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Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Workshop Registration to Begin Jan. 11

Release Date: 01/09/2019

Jan. 9, 2019 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will sponsor its 31st Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshop on March 22-24, 2019, at Camp Grant Walker in Pollock. It’s an opportunity for women throughout Louisiana and neighboring states to attend an educational hands-on outdoor skills workshop.
 
If you are a woman 18 or older and you enjoy the outdoors, you will love this three-day skill’s workshop.
 
Registration opens Friday (Jan. 11, 2019). Anyone interested is urged to register as soon as possible beginning Jan. 11. The $200 fee (check or money order only) includes instruction for four selected classes, program materials, use of demonstration equipment, lodging, meals and a T-shirt.
 
Participants will enroll in four classes from a selection of more than 30 topics. These subjects include bucks and does, shotgun, rifle, handguns, fly-fishing, kayaking, camping, archery, fishing, boating/trailering, compass skills, outdoor photography, camp cooking and more. Expert instructors donate their time and skills in classes taught in and around the nearby streams, lakes, wooded ridges and forest trails of beautiful Louisiana.
 
Natural resource scientist Christine Thomas of the University of Wisconsin founded the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program.  She completed a survey in 1991 entitled ‘Barriers to Women Participating in Hunting and Fishing.’ It documented that the most obvious problem was lack of instruction and encouragement.
 
To receive a registration form, download and print from our web page at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/becoming-outdoors-woman . The forms will not be available until Friday (Jan. 11, 2019). They must be returned by mail to the address on the form. Hand delivered forms will not be accepted. Please read the registration process and the course descriptions prior to filling out the form. Registration will be taken until the workshop is full. All forms received after the workshop is full will be placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations.
 
For more information contact Dana Norsworthy in Monroe at dnorsworthy@wlf.la.gov, 318-345-3912, Chad Moore in Minden at cmoore@wlf.la.gov, 318-230-4352 or Karen Crabtree at kcrabtree@wlf.la.gov 318-719-4571.
 
Join the fun and be one of those 125 women in the woods. Register for the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop and become skilled in something that you always dreamed about doing. Look us up on Facebook at, BOW Louisiana Style.
 

LDWF Closes Shop Road at Russell Sage WMA Due to Flooding

Release Date: 01/09/2019

Jan. 9, 2019 - Shop Road on Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area (WMA) has been closed due to flooding, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced. This closure will extend from Highway 15 to the camping area.
 
Both Pintail Ally and the bean field areas will be inaccessible to vehicle traffic with the closure in effect.
 
Increasing water levels in Bayou Lafourche Canal have created backwater flooding on the road. This closure is deemed necessary to ensure safety and prevent road damage. Once the water recedes, LDWF will inspect, repair and reopen the road when deemed safe for travel.
 
Russell Sage WMA consists of 38,213 acres in Ouachita Parish and is located about seven miles east of Monroe and 10 miles west of Rayville. For more information, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2777 .
 
For more information, contact Mitch McGee at 318-343-4044 or mmcgee@wlf.la.gov .
 

Al Sunseri, Bill Hogan Elected as Chair, Vice-Chair of Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission

Release Date: 01/08/2019

Al Sunseri, LWFC Chairman
Bill Hogan, LWFC Vice Chairman

Jan. 8, 2019 – Al Sunseri of New Orleans was elected chair of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) and Bill Hogan of Ruston vice-chair during the Commission’s January meeting Tuesday (Jan. 8) in Baton Rouge. The two Commissioners will serve in those positions through 2019.
 
Sunseri, who served as vice chair the previous year, is a lifelong Louisiana resident and is the owner and general manager of New Orleans’ P&J Oyster Co. He was a founding member of the Gulf Oyster Industry Council. In addition to serving on several boards, Sunseri has helped draft state laws and regulations relating to the oyster industry and coastal restoration. 
 
Hogan is a longtime Louisiana resident and president and CEO of Ruston Bank. He was born in Nashville, Tenn., grew up in Fort Smith, Ark., and graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in finance. A member of Ducks Unlimited for 29 years, Hogan has served as state chairman of DU and is a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation.
 

Louisiana Feral Hog Management Advisory Task Force January Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 01/07/2019

Louisiana Feral Hog Management Advisory Task Force
Meeting Agenda
9 am     
10 January 2019
Joe Herring Room
LDWF HQ, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
 
 
I.          Call to Order
 
II.        Roll Call
 
III.       Announcements and Introductions
 
IV.       Approval of meeting minutes – 11 October 2018
 
V.        Old Business
           
            A. Update on items addressed at 11 Oct meeting – Kim Marie Tolson
                        1. USDA testing on warfarin/Kaput®
                        2. Farm Bill
 
            B. Website update – Kim Marie Tolson
           
VI.       New Business
 
            A. LDAF report on transport authorizations and holding facilities – LDAF representative
 
            B. LDWF report on non-target species access to bait in feeder trials – Dr. Jeff Duguay
 
            C. LDWF data on hog trapping on WMAs – Dr. Jim LaCour
 
            D. Annual Report – due 1 February 2019
 
            E. Meeting dates for 2019 proposed:  11 April, 11 July, 10 October
 
            F. Other
 
VII.     Public Comments
 
VIII.    Announcement of next meeting date
 
IX.       Adjournment
 
A live audio/video stream of this meeting will be available via Gotowebinar.com. To attend a live broadcast of the meeting, please register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8582887118380359171 .
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar.
 

Oyster Task Force Marketing Committee to Meet January 9, 10:00 a.m.

Release Date: 01/07/2019

Oyster Task Force Marketing Committee

Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 10:00 A.M.

UNO CERM Building

2045 Lakeshore Drive, RM 216

New Orleans, LA 70122

 

AGENDA

I.             Call to Order

II.            Pledge of Allegiance

III.           Discussion of the Oyster Industry Marketing Plan- OTF

IV.          Public Comment

V.            Set next meeting

VI.          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/4719434155792265219

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.la.gov. To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup. For press inquiries please contact Rene LeBreton, 504-286-8745 or rlebreton@wlf.la.go

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to rlebreton@wlf.la.gov at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.

 

 

Oyster Task Force to meet January 9

Release Date: 01/07/2019

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

John Tesvich, Chairman

Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 1 p.m.

UNO CERM Building

2045 Lakeshore Dr., RM 216

New Orleans, LA 70122

 

I.             Pledge of Allegiance

II.            Roll call and introduction of guests

III.           Approval of November 27, 2018 Minutes and January 9, 2019 Agenda

IV.          Treasury Report

A.      LOTF Financial Report & Oyster Tag Sales

V.            Committee Reports

A.            Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee  (Mitch Jurisich)

B.            Enforcement (Major Edward Skena)

C.            Legislative (Jakov Jurisic)

D.            Research (Earl Melancon)

E.            Coastal Restoration (Dan Coulon)

F.            Marketing (LDWF)

G.           Health (Justin Gremillion)

H.            Professionalism (LDWF)

I.             Aquaculture (Steve Pollock)

J.             Joint Task Force Working Group (Mitch Jurisich)

VI.          New Business

A.            Update on the Coastal Fisheries Industry Adaptation Workgroup (CFIAW)- Dr. Robert Twilley, Louisiana Sea Grant

B.            To Hear an Update on the Commercial Licensing Restructure- OTF

C.            To Consider Funding for the 2019 Oyster Industry Convention- OTF

D.            To Consider Funding for the 2019 Oyster Task Force D.C. Trip- OTF

E.            Officer Elections- OTF

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/2952981864353303298

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.la.gov. To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.For press inquiries please contact Rene LeBreton, 504-286-8745 or rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to rlebreton@wlf.la.gov at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.

Main Road at Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area Closed Due to Flooding

Release Date: 01/04/2019

Jan. 4, 2019 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has closed the main road at Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area (WMA) from Millhaven exit to Ruby Road due to interior road flooding. 
 
Increasing water levels in Bayou Lafourche Canal have created backwater flooding on the road. This closure is deemed necessary to ensure safety and prevent road damage. Once the water recedes, LDWF will inspect, repair and reopen the road when deemed safe for travel.
 
Russell Sage WMA consists of 38,213 acres in Ouachita Parish and is located about seven miles east of Monroe and 10 miles west of Rayville. For more information, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2777 .

 
For more information, contact Mitch McGee at 318-343-4044 or mmcgee@wlf.la.gov .
 

Road Closures Set for Some Dewey W. Wills WMA Roads Due to Flooding

Release Date: 01/03/2019

Jan. 3, 2019 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has closed Sandy Bayou Road and Muddy Bayou Road at Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area (WMA) due to interior road flooding. 
 
In addition, the portion of Hunt Road south of the diversion canal will be closed to all traffic once the water level on Larto Lake reaches 45 mean sea level (msl), which is expected Monday (Jan. 7).  The public can monitor the Larto Lake gauge at http://rivergages.mvr.usace.army.mil/WaterControl/new/layout.cfm  by selecting the Vicksburg District and the Ouachita River Basin.
 
Increasing water levels in the Mississippi, Black and associated river systems will create backwater flooding on these roads. Road closures are implemented in the interest of public safety. Once the water recedes and conditions allow, the roads will be reopened.
 
Those using Dewey W. Wills WMA will be permitted to access these roads with ATV/UTVs.
  
Dewey W. Wills WMA is located in the southern portion of LaSalle and Catahoula parishes in central Louisiana approximately 20 miles northeast of Alexandria. For more information on the WMA, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2753 .
 
For more information, contact Cliff Dailey at 318-487-5885 or adailey@wlf.la.gov .
 
 

January 2019 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 01/03/2019

The next regular Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.
 
The following items will be discussed:
1. Call to Order
 
2. Pledge of Allegiance
 
3. Roll Call
 
4. Adoption of December 3, 2018 Commission Meeting Minutes
 
5. Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege
 
6. Enforcement Report, December 2018 – Major Edward Skena, Enforcement Division
 
7. Receive Summary Report on Registration and Numbering of Houseboats and Consider Final Promulgation – Cole Garrett, General Counsel
 
8. Receive and Consider a Notice of Intent on Dredge Fill Material Program – Kyle Balkum, Biologist Director
 
9. Consider Notice of Intent for Rule Changes in Wild Quadrupeds and Wild Bird Rules and Regulations, including Cervid Carcass Importation Ban Rules and Regulations, General and Wildlife Management Area Hunting Rules and Regulations, General and WMA Turkey Hunting Regulations, Along with Resident Game Hunting Season Date Adjustments for 2019-2020 and 2020-2021, and Migratory Bird Season Adjustments for 2019-2020 – Tommy Tuma, Director, Habitat Stewardship Branch Director
 
10. Receive and Consider a Notice of Intent to Modify Oyster Leasing Policies and Procedures and Establish Procedures to Lift the Oyster Lease Moratorium – Cole Garrett, General Counsel
 
11. Receive and Consider a Notice of Intent to Un-Designate Certain Water Bottoms East of the Mississippi River as Public Oyster Seed Grounds – Patrick Banks, Assistant Secretary
 
12. Receive a Report on the 2018-2019 Calcasieu Lake Oyster Season – George Melancon, Fisheries Biologist
 
13. Election of Chairman and Vice-Chairman
 
14. Set May 2019 Commission Meeting Date
 
15. Receive Public Comments
 
16. Adjournment
 
A live audio/video stream of this meeting will be available via Gotowebinar.com. To attend a live broadcast of the January 2019 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting, please register at: 
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/994540549073128962
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
 
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.la.gov. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all
reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign
language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to rlebreton@wlf.la.gov at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date. 
 

LDWF Announces Road and ATV Trail Closures in Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 01/03/2019

Jan. 3, 2019 – Several roads have been closed due to flooding at Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area (WMA), including Catfish Bayou Road, Blount Road, Dobbs Bay Road, Union Point Road, Lincecum Road, Blackhawk Road and Blackhawk Boat Launch.
 
In addition, several ATV trails have been closed, including Jacks Bayou Trail, Blackhawk Trail, Dobbs Bay Trail, Catfish Bayou Trail,  Twin Lakes Trail, Red Shirt Trail, Icebox Trail, Everett Lake Trail, Patton Lake Drain Trail, Chaney Lake Trail and the Catfish Bayou and Patton Lake Handicap Trails.
 
These closures are deemed necessary to ensure safety and prevent road damage. Once the water recedes, LDWF will inspect, repair and reopen those thoroughfares when deemed safe for travel. 
 
Richard K. Yancey WMA is located approximately 35 miles south of Ferriday on Louisiana Highway 15 in lower Concordia Parish.
 
For information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/36994 or contact Tony Vidrine at 337-735-8682 or tvidrine@wlf.la.gov or Steven David at 337-735-8683 or sdavid@wlf.la.gov .
 

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