Hunting

LDWF Public Meetings to Begin Feb. 25 on Proposed Hunting Seasons and WMA Rules and Regulation Changes

Release Date: 02/13/2019

Feb. 13, 2019 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will hold six public meetings around the state to present and gather comments on the proposed 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 hunting seasons, 2019-2020 general and WMA hunting seasons, rules and regulations, 2020 general and WMA turkey hunting season rules and regulations and the 2019-2020 migratory bird hunting season rules and regulations.
 
Public comment will be taken on all items currently under consideration, including the Notice of Intent adopted at the January meeting of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) and amendments to the Notice of Intent tentatively adopted at the February meeting. The meeting dates and locations include:

  • Feb. 25 (Monday) at 6 p.m. at the Ponchatoula High School Library, 19452 Highway 22, Ponchatoula.
  • Feb. 26 (Tuesday) at 6 p.m. at the LDWF Lafayette Field Office, 200 Dulles Drive, Lafayette.
  • Feb. 27 (Wednesday) at 6 p.m. at the LDWF Minden Field Office, 9961 Highway 80, Minden.
  • Feb. 28 (Thursday) at 6 p.m. at the LDWF Monroe Field Office, 368 Century Link Drive, Monroe.
  • March 1 (Friday) at 6 p.m. at the Alexandria Convention Hall, 915 3rd Street, Alexandria.
  • March 2 (Saturday) at 10 a.m. at the LSU Ag Center Building, 7101 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles.

To view the full notice of intent and amendments for all proposed hunting season dates and regulations changes for the upcoming hunting seasons, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.
 
Public comment will also be accepted at LWFC monthly meetings and/or can be submitted in writing by mail to: Tommy Tuma, LDWF Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to ttuma@wlf.la.gov until 9 a.m., March 7, 2019.
 
For more information, contact Tommy Tuma at 225-765-2349 or ttuma@wlf.la.gov.
 

LWFC Amends Proposed Notice of Intent for 2019-20 Hunting Seasons Rules and Regulations

Release Date: 02/11/2019

Feb. 11, 2019 - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission voted Thursday (Feb. 7) to make several amendments to the proposed notice of intent for the 2019-20 hunting seasons, rules and regulations during its monthly meeting in Baton Rouge.
 
Among them, the commission voted to return the daily bag limit of teal back to six for the early teal season in September.
 
It also voted to amend the rules regarding nighttime take of nuisance animals and outlaw quadrupeds from the last day of February until the last day of August in the same year, maintaining the requirement for a permit.
 
The commission also clarified language in the cervid carcass importation regulation, which will prohibit transport of any cervid carcass or part of a cervid carcass originating from Louisiana lands east of the Mississippi River in East Carroll, Madison, Tensas and Concordia parishes to any other part of the state, unless it is transported in the manner prescribed in the state cervid carcass importation ban. 
 
Finally, the commission voted to standardize limited access area rules (LAAs) and regulations for all WMAs. This amendment results in the allowance of trolling motors within LAAs on Boeuf, Dewey W. Wills and Russell Sage Wildlife Management Areas.
 
To view the full notice of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulations changes for the upcoming hunting seasons, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.
 
Public comment will be accepted at LWFC monthly meetings through March and/or can be submitted in writing by mail to: Tommy Tuma, LDWF Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to ttuma@wlf.la.gov until 9 a.m., March 7, 2019.
 
For more information, contact Tommy Tuma at 225-765-2349 or ttuma@wlf.la.gov.
 
 

Deer Hunting Closure Remains in Effect in Portions of Deer Area 5, Including Attakapas WMA

Release Date: 01/16/2019

Jan. 16, 2019 – A deer hunting closure in portions of Deer Area 5 remains in effect due to flooding, including Attakapas Wildlife Management Area (WMA), the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced. The Atchafalaya River is still above 15 feet mean sea level (msl) at Butte LaRose, which triggered the closure.
 
A two-day primitive firearms season at Attakapas WMA was scheduled for Saturday and Sunday (Jan. 19-20). But because of the closure the season will not take place. Archery season in Attakapas WMA, which runs until Feb. 15, remains closed.
 
In addition, deer hunting in those portions of Iberville, St. Martin, St. Mary and Iberia parishes west of the East Atchafalaya Basin Protection Levee, east of the West Atchafalaya Basin Protection Levee and south of Alligator Bayou and Bayou Sorrel remains closed. Deer hunting in the area will reopen when the river stage recedes to 14 feet msl at Butte LaRose.
  
For more information, contact Johnathan Bordelon at jbordelon@wlf.la.gov or 318-487-5885 or Tony Vidrine at tvidrine@wlf.la.gov or 337-735-8682.
 

LWFC Adopts Notice of Intent for Hunting Regulations, Hunting Seasons and WMA Rules

Release Date: 01/09/2019

Jan. 9, 2019 - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) adopted notices of intent for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 hunting seasons, 2019-20 general and Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) hunting seasons and rules and regulations, 2020 general and WMA turkey hunting season and rules and regulations, and 2019-20 migratory bird hunting season and rules and regulations at its January meeting Tuesday (Jan. 8) in Baton Rouge.
 
The notices of intent include proposed hunting season dates and regulation changes from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) for the upcoming hunting seasons and provide for a public comment period.
 
Some of the proposed changes include:

  • Ban of the use of natural deer urine as an attractant for hunting purposes. This is proposed as a cautionary measure to stop the potential importation and spread of CWD.
  • Language to include Louisiana lands east of the Mississippi River in East Carroll, Madison, Tensas and Concordia parishes in the state Cervid Carcass Importation ban.  This will make it illegal for persons who harvest a deer on those aforementioned properties to transport a whole deer back into Louisiana.
  • Requirement that self-clearing permit must be utilized for all activities on WMAs.
  • Reducing the daily bag limit of teal from six to four for the early September teal season.
  • Prohibition on the use of motorized turkey decoys.
  • Removal of all of Pointe Coupee and West Baton Rouge parishes and parts of Avoyelles, Iberville, St. Landry and Upper St Martin parishes from Turkey Area A to Turkey Area C, which results in a reduction of 14 days of hunting opportunity.
  • Allowance to hunt nuisance animals and outlaw quadrupeds at night year round and the elimination of the permit needed from September-January.
  • Defining ‘drones’ as ‘unmanned aerial vehicles’. 
  • Addition of airboats as an allowable vehicle on Maurepas Swamp WMA pursuant to RS:56:109.4.
  • Removal of ability to commercial fishing on Wonder Lake on Pointe-Aux-Chenes WMA. 
  • Expansion of the limited access area at Joyce WMA.
  • Prohibition of all nighttime activities at Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA.
  • Change in the closing time of waterfowl hunting from noon to 2 pm at Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA, making it consistent with other WMAs.
  • Reduction of seven days to the turkey season at Richard K. Yancey WMA.
  • Reduction of the number of open turkey days from five to three at Sherburne WMA.
  • Closure of Tunica Hills WMA when turkey lottery hunts are taking place.

To view the full notice of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulations changes for the upcoming hunting seasons, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.
 
Public comment will be accepted at LWFC monthly meetings from February through March and/or can be submitted in writing by mail to: Tommy Tuma, LDWF Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to ttuma@wlf.la.gov until 9 a.m., March 7, 2019.
 
LDWF will also collect public comment at public hearings to be held Feb. 25-March 2 throughout the state. The locations and times for those meetings include:

  • Feb. 25 (Monday) at 6 p.m. at the Ponchatoula High School Library, 19452 Highway 22, Ponchatoula.
  • Feb. 26 (Tuesday) at 6 p.m. at the LDWF Lafayette Field Office, 200 Dulles Drive, Lafayette.
  • Feb. 27 (Wednesday) at 6 p.m. at the LDWF Minden Field Office, 9961 Highway 80, Minden.
  • Feb. 28 (Thursday) at 6 p.m. at the LDWF Monroe Field Office, 368 Century Link Drive, Monroe.
  • March 1 (Friday) at 6 p.m. at the Alexandria Convention Hall, 915 3rd Street, Alexandria.
  • March 2 (Saturday) at 10 a.m. at the LSU Ag Center Building, 7101 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles.
     

For more information, contact Tommy Tuma at 225-765-2349 or ttuma@wlf.la.gov.
 

Registration Now Open for 2018 Louisiana Youth Hunter of the Year Contest

Release Date: 01/02/2019

Jan. 2, 2019 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), the Louisiana Wildlife Federation and the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association are seeking submissions for the 2018 Youth Hunter of the Year contest. The contest, for the 2018 calendar year, is open to Louisiana boys and girls ages 15 and younger.
 
Did you have a special hunt this past year? Harvested your first game animal or bird? Maybe just a hunting trip made great by sharing time in the outdoor with family and friends? Regardless, you could be a candidate for our male and female Youth Hunter of the Year contest.
 
Youth Hunters of the Year will receive a plaque in recognition of their achievement and a gift certificate from Bowie Outfitters. The two winners will also be recognized at the Governor’s State Conservation Achievement Awards Banquet in April.
 
Contest sponsors include Baton Rouge Chapter of Delta Waterfowl, South Louisiana Branch of Quality Deer Management Association, Andrew Harrison with Harrison Law, LLC, Bowie Outfitters - Baton Rouge, and Outdoor Roots.
 
To apply, download the registration form on the LDWF web site (http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/yhrp). Entrants must submit the registration form along with a photograph and story describing the hunt. Entries must be postmarked by March 9, 2019. Applications can be sent by mail or submitted electronically.
 
For more information on this program and how to apply contact John Sturgis at 337-735-8679 or jsturgis@wlf.la.gov or Rebecca Triche at 225-344-6707 or Rebecca@lawildlifefed.org. For more information on the Louisiana Wildlife Federation, go to lawildlifefed.org.
 

Flooding Triggers Deer Hunting Closure in Portions of Deer Area 5

Release Date: 12/31/2018

Dec. 31, 2018 – Deer hunting in portions of Deer Area 5 in the Atchafalaya Basin have been closed due to flooding, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced. The Atchafalaya River has reached 15 feet mean sea level (msl) at Butte LaRose, triggering the closure.
 
Deer hunting in those portions of Iberville, St. Martin, St. Mary and Iberia parishes west of the East Atchafalaya Basin Protection Levee, east of the West Atchafalaya Basin Protection Levee and south of Alligator Bayou and Bayou Sorrel are closed. Deer hunting in the area will reopen when the river stage recedes to 14 feet msl at Butte LaRose.
 
LDWF will announce when the closure is lifted.
 
For more information, contact Johnathan Bordelon at jbordelon@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2344 or Tony Vidrine at tvidrine@wlf.la.gov or 337-735-8682.
 

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.
 

NOVEMBER ALAS NEWSLETTER

NOVEMBER ALAS NEWSLETTER

 
CHAD MOORE NAMED ALAS STATE COORDINATOR
 
Good morning/afternoon. I am Chad Moore, your new ALAS State Coordinator. I have worked for Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for ten years. I’ve always loved the ALAS program and I’m happy to be able to take the reins. Robert Stroede and Jan McGovern did an amazing job in steering the program for over five years. I want to thank you for doing your part to introduce tens of thousands of kids to this great sport. Many of these kids would’ve never been afforded the opportunity if it weren’t for you. There is a lot of work to be done before the 2018 tournament season. I have an amazing support staff that I know will help me get the job done. Looking forward to working with all of you in the future. Feel free to contact me anytime if you have questions or concerns.
Chad Moore
cmoore@wlf.la.gov
9961 Hwy 80
Minden, LA 71055
3182304352
 
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
 
2018 ALAS TOURNAMENT DATES:
 
Saturday, January 20th, 2018 South Regional Tournament
Alexandria, LA
 
Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 North Regional Tournament
Shreveport, LA
 
Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 ALAS State Tournament
Shreveport, LA

**********REGISTRATION DATES**********
 
SOUTH REGIONAL OPENS 12/11/17 12:00AM CLOSES 12/22/17 11:59PM

NORTH REGIONAL OPENS 12/18/17 12:00AM CLOSES 12/29/17 11:59PM

STATE TOURNAMENT PRE-REGISTRATION OPENS 2/5/18 12:00AM CLOSES 2/10/18 11:59PM

STATE TOURNAMENT TIERED REGISTRATION OPENS 2/12/18 12:00AM CLOSES 2/17/18 11:59PM

SPONSORSHIP DEADLINE FOR REGIONAL TOURNAMENT - 12/22/17

SPONSORSHIP DEADLINE FOR STATE TOURNAMENT - 2/9/18
 
 
Tournament season is fast approaching! Registration for regional tournaments will be here soon. We decided to eliminate pre-registration for regionals this year due to time constraints.  I want to leave enough time between registration and tournaments to make sure everything is in order.  We have decided to cap the number of archers for regionals at 800.  It's possible that we may be able to add an additional flight if necessary.  You will recieve your coaches documents that contains more registration details through email in the next couple of weeks. Feel free to contact me with questions or concerns.  
 
 2018 NASP TOURNAMENT RULES AND REGULATIONS
 
The 2018 NASP Tournament Rules and Protocols document is attached. Please review this document as you prepare to teach your archery curriculum and prepare for tournaments. This includes very important information regarding homeschools, shooting up, single gender schools, and third grade archers. If you have any questions regarding rule changes, please contact cmoore@wlf.la.gov .
 
NEW FOR 2018:
 
Eastern and Western NASP® Nationals: Qualified schools may register to participate in one but not both. Participation is not guaranteed in either event. Registration will be open to all qualified NASP® schools. Registration for these events will be determined by school. Once a school is registered for one of these NASP® tournaments, teams and individual archers from that school will only be permitted to participate in that event. Qualification tiers will be established for each event individually. All other NASP® National and World rules apply. More Information Below.
 
SUMMARY OF MAJOR CHANGES IN THE 2018 NASP® COMPETITION RULES:
 
*Please see complete document for detailed information regarding changes.

• Homeschool: To participate as a homeschool team, a group will need to demonstrate that they are gathering together for educational purposes, beyond just archery. In addition, NASP® is going to request more specific information about who receives the in-school lessons in that group and what other activities they gather for.

• Shooting Up: Shooting Up will still be allowed but limited to schools with less than 150 NASP® eligible archers. Schools with less than 150 NASP® eligible archers will be allowed to add archers to their team from lower level schools (or same level schools) until a total of 150 NASP® eligible archers is reached or exceeded.

• Single Gender: Single gender schools will no longer be required to merge with another school of the opposite gender to form a team. NASP® is implementing this rule on a trial basis.

• Third Grade Archers: Third grade archers will no longer be eligible for NASP® competition.
Please visit: http://naspschools.org/events/ for complete rules and regulations for Bullseye and 3-D competition.
 
TOURNAMENT SPONSORSHIP INFORMATION
 
Do you know an individual, business, or organization that might be interested in supporting the ALAS program this year? Thanks to last year's sponsors we gave away $20,000 in scholarships. Help us grow that number even higher by sharing the attached 2017 ALAS Sponsorship Information with those that see the benefit of supporting this great program.
As always with the growth of a program we also experience increased cost to continue to provide the quality tournament experience that we have in the past. Most of the cost of added materials needed, targets, target faces, bows, arrows, etc. is covered by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. However, outside funds are required to cover items such as promotional items, t-shirts, awards, trophies, signs, banners, equipment rental, and most importantly, the scholarships that we award. Thankfully we have always been able to rely on the support of state and local sponsors to make our tournaments a great experience for all who attend and we hope to keep that going!  The 2018 Sponsorship Brochure will be completed soon and will be emailed to you.    
Contact cmoore@wlf.la.gov with any questions that you may have.

 

EQUIPMENT GRANTS AVAILABLE!
 
Archery equipment can be expensive. The LDWF/ALAS Equipment Grant Program can help!
LDWF offers 20 partial equipment grants per year to assist schools. If your school is interested in purchasing archery equipment but needs some financial assistance, please take a look at the attached Grant Program Information. This grant provides 5 NASP targets, 1 NASP arrow curtain, 10 PVC ground quivers, and a PVC bow rack. In order to be eligible to receive one of these grants, schools will be required to have the following: (see attachment for complete list of requirements)
• Must have at least one teacher trained as a NASP BAI
• No current NASP equipment
• Must have the ability to obtain the remaining equipment not provided by the grant (12 Genesis bows, 2 boxes of Easton arrows, & 1 equipment repair kit)
For consideration to receive a grant, please complete the attached LDWF/ALAS Equipment Grant Application and a letter of interest. Submit to:
Chad Moore
cmoore@wlf.la.gov
9961 Hwy 80
Minden, LA 71055
 
DO YOU NEED REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT?
 
If you already have equipment but need to buy replacement equipment or more, you may be eligible for a $200 grant from NASP to help with that purchase. In order to qualify, you must submit a request to me by 12/20/17. You can submit your request for this by email. You must submit your equipment order to NASP by 1/31/2018. Your order must be for $800 or more for the $200 to be deducted. There are a limited number of these grants so get your request in.
 
EQUIPMENT LOANS
 
Need archery equipment? If you are interested in participating in the ALAS Equipment Loan program for this school year, please submit the dates that you would like to reserve a loan as soon as possible to ensure availability. Loans are typically 2-6 weeks and include all equipment needed to teach the NASP/ALAS archery curriculum. Stringbow and range line material not included. Contact cmoore@wlf.la.gov to schedule your loan or for information about our equipment grant program!  DUE TO UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS, NO LOANS WILL BE ISSUED UNTIL AFTER THE STATE TOURNAMENT. 
 
ACADEMIC ARCHER NOW OPEN:
 
Attention NASP BAI Coaches: Academic Archer is a free recognition scholarship program for participants in the National Archery in the Schools Program. Every registered Academic Archer is eligible for a drawing for 1 of 10 new Genesis Bows and Easton prize packages including Academic Archery Arrows. See attached flyer for more information.
No tournament participation is necessary!
Please register your qualifying NASP® students today!
For more information, visit:
http://naspschools.org/instructors/
 
NASP announces the 2018 On Target for Life Awards and Recognition Program
 
I know there are a lot of archers and coaches in Louisiana that deserve to be nominated for these awards.
For more information on this program visit: http://www.naspschools.org/news/news.php?id=1465
 
UPCOMING BAI CLASSES:
 
The BAI class schedule can be found at https://naspbai.org/classsearch.aspx . There are no classes on the schedule at this time. For information about hosting a BAI training class at your school please contact cmoore@wlf.la.gov.
 
BASIC ARCHERY INSTRUCTOR REFRESHER COURSE
 
Has it been over 3 years since you received your BAI Certification?
Need to refresh your memory on all of those NASP safety guidelines?
If your answers are “Yes,” then you may be interested in attending a BAI Refresher Course! This new training will provide updates to NASP safety guidelines as well as a basic overview of all NASP techniques and protocol. These half-day BAI Refresher classes will be scheduled as needed at various locations throughout the state. For more information about the new Refresher Course or to volunteer your school to host a
class please contact cmoore@wlf.la.gov .
 
 
 
 

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