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June 6 Closure of Sherburne Wildlife Management Area Postponed, LDWF Announces

Release Date: 06/04/2019

June 4, 2019 – The Thursday (June 6) closure of Sherburne Wildlife Management Area (WMA) by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has been postponed. The WMA will remain open until the Morganza Spillway is opened by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is tentatively scheduled for Sunday (June 9).
 
Sherburne WMA will remain closed during the closure until further notice. The WMA will be reopened once flood water has receded, necessary repairs have been made and the area is deemed safe for public use.
 
Sherburne WMA is located in Pointe Coupee, St. Martin and Iberville parishes and within the Morganza Floodway system of the Atchafalaya Basin between the Atchafalaya River and the East Protection Guide Levee.
 
For more information, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2763 or contact Tony Vidrine, tvidrine@wlf.la.gov 337-735-8682 or Steven David, sdavid@wlf.la.gov at 337-735-8683.
 

LDWF Accepting Bids for Alligator Hunting on WMAs, Refuges and USACE Properties for 2019-2021 Harvest Seasons until June 21

Release Date: 06/03/2019

June 3, 2019 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is still accepting bids for alligator hunting on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) properties and state wildlife refuges for the 2019-2021 alligator harvest seasons. Applications will be accepted until bid opening at 10 a.m. on June 21 at the LDWF Lafayette Field Office, 200 Dulles Drive, Lafayette, LA 70506.
 
Eligible alligator hunters are chosen through a bid system every three years on selected WMA/Refuge/USACE properties.
 
Bids for alligator hunting will be solicited for the following WMA/Refuge/USACE properties: Grassy Lake, Spring Bayou, and Pomme de Terre (Avoyelles Parish), Attakapas (Iberia, St. Martin and St. Mary parishes), Sherburne - USACE lands (Iberville, Pointe Coupee and St. Martin parishes), Dewey W. Wills (La Salle and Catahoula parishes), Manchac (St. John Parish), Pearl River - North of Interstate 10,  Pearl River - Between Interstate 10 and U.S. Hwy 90 and Pearl River - South of U.S. Hwy 90 (St. Tammany Parish), Joyce (Tangipahoa and Livingston parishes), Maurepas Swamp (St. John, St. James, Ascension, Livingston and St. Charles parishes), Indian Bayou - USACE property (St. Landry and St. Martin parishes), Atchafalaya Delta (St. Mary Parish), Pointe-aux-Chenes (Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes), Salvador (St. Charles Parish), Pass-a-Loutre (Plaquemines Parish) and St. Tammany Refuge (St. Tammany Parish).
 
A total of 33 alligator hunting opportunities are available for bid. The number of alligator tags that will be issued varies depending on the area awarded. For specific details on the number of alligator hunter opportunities and tags available by area, please see the bid application notification. 
 
Interested participants may review and print out the bid application notification and form from LDWF’s website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife/alligator-hunting or request by phone at the phone numbers below or request in writing from Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Attn: Leslie Campbell, 2019-2021 WMA Alligator Harvest Bids, P.O. Box 62250, Lafayette, LA  70596.
 
 
Applicants must meet the following criteria in order to submit a bid:
1)    Must be a Louisiana resident at least 18 years of age.
2)    Must have previous alligator hunting experience in Louisiana.
3)    Must be able to provide essential equipment for alligator hunting on the WMA/Refuge/USACE property on which they are bidding.
4)    Must be able to report to the WMA/Refuge/USACE property each morning until alligator tag quota is completed.
5)    Must follow specific instructions issued by LDWF personnel.
6)    Must maintain required records.
7)    Must be able to successfully pass a criminal background check. All applicants will be screened for past wildlife and criminal violations. Applicants with felony convictions, that pled guilty to a felony or that have pled guilty, paid a fine for, negotiated/agreed to a pretrial intervention (PTI)/diversion for or been convicted of Class Two or above wildlife, WMA/Refuge/USACE or littering violations within the last five years, as determined by the LDWF enforcement division, shall be disqualified.
 
For more information, please call the appropriate LDWF office (Lafayette 337-735-8667, Pineville 318-487-5885, Hammond 985-543-4777, or send e-mail to LAalligatorprogram@wlf.la.gov.
 

Federal Funding Available to Accommodate Transient Boaters in Louisiana

Release Date: 06/03/2019

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is now accepting applications for the Sport Fish Restoration Boating Infrastructure Grant Program (BIG Program).  The United States Fish and Wildlife Service designed this grant program to provide mooring accommodations for transient recreational boaters (i.e., boaters traveling to a single facility for day use or staying at a single facility for up to 15 days) with vessels greater than 26 feet in length. 

There are two levels of available funding - Tier I with a maximum of $200,000 and Tier II with a maximum of $1.5 million dollars. Tier II grant applications are nationally competitive.  Both funding opportunities have a minimum non-federal match requirement of 25 percent of the total project cost to be provided by the applicant. All project elements must be designed to accommodate recreational transient boaters.  More information on the BIG Program can be found here.

Applications for the BIG Program must be received by LDWF before August 5, 2019, to be considered for the current funding cycle. 

For questions or to request an application, please contact Melissa Longman at mlongman@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2343. 

 

Take Part in Free Fishing Weekend on Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9

Release Date: 06/03/2019

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries invites you to take part in its annual Free Fishing Weekend on Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9. Louisiana’s Free Fishing Weekend is an opportunity for Louisiana residents and visitors alike to fish Louisiana waters without an otherwise required fishing license. 
  
“This weekend we encourage all of our residents to grab a pole, get outside and enjoy our beautiful Sportsman’s Paradise,” said Secretary Jack Montoucet. “Whether your interest is saltwater or fresh, Louisiana offers some of the best and most diverse fishing opportunities in the world, and we welcome you to become part of the long-standing tradition of Louisiana fishing.”

 

While a fishing license is not required, all fishing regulations, including size, season, catch limits and gear restrictions will remain in effect. 

 

Also, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is offering a unique, incentive-based fishing experience with its Get Out and Fish! Weekend Derby. Any tagged catfish landed on June 8 through 9 at a Get Out & Fish! site is eligible for a prize sponsored by Berkley and Louisiana Fish Fry.  Tagged channel catfish will be stocked at 10 LDWF Get Out and Fish! ponds across Louisiana. For more information about the event including directions, reporting instructions, and derby rules, click here.
  
With the exception of free fishing weekend, anglers 16 and older must possess a Louisiana fishing license when fishing in any Louisiana public waters. Louisianans who decide to continue fishing the remainder of the year are invited to purchase a state fishing license at https://la-web.s3licensing.com
  
By purchasing a fishing license, you also help provide funding for public fishing and boating access, fishing programs and education and fisheries management through the Sport Fish Restoration Fund.

B-roll and photography can be found at: https://ldwf.canto.com/v/GenericFamilyFishingImages/

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.

 

Take Part in Free Fishing Weekend on Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9

Release Date: 06/03/2019

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries invites you to take part in its annual Free Fishing Weekend on Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9. Louisiana’s Free Fishing Weekend is an opportunity for Louisiana residents and visitors alike to fish Louisiana waters without an otherwise required fishing license. 
  
“This weekend we encourage all of our residents to grab a pole, get outside and enjoy our beautiful Sportsman’s Paradise,” said Secretary Jack Montoucet. “Whether your interest is saltwater or fresh, Louisiana offers some of the best and most diverse fishing opportunities in the world, and we welcome you to become part of the long-standing tradition of Louisiana fishing.”

 

While a fishing license is not required, all fishing regulations, including size, season, catch limits and gear restrictions will remain in effect. 

 

Also, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is offering a unique, incentive-based fishing experience with its Get Out and Fish! Weekend Derby. Any tagged catfish landed on June 8 through 9 at a Get Out & Fish! site is eligible for a prize sponsored by Berkley and Louisiana Fish Fry.  Tagged channel catfish will be stocked at 10 LDWF Get Out and Fish! ponds across Louisiana. For more information about the event including directions, reporting instructions, and derby rules, click here.
  
With the exception of free fishing weekend, anglers 16 and older must possess a Louisiana fishing license when fishing in any Louisiana public waters. Louisianans who decide to continue fishing the remainder of the year are invited to purchase a state fishing license at https://la-web.s3licensing.com
  
By purchasing a fishing license, you also help provide funding for public fishing and boating access, fishing programs and education and fisheries management through the Sport Fish Restoration Fund.

B-roll and photography can be found at: https://ldwf.canto.com/v/GenericFamilyFishingImages/

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.

 

LDWF Schedules Drawdown for Kepler Lake

Release Date: 06/03/2019

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in conjunction with the Kepler Creek Recreation and Water Conservation District, will conduct a drawdown on Kepler Lake in Bienville Parish on August 5, 2019.

The drawdown will help control aquatic vegetation, provide an opportunity for shoreline property maintenance and improve aquatic habitats within the lake.

The water level will be lowered at a rate of 4 to 6 inches per day until it reaches a target drawdown level of 8 feet below normal pool stage. The control gates will close on November 29, 2019, to allow the lake to refill for winter and early spring recreational activities.

The current LDWF Kepler Lake Management Plan is available here.

For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Jeff Sibley, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jsibley@wlf.la.gov or (318) 371-3066. 

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

LDWF Agents Investigating Fatal Boating Incident in Tangipahoa Parish

Release Date: 06/02/2019

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents are investigating a fatal boating incident that occurred in Tangipahoa Parish on June 1.

The body of Freddie Richardson, 51, of Baton Rouge, was recovered from the Tickfaw River around 6 p.m.

According to the operator, Richardson was a passenger in a 19-foot fiberglass boat when they went over a wake causing their vessel to violently turn to the right.  Richardson was ejected into the water without wearing a personal flotation device.

His body was turned over to the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office to determine an official cause of death.  LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this fatal boating incident.

LDWF, the Tangipahoa Sheriff’s Office, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the Livingston Parish Fire Department participated in the search.

Louisiana Crab Task Force to Meet June 4

Release Date: 05/31/2019

Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting

Pete Gerica, Chairman

Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 1:00p.m.

St. Bernard Port Harbor and Terminal

100 Port Blvd.

Chalmette, LA 70043

AGENDA

 

I. Pledge of Allegiance

II. Roll Call and Introduction of Guests

III. Approval of March 25, 2019 Minutes and June 4, 2019 Agenda

IV. Financial Report

V. New Business

A. To Receive an Update on the 2019 Blue Crab Stock Assessment- LDWF

B. To Receive an Update on the 2019 Derelict Crab Trap Clean Up Results and the Proposed 2020 Derelict Crab Trap Closure Areas- LDWF

C. To Discuss the Current Issues Facing the Commercial Crabbing Industry as a Result of the Spillway Openings- CTF

D. To Discuss Crab Task Force Membership and Vacancies- CTF

E. To Hear an Update on the 2019 Legislative Session- CTF

VI. Public Comment

VII. Set Next Meeting

VIII. 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/1402463764273793293

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.

To sign up for LDWF commercial fishing alerts sent as text messages or as emails, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.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.

Greater White-Fronted Goose Journey From Gulf Coast to Arctic Provides Invaluable Data to LDWF Biologists

Release Date: 05/31/2019

Yellow line denotes goose's journey from Gulf Coast to Alaska's Arctic North Slope.

May 31, 2019 - That waterfowl migrate north in the spring is certainly no revelation.  But researching the migration patterns of geese and ducks is paramount for biologists to gain a better understanding of these species.
 
A female greater white-fronted goose, also known as a spec or speckle belly, tagged in southwest Louisiana by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) biologists in November of 2018 helped open the window into the incredible journey the birds make.
 
The goose trekked more than 5,470 miles over the course of eight weeks on her spring migration, starting near the Texas-Mexico border to Alaska’s Arctic North Slope region, said biologist Paul Link, LDWF’s North American Waterfowl Management Plan Coordinator.
 
“And that doesn’t account for all the daily foraging flights she made,’’ said Link, who captured and tagged the bird on Nov. 22, 2018.  “It’s crazy to think she racked up more than 11,000 miles on her annual migration. Amazing birds. Amazing technology unlocking their mysteries.’’
 
The tagged goose is part of an LDWF study in which the primary goal is to determine use of habitats by white-fronts in Louisiana then look at status and trends of those habitats over time. Link started the project in 2015 and is collaborating with other scientists to assess other aspects of the data.
 
White-fronts making this migration is nothing new. Band recovery data has documented this for decades and LDWF radio-marked birds have selected this area in previous years. What makes this individual bird’s trip so impressive is that it was tracked in near real time.
 
New cell towers being constructed in Arctic villages and research stations enabled two data transmissions on this bird’s spring migration. Normally that data wouldn’t be retrieved until the bird initiated fall migration and hit cell service somewhere in Prairie Canada.
 
The transmitters gather more data than just a spot on a map.
 
“The data these transmitters collect is just phenomenal,’’ Link said. “They collect everything from the air temperature and the percentage of cloud cover to the barometric pressure from the nearest weather station as well as accelerometer (how fast the bird flies) data. During flight we know she is heading 283 degrees at 117 kilometers per hour and is 2,083 meters in altitude. All that information can be pieced together to determine their energetic demands, or how much fuel they need to make those big moves.’’
 
She flew 636 miles non-stop to the Isabel, Kansas area on her first migration leg.  She then flew 415 miles on another leg and 325 miles to Peace River area in Alberta, Canada.
 
On May 4, she made a 770-mile non-stop flight from the Peace River to a frozen mountain lake 75 miles northeast of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. The very next day she flew 1,038 miles to the Bering Land Bridge National Preserve off Alaska’s Bering Sea.
 
“That’s roughly the distance between Baton Rouge and Minneapolis,’’ Link said. “That is some rugged country without any food along the way. Everything is still frozen solid and snow covered up there right now.’’
 
The reason they want to get back so quickly is to secure prime Arctic breeding spots in the summer, Link said.
 
Finally, she flew another 360 miles coming close to Russia during the flight and to her last known location on Alaska’s North Slope.
 
“They’re an interesting species because they arrive down here (Louisiana Gulf Coast) really early,’’ Link said.  “Most white-fronts don’t wait to get pushed down here by weather like some other waterfowl species. They depart the north when there is a lot of open water and food. Conversely, in the spring they’re chasing the ice line trying to go back north. They’re trying to be the first one back to the Arctic, gambling on their fitness and when Arctic ice-out will occur.’’
 
Link said there is an advantage to the birds getting to the region early so they can defend their preferred spot.
 
“These birds have a nest bowl on the edge of a wetland,’’ Link said. “The male will chase other geese away from their chosen piece of real estate. Goslings are going to be flightless for 4-5 weeks after they hatch. They select nest sites where they can walk the young to prime grazing areas. If they don’t get a good spot, they may have a farther walk to get the goslings to a safe place.’’
 
The birds Link has captured span the entirety of the breeding range of white-fronts from east to west.
 
“It’s an enormous area spanning 2,300 miles from eastern Nunavut (in northern Canada) to the North Slope of Alaska,’’ Link said. “I capture the birds as independently as possible during the fall and winter and they branch out and go their own way. It’s great to see that we’re getting birds from the entirety of their range, not just a couple of breeding colonies. We’re learning but still have a lot of work to do.”
 
The tagged goose, which was harvested by a subsistence hunter on May 15 near the small Inuit village of Point Lay, made some long single-day flights as well, according to the data gathered.
 
Link, who was able to retrieve the transmitter from the goose, said the data gathered from the study, which will continue for at least two more years, has been invaluable.
 
For more information on the project and to learn how you can help, go to http://www.lawff.org/geese or contact Link at plink@wlf.la.gov.
 

Sherburne WMA Shooting Range Will Now Close on June 5 Due to Opening of Morganza Spillway

Release Date: 05/31/2019

May 31, 2019 – The Sherburne Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Shooting Range will close Wednesday (June 5) at sunset until further notice in anticipation of the opening of the Morganza Spillway on Thursday (June 6), the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced.
 
The previous planned closure on May 31 has been rescinded due to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers delayed opening of the spillway. The range will remain closed until waters recede from the area and necessary repairs made.
 
The range is located at 1132 Sherburne Road in Lottie, three miles south of U.S. Highway 190 on Louisiana Highway 975. For more information, call 337-566-2251.
 

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