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LDWF Accepting Applications for Sherburne WMA Waterfowl Lottery Hunts for 2018-19 Season

Release Date: 07/02/2018

July 2, 2018 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for disabled veterans and regular waterfowl lottery hunts on Sherburne Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) for the 2018-19 hunting season.
 
These special hunts are restricted to hunters selected through the lottery application process. These hunts offer the opportunity for selected hunters to experience an enjoyable, wildlife oriented outdoor experience on Sherburne WMA.
 
Details on the qualifications, application requirements and dates of the hunts are listed on the application forms. The application deadline is Sept. 28.
 
Successful applicants will be selected by a random computer drawing. Applications for the lottery must be submitted to LDWF by the deadline listed on the application. A $5 administrative fee must be submitted with each application.
 
Applications and more information may be obtained by contacting your local LDWF field office or by visiting the LDWF web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts .
 
Applications may be delivered in person to Room 442 of the LDWF headquarters building located at 2000 Quail Dr. in Baton Rouge or by mail.  The mailing address is: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000.
 
For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov .
 

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LDWF Accepting Applications for Disabled Vets and Physically Challenged Deer Lottery Hunts

Release Date: 07/02/2018

July 2, 2018 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting deer lottery hunt applications for physically challenged hunters on Sabine and Floy McElroy Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and disabled veterans on Camp Beauregard WMA for the 2018-19 hunting season.
 
These special hunts are restricted to hunters selected through the lottery application process. These hunts offer the opportunity for selected hunters to experience an enjoyable, wildlife oriented outdoor experience on these WMAs.
 
Details on the qualifications, application requirements and dates of the hunts are listed on the application forms. The application deadline is Aug. 31.
 
Successful applicants will be selected by a random computer drawing.  Applications for the lottery must be submitted to LDWF by the deadline listed on the application. A $5 administrative fee must be submitted with each application.
 
Applications and more information may be obtained by contacting your local LDWF field office or by visiting the LDWF web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts .
 
Applications may be delivered in person to Room 442 of the LDWF headquarters building located at 2000 Quail Dr. in Baton Rouge or by mail. The mailing address is: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000.
 
For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov.
 

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LDWF Accepting Applications for Youth Lottery Deer, Waterfowl Hunts on Wildlife Management Areas

Release Date: 07/02/2018

July 2, 2018 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for youth lottery deer and waterfowl hunts on LDWF Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) for the 2018-19 hunting season.
 
Youth lottery deer hunts will be held on Buckhorn, Dewey W. Wills, Floy Ward McElroy, Richard K. Yancey and Sherburne WMAs. Youth lottery waterfowl hunts will be held on Bayou Pierre and Sherburne WMAs.
 
These hunts are restricted to youth hunters between the ages of 10-17 and will be selected through the lottery application process. Note that a youth under the age of 10 may apply, provided he or she will be 10 on or before the date of the hunt for which they apply. These hunts offer the opportunity for selected hunters to experience an enjoyable, unique experience on these WMAs.
 
Details on the qualifications, application requirements, application deadlines and dates of the hunts are listed on the application forms.
 
Successful applicants will be selected by a random computer drawing. Applications for the deer lottery hunts must be submitted to LDWF by Aug. 31. Applications for the waterfowl hunts must be submitted by Sept. 28. A $5 administrative fee must be submitted with each application.
 
Applications and more information may be obtained by contacting your local LDWF field office or by visiting the LDWF web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts .
 
Applications may be delivered in person to Room 442 of the LDWF headquarters building located at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge or by mail. The mailing address is: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000.
 
For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov .
 

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Louisiana Inshore Shrimp Season to Close July 2, 2018 in a Portion of Zone 1 and Zone 3

Release Date: 06/29/2018

Louisiana Inshore Shrimp Season to Close July 2, 2018 in a Portion of Zone 1 and Zone 3

Louisiana Inshore Shrimp Season to Close July 2, 2018, in a Portion of Zone 1 and Zone 3

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2018 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, July 2, 2018, in the following areas:

·     The portion of Shrimp Management Zone 1 in Lake Pontchartrain, Chef Menteur and Rigolets Passes, Lake Borgne, and the Louisiana portion of Mississippi Sound.

·     That portion of Shrimp Management Zone 3 in state inside waters from the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line

For a map detailing these closures see map above or visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/shrimp-seasons.

All state outside waters seaward of the Inside/Outside Shrimp Line, as described in R.S. 56:495 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 will remain open to shrimping until further notice.  

Data collected in recent weeks by LDWF biologists indicate increased quantity, distribution and percentage of small, juvenile white shrimp within these waters. The decision to close these waters was made to protect these developing shrimp and provide opportunity for growth to larger and more marketable sizes. The areas that remain open will continue to be monitored and will be closed when biologically appropriate.   

LDWF would also like to remind shrimpers there is a size restriction on saltwater white shrimp taken in either inside or outside (offshore) waters of Louisiana.  Saltwater white shrimp must be 100 count (whole shrimp per pound) or larger. This size restriction applies to the taking or possession of such shrimp aboard a vessel, EXCEPT from October 15 through the third Monday in December, when there is no possession count on saltwater white shrimp taken or possessed. When more than 50 percent by weight of the saltwater shrimp taken or possessed is seabobs or brown shrimp, then the maximum allowable amount of undersized white shrimp taken or possessed should not exceed 10 percent by weight of the total saltwater shrimp taken or possessed.  If compliance issues develop, remaining open areas will be closed.

 

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

July 2018, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 06/28/2018

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA

 

 

The following items will be discussed:

 

1.    Call to Order

2.    Pledge of Allegiance

3.    Roll Call

4.    Adoption of June 7, 2018 Commission Meeting Minutes

5.    Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege

6.    Enforcement Report June 2018 – Captain Edward Skena

7.    Receive an Update on the June 2018 Gulf Council Meeting – Patrick Banks, Assistant Secretary, Office of Fisheries

8.    Receive an Update on Recreational Red Snapper Landings and Consider Season Modification – Jason Adriance, Fisheries Biologist

9.    Receive and Consider a Presentation to Evaluate Submitted Proposals for Use of Statutory-Dedicated Funding for Waterfowl Breeding Grounds Habitat Work, With a Decision on an Award for Contract – Larry Reynolds, Wildlife Biologist

10. Set November 2018 Commission Meeting Date

11. Receive Public Comments

12. Adjournment

 

A live audio/video stream of this meeting will be available via Gotowebinar.com.  To attend this meeting via webinar visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7741109808066319362

 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

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

Feral Hog Management Advisory Task Force Meeting Set for July 12 in Baton Rouge

Release Date: 06/28/2018

June 28, 2018 - The Feral Hog Management Advisory Task Force will meet July 12 at 9 a.m. at Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) headquarters in Baton Rouge (2000 Quail Drive) in the Louisiana Conference 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.
 

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DOTD Provides Update on Vernon Lake Dam Repairs in Vernon Parish

Release Date: 06/27/2018

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is providing the following information regarding Vernon Lake Dam in Vernon Parish and planned repairs to damages sustained during the Hurricane Harvey event.

The dam remains stable at this time. The water level in the lake will be maintained near the current lowered water level for the period of time necessary to repair the dam to its pre storm condition. The management gate will be operated to maintain the lake level as close to the current level as possible. However, the lake water levels will fluctuate during this period of time due to rainfall events and the limited capacity of the management gate to remove the runoff. It may also be necessary to lower the lake water level below the current levels at times when tropical weather conditions are forecast for the area.

The timeframe to affect the necessary repairs to the dam will possibly extend into the summer of 2019. It is anticipated the contract to repair the dam will let in the winter of 2018 with construction beginning in the spring of 2019 and completed in the summer of 2019. DOTD is working as expeditiously as possible in an attempt to complete the work ahead of the projected schedule. Upon completion of the construction activities the management gate will be closed and the lake allowed to refill to pool stage. Additional updates will be provided as the time line moves forward.

Anacoco Lake which is located downstream of Vernon Lake is near pool stage. The intent for Anacoco Lake is to keep the management gate closed and the lake near pool stage throughout this process.

Questions regarding this notice may be directed to Mr. Brad Sticker at (318) 561‐5280 or Jonathan Lachney at (318) 561‐5103.

Recreational Red Snapper Season To Close July 8; Assessment to Follow

Release Date: 06/26/2018

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission voted today to close the current recreational, 7-days-per-week red snapper season at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 8.
 
After the closure, the Commission will monitor red snapper landings through the LA Creel survey and consider options for potential additional recreational harvest opportunities.
 
If Louisiana’s quota is not met, the Commission has given the authority to Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet to reopen red snapper season the first weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) of each month beginning in August, until recreational landings approach or reach Louisiana’s annual private recreational allocation of 743,000 pounds.
 
After considering the rate of landings and LDWF biologists’ recommendations, the LWFC believes this is the best decision for Louisiana anglers. This action will extend recreational red snapper fishing opportunities into the summer if the numbers allow.
 
“The department appreciates the help of Louisiana anglers for responding to voluntary surveys to determine accurate and reliable harvest estimates through the LA Creel program,” said LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet. “Their help will be crucial in determining when we should consider closing the season.”
 
The latest catch statistics recorded by LA Creel, the LDWF’s near real-time data collection program is 275,723 pounds, or 38 percent of Louisiana’s allocation. This covers the period through June 10.
 
Size and bag limits will remain at 16 inches and 2 fish per person, per day.

LDWF Accepting Applications for 2018 White Lake WCA Lottery Teal Hunts

Release Date: 06/22/2018

June 22, 2018 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for the 2018 lottery teal hunts on the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) in Vermilion Parish through July 25.
 
Available hunting dates include Saturday, Sept. 15; Sunday, Sept. 16; Tuesday, Sept. 18; Thursday, Sept. 20; Saturday, Sept. 22; Sunday, Sept. 23; Wednesday, Sept. 26; Saturday, Sept. 29, and Sunday, Sept. 30.
 
Anyone 18 years of age or older can apply. Only one application per hunter will be accepted. Applications are available on the LDWF web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/lottery-applications or by writing to the Louisiana  Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Attention: White Lake Teal Hunt, 2000 Quail Drive, Room 418, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.
 
Completed applications must be received by close of business on July 25, 2018. A $5 non-refundable administration fee in the form of a check or money order made payable to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries must accompany each application. No cash will be accepted.
 
Each applicant who is selected will be allowed to bring one additional hunter as a guest. All hunters must have appropriate licenses, including a basic hunting license (or Louisiana Sportsman's Paradise license), a Louisiana duck license, federal duck stamp and HIP permit.
 
Successful applicants will be notified by mail and required to submit an additional check or money order for $250 per hunt party. Applications are non-transferrable.
 
For more information on White Lake WCA teal season lottery hunts, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400, ext. 1, or wsweeney@wlf.la.gov .
 

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Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Calls Special Meeting for June 26

Release Date: 06/22/2018

The special Commission meeting will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA

The following items will be discussed:

1.    Call to Order

2.    Pledge of Allegiance

3.    Roll Call

4.    Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege

5.    Receive and Consider a Declaration of Emergency to Modify 2018 Private Recreational Red Snapper Season in State and Federal Waters – Jason Adriance, Fisheries Biologist

6.    Public Comments

7.    Adjournment

A live audio/video stream of this meeting will be available via Gotowebinar.com.  To attend this meeting via webinar visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3797249560030926594. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov . To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at  http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup .

 

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

 

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