LDWF News Release

LDWF Lake Charles Field Office Honored With Tourism Award by Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau

Release Date: 05/16/2018

LDWF's Eric Shanks (middle) accepts a Partner in Tourism Award from awards presenter Lt. Gov Billy Nungesser.

May 16, 2018 – The Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau honored the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Lake Charles Office with a Partner in Tourism award at its national tourism week luncheon last week.
The award recognized all staff and divisions at the Lake Charles office for their contributions to tourism in southwest Louisiana and assistance to the Convention and Visitors Bureau staff.
“The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries always has our back,’’ Convention and Visitors Bureau noted in a statement during the awards ceremony. “Whether it’s keeping us in the know with what’s new in the realm of the outdoors or being a place of refuge for Convention and Visitors Bureau staff. One day a boat broke free and (LDWF) was quick to respond to our call to identify the boat and bring it to safety. We are grateful to have such helpful and knowledgeable neighbors.’’


LDWF Reopens All Roads on Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 05/16/2018

May 16, 2018 – All roads on the Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area (WMA) have been reopened, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced. The roads were closed due to backwater flooding.
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 .


LDWF Accepting Applications Starting May 17, 2018, for Waterfowl Group Hunts at White Lake WCA for 2018-19 Hunting Season

Release Date: 05/16/2018

May 16, 2018 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will begin accepting applications May 17, 2018 for waterfowl group hunts for up to 12 hunters per group at White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA). 
The cost of the 2018-19 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 on June 20, 2018.
Interested groups must select one two-day group hunt per application. When selecting dates from the dates offered (example: Nov. 10-11), it is understood that arrival will be the afternoon before (example: Nov. 9).  The two consecutive days of hunting do not include the arrival day, which will be the day before from 3 to 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, 2018.
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 or 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 to 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 to 9:30 a.m., and checkout is no later than noon, after 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 Clarifies Red Snapper Season Start Date for Anglers

Release Date: 05/15/2018

(5-15-18) – LDWF would like to clarify that recreational red snapper harvest begins May 25.  A few anglers have had confusion regarding when recreational fishing for red snapper will be allowed for holders of a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit (ROLP) under the Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) granted to Louisiana.  While the EFP allows the recreational harvest of red snapper from federal waters outside of a federal season, it only allows that harvest at times and seasons set by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) when an angler possesses a saltwater fishing license and a ROLP.  

At its May meeting, the LWFC set the recreational red snapper season to open Friday, May 25 and run daily until LA Creel data indicates the allotted quota has been or is projected to be reached. 

For more information on the EFP and the red snapper season, please see our Frequently Asked Questions page (http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/snapper-efp-faqs).

To view the announcement regarding the 2018 red snapper season, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/news/42020.

Finfish Task Force To Meet May 17

Release Date: 05/15/2018

Finfish Task Force Agenda

Thursday, May 17, 2018, 2:00PM

The Louisiana Room

2000 Quail Drive

Baton Rouge, LA 70898



I.Call to Order 

II.Roll Call and Introduction of Guests

III.Approval of the December 5, 2017 Meeting Minutes and the May 17, 2018 Agenda

IV.New Business

A.    Election of Vice-Chairman and Alternate Designees-FTF

B.    Approval of the Finfish Task Force Bylaws- FTF

C.    To Hear an Update on the Status of Black Drum and Discussion on Potential Changes to Recreational and Commercial Harvest, Size, and Bag Limits- LDWF

D.   To Hear a Presentation on the Freshwater Stock Assessment- LDWF

E.    To Hear Discussion on Mullet Fisheries Issues- FTF

F.    To Hear Discussion on Finfish Trawling- FTF

V.Public Comment

VI.Set Next Meeting Date and Location


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/1663073300315091201

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. .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.


LDWF Agents Investigating Fatal Single Vessel Incident in Ascension Parish

Release Date: 05/13/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents are investigating a fatal single vessel boating incident involving a father and son in Ascension Parish.

A 20 foot aluminum vessel being operated by Patrick White, 53, of Sorrento, with Caleb White, 27, of Sorrento, as a passenger hit a bulkhead on the Amite River around 9 p.m. on May 12.  Patrick White sustained minor injuries whereas Caleb White sustained fatal injuries.

According to Patrick White, the two left to go boating in the morning and were returning from their trip when he hit a bulkhead.  It is believed that Caleb White was ejected from the boat and hit the bulkhead before ricocheting back into the boat.

An agent on patrol in the area found the vessel up against the bulkhead and was able to get the father and son into his vessel and call for an ambulance.  Both father and son were responsive at this time.

The agent was able to get the men to the Hilltop Landing where Acadian Ambulance was waiting.  Caleb White died on the way to the hospital.

Agents performed a field sobriety and breathalyzer test on Patrick White and he was found over the legal limit for alcohol.  Agents arrested Patrick White for vehicular homicide, operating or driving a vessel while intoxicated (DWI) and reckless operation. Caleb White’s body was turned over to the Ascension Parish Coroner’s Office to determine an official cause of death.

Vehicular homicide brings a $2,000 to $15,000 fine and five to 30 years in prison.  DWI carries a $300 to $1,000 fine and 10 days to six months in jail.  Reckless operation brings up to a $200 fine and 90 days in jail.



Bridge Repair Work on La. Hwy. 975 South Forces Detour to Northern End of Sherburne WMA

Release Date: 05/11/2018

May 11, 2018 – Users of the northern end of Sherburne Wildlife Management Area (WMA) will need to use U.S. Highway 190 to access the area due to bridge repair work on Louisiana Highway 975 South between I-10 and Sherburne WMA.
That includes those planning to attend Saturday’s (May 12) Step Outside Day, an outdoor program hosted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) at Sherburne WMA. The bridge being repaired is four miles north of Interstate 10.
To access Sherburne WMA headquarters, where Step Outside Day will be held, take U.S. Highway 190 to the Sherburne exit on Louisiana Highway 975 and drive south approximately three miles. The venue will be on the left near Big Alabama Bayou.
For more information, contact Tony Vidrine at 337-948-0255 or tvidrine@wlf.la.gov or Steven David at 337-948-0255 or sdavid@wlf.la.gov


LDWF Workshops Introduces Women to the Sport of Fishing

Release Date: 05/08/2018

LDWF Workshops Introduces Women to the Sport of Fishing
LDWF Workshops Introduces Women to the Sport of Fishing

Over 50 women joined the ranks of experienced anglers in Louisiana by participating in the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Women’s Fishing Workshops.  The two workshops were held last month at the Cabela’s in Gonzales. Participants were taught how to rig their own rod and reel, fishing tactics, methods of cleaning fish and native fish species identification.

The Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana sent each participant home with her own rod and reel. In addition, raffle winners brought home new fishing gear courtesy of Cabela’s and Louisiana Fish Fry.     
The workshops are open to women 18 and older who have in interest in fishing and conservation but have not had the opportunity to learn the skills and techniques needed to get started. LDWF and Cabela’s have partnered to hold several of these one-day workshops over the past 5 years, training over 200 women. 
Those who participate in the workshops are eligible for selection for department coordinated fishing trips where they are paired with a fisheries biologist and boat captain, allowing them to put their newly learned skills to use. Selection for these trips is random due to limited accommodations. 
The Department strives to inspire people to learn about and enjoy the outdoors. These workshops are one of the many outreach initiatives LDWF and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation sponsors, designed to do just that. The goal is to provide women with hands-on education and experience from trained staff and volunteers.   
The women’s workshops are 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 Department and Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fisheries resources.     


LDWF to Host 14th Annual Step Outside Day on Saturday at Sherburne Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 05/07/2018

May 7, 2018 - The 14th annual Step Outside Day, an outdoor education program hosted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), will be held Saturday (May 12) at Sherburne Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Lottie on the northern end of the Atchafalaya Basin from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The event, which is free, will take place next to scenic Big Alabama Bayou near Sherburne WMA headquarters.
Some of the events planned for Step Outside Day include pontoon boat rides, canoeing, target and trap shooting, fishing, archery and other outdoor activities.  Children can take part in blue bird box building, turkey and duck calling and other learning events.  All equipment will be provided.
Exhibits of wildlife and fish species and water safety will be available.
Refreshments and lunch will be provided as well as drawings for door prizes.  Alcoholic beverages are not permitted.
The Sherburne WMA headquarters is located at 1132 Sherburne Road near Lottie.  From U.S. Highway 190, take Sherburne (Louisiana Highway 975) exit and drive south approximately three miles.  The venue will be on the left, near Big Alabama Bayou.  From I-10, take the Whiskey Bay exit and drive North approximately 13 miles on Louisiana Highway 975.  The venue will be on the right near Big Alabama Bayou.
For more information, contact Tony Vidrine at 337-948-0255 or tvidrine@wlf.la.gov or Steven David at 337-948-0255 or sdavid@wlf.la.gov


Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Opens Online Portal for Civil Restitution Payments

Release Date: 05/04/2018

BATON ROUGE, La.--The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has expanded its method of collecting payments for civil restitution associated with violations. Violators can now pay their civil restitution online from anywhere at any time using major credit cards.

An online portal, developed in partnership with Louisiana Interactive, is now available for the convenience of those that need to pay civil restitution. The new technology will allow LDWF to collect civil restitution payments in a more efficient manner.

LDWF is committed to both, ensuring the state receives all restitution owed, and that the public has innovative and user-friendly tools to fulfill their monetary obligations.

In cases that involve civil restitution, LDWF will inform violators by mail of their responsibility to pay the civil restitution for the replacement value of the illegally taken wildlife, fish or damaged habitat.

The new secure portal is available here and can be accessed on any device. A link to this portal will also be available on LDWF’s homepage, www.wlf.la.gov.

“Louisianans are known for their love of our Sportsman’s Paradise,” said Secretary Jack Montoucet. “We are providing this convenient digital service to collect restitution that helps us maintain Louisiana’s wildlife for future generations.”

Syndicate content