QUALITY DEER MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION PRESENT L.D.W.F. ENFORCEMENT AGENTS WITH GPS SYSTEMS

Release Date: 02/27/2006

The north Louisiana branch of the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) purchased additional GPS units for Enforcement Division agents from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for use in future search and rescue operations.  QDMA presented 11 GPS units to the agents at the Region II Headquarters in Monroe on Feb. 20.


QDMA is a non-profit wildlife conservation organization dedicated to ensuring a sustainable future for white-tailed deer hunting.  QDMA also promotes deer herd management practices that contribute to high-quality deer hunting opportunities for sportsmen young and old.


Agents who were instrumental in search and rescue efforts during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita received Garmin E-trex units.  The global positioning aids use satellite reception to indicate the exact longitude/latitude of the unit.  They are rugged, waterproof and highly portable.  Units will benefit agents daily in local search and rescue operations as well as officer safety and cases made near state-line boundaries.


Ray Owens, secretary of the north Louisiana branch of QDMA made the presentation.  Others present were QDMA board members Scott Irby, M.D., Claude Hilton, Michael O'Neal, and Jay Ernst.


EDITORS: For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at klacaze@wlf.louisiana.gov or 225-765 2469.