L.D.W.F. Announces Bid Process for Alligator Hunting on WMAs and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Properties for the 2013-2015 Alligator Harvest Seasons

Release Date: 05/09/2013

May 9, 2013 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will be accepting bids for alligator hunting on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE) properties for the 2013-2015 alligator harvest seasons.  Eligible alligator hunters are chosen through a bid system every three years on selected WMAs/USACOE properties.
Bids for alligator hunting will be solicited for the following WMAs and USACOE properties: Grassy Lake, Spring Bayou, and Pomme de Terre (Avoyelles Parish), Attakapas (Iberia, St. Martin and St. Mary Parishes), Sherburne - USACOE Lands (Iberville, Pointe Coupee and St. Martin Parishes), Dewey Wills (La Salle and Catahoula Parishes), Manchac (St. John Parish), Pearl River - North of Interstate 10,  Pearl River - Between Interstate 10 and US Hwy 90 and Pearl River - South of US Hwy 90 (St. Tammany Parish), Joyce (Tangipahoa Parish), Maurepas Swamp (St. John, St. James, Ascension, Livingston and Tangipahoa Parishes), Indian Bayou - USACOE property (St. Landry and St. Martin Parishes), Atchafalaya Delta (St. Mary Parish), Pointe-aux-Chenes (Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes), Salvador (St. Charles Parish) and Pass-a-Loutre (Plaquemines Parish).
A total of 29 alligator hunting opportunities are available for bid on 13 WMAs and 2 USACOE properties.  The number of alligator tags that will be issued to successful bidders in 2013 will range from 12 to 83 tags depending on area awarded.  For specific details on the number of alligator hunter opportunities and tags available by area, please see the public notice or bid application notification. 
Interested participants may review and print out the public notice and bid application notifications and forms from LDWF’s website at, or request by phone at the phone numbers below, or request in writing from Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 2013-2015 WMA Alligator Harvest Bids, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, La. 70898-9000.
If additional information is needed, please call the appropriate LDWF office (Hammond 985-543-4777, Opelousas 337-948-0255, Monroe 318-343-4044, New Iberia 337-373-0032, New Orleans 504-284-5264) or send email to
NO guiding/outfitting activities for sport alligator hunting will be allowed while conducting alligator harvest activities on WMAs/USACOE properties.  Selected hunters will not be allowed to participate in any television or reality show production.  Any video activity must be specifically approved by the Alligator Program Manager.
An individual can apply and bid on more than one WMA/USACOE property but will only be selected for one WMA/USACOE property.  Bidders applying for more than one area must fill out individual applications for each WMA/USACOE property.  Only one winner allowed per household.
Applicants must meet the following criteria in order to submit a bid:

  1. Applicants must be a Louisiana resident at least 18 years of age.
  2. Evidence of previous alligator hunting experience in Louisiana.
  3. Ownership of or access to essential equipment for alligator hunting on the WMA/USACOE property they are bidding on.
  4. Each applicant must be able to report to the WMA/USACOE property each morning until alligator tag quota is completed.
  5. Ability to follow specific instructions issued by Department personnel.
  6. Ability to maintain required records.
  7. All applicants will be screened for past wildlife and criminal violations.  Applicants with felony convictions or with Class Two or above wildlife convictions, WMA/USACOE violations or littering within the last five years, as determined by the Enforcement Division, shall be disqualified.

Completed bid application forms must be received by 10 a.m. on June 13, 2013 in Room 240 of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, La. 70898.
Bid opening will be held at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building, 4th Floor Conference Room, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70898.  Winning bidders will be notified of selection by phone and are required to come in and sign a contract at a later date.  The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reserves the right to reject any and all bids.
For more information, contact Lance Campbell at 337-373-0032 or

L.D.W.F. Offering Fur Trapping Opportunity on Marsh Island Refuge

Release Date: 01/24/2013

Jan. 24, 2013-- Due to the increased nutria population on Marsh Island Refuge, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is seeking trappers to participate in a special opportunity to harvest nutria, and possibly other furbearer species, from the refuge.

The nutria population is negatively impacting the habitat and the department’s goal is to reduce habitat damage and loss on the Iberia Parish refuge.

A maximum of six trappers will be selected from applications received by the Feb. 15, 2013 deadline.  Those selected will be authorized to hunt nutria on the refuge through March 31, 2013, and for the next three trapping seasons, provided they pass an annual harvest review.

Applicants must have a minimum of three years of trapping experience, necessary equipment and must belicensed in the Coastwide Nutria Control Program (CNCP).  To review the application form and all requirements, go to the LDWF website file:

Application forms must be delivered or mailed to the following address to arrive by 4:30 p.m., Feb. 15, 2013:

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

Marsh Island Refuge Fur Trapper Applications

2415 Darnall Road

New Iberia, LA 70560

Attn:  Leslie Campbell

Participants will be required to enroll in the Coastwide Nutria Control Program (CNCP), if they are not already.  LDWF will not collect a percentage of the funds generated as a result of nutria tail collections and/or other permitted furbearer harvest.

Overnight accommodations (primitive camping or houseboats) and staging of boats (flats, surface drives, etc.) at the refuge will be permitted to improve hunter efficiency.  But boat storage and overnight camping/mooring will be permitted on an “as available” basis.  Hunting/trapping activities will be permitted during the trapping season (November 20 – March 31).

For more information on Marsh Island Refuge nutria trapping opportunities or to obtain an application, contact Tyson Crouch or Cassidy Lejeune at 337-373-0032 or or clejeune@

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L.D.W.F. Hosts Beyond Becoming an Outdoors Woman Deer Hunt

Release Date: 12/13/2012

BBOW participants (l to r): Jeannie Palermo, Mary Erickson, Kathleen Nichols, Linda Dugas, Tina Faul and Sandy Darwish.

Dec. 13, 2012 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) hosted a Beyond Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BBOW) deer hunt workshop at the Floy Ward McElroy Wildlife Management Area on Dec. 7-9.

The workshop, facilitated by the Wildlife Division / Education Section staff, provided six novice hunters the opportunity to gain hunting experience and harvest deer from a state WMA.

Floy Ward McElroy WMA, located in Richland Parish, consists of 681 acres of mature and recently reforested bottomland hardwoods, sloughs and backwater areas. Hunting activity on the WMA is limited to youth and educational lottery hunts only.

The women hunters were selected by lottery after attending the deer hunting course offered at the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshop. Upon arrival Friday, each hunter participated in a safety refresher program and sighted in their rifles at the Richland Parish Sheriff’s Department shooting range.  Overnight accommodations were provided at Poverty Point Reservoir State Park. 

Each hunter was accompanied by a guide and made two hunts on Saturday and one on Sunday morning. A 185-pound, 5-point buck was harvested by Tina Faul and a yearling buck by Linda Dugas. The fall hunting trip included other deer and wildlife sightings, enhancing each hunter’s outdoors experience.

For more information on upcoming BOW or BBOW workshops, visit the LDWF website at, scroll to the bottom of the home page and click on Education.  To contact a BOW coordinator directly, call or email Dana Norsworthy at 318-345-3912 or; Bill Breed at 318-343-1241 or; or Chad Moore at 318-371-3050 or

LDWF Agents Investigating Fatal Hunting Incident

Release Date: 10/19/2012

Oct. 19, 2012 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents are investigating a fatal hunting incident that took the life of a Lake Charles man in Allen Parish.

The Reeves Police Department received a report on Oct. 18 about a truck that had been parked on the side of Hwy. 190 near Rodeo Pen Road in Reeves for two to three days and notified the Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office (APSO).

A sheriff’s office deputy found the truck and noticed a trail into the woods.  After walking the trail for approximately 100 yards, the deputy found the body of Donald C. Hodge Sr., 60, shortly after 5 p.m. on Oct. 18.

The APSO deputy found Hodge under a tree with a lock on type deer stand lying next to him with what appeared to be broken straps that would normally secure the stand to the tree.  Authorities did not find a safety harness attached to Hodge or the tree.

His body was turned over to the Allen Parish Coroner’s Office.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency and do not suspect foul play.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or

2012-13 Bonnet Carré Spillway Deer Hunting Season Rules & Regulations

Release Date: 10/17/2012

Oct. 17, 2012 -- Following Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) deer herd assessments made to determine the impacts of Hurricane Isaac on the deer population, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in partnership with the LDWF has revised the 2012-2013 Bonnet Carré Spillway hunting season rules and regulations.

LDWF’s population assessments showed that parishes impacted by Hurricane Isaac, which have historically lower deer productivity, required revised harvest rules for 2012-13 based on storm-related deer mortality including high fawn mortality.  The changes to deer season at the Bonnet Carré Spillway follow the revisions approved Oct. 4 by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission for the Maurepas Basin, which includes St. Charles Parish, and are as follows:

All hunting shall be still-hunting only, EXCEPT as otherwise specified.

Deer*: Archery and Shotgun (buckshot) only.
Archery: Oct. 1-15 bucks only; Oct. 16 – Feb. 15 either sex
Shotgun: Nov. 23-25 bucks only; Dec. 15-30 bucks only
Youth: Oct. 27-28 bucks only

Additional permit required and posted restrictions apply for all persons regardless of age.  Permits must be signed prior to hunting any game and must be carried at all times while in the field.  For permits or more information, see bulletin boards on-site, visit the project website at (then click on Bonnet Carré Spillway), or contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Bonnet Carré Spillway Project Office at (985) 764-7484.

For additional information on revisions to Louisiana’s deer hunting season, please visit the LDWF’s website at

For more information, contact Randy Myers at 225-765-2359 or

Waddill Education Center to Host Louisiana Duck Stamp Contest

Release Date: 10/16/2012

Oct. 16, 2012 -- The contest to decide the winning design for the 2013 Louisiana Duck Stamp will be held Wednesday, Oct. 24 at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) Waddill Wildlife Refuge and Education Center.  The Waddill Wildlife Refuge and Education Center is located at 4142 N. Flannery Rd. in Baton Rouge.

Competing paintings will be on display starting at 9 a.m. in the Education Building and judging will begin at 10 a.m.  The contest is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend.

The Louisiana Legislature authorized the Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp program in 1988 to generate revenues for conservation and enhancement of waterfowl populations and habitats in Louisiana.  During the last 22 years, over $10 million has been generated for wetland conservation with approximately $5 million spent on land acquisition.

In addition, revenues have supported wetland development projects on Wildlife Management Areas and the Louisiana Waterfowl Project, a cooperative endeavor between LDWF, Ducks Unlimited and the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service to provide habitat for waterfowl and other wetland birds on private lands.

The Louisiana Duck Stamp contest has traditionally attracted high-quality artwork from across the country as evidenced by the outstanding designs that have graced our annual Waterfowl Conservation stamps.

Judges include professional waterfowl biologists, artists, and art dealers with expertise in waterfowl morphology and habitat as well as artistic methods and style that combine to create a beautiful stamp.

For more information, contact Larry Reynolds at 225-765-0456 or

Dove Hunting Opportunities Available at Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA for South Zone, Second and Third Splits

Release Date: 10/11/2012


Oct. 11, 2012  – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is allowing vehicle access to the dove field parking area on Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area, just north of the dove field gate, on the mornings of Oct. 20 and  27, weather permitting.

The WMA’s dove field acreage in Terrebonne Parish, within the site’s Point Farm Unit, is accessible from Dolphin Street, off LA 55 in Montegut.

Except for the weekend of Oct. 13-14, when the Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA youth lottery deer hunt is scheduled, dove hunters will also have to access the dove field on foot or by boat from Oct. 15 to Nov. 25 for the second split, and from Dec. 22 to Jan. 7 for the third split.

The public is reminded that vehicles must travel on the limestone access road only and non-toxic shot is required south of the dove field gate due to the presence of migratory waterfowl on the Point Farm Unit.  Also, dove hunting hours on Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA are one half hour before sunrise until 12 p.m. (noon).

For more information on Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA dove hunting, contact Shane Granier at 504-284-5264 or .  

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LWFC Approves Revised Harvest for 2012-13 Deer Season Due to Hurricane Isaac Impacts

Release Date: 10/04/2012

Maurepas Basin Deer 2012-2013 Season Changes
Plaquemines/St. Bernard Parishes 2012-2013 Deer Season Changes

View Maurepas Basin Defined Area in a larger map

St. Bernard and Plaquemines

View 2012-2013 Deer Season Changes in a larger map


Oct. 4, 2012 –The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approved recommendations made today by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) to revise hunting rules/regulations for the 2012-13 deer season. LDWF’s Wildlife Division recommended the changes following deer herd assessments made to determine the impact of Hurricane Isaac on the deer populations in parishes flooded by the storm.

In a presentation to the Commission, Wildlife Division Administrator Kenny Ribbeck outlined major areas of concern that included the Lake Maurepas Basin, and Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes. He noted that those areas had historically lower deer densities and poorer habitat quality compared to other areas around the state.

Assessment methods utilized included biologists on the ground and in boats, as well as aerial reconnaissance. LDWF staff interviewed hunters, landowners, and LDWF Enforcement Division agents and included reports from the general public.

In the Lake Maurepas Basin, storm surge pushed water levels five to six feet above normal, major flooding lasted four days in some areas, encompassing an estimated 391,000 acres. The assessment noted light to moderate adult deer mortality, but high fawn mortality estimated at nearly 90 percent.

RECOMMENDATIONS / APPROVED for Maurepas Basin Defined Area: Portions of St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Livingston, Ascension, St. James, St. John and St. Charles parishes; beginning west of the Tchefuncte River from Lake Pontchartrain to LA 22; also south and east of LA 22 to LA 70, and east of LA 70 to LA 3125; and north and east of LA 3125 to LA 641; and west of LA 641 to US 61; then north of US 61 to the Jefferson Parish line.

·         Archery Season - no change

·         Youth, Bucks only, still: Oct. 27-28 (2 days)

·         Bucks only, still: Nov. 23 - Dec. 2 (10 days)

·         Bucks only, with or without dogs: Dec. 8 - 30 (23 days)

·         Bucks only, primitive: Jan. 19 - 27 (9 days)


RECOMMENDATIONS / APPROVED for Wildlife Management Areas:

*Biloxi WMA - Archery Season - no change

*Joyce WMA – same as Lake Maurepas Basin Defined Area, except still hunt only

*Manchac WMA - Archery Season - no change

*Maurepas Swamp WMA –

·         Archery Season - no change

·         Youth, Bucks only: Nov. 3-4 (2 days)

·         Bucks only, modern firearms, mandatory check: Nov. 23 (1 day)

·         Bucks only, modern firearms: Nov. 24 – 25 (2 days)

·         Bucks only, modern firearms: Dec. 22 – 28 (7 days)

·         Bucks only, primitive: Jan. 14 – 20 (7 days)

*Pass-a-Loutre WMA –

·         Archery Season - no change

·         Bucks only shotgun - no change


Severe flooding conditions in Plaquemines Parish, where protection levees were over-topped and the lower east bank was hit by a 14-foot storm surge, produced moderate adult deer mortality and high fawn mortality.  Severe habitat degradation was noted as the result of salt water shock and debris deposited by storm surge.

In those portions of St. Bernard, mainly areas outside the flood wall, lower marshlands that were severely flooded led to high fawn mortality and light adult deer mortality.

RECOMMENDATIONS / APPROVED for Plaquemines Parish and St. Bernard, outside the major flood wall.

·         Archery Season - no change

·         Youth, Bucks only, still: Oct. 27-28 (2 days)

·         Bucks only, still: Nov. 23 - 25 (3 days)

·         Bucks only, with or without dogs: Dec. 22 – Jan. 6 (16 days)

·         Bucks only, primitive: Jan. 19 - 27 (9 days)


For more information, contact Kenny Ribbeck 225-765-2942 or

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LDWF Postpones Opening of the WMA Lottery Alligator Season on Four WMAs

Release Date: 09/04/2012

Sept. 4, 2012 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is postponing the opening of the 2012 Wild Alligator Lottery Season on Pearl River, Joyce, Manchac and Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Areas due to continuing impacts from Hurricane Isaac.  The previously scheduled opening on Saturday, September 8, 2012 has been rescheduled for Wednesday, September 12, 2012.

All alligator hunters are urged to verify that their selected buyer will be open to buy harvested alligators, prior to beginning any harvest effort.

For more information on alligator season on these WMAs, contact Christian Winslow in the Hammond Field Office at 985-543-4781 or

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