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L.D.W.F. News Release

Facebook User Cited For Over Limit Of Ducks

Release Date: 11/02/2011

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a St. Charles Parish resident on Oct 27 for alleged migratory bird violations as a result of recent postings on his Facebook page.

Brandon Lowry, 19, of Norco, was cited for taking over the daily limit and two-day possession limit of teal.  Agents were informed of a photo taken during open teal season on Lowry’s Facebook profile showcasing 64 blue-winged teal ducks and 12 hunters.  Teal season ran from Sept. 10-25.

Agents then conducted an extensive investigation interviewing all 12 hunters and uncovering additional Facebook postings, which led them to believe that Lowry had shot over his daily and possession limits. 

After further questioning, Lowry admitted to investigators that he shot over the daily limit one day and shot his daily limit two other separate days.  The daily bag limit for teal during the special teal season is four teal per person per day with a two-day possession limit of eight.

The state penalties for migratory bird violations for having over the daily and possession limits are fines between $400 and $950, or up to 120 days in jail, or both plus court cost and forfeiture of anything seized for each offense.

LDWF Agent Jared Taylor was the lead investigative agent.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Environmental Education Commission Meeting Scheduled for Nov. 8

Release Date: 11/02/2011

NOV. 2, 2011– The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission will meet in Baton Rouge on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. in the Louisiana Room at theLouisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters located at 2000 Quail Drive.

         I.  Call to order

        II.  Roll Call/Sign-in

       III.  Minutes from last meeting

       IV.  Financial Report;

        V.  Coordinator’s Report;

       VI.  Old Business

A.     2012 Symposium Committee Reports

1.      Audio Visual

2.      Door Prize/Hospitality

3.      Evaluation

4.      Exhibitor

5.      Finance

6.      Keynote

7.      Financial Assistance

8.      Programs

9.      Public Relations

10.    Registration

   B.    Environmental Literacy Plan

           C.    Art & Language Arts Contest updates

  VII.  New Business

  A.     2012 Grants Program

  B.     LEEC Vote of Officers

  VIII.  Announcements

           2012 Calendars are ready for pickup

  IX.  Next Meeting Dates: March 9, 2012 (at Symposium in Lafayette), May 8, 2012, August 14, 2012

   X.  Adjournment

LDWF Announces Oyster Season Closures in Hackberry Bay, Lake Chien and Lake Felicity Public Seed Grounds

Release Date: 11/01/2011

November 1, 2011 – Today Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Barham signed an order to close oyster harvest season in the public seed grounds of Hackberry Bay, Lake Chien and Lake Felicity, effective this Friday, November 4, at one-half hour past sunset. 

Historically, Hackberry Bay, Lake Chien and Lake Felicity, all yield a smaller oyster crop.  Based on current harvest pressures and the estimated stock sizes, these areas can sustain only a few days of harvest, as a result these closures were made to protect the long-term sustainability of the resource. 

All other details, rules and regulations of the 2011/2012 oyster season as established by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in September remain in effect until further notice.

Visit here for the latest on the 2011/2012 oyster season: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oyster-seasons

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 Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (225) 610-2363.
 

Permitting Details Announced for Deer Hunters on Kisatchie National Forest Dec. 17-25, 2011

Release Date: 11/01/2011

Nov. 1, 2011 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and Kisatchie National Forest (KNF) today announced details for permitting that will be required for all deer hunters on KNF lands within the Catahoula, Winn and Kisatchie Ranger Districts and the Evangeline Unit of the Calcasieu Ranger District from Dec. 17 through 25, 2011.

The no cost permit required during the “with or without dogs” portion of the hunting season is available on the LDWF website. To obtain a permit, go to www.wlf.la.gov and click on the link to the KNF Deer Hunting Permit.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) approved “with or without dogs” dates during a special meeting in August. The special season requiring the KNF Deer Hunting Permit will be bucks only. The permitting process will enable KNF and LDWF to gather information necessary for management of hunting opportunities on KNF lands.

Every deer hunter in Kisatchie National Forest, except on the Caney Ranger District and the Vernon Unit of the Calcasieu Ranger District, during these dates, regardless of age, is required to have this permit.

Deer hunters using dogs must register an identifying mark with LDWF. Each dog must wear a collar providing the owner’s name, address and phone number. To obtain a permit, the hunter must provide their name and address and the identifying mark used on dogs engaged in the hunt.

For more information on all other rules regarding hunting on the KNF, please visit: http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/kisatchie/hunting/index.html.

For more information on how to obtain a KNF Deer Hunting Permit, call the LDWF Pineville Field Office at 318-487-5885 or the LDWF Wildlife Division Baton Rouge office at 225-765-2346.

Livingston Parish Resident Cited for Cruelty to Animals

Release Date: 11/01/2011

 

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent cited a Holden man for cruelty to animals in Livingston Parish on Oct. 28.

Kenneth W. Gordon, 41, was cited for hunting from a moving vehicle, illegal spotlighting from a public road, discharging a firearm from a public road, cruelty to animals and contributing to the delinquency of juveniles.

LDWF Agent Clarence Marques was investigating a night hunting complaint at 10 p.m. on Hwy. 1036 in Livingston Parish when he observed a spotlight coming from the passenger side of a pickup truck.  After stopping the vehicle, Marques noticed two freshly killed cats in the bed of the pickup truck.

Along with Gordon in the pickup truck were two juvenile teenage boys one 14 and the other 15 years old, a .22 caliber rifle and a spotlight.

Hunting from a moving vehicle brings a fine up to $500, or jail time up to 90 days, or both plus court cost.  Illegal spotlighting from a public road carries up to a $175 fine, or up to 30 days in jail or both.  Discharging a firearm from a public road brings a $50 fine or up to 30 days in jail. 

Cruelty to animals brings a fine up to $1000, or up to six months of imprisonment or both.  Contributing to the delinquency of juveniles carries up to a $500 fine, or up to six months of jail or both.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Amended Agenda For Commission Meeting

Release Date: 10/31/2011

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, November 3, 2011, in the Louisiana Room at the Wildlife and Fisheries Building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.

The following items will be discussed:

1.    Roll Call

2.   Approval of Minutes of October 6, 2011

3.  Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

4.  To present Shikar-Safari Club International Award to Sgt. Randy Lanoux

5.  To hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports/October

6.  To hear brief overview on Budget Request

7.  To announce 2012 Duck Stamp Competition Winner

8.  To consider Declaration of Emergency for Atchafalaya Deer Season, Including Changing Primitive Firearms Season on Attakapas Island  WMA from Either-Sex to Bucks Only

9.  To consider Notice of Intent to Establish a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit

10. To consider Notice of Intent to Establish Reporting Requirements for Recreationally Harvested Yellowfin Tuna

11. Set March 2012 Meeting Date

12.  Receive Public Comments

13. Adjournment

 

 

L.D.W.F. Reminds Migratory Bird Hunters of HIP Certification Requirement

Release Date: 10/27/2011

Oct. 27, 2011-- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) reminds all migratory bird hunters that state and federal regulations require them to be Harvest Information Program (HIP) certified.

If you hunt ducks, coots, geese, brant, swans, doves, band-tailed pigeons, woodcock, rails, snipe, sandhill cranes or gallinules, you are required to participate in the HIP Program in each state that you hunt.

Hunters obtain their HIP certification when purchasing a hunting license by informing the sales agent that they hunt migratory birds and want to be HIP certified.  There is no cost or test for HIP certification.  Hunters of all ages, even hunters who have a lifetime hunting license, must obtain HIP certification and that can be done anywhere hunting licenses are sold.

Data gathered from HIP participants provides state wildlife managers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) a more accurate method of estimating the number of migratory birds harvested annually in each state.  The information is used by biologists to justify season lengths, bag limits and population monitoring.

For more information, contact Jeff Duguay at 225-765-2353 or jduguay@wlf.la.gov .

 

Hunting Basics Workshop Attracts Outdoors Women

Release Date: 10/27/2011

Hunting Basics Workshop Attracts Outdoors Women
Hunting Basics Workshop Attracts Outdoors Women
Hunting Basics Workshop Attracts Outdoors Women
Hunting Basics Workshop Attracts Outdoors Women

Oct. 27, 2011-- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), in conjunction with Cabela’s, held a second Women’s Weekend Workshop on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge.

Twenty four participants spent a full day learning “Hunting Basics” from LDWF  Education Section staff members and Hunter Education volunteer instructors.

The eight-hour workshop focused on safe hunting and firearm skills, game basics, scouting/blood trailing, rifle and shotgun shooting techniques, archery and tree stand safety demonstrations.  Each activity offered hands-on practice time for every participant.  At the conclusion of the workshop, each participant received complimentary outdoor items from Cabela’s and the opportunity to taste different wild game dishes.

Through private partnerships, LDWF has arranged hunts later in the 2011-12 hunting season for each participant to hunt and test their skills.  The program goals include developing outdoors skills and attracting and retaining new hunters.

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 on future workshops, call Gene Cavalier at 985-882-9159 or gcavalier@wlf.la.gov .

 

Agenda For Commission Meeting

Release Date: 10/27/2011

 

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, November 3, 2011, in the Louisiana Room at the Wildlife and Fisheries Building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.

The following items will be discussed:

1.   Roll Call

2.   Approval of Minutes of October 6, 2011

3.   Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

4.   To present Shikar-Safari Club International Award to Sgt. Randy Lanoux

5.   To hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports/October

6.   To announce 2012 Duck Stamp Competition Winner

7.   To consider Declaration of Emergency for Atchafalaya Deer Season, Including Changing Primitive Firearms Season on Attakapas Island WMA from Either-Sex to Bucks Only

8.   To consider Notice of Intent to Establish a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit

9.   To consider Notice of Intent to Establish Reporting Requirements for Recreationally Harvested Yellowfin Tuna

10. Set March 2012 Meeting Date

11.  Receive Public Comments

12.  Adjournment

Seventy Eight Fish Tagged at Louisiana Saltwater Series Inaugurual Speckled Trout Tournament

Release Date: 10/26/2011

 (Oct. 25 2011)– Despite what Mother Nature had planned, last weekend’s inaugural Louisiana Saltwater Series Fall Trout Tournament on Lake Pontchartrain was a huge success.    Although high winds and the threat of bad weather kept overall turnout numbers lower than average, a remarkable 78 fish were tagged and released back into the wild.  

The tournament, hosted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, allows teams to bring extra fish to the weigh-in, thus increasing the total number of tagged fish.  Since its inception in 2004, over 38,000 speckled trout have been tagged through Louisiana’s Cooperative Marine Sport Fish Tagging Program.  The program has been a cooperative project of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Coastal Conservation Association for seven years.  However, tagging data on the species dates back to 1989. 

Taking home the tournament’s top prize were Kris Robert and Benny Sanchez, with a two fish total weight of 5.64 pounds.

The Louisiana Saltwater Series will take the winter off before gearing up again in April of next year.  The 2012 tournament schedule will be published later this year at www.lasaltwaterseries.com.  

Sponsorships for the 2012 series are still available.  The Louisiana Saltwater Series is 100 percent payout series, and all sponsorship dollars will directly support the series and the conservation based research it promotes.

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/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov (225) 765-5113.

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