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LEEC eNews Special Edition: Symposium Venue Change; Eagle Tour Full

Due to a delayed remodeling schedule at the former host hotel, the 2017 Environmental Education State Symposium has moved to Embassy Suites by Hilton in Baton Rouge. The dates remain February 3 & 4, 2017. Please note that the Eagle Tour short course has reached capacity and registration is closed.

Register at for the symposium, to be held February 3 & 4 at the Embassy Suites Baton Rouge. Optional Friday short courses include: Growing Up WILD, Eagle Tour in the Atchafalaya Basin (Full - Registration is Closed), Endangered Species and Zoos, Wetlands, and Young Environmental Science Stewards Project.

If you are planning to propose a concurrent session, don't forget to submit a proposal via our web form at Deadline for proposals is December 5.
Finally, if you need to book a room in Baton Rouge, the link for Embassy Suites group rate is

LDWF Urging Hunters to Practice Boating Safety

Release Date: 11/17/2016

With the fall and winter outdoor season underway in Louisiana, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division is reminding hunters about boating safety during the colder months of the year.

Hunting season for many people in Louisiana means utilizing boats to get to remote hunting areas often times during low visibility and in cold weather.

“The fall and winter boating season for Louisiana is a lot different than the spring and summer boating season,” said Lt. Col. Sammy Martin, the state’s boating law administrator.  “A lot of times we have duck and deer hunters leaving before dusk and navigating smaller tributaries.  The air and water temperatures are also much lower during this time of year.  Add all that up and it can put boaters in unsafe conditions if they don’t practice safe boating habits.”

LDWF is reminding all hunters about the importance of wearing a personal flotation device, having running lights on when operating at night, keeping speeds down at night and in narrower waterways, having proper lookouts and keeping a sober operator to and from their hunting location.  LDWF also recommend that hunters file a float plan with friends and family members that lets them know where they are going and when they plan to return.  Lastly, keeping a cell phone in a secure and dry place on your person could come in handy if a distress call needs to be made.

LDWF has reported 23 boating fatalities to date in 2016 for Louisiana.  In 2015, Louisiana had a total of 22 boating fatalities that included 16 fatalities at this same time last year.

As always LDWF offers free boating education classes year round.  Those interested can take either an online or classroom safe boating course.  The safe boating course is required for anybody born after Jan. 1, 1984 and operating a vessel over 10 horsepower.  For a list of boating classes please visit

ALAS Newsletter - November 2016

ALAS Newsletter  - November 2016

Attention ALL BAIs: Please complete this very short survey
regarding your attendance at the 2017 ALAS Tournaments:



This video is meant to be an annual refresher or reminder to all NASP® certified persons of the important safety protocols taught and followed by NASP®. Please use the link below to view this informational video. Have your students watch as well for a reminder of NASP safety protocol that must be used at all times when on the range.

The link to the safety video is:


Scoring protocol has been updated to improve integrity at tournaments. In addition to the written rules description, a video has been provided to help coaches and archers understand how to score during tournaments. The video should be viewed and practiced by NASP/ALAS coaches and students so that all are familiar with the new procedure. This protocol is to be in place for the 2016/2017 school year. Please share this video with anyone that will be participating in NASP® competitions.

The link to the updated scoring video is:

A sample PDF image of the new approved score card can be found at:

For additional information, please refer to Section 5 – Scoring (5.7.2.NEW PROTOCOL)



11/14/16 Pre-Registration for ALAS South Regional Begins
11/21/16 Pre-Registration for ALAS North Regional Begins
12/1/16 Pre-Registration for ALAS South Regional Ends
12/8/16 Pre-Registration for ALAS North Regional Ends
12/5/16 Registration for ALAS South Regional Begins
12/12/16 Registration for ALAS North Regional Begins
12/21/16 Registration for ALAS South Regional Ends
12/23/16 Registration for ALAS North Regional Ends
1/23/17 Pre-Registration for ALAS State Tournament Begins

2/1/17 Pre- Registration for ALAS State Tournament Ends
2/6/17 Tiered Registration for ALAS State Tournament Begins
2/15/17 Tiered Registration for ALAS State Tournament Ends
3/4/17 ALAS STATE TOURNAMENT – Shreveport, LA
5/11-13/17 NASP NATIONAL TOURNAMENT – Louisville, KY
7/20-22/17 NASP WORLD TOURNAMENT – Orlando, FL

*See the attached map to know which regional tournament your school will attend!


December 14th-15th, 2016 Haughton Middle School Haughton, LA *MUST ATTEND BOTH DAYS

For information about hosting a BAI training class at your school please contact


As always with the growth of a program we also experience increased cost to continue to provide the quality tournament experience that we have in the past. Most of the cost of the added materials needed, targets, target faces, bows, arrows, etc., is covered by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, however, costs to cover items like our promotional items, t-shirts, awards, signs, banners, equipment rental and most importantly the scholarships that we award require outside funds. Thankfully we have always been able to rely on the support of state and local sponsors to make our tournaments a great experience for all who attend and we hope to keep that going!
Attached is a copy of our sponsorship information for this year’s tournaments as well. Please take a look and please feel free to contact with any questions that you may have.


Please be aware that each school participating a tournament will be required to provide a minimum of three (3) volunteers for at least one (1) flight during the tournament in which they are participating. More information regarding volunteer duties and a sign-up sheet will be included in the December ALAS Newsletter. Please share this information with your parent volunteers.


DEADLINE: All entries are due by Thursday, December 1st, 2016
See the attached T-Shirt Contest Rules document for official entry form and contest rules.
Artwork and entry forms should be scanned and emailed to Jan McGovern at:
Contact for more information.
Artwork should be no larger than 8.5” x 11” (21.5cm x 28cm) and contain no more than two colors.
All students attending school where the NASP® curriculum is taught are eligible to participate. Entries may be submitted by an individual or group. Each participant in a group must complete and submit an entry form with the artwork. Winner will be notified via email.

Aim high!

LDWF Investigating Fatal Boating Incident in Rapides Parish

Release Date: 11/07/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents are investigating a fatal single boating incident in Rapides Parish that occurred on Nov. 6.

Holly A. Schnepp, 55, of Alexandria was pronounced dead on the scene after a vessel she was riding in capsized on the Red River about a quarter mile from the Curtis-Coleman Bridge.

According to the male operator, the steering handle slipped out of his hand and caused the 12 foot vessel to turn quickly ejecting them into the water shortly after 7 a.m.  Schnepp got caught under the vessel and couldn’t resurface.

After they were in the water for about 30 minutes, a tugboat crew saw them in the water and were able to recover them into a tugboat rescue vessel.  The male operator and Schnepp were then transported to the bank where Acadian Ambulance was waiting.

LDWF agents along with Pineville Fire Department, Pineville Police Department, and the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene of the Acadian Ambulance around 7:45 a.m.

Schnepp was unresponsive and pronounced dead on the bank of the river.  The male operator was conscious and brought to the Rapides Regional Hospital for minor injuries.

LDWF will be the leading investigative agency for this fatal boating incident.  Schnepp and the male operator were wearing personal flotation devices.  Schnepp’s body was turned over to the Rapides Parish Coroner’s Office to determine an official cause of death.

Two Men Arrested for Night Hunting in Orleans Parish

Release Date: 11/04/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested two men for alleged deer hunting violations on Nov. 3 in Orleans Parish.

Agents cited Ruben F. Ramos, 37, and Andres Córdoba, 40, both living in New Orleans, for illegal discharge of a weapon and taking deer during illegal hours with artificial light.

Agents received a complaint of two subjects hunting deer at night near a neighborhood in New Orleans east.  Agents arrived on scene around 10:20 p.m. on Nov. 2 and observed two subjects running into the woods and a doe deer and a button buck deer at the location the subjects were last seen.

After a brief search for the subjects, agents found Ramos exiting the woods.  After an investigation, Ramos told agents that Córdoba was with him and where he lived.

Agents made contact with Córdoba at his apartment a few hours later and he showed the agents the shotgun that was used to take both deer.

Both men admitted to taking the deer and were arrested and booked into the Orleans Parish prison.  Agents seized the two illegally taken deer and a 12-gauge shotgun.

Illegal discharge of a weapon brings up to a $1,000 fine and two years of jail.  Taking deer during illegal hours with artificial light carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Ramos and Córdoba could also face civil restitution for the illegally taken deer totaling $3,249.22.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Austin Arteaga, Sgt. Chuck Strain and Senior Agent Jeffrey Farmer.

Two Men Cited for Using Oversized Shrimping Nets

Release Date: 11/02/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents cited two men for alleged shrimping violations on Nov. 1 in St. Bernard Parish.

Agents cited Michael Labat, Jr., 32, of St. Bernard, and his deckhand Allen Labat, 26, of Poydras, for using oversized butterfly nets.  Agents also cited Labat, Jr. for failing to display a vessel registration decal and not having boat numbers.

Agents were on patrol in Bayou Terre aux Boeufs in Delacroix, when they observed a vessel actively shrimping without proper boat numbers or registration decal on the side of the vessel.  Agents made contact with the subjects on board the vessel and observed the frames on the vessel’s butterfly rigging to be unusually large.

Agents measured the nets at 22 ½ feet horizontally and 10 feet 10 inches vertically for each net.  Double butterfly nets may not be more than 16 feet horizontally or 12 feet vertically for each net.  In addition they may not be mounted more than 24 inches from the side of the vessel.

Agents found the subjects in possession of 172 pounds of shrimp at the time of the stop, which were seized and sold.

Using oversized butterfly nets brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing to have boat numbers and vessel registration decal each carries up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Jason Gernados, Senior Agent Travis Bartlett and Senior Agent Patrick Dempsey.

Port Sulphur Man Arrested For Recreational Fishing Violations

Release Date: 10/31/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested a Port Sulphur man for alleged recreational fishing violations on Oct. 30 in Plaquemines Parish.

Agents arrested Jonathan K. Ragas, 54, for intentional concealment of fish and taking undersized red drum and booked him into the Plaquemines Parish jail.

Agents made contact with Ragas while on patrol in the Port Sulphur area near Azalea Drive.  When agents approached Ragas he picked up a five-gallon bucket containing an unknown amount of red drum and threw them into the water.  The agents quickly grabbed the bucket and found it still contained two red drum under the legal limit of 16 inches.

Agents also found that Ragas is currently on five years of probation after he pled guilty in 2014 to his sixth count of harvesting oysters from a polluted area and public intimidation of an LDWF agent.

Intentional concealment of fish carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking undersized red drum brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.   Ragas may also be assessed civil restitution totaling $52.94 for the replacement value of the two red drum.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. Adam Young and Sgt. Villere Reggio.

November Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission to Meet

Release Date: 10/31/2016

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission

Committee Agenda

November 3, 2016 - 9:30 A.M.


1.     Call to Order  

2.     Pledge of Allegiance

3.     Roll Call

4.     Adoption of October 06, 2016 Commission Meeting Minutes

5.     Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege          

6.     Enforcement Reports October, 2016 – Captain Edward Skena

7.     Receive Update on Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s October Meeting – Myron Fischer, Biologist

8.     Receive Announcement of the 2017 Louisiana Duck Stamp Contest Winner – Larry Reynolds, Biologist

9.     Set Location and Time of December 01, 2016 Commission Meeting

10.  Set February, 2017 Commission Meeting Date

11.  Receive Public Comments


12.  Adjournment  

A live audio/video stream of this meeting will be available via  To attend this meeting via webinar visit:

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 at To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at

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Illegal Oyster Harvesters Plead Guilty in Terrebonne Parish

Release Date: 10/18/2016

Four Terrebonne Parish people pled guilty and were sentenced in 32nd Judicial District Court in Terrebonne Parish on Oct. 13.

Judge Johnny Walker sentenced Zeth M. Lodrigue, 27, of Dulac, Tia C. Linson, 36, of Dulac, Damien L. Rel, 19, of Houma, and Anna C. Parfait, 20, of Bourg, for unlawfully taking oysters from a private lease without written permission.  Each subject was fined $900 plus court costs and placed on probation for two years.

Each defendant can also only harvest oysters on a vessel that employs a vessel monitoring system for one year.  Each defendant must also complete 40 hours of community service within 90 days.  The oyster harvester license for the captain, Lodrigue, was revoked for one year.  The vessel used in connection with the violation was forfeited to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited the four subjects on May 13, 2016.  Agents found them illegally harvesting oysters from a private lease without permission in Trouble Bayou in lower Terrebonne Parish.  Agents seized 11 sacks of oysters and returned them to the water.

Assistant District Attorney Seth Dodd prosecuted the case.  Agents participating in this case were Sgt. Bryan Marie and Senior Agent Adam Tieben.

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