LDWF News Release

L.D.W.F. Closes Portion of Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge Due to Litter Problem

Release Date: 07/12/2011


July 12, 2011 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has closed a portion of Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge (SWR) due to litter problems created by recreational fishermen.

The water management control structure known locally as Mud Hole, in that portion of Rockefeller SWR within Cameron Parish, will be closed to the public until further notice.

Refuge regulations prohibit littering, which includes not returning bycatch of recreational cast-netting to the water. Public use of the site has led to an accumulation of bycatch fish (mostly menhaden) that has created unsanitary conditions and litter along the banks of a water control structure accessible only by boat.

The unsanitary conditions caused by decaying fish prompted the precautionary closure. Refuge staff and Enforcement Division staff closed the structure July 11 to begin debris and litter removal left by structure users.  This area of the refuge will remain closed until further notice to insure the area is once again safe for public use.

Refuge users are reminded that it is against refuge regulations to litter, including not returning by-catch to the water. Violators can receive a citation for failure to comply.  To report littering on Rockefeller SWR or any LDWF property, individuals are encouraged to report violators to Operation Game Thief at 1-800-442-2511.

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.

For more information, call Rockefeller SWR Refuge at 337-491-2593.

Safe Boating Students Have Chance To Enter LSU Ticket Giveaway

Release Date: 07/12/2011


The Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association (LWAA) has purchased two Louisiana State University (LSU) football season tickets that will be raffled to students that attend selected safe boating classes.

The LWAA will randomly select six students who attend a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) safe boating course between July 13 and August 27.  Each of the six students selected will receive two tickets to one of LSU's home games this fall.

"This donation from the agents association was very generous and will help spur interest in our safe boating classes.  Anytime we can offer an incentive for people to take this very valuable class is a bonus as boating safety education is proven to save lives on the water," said LDWF Sec. Robert Barham.

Louisiana boaters born after Jan. 1, 1984 must complete a LDWF approved boating education course and carry proof of completion to operate a motorboat in excess of 10 horsepower.  LDWF initiated the state's boating education program in 2003 and has certified over 40,000 boaters during that time.

Studies have shown that states with a mandatory boating education program have fewer boating incidents that result in fatalities than states that have no boating education program.  States with a boating education program for more than 20 years had 3.67 fatalities per 100,000 registered boats, and states with no boating education program had 6.61 fatalities per 100,000 boats.

"Not only will the student get their official safe boating certificate from the department, but they get the chance to see our LSU Tigers play in Tiger Stadium.  These tickets are very valuable as LSU is in a great position to make runs at both the SEC and National Championship and have Florida, Arkansas and the defending national champion in Auburn coming to Baton Rouge," said Barham.

For more information on the safe boating course, please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating.

LWAA is a non-profit corporation that fosters, protects and promotes the welfare and interest of all classified commissioned LDWF enforcement agents, active or retired.  For more information and donation opportunities for the LWAA, please visit www.lwaa.org.

LWAA supports and provides funding for the following: Fallen Officers of the LDWF Enforcement Division, Louisiana Law Enforcement Fallen Officers Fund, Louisiana Special Olympics Program, hunting and boating Safety, National Hunting and Fishing Day, Children's Hospital, American Heart Association, St. Jude's Hospital, Louisiana Lions Camp For Crippled Children, Muscular Dystrophy Association, American Cancer Society, Toys to Recovery, Louis Infant Crisis Center, Becoming an Outdoor Woman, Operation Game Thief and Camp Quality.

The following are the eligible LDWF safe boating classes for the LSU football ticket raffle:

Minden: July 13-14 (5 p.m. to 9 p.m. both nights) 318-371-3049

Opelousas: July 16 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m) 337-948-0259

Lake Charles: July 16 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) 337-491-2580

Abbeville: July 17 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) 337-491-2580

Rhinehart: July 23 (class starts at 9 a.m.) 318-487-5634

Covington: July 23 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) 225-765-2999

Henderson: July 23 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) 337-948-0259

Destrehan: July 23 (9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) 504-284-2023

Marksville: July 27-28 (6 p.m. to 9 p.m. both nights) 318-487-5634

Crowley: July 30 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) 337-491-2580

Gonzales: July 30 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) 225-765-2999

Metairie: July 30 (9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) 504-284-2023

Abbeville: Aug. 3 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) 337-491-2580

Vacherie: Aug. 6 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) 225-562-2572

Ville Platte: Aug. 6 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) 337-948-0259

Opelousas: Aug. 13 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) 337-948-0259

Houma: Aug. 13 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) 985-447-0821

Monroe: Aug. 13 (9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) 318-343-2417

Metairie: Aug. 13 (9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) 504-284-2023

Ferriday: Aug. 20 (class starts at 9 a.m.) 318-487-5634

Pierre Part: Aug. 20 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) 985-447-0821

Lake Charles: Aug. 20 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) 337-491-2580

Destrehan: Aug. 20 (9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) 504-284-2023

Alexandria: Aug. 24-25 (6 p.m. to 9 p.m. both nights) 318-487-5634

Minden: Aug. 27 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) 318-371-3049

New Iberia: Aug. 27 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) 337-948-0259

Convington: Aug. 27 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) 225-765-2999

Gonzales: Aug. 27 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) 225-765-2999

Please call the number listed for the classes to register.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2465.

Gov. Jindal Unveils “Louisiana Plan” For Restoring Damaged Coastal Areas, Fisheries & Oyster Seed Grounds From Oil Spill

Release Date: 07/11/2011

July 11, 2011 – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal unveiled the “Louisiana Plan” to start restoring the state’s coastal areas, fisheries and oyster seed grounds from the devastating impact of the BP oil spill. The state will be submitting a list of projects to BP, the Department of Interior and NOAA, and the funding will come from a $1 billion agreement announced in April 2011 for early restoration of damaged natural resources resulting from the oil spill.
The “Louisiana Plan” of early restoration projects totals around $530 million. The state expects to receive a large portion of the $1 billion in early restoration funds because Louisiana sustained the brunt of oil spill damage along the Gulf.
The departments of the Interior and Commerce and BP announced a $1 billion agreement for early restoration of damaged natural resources resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill earlier this year.  The $1 billion agreement includes:

  •  $500 million split equally among the five Gulf states ($100M each)
  •  $200 million split equally among the Department of the Interior (DoI) and NOAA
  • $300 million to be allocated by DoI and NOAA to states for early restoration projects

The Jindal administration first made a request for early restoration funding in July of 2010, rather than waiting for 10 years or more during legal negotiations, and pushed for a down payment from BP to begin restoring the natural resources injured by the BP oil spill. This early restoration funding – which comes from the responsible parties and includes no taxpayer money – must be used to offset natural resource injuries to wildlife or the coast, or the lose use of natural resources.
Governor Jindal said, “We are working aggressively to get our fishermen and our coastal communities back on their feet following the catastrophic BP oil spill last year. We fought hard to cut the red tape and get BP’s commitment to fund early restoration work so we would not have to wait 10 or more years before damage payments were made to Gulf states. We were pleased BP finally announced a commitment of $1 billion for early Gulf Coast recovery projects just a few months ago. This ‘Louisiana Plan’ we are announcing today will jumpstart work on critical restoration projects including the placement of fish hatcheries, oyster re-seeding and coastal restoration work all along our coast.
“Our plan includes projects totaling more than $500 million because we expect to receive a major portion of the $500 million out of the $1 billion in early restoration funding that has not already been allocated to the states, due to the fact that our coast endured the brunt of the oil spill disaster. Parts of our shoreline are still oiled today and it is critical for this work to begin immediately so we can start to reverse the damage done to our natural resources even while we continue to hold BP accountable. Yet again, we are here to say that we cannot afford to wait. We are taking action.”
LDWF Secretary Robert Barham said, “It is crucial that we begin large-scale early restoration work as soon as possible. The state trustees have worked diligently to identify a list of essential projects that will help us begin the process of rebuilding and restoring our coastal resources and Louisiana fisheries. While we won’t know the full impact of the spill for years to come, we can prepare ourselves for what may happen. The Louisiana Marine Fisheries Science and Research Center, and the Oyster Re-establishment Program are two tangible ways to both restore resources now -- planting cultch for oyster re-establishment and building the facilities that will be necessary to help restore any damaged fisheries. We cannot wait any longer. I fully support Governor Jindal's efforts to have the NRDA trustee council approve these projects so we may begin now.”
Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser said, "These projects are important to the future of not only Louisiana’s coast, but our way of life. The Governor really stepped up to the plate and was aggressive about working with us to build this list.  These projects are greatly needed to begin restoring resources deteriorated by the spill.  We look forward to starting this work, it can’t happen soon enough."
Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph said, "Thanks to the teamwork of Gov. Jindal, the OCPR, and the leaders of the impacted parishes, the regional projects chosen represent a solid opportunity to begin repairing the damage to our coast caused by the spill."
Chairman of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board Harlon Pearce said, “Development of these restoration projects will help our industry replenish resources lost during the Gulf oil spill disaster and ensure that we maintain a sustainable fishery.”
Al Sunseri, owner of P&J Oysters and member of the Louisiana Oyster Task Force said, “For more than a year now, the Louisiana oyster community has sought restoration to our estuary begin following the BP oil spill. I applaud the Governor for working with the state trustees to find solutions for the oyster community. I am hopeful that the NRDA Trustee Council will quickly approve projects that will help oystermen get back on their feet. We need to restore our oyster harvest grounds because we are ready to get back to work.”
Dr. John Supan, Director of the Louisiana Sea Grant Bivalve Hatchery said, “The establishment of a Marine Fisheries Enhancement and Science Center is a great addition to the innovative work we have already begun here in Louisiana. Currently, at our hatchery, located at the Marine Research Laboratory at Grand Isle, we can produce up to a billion oyster larvae a year to support public oyster reefs and private oyster farms. This allows us the ability to expand oyster culture technology for Louisiana so that the oyster industry will be less dependent upon wild oyster seed.”
Executive Director of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana Steven Peyronnin said, “The Mississippi River Delta is the cornerstone of a healthy Gulf and the scale and scope of oiled coastline in Louisiana makes it critical to begin restoring these areas as quickly as possible.  The State of Louisiana has worked extremely hard to identify a list of shovel ready projects that can use this funding to begin restoring damaged areas immediately and take the first steps toward long-term recovery of the Gulf.”
Mike Voisin, Commissioner for Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission and Member of the Louisiana Oyster Task Force said, “The oyster community applauds the Governor and appreciates his efforts to help rebuild and rehabilitate oyster habitats in South Louisiana. The challenges presented to the oyster community by the Deep Water Horizon events of 2010 are being dealt with and met head on by our State and its leadership.”
Chuck Wilson, vice provost for the Louisiana State University Coastal Fisheries Institute said, “Louisiana Sea Grant is grateful for the partnership with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and the opportunity to establish the existing hatchery at the Louisiana Marine Research Laboratory. The timeliness of today's announcement cannot be overstated. We are excited to join efforts with the state to build the nation's pre-eminent hatchery that will help ensure the long-term stability of the oysters industry.”
Senior Policy Analyst & Government Affairs Manager for the Ocean Conservancy Kris Van Orsdel said, "Restoring Louisiana's oyster reefs is critical for not only supporting the state's valuable oyster industry but also providing key ecosystem benefits including habitat for fish and wildlife, improving water quality and coastal protection."
"Prompt approval of these restoration projects would provide a vital boost to the Gulf Coast's environmental and economic recovery from the BP oil disaster," said Paul Harrison, senior director for the Mississippi River Delta restoration project for Environmental Defense Fund. "The barrier island project for the Barataria Barrier Shoreline islands and oyster cultch for public seed grounds are especially worthy proposals."

Oyster Reestablishment Program - $15 million. This project has two distinct parts:
     First, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will contract for the placement of cultch material onto selected public oyster seed grounds. Cultch material consists of limestone rock, crushed concrete, oyster shell and other similar material that, when placed in oyster spawning areas, provides a location and substrate for free floating oyster larvae to attach and grow into oysters.

  • The Department will place cultch material on approximately 855 acres of public oyster seed grounds throughout coastal Louisiana. The approximate cost of this portion of the project is $12 million.
  • The tentative cultch placement locations include Mississippi Sound (St. Bernard Parish), Lake Fortuna/Machias (St. Bernard Parish), Hackberry Bay (Jefferson/Lafourche Parish), Lake Chien (Terrebonne Parish), Sister Lake (Terrebonne Parish), and Calcasieu Lake (Cameron Parish).
  • This project employs approaches used by LDWF since 1917. Over the nearly 100 years of cultch planting, LDWF has placed over 1.5 million cubic yards of cultch material on nearly 30,000 acres. It provides positive results, usually in as little as 17 months postcultch placement.

    The second portion of the project involves constructing hatchery improvements to help facilitate and expedite success of the cultch placement. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in partnership with Louisiana Sea Grant, will upgrade the existing Sea Grant oyster hatchery located at the LDWF facility on Grand Isle, Louisiana. The facility will be located next to the Wildlife and Fisheries Marine Lab on Grand Isle at a site owned by Louisiana State University.
Saltwater hatchery - $48 million. This project includes development of a Louisiana Marine Fisheries Enhancement and Science Center. The center will include: 3 fisheries enhancement and research locations, marine fisheries stock enhancement, aquaculture research and enhancement, and education and science facilities.  

  • This project would provide facilities for research to allow natural resource managers to develop and evaluate restoration strategies for impacted fish species.
  • The fisheries center will also provide state of the art facilities for rearing fish.
  • Finally, the fisheries center will include a public outreach component that will be used to inform the public about research and restoration progress for issues related to Gulf of Mexico fisheries restoration.            

     The project would be completed in three locations: a 20-acre site in Plaquemines Parish, the existing Marine Research Laboratory on Grand Isle, and a 90-acre site located along the coast in Southwest, LA, which will soon be identified.

Coastal Restoration Projects

  • Chandeleur Islands Restoration - $65 million. We will be working with DOI and the State of Mississippi to define a restoration plan for a portion of the Chandeleur Islands, which we know sustained direct impact damage from the spill.  
  • Biloxi Marsh Shoreline Protection - $45 million. The Biloxi Marsh complex, located approximately 30 miles southeast of the city of New Orleans between Chandeleur Sound and Lake Borgne, provides important habitat in the Lake Pontchartrain Basin. This early restoration project involves creating a breakwater structure to protect the existing Biloxi Marsh habitat from erosion.
  • Lake Hermitage Additional increment - $13.9 million. This restoration project involves an additional increment of 97.5 acres of marsh creation into a project known as the “Lake Hermitage Marsh Creation Project” that is being funded through the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) program. The project is located within the Barataria Hydrologic Basin in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana.
  • Grand Liard Marsh and Ridge Restoration – $31 million. This early restoration project would restore the eastern ridge of Bayou Grand Liard and the adjacent marsh habitat to the east of the Bayou. The project would restore approximately 18,000 linear feet of ridge along the east bank of Bayou Grand Liard to restore the hydraulic barrier between Bayou Grand Liard and Yellow Cotton Bay.   In addition to ridge creation, the project would create approximately 328 acres of marsh and it would restore/nourish an additional 140 acres of marsh.
  • Shell Island - $110 million. Shell Island is a part of the Barataria Basin Barrier Shoreline (BBBS), and forms a key barrier between saline waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the fresher waters of the Barataria Basin. The island has become fragmented over the past few decades by a combination of strong tropical storms and land subsidence. Restoring the geomorphic and hydrologic function of Shell Island is an important priority for the ecosystems of the Barataria Basin.
  • Cheniere Ronquille Barrier Island Restoration - $44 million. This early restoration project seeks to increase the longevity of Chenier Ronquille Island by restoring its dune and marsh platforms. The project calls for the creation of dune and marsh habitat, repair of breaches in the shoreline, and prevention of new breaches over the 20-year project life.
  • Bay Side Segmented Breakwater at Grand Isle - $3.3 million. This project will reduce erosion on the bay side of Grand Isle, the only inhabited Barrier Island in Louisiana, with the goal of protecting a coastal area, including wetlands. The areas that will be protected include important residential and commercial infrastructure. This project will include construction of six 300-foot breakwaters (approximately 1.5 miles total) on the back bay side of Grand Isle. This project would complete the breakwater structures along the north side of the island and would protect residential and commercial development.
  • West Grand Terre Restoration - $9 million. This project would restore the southwest (Gulf) side of West Grand Terre Island, using sediment pumped from an offshore source area. The total restoration area for this project is approximately 120 acres.
  • West Grand Terre Stabilization - $3 million. West Grand Terre Island has some of the highest erosion rates in coastal Louisiana. This proposed restoration project would stabilize the bay side of southwestern West Grand Terre Island, using rock armament.
  • Barataria Basin Barrier Shoreline Restoration - Caminada Headland - $75 million. The Caminada Headland is a part of the Barataria Basin Barrier Shoreline (BBBS), and forms a key barrier between saline waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the fresher waters of the Barataria Basin. This restoration project will restore the Caminada Headland portion of the barrier shoreline. The project includes restoration of the barrier shoreline and creation and restoration of back barrier marsh habitat
  •  Maintain Land bridge between Caillou Lake and Gulf of Mexico - $71 million. This proposed NRDA early restoration project involves protection and restoration of approximately 1,600 acres of salt marsh, which will reduce current rates of degradation and erosion and sustain the land barrier between Caillou Lake and the Gulf of Mexico.  The project goals are to reduce current rates of degradation along this land bridge; and to sustain the coastal ecosystem in this region.


  • Federal data shows that that coastal Louisiana received approximately 92 percent of the heavily and moderately oiled shorelines in the entire Gulf of Mexico since the BP-Deepwater Horizon disaster.  
  • An estimated 60 percent or more of injured, oiled and killed birds, mammals, fish and other wildlife found were offshore Louisiana.
  • Even today, 100 percent of the heavily oiled shoreline, over 99 percent of the moderately oiled shoreline and nearly 90 percent of the light or very light oiled shoreline in the Gulf of Mexico is in Louisiana.   
  • Over 90 percent of the species in the Gulf of Mexico and 98 percent of the commercially harvested fish and shellfish in the Gulf are dependent on coastal Louisiana's unique estuary for sustainability.  
  • In addition, Louisiana's coastal area is the largest wintering habitat for migratory waterfowl and song birds. Tens of millions of birds winter in Louisiana’s coastal area each year.  


For more information contact  Melissa Sellers or Kyle Plotkin in the Governor's Press Office at 225-342-8006 or (c) 225- 328-3755.

L.W.F.C. Approves Revised 2011-2012 Deer Hunting Season Dates for Portions of Atchafalaya Basin Due to Spring Flood Impacts

Release Date: 07/08/2011

Morganza/Atchafalaya Basin Floodway Deer Area


July 8, 2011– At the July 7 meeting, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) approved changes to the 2011-2012 deer hunting season dates for select areas within the Atchafalaya Basin due to spring flood impacts.

The emergency action, which revises dates previously adopted by the commission, was recommended by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) based on estimates of deer mortality caused by recent historic flooding along the Mississippi River and subsequent opening of the Morganza Spillway on May 14.

The following 2011-2012 deer hunting season revisions will become effective Aug. 1, 2011:

Sherburne Wildlife Management Area:

Archery, bucks only: Oct. 1-15

Archery, either-sex: Oct. 16 - Feb. 15

Youth & Physically Challenged, either-sex: Oct. 29-30; ALL OTHER SEASONS CLOSED. Self-clearing permits.

Youth Lottery, either-sex: Oct. 29-30 and Dec. 23, 26, 28 & 30.

Firearms, either-sex: Nov. 25-26, mandatory deer check.

Firearms, bucks only: Dec. 24 - Jan. 1

Primitive Firearms, either-sex:Jan. 7-8


All lands within the Morganza floodway, from the Morganza control structure, south to I-10, and from I-10 south, within the protection levees of the Atchafalaya Basin:

Archery, Bucks Only- Oct. 1-15, Either-sex- Oct. 16 - Feb. 15

Primitive Firearms, Bucks Only- Jan. 23-29

Still Hunt, Either-sex- Nov. 19-27

Still Hunt, Bucks Only- Nov. 28 - Dec. 9

With or Without Dogs, Either-Sex-Dec. 10 -11

With or Without Dogs, Bucks Only-Dec. 10 - Jan. 15

Attakapas WMA retains the 2011-2012 deer season dates previously approved by the commission in May.

For more information, contact Scott Durham at 225-765-2351 or sdurham@wlf.la.gov.

New Orleans "Street Act" Found Guilty On All Charges In Orleans Parish Court

Release Date: 07/08/2011

A man and a woman were found guilty in Orleans Parish Court for cruelty to animals and not having the proper permit to possess a non-human primate on July 7.

Joan Susanne Newberger (aka Joan S. Poole), 64, of Rio Hondo, Texas, and James Wells Poole, 62, of St. Augustine, Fla, had four monkeys confiscated on Bourbon Street in New Orleans by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents.

LDWF agents observed the two subjects performing their "street act" with the monkeys dressed in pirate costumes and touching the public.  Agents issued two citations to the subjects on Feb. 26, 2011 for cruelty to animals and failing to have the correct permits to possess a non-human primate. LDWF agents also apprehended the monkeys at that time.

The Honorable Judge Sean Early waived any fines and ordered Newberger and Poole to forfeit the monkeys to the state.  The monkeys will be donated to the Louisiana Purchase Zoo and Gardens in Monroe where they have been living since being confiscated.

During the course of the LDWF investigation, evidence of numerous violations, citations and complaints to police in at least three states regarding alleged illegal animal possession, animal sales and cruel treatment of animals was discovered.  The investigation discovered a history of disregard for both federal and state permitting and license regulations.  The investigation also showed a willing intent to profit from the exhibition of primates with disregard for public health and safety due to alleged monkey biting incidents found in official police reports.

The LDWF Enforcement Division would like to recognize the assistance of Putnam and Columbia County Sheriff’s Offices in Florida, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the United States Department of Agriculture Investigators whom all provided evidence and displayed a vested interest in the just adjudication of these violators.  LDWF would also like to recognize the full cooperation of the director and staff of the Louisiana Purchase Zoo and Gardens in Monroe.

The office of District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro prosecuted the case and included lead attorney Bernard J. Blair II, J. Bryant Clark, Naomi Jones and Mark Burton.

Agents involved in the case included Captain Steve McManus and Senior Agents Tim Fox and Jason Gernados.  LDWF Large Carnivore Program Manager Maria Davidson also provided assistance in the case.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

2012 Turkey Hunting Season Dates, Regulations Proposed

Release Date: 07/08/2011

2012 Turkey Hunting Season Dates, Regulations Proposed

July 8, 2011 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) proposed the season dates and regulations revisions for the 2012 turkey hunting season at the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission's July 7 meeting.

LDWF recommended dividing the state into two zones, north and south, in order to address public comments on a later opening date for turkey season in north Louisiana.  The recommended season opening date is Saturday, March 24 in the south zone and Saturday, March 31 in the north zone. The 2012 season proposal’s new zone approach also divides each zone into three, letter-designated areas that vary in their end dates.

In the south zone, Area A would extend to April 22, Area B to April 15, and Area C to April 8.  In the north zone, Area D would extend to April 29, Area E to April 22, and Area F to April 15. The proposed dates do not reduce the number of hunting days per zone.

The daily bag limit would be one gobbler and the season limit would be two gobblers.

Special private land youth hunts for those 17 years of age and younger, and hunts for wheelchair confined hunters are proposed to take place on March 17-18 in the south zone, areas A, B and C, and March 24-25 in the north zone, areas D, E and F.

The proposal also includes turkey season dates for LDWF Wildlife Management Areas and special lottery hunts. To view the full notices of intent, go to www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.

Public comment on these issues can be submitted to Kenny Ribbeck, Wildlife Division Administrator, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, by Sept. 7, 2011.

For more information, contact Jimmy Stafford at 225-765-2361 or jstafford@wlf.la.gov.


Release Date: 07/08/2011

Col. Winton Vidrine, Senior Agent Meyers and Lt. Col. Jeff Mayne

The National Association of Safe Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) awarded their Louisiana Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division's Senior Agent Toby Meyers.

Meyers received the award on July 7 at the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting in Baton Rouge.

Meyers, of Shreveport, joined LDWF in 2003 and mainly patrols the waterways in Caddo, Bossier and Desoto parishes.

"Senior Agent Meyers takes pride in what he does and portrays a positive example of what an enforcement agent should be," said Lt. Col. Jeff Mayne, LDWF's State Boating Law Administrator.  "This award is well deserved and reflects Senior Agent Meyer's dedication to safe boating and waterway enforcement."

Meyers is a graduate of the marine patrol officers course, NASBLA’s boating under the influence course and is certified in swift water rescue.  Meyers uses his training and experience to patrol the waterways, investigate boat thefts, determine causes of accidents and enforcing the boating laws.  Meyers is also one of LDWF's boater education instructors.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

L.W.F.C. Approves Duck Hunting Zones, Seeks Public Comment on Dates For 2011-2012 Seasons

Release Date: 07/08/2011


July 8, 2011-- The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) moved to maintain the two zones with split season arrangement for the 2011-2012 duck season at their July 7 meeting.

Although expanded zones and splits options are being considered, those options have not yet been approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).  The commission action provides hunters with a familiar framework that has been used for 30 years for the upcoming waterfowl season.  The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will continue to explore expanded options for the 2012-2015 seasons as the USFWS will allow changes to be made next year.   

The proposed duck season dates for 2011-2012 are as follows:

West Zone: Nov. 12 – Dec. 4, and Dec. 17 – Jan. 22.  (Youth Hunt Dec. 10-11) 

East Zone: Nov. 19 – 27, and Dec. 10 – Jan. 29.   (Youth Hunt Dec. 3-4)

Changes from last year in these proposed season dates include moving the Youth Hunt from the weekend before opening day to the weekend during the split, fewer hunting days in November but more in December for the East zone, and additional hunting opportunity for hunters that use both zones.  

The public can comment on the 2011-2012 season dates until Aug. 4 by sending comments to: Larry Reynolds, Waterfowl Program Study Leader, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000 or lreynolds@wlf.la.gov .

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

L.W.F.C. Sets Tentative 2011-2012 Early Season Migratory Bird Hunting Dates

Release Date: 07/08/2011


July 8, 2011-- The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the dates for the 2011-2012 early migratory bird hunting seasons at their July 7 meeting. These dates, recommended by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, are tentative pending U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approval.

The proposed dove season is broken down into a north and south zone with each zone having three segments and includes mourning, white-winged, Eurasian collared and ringed-turtle doves.  The dove season in the south zone would go from Sept. 3-11, Oct. 15 - Nov. 27 and Dec. 17 - Jan. 2.  The north zone would be from Sept. 3-18, Oct. 8 - Nov. 6 and Dec. 10 -Jan. 2.  The daily bag limit for mourning, white-winged and fully dressed Eurasian collared-doves and ringed-turtle doves would be 15 in aggregate and possession of 30 in aggregate.  However, there is no bag limit on Eurasian collared-doves or ringed turtle-doves provided that a fully feathered wing and head remain attached to the carcass of the bird.  Fully dressed Eurasian-collared doves and ringed turtle-doves (those without a fully feathered wing and head naturally attached to the carcass) shall be included in the aggregate bag.

The following boundary divides the dove season zones: Beginning at the Texas-Louisiana border on La. Hwy. 12; thence east along La. Hwy. 12 to its intersection with U.S. Hwy. 190; thence east along U.S. Hwy. 190 to its intersection with Interstate 12; thence east along I-12 to its intersection with Interstate 10; then east along I-10 to the Mississippi state line.

Blue-winged, green-winged and cinnamon teal season would last from Sept. 10 - 25 with a daily bag limit of four and a possession limit of 8.  Federal and state waterfowl stamps are required to harvest teal.

Rail and gallinule seasons are proposed to last 70 days.  The first segment would be open from Sept. 10 - 25.  The other segment will be set in August with the regular waterfowl seasons.  King and clapper rails would have a daily bag limit of 15 with a possession limit of 30.  Sora and Virginia rails would have a daily and possession limit totaling 25.  Common and purple gallinules would have a daily bag limit of 15 and possession limit totaling 30.

Under the proposal, woodcock season would last 45 days from Dec. 18 - Jan. 31.  A three-bird daily bag limit and a six-bird possession limit would be allowed.

Snipe season will be set in August.

Shooting and hawking hours for dove, woodcock, rail, teal and gallinules are tentatively set for half an hour before sunrise to sunset, except for a 12 noon start time on the first day of dove season on Sept. 3, 2011.

Extended falconry mourning dove season would open from Sept. 19 - Oct. 4.  Extended falconry woodcock season would open from Oct. 27 - Dec. 16 and will reopen from Feb. 1-11.  The falconry daily bag limit would be three and possession limit of six birds for all permitted migratory game birds during the extended falconry and regular hunting seasons.  Extended falconry seasons for ducks, rails and gallinules will be set in August with the waterfowl regulations.

For more information, contact Jeff Duguay at 225-765-2353 or jduguay@wlf.la.gov .

Shrimp Season to Close in Additional Portions of Zone 2

Release Date: 07/07/2011

Shrimp Season to Close in Additional Portions of Zone 2


July 7, 2011 - Today the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced the spring inshore shrimp season in additional portions of Shrimp Management Zone 2 will close at 6 a.m. Monday, July 11.  

This shrimp season closure includes state inside waters from the eastern shore of the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island, as delineated by the Channel red buoy line,westward to the western shore of Vermilion Bay and Southwest Pass at Marsh Island.  The closure also includes state inside waters from the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River westward to the western shore of Bayou Lafourche.

The following area located within Barataria Bay will remain open:

  • Those inside waters south of 29 degrees 26 minutes 00 seconds north latitude from 89 degrees 50 minutes 30 seconds west longitude westward to the western shore of the Barataria Waterway.

The number, distribution and percentage of small juvenile white shrimp taken in biological samples within Zone 2 have rapidly increased in recent weeks and these waters are being closed to protect these developing shrimp.

Shrimp Management Zones 1 and 3, along with a portion of Barataria Bay and portions of lower Timbalier Bay, Terrebonne Bay and Lake Pelto, and all state outside waters seaward of the Inside/Outside shrimp line remain open to shrimp harvesting until further notice, with the exception of those areas closed to recreational and commercial fishing due to the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig accident.

Preliminary Louisiana landings statistics indicate that approximately 10.6 million pounds of shrimp (all species combined/heads-off weight) were harvested in May. 

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.

For more information contact Martin Bourgeois at (225) 765-2401 or mbourgeois@wlf.la.gov.  For press inquiries contact Laura Wooderson at (225) 610-2363 or lwooderson@wlf.la.gov

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