Release Date: 12/08/2009

Hunting for that perfect holiday season gift or stocking stuffer for family or friends can sometimes be a daunting task. For help in tracking down a present for a loved one, please don't forget about your Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) this holiday season.

LDWF offers gifts from the Baton Rouge headquarters Library and online store featuring the Louisiana Conservationist magazine, outdoor books from local authors about building and maintaining deer habitats, cookbooks featuring native Louisiana species and a guide to fishes of the Gulf of Mexico. LDWF also sells identification posters of native Louisiana species such as saltwater and freshwater fish, waterfowl, amphibians and insects. Lastly, LDWF is selling a new larger LDWF insignia buck knife.

To order or view these items, please visit LDWF's online store at or call 225-765-2918. All of these items are also for sale in the Library at the LDWF headquarters located at 2000 Quail Dr. in Baton Rouge.

"Finding the perfect gift for your favorite angler or hunter was never any easier," said Thomas Gresham, assistant director of LDWF's Public Information Office. "We've assembled an assortment of books, maps and gifts to suit any outdoors enthusiast."

Louisiana Conservationist is Louisiana's oldest outdoor magazine published by LDWF, and dedicated to the conservation and restoration of the state's natural resources. The magazine is published four times a year with each issue containing 36 pages of full color photographs and informative articles on fishing, hunting and outdoor activities. The conservationist is available for one year at $12 or two years at 10$ per year.

The Angler's Guide to the Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico by Jerald Horst and Mike Lane with illustrations by Duane Raver is a hardcover book that is a one step reference tool for anglers, fisheries experts, biologists and outdoor writers and sells for $35.

The Louisiana Seafood Bible: Shrimp by Jerald and Glenda Horst is another hardcover book on sale at a $20 introductory price. The book provides shrimp biological facts, the history of the industry and many recipes and tips on how to purchase, cook and store shrimp.

Gulf Coast Favorites by Holly Clegg is from her trim&Terrific line of books with a portion of the books proceeds benefiting the America's Wetland Foundation is selling for $24.95. The book has over 250 recipes featuring healthy and delicious ways to prepare Gulf Coast staples.

Former LDWF Wildlife Administrator Dave Moreland's Checklist of Woody & Herbaceous Deer Food Plants of Louisiana is now on Volume II and for sale at $20. The book includes a habitat checklist to help landowners keep track of the quality and quantity of browse plants, a complete list of all the Louisiana woody and herbaceous plants, pictures and descriptions of the most significant Louisiana woody and herbaceous plants, explanation of browse surveys and how they help monitor deer herd growth and development, and how forage and orchard plantings can improve the deer habitat.

There are seven LDWF posters that feature waterfowl, freshwater, saltwater and offshore fish, snakes, amphibians and turtles. The posters are 17 inches by 22 inches and are $4 apiece if purchased in one or two increments. Three or six posters will cost $3.50 each, and seven or more posters are $3 each. LDWF also has the entire set of seven sold in miniature form at 5 inches by 7 inches on waterproof paper, which makes them perfect for tackle and glove boxes, for $7 per set.

LDWF also has Bats of the Eastern United States and Earth Day posters that feature Louisiana Butterflies, Birds and Wildflowers and Butterflies of Southern Gardens. The bats posters are $2.50 each, and the Earth Day posters are $10 per poster or $32 for each set of four.

The new LDWF Buck pocketknife features the new LDWF logo etched on one side of the brushed 2 5/8 inch stainless steel blade. The LDWF Buck pocketknife comes in handy in the outdoors or for everyday use around the house and can be purchased from LDWF for $18.
For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or