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2014 Wild Turkey Season Youth Hunt Dates on KNF Corrected

Release Date: 10/30/2013

Oct. 30, 2013 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries press release of Oct. 4, which announced the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission’s approved 2014 wild turkey season dates, contained incorrect information about youth lottery hunts on Kisatchie National Forest. In 2014, there are no youth lottery hunts, or applications to complete and submit, for hunters 17 years of age or younger wishing to hunt turkeys on KNF properties during designated youth hunt dates.

Youth hunting dates for wild turkey on Kisatchie National Forest have been approved for the weekend of March 15-16 on the Caney, Calcasieu (except Forest Service / Vernon Unit lands within Ft. Polk/Vernon WMA) and Kisatchie Ranger Districts; and March 15 on Catahoula and Winn Ranger Districts.

The regular turkey season within the Caney Ranger District would run from March 22 to April 6; and from March 22 to April 13 on all other Ranger Districts.

The private lands youth and physically challenged hunter weekend will be March 15-16 in all designated turkey hunting areas.

For more information on WMA hunting opportunities and hunting seasons in Louisiana, visit www.wlf.la.gov.  For information on turkey season dates and regulations, contact Jimmy Stafford at 225-765-2361 or jstafford@wlf.la.gov .

 

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US Army Annual Permit No Longer Needed to Hunt on Fort Polk and Peason Ridge WMAs

Release Date: 10/28/2013

Oct. 28, 2013 -- Officials with the US Army have announced that the federal permit previously required to hunt on Fort Polk and Peason Ridge Wildlife Management Areas is no longer required. Archery and small game hunters using the Cantonment Area within the Army installation are advised that proper visitor passes will be required to enter the security gates, however.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) reminds all hunters that Louisiana hunting licenses are still required to hunt on these federal properties, including the $15 annual Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Hunting Permit. 

Also, all users of Fort Polk or Peason Ridge WMAs must still fill out a Self Clearing Permit for all activities (hunting, fishing, birdwatching, sightseeing, etc.).  Self Clearing Permits are available at information kiosks and are located at most WMA entrance roads.

Fort Polk and Peason Ridge WMAs provide over 138,000 acres for public outdoor recreation opportunities through a cooperative partnership between LDWF, the US Army and the US Forest Service.

Information on Fort Polk or Peason Ridge WMAs can be found on LDWF’s website, www.louisiana.gov, or by contacting Wendell Smith at 337-491-2575 or wsmith@wlf.la.gov, or the Fort Polk Public Affairs office at 337-531-7203.

 

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Four Men Arrested for Night Hunting Violations

Release Date: 10/28/2013

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent along with Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office (CPSO) deputies arrested four subjects in Concordia Parish for alleged night hunting violations on Oct. 21.

Sgt. Trey Mason observed a vehicle traveling on Haphazard Road about 10 miles West of Ferriday around 4 a.m.  Sgt. Mason then observed someone from inside the vehicle shine a spotlight in nearby fields and shoot numerous times at various game.

Sgt. Mason along with Concordia Parish Sheriff's Office Sgt. Randy Stockman and Deputy Amos Coley stopped the vehicle.  The four subjects inside the vehicle were identified as Joshua K. Parker, 21, of Vidalia, Shelby L. Martin, 17, of Ridgecrest, Joshua S. Homes, 26, of Ridgecrest, and Emily S. Perry, 23, of Ridgecrest.

Sgt. Mason and the CPSO deputies found numerous firearms along with nine freshly killed rabbits and one freshly killed deer in the bed of the vehicle.

All four subjects were charged with taking deer during illegal hours, hunting wild quadrapeds during illegal hours, hunting from a moving vehicle and taking deer from a public road.  Parker and Martin were also cited for discharging a firearm from a public road.  The subjects were arrested and booked into the Concordia Parish Jail.

Hunting deer during illegal hours brings up to a $950 fine and 120 days in jail.  Hunting from a moving vehicle, discharging a firearm from a public road and hunting wild quadrupeds during illegal hours each carry between a $250 and $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Taking a deer from a public road carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

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

Hunting and Fishing Advisory Education Council Meeting Scheduled for Oct. 29, 2013

Release Date: 10/25/2013

The Hunting and Fishing Advisory Education Council will meet Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 1:30 p.m. at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters building located at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge.
The agenda for Tuesday’s meeting in the Louisiana Room is as follows:

  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of Minutes of March 12 and July 9, 2013
  3. Welcome and Opening Comments from Chairman
  4. Enforcement Division Report
  5. ALAS (Archery in Louisiana Schools) Report
  6. Office of Fisheries: Louisiana Seafood Certification Program
  7. Office of Wildlife: 2013-14 Waterfowl Season Outlook
  8. Office of Wildlife: Upland Game Bird Report
  9. Other Business: Council Discussion on Meeting Schedule
  10. Set Next Meeting Date
  11. Receive Public Comments
  12. Adjournment

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 Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov.
 

 

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COMMERCIAL KING MACKEREL SEASON TO RE-OPEN FOR TWO DAYS NOVMEBER 1

Release Date: 10/24/2013

October 24, 2013 – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the commercial season for king mackerel in Louisiana waters, previously closed on September 20, will re-open at 12:01 a.m., on November 1 until 12:01 a.m., on November 3 at which time the season will close and remain closed through June 30, 2014. 

The re-opening was made based on data gathered by LDWF biologists and the National Marine Fisheries Service, that the annual quota for king mackerel of 1.07 million pounds for the western zone of the Gulf of Mexico has been under harvested by approximately 80,000 pounds. 

Each year, a commercial quota is established for Gulf of Mexico group king mackerel by NMFS based on recommendations by the Gulf and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils. That figure is then divided into allocations for various zones and fisheries.  According to the best information available, the 1.07 million pound commercial quota of king mackerel for the western zone of the Gulf of Mexico was not fully harvested during the previous season.

While there are relatively few king mackerel harvested or targeted by Louisiana recreational anglers, a substantial commercial fishery does exist, which typically lands 800 to 900 thousand pounds annually at Louisiana ports.  A significant portion of the king mackerel landed in Louisiana ports is shipped to markets in the northeast United States.

For more information, contact Jason Adriance at 504.284.2032 or jadriance@wlf.la.gov.  For press inquiries contact Laura Wooderson at 504.430.2363 or lwooderson@wlf.la.gov.

 

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LDWF Biologists Assist in Offshore Rescue Near Southwest Pass

Release Date: 10/24/2013

LDWF Biologists Assist in Offshore Rescue Near Southwest Pass

October 24, 2013 – Yesterday, on a regularly scheduled sampling trip, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists, stationed out of the Grand Isle Fisheries Research Lab, assisted in the rescue of five offshore fishermen who were in distress due to inadvertently striking an oil platform.

When the LDWF vessel, Blazing Seven, arrived at the scene of the report, the 64-foot Viking sport fishing vessel named “Extra Sauce” had already succumbed to the infiltration of water and sunk.  The five fishermen were aboard a life raft and quickly brought aboard the LDWF vessel. 

“Every day I am proud of the work our biologists do at the Grand Isle Fisheries Lab, but I am even more proud of them and their efforts to help this crew whose lives were in immediate danger,” said LDWF Fisheries Lab Director Myron Fischer.  “The team we have assembled in Grand Isle are among the finest biologists I have worked with and they never hesitate to go above and beyond the call of duty.”

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 inquiries please contact Ashley Roth at aroth@wlf.la.gov  or (504)286-4162.

 

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Update on KNF and National Wildlife Management Preserve Hunting Seasons

Release Date: 10/24/2013

Oct. 24, 2013 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is advising hunters of the following information about the Kisatchie National Forest (KNF), Red Dirt and Catahoula National Wildlife Management Preserves (NWMP).  With the return of federal employees from the recent federal government shutdown, hunters are advised of the following:

  • The Red Dirt and Catahoula NWMP will implement the self-clearing permit requirements for the October 26-27 Either-sex hunt.  The self-clearing permits will be available at the Kisatchie Ranger District, Winn Ranger District and Catahoula Ranger District offices and at the check stations on each Preserve.  The self-clearing permits for the Catahoula NWMP will also be available at the Saddle Bayou, Pearson, Bankston and Highway 472 Hunter Camps.
  • Mandatory Deer check on the Red Dirt and Catahoula NWMP will be required as per the Louisiana Hunting Regulations Pamphlet.
  • Hunters are reminded that on Catahoula and Red Dirt NWMP, a mandatory Season Permit will still be required.  These permits are available at Kisatchie Ranger District, Winn Ranger District and Catahoula Ranger District offices, at the Alexandria Forestry Center (Supervisor’s Office) in Pineville, at the check station on each Preserve and online at http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/kisatchie/hunting/index.html.

To view the 2013-2014 Louisiana Hunting Regulations pamphlet on LDWF’s website, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/regulations. Details on hunting within KNF begin on page 82.  To access the KNF website, go to http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/kisatchie/hunting/index.html.

For additional information: contact Jason Nolde, KNF Pineville office, ph. 318-473-7192; or Steve Smith, LDWF Pineville field office, ph. 318-487-5885.

 

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Price Lake Road on Rockefeller SWR Reopening Oct. 26

Release Date: 10/24/2013

Oct. 24, 2013 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will reopen Price Lake Road on Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge (SWR) on Saturday, Oct. 26.

Price Lake Road, a primary access point from LA Hwy. 82 for public outdoor recreation on the western end of the refuge, has been closed for construction of new public access facilities and road renovations since April of this year.

The $1.2 million construction project added three fishing piers with extended walkway access for recreational fishing, crabbing, shrimping and sightseeing. A large parking area has also been constructed to improve public use. The fishing piers, which added 1,841 linear feet of elevated walkway space, are handicap accessible and will provide improved outdoor opportunities for disabled citizens.

Rockefeller SWR, located in eastern Cameron and western Vermilion Parishes, is operated and maintained by LDWF. The refuge encompasses approximately 76,000 acres and borders the Gulf of Mexico for 26.5 miles.

All public access areas, including Price Lake Road, are open daily from sunrise to sunset. For more information about Rockefeller SWR, call 337-491-2593.

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.

 

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Louisiana Artificial Reef Council to Meet November 14 in Baton Rouge

Release Date: 10/23/2013

(Oct. 21, 2013) – The Louisiana Artificial Reef Council has scheduled a meeting on November 14, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. in the Louisiana Room of Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters located at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge.

The agenda is as follows:

  1. Introduction and welcome
  2. Approval of minutes and agenda
  3. Reef Program update (Michael McDonough)
  4. Report from BSEE on IPD
  5. Update on research (Jim Cowan)
  6. Presentation of Inshore/Nearshore Reef Plan
    1. Approval by Council
  7. SARS policy discussion
  8. Deepwater reef proposals
    1. EW-947
  9. Public comments
  10. Other business
  11. Adjourn

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 please contact Mike McDonough, 225-763-5418 or mmcdonough@wlf.la.gov.

 

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Reward Offered for Information on Dead Black Bear

Release Date: 10/23/2013

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents are seeking leads for an illegally killed black bear that was found in Avoyelles Parish.

A citizen alerted authorities on Oct. 8 about a dead black bear laying in the woods a couple of miles south of the Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Area.  The bear was collected and sent in for a necropsy.

The necropsy revealed the bear was probably dead for about five to six days and that it was shot with a shotgun slug in the head.  Agents also collected an arrow by where the bear was found dead and believe the bear may have been shot with the arrow before being shot with the slug.

A cash reward from The Humaine Society, Roy O Martin and LDWF totaling up to $8,000 is being offered to anyone with information that leads to the arrest and conviction for this illegal killing of a black bear.

Anyone with information regarding this illegal bear killing should call the Louisiana Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or use LDWF's tip411 program.  To use the tip411 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.

The hotline and the tip411 program are monitored 24 hours a day.  Tipsters can also remain anonymous.

The Louisiana black bear has been listed on the Federal Threatened and Endangered Species List since 1992.  Citizens are reminded that killing a Louisiana black bear is a violation of both state law and the federal Endangered Species Act.  Violators are subject to penalties of up to $50,000 and six months in jail.  In addition, a restitution fine of $10,000 for the bear may be imposed on anyone convicted of killing a black bear in Louisiana.

With the number of bear and hunter interactions on the rise within the last couple of years, LDWF encourages hunters to carry bear spray.

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

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