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Agents Make Drug and Wildlife Violations Case on Atchafalaya Delta WMA

Release Date: 09/28/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested one Franklin man for alleged drug and wildlife violations and cited two other Franklin subjects for alleged wildlife violations on Sept. 26 in St. Mary Parish.

Agents arrested Eric L. Peltier, 38, for possession of methamphetamine, hydrocodone, Xanax, clonazepam, marijuana, possession of a firearm while in possession of illegal drugs, intentional concealment of illegally taken wildlife, hunting deer from a boat, hunting deer during illegal hours with artificial light, hunting deer during a closed deer season, possessing a firearm while frogging at night, collecting reptiles/amphibians and fishing without a basic fishing license.

Agents also cited Leon P. Savoie, 39, and Shelly G. Lee, 38, for intentional concealment of illegally taken wildlife, hunting deer from a boat, hunting deer during illegal hours with artificial light, hunting deer during a closed deer season, possessing a firearm while frogging at night, collecting reptiles/amphibians and fishing without a basic fishing license.

Agents were on patrol on the Atchafalaya Delta Wildlife Management Area (WMA) when they stopped a vessel around 11 a.m. to perform a boating safety and creel check.  During the check, agents found Peltier in possession of methamphetamine and marijuana.  Upon completion of the investigation, agents located several other types of suspected illegal narcotics belonging to Peltier including hydrocodone, Xanax and clonazepam.

Agents also learned that the three individuals had set out to go fishing with jug lines and to catch frogs without basic fishing licenses.

Agents further learned that while frogging after dark the subjects spotted a deer and shot it from their vessel with the assistance of an artificial light.  After shooting the deer, the subjects hid the deer in the front storage compartment of the vessel.

Agents seized a doe deer, an 18 foot vessel, 35 horsepower outboard motor, a 12 gauge shotgun, the illegal narcotics and a .22 caliber pistol.  Agents booked Peltier into the St. Mary Parish Jail.

Illegal possession of hydrocodone and methamphetamine each carries up to a $5,000 fine and five years in jail for each offense.  Illegal possession of Xanax and clonazepam each brings a $1,000 to $5,000 fine and up to five years in jail for each offense.  Possession of a firearm while in possession of illegal drugs carries up to a $10,000 fine and five to 10 years of prison.  Possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia each brings up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.

Intentional concealment of illegally taken wildlife, taking deer during a closed season and hunting deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.  Possession of a firearm while frogging carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting deer from a boat carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Collecting frogs and fishing without a basic fishing license carries up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail for each offense.

The three subjects may also face civil restitution totaling $1,624 for the illegally taken deer.

LDWF Names New Chief of Enforcement Division

Release Date: 09/26/2017

Col. Martin
LDWF Sec. Jack Montoucet Tabs Col. Martin as New Chief of Enforcement

On Sept. 21, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), promoted Lt. Col. Sammy Martin to Colonel, which is the highest ranking position in the Enforcement Division.  Col. Martin takes over for the recently retired Col. Joseph “Joey” Broussard, who served the department for 27 years of which the last three years were as Colonel.

Col. Martin, 57, of Chauvin, has been an agent for 35 years.  Col. Martin has received numerous awards during his career including LDWF’s Outstanding Agent of the Year in 1992, three Meritorious Service Awards and the Chief’s Award in 2014.

“On Sept. 21, I selected Lt. Col. Sammy Martin to take over as head of the Enforcement Division. With more than 30 years of experience and dedication to LDWF, I am confident that Col. Martin will do a great job in enforcement’s top leadership position,” said LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet.  “My decision was made after assessing interviews of candidates, consultation along with the direction I and Col. Martin envision for the future of the enforcement division.”

Col. Martin graduated from the Louisiana POST Training Academy in 1982.  As a field agent for 15 years he mainly patrolled Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes including Grand Isle.  In 1997 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant to serve as the district supervisor.  Achieving the rank of Captain in 2004, Col. Martin was tasked with managing the Region 6 Office in Thibodaux encompassing St. James, St John, Assumption, St. Martin, St. Mary, Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes including Grand Isle.

Col. Martin was promoted to the rank of Major in 2009 and assigned to LDWF headquarters overseeing four of the enforcement division’s eight regions.  In 2014 he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and oversaw the enforcement division’s boating safety program serving as the states Boating Law Administrator, budget, search and rescue, training, emergency services, statewide strike force, maritime security, public information, quartermaster, communications and aviation sections among other duties.

“As I have risen through the ranks, I have been fortunate to perform a multitude of duties.  I have patrolled the gulf and inshore waters for commercial and recreational violations, performed search and rescue missions following hurricanes, checked hunters in the field, worked side by side with some of the best men and women in law enforcement, became a captain of a region, worked administrative positions at headquarters and now finally as colonel in charge of the entire division,” said Col. Martin.  “These experiences have given me a well-rounded perspective on what it means to be an enforcement agent and how I can effectively lead these agents as their colonel."

Des Allemands Man Found with Undersized and Over the Limit of Catfish

Release Date: 09/26/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Des Allemands man for alleged recreational catfish violations on Sept. 24.

Agents cited Kerry Fonseca, 48, for taking over the limit of catfish, possessing undersized catfish and for failing to display required navigation lights.

Agents observed Fonseca actively operating his vessel within Bayou Des Allemands around 7:45 p.m.  Agents immediately conducted a boating safety inspection as Fonseca failed to display proper navigation lights.

During inspection, agents identified a large crate of blue catfish within the vessel.  Fonseca had identified himself as a recreational fisherman and stated he recently fished trotlines to take catfish home to his family.

Agents found Fonseca in possession of 120 catfish of which 62 were under the 12 inch minimum length requirement.  The recreational limit for catfish is 100 fish per person, per day. In addition, recreational fishermen may possess undersized catfish not to exceed 25 fish. Agents seized the blue catfish and donated them to a local charity.

Possessing over the limit and undersized recreational catfish each carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Improper or no running lights carries a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.  Fonseca may also be ordered to pay civil restitution for the replacement value of the fish totaling up to $100.

Agents participating in the case are Cpl. Kyle Wagner and Sr. Agent Chelsea Kling.

Castor Man Arrested for Drug Violations on Loggy Bayou WMA

Release Date: 09/26/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested a Castor man for alleged drug violations on Sept. 24 in Bienville Parish.

Agents arrested Christopher Lee, 43, for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and fishing without a basic fishing license.

Agents were on patrol on the Loggy Bayou Wildlife Management Area (WMA) when they spotted Lee.  During questioning, agents found that Lee had been fishing and tried to hide his fishing pole in the woods as the agents approached him.  Agents found the fishing pole and a meth pipe next to the pole.

During the arrest, agents found three bags of methamphetamine in Lee’s pocket and also learned he did not possess a basic fishing license.  Agents seized over six grams of methamphetamine, a drug pipe and $2,141 in cash.

Possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute brings up to a $50,000 fine and two to 30 years in prison.  Possession of drug paraphernalia carries up to a $500 fine and up to six months in jail.  Failing to possess a basic fishing license brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Jared McIver and Agent Justin Greer.

Agents Cite Three Men for Possessing 189 Speckled Trout Over the Limit

Release Date: 09/26/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited three men for alleged recreational fishing violations on Sept. 24 in Lafourche Parish.

Agents cited Alec Galliano, 30, of Galliano, Winston Hohensee, 76, of Larose, and Bo Boura, 31, of Galliano, for over the limit of speckled trout and possessing fish that weren’t kept intact while on the water.  Galliano was also cited for not possessing basic and saltwater fishing licenses.

Agents were on patrol in Tidewater Canal near Leeville when they stopped a vessel with the three men on board to perform a creel and license check.  Agents noticed a handful of ice chests in the boat and found bags full of filleted fish inside.

Agents found a total of 478 filets of speckled trout, which put the men in possession of 239 speckled trout.  Since there were only two licensed fishermen on the vessel, the men were only allowed to possess up to 50 speckled trout while on the water.  It is also a violation to possess speckled trout that are not kept intact while on the water.

Agents seized the fish and donated them to a local charity.

Failing to keep speckled trout intact while on the water brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Possessing 50 or more speckled trout over the limit carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Failing to possess a basic and saltwater license each brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

The men may also face civil restitution for the illegally possessed fish totaling up to $7,000.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. Joseph Arnaud and Senior Agent Richard Bean.

Off Duty Agent Observes Two Metairie Men Taking Over the Limit and Undersized Fish

Release Date: 09/19/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents cited two Metairie men for alleged recreational fishing violations on Sept. 16 in Terrebonne Parish.

Agents cited Jorge Cabrera, 26, and Juan Ciprian, 28, for possessing over the limit of black and red drum, possessing undersized black and red drum and possessing an undersized mangrove snapper.

LDWF Lt. Joseph Arnaud was off duty fishing in the area when he observed Cabrera and Ciprian fishing from the bank near Montegut taking undersized red and black drum.  Lt. Arnaud called the on duty agents to check on the two men’s catch.

LDWF agents were able to perform a creel check on the men and found them in possession of 31 red drum of which 29 were undersized, 13 black drum of which 10 were undersized and one undersized mangrove snapper.

Agents seized all the fish and donated them to a local charity.

Red and black drum each have a daily possession limit of five per person and the minimum size limit is 16 inches and not allowed to possess more than one over 27 inches.  Mangrove snapper must be at least 12 inches long.

Taking over the limit of red drum brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Possessing undersized red and black drum, possessing undersized mangrove snapper and possessing over the limit of black drum each carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 30 days in jail for each offense.  The men also face additional criminal fines totaling $1,250 for the undersized and over the limit of red drum.

The men may also be assessed civil restitution up to $850 for the replacement value of the illegally taken fish.

Agents participating the case are Lt. Joseph Arnaud, Sgt. Bryan Marie, Senior Agent Thomas Wolf and Senior Agent Stephen Rhodes.

ALAS BAI Newsletter - September 2017

ALAS BAI Newsletter - September 2017

ALAS BAI Newsletter - September 2017
 
2018 NASP TOURNAMENT RULES AND REGULATIONS
The 2018 NASP Tournament Rules and Protocols document is attached. Please review this document as you prepare to teach your archery curriculum and prepare for tournaments. This includes very important information regarding homeschools, shooting up, single gender schools, and third grade archers. If you have any questions regarding rule changes please contact jmcgovern@wlf.la.gov.
NEW FOR 2018:
Eastern and Western NASP® Nationals: Qualified schools may register to participate in one but not both. Participation is not guaranteed in either event. Registration will be open to all qualified NASP® schools. Registration for these events will be determined by school. Once a school is registered for one of these NASP® tournaments, teams and individual archers from that school will only be permitted to participate in that event. Qualification tiers will be established for each event individually. All other NASP® National and World rules apply. More Information Below.
SUMMARY OF MAJOR CHANGES IN THE 2018 NASP® COMPETITION RULES:
*Please see complete document for detailed information regarding changes.
• Homeschool: To participate as a homeschool team, a group will need to demonstrate that they are gathering together for educational purposes, beyond just archery. In addition, NASP® is going to request more specific information about who receives the in-school lessons in that group and what other activities they gather for.
• Shooting Up: Shooting Up will still be allowed but limited to schools with less than 150 NASP® eligible archers. Schools with less than 150 NASP® eligible archers will be allowed to add archers to their team from lower level schools (or same level schools) until a total of 150 NASP® eligible archers is reached or exceeded.
• Single Gender: Single gender schools will no longer be required to merge with another school of the opposite gender to form a team. NASP® is implementing this rule on a trial basis.
• Third Grade Archers: Third grade archers will no longer be eligible for NASP® competition.
 
NASP ANNOUNCES FIRST EVERN WESTERN NATIONAL TOURNAMENT:
Beginning in 2018 the NASP® tournament schedule will have a new location. The NASP® National tournament that has traditionally been held on the second weekend of May, in Louisville, Kentucky will
continue and become the Eastern National and the NEW event in Utah will become known as the Western National. This event will offer schools in the western US states with the opportunity to attend and experience the excitement of a national NASP® tournament. Schools may register for either of the two tournaments, but may only participate in one per year. The event will take place at the South Towne Exposition Center located at 957 5 South State Street, Sandy, Utah, April 13-14, 2018. The event schedule will have 7 competitive flights on both Friday and Saturday with awards following the last flight on Saturday. The Western National will have a capacity of approximately 3,000 archers. Once the event fills registration will close. Registration and additional tournament information will be available soon at nasptournaments.org and naspschools.org.
All standard NASP® awards will be presented at both events in all standard NASP® divisions - NASP®
Bulls-eye and NASP IBO 3-D Challenge. NASP® scholarships, however, will be presented at the NASP®
World Championships to be held in Louisville in June of 2018. Scores from both the Eastern and Western National tournaments will be combined to determine the top qualifying archers for the annual scholarship shoot-off.
For more information, visit: naspschools.org or nasptournaments.org for updates.
 
EQUIPMENT LOANS
Need archery equipment? If you are interested in participating in the ALAS Equipment Loan program for the upcoming school year, please submit the dates that you would like to reserve a loan as soon as possible to ensure availability. Loans are typically 2-6 weeks and include all equipment needed to teach the NASP/ALAS archery curriculum. Stringbow and range line material not included.
Contact jmcgovern@wlf.la.gov to schedule your loan or for information about our equipment grant program!
 
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
2018 ALAS TOURNAMENT DATES:
Saturday, January 20th, 2018 2018 SOUTH REGIONAL TOURNAMENT Alexandria, LA
Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 2018 NORTH REIONAL TOURNAMENT Shreveport, LA
Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 2018 ALAS STATE TOURNAMENT Shreveport, LA
 
UPCOMING BAI CLASSES:
9/30/2017 JENA HIGH SCHOOL Jena, LA 8:00am-4:30pm
9/30/2017 ST. MARY’S ACADEMY New Orleans, LA 8:00am-4:30pm
10/21/2017 HAUGHTON MIDDLE SCHOOL Haughton, LA 8:00am-4:30pm
Course schedule and registration can be found online at http://naspbai.org/ClassSearch.aspx?country=US&state=LA.
For information about hosting BAI training at your school please contact jmcgovern@wlf.la.gov.
 
ACADEMIC ARCHER NOW OPEN:
Attention NASP BAI Coaches: Academic Archer is a free recognition scholarship program for participants in the National Archery in the Schools Program. Every registered Academic Archer is eligible for a drawing for 1 of 10 new Genesis Bows and Easton prize packages including Academic Archery Arrows. See attached flyer for more information.
No tournament participation is necessary!
Please register your qualifying NASP® students today!
For more information, visit:
https://eastonarchery.com/nasp/
http://naspschools.org/instructors/
http://naspschools.org/instructors/attachments/1472793233.pdf
 
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: NATIONAL HUNTING & FISHING DAY EVENTS
Saturday, September 23rd is National Hunting and Fishing Day! LDWF will be hosting 4 events around the state that day to introduce youth and adults alike to outdoor activities including fishing, shooting sports, and so much more!
We need your help! Volunteers are needed to help us put on these events. If you would like to volunteer a few hours of your time, please use the link below to sign up! Your help is greatly appreciated and we hope to see you there! Even if you can’t volunteer be sure to bring the family out and enjoy a day of free, outdoor, family fun celebrating the conservation contributions of our nation’s hunters and anglers!
To sign up as a volunteer use the following link to find contact information for event coordinators at the location nearest you. http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/nhfd2017
 
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