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Two Louisiana Men Cited for Duck Hunting Violations

Release Date: 12/18/2012

Dec. 18, 2012 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two men for alleged hunting and boating safety violations along Highway 23 near Triumph in Plaquemines Parish on Dec. 16.

Agents cited Christopher Hicks, 25, of Boothville, and Calvin Riggs, 34, of Buras, for hunting migratory game birds (MGB) with an unplugged gun and violating the non-toxic shot requirements.  Agents also cited Riggs for hunting with an unsigned duck stamp.  Furthermore, Hicks was cited for hunt MGBs without a basic hunting license, federal and state duck stamps, possession of an alligator during a closed season and failing to comply with personal flotation device (PFD) requirements.

Agents were patrolling along Highway 23 and observed a vehicle parked in a wooded area and heard people talking near the vehicle further into the wooded area.  Agents then observed several subjects coming from a barrow pit carrying a shotgun and dragging a pirogue.

Agents made contact with the subjects and found several ducks and a small alligator in the pirogue.  Agents checked the shotguns and found both shotguns were unplugged and both subjects hunted MGBs with lead shot.

While conducting a license check, agents found that Hicks did not have a hunting license or a state and federal duck stamp and Riggs did not sign his federal duck stamp.   Agents also discovered Hicks had hunted MGBs from the pirogue without a PFD.

The penalties for hunting ducks without a federal duck stamp, with an unsigned federal duck stamp, with an unplugged gun, violating non-toxic shot requirements, and possession of an alligator during a closed season carry a fine from $400 to $950 and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.

Failing to comply with PFD requirements, hunting without a resident basic license and hunting MGBs without a state stamp carry a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail for each offense.

Agents seized and donated seven ducks, three coots and an alligator to charity.  Replacement value of the ducks, coots and alligator may total $605.96 in restitution.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Todd Laviolette and Senior Agent Michael Williams.

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

Fall Shrimp Season To Close In Lake Pelto and Terrebonne and Timbalier Bays

Release Date: 12/17/2012

December 17, 2012– Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham announced today the fall shrimp season will close in state inside waters within portions of Lake Pelto, and Terrebonne and Timbalier Bays on Thursday, December 20 at sunset. 

This closure includes state inside waters within the Terrebonne Basin south of 29 degrees 13 minutes 00 seconds north latitude from 90 degrees 18 minutes 00 seconds west longitude westward to 90 degrees 34 minutes 00 seconds west longitude, and those inside waters south of 29 degrees 06 minutes 00 seconds north latitude from 90 degrees 34 minutes 00 seconds west longitude westward to 90 degrees 46 minutes 00 seconds west longitude.

The fall inshore shrimp season was briefly extended in these waters, however, samples collected by LDWF biologists late last week indicate that average white shrimp size in the areas to be closed is smaller than 100 count per pound. This action protects these small white shrimp and provides increased opportunity for growth to larger, more valuable sizes.

Following this closure, shrimping in state inside waters will ONLY be allowed in:

  • State inside waters east of the Mississippi River from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line southward to the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River.

Shrimping in state outside waters will ONLY be allowed 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 Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the Channel red buoy linewestward to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal at 92 degrees 18 minutes 33 seconds west longitudewhich will close to shrimping on Monday, January 7.
  • All state outside waters east of the northwest shore of Caillou Boca as well as state outside waters west of Freshwater Bayou Canal and fishery jurisdiction waters claimed by the state beyond the three nautical mile closure zone.

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

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L.D.W.F. Hosts Beyond Becoming an Outdoors Woman Deer Hunt

Release Date: 12/13/2012

BBOW participants (l to r): Jeannie Palermo, Mary Erickson, Kathleen Nichols, Linda Dugas, Tina Faul and Sandy Darwish.

Dec. 13, 2012 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) hosted a Beyond Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BBOW) deer hunt workshop at the Floy Ward McElroy Wildlife Management Area on Dec. 7-9.

The workshop, facilitated by the Wildlife Division / Education Section staff, provided six novice hunters the opportunity to gain hunting experience and harvest deer from a state WMA.

Floy Ward McElroy WMA, located in Richland Parish, consists of 681 acres of mature and recently reforested bottomland hardwoods, sloughs and backwater areas. Hunting activity on the WMA is limited to youth and educational lottery hunts only.

The women hunters were selected by lottery after attending the deer hunting course offered at the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshop. Upon arrival Friday, each hunter participated in a safety refresher program and sighted in their rifles at the Richland Parish Sheriff’s Department shooting range.  Overnight accommodations were provided at Poverty Point Reservoir State Park. 

Each hunter was accompanied by a guide and made two hunts on Saturday and one on Sunday morning. A 185-pound, 5-point buck was harvested by Tina Faul and a yearling buck by Linda Dugas. The fall hunting trip included other deer and wildlife sightings, enhancing each hunter’s outdoors experience.

For more information on upcoming BOW or BBOW workshops, visit the LDWF website at www.wlf.la.gov, scroll to the bottom of the home page and click on Education.  To contact a BOW coordinator directly, call or email Dana Norsworthy at 318-345-3912 or dnorsworthy@wlf.la.gov; Bill Breed at 318-343-1241 or wbreed@wlf.la.gov; or Chad Moore at 318-371-3050 or cmoore@wlf.la.gov.

Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board Finance Committee to Meet December 17

Release Date: 12/13/2012

The following is the agenda for the Finance Committee of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board Meeting, the public is invited to attend.

Regular Meeting Agenda
December 17, 2012
9 a.m.
Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board
2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 310, New Orleans, La. 70122

 

I. Call to order

II. Treasurer’s Report through 10/31/2012

III. Fiscal Outlook
       A. Discussion on RFPs

IV. Adjourn

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Agents Cite Seven Men for Deer Hunting Violations

Release Date: 12/13/2012

Dec. 13, 2012 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited seven men for deer hunting violations on Avoca Island in St. Mary Parish on Dec. 8.

Agents cited the following: Linzy Howard III, 44, of Morgan City for hunting deer with an unplugged shotgun and possession of an untagged deer; Ernest Singleton, 45, of Morgan City, for hunting deer with an unplugged shotgun; Joshua Williams, 25, of Morgan City, for failing to comply with deer tagging regulations; Derwin Hebert, 38, of Morgan City, for hunting deer with an unplugged gun; Arik Louviere, 17, of Morgan City, for possession of untagged deer and over the limit of deer; Johnathan Francis, 59, of Morgan City, for hunting deer with an unplugged shotgun; and Rodney Singleton, 39, of Houma, for hunting deer with an unplugged shotgun and possession of untagged deer.

Agents observed a large group of men hunting and approached them to conduct a license and compliance check.  Upon checking the men, agents found that only one of the deer in the men's possession was tagged and that deer was tagged improperly.  Agents also learned that five of the shotguns were unplugged and that Louviere had killed two antlerless deer putting him one over the legal limit in a day.

Agents seized and donated a total of four deer to charity.  Restitution on the four deer that were seized may be assessed at $1624.61 per deer.

Hunting deer with an unplugged shotgun, possession of an untagged deer and possessing over the limit of deer carries a fine from $250 to $500 and up to 90 days in jail for each offense.  Failing to comply with deer tagging regulations carries a fine from $100 to $350 and up to 60 days in jail.

Agents involved in the case are Senior Agents Scott Dupre and Jake Darden.

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

Fall Shrimp Season To Close In Large Portion of Inshore Waters

Release Date: 12/12/2012

Fall Shrimp Closure - Large Portion of Inshore Waters

December 12, 2012– Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham announced today that the fall shrimp season will close in a majority of state inside waters on Tuesday, December 18, at sunset except for inside waters located east of the Mississippi River and in a portion of the Terrebonne Basin.

Shrimping will remain open in the following areas of inshore waters ONLY:

·         State inside waters east of the Mississippi River from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line southward to the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River

·         The portion of state inside waters within the Terrebonne Basin south of 29 degrees 13 minutes 00 seconds north latitude from 90 degrees 18 minutes 00 seconds west longitude westward to 90 degrees 34 minutes 00 seconds west longitude, and those inside waters south of 29 degrees 06 minutes 00 seconds north latitude from 90 degrees 34 minutes 00 seconds west longitude westward to 90 degrees 46 minutes 00 seconds west longitude

Shrimping will remain open in the following areas of outside waters ONLY:

·         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 Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the Channel red buoy line westward to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal at 92 degrees 18 minutes 33 seconds west longitude which will close to shrimping on Monday, January 7, 2013 at sunset.

·         All state outside waters east of the northwest shore of Caillou Boca as well as state outside waters west of Freshwater Bayou Canal and fishery jurisdiction waters claimed by the state beyond the three nautical mile closure zone

This closure date coincides with the December 18 closure of a portion of state outside waters approved earlier this month by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. These closures historically take place at this time of year when the temporary exemption from the white shrimp minimum possession size of 100 count per pound expires.

Current sampling conducted by the Department indicates that average white shrimp size in the areas to be closed is smaller than 100 count per pound. This action protects these small white shrimp and provides increased opportunity for growth to larger, more valuable sizes.

Shrimp are the state’s most valuable fishery, and Louisiana continues to lead all states in shrimp landings.  In 2011, approximately 5,900 licensed Louisiana commercial shrimpers landed 92 million pounds of shrimp (all species combined/heads-on weight) that had a dockside value of $130 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/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, contact Martin Bourgeois (985) 594-4130 mbourgeois@wlf.la.gov.  For press inquiries please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov.

Three Cameron Parish Men Sentenced in Federal Court for Illegal Shrimping

Release Date: 12/12/2012

Three Cameron Parish men were sentenced in Federal Court on Dec. 4 for their roles in illegal shrimping on the Cameron Parish National Wildlife Refuge (NWR).

Judge Kathleen Kay for the Western District of Louisiana in Lake Charles sentenced Anthony G. Theriot, 37, Philip Lejeune, 50, and Jerimie M. Pugh, 37, all from Cameron, to $6,730 in fines and restitution and 30 days in jail for each defendant.

On Sept. 6, 2012, Theriot, Lejeune and Pugh pleaded guilty for commercial operation on an NWR, fishing on an NWR after sunset and taking over the limit of shrimp.  Judge Kay ordered a presentence investigation on the three defendants at this time.

On May 29, 2012, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents observed the three subjects place a shrimp trawl over the boat bay opening at the Grand Bayou water control structure on the Cameron Prairie NWR.  With the aid of a night vision, agents were able to observe and record the subjects tend and remove shrimp from the trawl.

The three subjects were subsequently apprehended and booked into the Cameron Parish Jail.  Agents seized the subject’s vessel, a 36 foot shrimp trawl and 631 pounds of shrimp.

Each defendant was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine plus a $70 special assessment for commercial operation on an NWR and for fishing on an NWR after sunset.  The men were also assessed $13,980 in restitution for the shrimp, which makes each defendant responsible for $4,660.

Each defendant was also placed on probation for five years in which they will not be allowed on any NWR.  Each defendant was ordered to serve 60 days in jail in which 30 days was suspended.  The defendants were taken into custody in the courtroom to begin serving their jail sentences.

Agents participating in the case were Sgts. David Sanford and Stuart Guillory, Senior Agent Carl Pickett, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Refuge Officer Dave Panas.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Myers P. Namie.

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

Louisiana Saltwater Series Announces 2013 Schedule

Release Date: 12/11/2012

 

Dec. 11, 2012 -The Louisiana Saltwater Series Redfish Series will commence its 2013 season at The Dock/Dockside Bait and Tackle in Slidell and will visit seven different marinas across Louisiana’s coast to create a true test of the best and the most exciting season yet.  The coming year marks the fourth anniversary of the LASS redfish trail.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, tournament host, will be commemorating the milestone with new prizes and partnerships, including a weigh-in hosted by Marsh and Bayou Magazine at the Northshore Boat-N-Fishing Show.

“Every angler who participates is not only signing up for a day of competition and entertainment, but they’re making their mark in fisheries research,” explained LDWF Assistant Secretary Randy Pausina.  “Our tournament is one of the only in existence that offers this unique opportunity to give back to the resource.”

Last year, 1,002 redfish were tagged and released, eclipsing the 2010 and 2011 combined total of 978 redfish tagged and released. 

The 2013 LASS Redfish Series dates are as follows:

     March 2 Slidell, The Dock/Dockside Bait and Tackle;

     April 20 Lake Charles, Calcasieu Point Landing;

     May 4 Lafitte, SeaWay Marina;

     June 8 Port Fourchon, Port Fourchon Marina;

     June 29 Delacroix, Sweetwater Marina;

     August 10 Delta Marina, Empire; and

     Championship October 4 and 5 Venice, Venice Marina.

All information related to rules and registration will soon be available at www.lasaltwaterseries.com.  For more information on the series contact Ashley Wethey at 225-765-2396 or awethey@wlf.la.gov.

Hunters for the Hungry Provides Opportunity to Help Those Less Fortunate

Release Date: 12/11/2012

Dec. 11, 2012  -- If you are an outdoorsman or woman experiencing success during this hunting season, you have an opportunity to pass on some of that bounty to hungry families around the state.  The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is encouraging hunters to donate harvested game, specifically deer and hogs, to Hunters for the Hungry (HFH).

“The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries recognizes that fostering such a program for donation and economic processing of surplus game meat advances objectives of the North American model of Conservation by helping maintain a strong base of hunters for game harvesting management and facilitating effective hunter compliance with existing regulation that prohibits the wasting of edible portions of game,” said Jimmy Anthony, LDWF’s assistant secretary for the Office of Wildlife.

HFH has enlisted the support of game processors around the state who will accept and process your game at no cost to you or the families who will benefit.  You as a donor only need to bring in your harvested deer or hog to a participating processor, field-dressed in advance, and they handle the rest. You can elect to keep the backstrap and tenderloin, and donate the rest of the edible meat. There is no cost to you even if you select this option.

"We are excited and proud of the generous support LDWF is providing this very worthy program,” said Richard Campbell, head of the statewide HFH network. “With their cooperation, we hope to cover the entire state, thereby sharing the bounty of our natural resources with those less fortunate."

For a complete list of participating processors, go to www.hunters4hungrylouisiana.org.

If you own a wild game processing business and want to become part of this program, contact an LDWF Private Lands biologist at any of these Wildlife Division field offices,Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except holidays:

Monroe  ph. 318-343-4044

Minden  ph. 318-371-3050

Pineville  ph. 318-487-5885

Lake Charles  ph. 337-491-2575

Hammond  ph. 985-543-4777

Opelousas  ph. 337-948-0255

Baton Rouge  ph. 225-765-2346

Hunters for the Hungry began in 1994 when a group of Baton Rouge area hunters gathered in an effort to support the needy in the Greater Baton Rouge area. The HFH concept became part of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank’s Lagniappe du Coeur (Extra from the Heart) program that is Louisiana’s first prepared and perishable food rescue program. HFH today supports the Food Bank through a “Clean Out Your Freezer Day” in September and the “Freshly-Harvested Game Program” that runs throughout the hunting season.

LDWF is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources.  For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

 

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LDWF Advises Hunters to Call Field Offices When Problems Encountered with Deer Tag Validation Process

Release Date: 12/10/2012

Dec. 10, 2012 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is advising hunters to call a local LDWF field office when problems are encountered with the phone-in, deer tag validation process.

Some hunters have experienced difficulty with the voice recognition system linked to the toll-free phone number 866-484-4805 that collects information on harvested deer and validates the individual’s deer tag, the final step in reporting harvest data to LDWF.

Wildlife Division staff at field offices around the state will accept and record tag validation information (date and parish of harvest) from hunters to complete the process as needed.  Hunters having difficulty are encouraged to call the field offices during normal work hours for personal assistance with validating their harvest.  LDWF field offices are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except holidays, in the following locations:

Monroe ph. 318-343-4044

Minden ph. 318-371-3050

Pineville ph. 318-487-5885

Lake Charles ph. 337-491-2575

Hammond ph. 985-543-4777

Opelousas ph. 337-948-0255

Baton Rouge ph. 225-765-2346

Deer hunters have seven days to validate each tag used for a deer harvested this season. Hunters also have the option to validate their deer tags seven days a week, any time of the day, on-line via www.la.wildlifelicense.com.

LDWF is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources.  For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

 

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