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Hunting and Fishing Advisory Education Council

The framework for the Hunting and Fishing Advisory Education Council was created during the 2001 regular session of the Louisiana Legislature by Act No. 322.

56 Section 699.21. Membership
A. The Hunting and Fishing Advisory Education Council shall be established within the Department
of Wildlife and Fisheries to promote the many benefits of hunting and fishing among Louisiana citizens
and to educate the citizens of the state on those benefits.
B. Members of the council shall serve on a voluntary basis and shall not receive any compensation or
reimbursement for expenses. The council shall meet at least twice annually and shall consist of the
following members:
(1) One member appointed by the Louisiana Wildlife Federation.
(2) One member appointed by the Louisiana Coastal Conservation Association.
(3) One member appointed by the Louisiana Wild Turkey Federation.
(4) One member appointed by the Louisiana Bass Federation.
(5) One member appointed by the Charter Boat Captain's Association.
(6) One member appointed by the Trapper and Alligator Hunter's Association.
(7) One member appointed by the secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
(8) One member appointed by the Louisiana Outdoor Writer's Association.
(9) One member appointed by the Cajun Becasse Society.
(10) One member appointed by the Bayou State Bowhunter's Association.
(11) One member appointed by the chairman of the Senate Natural Resources Committee.
(12) One member appointed by the chairman of the House of Representatives Natural Resources
Committee.
(13) One member appointed by the Louisiana Marine Trades Association.
(14) One member appointed by the Jefferson Parish Marine Fisheries Advisory Board.
(15) One member appointed by the director of the LSU Agriculture Center Cooperative Extension
Service who is a specialist or agent assigned to fisheries or wildlife advisory work.

Section 699.22. Council powers; duties; responsibilities
The council shall develop plans and strategies to promote public awareness that fees, taxes, and
traditional expenditures of hunters and anglers provide financial support for the management of fish and wildlife resources, habitat conservation and management, and the enforcement of fish and wildlife laws, and contribute to the local and national economy.

Council Members

Name/Organization Mailing Address Phone No./Email Address

Warren L. Singer                      La. Wildlife Federation

40138 Autumn Meadow Ave. Prairieville LA  70769

Ph. 225-622-6941              warren@icscla.com

 

Nelson "Snoop" Roth
La. Coastal Conservation Assoc.
1737 E. Hermitage St.
Gonzales, LA 70737
225-623-9588
rothn@vmcmail.com
Mike Rainwater
La. Wild Turkey Federation
P.O. Box 691
Ruston, LA 71273
318-243-5661
mprwater@aol.com
Alexander Perret
La. Bass Federation Nation
2000 Quail Drive, Rm. 362
Baton Rouge, LA   70808
Ph. 225-765-2328
aperret@wlf.la.gov

Daryl Carpenter
LA Charter Boat Association

13824 Red River Ave.
Baton Rouge, LA. 70818

225-937-6288
reelscreamersft@aol.com

Ryan Schaefer
La. Trapper & Alligator Hunter's Assoc.

203 Natasha St.
Abbeville, LA 70510

337-417-0424
ryansschaefer@gmail.com

Mike Windham
La. Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries
P.O. Box 98000
Baton Rouge, LA 70898
225-765-2807
cwindham@wlf.louisiana.gov
Lyle Johnson
La. Outdoor Writer's Assoc.
17677 Old Jefferson Hwy. Prarieville, LA 70769 225-485-7997
reelman@eatel.net
Stephen Pellessier
Cajun Becasse Society
815 Brentwood Blvd.
Lafayette, LA 70503
337-233-1315
steve.pellessier@property-one.com

Bayou State Bowhunters Assoc. is no longer an active organization.

   
Jeff DeBlieux IV
Ducks Unlimited
104 Mechant Drive Houma, LA 70363 985-853-3009
jkdeblieux@charter.net

David Rousseau
Appointee, House Natural Resources & Environment Committee

218 Rue de Beauville
Napoleonville, LA   70390
985-369-6924
rousseau4@charter.net

La. Marine & Motorcycle Trades Assoc.

 

Seat currently vacant
Woody Crews
Jefferson Parish Marine Fisheries Advisory Board
P.O. Box 6202
Metairie, LA 70009
504-888-7790
wcrews@grayinsco.com
Dr. Donald Reed
LSU Ag Center Cooperative Extension Service
4419 Idlewild Rd.
Clinton, LA 70722
225-683-5848
dreed@agctr.lsu.edu

 

Catfish Lake

Acreage: 
1,758 Acres

Calcasieu Lake

Acreage: 
49,156 Acres

AGENDA ANNOUNCED FOR LOUISIANA WILDLIFE & FISHERIES COMMISSION JULY MEETING

Release Date: 07/01/2010

The next regular public board meeting has been scheduled by the Commission for 9:30 A.M. on Thursday, July 8, 2010, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.
 
1.            Roll Call
 
2.            Approval of Minutes of June 3, 2010
 
3.            Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege
 
4.            To receive and hear Update on Oil Spill and Current Response Efforts
 
5.            To receive and hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports/June
 
6.            To receive an update on Dewey Wills WMA Resolution for purpose of Adding Land
 
7.            To receive and consider Notice of Intent on 2011 Turkey Hunting Areas, Seasons and Bag Limits
 
8.            To receive and consider Notice of Intent on 2011 General and WMA Turkey Hunting Regulations
 
9.            To receive and consider Department Recommendation on Waterfowl Breeding Grounds Projects Funding
 
10.            To receive and consider Early Migratory Bird Season Recommendations (Dove, Woodcock, Snipe, Rails, Gallinules and Teal)
 
11.            To receive and hear Presentation on the Louisiana Waterfowl Hunter Survey
 
12.            To receive and consider Declaration of Emergency and Notice of Intent on Fisheries Closures due to Oil Spill
 
13.            Set November 2010 Meeting Date
 
14.            Receive Public Comments
 
15.            Adjournment

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L.D.W.F. RECRUITING ENFORCEMENT CADETS FOR NEXT ACADEMY

Release Date: 06/29/2010

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division is currently seeking interested candidates who want to become LDWF enforcement agents for the next LDWF Cadet Academy Training Program, which is scheduled to begin on Sept. 1, 2010.

Interested applicants must submit an application for employment online at www.civilservice.la.gov by July 18, 2010.  Paper applications may also be submitted via fax, mail or hand delivery LDWF.  If mailed, the envelope must be postmarked on or before the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

Applicants must have an active or converted score of 70 or above on the Civil Service Law Enforcement and Protective Services (LEAPS) exam.  Preference may be given to applicants with a score of 77 or higher.  Applicants may apply to take the test by accessing the Civil Service Web site at http://www.civilservice.la.gov/info/LEAPS/Applying%20for%20the%20LEAPS%20Test.pdf.

All Enforcement Cadets receive full state benefits and pay from the first day of training.  The starting pay is $31,500 a year.  Training will last 22 weeks and mostly be held in Baton Rouge Monday through Friday.  Cadets will be allowed to go home on the weekends and holidays. 

"This is one of the greatest jobs in the world if you enjoy law enforcement work and have a love for the outdoors," LDWF Enforcement Division's Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze said.  "An agent?s life is never boring because it is seasonal in nature.  The job changes according to the time of year with hunting regulations enforcement in the fall and winter and boating and fishing in the spring and summer."

Cadets receive six months of intensive physical and academic training at the academy.  At the academy, cadets train to enforce the state's recreational boating laws, the state and federal wildlife and fisheries laws and general law enforcement work on the state's many wildlife management areas.  The academy also covers general law enforcement training equal to that of other state law enforcement officers.  Cadets are also trained for search and rescue and are charged as the lead agency in search and rescue coordination under the Governor?s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

For more information about testing and application information, please visit www.civilservice.la.gov or call the LDWF?s Human Resources Office at 225-765-2850.

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

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Ouachita Parish Man Cited for Possession of Spotted Fawn

Release Date: 06/25/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited a Ouachita Parish man for allegedly possessing a spotted fawn on June 21.

Agents received a complaint that Danny Underwood, 45, of West Monroe, had a spotted fawn inside a mobile home in the Bawcomville community.  Agents made contact with Underwood and he admitted to catching the fawn earlier in the day.  The fawn was seized and released to the LDWF Wildlife Division.

The penalty for possessing a spotted fawn is a fine up to $750 and jail time between 15 and 30 days.

Agents involved in the case were Sgt. Duane Taylor and Agent Scott Bullitt.

For more information, contact Capt. Alan Bankston at abankston@wlf.la.gov or 318-362-3139.

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Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission

Commission Members

While Louisiana's first wildlife conservation law was passed way back in 1857, and many regulations regarding oysters were passed in the late 1800's, it was not until 1909 that a formal body was appointed and given the task of overseeing wildlife and fisheries conservation in the State. Governor John Parker, an avid conservationist and friend and hunting partner of President Theodore Roosevelt, convinced the Louisiana Legislature in 1909 to create the Louisiana Board of Commissioners for the Protection of Birds, Game and Fish. One year later, in 1910, the Louisiana Oyster Commission (which had been created in 1902) merged with the Board of Commissioners to create the Louisiana Department of Conservation.

Act 127 of 1912 constitutionally created the Conservation Commission of Louisiana as a department of State government, with the mission of providing for the protection of birds, fish, shellfish, wild quadrupeds, forestry and mineral resources of the state.

Act 105 of 1918 changed the name of the agency back to the Department of Conservation, and directed that it be controlled by an officer known as the Commissioner of Conservation, who would be appointed by the Governor, by and with the consent of the Senate, for a term of four years.

The Department of Conservation continued in the role of lead agency in charge of wildlife and fisheries conservation until the Louisiana Department of Wild Life and Fisheries was officially created on December 11, 1944, in accordance with the terms of a Constitutional Amendment approved by the people of Louisiana on November 7, 1944.

The Amendment to the State's Constitution separated the former Department of Conservation into three independent state agencies: the Department of Wild Life and Fisheries, the Louisiana Forestry Commission, and a new Department of Conservation.

Initially, the new Department of Wild Life and Fisheries was directed by a Commissioner, who was appointed by the Governor. Governor Jimmie H. Davis appointed John G. Appel as the first Commissioner of the Department.
In 1952, another Constitutional Amendment changed the name of the Department of Wild Life and Fisheries to the Louisiana Wild Life and Fisheries Commission, and also established a commission of seven members to oversee and direct the activities of the agency. For day-to-day management and administration, the commission was directed to appoint (hire) a Director of the Commission.

This confusing terminology, with a commission (board) managing the Commission (agency), continued until 1974, when the new Louisiana Constitution was completed and approved by voters. All of the old sections and amendments regarding normal functioning and administration of the agency were removed from the Constitution, retaining only the language regarding the composition and appointment of the seven-member Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC), as follows:

Section 7. (A) Members; Terms. The control and supervision of the wildlife of the state, including all aquatic life, is vested in the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. The commission shall be in the executive branch and shall consist of seven members appointed by the governor, subject to confirmation by the Senate. Six members shall serve overlapping terms of six years, and one member shall serve a term concurrent with that of the governor. Three members shall be electors of the coastal parishes and representatives of the commercial fishing and fur industries, and four shall be electors from the state at large other than representatives of the commercial fishing and fur industries, as provided by law. No member who has served six years or more shall be eligible for reappointment.

(B) Duties; Compensation. The functions, duties, and responsibilities of the commission, and the compensation of its members, shall be provided by law.

(Constitution of the State of Louisiana (1974), Article IX - Natural Resources, ?7. Wildlife and Fisheries Commission)

The Louisiana Legislature subsequently created the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) as part of Act #720 of 1975, the Executive Reorganization Act, which legislated the establishment of twenty (20) cabinet level state agencies. The name and administrative structure of LDWF were codified in R.S. 36: ?601- ?609, and ?610 details forty-three (43) commissions and preserves that were transferred into the new Department.

While Act #720 changed the role of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission from administration to policy-making, the make-up of the Commission remains essentially the same today as when it was first conceived back in 1952: 6 members with 6-year terms plus 1 member whose term runs concurrently with the Governor. Three of the 7 members are to be representatives of the commercial fishing and fur industries from the coastal parishes, and 4 members are "other than representatives of the commercial fishing and fur industries" from the State at large.

CURRENT COMMISSIONERS

The seven current members of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, with their appointed role and term completion date, are:

Mr. Billy Broussard, Chairman

Kaplan, LA

Concurrent with Governor’s term

Billy Broussard, a coastal parish resident, serves as a representative of the commercial fishing and fur industries, as required by statute. He owns and operates Pecan Island Redfish Charters.

Reason for serving: "I have lived my entire life in and around the marshes of Louisiana and there is no place on earth that I would rather be. The good Lord has blessed Louisiana and its citizens with one of the most diverse and dynamic ecosystems on the planet. From the pine covered hills of the northwest, to the hard woods skirting the western banks of the Mississippi River, the majestic cypress dotting the Atchafalaya Basin, to the salt air and oyster grass swaying in the waves on our southern border, we have it all. Louisianaians have been given the key to the pantry of sustainable, renewable natural resources in the lower forty eight states. I hope my appointment to the Commission will afford me the opportunity to give back, just a little, to the state and way of life that has given my family and I many wonderful opportunities and memories."  

Mr. Broussard can be contacted at:
27024 W. La. Highway 82
Kaplan, LA 70548
Phone: 337-652-4191
FAX: 337-737-2395
E-Mail: bbillypb@kaplantel.net  

Mr. Edwin “Pat” Manuel, Vice Chairman
Eunice, LA
At-Large Appointee
12/12/2017

Pat Manuel is a lifelong resident of Eunice, who received his education through Catholic school.  He is currently the President of ManCo Vegetation Management Inc., as well as a member of the Board of Directors of Tri-Parish Bank.  Pat’s affiliations with conservation organizations include Ducks Unlimited,  Waterfowl USA, and Delta Waterfowl.  He has served as Louisiana Public Service Commissioner and Louisiana State Racing Commissioner.

Reason for serving on the Commission: “I want to thank Governor Bobby Jindal for this appointment to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.  We share a passion for the love of Louisiana’s outdoors and commitment to help preserve the resources of our state.”

Mr. Edwin “Pat” Manuel
P.O. Box 1046
Eunice, LA 70535
Phone: (337) 457-0101
FAX:   (337) 457-7401
Email: patmanuel.wlf@gmail.com

            

Mrs. Ann L. Taylor

Luling, LA
At-Large Appointee
12/10/14

Mrs. Taylor, a lifelong Louisiana resident, was born and raised in Houma and moved to Luling where she still lives. Taylor is co-owner and marketing director Louisiana Sportsman Magazine, the state's largest periodical covering the outdoors of the Bayou State. A graduate of Louisiana State University, Taylor has worked in the outdoor news publishing business for 24 years and is a former president of the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association.

Taylor's affiliations with conservation organizations include memberships in CCA Louisiana, Ducks Unlimited and the International Women's Fishing Association.

When asked about her reason for serving on the LWF Commission, Taylor said, "I hope to use my affiliation with hunters and fishers in this state to be a good liason between them and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries."

"I will do my best to help manage Louisiana's renewable resources so that we continue to excell as a sportsman's paradise and seafood production leader. Our state has unparallelled fish and wildlife populations that we need to make the most of while ensuring they're there for future generations."

Mrs. Taylor can be contacted at:
P.O. Box 1199
Boutte, LA 70039
E-mail: annt@heraldguide.com
ph. 985-758-2795

                               

Will Drost
Lake Charles, LA
At-Large Appointee
4/30/2019

Will Drost, a lifelong resident of Louisiana, was born and raised in Sulphur and now resides in Lake Charles. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from LSU in 1993. He is employed by Tower Land Company and married with two children.

Will is a member of CCA of Louisiana, Delta Waterfowl, Ducks Unlimited, the International Gamefish Association and the National Wild Turkey Federation. He is also a freelance outdoor writer and photographer for national and regional publications covering Louisiana and the Gulf Coast.

Reason for serving: “I am truly honored to serve on the LWF Commission. There is no greater asset to the citizens of our state than that of our wildlife and fisheries.  In serving on the Commission, I will strive to conserve our renewable natural resources and to make sure future generations are able to continue enjoying our Sportsman's Paradise.  I hope that my experience in land management and a lifetime of land stewardship, coupled with my passion for hunting and fishing, will allow me to serve Louisiana to the best of my ability.

“Having enjoyed fishing statewide from Venice to Lake Calcasieu and Cocodrie to Toledo Bend, I appreciate the uniqueness and respective bounties and management strategies of the many different waters of our state.  Hunting has also brought me to all corners of state; from coastal marshes to piney woods, and I have seen the importance of conservation in these diverse habitats.”

Mr. Drost can be contacted at:
641 West Prien Lake Road Lake Charles, LA 70601
Phone: (337) 480-3799
E-mail: will@towerlandllc.com

Dan Davis

  Houma, LA

Commercial Fishing & Fur Representative
12/10/2015

Dan Davis, a lifelong resident of Louisiana, was born and raised in Houma and resides there. He earned a mortuary degree from Commonwealth College of Science in 1972. He is employed by Marlin Services LLC in business development and married to the former Trudy Boquet. They have three children and four grandchildren.

Dan serves as secretary of the Terrebonne Port Commission and secretary/treasurer of the Dularge Hunting Club, and has served previously as vice-chairman of the Louisiana Alligator Council for 20 years and chairman of the Louisiana Fur and Alligator Council.  He is a member of the Louisiana Trappers and Alligator Hunters Association, CCA of Louisiana, Ducks Unlimited, the Terrebonne Sportsman League and serves as a board member for the Houma Oilman’s Golf and Fishing Tournament. Dan also assists fishing tournament event organizers as a registered weighmaster, certified by the La. Dept. of Agriculture and Forestry.

Reason for serving: “With my involvement in our coastal parishes, I fully understand the needs of commercial and recreational user groups. Louisiana’s natural resources must be protected and utilization of those resources managed to provide for future generations of all user groups. Hopefully, I can be part of the continued success of this process.”

“Louisiana’s management of its wildlife and fisheries resources is crucial to the economic success of many industries in this state. Recreational and commercial operations generate many millions of dollars through sales that sustain jobs and produce tax revenue vital to the state. Proper management of those resources must continue for us to be the real Sportsman’s Paradise.”

Mr. Davis can be contacted at:
1607 Coral Drive

Houma, LA    70360
Phone: (985) 637-5127
E-mail: ddavis@marlin-services.net

Mr. Ronald "Ronny" Graham
At-Large Appointee
12/20/2016

Ronald Graham, a lifelong Louisiana resident, was born and raised in Ruston.  Graham is a general contractor and is currently the chairman of the board of Lincoln Builders, Inc.
Graham has served on the conservation programs committee for Ducks Unlimited and was chairman for the Lincoln Parish Ducks Unlimited chapter.
When asked about his motivation for serving on the commission, Mr. Graham stated, "In serving on the commission, I would like to see the public's hunting and fishing experience in Louisiana enhanced.  Also, the public - both citizens and guests - should be educated on the benefits of using our vast natural resources.
"Our job as wildlife and fisheries commissioners is of crucial importance for the oversight and reinforcement of the abundant natural resources our great state has been blessed with.  To protect our wealth and resources for fishing and hunting - both recreational and commercial - it is critical that we provide professional biologists and staff to monitor the effect of our ever changing environment, and educate the public on responsible stewardship of our environment for the benefit of all citizens and guests."

Mr. Graham can be contacted at:
P.O. Box 400
Ruston, LA  71273
Phone: 318-232-7021
Fax: 318-232-7051
E-mail: ronnygraham@lincolnbuilders.com

 

Edward W. Swindell
Hammond, LA
Commercial Fishing & Fur Industry Representative
3/13/2020

Edward “Ed” W. Swindell was raised in Cameron Parish and currently resides in Hammond. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from LSU and holds a Professional Engineer license with present status of retired. He met his wife, Rebecca Landry of Gonzales, while both were members of the LSU Marching Band. The Swindells have three sons and five grand children.

Ed worked for 38 years in the menhaden fishing and processing business and is now retired from 11 years of service with Daybrook Fisheries, Inc. in Empire, La. He will serve on the Commission as a representative of the coastal parishes and the commercial fishing and fur industries.

He currently serves on a fisheries advisory panel for the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission and is a member of CCA of Louisiana, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Louisiana Society of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.

Reason for serving: “Active management plans and programs benefit resource protection and utilization by a wide diversity of user groups that depend on the availability of wildlife and fish for their livelihood and personal enjoyment. I aim to assist the Commission in the ongoing development and adjustment of management programs to ensure that Louisiana continues to be a leader in the seafood industry.”

Mr. Swindell can be contacted at:
300 Oak Hollow Drive
Hammond, LA 70401
Phone: (985) 662-3434
E-mail: edswindell@aol.com

Concordia Parish Men Cited for Overlimit of Bass

Release Date: 06/25/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited two Concordia Parish men for allegedly taking over the limit of bass on Turkey Creek in Franklin Parish on June 20. 

Casey W. Martin 27 and Edward R. Martin 41, both from Ferriday, were cited after being found in possession of 38 bass in their boat.  The daily limit for bass on Turkey Creek is 10 per person.  The bass were seized and donated to charity.

The penalty for taking over the limit of bass is a fine up to $350, and jail time up to 60 days or both plus court cost.  Both subjects will also be issued civil restitution citations for the value of the fish.

Agent involved in the case was Senior Agent Lee Tarver.

For more information, contact Capt. Alan Bankston at abankston@wlf.la.gov or 318-362-3139.

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