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2015 Archery in Louisiana Schools State Tournament Set for March 7

Release Date: 02/24/2015

2015 Archery in Louisiana Schools State Tournament Set for March 7
2015 Archery in Louisiana Schools State Tournament Set for March 7
2015 Archery in Louisiana Schools State Tournament Set for March 7

Feb. 24, 2015 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Archery in Louisiana Schools Program (ALAS), a member of the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP), will host the 2015 ALAS State Tournament on Saturday, March 7 in Alexandria.
 
The event is open to the public and will be held at the LSU AgCenter Storm Shelter, 8125 Hwy. 71. Admission is $3 for adults, and anyone 18 years of age and under is admitted free. The first flight of competitors will begin at 8 a.m. and the last flight will begin at 5:20 p.m. An awards ceremony will be held following the final flight at approximately 6:45 p.m.
 
LDWF needs volunteers to assist with the tournament as lane officials. Anyone 18 years of age and over can volunteer and volunteers receive a state tournament t-shirt and lunch on the day of the competition. Those interested in volunteering are asked to call 318-484-2276 or send an email to rstroede@wlf.la.gov.
 
Eight hundred of the top student archers in Louisiana will compete for the opportunity to qualify for the NASP National Tournament, as well as the opportunity to win individual and team awards. The state tournament qualifiers were among over 1,000 students who competed at this year’s two ALAS Regional Qualifying Tournaments.
 
Archers at the state tournament compete for the top spots in each school level from elementary through high school.  Trophies, prize bows and scholarships are also awarded.  This year, thanks to sponsors including the Central Louisiana Quality Deer Management Association, the Louisiana Archery and Sports Center, and the National Archery in the Schools Program, $7,500.00 in scholarships will be presented.
 
This year’s tournament will include the new NASP/IBO 3-D challenge where students will be able to try their hand at shooting 3-D animal targets with the same NASP equipment that they use to compete in the bull’s eye competition.  LDWF will have their mobile aquarium on site and the Treehouse Museum of Alexandria will be hosting their annual Kite Day on the grounds as well.  There will be exhibitors and vendors on site throughout the day providing food and beverages.
 
A special thank you to all sponsors of this year’s ALAS State Tournament including:  Central Louisiana Quality Deer Management Association, NASP, Louisiana Archery and Sports Center, Louisiana Branch of the National Wild Turkey Federation, GAEDA, Louisiana National Guard, Alexandria Pineville Visitors and Convention Bureau, Outlaws BBQ, H & E Equipment, Y-Not Stop, Morrell Targets, Cenla Signs, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the LSU AgCenter.
 
ALAS is a part of the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) that is designed to introduce students in grades 4-12 to international target style archery. As the name states, the program is designed to be taught as part of the in-school curriculum. Most commonly the program is integrated into the schools PE program and is taught within the school’s gymnasium. Once exposed to the program many schools develop after school programs and archery clubs. Students at schools that teach the ALAS curriculum are then eligible to compete in state, national, and even world tournaments.
 
The sport of archery is a great way to get students involved in not only a lifelong sport, but also in their school and into the outdoors. ALAS strives to inspire confidence through the focus and discipline that the sport of archery requires. The results speak for themselves. Nationwide over 13 million students have participated in the National Archery in the Schools program in its first 13 years. Just last year over 2.3 million students participated in NASP, more than participated in Little League.
 
For more information regarding the ALAS program: visit our Facebook page at ALAS-Archery in Louisiana Schools or contact program coordinator Robert Stroede at 318-484-2276 or rstroede@wlf.la.gov .

*Photos: ALAS Regional Qualifying Tournament photos provided by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

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Father and Son Cited For Harvesting Polluted Oysters

Release Date: 02/23/2015

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agent cited a father and son near Pointe-aux-Chenes in Terrebonne Parish for alleged oyster violations on Feb. 20.

After receiving a complaint, Sgt. Bryan Marie observed Kenneth J. Naquin Jr., 28, of Montegut, and Kenneth J. Naquin Sr., 55, of Chauvin, harvesting oysters from an unapproved area.

Sgt. Marie seized and returned five sacks of oysters to the water.  He also seized the dredge and vessel.

Taking oysters from an unapproved area brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail and forfeiture of anything seized in connection with the violation.  The father and son could also have their oyster harvesting licenses suspended for a year and serve 40 hours community service.

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

L.D.W.F. Public Meeting in Woodworth Cancelled Due to Inclement Weather

Release Date: 02/23/2015

Feb. 23, 2015 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) public meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. today at the Outdoor Education Center, 661 Robinson Bridge Road in Woodworth has been cancelled due to inclement weather. The Outdoor Education Center is south of Alexandria in Rapides Parish.

The full notices of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulations changes, that were to have been discussed, are available at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items .

Public comment on proposed changes is being accepted at Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission monthly meetings from now through April 2 or may be submitted directly to Steve Smith, LDWF Wildlife Division, PO Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to ssmith@wlf.la.gov . Monthly Commission meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at LDWF headquarters, 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge.

The remaining six public meetings are still scheduled around the state to gather comments on the proposed 2015-17 resident game hunting season dates, wildlife management areas (WMA) general rules and regulation changes, and the 2016 turkey season and turkey hunting areas. The meetings still scheduled include:

Feb. 24 - 6:00 p.m., Ruston Civic Center, 401 North Trenton Street, Ruston

Feb. 24 - 6:30 p.m., LSU Ag Center, 7101 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles

Feb. 24 - 6:30 p.m., Natchitoches Event Center, 750 Second Street, Natchitoches

Feb. 25 - 6:00 p.m., Caldwell Parish Courthouse, 201 Main Street, Columbia

Feb. 25 - 6:00 p.m., Opelousas Civic Center, 1638 Creswell Lane, Opelousas

Feb. 26 - 6:30 p.m., Slidell Municipal Auditorium, 2056 2nd Street, Slidell

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

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AMENDED -Louisiana Oyster Task Force Public/Private Oyster Grounds Committee to Meet

Release Date: 02/20/2015

Amended content in bold.

10 a.m., Tuesday, February 24, 2015

UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210, New Orleans 70122

 

AGENDA

 

I.  Call to Order

II. Continue Discussion of Framework development for potential Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) legislation

III. Public Comment 

IV. 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/680499106166008321

 

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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Louisiana Oyster Task Force Public/Private Oyster Grounds Committee to Meet

Release Date: 02/19/2015

UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210, New Orleans 70122

AGENDA

I.  Call to Order

II. Continue Discussion of Framework development for potential Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) legislation

III. Public Comment

IV. 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/680499106166008321

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

To sign up for LDWF Alerts sent as text messages and emails directly to your mobile device click   here.

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Louisiana Oyster Task Force to Meet February 24, 2015 in New Orleans

Release Date: 02/19/2015

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

John Tesvich, Chairman

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 1 p.m.
UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, suite 210, New Orleans

I.  Roll call and introduction of guests

II.  Approval of January 13 meeting minutes and February 24 agenda

III. Treasury Report

   A.  Oyster Tag Sales

   B.  LOTF Financial Report

IV.  Committee Reports

   A.  Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee (Buddy Pausina)

   B.  Enforcement (Lt. Colonel Sammy Martin)

   C.  Legislative (Jakov Jurisic)

   D.  Research (Patrick Banks)

   E.  Coastal Restoration (Dan Coulon)

   F.  Marketing (Ashley Roth)

   G.  Health (Lance Broussard)

   H.  Sustainability (LDWF)

    I.   Professionalism (LDWF)

V.  Old Business

   A.  Recreational inshore artificial reef plan update- LDWF

   B.  Mini Sack/Half Sack options-LDWF

   C.  In-shell versus meat weight conversion table-LDWF

   D.  VMS Discussion-LDWF

   E.  Trip Ticket and Excise Tax Update

   F.  Consider opening of public seed grounds North of MRGO to Mississippi state line

  G.  Public oyster seed ground damage evaluation board Discussion

VI.  New Business

   A.  Status update of the public oyster grounds-Patrick Banks

   B.  “Oyster Reef for a Cleaner Gulf” video-Al Sunseri

   C.  Seed Ground Vessel  Permit Appeals Board- Sam Slavich

   D.  Tom Soniat- VMS update

   E.  Incidental harvesting of clams- Rusty Gaude

VII.  Public Comment

VIII.  Set Next Meeting

IX.  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.  To listen in to the meeting via webinar register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7242026059784465922

For press inquiries please contact Ashley Roth, 504-286-4162 or aroth@wlf.la.gov

To sign up for LDWF Alerts sent as text messages and emails directly to your mobile device click  here.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us atwww.wlf.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb, or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

 

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L.D.W.F. Public Meetings Begin Feb. 23 to Gather Comments on Proposed Hunting Seasons, W.M.A. Rules and Regulations Changes

Release Date: 02/19/2015

Feb. 19, 2015 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will provide seven public meetings around the state to gather comments on the proposed 2015-17 resident game hunting season dates, wildlife management areas (WMA) general rules and regulation changes, and the 2016 turkey season and turkey hunting areas.

Public comment will be taken on all items currently under consideration as notices of intent by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission through April 2. The meeting dates and locations include:
 
Feb. 23 - 6:00 p.m., LDWF Outdoor Education Center, 661 Robinson Bridge Road, Woodworth
Feb. 24 - 6:00 p.m., Ruston Civic Center, 401 North Trenton Street, Ruston
Feb. 24 - 6:30 p.m., LSU Ag Center, 7101 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles
Feb. 24 - 6:30 p.m., Natchitoches Event Center, 750 Second Street, Natchitoches
Feb. 25 - 6:00 p.m., Caldwell Parish Courthouse, 201 Main Street, Columbia
Feb. 25 - 6:00 p.m., Opelousas Civic Center, 1638 Creswell Lane, Opelousas
Feb. 26 - 6:30 p.m., Slidell Municipal Auditorium, 2056 2nd Street, Slidell

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

Public comment will also be accepted at LWFC monthly meetings from now through April 2 or may be submitted directly to Steve Smith, LDWF Wildlife Division, PO Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to ssmith@wlf.la.gov .

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

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Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet

Release Date: 02/18/2015

The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board will meet on Tuesday, February 24, 2015. The meeting will convene at 9:30 a.m. in second floor conference room of the University of New Orleans’ Advanced Technology Center located at 2021 Lakeshore Drive in New Orleans.  

Agenda items for the meeting of the Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board are as follows:

1.  Roll Call of Board Members

2.  Approval of Minutes from January 13, 2015 Meeting

3.  Hearing of New Renewal Permit Appeals
     a.  Goimir Zupanovic

4.  Update on Recommendation Made at January 13, 2015 Meeting

5.  Receive Public Comments

6.  Set next meeting date

7.  Adjournment

This Board was established by Act 922 of the 2008 Regular Legislative Session for the purpose of hearing appeals of vessel permit denials by LDWF. Act 922 requires that anyone commercially harvesting oysters on the public oyster seed grounds and reservations, except those in Calcasieu Lake and Sabine Lake, must do so from a vessel holding a public oyster seed ground vessel permit issued by LDWF.

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.

For more information, please contact Ty Lindsey at 225-765-2387 or tlindsey@wlf.la.gov

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**Amended**Three Louisiana Men Charged with Night Hunting Violations

Release Date: 02/13/2015

*Amendment of press release in bold

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited three Louisiana men for alleged hunting violations in St. Helena Parish on Feb. 12.

Agents cited Walter Prine, 20, of Denham Springs, Aaron Morris, 20, of Denham Springs, and Stefan Reynolds, 25, of Gonzales, for harvesting deer during a closed season, during illegal hours, from a moving vehicle, from a public road, possession of illegally taken deer and failing to follow deer tagging requirements.

After an investigation, agents learned that the three men were in the Kentwood area of St. Helena Parish between 12 a.m. and 4 a.m. on Feb. 1.  During which time they shot and killed five deer from various roadways.  The deer were then transported to a residence in Ascension Parish.  Agents found that no effort was made to clean or butcher the deer.

Agents seized a 12-gauge shotgun in this case.  Agents had to dispose of the deer since they were not fit for human consumption.

Harvesting a deer during a closed season and taking a deer during illegal hours each brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Possession of an illegally taken deer carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting deer from a moving vehicle and failing to follow deer tagging requirements each brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting from a public road carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

The men could also face civil restitution in excess of $8,000 for the illegally taken deer.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Randy Lanoux, Lt, Will Roberts, Senior Agent Ronnie Robbins and Sgt. Toby Miller.

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

Louisiana Artificial Reef Council Meeting

Release Date: 02/13/2015

The Louisiana Artificial Reef Council will meet on March 10, 2015 at 9 a.m. at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters, 2000 Quail Drive. Baton Rouge. The public is invited to attend.

Agenda

I.  Introduction and Welcome

II.  Approval of Minutes & Agenda                                                 

III.  Reef Program Update- Michael McDonough

   a.  Deepwater Reef focus

IV. Presentation Nearshore Reef Planning Maps

   a.  Approval by Council

V. MC-280 “Lena” Proposal

VI. Public Comments

VII. Other business

VIII. Adjourn

For further information, contact Mike McDonough at 225-763-5418 or mmcdonough@wlf.la.gov. For press inquiries please contact Ashley Roth, 504-286-4162 or aroth@wlf.la.gov To sign up for LDWF Alerts sent as text messages and emails directly to your mobile device click here.

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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