LDWF News

LDWF News Release

L.W.F.C. Approves Notices of Intent with Amendments for 2013-15 Hunting Seasons and the 2013-14 WMA Season

Release Date: 05/03/2013

May 3, 2013 -- The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, during their May 2 meeting, approved two notices of intent (NOI) that included one amendment for the 2013-15 hunting seasons and the 2013-14 Wildlife Management Area (WMA) hunting season.

The amendment to the original NOI for the 2013-14 General-WMA Hunting Regulations allows for an experimental nighttime frog hunting season on Salvador-Timken WMA beginning June 1, 2014 and running through Aug. 15, 2014. The daily limit would be 50 frogs per vessel and participants would be required to carry a valid Louisiana fishing license.

Some of the proposed hunting season changes that were approved include:

  • Alterations in deer areas and seasons to include a new Area 4, Area 9 and Area 10, plus re-aligned Areas 1, 6 and 7.
  • Standardized crawfish limits on all Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) allowing up to 100 lbs/person/day.
  • Feral hog, experimental trapping with no live removal, from May 1 to Aug. 31, by permit only on Boeuf, Clear Creek, Jackson-Bienville, Manchac, Pearl River, Red River, Sherburne, Thistlethwaite, Three Rivers and West Bay WMAs; limited permits may be available at regional LDWF field offices.
  • Elbow Slough WMA: lottery-only hunts for Mourning Dove on opening weekend of 1st split.
  • Pearl River WMA: return to deer season framework and length utilized pre-Hurricane Katrina.·  Maurepas Swamp WMA: reduction in deer hunting days from 42 days to 28 days to be consistent with proposed New Area 9 season.
  • Salvador/Timken WMA: Experimental Night-time Activity Season (frogging); plus deer hunting to be allowed after 12 noon.
  • Thistlethwaite WMA: 10-year Experimental Quality Deer Management Season to include ending current experimental season antler restriction and adopting new experimental season with altered season structure.
  • Kisatchie National Forest: addition of a Youth Deer Hunt and still hunting only for all deer hunting.
  • Primitive Gear: addition of single shot, breech loading shotguns, 10-gauge or smaller, having an exposed hammer, loaded with buckshot or rifled slug.

To view the full notices of intent and the approved amendment, as presented Feb. 7, 2013 by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and subsequent amendments, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.

For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov .

 

 

Tags:

LWFC Adopts Resolution to Rename WMA in Honor of Richard K. Yancey

Release Date: 05/03/2013

LWFC Adopts Resolution to Rename WMA in Honor of Richard K. Yancey

May 3, 2013 – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission adopted a resolution on May 2 to rename the Red River-Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area in honor of distinguished conservationist Richard K. Yancey.
 
Yancey, who passed away in March at age 88, was a former assistant secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) whose career at the department spanned 31 years between 1948 and 1979.
 
"As a visionary in wildlife habitat preservation, Richard worked tirelessly to set aside acreage within the state's wildlife management area program for the habitat value it provides various fish and game species, and for the enjoyment of outdoorsmen and women for generations to come," said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham.
 
Yancey began as a field biologist and progressed to project leader, becoming the LDWF’s first Waterfowl Study Leader. He was promoted to chief of the Fur and Refuge Division, assistant director of Wildlife and then assistant secretary of the Office of Wildlife.
 
Over the length of his career, which included service as executive director of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Conservation, Yancey served on the Executive Committee of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (State, Provencial and Federal Agencies of Canada, the US and Mexico), as chairman of International Treaties Committee and Migratory Wildlife Committee, as chairman of the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commissions and president of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.
 
He also served as chairman of the Mississippi Flyway Council Regulations Committee and Technical Committee and Flyway Council, and was co-chairman of the Tensas Conservancy Coalition which created the Tensas National Wildlife Refuge and Big Lake Wildlife Management Area, to be preserved in perpetuity.
 
Yancey was also the recipient of many international, national and state awards including National Wildlife Foundation Wildlife Conservationist of the Year in the U.S. in 1980 for outstanding contributions to the wise use and management of the Nation's natural resources, the Ducks Unlimited Outstanding Service Award in 1970, the La. Outdoor Writers Conservationist of the Year in 1969, the LSU Forestry Alumni of the Year Award in 1969, and the Governor's Award for Outstanding Professional in Louisiana for Wildlife in 1964.
 
Yancey served his country in World War II in the U.S. Navy, earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana State University in forestry and a Master of Science degree from LSU in wildlife management and had over 100 publications in the field of wildlife management.
 
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. Visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
 
For more information, contact Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov .
 

 

Tags:

Louisiana Spring Shrimp Season Set To Open

Release Date: 05/02/2013

May 2, 2013 – The dates for the 2013 Louisiana spring shrimp season were announced at today’s meeting of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. The spring shrimp season was set based on information provided by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists and on public comments.

The opening dates for the 2013 Louisiana shrimp season are as follows:

1. That portion of state inside waters from the eastern shore of Bayou Lafourche westward to the western shore of Vermilion Bay and Southwest Pass at Marsh Island, and that portion of state outside waters extending 3 nautical miles seaward from the shoreline from the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the Channel red buoy line westward to the to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal at 92 degrees 18 minutes 33 seconds west longitude to open at 6 a.m. May 13

2.  That portion of state inside waters from the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River westward to the eastern shore of Bayou Lafourche to open at 6 a.m. May 20

3.  That portion of state inside waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line southward to the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River to open at 6 a.m. May 27

4.  That portion of state inside waters from the western shore of Vermilion Bay and Southwest Pass at Marsh Island westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou to open at 6 a.m. May 27

For a map detailing these openings please click here:

LDWF biologists monitored water conditions and conducted approximately 550 trawl samples throughout the state’s estuarine and nearshore waters over the last five weeks to develop management recommendations for the spring shrimp season opening dates.   The Department provided projections of the dates when a minimum of 50 percent of the inshore brown shrimp population would reach 100 count per pound or larger.

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

For press inquiries please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (504)430-2623.

 

Tags:

Black Bear Kills Calf in West Carroll Parish

Release Date: 05/02/2013

May 2, 2013 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is investigating the killing of a calf by a black bear in West Carroll Parish. The incident occurred on private property near Epps between sunset Wednesday, April 24 and sunrise Thursday, April 25.
 
LDWF Wildlife Division staff responded to the reported incident, performing a necropsy to determine the cause of the calf’s death. LDWF staff have worked to remove the bear by trapping and to monitor the site in the event the bear returns to feed on the calf carcass. The bear has not yet been trapped, nor has it returned to the site.
 
This is the first confirmed incident of a bear killing livestock since the department’s black bear program was created to restore the threatened species population in Louisiana. “It is unusual for black bears in Louisiana to exhibit predatory behavior.  They are primarily opportunistic omnivores, feeding on fruits, nuts, grains, carrion and when available, garbage,” said Maria Davidson, LDWF Large Carnivore Program Manager.
 
The Tensas River basin in the northeast corner of the state is one of three black bear population centers that also include the lower Atchafalaya Basin and Pointe Coupee Parish. 
 
LDWF advises the public that black bear activity begins to increase as warm spring temperatures increase their movement as they search for food sources.  Encounters with bears can be minimized by securing all garbage and pet and livestock feed.  For more information on avoiding bear encounters and what to do if you encounter a bear go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/document/35221-bear-safety/new_general_bear.pdf .
 
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.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb, or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
 
For more information, contact Maria Davidson, ph. 225-931-3061 or mdavidson@wlf.la.gov .
 

 

LDWF Now Offering Android and iPhone Apps to Report Violations

Release Date: 05/01/2013

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is now offering LADWF Tips apps for both Android and iPhone users to report outdoor related violations to Enforcement Division agents through their tip411 program.

LDWF's tip411 program is a part of their Operation Game Thief program, which may offer a cash reward for information leading to arrests or convictions.

“We unveiled the LADWF Tips app for iPhones in 2011 and it has shown to be very useful and has helped make a number of cases that have led to arrests and convictions,” said LDWF Col. Winton Vidrine, head of the Enforcement Division.  “We are pleased to announce that we now have an Android app that will reach a larger percentage of people that can now report wildlife violations.”

Users can download the LADWF Tips iPhone and Android apps from iTunes or Google Play store free of charge.  Citizens can also send an anonymous tip to LDWF by texting LADWF and their tip to 847411.

Texting or downloading the apps enables the public to send anonymous tips to LDWF and lets LDWF respond back, creating a two-way anonymous “chat”.  Users of the app or texters can also send in photos to help support their claim and be used as evidence.

CitizenObserver, the tip411 provider, uses technology that removes all identifying information before LDWF receives the text.

"We’re proud to make this technology available to our citizens free of charge.  This tip411 program will help our citizens play an active role in helping us enforce current conservation rules and regulations," said Col. Vidrine.  "This program will engage younger folks in the process and it will save our agency time and resources."

LDWF will monitor the tip411 program for incoming tips 24 hours a day.

LDWF also offers their Operation Game Thief 24 hour toll free hotline.  Citizens can anonymously report tips by calling 1-800-442-2511 24 hours a day.

CitizenObserver was founded in 2000 and provides web based alerting tools to law enforcement, education and public safety agencies in over 40 states.

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

It’s Fishing Tournament Time: Next Stop Lafitte

Release Date: 04/30/2013

(April 30, 2013) – The Louisiana Saltwater Series tournament season is in full swing and will again return to a favorite tournament spot, Seaway Marina in Lafitte, on Saturday, May 4.  Come out and fish this event that will draw thousands of dollars in payouts to competing anglers.

The two-man team event has an entry fee of $200, with a 100 percent payout for top finishers.  Anglers can use artificial lures and weigh in their two best redfish, with a maximum length of 27 inches.  The event begins with registration on Saturday morning at 4 a.m., with the mandatory captain’s meeting to follow at 5:45 a.m.

2013 brings with it the best line up of sponsors to date for the tour and its anglers, with Shimano and Power Pro as premier sponsors.  Additional tournament sponsors include Daybrook Fisheries, Plaquemines Parish, Mercury Marine, Standard Mapping, Faux Pas Prints, Marsh & Bayou, Swamp Swatter, Frabill, Stick It Anchor Pins and YETI Coolers.

Also, Standard Mapping will again offer a $500 contingency prize to the first place team if they currently have a Lowrance HD-S unit installed in their boat with at least one Standard Mapping E-Card.

In addition to these great sponsors, take a look at upcoming redfish tour stops and event host sites we’ve secured for the remainder of the season:
June 8 Port Fourchon Marina, Port Fourchon;
June 29 Sweetwater Marina, Delacroix;
August 10 The Delta Marina, Empire and
Championship, October 18 and 19 Venice Marina, Venice.

For complete information, including rules, regulations and online registration go to www.lasaltwaterseries.com.  Online registration will close Thursday, May 2 at noon.   A $20 fee for all onsite tournament registrants will be incurred per team. 

A youth division is also available for no additional cost to introduce our young anglers to the sport of fishing and to teach the catch-and-release approach to conservation.  Youth division participants compete against one another in the youth division, and all youth anglers will be recognized.  Teams are allowed to have two youth anglers as part of their team along long as they are under the age of 16.

Friends and family are invited to take part in the weigh-in festivities, beginning at 1:45 p.m.

The Louisiana Saltwater Series is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation.  The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation 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 fish resources.

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.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov (225) 765-2396.
 

Tags:

REVISED Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting Agenda for May 2, 2013

Release Date: 04/30/2013

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, May 2, 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 April 4, 2013

3. Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

4. To Hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports/April

5. To Consider a Resolution to Rename the Three Rivers Red River WMA Complex to the Richard K. Yancey WMA

6. To Hear Final Public Comment Presentation on 2013-2015 Hunting Season Dates 

7. To Consider Notice of Intent and Amended Notice of Intent for the 2013-2015 Hunting Season Dates.   

8. To Hear Final Public Comment Presentation on Notice of Intent for 2013-2014 General and WMA Hunting Rules and Regulations

9. To Consider Notice of Intent and Amended Notice of Intent for 2013-2014 General and WMA Hunting Rules and Regulations

10. Recognition of Partners’ Roles in LDWF Education Programs

11. To Consider a Declaration of Emergency on Fisheries Closures due to Oil Spill

12. To Consider a Declaration of Emergency on Setting the Opening Dates of the 2013 Spring Inshore and Territorial Sea Shrimp Seasons

13. To Consider Notice of Intent for Traversing Louisiana Waters by Mississippi Residents

14. Set September 2013 Meeting Date

15. Receive Public Comments

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

17. To Hear Request for Designation of “Free Fishing Days” Scheduling in June

18. Adjournment

 

 

Tags:

Louisiana Crab Task Force to Meet May 7, 2013

Release Date: 04/30/2013

The next meeting of the Louisiana Crab Task Force will be on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Waddill Outdoor Education Center.  The Waddill Center is located at 4142 North Flannery Rd. in Baton Rouge. 
Agenda items will include:

  • Review of personal financial disclosure reporting requirements
  • Review of Crab Task Force standard operating procedures
  • Update on balances in the derelict crab trap removal and crab promotion and marketing accounts
  • Serviceable crab trap sub-committee meeting report
  • 2013 derelict crab trap removal rodeo results
  • Immature female blue crab harvests
  • Enhancing professionalism in the blue crab fishery

EDITORS:  For more information, contact Carl Britt at 985-882-0027, or cbritt@wlf.la.gov

Two Louisiana Men Charged with Alligator Violations and Arrested

Release Date: 04/30/2013

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agent cited two Louisiana men for alleged alligator violations on April 29 in Ascension Parish.

The agent cited Jason T. Causey, 23, of Gonzales, and Shane H. Knapp, 23, of Baton Rouge, for taking alligators during a closed season, hunting alligators at night with a firearm, illegal possession of alligators, taking alligators without a license, unauthorized use of a moveable, violating frog regulations for possessing a firearm, taking a bullfrog during a closed season and fishing without a basic fishing license.

After receiving an anonymous complaint of illegal activity at Alligator Bayou Tours, LDWF Sgt. Dennis Bueche and Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office (APSO) deputies arrived on scene around 12:10 a.m. on April 29.  Once on scene they heard an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), gunshots and saw a spotlight inside the Alligator Bayou Tours property.

After a brief search, the deputies and LDWF agent were able to contact Causey and Knapp and found them in possession of an illegally harvested 10 foot alligator that had been shot in the head with a .45 caliber pistol that was also in their possession.  After further investigation, it was determined that the ATV belonged to Alligator Bayou Tours and that Knapp and Causey were using the ATV to attempt to drag the alligator back to their truck.

Knapp and Causey were also found with a dead bullfrog and allegedly admitted to fishing earlier in the evening without basic fishing licenses.

The APSO charged Knapp and Causey with trespassing, illegal use of a firearm and criminal damage to private property.  LDWF seized the .45 caliber pistol.  The APSO impounded their truck and booked Knapp and Causey into the Ascension Parish Jail.

Hunting alligators during a closed season, hunting alligators at night with a firearm and illegal possession of an alligator each brings up to a $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.  Taking alligators without a license, violating frog regulations and taking a bullfrog during a closed season each carries up to a $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Fishing without a basic fishing license brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

Unauthorized use of a moveable carries up to a $5,000 fine and up to five years in jail.

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

REVISED Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 04/29/2013

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, May 2, 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 March 7, 2013

3.  Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

4.  To Hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports/April

5.  To Consider a Resolution to Rename the Three Rivers Red River WMA Complex to the Richard K. Yancey WMA

6.  To Hear Final Public Comment Presentation on 2013-2015 Hunting Season Dates                

7.  To Consider Notice of Intent and Amended Notice of Intent for the 2013-2015 Hunting Season Dates. 

8. To Hear Final Public Comment Presentation on Notice of Intent for 2013-2014 General and WMA Hunting Rules and Regulations

9.  To Consider Notice of Intent and Amended Notice of Intent for 2013-2014 General and WMA Hunting Rules and Regulations

10.  Recognition of Partners’ Roles in LDWF Education Programs

11.  To Consider a Declaration of Emergency on Fisheries Closures due to Oil Spill

12.  To Consider a Declaration of Emergency on Setting the Opening Dates of the 2013 Spring Inshore and Territorial Sea Shrimp Seasons 

13.  To Consider Notice of Intent for Traversing Louisiana Waters by Mississippi Residents

14.  Set September 2013 Meeting Date

15.  Receive Public Comments

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

17.  Adjournment

 

Syndicate content