Woodworth Outdoor Education Center


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Alexander State Forest Wildlife Management Area; 661 Robinson Bridge Road, Woodworth, LA 71485




Woodworth Outdoor Education Center is available for use by any group conducting outdoor education related programs, meetings, or events. Please make reservations well in advance. This facility is used extensively year-round, and availability is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Activities and Amenities

  • Two fishing ponds
  • Shooting range
  • Classroom
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room
  • 40-person bunkhouse
  • Bathrooms (including showers)
  • Outdoor pavilion with barbecue pit
Woodworth Outdoor Education Center
Woodworth Outdoor Education Center

L.D.W.F. Makes Available Revised Wildlife and Fish Values for Public Comment

Release Date: 04/28/2011

April 28, 2011 - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) adopted a notice of intent this month to approve changes to the values assigned to fish and wildlife in Louisiana, and to modify the list of threatened and endangered species.  The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) recommended the revised values, which are used to determine fines for individuals who illegally take fish and wildlife.

The list of threatened and endangered species will be amended to match the current federal listing of threatened or endangered species that are in Louisiana.  Key changes were the removal of the brown pelican and the bald eagle, and the addition of the red wolf.

To view the full notice of intent, please visit Public comment will be accepted at the LWFC monthly meetings on May 5 and June 2. Comments will also be accepted by mail to LDWF headquarters in Baton Rouge through June 2, 2010. Mailed comments should be directed to:

David Lavergne
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
P.O. Box 98000
Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, contact Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or 

L.D.W.F. Presents Proposed Alligator Regulation Changes to Commission

Release Date: 04/13/2011

April 13, 2011 - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) adopted a notice of intent April 7 for regulation changes in the Alligator Management Program. The changes, proposed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), provide options relative to alligator skin processing and would allow non-residents owning wetland habitat in Louisiana to obtain harvest tags.

The proposed change for alligator skins, prior to export out of state or prior to tanning in state, would allow for the sale of raw flanks or bellies of alligators and could be helpful when attempting to sell poor quality raw skins.

Concerning issuance of tags to non-residents, current regulations restrict landowners to assisting a resident, licensed alligator trapper during the season. This change would allow for non-residents, who own alligator habitat in Louisiana, to obtain their own tags.

Several other proposed changes/clarifications include: changing application deadlines for tags, addressing disposal of alligator skins deemed of no value, and stipulating that  alligators shall not be cut loose from hooks and lines for any purpose.

To view the full notice of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulations changes for the upcoming hunting season, please visit

Public comment will be accepted at the LWFC May 5 meeting or can be submitted to Robert Love, LDWF Coastal and Nongame Resources Division, P. O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA  70898-9000, through June 1, 2011.

For more information, contact Noel Kinler at 337-373-0032 or

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

Louisiana Youth Can Register Now for 2010 Hunter of the Year Awards

Release Date: 04/11/2011

April 11, 2011 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) are encouraging hunters 15 years of age or younger to enter the 2010 Youth Hunter of the Year competition. 

The contest requires youth hunters to submit a story about their hunting experience along with photographs of the hunt.  LDWF and LOWA will then select a male and female youth hunter of the year based upon the stories and photos that are received. 

Visit the LDWF website at for information on the Youth Hunter Registry Program and the 2010 Youth Hunter of the Year Contest.

Youth hunters who participated in any hunting activity during the 2010-11 hunting season are encouraged to participate.  This is not a big buck or turkey contest. The program is about youths enjoying a hunting experience, with or without success, and keeping the hunting tradition alive in Louisiana. The deadline to enter the 2010 Youth Hunter of the Year Contest is June 30, 2011.

The two winners will be recognized at the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Conference this summer.  Winners will receive a plaque in recognition of their achievement and a gift certificate from Bowie Outfitters in Baton Rouge.

Additionally, all participants who register their 2010-11 hunting experiences with the Youth Hunter Registry Program will be eligible to win a gift certificate from Bowie Outfitters (winner to be selected by a random drawing).

For more information, contact Scott Durham at 225-765-2351 or or David Moreland at 225-978-6552 or

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

Volunteer Hunter Education Instructors

Join the team that makes a difference!

Why are volunteers important?

Volunteer instructors make it happen! 
Volunteer instructors are the backbone of LDWF?s hunter education program. Volunteers are connected to their communities and through their efforts more students can be reached. Volunteers as a group possess a vast wealth of information which has proven to be invaluable in passing on the knowledge and skills of the outdoors. Through the countless hours of teaching time they donate, thousands of students are taught the lessons of responsibility, conservation, firearms safety and safety in the outdoors. Each year 18,000 students graduate from hunter education courses taught statewide. Become a part of the team that makes a difference!

What courses are taught in our hunter education program?

Hunter Education, Bowhunter Education, Muzzleloading Education as well as providing instructions that teach other important hunting related outdoor skills.

What do we look for In a volunteer instructor?

  • A professional demeanor
  • Courteous and respectful
  • Good communicator
  • People oriented
  • Dedicated and motivated
  • Someone who believes in the importance of education

Requirements for Becoming a Hunter Education Instructor

  • Be of reputable character
  • Attend a 12 hour instructor training course
  • Complete livefire exercises
  • Pass a written exam
  • Undergo a criminal background check
  • Teach or assist in teaching one course every 24 months.

Find an Instructor Course

Click here for course information. For more information, contact Eric Shanks at

What other ways can I volunteer?

Serving as a mentor to pass on the tradition of hunting is a noble undertaking. LDWF sponsors hunts that target opportunities for youth and is looking for volunteers to help pass on the responsibility, knowledge and skills needed to make a hunter or an angler. In addition, volunteers are used for: and related programs that introduce people to outdoor recreational sports.

Benefits of Being a Volunteer Instructor

Incentives are offered to those who donate their time as volunteer hunter education instructors. The greatest reward though, of serving as a volunteer instructor is the self satisfaction of knowing you are helping to preserve the future of hunting by passing on a time honored tradition. For more information on instructor incentives follow the link for instructor resources.

Big Game Records - Annual Recognition List 2010-11


All of these deer have been officially scored by state measurers.    
Hunter Score Category Weapon Date Parish
Kenneth Bordelon 209 3/8 non-typical gun 1/3/11 Avoyelles
Kevin Breaux 176 5/8 typical gun 1/14/11 St. Mary
Kevin Kron 175    non-typical gun 12/11/10 St. Helena
John Preaus 172 7/8 typical gun 11/27/65 Union
Cory Coreil 166    non-typical gun 11/26/10 West Feliciana
Jude Newton 165 2/8 non-typical gun 12/24/10 Avoyelles
Anthony Plattsmier 163 6/8 typical gun 3/11/11 St. Landry
Roy L. Cole 162    typical gun 11/8/10 Webster
Wiley Averett 156 4/8 typical gun 1/1/11 Concordia (RRWMA)
Steven Smith 154 7/8 typical gun 12/27/10 West Feliciana
Richie Schaefer 153 7/8 typical gun 12/23/10 St Tammany
Mitchell Ritchie 151 3/8 typical gun 10/7/10 West Carrol
Tommy Calandro 148    typical gun 11/27/10 EBR
Lance Gautreaux 145 5/8 typical gun 12/19/10 St. Landry
Tony Morehead 145 3/8 typical gun 12/30/10 Webster
Chris Lebleu 143 7/8 typical gun 1/6/11 St. Landry (Thistlethwaite WMA)
Mike Lovelace 143 5/8 typical gun 12/18/10 Avoyelles
Found dead (C. Hymel) 143 4/8 typical found dead 11/1/10 Concordia (Red River WMA)
Eugene Brady 143 2/8 typical gun 12/21/10 St. John
Michael Nicolosi 142 4/8 typical bow 10/19/10 East Feliciana
Kris Melancon 141 2/8 typical gun 11/19/10 Concordia
Greg Gravois 140 2/8 typical bow 10/29/10 St. Mary (ADWMA)
Calvin Ardoin 139 7/8 typical gun 1/8/11 Concordia
Victor Bares 139 6/8 typical gun 12/13/10 Tensas
Bubba Jumonville 137 2/8 typical gun 1/2011 Pointe Coupee
Andrew LaFleur 136 4/8 typical gun 11/1/09 Beauregard
Leonard Tassin 136    typical gun 1/1/11 Avoyelles (Spring Bayou WMA)
Elizabeth Aldridge 134 7/8 typical gun 12/23/10 East Feliciana
Allen Gaspard 133 6/8 typical gun 11/5/10 Avoyelles (Spring Bayou WMA)
Rob Schexnayder 133 2/8 typical gun 1/7/11 Avoyelles (Spring Bayou WMA)
Maurice D'Aquin 133    typical gun 2010 Washington
Eric Brabham 132 1/8 typical bow 12/25/10 Tensas
Brandon Fontenot 131 2/8 typical gun 12/31/10 St. Landry (Thistlethwaite WMA)
Rick Hunt 130 7/8 typical gun 12/16/10 Washington
E.J Loupe 130 1/8 typical gun 1960s Pointe Coupee
H. C. Lewis 127 6/8 typical bow 10/5/10 Tensas
Eric Searcy 124 5/8 typical cross bow 10/29/10 West Raton Rouge
Craig Leader 123 6/8 typical primitive 1/11/11 Concordia (RRWMA)
Brian Williamson 123    typical bow 1/6/11 Avoyelles
Jeff Dupont 121 4/8 typical bow 12/27/10 Avoyelles (Pomme de Terre WMA)
Troy LaBorde 121    typical bow 11/12/10 West Feliciana
Al Dugas 120 3/8 typical bow 1/13/11 Avoyelles
Raymond Myrick 118 5/8 typical primitive 1/5/11 Tensas
Richard Dugas 116 5/8 typical bow 2011 Avoyelles
Ronnie Swayze 115    typical bow 12/14/10 Tensas
Curtis Hymel 114 6/8 typical bow 12/26/10 Concordia (Bayou Cocodrie NWR)
David Saale 114 3/8 typical cross bow 12/20/10 West Feliciana
Allen Gaspard 110 5/8 typical bow 11/5/10 Avoyelles (Spring Bayou WMA)


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