the date of the conviction. During such revocation or suspension, the violator may be present on a vessel harvesting or possessing shrimp or possessing a trawl, skimmer, or butterfly net, only if the vessel is equipped with and employs an operating vessel monitoring system which is accessible to LDWF. The court shall also sentence the violator to perform 40 hours of community service.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. Scott Keller and Senior Agent Jason Gernados.

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

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