LDWF News

LDWF News Release

Pearl River Wildlife Management Area Will Close When Flood Gauge Reaches 16.5 Feet

Release Date: 12/28/2018

Dec. 28, 2018 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will close the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in St. Tammany Parish to hunting when the Pearl River flood gauge reaches 16.5 feet, which is expected Sunday (Dec. 30). The closure is an automatic benchmark set by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.
 
The gate at the entrance to the WMA on Old Highway 11 will be closed and locked when the flood gauge reaches 16.5 feet. Once flood waters recede and roads are inspected and deemed safe for travel, LDWF will reopen the gate. Included in the closure is the Pearl River-Honey Island Shooting Range, located in the Pearl River WMA. 
 
The Pearl River WMA, which consists of 35,618 acres, is located approximately six miles east of Slidell and approximately one mile east of Pearl River.
 
For information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2789 or contact Jillian Day at 985-543-4777.
 

Feral Hog Management Advisory Task Force to Meet Jan. 10 in Baton Rouge

Release Date: 12/28/2018

Dec. 28, 2018 - The Louisiana Feral Hog Management Advisory Task Force will meet Jan. 10 at 9 a.m. at Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) headquarters in Baton Rouge (2000 Quail Drive) in the Joe L. Herring Room.
 
The task force was created by Louisiana House Concurrent Resolution No. 9 during the 2016 regular session of the state legislature to develop ideas and recommendations to deal with the state’s feral hog problem.
 
For more information on the task force, contact Dr. Jim LaCour, LDWF Wildlife Veterinarian, at jmlacour@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2346.
 

Turkey Season Lottery Hunt Applications for 2019 Now Available

Release Date: 12/27/2018

Dec. 27, 2018 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for the 2019 turkey season lottery hunts on state wildlife management areas (WMAs). The deadline to submit applications is Feb. 8, 2019.
 
Regular turkey lottery hunts will be held on nine WMAs this spring. Youth lottery hunts will be held on 11 WMAs.
 
The application forms for these WMA hunts for adult and youth hunters are now available on the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts. The forms list all lottery hunt dates and locations.
 
The 2019 wild turkey season will open April 6 on private lands in three designated areas with varying end of season dates as follows: Area A, April 6-May 5; Area B, April 6-28; and Area C, April 6-21. For a detailed map, go to http://www.eregulations.com/louisiana/hunting/2019-turkey-hunting-schedules/ .
 
The statewide youth and physically challenged hunter weekend for private lands will be March 30-31. To access additional information on turkey season, review the 2018-19 Louisiana Hunting Regulations booklet at http://www.eregulations.com/louisiana/hunting/ .
 
For more information, contact Cody Cedotal at ccedotal@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2361.
 

Camp Bayou Road at Dewey W. Wills WMA Closed Due to Flooding

Release Date: 12/27/2018

Dec. 27, 2018 – Camp Bayou Road at Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is closed to vehicular traffic due to flooding from the intermittent impoundment, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced.
 
The road may be accessed by ATV/UTV only. A parking area is located near the gate.  Once the water recedes after hunting season and road conditions allow, vehicular traffic will be permitted. 

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 .
 
 

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission January Meeting Moved to Jan. 8

Release Date: 12/26/2018

Dec. 26, 2018 – The January meeting of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission is being changed from Jan. 3 to Jan. 8. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Joe L. Herring Room at Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters, 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge.

The commission agenda will be released soon.

A public meeting for the Queen Bess Island Restoration Project for the Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group will still be held Jan. 3 at 9:30 a.m. at LDWF headquarters in the Joe L. Herring Room. To view this meeting via webinar, register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2263988295841114625
 

Bodcau, Woodworth, Sherburne Shooting Ranges Will Have Some Closures During Holidays

Release Date: 12/20/2018

Dec. 20, 2018 – The shooting ranges at the Woodworth Education facility and Bodcau Wildlife Management Area (WMA) will be closed Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 22-23) in observance of the Christmas holiday, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced.
 
The Sherburne WMA Skeet/Trap Range No. 2 will be closed Dec. 27-29. All other ranges on the Sherburne WMA will remain open.
 
The Woodworth shooting range is located at 661 Robinson Bridge Road in Woodworth. For more information on the Woodworth shooting range, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/shooting-range/woodworth-shooting-range or call 318-484-2212.
 
The Bodcau shooting range is located at 168 Ben Durden Road in Benton. For more information on the Bodcau shooting range, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/bodcau-wma or call 318-326-3225.
 
The Sherburne WMA shooting range is located at 1132 Sherburne Road in Lottie. For more information on the Sherburne shooting range, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/shooting-range/sherburne-shooting-range or call 337-566-2251.
 
Information on all LDWF shooting ranges can be found at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/shooting-ranges .
 

LDWF to Close Oyster Harvest in East portion of Calcasieu Lake

Release Date: 12/20/2018

LDWF to Close Oyster Harvest in East portion of Calcasieu Lake

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will close oyster harvest in the East portion of the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area in Cameron Parish, at one half-hour after sunset on Monday, December 31, 2018.

The oyster population in Calcasieu Lake is managed on a harvest threshold, and the recommended harvest threshold has been reached.  Continued harvest may threaten the long-term sustainability of the remaining oyster resources in this public oyster area.  Protection of the remaining oyster resources is in the long-term best interest of the oyster populations in this area. The West Cove portion of the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area will remain open until further notice.

To view a map of the current oyster closure areas see above or visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/oyster-season.

The Commission authorized Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Secretary Jack Montoucet to take emergency action to close areas, on an as-needed basis, based on biological data or if enforcement problems are encountered.  The Secretary was also authorized to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resource has ended and to open areas if substantial oyster resources are located.

Public notice of any opening, delay, or closure of a season will be provided at least 72 hours prior to such action, unless such closure is ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health for public health concerns.

LDWF to Close Oyster Harvest in East portion of Calcasieu Lake

Release Date: 12/20/2018

LDWF to Close Oyster Harvest in East portion of Calcasieu Lake

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will close oyster harvest in the East portion of the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area in Cameron Parish, at one half-hour after sunset on Monday, December 31, 2018.

The oyster population in Calcasieu Lake is managed on a harvest threshold, and the recommended harvest threshold has been reached.  Continued harvest may threaten the long-term sustainability of the remaining oyster resources in this public oyster area.  Protection of the remaining oyster resources is in the long-term best interest of the oyster populations in this area. The West Cove portion of the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area will remain open until further notice.

To view a map of the current oyster closure areas see above or visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/oyster-season.

The Commission authorized Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Secretary Jack Montoucet to take emergency action to close areas, on an as-needed basis, based on biological data or if enforcement problems are encountered.  The Secretary was also authorized to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resource has ended and to open areas if substantial oyster resources are located.

Public notice of any opening, delay, or closure of a season will be provided at least 72 hours prior to such action, unless such closure is ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health for public health concerns.

Louisiana Shrimp Season to Close December 24 in Portions of State Outside Waters

Release Date: 12/20/2018

Louisiana Shrimp Season to Close December 24 in Portions of State Outside Waters

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2018 shrimp season will close at official sunset on Monday, December 24, 2018, in portions of state outside waters between Calliou Boca and Freshwater Bayou Canal.

The closure area is defined as follows:

  • The eastern boundary line of the closure area originates on the northwest shore of Caillou Boca at 29 degrees 02 minutes 46 seconds north latitude, -90 degrees 50 minutes 27 seconds west longitude and ends at a point on the three mile line as described in R.S. 56:495(A) at 28 degrees 59 minutes 30 seconds north latitude, -90 degrees 51 minutes 57 seconds west longitude.  The western boundary line of the closure area originates on the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal at 29 degrees 32 minutes 03 seconds north latitude, -92 degrees 18 minutes 33 degrees west longitude and ends at a point on the three mile line as described in R.S. 56:495(A) at 29 degrees 29 minutes 02 seconds north latitude, -92 degrees 19 minutes 34 seconds west longitude.

See above or click here for a map of the closure area.

The following state waters will remain open to shrimping until further notice:

  • Chef Menteur and Rigolets Passes, Lake Borgne, Mississippi Sound, Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO), a section of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) in Orleans parish from the GIWW East Closure Sector Gate westward to the GIWW intersection with the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal, and the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as bounded by the double-rig line described in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2.
  • All state outside waters east of Caillou Boca as well as all state outside waters west of Freshwater Bayou Canal

Recent biological sampling conducted by the department indicates that the average white shrimp size within large portions of state inside waters is smaller than the minimum possession count allowed by law.  A closure is needed to protect the small white shrimp in these waters and provide opportunity for growth to larger and more valuable sizes. R.S. 56:498 provides that the possession count on saltwater white shrimp for each cargo lot shall average no more than 100 (whole specimens) per pound, except from October 15 through the third Monday in December.

The department will continue to monitor the remaining open areas and will close them when biologically appropriate. Notice of any opening, delaying or closing of a season by the secretary will be made by public notice at least 72 hours prior to such action.   

For more information, contact Peyton Cagle at (337)491-2575 or pcagle@wlf.la.gov .

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 stocks community fishing sites throughout Louisiana this Fall

Release Date: 12/20/2018

Pure joy after youth lands large catfish at LDWF Get Out and Fish pond

The Get Out and Fish! community fishing program brings high quality, fun fishing locations to a community near you. LDWF has partnered together with local governments and community organizations to bring fishing sites to easily accessible park and neighborhood ponds throughout the state. This month our community fishing sites were stocked with adult size channel catfish, so grab your fishing gear and bring your friends and family to one of our 12 community fishing sites. Click here for a list and directions to all LDWF Get Out & Fish sites throughout the state.  

LDWF plans to stock rainbow trout at each of our sites in January, so follow us on facebook @ldwfgetoutandfish for up to date stocking information.

Participants 16 & older must possess a valid Louisiana fishing license. If you would like to purchase a fishing license, you can do so online at https://la-web.s3licensing.com/

This program is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation.  The LWFF was formed to provide a means for individuals and corporations to become partners with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fish resources.

For more information, contact Megan MacMenamin at mmacmenamin@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2375. 

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.

Syndicate content