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Three Jennings Men Cited for Illegally Killing two Alligators

Release Date: 06/07/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents cited three Jennings men for alleged alligator and frog violations on June 3 in Jefferson Davis Parish.

Agents cited Rhett Guidry, 24, Dodie Bouley, 19, and Kyle Thibodaux, 23, for taking alligators during a closed season, hunting from a moving vehicle, hunting from a public road and taking frogs using illegal methods.  Guidry and Thibodaux were also cited for collecting frogs without a basic fishing license.

Agents were notified about an incriminating video of the three men on Guidry’s Facebook page.  The video showed the three men shoot and kill two alligators and some frogs from a truck and road with a .17 caliber rifle on the night of June 2 off of Cherokee Road in the Welsh Drainage Canal near Jennings.

Agents were able to make contact with all three men and they all confessed to their crimes when confronted with the video.  Alligator season in Jefferson Davis doesn’t open until the first Wednesday in September for those with alligator tags.

Taking alligators during a closed season brings a $400 to $900 fine and 120 days in jail.  Hunting from a moving vehicle, hunting from a public road, and taking frogs using illegal methods each bring a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Collecting frogs without a basic fishing license carries up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

The men could also face civil restitution totaling $751 for the replacement value of the alligators.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Scott Fontenot, Sgt. Danon Maricle, Senior Agent Steve Vidrine and Agent Luke Langley.

AMENDED - June 2017 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 06/05/2017

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, June 8, 2017, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, La.
 
The following items will be discussed:
 
1.     Call to Order
 
2.     Pledge of Allegiance
 
3.     Roll Call
 
4.     Adoption of May 04, 2017 Commission Meeting Minutes
 
5.     Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege
 
6.     Enforcement Report May, 2017 – Captain Edward Skena
 
7.     Presentation of Enforcement Awards to Civilians – Captain Edward Skena
 
8.     Receive Legislative Update – Cole Garrett, Attorney and Legislative Liaison
 
9.     Receive an update on status of Federal Exempted Fishing Permit presented by LDWF to NOAA 
 
10.  Receive an Update on the 2017 Master Plan from the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority – Bren Haase, Chief, Planning and Research Division, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority
 
11.  Receive an Update and Report on the Potential for Special Artificial Reef Site (SARS) Development in Nearshore and Offshore Louisiana – Mike McDonough, Biologist, Artificial Reef Program Manager
 
12.  Receive a Summary Report of the 2016/2017 Public Seed Ground Oyster Season and Supplemental Information – Steve Beck, Biologist, Oyster Program Manager
 
13.  Consider a Notice of Intent for Proposed Waterfowl Hunting regulations for Black Bayou Game and Fish Preserve – Ronnie Festavan, Black Bayou Watershed Commission
 
14.  To discuss possible federal action to address historically short federal waters red snapper season 
 
15.  Set October 2017 Commission Meeting Date
 
16.  Receive Public Comments
 
17.  Consider Holding an Executive Session, Pursuant to R.S. 42:17(A)(2) for discussion and consideration of settlement offer in the matter entitled Charles S. Reily, et al. v. State of Louisiana, et al., No. 81-42886-I, 15th Judicial District Court, Parish of Vermillion, Louisiana – Ryan M. Seidemann, Assistant Attorney General, and Daniel D. Henry, Jr., LDWF Deputy General Counsel
 
18.  Adjournment 
 
A live audio/video stream of this meeting will be available via Gotowebinar.com.  To attend this meeting via webinar visit: 
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6096377843285449473
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us atwww.wlf.la.gov. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all
reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign
language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to the contact at the top of
this announcement at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date. 

Two Overdue Boaters found On Mississippi River

Release Date: 06/05/2017

Search and rescue crews found two overdue boaters this morning, June 5, on the Mississippi River in West Feliciana Parish.

Search crews from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, West Feliciana Sheriff’s Office and family members found the two 22 year old men in their vessel on the Mississippi River around 9 a.m.

Search crews were alerted around 11:30 p.m. on June 4 about the two overdue boaters after they didn’t return from their afternoon fishing trip.  The crews searched throughout the night for the missing men.

According to the rescued men, they left to check fishing lines around 1 p.m.  Shortly into their trip, the motor struck an unknown object in the water that damaged the propeller and made the motor inoperable.  They were able to paddle the vessel to a backwater area of the river and tie off to a tree for the night.

This morning, the men began to paddle back to the main channel of the river when a family member spotted them.  The men were found without any injuries.

Girl Scouts Rescued from Saline Bayou

Release Date: 05/30/2017

Search and rescue crews rescued nine kayakers from Saline Bayou on May 29 in Natchitoches Parish.

Search and rescue crews from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), U.S. Forest Service, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office, Natchitoches Parish Fire Department and Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office (WPSO) were alerted around 9 p.m. on May 28 about the missing kayakers.  The crews searched throughout the night when they found the nine kayakers along the banks of Saline Bayou before daybreak on May 29.

The kayakers consisted of a Girl Scout group from Dallas, Texas with three adults and six juveniles.  After leaving the Hwy. 126 boat launch on the Winn and Natchitoches Parish line, the kayakers encountered a strong thunderstorm.  After failing to arrive at their destination at Cloud Crossing Campground in Natchitoches Parish, friends and family members alerted authorities for assistance.

The kayakers were found by LDWF agents on foot with the assistance of a citizen on an all-terrain vehicle around 3:30 a.m.  The kayakers were found using their kayaks for cover from the elements.  LDWF agents were able to walk them out of the woods along the bank and to the Cloud Crossing Campground that was less than a mile away.

2017 Environmental Awareness Student Art and Language Arts Contest Winners Announced

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission is pleased to announce the winners of our 2017 Environmental Awareness Student Art and Language Arts Contest.

ART

 

 

 

 

 

Group 1

Place

School

City

Teacher

Title

Raeesa Hasan

1st

Buchanan Elementary

Baton Rouge

Carol Bott

Save the Gopher

Luke Anderson

2nd

Homeschool

Benton

Elizabeth Anderson

Cute Box Turtle

Group 2

 

 

 

 

 

Kadie Daigrepont

1st

Leonville Elementary

Leonville

Kat Cart Guidroz

Hanging Around for a Better Tomorrow

Anna Whittington

2nd

Homeschool

Zachary

Amanda  Whittington

Turtle Art

Sean Ahn

3rd

Hynes Charter School

New Orleans

Dawn Lobell

Now and Then

Group 3

 

 

 

 

 

Jet Marie Salvacion

1st

BRCVPA

Baton Rouge

Shalia Young

Untitled

Anna Claire Pipes

2nd

Ruston Jr. High

Ruston

Crystal  Pye

Help Protect Louisiana Endangered Species

Rylie Fisher

3rd

Northwestern Middle School

Zachary

Margaret Atkinson

The Downfall of Mother Nature

Group 4

 

 

 

 

 

Laurielle Watkins

1st

New Iberia Senior High

New Iberia

Susan Perez

The Red Cockaded Woodpecker

Menglan Wu

2nd

Christian Life Academy

Baton Rouge

Renee Farrell

Untitled

Katelyn Reyes

3rd

Northwood High School

Shreveport

Ramona  Green

Manatee

LANGUAGE ARTS

 

 

 

 

 

Group 1

 

 

 

 

 

Noah Jerry Fontenot

1st

Bayou Chicot Elementary

Ville Platte

Amy Palmer

Let's All Save the Gopher Tortoise

Charles Anderson

2nd

Homeschool

Benton

Elizabeth Anderson

Bald Eagle

Group 2

 

 

 

 

 

Sophiea Roberts

1st

Tchefuncte Middle

Mandeville

Bonnie Stokes

Bob the Manatee

Isabella  Klynoot

2nd

Tchefuncte Middle

Mandeville

Bonnie Stokes

Kayaking in Louisiana

Miranda Holincheck

3rd

Tchefuncte Middle

Mandeville

Bonnie Stokes

Whooping Crane

Group 3

 

 

 

 

 

Diya Desai

1st

Caddo Middle Magnet

Shreveport

Lydia Gunn

My Sea Turtle, My Jewel

Lauren Perkins

2nd

Northwestern Middle School

Zachary

Margaret Atkinson

Protecting Wildlife

Mariah Alexander

3rd

Northwestern Middle School

Zachary

Margaret Atkinson

Remember

Group 4

 

 

 

 

 

Paycen Brouillette

1st

Homeschool

 St. Francisville

Sonya Brouillette

Louisiana Home  

Al Nastasi

2nd

St. Paul's School

Covington

Brother Ray Bulliard

Man: The Destroyer and the Rescuer

Joshua McLain

3rd

St. Paul's School

Covington

Brother Ray Bulliard

The Agile Avian of the Skies

The students will be honored for their winning entries for this year’s contest, with the theme “Protecting Louisiana’s Endangered Species,” at an awards reception to be held in Baton Rouge at the Governor’s Mansion next month. Prizes awarded to the contestants include $200 for first place, $100 for second place, and $75 for third place. Winning art and language arts entries will be used to create a 2018 Environmental Awareness calendar, which will be distributed statewide. Thank you to all of the  students who submitted entries. We have so many talented students in our great state!

 


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Louisiana Safe Boating Week Set For May 20-26

Release Date: 05/18/2017

The state of Louisiana has issued a proclamation that recognizes May 20-26 as “Safe Boating Week” in Louisiana, which signifies the beginning of the spring and summer boating season.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will again be reminding all boaters to be safe, responsible and knowledgeable while on the water during this safe boating week.  Safe Boating Week is a time for all boaters to inspect their vessels to ensure that all required safety equipment is on board and that vessels are in good working condition.

LDWF Enforcement Division agents will be out in full force as always during the week to perform boating safety checks and driving or operating a vessel while intoxicated (DWI) patrols.

Each vessel should have enough personal flotation devices (PFD) on board for all occupants and a sober operator.  LDWF regulations also state that anyone 16 years of age and younger must wear a PFD while underway in vessels less than 26 foot long.  For more boating and PFD regulations, please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating.

Alcohol use is one of the leading causes of boating crash incidents and fatalities on the water.  Alcohol consumption impairs a boater's judgment, balance, vision and reaction time.  The penalties for DWI on the water are the same as on the road.  Anyone cited for a DWI on the water or on the road will lose his or her driver's license and boating privileges for the specified time ordered by the judge in the case.

LDWF also wants to remind anybody born after Jan. 1, 1984 that they are required to successfully complete a National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) boating education course to operate a motorboat over 10 horsepower.  LDWF offers these classes free of charge statewide.

For a list of courses, please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating/courses.  Since the safe boating course’s inception in 2003, over 100,000 boaters have been certified in Louisiana.

In 2016 Louisiana reported 24 boating fatalities.  So far in 2017 Louisiana has reported nine fatalities.

Agents Cite Six People for Closed Season Red Snapper Violations

Release Date: 05/18/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited six subjects for alleged red snapper violations in the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Plaquemines Parish on May 16.

Agents were on a joint enforcement agreement (JEA) patrol and noticed a fishing vessel near an oil platform approximately 13 miles offshore.  The subjects on the vessel were in possession of 10 Red Snapper and were approximately three miles beyond the nine nautical mile line.

Agents cited Ryan Baldassaro, 22, from Metairie, Nathan Randazzo, 18, from Marrero, Brandt Becnel, 21, from Belle Chase, Thomas Becnel Jr, 56, from Belle Chase, Patrick Becnel Jr, 24, from Belle Chase, and Nathaniel Peters, 22, from Metairie, for taking red snapper during a closed season.  Agents seized 10 red snapper which were later donated to a local charity.

Taking red snapper during a closed season brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  The subjects may also be subject to civil restitution totaling $229 for the illegally taken fish.

Agents involved in the case are Lt. Adam Young, Lt. Jason Russo, Senior Agent William Bartlett and Senior Agent Jeffrey Farmer.

ALAS BAI Newsletter - May 2017

ALAS BAI Newsletter - May 2017

 
 
LDWF/ALAS GRANTS - OVER $100K OF EQUIPMENT TO SCHOOLS

In the last 3 years, 60 Louisiana schools have received equipment grants through the LDWF/ALAS Equipment Grant Program! That's over $100,000 dollars of equipment that has been provided to help Louisiana students experience the great sport of archery!

This wonderful grant program was set up to assist 20 new schools each year in getting involved in the ALAS program. Thanks to opportunities like this, the ALAS Equipment Loan Program, and other generous donations, there are now over 200 Louisiana schools participating! For more information about equipment or getting involved with ALAS contact eshanks@wlf.la.gov.

2017 NASP NATIONALS – GOOD LUCK!

It's NASP Nationals Week! 362 Louisiana archers from 23 different schools have registered to participate in the NASP National Tournament this week! GOOD LUCK to all the students, coaches, and volunteers traveling to Louisville, Kentucky!

Keep up with the tournament this weekend at www.nasptournaments.org.

BEST OF LUCK to all Louisiana archers! We know that you will represent our great state and the ALAS program very well! AIM HIGH!

HOUR REPORTING FORMS

Another school year is coming to an end and we hope that yours was a good one! As you wrap up the year, don’t forget to submit your Instructor Time & Activity Records. By recording the hours that you spend working with your student archers, you help us get additional funding for the ALAS program from the federal government! The additional funds will help us provide more opportunities for our students and coaches!
Record any time that you spend on the ALAS/NASP program including travel time, instructional time, prep time, equipment repair, loading, unloading, regional tournaments, state tournaments, nationals, world, etc. Please use the attached form to document and submit your time. The fillable PFD file can be completed digitally, printed, signed in BLUE INK ONLY, scanned, and emailed to jmcgovern@wlf.la.gov. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Remember:
• You must sign in blue ink only
• Only one date per line
• Every hour counts

NASP ANNUAL REPORT SURVEY
Required NASP® Reporting: This year, for the first time in the 16-year history of NASP®, all NASP® certified archery instructors will be asked to submit an online report to maintain their certification. As you know, all basic archery instructors are required to present NASP® lessons in order to remain certified. This annual report is how NASP® will verify that this requirement is being met.
All archery instructors must submit a report to remain certified. You can click here to get started http://naspbai.org/ or go to the official NASP® website http://naspschools.org/, select Community/BAI Database. Then select “Submit A Report”.
Contact jmcgovern@wlf.la.gov if you have any questions regarding reporting.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

IMPORTANT DATES:

5/11/2017-5/13/2017 NASP NATIONAL TOURNAMENT Louisville, KY
7/20/2017-7/22/2017 NASP WORLD TOURNAMENT Orlando, FL

2018 TOURNAMENT DATES: *See Attached Flyer

Saturday, January 20th, 2018 SOUTH REGIONAL TOURNAMENT Alexandria, LA
Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 NORTH REIONAL TOURNAMENT Shreveport, LA
Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 2018 ALAS STATE TOURNAMENT Shreveport, LA

UPCOMING BAI CLASSES:

5/27/2017 HAUGHTON MIDDLE SCHOOL Haughton, LA 8:00am-4:30pm

Check the class schedule for updates at http://naspbai.org/ClassSearch.aspx?country=US&state=LA.
For information about hosting BAI training at your school please contact eshanks@wlf.la.gov.

AIM HIGH!

ALAS BAI Newsletter - May 2017

ALAS BAI Newsletter - May 2017

 
 
LDWF/ALAS GRANTS - OVER $100K OF EQUIPMENT TO SCHOOLS

In the last 3 years, 60 Louisiana schools have received equipment grants through the LDWF/ALAS Equipment Grant Program! That's over $100,000 dollars of equipment that has been provided to help Louisiana students experience the great sport of archery!

This wonderful grant program was set up to assist 20 new schools each year in getting involved in the ALAS program. Thanks to opportunities like this, the ALAS Equipment Loan Program, and other generous donations, there are now over 200 Louisiana schools participating! For more information about equipment or getting involved with ALAS contact eshanks@wlf.la.gov.

2017 NASP NATIONALS – GOOD LUCK!

It's NASP Nationals Week! 362 Louisiana archers from 23 different schools have registered to participate in the NASP National Tournament this week! GOOD LUCK to all the students, coaches, and volunteers traveling to Louisville, Kentucky!

Keep up with the tournament this weekend at www.nasptournaments.org.

BEST OF LUCK to all Louisiana archers! We know that you will represent our great state and the ALAS program very well! AIM HIGH!

HOUR REPORTING FORMS

Another school year is coming to an end and we hope that yours was a good one! As you wrap up the year, don’t forget to submit your Instructor Time & Activity Records. By recording the hours that you spend working with your student archers, you help us get additional funding for the ALAS program from the federal government! The additional funds will help us provide more opportunities for our students and coaches!
Record any time that you spend on the ALAS/NASP program including travel time, instructional time, prep time, equipment repair, loading, unloading, regional tournaments, state tournaments, nationals, world, etc. Please use the attached form to document and submit your time. The fillable PFD file can be completed digitally, printed, signed in BLUE INK ONLY, scanned, and emailed to jmcgovern@wlf.la.gov. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Remember:
• You must sign in blue ink only
• Only one date per line
• Every hour counts

NASP ANNUAL REPORT SURVEY
Required NASP® Reporting: This year, for the first time in the 16-year history of NASP®, all NASP® certified archery instructors will be asked to submit an online report to maintain their certification. As you know, all basic archery instructors are required to present NASP® lessons in order to remain certified. This annual report is how NASP® will verify that this requirement is being met.
All archery instructors must submit a report to remain certified. You can click here to get started http://naspbai.org/ or go to the official NASP® website http://naspschools.org/, select Community/BAI Database. Then select “Submit A Report”.
Contact jmcgovern@wlf.la.gov if you have any questions regarding reporting.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

IMPORTANT DATES:

5/11/2017-5/13/2017 NASP NATIONAL TOURNAMENT Louisville, KY
7/20/2017-7/22/2017 NASP WORLD TOURNAMENT Orlando, FL

2018 TOURNAMENT DATES: *See Attached Flyer

Saturday, January 20th, 2018 SOUTH REGIONAL TOURNAMENT Alexandria, LA
Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 NORTH REIONAL TOURNAMENT Shreveport, LA
Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 2018 ALAS STATE TOURNAMENT Shreveport, LA

UPCOMING BAI CLASSES:

5/27/2017 HAUGHTON MIDDLE SCHOOL Haughton, LA 8:00am-4:30pm

Check the class schedule for updates at http://naspbai.org/ClassSearch.aspx?country=US&state=LA.
For information about hosting BAI training at your school please contact eshanks@wlf.la.gov.

AIM HIGH!

ALAS BAI Newsletter - May 2017

ALAS BAI Newsletter - May 2017

 
 
LDWF/ALAS GRANTS - OVER $100K OF EQUIPMENT TO SCHOOLS

In the last 3 years, 60 Louisiana schools have received equipment grants through the LDWF/ALAS Equipment Grant Program! That's over $100,000 dollars of equipment that has been provided to help Louisiana students experience the great sport of archery!

This wonderful grant program was set up to assist 20 new schools each year in getting involved in the ALAS program. Thanks to opportunities like this, the ALAS Equipment Loan Program, and other generous donations, there are now over 200 Louisiana schools participating! For more information about equipment or getting involved with ALAS contact eshanks@wlf.la.gov.

2017 NASP NATIONALS – GOOD LUCK!

It's NASP Nationals Week! 362 Louisiana archers from 23 different schools have registered to participate in the NASP National Tournament this week! GOOD LUCK to all the students, coaches, and volunteers traveling to Louisville, Kentucky!

Keep up with the tournament this weekend at www.nasptournaments.org.

BEST OF LUCK to all Louisiana archers! We know that you will represent our great state and the ALAS program very well! AIM HIGH!

HOUR REPORTING FORMS

Another school year is coming to an end and we hope that yours was a good one! As you wrap up the year, don’t forget to submit your Instructor Time & Activity Records. By recording the hours that you spend working with your student archers, you help us get additional funding for the ALAS program from the federal government! The additional funds will help us provide more opportunities for our students and coaches!
Record any time that you spend on the ALAS/NASP program including travel time, instructional time, prep time, equipment repair, loading, unloading, regional tournaments, state tournaments, nationals, world, etc. Please use the attached form to document and submit your time. The fillable PFD file can be completed digitally, printed, signed in BLUE INK ONLY, scanned, and emailed to jmcgovern@wlf.la.gov. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Remember:
• You must sign in blue ink only
• Only one date per line
• Every hour counts

NASP ANNUAL REPORT SURVEY
Required NASP® Reporting: This year, for the first time in the 16-year history of NASP®, all NASP® certified archery instructors will be asked to submit an online report to maintain their certification. As you know, all basic archery instructors are required to present NASP® lessons in order to remain certified. This annual report is how NASP® will verify that this requirement is being met.
All archery instructors must submit a report to remain certified. You can click here to get started http://naspbai.org/ or go to the official NASP® website http://naspschools.org/, select Community/BAI Database. Then select “Submit A Report”.
Contact jmcgovern@wlf.la.gov if you have any questions regarding reporting.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

IMPORTANT DATES:

5/11/2017-5/13/2017 NASP NATIONAL TOURNAMENT Louisville, KY
7/20/2017-7/22/2017 NASP WORLD TOURNAMENT Orlando, FL

2018 TOURNAMENT DATES: *See Attached Flyer

Saturday, January 20th, 2018 SOUTH REGIONAL TOURNAMENT Alexandria, LA
Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 NORTH REIONAL TOURNAMENT Shreveport, LA
Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 2018 ALAS STATE TOURNAMENT Shreveport, LA

UPCOMING BAI CLASSES:

5/27/2017 HAUGHTON MIDDLE SCHOOL Haughton, LA 8:00am-4:30pm

Check the class schedule for updates at http://naspbai.org/ClassSearch.aspx?country=US&state=LA.
For information about hosting BAI training at your school please contact eshanks@wlf.la.gov.

AIM HIGH!

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