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Tree Stand Safety Training

Release Date: 08/08/2013

Tree Stand Safety training instructors and students July 2013
Tree Stand training exercise July 2013

Aug. 8, 2013 – Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Hunter Education Program staff and volunteer instructors recently completed training in the safe and proper use of tree stands and fall arrest systems.
 
The training was conducted by the Treestand Manufactures Association (TMA) and held at the Woodworth Education Center on July 26-27. Falls from tree stands injure hunters who use them for big game hunting and familiarity with equipment is the best preventive measure. TMA promotes the proper and safe use of tree stands and fall arrest systems for hunters in elevated positions.
 
Day one consisted of a Trainer’s course for hunter education program staff and day two provided a Basic Instructor’s course for volunteer instructors.  Classroom topics included the need for tree stand safety, TMA’s role in tree stand safety, training aids and equipment, and treestand safety curriculum and principals.  Attendees were taught to demonstrate the safe use of tree stands, proper use of full body harnesses, suspension relief and recovery techniques.
 
“Hunters who hunt from tree stands should consider a full body harness an integral part of their tree stand and use it each and every time they leave the ground to climb into a stand,” said John Sturgis, state coordinator for the LDWF’s Hunter Education Program.  “This training will allow our staff and volunteer instructors to do a better job of delivering the information that will educate Louisiana hunters on how to stay safe when hunting from an elevated position.”
 
Conducting the training for TMA were John Louk, TMA executive director, and L.J. Smith of Smith Investigations.    
 
For more information contact John Sturgis at 225-763-5448 or jsturgis@wlf.la.gov .

 

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Louisiana Saltwater Series Redfish Series to Wrap Regular Season in Empire

Release Date: 08/07/2013

 
(Aug. 7, 2013) – Our sixth and final qualifying event of 2013 is set for this weekend in Empire, and anglers couldn’t be more excited.  This will be the last opportunity for anglers across the South to qualify for the two-day Championship event in Venice this October. 
On Saturday, competitors will launch from The Delta Marina, located at 317 Rose Marie Drive in Empire.  Anglers will begin launching at 6 a.m., and scales open at 1 p.m.

The two-man team event has an entry fee of $200, with a 100 percent payout for top finishers.  Anglers can use artificial lures and weigh in their two best redfish, with a maximum length of 27 inches. 
Tournament sponsors include Shimano, PowerPro, Coors Light, Academy Sports and Outdoors, Daybrook Fisheries, Omega Protein, Plaquemines Parish, Mercury Marine, Conservation Force, Standard Mapping, Faux Pas Prints, Marsh & Bayou, Swamp Swatter, Frabill, Stick It Anchor Pins and YETI Coolers. 

Also, Standard Mapping will again offer a $500 contingency prize to the first place team if they currently have a Lowrance HD-S unit installed in their boat with at least one Standard Mapping E-Card.

For complete information, including rules, regulations and online registration go to www.lasaltwaterseries.com.  Online registration will close Thursday, August 8 at noon.   A $20 fee for all onsite tournament registrants will be incurred per team.  
A youth division is also available for no additional cost to introduce our young anglers to the sport of fishing and to teach the catch-and-release approach to conservation.  Youth division participants compete against one another in the youth division, and all youth anglers will be recognized.  Teams are allowed to have two youth anglers as part of their team as long as they are under the age of 16.

The Louisiana Saltwater Series is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation.  The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation 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 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 more information, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov (225) 765-2396.

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Aerial Spraying on Spring Bayou to Begin on Thursday

Release Date: 08/06/2013

(Aug. 6, 2013) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will conduct an aerial herbicide application on Spring Bayou in Avoyelles Parish beginning Thursday, August 8 to control aquatic vegetation.

American lotus, which grows as a large floating pad, now covers the waterbody to the extent where navigation has become difficult. 

Approximately 300 acres of aquatic vegetation will be treated in the areas outlined in the following map.  Anglers and boaters are urged to stay clear of treatment areas this Thursday.

The herbicides to be used are approved by the Environmental Protection Agency for aquatic use.  The herbicides are not harmful to lake ecosystems, animal life or humans.  No fish consumption advisories will be issued for the treatment areas.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting many of 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 Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2396.

 

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L.W.F.C. Repeals Hunting Closure in Portion of Orleans Parish, Effective Sept. 1, 2013

Release Date: 08/06/2013

August 6, 2013 -- The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has approved the repeal of a ban on all hunting in a portion of Orleans Parish that had been in effect since 1991.  The prohibition was enacted by the LWFC to aid the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) during establishment of the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge, the largest urban wildlife refuge in the United States.
 
The move, recommended by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and approved during the Commission’s Aug. 1 meeting, will provide for youth waterfowl hunting opportunities  on the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge, as well as continued feral hog control on the NWR by the Service to reduce wildlife habitat damage on the refuge.
 
The Commission’s action effects that portion of Orleans Parish east of the Jefferson-Orleans Parish line, northward to the southern shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain, northeast along the southern shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain to South Point, east-southeast along the southern shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain to Chef Pass, the southern shoreline of Chef Pass eastward to the western shoreline of the Intra-Coastal Waterway, the western shoreline of the Intra-Coastal Waterway southward to the Industrial Canal, the Industrial Canal south to the Mississippi River, and the Mississippi River to the Orleans-Jefferson Parish line.  The action will become  effective Sept. 1, 2013.  Public comment on the action can be submitted to Tommy Tuma, Biologist Director, Habitat Stewardship Branch of Wildlife Division, until November 7, 2013.
 
For more information, contact Tommy Tuma, LDWF Wildlife Division, at 225-765-2349 or ttuma@wlf.la.gov.

 

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Metairie Subjects Cited For Stealing Crabs

Release Date: 08/05/2013

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited two Metairie residents for alleged crabbing violations on Aug. 2 on Lake Pontchartrain.

LDWF agents set up surveillance from the shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain after receiving complaints about stolen crabs from crab traps in the area.  Agents observed David E. Shelhorse Jr, 37, and Jennifer Bourgeois, 31, running crab traps in the area with two different colored corks.

After stopping the subjects, the agents learned that the crab traps that Shelhorse Jr. and Bourgeois were taking crabs from belonged to another commercial fisherman.

Agents cited Shelhorse Jr. and Bourgeois for unlawfully removing contents of a crab trap, which carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail if found guilty.

Agents also seized 63.5 pounds of blue crabs.

The agents participating in the case are Sgt. Jason Russo, Sgt. Kris Bourgeois and Sgt. Adam Young.

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

Morgan City Man Arrested For Vandalizing LDWF Equipment

Release Date: 08/02/2013

A joint investigation involving the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division and the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office has resulted in an arrest of a Morgan City man this morning, Aug. 2, for his alleged role in vandalizing LDWF equipment on the Atchafalaya Delta Wildlife Management Area (WMA).
Aaron LeCompte, 18, turned himself into St. Mary Parish Office deputies and admitted to vandalizing two pieces of LDWF equipment and was subsequently booked into the St. Mary Parish Criminal Facility.
The investigation began when an LDWF bulldozer and utility vehicle (UTV) were first noticed missing on July 24 on the Big Island portion of the Atchafalaya Delta WMA.  LDWF staff found the missing equipment later that evening on Big Island.  The bulldozer was buried in mud and water up to the floorboard.  The UTV was found stuck in a ditch.
The total damage done to the equipment and the costs associated with retrieving both pieces of equipment are unknown at this time.
LeCompte is charged with two counts of unlawful use of a vehicle and simple criminal damage to property.  Unlawful use of a vehicle brings up to a $5,000 fine and 10 years in jail for each offense.  Simple criminal damage to property carries up to a $1,000 fine and two years in jail if the damage to the property is between $500 and $50,000.
For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Commission Sets Tentative 2013-2014 Migratory Waterfowl Season Dates

Release Date: 08/01/2013

Aug. 1, 2013 -- The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) voted today to tentatively adopt proposed season dates, bag limits and shooting hours for the 2013-14 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.

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 2013-14 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. 16 and close on Dec. 15.  The second segment will open on Dec. 21 and run through Jan. 19.  In the East Zone, the first segment will run from Nov. 23 to Dec. 8.  The second segment will start Dec. 14 and end Jan. 26. In the Coastal Zone, the first segment will open on Nov. 9 and close on Dec. 1, and the second segment will open on Dec. 14 and run through Jan. 19.
 
Youth waterfowl hunts will be held Nov. 9 and [Jan. 25 corrected] in the West Zone, Nov. 16 and Feb. 1 in the East Zone, and Nov. 2-3 in the Coastal Zone.

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, two canvasback, one mottled duck, one black duck, three wood ducks, three 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 three times 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. 16 and close on Dec. 15.  The second segment in the West Zone will run from Dec. 21 to Feb. 2.  The first segment in the East Zone will open on Nov. 9 and run until Dec.  8.  The East Zone second segment will run from Dec. 14 to Jan. 26.  In the Coastal Zone, the season on light and white-fronted geese will be Nov. 9 to Dec.1 and Dec. 14 to Feb. 2. 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 six, however when the Canada goose season is open, the limit on white-fronted and Canada geese will be three per day of which no more than two can be white-fronted.

The Canada goose season in the West Zone will open on Nov. 16 and close on Dec. 15.  The second segment in the West Zone will run from Dec. 21 to Jan. 31.  The first segment in the East Zone will open on Nov. 9 and run until Dec.  8.  The East Zone second segment will run from Dec. 14 to Jan. 26.  In the Coastal Zone, the first segment will be Nov. 9 to Dec.1 and Dec. 14 to Jan. 31.

There will not be a Canada goose season in a small area of southwest Louisiana. 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 dark geese of which no more than two can be white-fronted geese.  The possession limit is nine for Canada geese.

The Statewide Conservation Order for light geese will open the first segment in the West Zone on Dec. 16 and run to Dec. 20, and the second segment will run from Feb. 3 to March 2.  The first segment in the East Zone will run from Dec. 9 to Dec. 13, and the second segment will run from Jan. 27 to March 2.  The first segment in the Coastal Zone will run from Dec. 2 to 13, and the second segment from Feb. 3 to March 2.  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 and gallinules may be taken from Nov. 9 to Jan. 1.  For King and Clapper rails, the daily limit is 15 in the aggregate with a possession limit of 45.  Sora and Virginia rails have a daily limit of 25 in the aggregate and a possession limit of 75.  Gallinules have a daily bag limit of 15 with a possession limit of 45.

Snipe season will open in the West Zone with the first segment from Nov. 9 to Dec. 15, and the second segment from Dec. 21 to Feb. 28. In the East Zone, the first segment will run from Nov. 9 to Dec. 8, with a second segment running Dec. 14 to Feb. 28.  The coastal zone’s first segment is from Nov. 2 to Dec. 1 and second segment is from Dec. 14 to Feb. 28.  The daily bag limit is 8 and the possession limit is 24.

An extended falconry season for ducks, rails and gallinules will take place from Nov. 4 to Feb. 2.

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

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Sets Fall Shrimp Season

Release Date: 08/01/2013

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Sets Fall Shrimp Season

Aug. 1, 2013 – Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission announced the 2013 fall inshore shrimp season.

The season will open as follows:

6 a.m., Monday August 12 - inside waters from the western shore of the Atchafalaya River and the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line

6 p.m., Monday, August 12 – state inside waters east of the Atchafalaya River

The Commission set the season based on recommendations presented by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists and comments from the public. However, certain areas are still closed to commercial fishing and certain recreational fishing activities due to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  Maps of the areas that remain closed to recreational and commercial fishing are posted to the LDWF website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oilspill.

Preliminary Louisiana shrimp landings statistics provided by NOAA Fisheries Service indicate that approximately 26.1 million pounds of shrimp (all species combined/heads-off weight) were landed in Louisiana from January through May, 2013.

For a map detailing today’s actions click here:

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

 

LOUISIANA WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES COMMISSION MOVES FORWARD WITH RECREATIONAL AND COMMERCIAL TRIPLETAIL REGULATIONS

Release Date: 08/01/2013

August 1, 2013 - Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approved a Notice of Intent to establish recreational and commercial regulations for the harvest of tripletail. 
 
The proposed regulations would establish a recreational bag limit of five fish per day at a minimum total length of 18 inches.  Proposed commercial regulations would establish a 100 pound commercial trip limit, with no more than one trip per day, also with a minimum total length of 18 inches.
 
Interested persons may submit comments relative to the proposed Rule to:  Jason Adriance, Fisheries Division, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA  70898 9000, or via e-mail to:  jadriance@wlf.la.gov prior to Thursday, September 5, 2013.
 
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 Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (504)430-2623.
 

 

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Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Proposes Modifications to Certain Reef Fish Regulations

Release Date: 08/01/2013

Aug. 1, 2013 – Today at its monthly meeting, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission took action on proposed modifications to current regulations for selected reef fish.  These proposed changes were made in an effort to remain consistent with federal regulations.
 
The proposed modifications are as follows:
 
Annual Season Closures
 
The commercial and recreational closed season for gray triggerfish and the recreational and the recreational gag grouper closed season is set for June 1 through July 31 each year
 
Changes the February 1 through March 31 closed season for Shallow Water Grouper to be only in waters seaward of 20 fathoms
 
Recreational Regulations
 
Gray triggerfish limit of two fish within the currently established 20 reef fish aggregate limit.
 
Vermilion snapper limit of 10 fish within the currently established 20 reef fish aggregate limit.
 
Commercial Regulations
 
Commercial trip limit of 12 gray triggerfish per trip
 
Commercial trip limit of 2,000 pounds for greater amberjack
 
Today’s actions also propose removing the requirements for use of a venting tool when fishing for reef fish.
 
Interested persons may submit comments relative to the proposed Rule to: Jason Adriance, Fisheries Division, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA  70898 9000, or via e-mail to:  jadriance@wlf.la.gov prior to Thursday, September 5, 2013.
 
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 press inquiries, contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (504)430-2623.  For season and bag limit information, contact Jason Adriance at jadriance@wlf.la.gov or (504) 284-2032.
 
 

 

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