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Calcasieu Lake

49,156 Acres


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



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 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

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 or call the LDWF?s Human Resources Office at 225-765-2850.

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


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 or 318-362-3139.


Action Items

Meeting August 1, 2019

application/pdf iconNOI on Crappie Regulations for Eagle Lake

application/pdf iconDeclaration of Emergency for Crappie Regulations on Eagle Lake

application/pdf iconDeclaration of Emergency for 2019 Fall Shrimp Season

application/pdf iconNOI on Alligator Tag Fee Reduction

Meeting July 1, 2019

Meeting April 3, 2019

application/pdf icon DE to Close Turkey Hunting Season in Dewey W. Wills, Grassy Lake and Richard K. Yancey WMAs

Meeting March 7, 2019

application/pdf icon(AMENDED) 2019-2020 and 2020-21 General and WMA Hunting Season and Rules and Regulations NOI

Meeting January 8, 2019

Meeting October 6, 2016

Meeting July 7, 2016

Meeting June 2, 2016

application/pdf icon 2016 Oyster Harvester Training Program

Meeting May 5, 2016

Meeting March 3, 2016

Meeting February 4, 2016

Meeting Janurary 7, 2016

Meeting December 3, 2015

application/pdf iconNOI - Large Commercial Sharks Possession Limit Increase

Meeting November 5, 2015

Meeting August 6, 2015

Meeting June 4, 2015

 Meeting May 7, 2015

application/pdf iconNOI Crappie Regulations on Eagle Lake

Meeting April 2, 2015

application/pdf iconNOI Recreational Fishing Reefs

application/pdf iconNOI Hunting Regulations WMA 2015-2017

Meeting March 5, 2015

application/pdf iconNOI Amendment for WMA Regulations - Biloxi WMA vessel restrictions

Meeting January 8, 2015

Meeting October 2, 2014

application/pdf iconCommercial Netting Season DE - BruinProvidenceFalseRiver

Meeting September 4, 2014

Meeting August 7, 2014

application/pdf iconDE - 2014-15 Ducks Coots Geese Season 08 07 2014

application/pdf iconNOI - Amendment Potentially Dangerous Wild Quads Big Cats Non-Human Primates 08-07-14

Meeting of July 3, 2014

application/pdf iconNOI Crab
application/pdf iconNOI - Aerial Feral Hog Control - July 2014
application/pdf iconNOI Amendment - Potentially Dangerous Quadrupeds-Big Exotic Cats-Nonhuman Primates - July 2014

application/pdf iconDE - 2014-15 Early Migratory Bird Season Recommendations

application/pdf icon2014 July Reef Fish NOI HindCreelSea

Meeting of April 3, 2014

application/pdf iconNOI Black Bass Saltwater Possession Limit - FINAL AMENDMENT (Hwy 90)

application/pdf iconNOI - F+E Industry Animal Permit april 3 2014 rev

Meeting of March 6, 2014

Meeting of February 6, 2014

Meeting of January 9, 2014

Meeting of November 7, 2013

Meeting of October 3, 2013



Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission

Commission Overview

While Louisiana's first wildlife conservation law was passed way back in 1857, and many regulations regarding oysters were passed in the late 1800s, it was not until 1909 that a formal body was appointed and given the task of overseeing wildlife and fisheries conservation in the state. In 1909, Governor John Parker, an avid conservationist and friend and hunting partner of President Theodore Roosevelt, convinced the Louisiana Legislature 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 Louisiana's state government, with the mission of providing for the protection of the state's birds, fish, shellfish, wild quadrupeds, forestry and mineral resources.

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 Wildlife 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.

This amendment separated the former Department of Conservation into three independent state agencies: the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Louisiana Forestry Commission, and a new Department of Conservation.

Initially, the new Department of Wildlife 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 Wildlife and Fisheries to the Louisiana Wildlife 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, 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 20 cabinet level state agencies. The name and administrative structure of LDWF were codified in R.S. 36: §601-609, and §610 details (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: six members with 6-year terms plus one member whose term runs concurrently with the Governor. Three of the seven members are to be representatives of the commercial fishing and fur industries from the coastal parishes, and four 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. Alfred R. SunseriChairman

New Orleans, LA
Commercial fishing and fur industry representative

Alfred R. “Al’’ Sunseri, the owner and general manager of New Orleans’ P&J Oyster Co., is a lifelong Louisiana resident. He has owned and managed his family oyster business and has been an advocate of the Louisiana and Gulf of Mexico oyster industry since 1985.

He was a founding member of the Gulf Oyster Industry Council and has served on several oyster boards. Sunseri, who lives in New Orleans, graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond with a degree in business administration in 1980.

In addition to serving on several boards, Sunseri has helped draft state laws and regulations relating to the oyster industry and coastal restoration. He currently serves on the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration and Conservation, the Louisiana Oyster Dealers and Growers Association, the Louisiana Oyster Task Force, the Gulf Oyster Industry Council and the Louisiana Restaurant Association. He also was a member of the Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference and the National Fisheries Institute.

Sunseri is married to Sally Lincks Sunseri and they have three children, Blake, Alexandra and Victoria.

Reason for serving: “Our family has been involved in the oyster industry for more than 142 years as well as involved in creating the old Oyster Commission in 1902. I have been a champion of the oyster industry with a lot of help from my family and friends during my 39-year career running our oyster house in the French Quarter.
“I look forward to bringing my experience and expertise to the commission in the oyster business and as a proponent of coastal restoration.’’

Mr. Sunseri can be contacted at:
1039 Toulouse St.
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: 504-523-2651
Fax: 504-522-4960



Mr. William D. “Bill’’ Hogan, Vice-Chairman

Ruston, LA
At-large appointee


William D. Hogan is a longtime Louisiana resident who lives in Ruston, La. He is the President and CEO of Ruston Bank. Hogan was born in Nashville, Tenn., grew up in Fort Smith, Ark., and graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in finance. He moved to Louisiana in 1989. He and his wife Kelly of 25 years have two daughters, Taylor and Natalie.

A member of Ducks Unlimited for 25 years, Hogan has served as state chairman of DU and is a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation. He also has been active in several organizations in the Ruston area. He is vice president of the Louisiana Tech University Foundation and served as chairman of the Ruston-Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau. He was campaign chairman and a board member of the United Way.

Reason for serving: “As an avid outdoorsman and a long-time Louisiana resident, I am honored to serve and support the state in its efforts to conserve, protect and wisely use our abundant hunting and fishing habitat, species and opportunities with which we are uniquely blessed,’’ Hogan said.

“I believe we all have obligations to act as stewards of these natural resources and ensure that our rich outdoor traditions and culture are managed and maintained for current and future generations to enjoy. I am truly honored to be appointed as a commissioner by Governor John Bel Edwards and pledge to work for the people of Louisiana to help keep our state as the true Sportsman’s Paradise.’’

Mr. Hogan can be contacted at:

2317 Soyars Circle
Ruston, LA 71270
Phone: 318-255-3733


Mr. Robert J. Samanie III

Meraux, LA
Commercial fishing and fur industry representative
Term runs concurrent with the Governor

Robert J. “Bobby” Samanie, a lifelong Louisiana resident, is vice-president of Lafitte Frozen Foods Corp. in St. Bernard Parish, one of the largest shrimp processors on the Gulf of Mexico.
The Terrebonne Parish native served as president of the American Shrimp Processors Association. He also has served on the Governor’s Task Force on Shrimp Management, the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board, the Louisiana Shrimp Industry Review Panel, the Louisiana Seafood Standards of Identity Task Force and the Louisiana Seafood Industry Advisory Board.

Reason for serving: “The experience I have allows me to understand the good fortunes as well as some of the problems facing our fisheries especially in the state of Louisiana. Louisiana has an abundance of natural resources for the all of the people to use and enjoy. It is our duty to leave the resources in better shape for our children and grandchildren. We must strive to keep it sustainable."

Mr. Samanie can be contacted at:
4420 Tracy St.
Meraux, LA 70075
Phone: 504-304-4805



Mr. Chad J Courville

Lafayette, LA
At-Large Appointee

Chad J.Courville is a lifelong Louisiana resident who resides in Lafayette and is employed as the land manager for Miami Corporation. He is currently chairman of the Louisiana Alligator Advisory Council and a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, the Coastal Conservation Association, and the Louisiana Association of Professional Biologists.

Courville received his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental and Sustainable Resources from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (then USL).  He and wife Kylee have two children. 

Reason for serving:  “It is a great honor to serve the people of the State of Louisiana, and with my fellow Commissioners, as we strive to manage fish and wildlife populations within Louisiana’s vast habitats.  I have been very blessed to have parents who exposed me to Louisiana’s outdoors, and I look forward to my time with fellow Commissioners to ensure that my children, and future generations, have that same opportunity.”

“Louisiana’s wildlife and fisheries resources cannot be taken for granted.  There are numerous pressures on those resources from habitat loss to special interest groups.  I look forward to communicating with LDWF’s knowledgeable, experienced staff, utilizing the best available science and data, and gaining public sentiment to make informed decisions on how we move forward in responsible management and utilization.”

Mr. Courville can be contacted at:
309 La Rue France, Suite 201
Lafayette, La 70508
Phone: (337) 264-1695
Fax: (337) 264-9499



Mr. William J. “Joe” McPherson

Woodworth, LA
At-Large Appointee

Joe McPherson lives in Woodworth, La. with his wife Karen and is a businessman and graduate of Northwestern. He served 24 years as a State Senator and during his tenure authored numerous laws and Constitutional Amendments that expanded and protected La. outdoors men’s and women’s rights and opportunities to enjoy our Sportsman’s Paradise. His work on behalf of our outdoor heritage has brought him recognition from various groups including Ducks Unlimited, Safari Club International, La. Outdoors Writers Assc. and the La Wildlife Federation.

He is a Life Member of the La. Wildlife Federation, Life Member of Quality Deer Management Assc., Life Member of NRA, and a Member of Ducks Unlimited,  Delta Waterfowl, and Avoyelles Wildlife Assc. 

Reason for serving on the Commission: “I want to thank Gov. Jon Bel Edwards for the opportunity to work with my fellow Commissioners and the dedicated staff at W&F to ensure that this and future generations continue to enjoy the tremendous outdoor opportunities afforded in our Sportsman’s Paradise.” 

Mr. McPherson can be contacted at:
William J. “Joe” McPherson, Jr.
2000 Maison Rue Drive
Woodworth, LA   71485
O. 318-445-0350



Ms. Jerri G. Smitko

Houma, LA
Commercial fishing and fur industry representative

Jerri G. Smitko is an attorney and the owner of Smitko Law, APLC, in Houma. She is a graduate of Nicholls State University and Tulane law school and has one son, Maxwell Smitko.

Among her many positions held since graduating Tulane law school in 1986, Smitko was chair of the Louisiana Indigent Defense Assistance Board from 2006-09, was on the board of directors for the Terrebonne Parish Indigent Defenders Office from 2000-06 and on the board of commissioners of the Terrebonne General Hospital Service District No. 1 from 1997-2009.

She was also special legal counsel to Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government from 1992-98 and the assistant parish attorney for the same body from 1988-92.

Smitko is a member of the American Bar Association, Louisiana and Terrebonne Parish bar associations and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. She served in the Louisiana Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve until her honorable discharge in 1985.

Reason for serving: “As a lifelong sportswoman, a licensed commercial fisherman and an attorney with more than 30 years in practice, I understand how important the law is in protecting our natural resources. I also have a deep appreciation for those who rely on those resources for their livelihood, sustenance and enjoyment. I am eager to champion the causes of our commercial fishermen and trappers who have served as the backbone of the bayou communities for generations.’’

Ms. Smitko can be contacted at:

P.O. Box 1669
Houma, LA 70361
Phone: 985-851-1313



Mr. Dusty J. Guidry

Lafayette, LA
At-large appointee


Dusty J. Guidry is a native of Scott who now lives in Lafayette. He is the Director of Pretrial Services for the East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s office.

Guidry has two children, Isabella and Cruz. He holds a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Guidry serves on the Cajundome Commission and is a member of several boards. He is a member of Ducks Unlimited, the Coastal Conservation Association and the Louisiana Wildlife Federation.

Reason for serving: “I consider it a great honor and privilege to continue serving the people of the state of Louisiana. I am blessed to have parents who exposed me to our state’s natural resources and instilled in me a passion and appreciation for wildlife. I aim to assist the commission in the ongoing coastal restoration and conservation efforts. Doing so will aid in keeping the natural resources of this state viable and in better shape for generations to come.’’

Mr. Guidry can be contacted at:

P.O. Box 45
Carencro, LA 70520
Phone 225-229-9823
Fax 225-389-8552


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 or 318-362-3139.


Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation


   Melissa "Missy" Fox
   Executive Director

   2000 Quail Drive
   Baton Rouge, LA 70808

   Phone: 225-765-5100


To donate to LAWFF, please click HERE.


The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation (LAWFF)

LAWFF is the nonprofit that raises funds and generates support for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries (LDWF). We assist the Department with habitat conservation, youth recruitment, environmental education and training, natural resource research and management, regulation enforcement, and financial assistance to numerous LDWF projects and programs.

The Foundation is a non-profit public, charitable foundation, tax exempt under Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation was formed to provide a means for individuals and corporations to become partners with the Department and Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana's wildlife and fish resources.

LAWFF receives no funding from the State of Louisiana, nor the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Contributions come solely from individual and corporate donors.

Individuals and corporations can become LAWFF partners by contributing to the Foundation in a variety of ways, all of which are tax deductible. Donations of property and money are accepted both as undedicated contributions or for specific projects and programs.

The Foundation's Board is committed to a simple operating style - working as a partner with contributors who donate property, services or funds for specific projects and programs as well as contributions for general conservation use. The Foundation identifies conservation problems and offers solutions through partnerships and leveraging financial resources.

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