Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents participated in a successful search and rescue mission on Bayou Nezpique on the Evangeline and Allen Parish line on Dec. 8.
Agents received a 911 call around 11 a.m. on Dec. 8 about a couple that was stranded in Bayou Nezpique. Agents arrived on scene around 2 p.m. and found Mark Tarver, 26, and Michelle Tarver, 27, both of Elizabeth, along the banks of the bayou.
Agents retrieved the Tarvers in their 15 foot vessel and brought them to a waiting Acadian Ambulance at the Guidry Road Bridge. The Tarvers were treated for severe hypothermia and transported to the Savoy Medical Center in Mamou for further treatment. The Tarvers are expected to make a full recovery.
The Tarvers were canoeing in the bayou when they got hung up in the fast moving water. They were able to get out of the canoe and make their way to the bank, but could only partially get up the side of the muddy bank thus having half of their bodies remaining in the cold water.
The Tarvers admitted to duck hunting and had harvested two ducks. However, the Tarvers were duck hunting in a closed area. Agents subsequently cited the Tarvers for duck hunting in a closed area. Hunting ducks during a closed season brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.
Agents participating in the search and rescue mission included Lt. Jesse Savoie and Sgt. Scott Fontenot. Their search area included the bayou waters between the Highway 104 Bridge and Guidry Road Bridge.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents and Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office (TPSO) deputies are investigating a potential hunting incident involving a fatality on Dec. 6 in Tangipahoa Parish.
LDWF agents and TPSO deputies responded to a 911 call concerning the fatal shooting of Joseph H. Stevens Jr., 33, of Hammond around 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 6.
Stevens and Stacey M. Trapp, 37, of Loranger, were hunting together on some property near 55202 Hwy. 1062 in Loranger. The two had been hunting about an hour when they decided to go home.
According to Trapp, as the two walked back to their vehicles they came upon a net wire fence. As they walked along the fence looking for an easier crossing point Trapp walked in front of Stevens.
Trapp then squatted down to go under some bushes with his .270 caliber bolt action rifle slung onto his right shoulder. As he squatted down his rifle went off with the bullet fatally striking Stevens. Trapp then called 911 for help.
Investigators believe that Stevens was killed instantly and do not suspect foul play at this time. Stevens’ body was turned over to the Tangipahoa Coroner’s Office.
LDWF advises hunters to utilize basic hunting safety procedures when going to and from their hunting locations, which includes having the gun on safe and no bullets or shells in the chamber.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited four Louisiana men for alleged deer hunting violations on Nov. 30 in Bienville Parish.
Agents cited Jacky Fenn Jr., 31, of Jonesboro, Brandon Clifton, 29, of Monroe, Kenneth Blalock III, 28, of Quitman, and Roger Caskey, 36, of Jennings, for hunting deer during illegal hours with artificial light, hunting from a moving vehicle and possession of an illegally taken deer. Caskey was also cited for failing to comply with deer tagging requirements.
Agents received a night hunting complaint in the area of Liberty Hill Hunting Club near Cox's Crossing in Bienville Parish. On Nov. 30, agents stopped a vehicle that met the description from the complaint.
Agents found the four men inside of the vehicle with three rifles, spotlight, flashlight and a freshly killed deer loaded into the bed of the truck. Agents learned that Caskey had taken the deer after legal shooting hours from the truck and had not tagged the deer.
Hunting deer during illegal hours with an artificial light brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Possession of an illegally taken deer carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Failing to comply with deer tagging requrements brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail. Hunting from a moving vehicle carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.
Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Chuck Dison, Sgt. Patrick Staggs, and Senior Agent John Blalock.
A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division Agent cited three men for alleged recreational fishing violations on Nov. 23 in Plaquemines Parish.
Sgt. Adam Young cited Henry Davis Jr., 57, of Jesuit Bend, Donelle Hill, 34, and Oliver Hill, 66, both of Belle Chasse for possessing undersized red drum. Donelle Hill and Oliver Hill were also cited for possessing more than the legal five red drum a day limit. Donelle Hill was also cited for not having basic and saltwater fishing licenses.
Sgt. Young found the men with 43 red drum, 26 of which were under the minimum size limit of 16 inches. The legal limit for red drum is five per person per day.
Davis was charged with the intentional concealment of illegal fish when he threw an un-determined amount of fish into the water upon approach of a uniformed LDWF agent. Davis was also charged with intentional littering when trash entered the water when he concealed his fish.
Intentional concealment of illegal fish and taking over the limit of red drum carries up to a $950 fine and 120 days in jail for each offense. Taking or possessing undersized red drum carries up to a $350 fine and 60 days in jail. Angling without basic and saltwater licenses carries a $50 fine for each offense. Intentional littering brings up to a $250 fine and eight hours of community service in a litter abatement work program.
The three men also face a grand total of $1,191.15 in civil restitution to the State of Louisiana for the illegally taken red drum.
The case will be forwarded to District Attorney Charles Ballay for prosecution.
Nov. 22, 2013 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in cooperation with the Red River Waterway Commission, recently stocked the Red River with over 28,000 Florida strain largemouth bass fingerlings.
This endeavor is a renewal of cooperative stocking efforts between the two agencies. The RRWC has agreed to a five-year plan to stock $50,000 worth of bass fingerlings annually into the five pools of the Red River.
The fingerlings were evenly distributed amongst the five pools of the river in order to improve fishing opportunities for the recreational angler. The fish range in size between 4 and 7 inches.
“These fish should have a huge impact on recreational fishing,” explained LDWF Secretary Robert Barham. “A few years from now, some of these fish will grow to be 10 pounds or more.”
The fish were purchased by the Red River Waterway Commission from the American Sportfish Hatchery. The Department will assist with releasing 12,000 more fish by the end of the year, including a stocking on December 5 in Avoyelles Parish.
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.
Nov. 22, 2013 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Wildlife Division has established and enhanced safety zones surrounding shooting ranges on three Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs).
The affected WMAs include Bodcau, Pearl River and Sherburne WMAs. The Woodworth Shooting Range within Alexander State Forest WMA already had a designated safety zone established.
The Department wants to remind the public to consult with your local LDWF field office for hours of operation and rules on all WMA ranges and rules. Information and maps for individual ranges as well as the associated safety zones may also be found at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/shooting-ranges.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Wildlife Management Area Program is charged with providing necessary habitats to manage and protect both game and non-game wildlife, as well as to provide quality outdoor recreation for the public.