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Surveillance leads to Night Hunting Citations

Release Date: 01/21/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division cited two Louisiana men on Jan. 12 for alleged night hunting violations in Ascension Parish.

After two nights of surveillance, agents issued citations to Grant Duplessis, 25, of St. Amant, and Mark Duplessis, 56, of Gonzales for hunting deer during illegal hours and failing to wear hunter orange. Grant Duplessis was also cited for not having a basic hunting or big game license and violating the deer tagging regulations.

Hunting deer during illegal hours carries a $900 to $950 fine, or up to 120 days in jail, or both plus court cost. The penalties for failing to wear hunter orange and not having a basic or big game hunting license each brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail. Violating deer tag regulations brings a $100 to $350 fine, or up to 60 days in jail or both.

Agents involved in the case were Senior Agent Hal Bridges, Senior Agent Randy Lanoux and Sgt. Todd Lewis.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

L.D.W.F. Agents Cite Three Men For Fishing Violations And Littering

Release Date: 01/20/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited three subjects in East Carroll Parish for several alleged fishing violations on Jan. 15 near the Goodrich Landing on the Mississippi River in East Carroll Parish.

During the morning hours, agents witnessed Steven Miles, 46, Michael Miles, 18, and Jimmy Ray Brown, 47, fishing 200 yards of illegal mesh sized netting taking a total of 58 fish including 25 game fish from the net. Of the 58 fish, 21 were crappie, 4 black bass, 14 gar, 12 catfish and seven buffalo.

During the ensuing investigation, agents also revealed the three men had allegedly been selling game fish recently to residents in the Lake Providence area.

Agents charged all three men with taking game fish illegally, using illegal mesh nets, taking commercial fish without a commercial license or commercial gear license and selling game fish. Each man was additionally charged with intentional littering for discarding some 21 articles of trash onto the landing and surrounding public park area during their fishing trip.

Taking game fish illegally and using illegal mesh nets each carry fines up to $750, or 120 days in jail or both. Taking commercial fish without a commercial license or gear license each bring fines up to $500, or up to 90 days in jail or both. Selling game fish carries up to a $500 fine and 30 days in jail or both. Littering violators may be fined between $250 and $1,250 and sentenced to serve eight hours of community service. Court costs may also be assessed.

Agents seized the illegal mesh net and donated the 58 fish to a local charity.

Agents involved in the case were Lt. Scott Mathews, Sgt. Wayne Parker, Sgt. James Hagan and Agent Ray Ellerbe.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov. 

Environmental Education Symposium - SESSION PREVIEW

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14th Annual Environmental Education Symposium

"Our Environment...Our Future"
February 11-12
Baton Rouge Marriott Hotel

Did you know...? This conference offers up to 12 CLUs for this two-day event!

Attached is important information related to our upcoming Symposium!

-- Take a SNEAK PEEK at the preview of CONCURRENT SESSIONS!

-- Have you REGISTERED yet? Now is the time!

-- What about FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE?
We still have some lodging assistance available for those traveling a significant distance. Go to our website for the lodging assistance form and information.
We recently received a limited number of registration scholarships as well. Please send inquiries to Venise Ortego at vortego@wlf.la.gov. Awards will be based on need. University students will be given first priority.

-- SHORT COURSES...WOW, so many choices so little time!
In addition to our dynamic concurrent session lineup on Saturday, we are offering the following short course sessions on Friday, February 11, 2011. Preregistration is required. Space is limited.
Tours:
• All Aboard for Audubon Tour
• Eagle Expo Tour
• Old River Control Structure Tour
Workshops:
• Talk About Climate Change
• Waste in Place/Nature Explore
• Water Quality Testing for the Field & Classroom
• Wetland Education Through Maps & Aerial Photography (WETMAAP!)

Forms and related information are attached and can also be found on our website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec.

We look forward to seeing you!

For further information, contact:
Venise Ortego, Coordinator
Email: vortego@wlf.la.gov
Phone: 337-948-0255
Fax: 337-948-0213

This event is being hosted by:
Louisiana Environmental Education Commission
Louisiana Environmental Education Association
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries

…and sponsored by:
Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP)
Air & Waste Management Association

Three West Monroe Residents Cited For Deer Hunting Violations

Release Date: 01/19/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited three West Monroe residents on Jan. 17 for alleged deer hunting violations in Ouachita Parish.

Michael B. Larue, 20, John M. Copeland, 19, and Shelby C. Lazenby, 18, all from West Monroe, were cited after the vehicle being operated by Larue was stopped on Thomas Road by the West Monroe Police Department (WMPD) for a traffic violation. WMPD officers noticed fresh blood and deer hair in the back of the truck and a loaded .17 caliber rifle and 12-gauge shotgun in the truck.

The subjects admitted to shooting a deer around midnight on Rodgers Road in southwest Ouachita Parish. LDWF Sgt. Duane Taylor met with the subjects at the WMPD and issued citations for the hunting violations.

Sgt. Taylor cited both Larue and Copeland for hunting deer during illegal hours, hunting from a moving vehicle and hunting from a public road. In addition, Larue was cited for hunting deer with an illegal weapon, discharging a firearm from a public road and failure to comply with deer tagging requirements. Lazenby was cited for possession of an illegally taken deer.

The penalty for hunting deer during illegal hours is a fine up to $950, or jail time up to 120 days, or both plus court cost. Hunting from a moving vehicle brings a fine up to $500, or jail time up to 90 days, or both plus court cost.

Hunting deer from a public road carries a fine up to $350, or up to 60 days in jail, or both plus court cost. The penalty for failure to comply with deer tagging is a fine up to $350, or up to 60 days in jail, or both plus court cost.

The penalty for discharging a firearm from a public road is a $50 fine or up to 30 days in 30 days. Hunting deer with an illegal weapon carries a fine up to $350, or jail time up to 60 days, or both plus court cost. The penalty for possession of an illegally taken deer is a fine up to $950, or jail time up to 90 days, or both plus court cost.

Both Larue and Copeland will receive a civil restitution citation for the cost of the deer.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov. 

TWO LOUISIANA MEN FOUND IN POSSESSION OF 65 TROUT

Release Date: 01/18/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division Strike Force agents cited two men for allegedly taking 65 spotted sea trout on Jan. 15 in Golden Meadow.

Strike Force agents cited Gerald Bourgeois, 56, of Galliano, and Danny Gaubert, 63, of Lockport, for taking over the legal daily limit of spotted sea trout. Louisiana law allows 25 trout per day per fisherman.

Agents setup surveillance and observed Bourgeois and Gaubert catching several trout from their boat and then transferring the fish to their truck. The subjects would then continue fishing.

After observing the subjects complete their fishing trip, the agents approached Bourgeois and Gaubert to conduct a license and creel compliance check. The two men were found to have taken 65 speckled trout ranging from 13 to 19 inches in length.

For taking over the daily limit of spotted sea trout, Bourgeois and Gaubert each face fines between $400 and $950, or up to 120 days in jail, or both plus a $25 per fish restitution charge for every fish over the limit.

Agents involved in the cases were Lt. Joseph Arnaud and Senior Agent Michael Williams.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov. 

State, Hornets Debut Louisiana Seafood Race at Monday’s Game

Release Date: 01/14/2011

Seafood Lovers Encouraged to Fan Up!

Hornets fans will be in for a special treat at the Monday, 2 p.m. match-up against the Toronto Raptors, as the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board and the Office of Community Development- Disaster Recovery Unit debut the first ever interactive Louisiana Seafood Race.  

“We are proud to partner with the Hornets to promote Louisiana’s seafood industry in this creative, family-friendly way,” said Assistant Secretary Randy Pausina.  “We encourage everyone to come out and watch the first ever Louisiana Seafood Race and don’t forget to stop by the Louisiana-only seafood concession stand located in the arena on the first concourse.”

What is sure to be a fan favorite, will vie “Louie” the shrimp, “Claude” the crab and “Acme” the oyster against one another to be crowned the winner of the Louisiana Seafood Race.  At a designated time during the remainder of the Hornets 2011 games, the race will ensue and the winning character will reward an entire group of fans with a free specialty item at Acme Oyster House.  

“The entire Hornets family is proud to support the Louisiana seafood industry,” said Hornets Sr. Vice President of Corporate Partnerships Tom Ward.  “Through our partnership with the OCD, LDWF and LSPMB, we are able to communicate to the local community and the rest of the country that Louisiana seafood is back open for business. The interactive race at the arena is a fun and engaging way to send the message that local seafood is safe and fresh while providing our fans with world-class entertainment at the Hive.”

“OCD-DRU is proud to support the local fishermen and shrimpers as they continue to recover from hurricanes Gustav and Ike,” said Stacy Bonnaffons, OCD-DRU chief of staff. “The partnership with LWDF and the Hornets is a fun and creative way to boost the local seafood economy.”

In November LDWF, LSPMB and OCD-DRU announced their $300,000, three-year recovery grant partnership with the Hornets to help promote Louisiana’s seafood with a Louisiana-only seafood concession stand and other community education and outreach opportunities.  The Hornets also committed to working with the state to promote Louisiana seafood with their fans and in cities across the country.  

The 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.

The Disaster Recovery Unit within the Office of Community Development is dedicated to helping Louisiana's citizens recover from hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike. As the state's central point for hurricane recovery, the OCD-DRU manages the most extensive rebuilding effort in American history, working closely with local, state and federal partners to ensure that Louisiana recovers safer and stronger than before.

For more information please contact Laura Deslatte at ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov or (225)610.2363.
 

Three Louisiana Men Found In Possession of 146 Speckled Trout

Release Date: 01/13/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents assigned to the Statewide Strike Force charged three men for allegedly taking 146 speckled trout on Jan. 12, in Golden Meadow in two separate cases.

Strike Force agents cited Lebron Shelby, 46, and Linkton Arnold Jr., 72, both of Raceland, and Michael Musco, 38, of Golden Meadow for taking over the legal daily limit of speckled sea trout. Louisiana law allows 25 speckled trout per day per fisherman.

Agents setup surveillance and observed Shelby and Arnold Jr. catching several trout from their boat and then transferring the fish to their truck. The subjects would then continue fishing. After observing the subjects complete their fishing trip, the agents approached Shelby and Arnold Jr. to conduct a license and creel compliance check. The two men were found to have taken 109 speckled trout ranging from 12 to 17 inches in length.

In a separate case in the same area, agents observed Musco taking 35 speckled trout.

For taking over the daily limit of spotted trout, Shelby and Arnold Jr. faces fines between $400 and $950, or up to 120 days in jail, or both plus a $25 per fish restitution charge for every fish over the limit. Musco faces a fine between $100 and $300, or up to 60 days in jail, or both plus a $25 per fish restitution charge for every fish over the limit.

Agents involved in the cases were Sgt. Todd Laviolette, Sgt. Ezekiel Talbert, Senior agent Michael Williams and Agent Ronnie Engelhard.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Three Louisiana Men Plead Guilty In Federal Court

Release Date: 01/13/2011

Three Louisiana men pled guilty on Jan. 6 in U.S. Magistrate Court in Alexandria for violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Judge James D. Kirk accepted the guilty pleas from Larry H. Floyd, 54, and Randy N. Mathews, 56, both of Pineville, along with Kent D. Bryant, 69, of Deville. Each man pled guilty to one count of violating the Lacey Act for their involvement with the illegal sale and transport of ducks that were taken, possessed, transported and sold in violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Mathews was sentenced to pay a fine of $5,000, serve five years of unsupervised probation and had his hunting privileges suspended for five years. Bryant was sentenced to pay a fine of $3,000, placed on unsupervised probation for three years and had his hunting privileges suspended for three years. Floyd was sentenced to pay a fine of $1,000, placed on unsupervised probation for one year and had his hunting privileges were suspended for one year.

The guilty pleas stem from a covert investigation, which was initiated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in 2007, of Mathews and his guide service. Further charges are pending as a result of the investigation.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents Lt. Eric Stokes and Sgt. Marcus Constance assisted USFWS special agents in the case. U.S. Assistant District Attorney Nicole Snyder prosecuted the case.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

L.D.W.F. Agents Cite Night Hunters In Catahoula Parish

Release Date: 01/12/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited a man, a women and a juvenile for allegedly night hunting using a bow and arrow in Catahoula Parish on Jan. 7.

Agents cited Brett N. Faulk, 18, and Samantha E. Byrd, 19, both of Forest Hill and a juvenile for hunting during illegal hours or with artificial light, hunting from a moving vehicle and hunting from a levee road.

LDWF Sgt. James Parish observed a vehicle moving along the Diversion Canal Levee Road while shining a Q-beam style light out the driver side window. After stopping the truck, agents also noticed somebody riding in the bed of the truck holding a bow with an arrow in the shooting position. The subjects stated they were attempting to shoot a deer.

The penalty for hunting deer during illegal hours is a fine between $900 and $950, or 120 days in jail, or both plus court cost. Hunting from a moving vehicle carries a fine between $250 and $500, or up to 90 days in jail, or both plus court cost. The court will determine the hunting from a levee road fine.

Agents involved in the case were Sgt. James Parish and Senior Agent Troy Mayo.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Coastal Land Stewardship Authority Announces Agenda for January 13th Meeting

Release Date: 01/12/2011

The inaugural Coastal Land Stewardship Authority meeting will be held on Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 9:00 A.M. in the Louisiana Room at the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries located at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge, LA.

The following items will be discussed:

  1. Roll Call
  2. Overview
  3. Introduction of Board Members
  4. Election of Officers
  5. Other Business
  6. Public Comment
  7. Adjournment

For more information please contact Bob Love at (225) 765-2811 or blove@wlf.la.gov

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