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Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board Meeting Cancelled

Release Date: 11/07/2013

The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 10:30am at the LDWF offices inside the University of New Orleans (UNO) Advanced Technology Building located at 2021 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans, LA in the second floor conference room has been CANCELLED.  As of now a reschedule date has not been set.  Notice of the new meeting date will be published as soon as a date is chosen.
 
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.
 
For more information, contact Ty Lindsey at 225-765-2387 or tlindsey@wlf.la.gov
 
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LWFC Adds Seven Bucks-Only Still Hunt Days to Kisatchie National Forest Hunting Season

Release Date: 11/07/2013

Nov. 7, 2013 -- The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission today added seven days in designated areas within Kisatchie National Forest (KNF) for bucks-only still hunting with firearms, during the 2013-14 deer season. The dates include Nov. 22 through 28, 2013, providing additional bucks only hunting opportunity during the Thanksgiving week holiday period.
 
The still hunt, bucks only, modern-firearms areas within KNF include Catahoula (Grant and Rapides parishes), Winn (Winn, Grant & Natchitoches parishes), Kisatchie Ranger Districts (Natchitoches Parish), Evangeline Unit of the Calcasieu Ranger District (Rapides Parish), and the Vernon Unit of the Calcasieu Ranger District (Vernon Parish, excluding Fort Polk/Vernon WMA). Previously approved and announced dates in these areas include Nov. 2-21, Nov. 30 - Dec. 1 and Dec. 14-29. These dates have not changed.
 
The on-line version of the 2013-14 Louisiana Hunting Regulations pamphlet has been updated to reflect these changes on page 83. To view the full document, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/regulations .
 
The U.S. Forest Service requested the additional week of Nov. 22-28 be included in this year’s season dates for deer hunting to provide additional hunting opportunities during the Thanksgiving week holidays.
 
The action was taken by Declaration of Emergency since the Commission’s season date rule has already been submitted to the legislative leadership and the Louisiana Register, and insufficient time remained to make these changes via standard rulemaking prior to the opening dates of these seasons.
 
The action was taken in accordance with the emergency provisions of La. R.S. 49953 of the Administrative Procedure Act, and under the authority of La. R.S. 56:115 and 116, the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.
 
For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or 318-487-5885, or via email at ssmith@wlf.la.gov .
 

 

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LWFC Adds 17 Bucks-Only Still Hunt Days to Deer Area 7 Hunting Season

Release Date: 11/07/2013

Nov. 7, 2013 -- The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission today added 17 days in Deer Area 7 for bucks-only still hunting with firearms, during the 2013-14 Area 7 deer season. The dates include Nov. 9-15 and Nov. 18-28, 2013, providing additional bucks only hunting opportunities in the area.
 
The still hunt-only season dates for Area 7 deer hunting, with firearms, as originally approved, include: Oct.19-20 (Either-sex); Oct. 21-Nov. 1 (Bucks Only); Nov.16-17 (Either-sex) and Nov.  29-Dec. 1 (Either-sex). These dates have not changed.
 
The on-line version of the 2013-14 Louisiana Hunting Regulations pamphlet has been updated to reflect these changes on page 12. To view the full document, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/regulations .
 
During the season setting process, it was the intent of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) to include the dates of Nov. 9-15 and Nov. 18-28 in the bucks only segment of this season.    However, these dates were mistakenly left out of the 2013 Notice of Intent.  In order to remain consistent with past season lengths and to provide intended additional hunting opportunities during the month of November, LDWF proposed and the Commission approved adding the dates of Nov. 9-15 and Nov. 18-28 in this year’s season dates for deer hunting, with firearms, bucks only, still hunt only in Area 7.
 
Deer Area 7 includes that portion of Iberia Parish south of LA 14 and west of US 90 and all of St. Mary Parish except that portion north of US 90 from Iberia Parish line eastward to Wax Lake Outlet, east of Wax Lake Outlet southward to Intracoastal Waterway, north of Intracoastal Waterway eastward to the Atchafalaya River, east of the Atchafalaya River southward to Bayou Shaffer, north of Bayou Shaffer to Bateman Lake, north and west of Bayou Chene from Bateman Lake to Lake Palourde.
 
The action was taken by Declaration of Emergency since the Commission’s season date rule has already been submitted to the legislative leadership and the Louisiana Register, and insufficient time remained to make these changes via standard rulemaking prior to the opening dates of these seasons.
 
The action was taken in accordance with the emergency provisions of La. R.S. 49953 of the Administrative Procedure Act, and under the authority of La. R.S. 56:115 and 116, the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.
 
For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or 318-487-5885 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov .
 

 

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Tony Bernard Wins 2014 Louisiana Duck Stamp Competition

Release Date: 11/07/2013

Tony Bernard Wins 2014 Louisiana Duck Stamp Competition

Nov. 7, 2013 – Tony Bernard of Lafayette, La., captured first place in the 2014 Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp competition sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF). The contest determines the image to be used on what is commonly known as the Louisiana Duck Stamp.

Bernard, who also won the 2007 stamp competition, beat out 20 other competitors and was recognized at the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission’s Nov. 7 meeting as the 2014 winner.  Guy Crittenden of Richmond, Va., who has won the Virginia State Duck Stamp contest three times since 2005 and placed second in last year’s contest, placed second again. John Harris of Groveland, Fla., who was won the Florida State Duck Stamp contest three times and placed second in the 1998 Federal Duck Stamp Contest, took third place.  Last year, Ron Louque of Charlottesville, Va., won the Louisiana contest.

Tony Bernard was born and raised in Lafayette where as a high school junior he recognized his raw artistic talent.  With no professional training, he has built a career in the art world that includes commissions to produce original art for local and regional festivals, professional athletic teams, NASCAR and SEC sporting events.  In 2008, Tony was commissioned to paint the official portrait of Governor Bobby Jindal that now hangs in the Governor’s Mansion in Baton Rouge.

"Again this year, the department was impressed with the number of high quality entries," said LDWF Waterfowl Study Leader Larry Reynolds. "Bernard’s painting combined a spectacular depiction of a pair of white-fronted geese, the most targeted species for goose hunters in Louisiana and a highly desirable prize  among waterfowl hunters everywhere, with a background of marsh and leaden sky that makes you feel optimistic about the upcoming hunt."

For the fifth consecutive year, LDWF held an open contest that allowed the artist to choose any migratory waterfowl species known to winter in Louisiana other than northern pintails, wood ducks, American wigeon and mallards, which were featured on the 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 duck stamps respectively.

The Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp program was established in 1988 by the Louisiana Legislature to generate revenue for conservation and enhancement of state wetlands and other worthy programs that benefit Louisiana’s ducks and geese.  This program has generated over $11 million for wetland conservation in Louisiana since 1989, with over $270,000 from last year’s stamp sales alone.

The 2014 stamp, featuring Bernard’s work, is expected to go on sale June 1, 2014.  The artist will retain the original artwork and will have reproduction rights to the image for prints and other commodities after LDWF has used the image to produce the stamps.

Judges for the competition were Dr. Headley Adelmann, Fred Roetker, John Robinette, Randy Caminita and Stephen Gauthier.  Dr. Adelmann is a retired biology professor at Southeast Louisiana University and artist from Hammond who has both competed in and judged our contest in the past; Roetker is a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service waterfowl biologist and survey pilot from Lafayette; Robinette is an artist and retired LDWF wildlife biologist from Lake Charles; Caminita is a professional wildlife artist from St. Tammany who has also competed in this contest many times; and Gauthier is a residential contractor for Ron Gauthier Homes in Lafayette and is the State Chairman for Ducks Unlimited.

For more information, contact Larry Reynolds at lreynolds@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-0456.

 

 

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Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

Release Date: 11/07/2013

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

Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 1 p.m.

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

AGENDA

I.  Roll Call and  introduction of guests

II.  Approval of  Agenda and September 17, 2013  MINUTES

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   - (Sammy Martin)

           C.  Legislative - (Jakov Jurisic)

           D.  Research – (John Supan)

           E.  Coastal Restoration – (Dan Coulon)

           F.  Marketing – (Ashley Roth)

           G.  Health – (Tenney Sibley)

           H. Sustainability-(LDWF)

V.  Old Business

          A.  ISSC Conference/Proposals

          B.  Let the World Be Your Oyster/LA Alive Washington D.C.

          C.  Oyster Tag color on trip tickets

          D.  VMS Update- Jason Froeba, LDWF

          E.  Oyster Reef Educational Tour report- John Tesvich  

          F.   BP Oil Spill Remediation

               1.  Claims Process

               2.  Public Reef Remediation

               3.  Oyster Lease Remediation    

VI.  New Business

       A.  Go To Meeting- LDWF

       B.  Alternative Oyster Culture- John Supan

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.

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

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Herbicide Application Conducted on Sherburne Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 11/06/2013

Helicopter prepares to spray herbicide at Sherburne WMA on Oct. 24, 2013.
Herbicide distributed by helicopter at Sherburne WMA on Oct. 24, 2013.
Results of herbicide application at Sherburne WMA as of Oct. 31, 2013.

Nov. 6, 2013 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Wildlife Division recently treated over 700 acres of undesirable wetland vegetation on Sherburne Wildlife Management Area.  The treatments will improve waterfowl habitat and hunter access.  Treatments included herbicide application by ground, boat, fixed-wing, and rotary application, biological control with salvinia weevils, extended drawdowns, prescribed fire, and mechanical manipulation.

Approximately 250 acres of invasive floating vegetation in the Des Ourses Swamp were treated.  “The Swamp is a very popular public duck hunting destination, and the expansion of invasive floating vegetation has nearly eliminated open water available to ducks and duck hunters,” said Tony Vidrine, LDWF area supervisor.

The remainder of the treatments occurred on Sherburne’s North and South Farms, which are very popular lottery waterfowl hunting areas.  Cutgrass, water hyacinth, buttonwood, and willow trees were greatly reducing the availability of preferred waterfowl forage producing plants.

Department biologists and partners from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began experimental herbicide trials last summer under the guidance of Dr. Christopher Mudge, research biologist with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center.  Results of these trials led to the selection of a combination of herbicides that had not been used on a large scale.  Valent U.S.A. Corporation graciously donated a portion of the herbicide.

“Early indications of an effective kill look promising,” said Paul Link, North American Waterfowl Management Plan Coordinator.

The Department wants to remind the public of LDWF standard procedure that restricts the use of herbicides only to those certified as safe by the EPA.  When applied properly, these herbicides are not harmful to fish and other aquatic organisms. 

Sherburne WMA, located in the Morganza Floodway system of the Atchafalaya Basin, is situated in the lower and upper portions of Pointe Coupee, St. Martin, and Iberville parishes respectively, between the Atchafalaya River and the East Protection Guide Levee. The WMA is accessible from US Hwy. 190 and I-10.   

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/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, contact Paul Link at plink@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2358.

 

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Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet

Release Date: 11/06/2013

The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board will meet on Tuesday, November 12, 2013. The meeting will convene at 10:30 a.m. in Suite 210 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 September 17, 2013 Meeting
  3. Hearing of Deferred New Permit Appeals
    1. Marty Melerine
  4. Hearing of New Renewal Permit Appeals
    1. Raymond Green
  5. Update on Recommendation Made at September 17, 2013 Meeting
  6. Receive Public Comments
  7. Set next meeting date
  8. Adjournment

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

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.

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Agenda for Commission Meeting

Release Date: 11/05/2013

he next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, November 7, 2013, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA

The following items will be discussed:

  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of Minutes of October 3, 2013
  3. Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege
  4. To Hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports October
  5. To Establish the Bussey Brake Tract as the Bussey Brake Wildlife Management Area  
  6. Presentation on Wildlife Management Area Program         
  7. To Consider Declaration of Emergency to Open Deer Season on Kisatchie National Forest during the Period November 22-28, 2013
  8. To Consider Declaration of Emergency for Additional Buck Season Dates in Deer Area 7
  9. To Consider Declaration of Emergency for Fisheries Closures due to the BP Oil Spill
  10. Presentation of the Louisiana Duck Stamp Contest Winner              
  11. Set March 2014 Meeting Date
  12. Receive Public Comments
  13.  Adjournment

 

 

 

 

 

 

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Southeast Region Honors LDWF Office of Wildlife for Waterfowl Conservation Efforts

Release Date: 11/01/2013

USFWS Regional Director Cindy Dohner presents LDWF Waterfowl Study Leader Larry Reynolds the Director’s Conservation Award.

Nov 1, 2013 -- Some of the Southeast’s finest conservationists, academics, and partners in wildlife conservation were recognized Oct. 30 at a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Director’s Honor Awards ceremony in Atlanta.
 
Among those receiving awards was Larry Reynolds, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) waterfowl study leader, for directing wood duck banding efforts in the state.
 
“Recognizing the excellence of partners, volunteers, and employees is one way we can say thank you to those who practice what we like to call ‘Southern-style conservation’,” USFWS Regional Director Cindy Dohner said. “Every day, they demonstrate their long-term commitment to working together to sustain fish and wildlife for future generations. We are indebted to them.”
 
Under Reynolds’ leadership, LDWF’s Wildlife Division successfully captured and banded 2,176 wood ducks during the 2011 pre-season banding period. This number was more than four times the agency’s annual banding quota of 500 wood ducks, and represents the highest number of the species banded by any southeastern state during the same period.  “This is recognition of the Wildlife Division’s efforts, not just one individual,” Reynolds said. “Paul Link, the North American Waterfowl Management Plan coordinator, and all of our participating staff deserves the credit for capturing and banding all those wood ducks.”
 
During the past decade or more, LDWF has consistently strived to meet its banding goals, and has banded well over 10,000 wood ducks since 2004. Because wood ducks are primarily found in forested wetlands, traditional waterfowl survey methods do not work. Therefore, Mississippi Flyway-wide partnership banding programs, such as those carried out in Louisiana, are critical to providing the information required to support wood duck population management.
 
In all, 32 individuals and teams were recognized for their extraordinary efforts in the service of conservation. To read more about their accomplishments, please visit http://www.fws.gov/southeast/.
 
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.  For more information on their work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit  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 bboehriner@wlf.la.gov; or Stacy Shelton at 404-679-7290 or Stacy_Shelton@fws.gov.
 

 

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LDWF Reminds Waterfowl Hunters to Be Alert for Whooping Cranes

Release Date: 11/01/2013

Nov. 1, 2013 -- As young waterfowl hunters prepare for the Nov. 2-3 Youth Waterfowl Weekend in the state’s coastal zone, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is reminding all waterfowl hunters to be alert for whooping cranes in marshes and fields that contain legally hunted game birds.
 
LDWF’s whooping crane reintroduction program has released cranes into the wild from White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area each year since 2011. The birds have dispersed over time to locations that include east Texas, but there are whooping cranes situated in Acadia, Avoyelles, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis, Rapides and Vermilion parishes.
 
Anyone encountering whooping cranes in the wild is advised to observe them from a distance and minimize any disturbance. Hunters are cautioned to positively identify their targets as game birds before shooting.  Although whooping cranes in Louisiana are considered an “experimental, non-essential population” under the Endangered Species Act, they are still protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and cannot be pursued, harassed, captured or killed.
 
Waterfowl hunters should be accustomed to seeing large-bodied, white birds with black wing-tips, such as white ibis, white pelicans, and wood storks, which must be distinguished from the legally-hunted snow geese.  Whooping cranes are equally identifiable as they stand an impressive 5 feet tall and have a wingspan of 7-8 feet. Easily identifiable characteristics of whooping cranes in flight include fully extended neck and legs, and black wing tips. Photos of the cranes and similar species can be seen on the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/document/whooping-crane-identification-fact-sheet or in the 2013-14 Louisiana Hunting Regulations pamphlet between pages 30 and 31.
 
Hunters are encouraged to report whooping crane sightings to assist the department in tracking their movements. Location information can be reported to the White Lake WCA office at 337-536-9400, ext. 4 or szimorski@wlf.la.gov .
 
LDWF also asks experienced hunters to take the time in the field to educate young hunters and improve their target identification skills to distinguish game birds from non-game birds.  A whooping crane sighting can add to the outdoor experience for outdoorsmen and women of all ages and hunter vigilance can assist the department’s efforts to restore this unique species in southwestern Louisiana.
 
Anyone witnessing whooping cranes being pursued, harassed, captured or killed is urged to call the LDWF Enforcement Division’s Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 to report what they’ve seen.
 
For more information, contact Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov .
 

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