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LDWF Reopens All Roads on Big Lake Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 05/21/2019

May 21, 2019 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has reopened all roads on Big Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The roads were closed due to flooding.
 
Big Lake WMA, which consists of 19,231 acres, is located in Franklin, Madison and Tensas parishes approximately 12 miles east of Gilbert. For more information on Big Lake WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/32646 .
 
For more information, contact Mitch McGee at mmcgee@wlf.la.gov or 318-343-4044.
 

LDWF to Host Mother-Child FUN Camp Oct. 11-13 at Woodworth Outdoor Education Facility

Release Date: 05/21/2019

May 21, 2019 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will hold its annual Mother-Child Families Understanding Nature (FUN) Camp on Oct. 11-13, 2019 at the Woodworth Outdoor Education facility, south of Alexandria. The camp is open to parents and children from 10-13 years old.
 
The Mother-Child camp is generally held in the fall and the Father-Child weekend in the spring.
 
The camp offers parents and children an opportunity to spend a weekend in the outdoors, re-establishing bonds and honing outdoor skills.
 
Pre-registration is required and space is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is $50 for each family (a parent and child). Each additional child is $25 (limit two children per adult). The fee covers meals, lodging and supplies, including tents, used during the weekend. Bed linens and sleeping bags are not provided.
 
For more information or to obtain a registration form on-line, visit LDWF’s website at  http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/page/fun-camp or contact Taylor Stevens at tdstevens@wlf.la.gov.
 
 

LDWF Agent Credited with Saving Life of Motorist

Release Date: 05/20/2019

LDWF Agent Credited with Saving Life of Motorist

 

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agent saved the life of a motorist on May 19 in East Feliciana Parish.

 

Senior Agent Mason Spillman was on patrol when he came across a car in the ditch at the entrance of the Port Hudson State Historic Site off of Hwy. 61 around 9:30 a.m.

 

When he got out of his truck, Spillman found two good Samaritans pulling a 27 year old New Roads woman out of the car that was in the ditch.  Her leg was severed at the knee.  Spillman immediately applied a tourniquet to her severed leg to stop the bleeding and called 911.

 

While waiting for the emergency medical services (EMS) ambulance, Spillman learned that the good Samaritans witnessed the car hit a guardrail before going in the ditch and that he arrived within 30 seconds of the accident happening.  When the accident happened, it was during a severe thunderstorm with heavy rains.

 

The East Baton Rouge Parish EMS ambulance arrived around 9:45 a.m. and transported the woman to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital where she is listed in stable condition.  It is believed that the tourniquet that Spillman applied prevented her from bleeding to death.

 

The Zachary Fire Department, East Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office and the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office also arrived on scene and assisted with traffic and loading the woman into the ambulance.

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LDWF Conducting Three Waterfowl Telemetry Projects to Gain Better Understanding of Species Movements and Habitat Use

Release Date: 05/20/2019

White-fronted geese released after being tagged.
LDWF's Paul Link captures white-fronted goose for telemetry tagging.

May 20, 2019 – Research is a key component in the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) management of the Bayou State’s natural resources. To that end, LDWF’s Waterfowl Section is currently conducting three telemetry projects aimed at better understanding life habits and routines of three species important to Louisiana hunters.
 
“The data gathered are invaluable in monitoring nesting birds, determining pathways of potential disease spread and identifying habitats in need of protection or management to enhance populations,’’ LDWF Waterfowl Program Manager Larry Reynolds said. “They may also help us to manage hunting activity to improve harvest opportunity while protecting populations.’’
 
The species targeted in the three telemetry projects are mottled ducks, blue-winged teal and white-fronted geese, or speckle bellies. LDWF is providing funding and staff, in addition to coordinating with other partners on these projects.
 
These projects use cutting-edge technology with solar powered GPS/GSM transmitters. The units collect GPS coordinates, motion and environmental data, which is transmitted via cell-phone towers to researchers, allowing them to determine the birds’ precise location, activity, flight speed, direction and altitude.
 
“These new telemetry units allow researchers to determine what specific habitats birds use during certain times of the day and different seasons of the year, such as breeding vs. molting vs. wintering or hunting vs. non-hunting, and throughout their fall and spring migrations,’’ Reynolds said. “They allow us to see how long marked birds spend in different geographic regions or different habitat types and how and when they move between them.’’
 
In the mottled duck project, LDWF has partnered with Dr. Kevin Ringelman of LSU, tagging 65 ducks in 2017 and another 57 in 2018 with 31 currently providing data. The primary goal is to explore the nesting ecology of mottled ducks. Substantial data, more than 100,000 locations thus far, is collected on movements and habitat use during the entire annual cycle.
 
Paul Link, LDWF’s North American Waterfowl Management Plan Coordinator, is coordinating the white-fronted goose project. It began in 2015 with contributions from private donors to purchase transmitters and assist with capture.
 
Since then, Link has put transmitters on 95 white-fronts in Louisiana, with 44 of those currently providing data. The primary goal is to determine use of habitats by white-fronts in Louisiana and look at status and trends of those habitats over the last 30 years for potential explanation of the changing winter distribution of this species.
Like the mottled duck project, data collected will be used to study many other aspects of white-fronted goose ecology throughout their annual cycle.
 
Link is also leading the blue-winged teal project, where LDWF has partnered with the USGS Missouri Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, several Louisiana Delta Waterfowl Chapters, Ducks Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited Canada, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation and private donors to place transmitters on birds in Louisiana and Saskatchewan.
 
Thus far this year, 10 units have been placed on spring-migrating blue-winged teal in Louisiana in conjunction with on-going avian flu research. Additional teal will be captured and fitted in the breeding grounds this year by cooperating partners.
 
For more information on these projects, contact Larry Reynolds at lreynolds@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-0456, or Paul Link at plink@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2358.
 
 

LDWF Adds Corney Lake and False River to 2019 Alligator Lottery Harvest Sites

Release Date: 05/17/2019

May 17, 2019 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has added Corney Lake in Claiborne Parish and False River in Pointe Coupee Parish to the 2019 alligator lottery harvests. LDWF will conduct lottery harvests on 27 public lakes, 19 Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and one U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) property Aug. 28-Oct. 3, 2019.
 
Applications for the lottery harvests are now available and are due by July 5.
 
Interested participants may print out an application form from LDWF’s website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts or request an application by phone at 225-765-2346.
 
Applications and a non-refundable fee of $5 must be submitted to the address indicated on the application and be postmarked by July 5.  Applicants must be legal Louisiana residents and 16 years of age or older. All successful applicants will be required to purchase an alligator hunting license ($25), and will also be required to submit payment of $40 for each alligator tag allocated to the chosen location.
 
To assist applicants in selecting specific WMAs/public lakes, LDWF has posted the percentage of lottery alligator harvest applicants selected in 2018 by WMA or public lake as well as a map showing the general location of each area on its website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/lottery-alligator-harvest-program.
 
For more information concerning lottery alligator harvests on LDWF WMAs or public lakes, contact the appropriate LDWF Field Office or email LAalligatorprogram@wlf.la.gov.
 
 

Oyster Tags Now Available for Purchase in New Orleans

Release Date: 05/17/2019

Oyster tags, a requirement for commercial oyster harvesters, will now be available for purchase at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries New Orleans office located in the Center for Entergy and Resource Management at 2045 Lakeshore Drive within UNO’s Research and Technology Park. Tags can be purchased from 8 a.m. to 4:30 in Room 422.

 

Oyster tags can also be purchased at the following locations:

 

LDWF Headquarters

2000 Quail Drive

Baton Rouge, LA 70898

225-765-2887

Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

200 Dulles Drive
Lafayette, LA 70506
337-262-2080

Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 pm.

1213 Lakeshore Drive
Lake Charles, LA 70601
337-491-2579

Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 pm.

 

468 Texas Gulf Road
Bourg, LA 70343
985-594-4139

Hours: 8 a.m. to 3:00 pm.

 

All oysters taken from Louisiana state waters for sale must be tagged with official oyster harvest tags purchased from the department. The tags are used to identify sacks and other containers used to hold oysters and other mollusks while in their shells. Regulations regarding the sacking and tagging of oysters can be found here.

 

For questions regarding oyster tags, please contact Carolina Bourque at (337) 735-8726 or Marc Maniscalco at (504) 735-8726.

 

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.

 

Shrimp Season to Open May 20 in the Remaining State Outside Waters

Release Date: 05/16/2019

Shrimp Season to Open May 20 in the Remaining State Outside Waters

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced that the portion of state outside waters between the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island westward to western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal shall reopen to shrimping at 6:00 a.m. on May 20, 2019. 
The area to open is defined as follows:

  • The eastern boundary line originates at the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the red buoy line at 29 degrees 22 minutes 14.933 seconds north latitude, -91 degrees 22 minutes 58.916 degrees west longitude and ends at a point on the three mile line as described in R.S. 56:495(A) at 29 degrees 18 minutes 33.889 seconds north latitude, -91 degrees 26 minutes 16.049 seconds west longitude.  The western boundary line 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 area to open.
 
Recent biological sampling conducted by the department has indicated that small white shrimp, which have over-wintered in these waters from January through the present time, have reached marketable sizes and the closure is no longer necessary. 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.
 

LDWF Accepting Applications Beginning May 17 for Waterfowl Group Hunts at White Lake WCA for 2019-20 Hunting Season

Release Date: 05/16/2019

May 16, 2019 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will accept applications beginning Friday (May 17) until June 25 for waterfowl group hunts for up to 12 hunters per group at White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA). 
 
The cost of the 2019-20 waterfowl season hunts will be $30,000 for each group and the application form is available on the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/lottery-applications . A completed application form and $2,500 deposit must be submitted to LDWF by the close of business June 25.
 
Interested groups must select one two-day group hunt per application. When selecting dates from those offered (example: Nov. 9-10), it is understood that arrival will be the afternoon before (example: Nov. 8). The two consecutive days of hunting do not include the arrival day, which will be the day before from 3-5 p.m.
 
LDWF will select one application by random lottery drawing for each hunt offered.  Applicants must be at least 18 years old and must submit a separate application for each two-day group hunt they wish to reserve. Applicants can apply for as many as three separate two-day hunts. If multiple applications are submitted, each will require a separate $2,500 deposit.
 
Applications must be accompanied by a bank draft, money order or other liquid instrument made payable to Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in the amount of $2,500. If the application is selected, the deposit is non-refundable. The applicant will be notified by mail or e-mail, and will be required to submit the final payment of $27,500 no later than Oct. 15.
 
PLEASE NOTE: Any unsold hunts after the application deadline will be sold on a first-come first-serve basis. Please contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400 ext. # 1 or email wsweeney@wlf.la.gov  to find out what hunting dates may still be available. A hunt will be considered sold once a deposit and application is received in the LDWF Baton Rouge office at the address referenced in the application.
 
The fee covers up to 12 hunters and includes the following: Transportation to and from the airport (Jennings, Lake Charles or Lafayette), all food and beverages, two-night stay at the White Lake Lodge, professional hunting and fishing guides, hunting and fishing licenses, steel shot shotgun shells for waterfowl hunts and steel shot for skeet range, the use of shotguns and fishing gear, bird and fish cleaning and packaging.
 
On the arrival day, hunters will watch a safety film and then be issued hunting and fishing licenses. If time allows, the group will shoot skeet in the late afternoon hours.  Day two starts with a morning waterfowl hunt from 6-9:30 a.m. After the hunt, lunch will be served and that afternoon the group can fish or shoot clay targets on the skeet range or sporting clays course. On day three, a morning waterfowl hunt is scheduled from 6-9:30 a.m. and checkout is no later than noon, follwing lunch.
 
Applications must be mailed or delivered to:
 
 
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Attention: White Lake Group Hunt
2000 Quail Drive, Room 418
Baton Rouge, LA   70808
 
For more information on White Lake WCA waterfowl group hunts, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400, ext. 1, or wsweeney@wlf.la.gov .
 

LDWF Announces 2019 Alligator Lottery for WMAs, USACE Property and Public Lakes

Release Date: 05/16/2019

May 16, 2019 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will conduct alligator lottery harvests on 19 LDWF Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), 25 public lakes and one U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) property Aug. 28-Oct. 3, 2019. Applications are now available and are due by July 5.
 
Interested participants may print out an application form from LDWF’s website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts or request an application by phone at 225-765-2346.
 
Applications and a non-refundable fee of $5 must be submitted to the address indicated on the application and be postmarked by July 5.  Applicants must be legal Louisiana residents and 16 years of age or older. All successful applicants will be required to purchase an alligator hunting license ($25), and will also be required to submit payment of $40 for each alligator tag allocated to the chosen location.
 
To assist applicants in selecting specific WMAs/public lakes, LDWF has posted the percentage of lottery alligator harvest applicants selected in 2018 by WMA or public lake as well as a map showing the general location of each area on its website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/lottery-alligator-harvest-program.
 
For more information concerning lottery alligator harvests on LDWF WMAs or public lakes, contact the appropriate LDWF Field Office or email LAalligatorprogram@wlf.la.gov.
 

Louisiana Native Plant Garden at LDWF Baton Rouge Headquarters a Great Way to Experience Native Flora

Release Date: 05/14/2019

Louisiana Native Plant Garden
Louisiana Native Plant Garden at LDWF Headquarters in Baton Rouge.
Louisiana Native Plant Garden at LDWF Headquarters in Baton Rouge.

May 14, 2019 – Visitors to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) headquarters building in Baton Rouge have a unique opportunity to enjoy the state’s native plants right on the grounds of the facility. LDWF developed the Louisiana Native Plant Garden at campus headquarters and it’s free for the public to enjoy.
 
The Garden contains more than 160 native plant species grouped into smaller gardens to resemble natural Louisiana habitats providing resources for wildlife in the urban landscape. The Garden is about a quarter-acre, making it one of the largest and most diverse native plant gardens in the state. Two interpretive stations and 80 plant label signs have been installed in the Garden to enhance visitors’ experiences.
 
“This is a great time to visit, as the Garden is undergoing a redesign to maximize aesthetics while maintaining a natural appeal in each garden theme,’’ LDWF Botanist Brian Early said. “In addition to a variety of native plants in bloom, those visiting will be able to see the transition between the various garden styles, wild to manicured, allowing visitors to decide which best fits their own landscape.’’
 
Developed in 2014, the Garden continues to evolve as staff make improvements, implementing new gardening and design techniques. It’s also a chance to get some ideas for your yard. Using native plants in Louisiana yards and neighborhoods provides many benefits to people, wildlife and the environment.
 
The Garden was recently selected as one of five locations to be visited on the Backyard Habitat Garden Tour hosted by the LSU Hilltop Arboretum. Early and volunteers were present at the Garden to lead tours, demonstrate gardening techniques, discuss applied design theory and share lessons learned with visitors. LDWF hosted 200 visitors during this event.
 
Located in front of the headquarters building, the public is invited to visit the LDWF Louisiana Native Plant Garden to learn about the importance of native plants and celebrate our state’s natural beauty. The LDWF hopes visitors will take pride in Louisiana by adding native plants to their landscapes to create a little wildlife habitat of their own.
 
 

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