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L.W.F.C. Adopts Notices of Intent for Hunting Seasons, Hunting Regulations, Turkey Hunting Seasons, Turkey Hunting Regulations and W.M.A. Rules

Release Date: 01/09/2014

Jan. 9, 2014 -- The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) adopted notices of intent for the 2014-16 hunting seasons, the 2014-15 Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) general rules and regulations, 2015 general and WMA turkey hunting rules and regulations, 2015 turkey hunting areas, seasons and bag limits at their Jan. 9 meeting.

The notices of intent include proposed hunting season dates and changes from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) for the upcoming hunting seasons and provide for a public comment period.

Some of the proposed changes include:

  • Allowing small game hunters to carry buckshot and/or slug while small game hunting on private lands.
  • Modification of a portion of Iberville Parish from Deer Area 9 to Area 6.
  • Modification of a portion of St. Mary Parish from Deer Area 7 to Area 9.
  • Modification of a portion of Iberville Parish within Deer Area 9 from gun with dogs to still hunt only.
  • Elimination of requirement for an annual military permit on Camp Beauregard, Fort Polk, and Peason Ridge WMAs.
  • Addition of general turkey lottery hunt on Pearl River WMA.
  • Addition of youth turkey lottery hunt on Richard K. Yancey WMA.
  • Implementation of a Self-Clearing Permit requirement for turkey hunters on Catahoula and Red Dirt National Wildlife Management Preserves within Kisatchie National Forest.
  • Expansion of deer hunting opportunities on Lake Boeuf WMA.
  • Addition of a youth shotgun deer season on Pass-a-Loutre WMA.
  • Expansion of fishing opportunities on Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA.

To view the full notices of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulations changes for the upcoming hunting seasons, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.

Public comment will be accepted at LWFC monthly meetings from February through April and/or can be submitted in writing by mail to: Steve Smith, LDWF Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to ssmith@wlf.la.gov until 4:30 p.m., April 3, 2014.

Proposed hunting season dates, general hunting regulations, turkey season dates, turkey hunting areas, seasons and bag limits, and WMA regulations will additionally be presented in seven public meetings as follows:

  • Feb. 25 beginning at 6:00 p.m., LDWF Minden Office, 9961 Highway 80, Minden
  • Feb. 25 beginning at 6:00 p.m., USGS National Wetlands Research Center, 700 Cajundome Boulevard, Lafayette
  • Feb. 26 beginning at 6:00 p.m., LDWF Headquarters Building Louisiana Room, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge
  • Feb. 27 beginning at 6:00 p.m., LSU Ag Center (next to Burton Coliseum), 7101 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles
  • Feb. 27 beginning at 6:00 p.m., Alexandria Convention Hall, 915 3rd Street, Alexandria
  • March 1 beginning at 2:00 p.m., LDWF Monroe Office, 368 Centurylink Drive, Monroe
  • March 1 beginning at 2:00 p.m., Slidell Municipal Auditorium, 2056 2nd Street, Slidell

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

 

 

 

Shrimp Season To Close in Additional State Waters

Release Date: 01/09/2014

Shrimp Season To Close in Additional State Waters

(Jan. 9, 2014)– Today, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham announced a shrimping closure in a portion of state inside waters east of the Mississippi River and in outside waters off of western Terrebonne Parish effective Monday, January 13, 2014 at official sunset.

Specifically, those waters that will close to shrimping include:

  • The portion of state inside waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line southward to the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River except for the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double rig line in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2.
  • State outside waters extending a distance of 3 nautical miles seaward of the inside/outside shrimp line from the northwest shore of Caillou Boca at -90 degrees 50 minutes 27 seconds west longitude westward to the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the Channel red buoy line

The following state waters will remain open to shrimping until further notice:

  • The open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double-rig line
  • All state outside waters east of the northwest shore of Caillou Boca at -90 degrees 50 minutes 27 seconds west longitude as well as all state outside waters west of the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal at -92 degrees 18 minutes 33 seconds west longitude
  • All fishery jurisdiction waters claimed by the state beyond the three nautical mile closure zone.

Regulations state that the possession count on saltwater, white shrimp shall average no more than 100 (whole shrimp) count per pound, with the exception of October 15 through the third Monday in December, when there is no minimum count size.   

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission provided LDWF Secretary Robert Barham with authority to close shrimping in both state inside and outside waters when biological and technical data indicate the need. Data collected from the most current biological samples conducted by the Department indicate that average white shrimp size within these outside waters to be closed is smaller than the minimum possession count. Additionally, water temperatures reached 4 degrees Celsius (39 degrees Fahrenheit) following the passage of the most recent cold front, leaving little expectations of additional shrimp growth in the immediate future. This action is being taken to protect these small white shrimp and provide opportunity for growth to larger and more valuable sizes.

For a map detailing today’s actions click here.

Louisiana continues to lead the country in shrimp landings.  In 2012, approximately 5,566 licensed Louisiana commercial shrimpers landed 100.3 million pounds of shrimp (all species combined/heads-on weight) that had a dockside value of $145 million. 

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/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, contact Martin Bourgeois (985) 594-4130 mbourgeois@wlf.la.gov. For press inquiries, contact Ashley Roth at aroth@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-4162.

 

 

Commission Sets Commercial King Mackerel Season

Release Date: 01/09/2014

January 9, 2014-The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission announced today that the 2014 commercial king mackerel season will begin July 1. Once the season opens, it will remain open until the quota of approximately 1.18 million pounds is met or projected to be met.

King mackerel is a significant commercial fishery in Louisiana.  From 2000 through 2012 Louisiana has landed, on average, an amount equal to approximately 75 percent of the allotted western Gulf of Mexico quota.  In 2012 approximately 969,017 lbs were landed in Louisiana.  A significant amount of the king mackerel landed in Louisiana is shipped to markets in the northeastern U.S.

Currently, the 2013-2014 commercial king mackerel season is closed as the established quota has been harvested.

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 Jason Adriance, 504-284-2032 or
jadriance@wlf.louisiana.gov. For press release inquiries contact Ashley Roth, aroth@wlf.la.gov or 504-286-4162.  

 

LWFC Rescinds Net Ban on Spanish Lake

Release Date: 01/09/2014

(Jan. 9, 2014) – During their monthly meeting, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approved a Notice of Intent to remove the current net ban on Spanish Lake in St. Martin and Iberia parishes.   This action removes the current net ban and allows commercial fishermen the opportunity to use nets to target abundant stocks of buffalo, catfish and carp. 

LDWF is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources.  For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov, and 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.

 

LWFC Adopts a NOI to Alter Catfish Regulations on Boundary Waters With Texas

Release Date: 01/09/2014

(Jan. 9, 2013) – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission adopted a Notice of Intent that would alter daily creel limit regulations for channel and blue catfish harvested in boundary waters with Texas including Toledo Bend Reservoir, Caddo Lake and the Sabine River.  The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists together recommended the action based on the results of a cooperative biological study and angler input.

The current daily creel limit of 50 catfish, with a limit of five channel and blue catfish over 20 inches in total length, was adopted in 2011 as part of a coordinated effort with the TPWD to establish uniform regulations on boundary waters.  LDWF and TPWD biologists conducted follow-up sampling, confirming angler concerns that the restriction was unduly restricting harvest.  A joint study determined the catfish populations in question are healthy and the current regulation was overly restrictive.

The proposed rule change would maintain the 50 fish daily creel limit, but set a limit of five fish over 30 inches in total length.  The action will also maintain standardized regulations in Louisiana-Texas border waters and allow anglers in Toledo Bend Reservoir, Caddo Lake, and the Sabine River to keep a greater amount of channel and blue catfish caught.

http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/news/37314-lwfc-ado...

Interested persons may submit related comments regarding the proposed rule by March 10, 2014, to Mike Wood, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Office of Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000 or via email at comment@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources.  For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov, and 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.

 

LWFC Adopts a NOI for Black Bass Regulations on Black Bayou Lake, Chicot Lake, Cross Lake, Lake Rodemacher, Vernon Lake and Spanish Lake

Release Date: 01/09/2014

(Jan. 9, 2014)  - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission adopted a Notice of Intent that would remove length regulations for black bass in Bayou Lake in Bossier Parish, Chicot Lake in Evangeline Parish, Cross Lake in Caddo Parish, Lake Rodemacher in Rapides Parish, Vernon Lake in Vernon Parish and Spanish Lake in New Iberia and St. Martin parishes.

A recently completed biological evaluation determined the length regulations are not effective due to habitat impairments and inadequate angler harvest of bass harvest smaller than the slot limit. 

The removal of the slot limit on these water bodies will increase angler harvest opportunities.  LDWF biologists will continue frequent sampling to monitor the bass population status, but the potential for overharvest is expected to be very low.

With the removal of this regulation, the statewide creel limit of ten black bass per day will apply.

Interested persons may submit related comments regarding the proposed rule by March 10, 2014, to Mike Wood, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Office of Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000 or via email at comment@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources.  For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov, and 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 Announces Correction to 2014 Fishing Regulations

Release Date: 01/08/2014

(Jan. 8, 2014) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to advise anglers of a correction to the “Free Fishing Weekend” dates listed on page 8 of the 2014 fishing regulations pamphlet.

The correct dates for the annual, no fishing license required weekend are June 7-8, 2014.  The promotional fishing dates are provided for novices and non-anglers as an opportunity to experience recreational fishing in fresh or salt water without the purchase of a recreational fishing license. 

The correction has been made in the online version of the fishing regulations pamphlet posted on the Department’s website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/regulations.

LDWF is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources.  For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov, and 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.

 

 

Shrimp Task Force Meeting

Release Date: 01/08/2014

The following is the agenda for the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force Meeting. The public is invited to attend.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 10 a.m.

LDWF Headquarters, Louisiana Room

2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge

AGENDA

I.  Roll Call and introduction of guests

II.  For Approval of August 6, 2013 Minutes and January 14. 2014 Agenda

III. Treasury Report

    A.  Budget Report-LDWF

IV.  Old Business

    A.  Shrimp Management Sub- Committee Report—Clint Guidry

VI.  New Business

    A.  Professionalism Program-Thomas Hymel LSU Seagrant

    B.  Communication/Education programs for shrimp industry-Mark Abraham

    C.  Shrimp refrigeration grants- LDWF

    D. Shrimp Strategic Plan-LDWF

    E.  NOAA cost share program- Marty Bourgeois

    F.  Certified shrimp program-Mark Abraham

    G.  Shrimp Marketing in D.C.- Mark Abraham

    H.  2014 Legislative Session-LDWF

     I.  Sustainability-LDWF

    J.  Officer Elections and  Task Force Vacancies

  1. Public Comment
     
  2. Set Next Meeting
     
  3. Adjourn

The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq.  The public is invited to attend.

Those interested in listening in to the meeting via Webinar or telephone register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8534862609201839874

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, 504-286-4162 or aroth@wlf.la.gov

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Raceland Man Cited for Hunting Violations on Christmas Day

Release Date: 01/07/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited a Raceland man for alleged deer hunting violations on Dec. 25, 2013 on Eagle Island.

Agents cited Eric Savoie, 37, for two counts of hunting or taking deer during illegal hours, failing to tag deer, over limit of deer, taking deer illegally during an open season, hunting deer without a big game license, and hunting with an unplugged shotgun.

On Dec. 24, LDWF agents received a complaint that Savoie had killed two does at night on Dec. 20.

When agents approached Savoie’s residence on Eagle Island on Dec. 25, agents observed Savoie seated at the rear of his residence with a loaded 7 mm rifle in hand and a loaded 12 gauge shotgun with buckshot, a loaded .22 rifle and using a utility street light to shine deer to shoot them at night.

Upon further investigation, agents learned that near the light Savoie placed several pounds of soybeans on the ground to attract deer at night.

After Savoie was disarmed by agents, Savoie was questioned.  Savoie admitted to harvesting two antlerless deer during illegal hours on Dec. 20 and attempting to harvest more deer during illegal hours on the night of Dec. 25.

Hunting deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail per count.  Taking deer illegally during an open season carries a $500 to $750 fine and 15 to 30 days in jail.  Taking over limit of deer and hunting with an unplugged shotgun each brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging requirements carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Hunting without a big game license carries a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

Agents seized one Remington 7 mm rifle, one Ruger .22 rifle, and one 12 gauge shotgun.

Agents involved in case are Lt. Joseph Arnaud and Senior Agents Jamie Folse and Ryan Breaux.

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

2014 Louisiana Turkey Regulations, Lottery Hunt Applications Now Available

Release Date: 01/07/2014

Jan. 7, 2014 --The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) 2014 Turkey Regulations pamphlet is now available. Hunters can obtain the pamphlet at any hunting license vendor outlet or via the LDWF website.

The 2014 wild turkey season will open March 22 in three designated areas with varying end of season dates as follows: Area A, March 22 - April 20; Area B, March 22 - April 13; and Area C, March 22 - April 6. These areas include similar geographic boundaries utilized in 2013 with the exception of a small portion of Area B within Caddo Parish which is closed.

The statewide youth and physically challenged hunter weekend for private lands will be March 15-16. To access additional information, the 2014 Turkey Regulations pamphlet can be viewed at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/regulations.

The application forms for 2014 Turkey Season WMA lottery hunts for adult and youth hunters are also now available on the LDWF website. Those application forms are located at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts. The lottery hunt application deadline is Friday, Feb. 7.

Additionally, on US Fish and Wildlife Service-managed national wildlife refuges and US Army Corps of Engineer properties, the following turkey hunting dates will be available in 2014:

* Bogue Chitto NWR, March 15-16 (youth), plus March 22 - April 13.

* Lake Ophelia NWR, March 15 (youth lottery), plus March 22 - April 6 (hunts end at 12 noon).

* Tensas NWR, March 15-16 (youth), plus March 22 - April 6.

* Upper Ouachita NWR, March 15 (youth lottery).

* Indian Bayou USACOE, March 15-16 (youth/physically challenged), March 22-23 and 29-30; All lottery hunts.

* Old River USACOE, March 22 - April 6. 

Kisatchie National Forest note: Youth hunting dates for wild turkey on KNF will be 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.  These youth hunts are open youth hunts and do not require a lottery application for hunters 17 years of age or younger wishing to hunt on these KNF properties.

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.

For more information, contact Jimmy Stafford at 225-765-2361 or jstafford@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.

 

 

 

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