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St. Bernard Parish Man Cited For Oyster Violations

Release Date: 11/16/2011


Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a commercial oyster vessel captain for alleged oyster violations on Nov. 11 in the Hopedale area.

Agents cited Clifford A. Derouen, 44, of Violet, for failing to fill out oyster tags and violating the oyster harvest sanitary code for refrigeration.

Agents received a complaint that a vessel was unloading oysters, which according to vessel logbooks were harvested on Nov. 9.  However, agents found the oysters were tagged as being harvested on Nov. 10.  Agents also determined that the oysters were not put under mechanical refrigeration before midnight of the day they were reported harvested as required.

Violation of the sanitary code for refrigeration carries a $25 fine and up to 15 days in jail.  Failing to fill out oyster tags correctly carries a fine up to $500 and up to 90 days in jail.

Agents returned 60 sacks of oysters to closed waters as per LDWF policy.

Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Adam Young, Sgt. Michael Garrity, Senior Agent Villere Reggio and Senior Agent Gary Pierce.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or

Four Louisiana Men Cited for Federal Fisheries Violations

Release Date: 11/15/2011


Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited four men on Nov. 11 for alleged fisheries violations in federal waters.

Agents cited Hershel L. Girouard II, 39, of Youngsville, Shane P. Maturin, 30, of New Iberia, Adam J. Leonard Jr., 38, of Bourg, and George A. Venable, 29, of Church Point, for fishing for red snapper during a closed season and possessing over the limit of red snapper.  Girouard, Maturin and Leonard were also cited for failing to keep fish intact.

Agents boarded an offshore supply vessel approximately 70 miles offshore in federal waters.  Agents observed the four subjects fishing off the back deck of the vessel prior to boarding.

Agents seized 28 red snapper and one snowy grouper.  Agents found some of the red snapper with their heads and tails removed and a grouper with its tail removed.

The recreational season for red snapper was open from June 1, 2011 through July 18, 2011.  The daily possession limit for red snapper during the open season is two per person per trip.  The bag limit during the closed season is reduced to zero.

This case will be forwarded to the National Marine Fisheries Service for review.  The penalties associated with violating the Magnuson-Stevens Conservation and Management Act will be determined by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of the General Council.

Agents involved in the case were Lt. Bobby Buatt, Senior Agent Buddy Murray and Agent Justin Lowry.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at

Port Barre Man Arrested For DUI And Drug Violations

Release Date: 11/15/2011


Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Port Barre resident on Nov. 12 for alleged night hunting and drug violations in St. Landry Parish.

Agents observed Randy Guillory, 55, hunting wild quadrupeds off a public road outside of Part Barre.  Agents then stopped the truck being driven by Guillory.  Upon coming in contact with Guillory, agents found an illegal narcotic, methadone, and cited Guillory for driving a vehicle under the influence (DUI).

Agents charged Guillory with illegal possession of a schedule II narcotic in the presence of a firearm, DUI, hunting wild quadrupeds during illegal hours and discharging a firearm from a public road.  Guillory was booked into the St. Landry Parish Jail.

Illegal possession of schedule II drugs carries a fine up to $5,000 or jail time between two and five years.  Driving under the influence brings a fine of $300 to $1,000 and between 10 days and six months in jail.  Hunting from a public road and during illegal hours carries a fine between $250 and $500 and up to 90 days in jail for each offense.

Agents involved in the investigation were Senior Agents Ryan Faul and Channing Duval.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or


We are celebrating 15 years of professional development and want YOU to join in the fun!!

2012 is the Year of Outdoor Teaching! Join us for a day of exciting environmental education sessions and earn needed CLUs! Many sessions will focus on how to use the outdoors to enhance the classroom experience!


On March 9-10, 2012, the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission and the Louisiana Environmental Education Association will host the 15th Annual Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium – “Our Environment…Our Future” at the Lafayette Crowne Plaza in Lafayette, Louisiana.


The following optional Short Course sessions are being offered on Friday, March 9, 2012, in conjunction with the 2012 conference. Short Course participants must also register for the Environmental Education Symposium and pay conference registration fees, in addition to the nominal Short Course fee.
Preregistration is required.  Space is limited!  Participants will be notified via e-mail.

1. Louisiana Coastal Wetlands — An Inside View of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math that Goes on Behind the Scenes
Presenters: Susan Testroet-Bergeron, CWPPRA Education Specialist
        Cole Ruckstuhl, Media Specialist
        Dinah Maygarden, UNO, Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Sciences
        Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin, Information Specialist
Grade Levels: 5-12
8:30 am–4:00 pm
$10; lunch provided; meet at National Wetlands Research Center, 700 Cajundome Blvd., Lafayette
Visit the U.S. Geological Survey National Wetland Research Center and learn about the "STEM" research that is happening there. Also, learn about what is being done to rehabilitate Louisiana wetlands through the CWPPRA -Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act. Get new lessons on barrier islands and a host of additional resources for your classroom.

2. Canoe, Explore… A Watershed Lesson and Tour!
Presenters:  Margot Addison, Bayou Vermilion District, Outreach Ed   
        Ron Boustany, NRCS Resource Conservation Specialist
Grade Levels: 7–12
8:30 am–3:00 pm
$15; lunch provided; meet at Bayou Vermilion District
Join us as we explore part of our Bayou Vermilion watershed. We will paddle up the Bayou Vermilion and branch off into Bayou Tortue and make our way to Lake Charlo. We will observe the changing topography of the river system; the transition from Lafayette's upland prairie complex to the Mississippi River basin's bottomland hardwood ecosystem. Along the way we will pause to discuss the various geological, hydrological and ecological influences that come into play, as well as the history of the area. We will also discuss the function and value of wetlands and their interaction within the greater ecosystem. Back at the Bayou Vermilion District we will continue our discussions and do activities relevant to the watershed that can be used in the classroom. (Moderate to light canoeing)

3. Get Your ROOTS On!
Presenters:  Dr. Pam Blanchard, Associate Professor, Science Education Director
         LSU Coastal Roots teachers      
Grade Levels: K–8
9:00 am–3:00 pm
$20; lunch & transportation provided
Come and join us on a tour of school gardens in the Lafayette area. Teachers from the host gardens and the LSU Coastal Roots Program will share activities and ideas of how you can integrate school gardens into your K-8 curriculum. Enjoy the day outdoors and come get your ROOTS on!

4. Nature Lessons in Your Schoolyard
Presenters:  Stacey Scarce, Curator of Natural Sciences, Acadiana Park Nature Station
         Kaye Madden, Naturalist
         Stephen Saltamachia, Naturalist
Grade Levels: K–12
8:30 am–3:30 pm
$10; lunch & transportation provided
The Acadiana Park Nature Station is hosting a full day of outdoor education for K-12 teachers. Experience outdoor lessons and journaling activities to better understand the connection that needs to be made with nature and the value of outdoor education. Nature Station staff looks forward to sharing their understanding and enthusiasm for learning in nature to help teachers create positive outdoor experiences for their students. Participants will receive a booklet of nature related lessons that correspond to LA state GLE’s. We will be outside so dress accordingly.

Early Bird Registration closes on February 10, 2012. Lodging assistance is available.

Forms and related information can also be found on our website at

Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, 337-948-0255,
Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124,
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries –

LDWF Announces Closure of Seed-Oyster Harvest in Public Areas East of the Mississippi River

Release Date: 11/10/2011

Seed-Oyster Harvest Closure  11.14.11

November 10, 2011 –Today, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham signed an order to close seed-oyster harvest in selected public oyster areas east of the Mississippi River effective Monday, November 14, at one-half hour past sunset. 

The harvest of legal-size oysters (≥ 3 inches) for market sales is allowed to continue in these areas until further notice. 

The following areas are affected by the seed-oyster harvest closure:

1.      The public oyster seed grounds north of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet; and

2.      The public oyster seed grounds and reservations south of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet and west of a line that generally runs from California Point northeast to Point Gardner.

These areas were determined by LDWF biologist to hold only small amounts of seed oyster stock and a significant portion of the available stock has been harvested thus far during the 2011/2012 oyster season.  Additionally, sampling of seed-oyster loads on commercial vessels has determined that excessive amounts of non-living cultch material (reef shell, etc.) is being removed during seed harvest.  This activity threatens the long-term sustainability of the reefs by removing critical settlement substrate upon which oyster larvae settle and grow.  Based on current harvest pressure and the estimated low oyster stock size, these areas should be closed to protect from further impacts. 

All other details, rules and regulations of the 2011/2012 oyster season remain in effect until further notice.

For the latest on the 2011/2012 oyster season visit:

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

For more information, please contact Laura Wooderson at or (225) 610-2363.

Ouachita Parish Man Sentenced In Federal Court For Wildlife Crimes

Release Date: 11/10/2011

A Ouachita Parish man was sentenced on Nov. 7 in U.S. Western District Court in Monroe for two counts of violating federal pesticide laws and one count of violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Leslie W. Hardwick Jr., 47, of West Monroe, was sentenced to pay a $5,035 fine, be on supervised probation for three years with no hunting privileges and six months of home confinement with electronic monitoring by U.S. District Judge Robert James.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited Hardwick in January 2011 after receiving a complaint that dead animals were being located in Ouachita and Richland parishes.  In Ouachita Parish, animals were found in the area of Bosco Lodge owned by Robert Stone and Sal Miletello.  In Richland Parish, animals were found south of Start on Two Stone Farms, which was also owned by Stone.  Bosco Lodge, a licensed deer pen in southeast Ouachita Parish, employed Hardwick.

Agents went to the areas and located a total of 54 dead animals four of which were migratory non-game birds.  The animals consisted of 17 coyotes, 16 raccoons, 12 opossums, four bobcats, a red tailed hawk, barred owl and two sparrows.

After finding the dead animals, a joint investigation began with LDWF, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Environmental Protection Agency.  During the investigation, agents located several areas baited with the insecticide known as Temik, which is a restricted use pesticide.

All 54 animals were sent to LSU veterinary school for analysis where it was found that all animals contained high levels of Temik in their digestive tracts.  During the interview with Hardwick, he stated that he had placed the bait sites laced with Temik to eradicate coyotes.

U.S. Assistant District Attorney Cytheria Jernigan prosecuted the case.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at or 225-765-2465.

LDWF Agents Cite Seven For Night Hunting Violations

Release Date: 11/09/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited seven individuals for alleged hunting violations in Red River Parish on Nov. 7.

LDWF was notified at approximately 4 a.m. by the Red River Parish Sheriff's Office about possible night hunting activities on La. Hwy 71 north of Coushatta.  Agents responded and made contact with the suspects and found two dead doe deer and a dead raccoon.

Dametry Caldwell, 19, of Coushatta; Adam Caldwell, 20, of Coushatta; Demarcus Atkins, 22, of Glostner; Sean Griffin, 22, of Natchitoches; Christian Campbell, 21, of Coushatta; Michael Powell, 35, of Mansfield; and Quinton Grant, 24, of Coushatta were all cited for hunting deer during illegal hours with artificial light, hunting from a moving vehicle and hunting from a public road.

Dametry Caldwell was also cited for discharging a firearm from a public road, hunting without resident hunting and big game licenses, possessing over the limit of deer and failing to comply with deer tagging requirements.  Adam Caldwell was also cited for discharging a firearm from a public road, hunting raccoons illegally and failing to comply with hunter safety regulations.

Agents believe the group began night hunting the previous day shortly after sunset.  The group had traveled several miles from Hall Summit to Lake End in Red River Parish.  The firearms used by the group varied from a high-powered rifle to a 12-gauge shotgun.

Hunting deer during illegal hours with an artificial light range brings a $900 to $950 fine, up to 120 days of imprisonment and forfeiture of anything seized.  Hunting from a moving vehicle carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Hunting from a public road brings a $200 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Possessing over the limit of deer brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging regulations carries a $200 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Hunting raccoons illegally brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Discharging a firearm from a public road carries up to a $50 fine and up to 30 days imprisonment.

Hunting without resident hunting or big game licenses brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail for each offense.  Failing to comply with hunter safety regulations carries a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

There could also be a civil restitution penalty for the two doe deer in the amount of $1,624 per deer and for the raccoon in the amount of $27.75.

Agents involved were Sgt. Chuck Dison, Sgt. Patrick Staggs, Senior Agent John Blalock and Red River Parish Sheriff's Office Lt. John Malfouz.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at or 225-765-2465.

tip411 Complaint Leads to Deer Hunting Citations

Release Date: 11/08/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Calcasieu Parish man on alleged deer hunting violations on Oct. 30.

LDWF agents received a tip411 complaint from the public on Oct. 19 about potential deer hunting violations that occurred in Allen Parish.

Agents cited Christopher Bailey, 46, for taking deer with an illegal weapon, using illegal methods, hunting without a big game license and failing to comply with deer tagging or harvest record regulations.

After investigating the tip411 complaint and interviewing Bailey, agents found that Bailey had been squirrel hunting when he took an 8-point buck using a semi-automatic shotgun with fine shot.  Bailey admitted to agents he shot the deer the day before the still hunt season opened in Area 8.  Agents also found that Bailey failed to possess a big game license or deer tags.

Taking deer with illegal methods brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Taking deer using an illegal weapon carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Hunting without big game license brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

Failing to comply with deer tagging or harvest record regulations brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Bailey may also be responsible for a civil restitution penalty of $1,624.61 for the replacement value of the deer.

Agents participating in this case were Sgt. Keith Aucoin and Senior Agent Danon Maricle.

LDWF launched the tip411 program at the end of September as a part of their Operation Game Thief program, which may offer a cash reward for information leading to arrests or convictions.

To use the tip411 program, citizens can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone app from the Apple iTunes store free of charge.   CitizenObserver, the tip411 provider, uses technology that removes all identifying information before LDWF receives the text so that LDWF cannot identify the sender.

Texting or downloading the app 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.

Citizens can also call Operation Game Thief's Hotline at 1-800-442-2511.  The hotline and tip411 program are monitored 24 hours a day.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at or 225-765-2465.

LDWF Officials Reach an Agreement with Temple Inland for Fish Kill

Release Date: 11/07/2011

Settlement of $760,245.86 will ensure ongoing sampling of fish in Pearl River and continued restoration efforts

November 7, 2011 – This afternoon, officials with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reached an agreement with Temple Inland for the civil restitution of the August fish kill that killed an estimated 590,000 fish and freshwater mussels. The Pearl River fish kill, caused by low levels of dissolved oxygen resulting from discharge that exceeded their permitted levels released over the course of several days by the Temple Inland paper mill, is estimated to have killed more than 160,000 fish and more than 430,000 freshwater mussels. The settlement with Temple Inland includes the Louisiana portion of the fish and mussels included in the kill, all expenditures by LDWF involved in the fish kill response effort, a planned three-year recovery and monitoring plan, and the costs to restock portions of the Pearl River with largemouth bass and bluegill sunfish.

The total value for the fish included in the kill was $816,022.40. LDWF officials worked to recover half of the total value, which was $408,011.20; officials with Mississippi are responsible to recover their portion of civil restitution values -- the remainder of the total estimated value.

In addition to the $408,011.20, the settlement included nearly $44,000 for expenditures made by LDWF during the fish kill response, approximately $88,000 for the planned three-year recovery and monitoring plan along the Pearl River, and restocking efforts to the tune of $220,400. The combined total of all of these parts is $760,245.86.

“Today’s settlement allows us to put to rest the civil restitution for fish and mussels so that we may focus on the truly important part of our work, restocking, restoring and improving access for recreational fishing in the Pearl River,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham.

Last week, LDWF fisheries biologists stocked 27,000 catfish and 24,000 bluegill at various points along the Pearl River in response to the August fish kill.

“We are ready to continue stocking, habitat restoration and access projects throughout the Pearl River,” said LDWF Assistant Secretary Randy Pausina. “We know that with dedication and commitment to restoration projects in the Pearl River it may be an even more exciting place for anglers from all over the southeast to fish for years to come.”

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

For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at (225) 765-5113.

Jeffery Klinefelter Wins 2012 Louisiana Duck Stamp Competition

Release Date: 11/03/2011

2012 Louisiana Duck Stamp -- American Wigeon

Nov. 3, 2011 – Jeffery Klinefelter of Etna Green, Indiana, took home first place in the 2012 Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Competition sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF). The contest determines the image to be used on what is commonly known as the Louisiana Duck Stamp.

Klinefelter, who also won this contest for the 2008 Louisiana Duck Stamp, beat out 16 other competitors and was recognized at the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission’s Nov. 3 meeting as the 2012 winner.  Tom Crain of Branson, Missouri, a first-time entrant, came in second place, and third place went to 2009 winner Anthony Padgett from Noblesville, Indiana.  Last year, Wes Dewey of Kansas won the contest.

In addition to winning the 2008 contest, Klinefelter has previously won the Indiana Duck Stamp contest for 2011 and the 2011 Gamebird Stamp competition in California.  His painting of a male and female American wigeon at a marsh edge will be featured on the 2012 Louisiana Duck Stamp.

"The department was happy with the quantity of entries this year, and we continue to be impressed by the quality of the paintings," said LDWF Waterfowl Study Leader Larry Reynolds.  "Klinefelter’s painting showed exceptional attention to detail with the features and scale of American wigeon and will make an outstanding duck stamp."  

For the third consecutive year, LDWF held an open contest that allowed the artist to choose any migratory waterfowl species known to winter in Louisiana for entry in the contest.  Only northern pintails and wood ducks, which were featured on the 2010 and 2011 duck stamps respectively, were not allowed.

The Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp program was established in 1988 by the Louisiana Legislature to generate revenue for conservation and enhancement of state wetlands and other worthy programs that benefit Louisiana’s ducks and geese.  This program has generated over $11 million for wetland conservation in Louisiana since 1989, with over $270,000 from last year’s stamp sales alone.

The 2012 stamp, featuring Klinefelter's work, is expected to go on sale June 1, 2012.  The artist will retain the original artwork and will have reproduction rights to the image for prints and other commodities after LDWF has used the image to produce the stamps.

Judges for the competition were Dr. Frank Rohwer, Dr. Tommy Michot, R.C. Davis, Tex Plumley, and Bonnie Camos.  Rohwer is a Professor of Wildlife Ecology in the School of Renewable Natural Resources at LSU, and the Scientific Director for the Delta Waterfowl Foundation. Michot is a long-time wetland/waterfowl research biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S.G.S. National Wetland Research Center and is now a faculty member at University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  Davis, a professional artist from Amite, is a past winner of the Louisiana Duck Stamp contest for the 1998-99 stamp design. Plumley is the president of Billeaud Companies, a real-estate development company in Lafayette, and the current state chairman of Ducks Unlimited. Camos is an exhibiting artist, curator and art instructor in Lafayette who was an official Festival International de Louisiane artist in 2010.

For more information on the contest, contact Larry Reynolds at or 225-765-0456. To obtain a high-resolution digital image of the winning entry, contact Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or

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


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