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LDWF Agents Make Six Illegal Turkey Hunting Cases During Weekend

Release Date: 04/16/2013

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents made six illegal turkey hunting cases during the April 12-14 weekend.

On April 12, agents cited Michael A. Kowalski, 34, of Katy, Texas, in Webster Parish for obtaining a license by fraud, hunting turkey without non-resident basic and big game licenses, and hunting turkey without a non-resident turkey stamp.

Agents cited Stephen K. Breaux, 37, of Houma, in East Feliciana Parish on April 13 for hunting turkey over a baited area, with an electronic device and failing to comply with turkey tagging regulations.  Agents seized the electronic call.

Alton D. Cook, 44, of Denham Springs, and Shane M. Johnston, 19, of Walker, were cited in East Feliciana Parish on April 13 for hunting turkey over a baited area, possession of an illegally taken turkey and criminal trespassing.  Agents also cited Johnson for failing to comply with turkey tagging regulations.  Agents seized the shotgun Cook and Johnston used and the illegally harvested turkey.

On April 13, agents cited Ashtin J. Willis, 21 of Grosse Tete, for taking over the limit of turkeys with two gobblers in the same day and possession of an illegally taken turkey on the Sherburne Wildlife Management Area in Iberville Parish.

Agents cited Ryan E. Dowden, 22, of Deridder, for possessing a loaded gun in a vehicle and possession of a rifle during turkey season while on the Peason WMA on April 14.

According to the 2013 Turkey Regulations pamphlet, no person shall hunt or take turkeys by the aid of baiting or on or over a baited area.  Hunters are not allowed to place, expose, deposit or scatter corn, wheat or other grain, salt or other feed to lure turkeys to their hunting area.  Also, turkey hunters are required to possess basic hunting and big game licenses, Louisiana wild turkey permit and turkey tags.

Possession of an illegally taken turkey carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting turkeys over a baited area, taking over the legal limit, possession of rifle during turkey season, obtaining a license by fraud and hunting with an electronic device each brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail for each offense.  Criminal trespassing carries a $100 to $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail.

Failing to comply with turkey tagging regulations and hunting without non-resident basic hunting and big game licenses each carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each offense.  Failing to possess a turkey stamp brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

LDWF agents involved in these cases are Lt. Will Roberts, Senior Agent Garrett Kimble, Senior Agent Carl Armstrong, Senior Agent Clay Marques, Senior Agent Bryant Coburn, Lt. Kenny Balkom, Lt. Curt Belton and Senior Agent Thomas J. Ashley.

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

LDWF Hosts Father-Child FUN Camp

Release Date: 04/15/2013

April 15, 2013 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) hosted the annual Father-Child FUN Camp on the weekend of March 8-10 at the Woodworth Outdoor Education facility, south of Alexandria.

FUN means Families Understanding Nature and offers parents and their children an opportunity to spend a weekend in the outdoors, re-establishing bonds and honing outdoor skills.

Eleven families participated in various activities including .22 rifle and shotgun target shooting, archery, canoeing, outdoor cooking, orienteering, outdoor safety, making bird feeders, night hiking, fishing and overnight camping in tents.

The next scheduled FUN Camp will be a Mother-Child FUN Camp, offered November 8-10, 2013 at the Woodworth Outdoor Education facility.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited and filled on a first come, first served basis. Registration is $50 for each family (a parent and child). Each additional child is $25. The fee covers meals, lodging and supplies (including tents) used over the weekend. Bed linens and sleeping bags are not provided.

To obtain a registration form on-line, visit LDWF’s website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/page/fun-camp or contact Karen Crabtree at 318-766-8144 or kedwards@wlf.la.gov.

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.

 

 

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LDWF Presenting Black Bear Workshop in Rapides Parish on May 7

Release Date: 04/12/2013

April 12, 2013 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will present an educational workshop on Louisiana black bears on Tuesday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m. in Rapides Parish.

The workshop will be held at the Deville Fire District 6 Training Center, also known as the Deville Community Multi-Use Building, located at 1244 Hwy.115 Deville, LA 71328. This is a free, wildlife education event that is open to the public. 

Black bears are becoming increasingly common in central Louisiana and this workshop will present information about living near and hunting within habitat that includes black bears. Topics will include bear biology/ecology, current and future management plans, how to avoid a bear encounter, and what to do if you encounter a black bear.

Speakers will include Maria Davidson, LDWF Large Carnivore Program manager, and other regional Wildlife Division biologists.

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 David Hayden at 318-487-5885 or dhayden@wlf.la.gov.

 

Plaquemines Parish Crabber Pleads Guilty To Harassment and Criminal Damage

Release Date: 04/11/2013

Today, April 11, a Boothville man pled guilty to one count of criminal damage under $500 and one count of harassing a person lawfully fishing in Plaquemines Parish.

Judge Kevin Conner of the 25th Judicial District of Plaquemines Parish accepted Nathan J. Creppel’s, 58, plea and sentenced him to pay a total of $650 in fines plus court costs.

Judge Conner also ordered Creppel to forfeit his 2013 commercial crab license and was barred from the commercial crab industry in any form for the remainder of 2013.  In addition, Creppel was also given a suspended six month prison sentence and placed on two years inactive probation with the stipulation that he commit no wildlife offenses.  Furthermore, he was ordered to pay $200 in restitution to the victim.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents conducted an investigation into Creppel after receiving a hidden game camera that took photos of Creppel cutting the corks of another crab fisherman’s traps in the Mississippi River below Venice.  Cutting the corks rendered the gear unusable and unsalvageable.

Agents confronted Creppel at his home with the photos and he was subsequently cited for the violations on Oct. 11, 2012.

Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Adam Young and Senior Agent Robert Cosse Jr.  Assistant District Attorney Jerry Lobrano prosecuted the case.

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

Shrimp Season Set Next Week in Portion Of Louisiana Offshore Territorial Waters

Release Date: 04/10/2013

Shrimp Season Set Next Week in Portion Of Louisiana Offshore Territorial Waters

April 9, 2013 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced shrimp season will open in a portion of territorial waters between Caillou Boca and the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel, next Tuesday, April 16 at 6 a.m.

Details for the opening are as follows:  The opening will be in the portion of state outside waters, south of the Inside/Outside Shrimp Line as described in LA R.S. 56:495 seaward a distance of three nautical miles, from the northwest shore of Caillou Boca at 90 degrees 50 minutes 27 seconds west longitude westward to the eastern shore of the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the channel red buoy line, at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, April 16.  This area lies seaward of Terrebonne parish.

Click here for a map detailing this opening:

According to the most recent trawl samples taken by LDWF biologists, small white shrimp have reached marketable sizes within these waters.

Because significant numbers of juvenile white shrimp remain in state outside waters seaward a distance of three nautical miles from the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal, this area will remain closed until further notice.  With the exception of these waters, all remaining state outside waters will be open to shrimping.

The opening dates for the 2013 spring inshore shrimp season will be considered by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at the May 2, meeting.

For more information please contact Martin Bourgeois at mbourgeios@wlf.la.gov or (225)765-2401 or Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (225)610-2363.

 

 

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L.W.F.C. Adopts NOI to Change Effective Dates of Alligator Hunting Licenses

Release Date: 04/08/2013

April 8, 2013 – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approved a notice of intent on April 4 to change the effective dates of state alligator hunting licenses.
 
As proposed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) Alligator Management Program, the current effective dates of July 1 through June 30 would change to Jan. 1 through Dec. 31.
 
The change would align alligator hunting license dates with dates for issuance of CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) alligator harvest tags. Historically, the alligator tag year has started with the opening of the annual wild alligator hunting season in September. The change is recommended to minimize confusion and organize harvest data reporting by calendar year.
 
If finally approved, LDWF in coordination with the US Fish and Wildlife Service would implement the change for Jan. 2014, when the effective license year and tag year would coincide.
 
Public comment on this proposal will be accepted through May 20, 2013 and should be submitted in writing to Robert Love, Coastal and Nongame Resources Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA  70898-9000. To view the full notice, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.
 
For more information, contact Noel Kinler at 337-373-0032 or nkinler@wlf.la.gov .

 

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2013 Hunter Education Awards Presented at Annual Workshop

Release Date: 04/05/2013

2013 Hunter Ed Instructor award winner (center): Fred Kimmel, LDWF; Cedrick Morales; and Karen Crabtree, LDWF.
2013 Hunter Ed Instructor award winner (center):  Fred Kimmel, LDWF; Joe Henderson; and Dana Norsworthy, LDWF.
2013 Hunter Ed Instructor award winner (center):  Fred Kimmel, LDWF;  Nolan Smith, Jr.; and Mitch Samaha, LDWF.
2013 Hunter Ed Instructor award winner (center):  Todd Buffington, LDWF; Roy Page; and Fred Kimmel, LDWF.
2013 Hunter Ed Instructor award winner (center):  Fred Kimmel, LDWF; Paul Tornblom; and Mattie Dantin, LDWF.

April 5, 2013 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) held the 2013 Volunteer Hunter Education Instructor Workshop on Feb. 16 at Camp Grant Walker near Pollock.
 
The workshop doubles as an in-service training session and awards recognition program for volunteer instructors who teach hunter education courses. Instructors are awarded both individual and team awards from three regions of the state.
 
Individual winners included: Joe Henderson, Jena; Cedrick Morales, St. Joseph; Dr. Tim Deshotel, Eunice; Paul Tornblom, New Iberia; Nolan Smith, Jr., Raceland; and Lawrence Lapeyrolerie, Baton Rouge.
                     
Team winners per region included: James Hathorn, Debra Bothel and Edward Gongre from north Louisiana; Jerry Beard, Randy Foco, Steven Johnson, David Mannina,
Yvonne Mannina, Gerald Tafoya and Paul Tornblom from central/southwest Louisiana; and Jessie Glascock, Charles Carney and Darrell Arceneaux from southeast Louisiana.
 
The Todd Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Roy Page of Castor, an instructor who has been part of the hunter education program for 11 years.  A lifelong hunter, Page has been instrumental in working with various youth groups in hunter education and assisting LDWF with special youth hunting programs.
 
The workshop offered in-service training sessions for the volunteer instructors.  Department staff gave presentations on management of white-tailed deer in Louisiana, outdoor survival, safe use of firearms when hunting from boats and the correct use of a special pepper spray made for deterrent of black bears.
 
The goal of Louisiana’s Hunter Education Program, coordinated by LDWF’s Education Section, is to reduce hunting incidents by producing safe and responsible hunters. Volunteer instructors are the backbone of the department’s Hunter Education Program, training 17,000 students annually in hunter safety.  Persons interested in becoming volunteer hunter education instructors can find out more information on the Hunter Education Program from the department’s website:  www.wlf.la.gov/hunting/hunter-education.
 
For more information contact John Sturgis at 225-763-5448 or jsturgis@wlf.la.gov .
 
 

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Donated Artwork to Benefit Whooping Crane Re-Population Project

Release Date: 04/04/2013

April 4, 2013 presentation: (L to R) Kell McInnis, LWFF; Joe Combes, Chevron Gulf of Mexico Business Unit; and Bob Love, LDWF.
April 4, 2013 presentation: (L to R) Kell McInnis, Richard Zuschlag, R. C. Davis, Robert Barham, Blaise Zuschlag and Bob Love.

April 5, 2013 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) whooping crane re-population project will benefit from artwork donated by two distinguished artists recognized Thursday by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.
 
Louisiana native R.C. “Chris” Davis and Canadian Robert “Bob” Bateman have each provided LDWF original paintings for the project. Prints of the Davis painting will be sold through the  Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation (LWFF) with all proceeds supporting the state’s efforts to restore this endangered species.
 
Davis’ artwork depicting cranes in flight over a south Louisiana marsh and Bateman’s painting of a pair of cranes were on display at today’s meeting and presented to two corporate sponsors who have provided support for the whooping crane project during the first two years of the multi-year initiative.
 
“This high quality artwork will greatly enhance the public awareness of this fascinating species, which is important because the species has been absent from this state for over 60 years,” said Bob Love, LDWF Coastal and Nongame Resources Division administrator.
 
Chevron was honored with a Bateman print for a grant which funded the project’s public awareness and education campaign in 2012.  Joe Combes, Ultra Deep Gas Drilling Manager, Chevron Gulf of Mexico Business Unit, received the print on behalf of Chevron.  Acadian Ambulance’s Richard Zuschlag received a Davis print for the company’s fundraising efforts on behalf of the Foundation.
 
“The ongoing support by Chevron and Acadian Ambulance Services, along with other corporate and private donor support, is critical to the success of this project,” said Kell McInnis, LWFF executive director. “The foundation is proud of its role as a conduit through which funds from the private sector can allow them to become partners in this long term restoration venture.”
 
LDWF is now in year three of the multi-year project based at the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area location in Vermilion Parish.  White Lake provides temporary shelter for the cranes delivered as juveniles from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Md. Twenty seven adult whooping cranes are currently in the wild on the Louisiana landscape.  LDWF is already preparing for the next shipment of additional juvenile cranes. The plan is to receive annual cohorts until there is sufficient natural reproduction to sustain our new population. 
 
LDWF continues to work cooperatively with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USGS, the Louisiana Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, and the International Crane Foundation to restore the species within the state. Project funding is derived from LDWF species restoration dedicated funds, federal funds and significant amounts of private/corporate donations which are facilitated by the LWFF. Donations offset the costs of transmitter tracking equipment, maintenance of holding pens at White Lake, biologist salaries and public outreach and education initiatives.
 
For information on making donations to the project and obtaining prints of the R.C. Davis artwork “Taking Flight”, visit the LWFF website at www.lawff.org . All proceeds from sales of the paintings will be dedicated to the project.
 
The LWFF is a non-profit public, charitable foundation, tax exempt under Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, 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.
 
For more information, Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov .

 

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Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Adopts Notice of Intent on Yo-Yo and Trotline Regulations on Specified Lakes

Release Date: 04/04/2013

(April 4, 2013) – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, during their monthly meeting today, approved a notice of intent to modify regulations for the use of yo-yos and trotlines on Black Lake, Clear Lake, Prairie Lake, Caddo Lake, Chicot Lake, D'Arbonne Lake and Lake St. Joseph.
 
The proposed change will only apply to the waterbodies listed above and will address an ongoing problem.  The current rule only prohibits metal objects from being placed to anchor a yo-yo or trigger device.    The change would prohibit the placement of any artificial object to anchor a yo-yo or trigger device. 
 
To view the full notice of intent, please visit here.
 
Interested persons may submit written comments relative to the proposed rule by June 1, 2013, to Mike Wood, Office of Fisheries, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000 or via email at mwood@wlf.la.gov.
 
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 press inquires, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-2396.
 

 

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Oyster Season to Open in a Portion of the Public Oyster Seed Grounds

Release Date: 04/02/2013

Oyster Season to Open in a Portion of the Public Oyster Seed Grounds

(April 2, 2013) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will open the oyster season in a portion of the public oyster seed grounds east of the Mississippi River on Monday, April 8 at one-half hour before sunrise. 
 
The oyster season was originally scheduled to open in this area on October 29, 2012, but was delayed to protect recently –settled small oysters, called spat. 
 
The upcoming opening includes the area of public oyster seed grounds east of the Mississippi River, south of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, and north of a line of latitude at 29 degrees 34 minutes 48.0 seconds north, and will be restricted to the harvest of oysters three inches in size and greater, for market purposes only.
 
The Bay Gardene Public Oyster Seed Reservation and the recent oyster cultch plants in Lake Fortuna and Black Bay within the following coordinates shall remain closed:
 
Lake Fortuna (2012) – St. Bernard Parish

  • 29 degrees 39 minutes 08.04 seconds N
    89 degrees 30 minutes 28.93 seconds W
  • 29 degrees 38 minutes 33.31 seconds N
    89 degrees 29 minutes 15.45 seconds W
  • 29 degrees 38 minutes 10.57 seconds N
    89 degrees 29 minutes 40.71 seconds W
  • 29 degrees 39 minutes 04.41 seconds N
    89 degrees 30 minutes 32.61 seconds W

 
Black Bay (2013) – Plaquemines Parish

  • 29 degrees 37 minutes 43.15 seconds N
    89 degrees 34 minutes 09.14 seconds W
  • 29 degrees 37 minutes 43.15 seconds N
    89 degrees 32 minutes 51.49 seconds W
  • 29 degrees 36 minutes 34.12 seconds N
    89 degrees 32 minutes 51.49 seconds W
  • 29 degrees 36 minutes 34.12 seconds N
    89 degrees 34 minutes 09.72 seconds W

 
The Commission authorized LDWF Secretary Robert Barham to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resource has ended and to open areas if substantial oyster resources are located.  Recent biological sampling by LDWF has indicated healthy spat growth in this area, and an opening would allow for increased economic opportunities for the Louisiana oyster industry.
 
Public notice of any opening, delay or closure of a season will be provided at least 72 hours prior to such action, unless such closure is ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals for public health concerns.
 
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 inquires, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-2396.
 
 
 

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