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Larto Saline Control Structure Fails

Release Date: 01/29/2013

Jan. 29, 2012 - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) personnel have confirmed that a portion of Cross Bayou Weir has failed.  As a result, the Larto-Saline Complex in central Louisiana has begun to dewater and will soon become equal with the water level of Black River.  

The Cross Bayou Weir is a low-water dam designed to allow inflow of beneficial Black River water.  Current estimates suggest that the water level of the complex could fall an additional 6 feet without immediate repairs.  

The Cross Bayou Weir and similar structures at Long Branch and Open Mouth Bayou are considered to be primarily responsible for the renovation of the Larto-Saline sport fishery.  Waters  previously impaired by flood control projects have provided excellent fishing since LDWF constructed the structures in the late 1980’s.  LDWF staff recognize the urgency of the situation and are currently assessing damage to the structure and will initiate repairs as soon as possible.   

For additional information please contact Mike Wood mwood@wlf.la.gov.  For press inquires, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov.

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

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 01/29/2013

The next regular Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, February 7, 2013, at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center, 4142 North Flannery Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70814.

The following items will be discussed:

1.  Roll Call

2.  Approval of Minutes of January 3, 2013

3.  Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

4.  To Hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports/January

5.  To receive and consider a Notice of Intent for the 2014 – 2015 Hunting Season Dates

6.  To receive and consider a Notice of Intent on General/WMA Hunting Rules and  Regulations

7.  To present recognition to the Tangipahoa Parish School Board for continued free lease of lands comprising the WMA

8.  To receive and consider a Notice of Intent on DMAP Fee Corrections

9.  To receive and consider a resolution to add the Rathborne Tract to the Maurepas Swamp WMA

10.  To consider the Alternative Oyster Culture Permit proposed Rule for final Rule

11.  To receive and consider a Declaration of Emergency on Fisheries Closures due to Oil Spill

12.  To receive a presentation of Annual Stock Assessment Report for Striped Mullet

13.  Discussion of the 2013 red snapper season – Randy Pausina

14.  To receive and consider a Notice of Intent related to black bass regulations in the Atchafalaya Basin, Lake Verret, Lake Palourde, and Fausse Pointe Lake

15.  Set June 2013 Meeting Date

16.  Receive Public Comments

17. Executive Session to Discuss Prospective Litigation relative to return of Artificial Reef Fund   Monies

18.  Adjournment

Pearl River WMA Hunting Seasons Reopen

Release Date: 01/29/2013

Jan. 29, 2013-- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has reopened all hunting seasons that were closed Jan. 11 on Pearl River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) due to high water levels on the river. 

The Pearl River stage at Pearl River, La., has dropped below 16.5 feet and is forecast to continue falling.  Old Highway 11 has been reopened as well, but Oil Well Road will remain closed until water levels recede and repairs are made.   

To monitor water levels, visit the National Weather Service link at http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=lix&gage=perl1

For additional information, contact Christian Winslow at 985-543-4777 or cwinslow@wlf.la.gov.

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Three Eunice Men Arrested for Possession of Stolen Property

Release Date: 01/28/2013

01/28/2013 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents arrested three Eunice men for alleged possession of stolen property on Jan. 23 in Evangeline Parish.

Agents arrested Brandon P. Langley, 19; Kaleb A. May, 17; and Devonne T. Sias, 17; for possession of stolen property and operating an ATV and dirt bikes on a public roadway.  Langley was also arrested for flight from an officer.  All three men were booked into the Evangeline Parish Jail.

Agents were notified about off-road vehicles consisting of dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles (ATV) running up and down Highway 374 about six miles south of Mamou.  Upon making contact with the three men around 6 p.m., Langley fled the scene on a dirt bike.  After a brief chase, agents were able to apprehend Langley.

With assistance from the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office, agents were able to confirm that one of the dirt bikes and the ATV were stolen earlier in the week from the Rayne area.  Investigators are still determining if the other dirt bike was stolen as well.

Possession of stolen property brings up to a $3,000 fine and 10 years in jail.  Flight from an officer carries a $150 to $500 fine and up to six months in jail.  Operating an ATV and dirt bikes on a public roadway brings up to a $175 fine and 30 days in jail.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Scott Fontenot and Senior Agent Steve Vidrine.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Two Louisiana Men Cited for Hunting Violations

Release Date: 01/28/2013

01/28/2013 -- A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent cited two Louisiana men for alleged hunting violations on Jan. 21 in Concordia Parish.

The agent cited Michael D. Burley, 46, of Monterey, and Duell S. Moreland, 22, of Jonesville, for hunting without resident, primitive weapons and big game licenses, failing to comply with deer harvest requirements, failing to wear hunters orange and hunting deer using illegal methods.  Burley was subsequently arrested for illegal possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm while in possession of marijuana and booked into the Concordia Parish Jail.

Sgt. Trey Mason setup surveillance in the evening of Jan. 21 on a vehicle parked on side of Bodark Road in Monterey.  Sgt. Mason then observed two subjects walking in the direction of his vehicle.

After making contact with the two subjects, Sgt. Mason observed Moreland carrying a Browning A-Bolt 7mm Magnum Rifle and Burley carrying a .444 primitive weapon with a laser light mounted on the gun.

Modern firearm season for this area closed on Jan. 20 and the only season open is for primitive firearms and archery.  After confirming that both subjects were actively deer hunting, a license compliance check was performed.  Neither subject was in possession of a valid hunting license, deer tags or hunters orange.

Sgt. Mason also performed a pat down search of Burley and found him in possession of synthetic marijuana.

Taking deer using illegal methods brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer harvest requirement carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Hunting without resident, primitive and big game licenses and failing to wear hunters orange each carries a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail for each offense.

Possession of a firearm while in possession of marijuana brings a $1,000 to $5,000 fine and 10 to 20 years in jail.  Possession of marijuana brings a fine up to $500 and up to six months in jail.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

White Lake Fishing Lottery Applications Available

Release Date: 01/25/2013

 

Jan. 25, 2013  -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is now accepting applications for a lottery drawing for fishing permit access to the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) between March 15 and Aug. 15, 2013.
 
A total of 100 permits are available and winning applicants will be notified of their opportunity to purchase a permit for $40.  White Lake WCA is located south of Gueydan in Vermilion Parish.
The area open for fishing will be limited to the Florence Canal and Oil Field Location canals off of the Florence Canal.  There will be no fishing in any of the WCA’s marsh areas or in the main camp canal or other areas that are marked "NO FISHING."  Successful applicants will be provided a map of the fishing area.  Boats used by permitees will be limited to the use of motors with 40 horsepower or less.  Additional rules and regulations are outlined in an attachment to the application.
Each completed application must include a non-refundable administrative fee of $5 in the form of a check or money order made payable to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.  Only one application per person will be accepted and submitting more than one application will be considered grounds for disqualification.  Completed applications must be received by LDWF by close of business on Feb. 22, 2013.

Applications may be mailed to: Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Attention: White Lake Fishing, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898.  They may also be turned in to Room 422 at the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building, located at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge.  Persons interested in obtaining an application may call the department at 225-765-2812 or download a copy from the department’s Web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/white-lake-wetlands-conservations-area .

For more information, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400 or wsweeney@wlf.la.gov.
 
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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: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/marsh-island-wildlife-refuge.

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 tcrouch@wlf.la.gov or clejeune@ wlf.la.gov.

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

LDWF Reopening Hunting Seasons on Joyce, Manchac and Maurepas Swamp WMAs

Release Date: 01/22/2013

Jan. 22, 2013-- Effective Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will reopen hunting seasons on Joyce, Manchac and Maurepas Swamp wildlife management areas (WMAs).   All hunting seasons, except waterfowl, had been closed Jan. 12 on these three WMAs due to high water levels associated with recent rain events. 

The three WMAs contain acreage in parts of Ascension, Livingston, St. James, St. John the Baptist and Tangipahoa parishes.

For additional information, contact Christian Winslow at 985-543-4777 or cwinslow@wlf.la.gov.

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Fall Shrimp Season to Close in Majority of Waters East of the Mississippi

Release Date: 01/15/2013

Jan. 15, 2013 –Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced fall shrimp season will close in all state inside waters east of the Mississippi River, except for the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds, at sunset this Friday, January 18.

The Department took action in December to extend the fall shrimp season in these waters, but current sampling by LDWF fisheries biologists indicates that average white shrimp size in these waters is smaller than 100 count per pound. This action protects these small, white shrimp and provides increased opportunity for growth to larger, more valuable sizes.

Effective with this closure, shrimping will only be allowed in:

  • Open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double-rig line in R.S. 56:491(A), and
  • All state outside beyond three nautical miles from the northwest shore of Caillou Boca westward to Freshwater Bayou Canal, and
  • All state outside waters east of the northwest shore of Caillou Boca as well as state outside waters west of Freshwater Bayou Canal

The shrimping industry is the most valuable commercial fishery in Louisiana, averaging over 8,700 licensed recreational and commercial shrimpers annually over the past five years.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, please contact For more information, contact Martin Bourgeois (985) 594-4130 mbourgeois@wlf.la.gov. For press inquiries, contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (504)430-2623.

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Two Marksville Men Cited for Illegal Hunting Activities In LaSalle Parish

Release Date: 01/15/2013

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents citied two Marksville men for alleged wildlife and criminal charges on Jan. 10 in LaSalle Parish.

Blaine McNeal, 45, and Keith Dauzat, 43, were both cited for taking deer during illegal hours with artificial light, taking deer from a moving vehicle, hunting from a public roadway, discharging a firearm from a public roadway, intentional concealment of illegally taken wildlife, open container and felony criminal damage to a federal levee system.

Agents were patrolling the diversion canal near the Dewey Wills Wildlife Management Area in LaSalle Parish when they observed a vehicle traveling down the canal at a slow speed.  Agents then heard several gunshots coming from the direction of the vehicle and observed the vehicle drive down the side of the canal to possibly retrieve what they shot.

The two men got their truck stuck at the bottom of the diversion canal levee while retrieving a deer.  McNeal and Dauzat had two deer in possession, which they hid in the bushes near the truck after getting stuck.

Agents located two does in the bushes near the stuck truck.  Both subjects were arrested and transported to the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Hunting deer during illegal hours and intentional concealment of illegally taken wildlife each bring a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.  Hunting from a moving vehicle carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting from a public road brings a $150 to $300 fine and up to 30 days in jail.  Open container carries a fine up to $263 and up to six months in jail.  Discharging a firearm from a public road brings a $50 fine and up to 30 days in jail. 

The penalties for felony criminal damage to a federal levee system will be issued by the Tensas Levee District Police Office.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Charlie Ferrington, Senior Agent Robbie Mayo, Senior Agent Joey Merrill and Tensas Levee Police Officer Brandon Wagoner.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

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