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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 aeinck@wlf.la.gov 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 www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov (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 lreynolds@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-0456. To obtain a high-resolution digital image of the winning entry, contact Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/ on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter@LDWF.

 

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LDWF Brings New Life to Pearl River

Release Date: 11/02/2011

LDWF Fisheries Technician Mickey Miller displays a net full of channel catfish fingerlings, less than a year old.
Thousands of fish, reared at Booker Fowler Fish Hatchery in central Louisiana, are released into the Pearl River.
Thousands of fish, reared at Booker Fowler Fish Hatchery in central Louisiana, are released into the Pearl River.

Nearly 30,000 catfish and 24,000 bluegill fingerlings stocked

(Nov. 2, 2011) – Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) biologists took the first step in restoring fish to the Pearl River this afternoon by releasing thousands of fish into the river.  Approximately 30,000 channel catfish and 24,000 bluegill fingerlings were stocked at sites along the river in St. Tammany and Washington parishes. 

The stocking enhances the recovery of local fish populations following the Temple-Inland incident that killed over 500,000 fish and freshwater mussels in the river.  Although the fish population is expected to recover naturally, extra fingerlings were allocated to Pearl River to speed up the natural process.  Anglers have already reported catching fish in the affected area, prior to the stocking. 

“The department recognizes how important fishing in the Pearl River is to the local communities and anglers of south Louisiana,” said LDWF Assistant Secretary Randy Pausina.  “And we are making great efforts to restore the river as quickly as possible.”

The fish were raised and distributed from the Booker Fowler Fish Hatchery in central Louisiana.  The native fish were spawned this spring and are less than a year old.

“This is a healthy batch of fish.  They are about 4 to 5 inches long and average 40 fish per pound.  Because of their size, survival rates are expected to be high,” said Director of Inland Fisheries Mike Wood. “The fish were dispersed in multiple areas with optimal habitat to increase their chances of survival.”

The Department is currently in the preliminary stages of assessment following a fish kill caused by a discharge from Temple-Inland Paper Mill in Bogalusa, La.  Prescribed values for each impacted fish and mussel were recently submitted to Temple-Inland for review. 

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.

For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov (225) 765-5113.

Ducks Unlimited, Partners Celebrate Completion of Pointe-Aux-Chenes WMA Project

Release Date: 11/02/2011

Ducks Unlimited, Partners Celebrate Completion of Pointe-Aux-Chenes WMA Project

Nov. 2, 2011–Representatives of Ducks Unlimited and several partner organizations gathered Tuesday at Pointe-Aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area to celebrate the completion of a $1.2 million coastal restoration project in southeast Louisiana and to dedicate it to Ron and Jackie Bartels of Schriever. More than 100 people attended the dedication event.

“Ducks Unlimited is pleased to recognize the Bartels’ unyielding commitment to conservation by dedicating the Grand Bayou Unit project to them,” said DU Executive Secretary Dan Thiel. “Pointe-Aux-Chenes WMA is one of the most popular public lands for waterfowl hunting in the state, and it is only fitting that Ron and Jackie’s conservation legacy be tied to it.”

The Bartels are well-known in the conservation arena for their pursuit of an impressive list of international game species as well as for their dedication to conservation organizations such as the Safari Club International and Ducks Unlimited. Ron has been an active DU volunteer for many years and currently serves as the Advisory Senior Vice President for Membership.

“If you’re going to harvest game, you absolutely must give back to the resource,” said Ron, manager at Eagle Consulting, LLC and Facilities, Inc.

Ron and Jackie have impressed upon their children and grandchildren the importance of a strong conservation ethic. At last count, 35 members from four generations of the Bartels family are carrying forward a passion for conservation through active support and involvement in organizations like Ducks Unlimited. “It makes me feel great that everybody is involved,” Jackie said.

The Grand Bayou project restored hydrology on approximately 3,255 acres of coastal marsh habitat through the installation of water control structures and levee work. In addition to enhancing public hunting opportunities on one of the most popular areas in the state, the work enables Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) managers to restore and maintain coastal marsh vegetation and salinity levels that support migratory waterfowl, shorebird and neo-tropical songbird populations, resident mottled ducks and myriad other marsh-dwelling species.

“This project is a premier example of Ducks Unlimited’s work to restore vital Gulf Coast marshes,” LDWF Secretary Robert Barham said. “The efforts of all partners involved greatly assist Wildlife and Fisheries’ efforts to efficiently and effectively manage the area for waterfowl and a wide variety of fish and other wildlife.”

“Anytime we are able to advance coastal restoration projects and mesh them with increased opportunities for wildlife management, it’s a win-win situation. And this project accomplishes both objectives,” Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne said.

The project, led by Ducks Unlimited, is a cooperative effort among 17 partners including: the North American Wetlands Conservation Council, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, Abita Brewing Company, Irene W. & C.B. Pennington Foundation, TransCanada Corporation, ExxonMobil Foundation, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation, Go-Devil Manufacturers of Louisiana – Warren Coco, Safari Club International – Louisiana Chapter, Trapp Cadillac-Chevrolet, Inc. – Heinke Trapp, Songy’s Sporting Goods – Barry Songy, Matthew Hagen, Dr. Ted Price, Pierre Olivier, and Bobby and Linda Burguieres.

Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America’s continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 12 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/<br />
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For more information, contact Andi Cooper at 601-206-5463 or acooper@ducks.org or Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov .

 

*Caption for group photo: Attending the Nov. 1 dedication of the recently completed coastal restoration project at Pointe Aux Chenes WMA  are (left to right): Jimmy Anthony, LDWF Office of Wildlife asst. secretary; Kell McInnis, LA Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation; Lee Hobbs, TransCanada Corporation; Dan Thiel, DU executive secretary; Jackie and Ron Bartels; Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne; and LDWF Secretary Robert Barham.(photo provided by Ducks Unlimited)

                                                                    

Facebook User Cited For Over Limit Of Ducks

Release Date: 11/02/2011

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a St. Charles Parish resident on Oct 27 for alleged migratory bird violations as a result of recent postings on his Facebook page.

Brandon Lowry, 19, of Norco, was cited for taking over the daily limit and two-day possession limit of teal.  Agents were informed of a photo taken during open teal season on Lowry’s Facebook profile showcasing 64 blue-winged teal ducks and 12 hunters.  Teal season ran from Sept. 10-25.

Agents then conducted an extensive investigation interviewing all 12 hunters and uncovering additional Facebook postings, which led them to believe that Lowry had shot over his daily and possession limits. 

After further questioning, Lowry admitted to investigators that he shot over the daily limit one day and shot his daily limit two other separate days.  The daily bag limit for teal during the special teal season is four teal per person per day with a two-day possession limit of eight.

The state penalties for migratory bird violations for having over the daily and possession limits are fines between $400 and $950, or up to 120 days in jail, or both plus court cost and forfeiture of anything seized for each offense.

LDWF Agent Jared Taylor was the lead investigative agent.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF Announces Oyster Season Closures in Hackberry Bay, Lake Chien and Lake Felicity Public Seed Grounds

Release Date: 11/01/2011

November 1, 2011 – Today Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Barham signed an order to close oyster harvest season in the public seed grounds of Hackberry Bay, Lake Chien and Lake Felicity, effective this Friday, November 4, at one-half hour past sunset. 

Historically, Hackberry Bay, Lake Chien and Lake Felicity, all yield a smaller oyster crop.  Based on current harvest pressures and the estimated stock sizes, these areas can sustain only a few days of harvest, as a result these closures were made to protect the long-term sustainability of the resource. 

All other details, rules and regulations of the 2011/2012 oyster season as established by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in September remain in effect until further notice.

Visit here for the latest on the 2011/2012 oyster season: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oyster-seasons

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.

For more information, please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (225) 610-2363.
 

Permitting Details Announced for Deer Hunters on Kisatchie National Forest Dec. 17-25, 2011

Release Date: 11/01/2011

Nov. 1, 2011 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and Kisatchie National Forest (KNF) today announced details for permitting that will be required for all deer hunters on KNF lands within the Catahoula, Winn and Kisatchie Ranger Districts and the Evangeline Unit of the Calcasieu Ranger District from Dec. 17 through 25, 2011.

The no cost permit required during the “with or without dogs” portion of the hunting season is available on the LDWF website. To obtain a permit, go to www.wlf.la.gov and click on the link to the KNF Deer Hunting Permit.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) approved “with or without dogs” dates during a special meeting in August. The special season requiring the KNF Deer Hunting Permit will be bucks only. The permitting process will enable KNF and LDWF to gather information necessary for management of hunting opportunities on KNF lands.

Every deer hunter in Kisatchie National Forest, except on the Caney Ranger District and the Vernon Unit of the Calcasieu Ranger District, during these dates, regardless of age, is required to have this permit.

Deer hunters using dogs must register an identifying mark with LDWF. Each dog must wear a collar providing the owner’s name, address and phone number. To obtain a permit, the hunter must provide their name and address and the identifying mark used on dogs engaged in the hunt.

For more information on all other rules regarding hunting on the KNF, please visit: http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/kisatchie/hunting/index.html.

For more information on how to obtain a KNF Deer Hunting Permit, call the LDWF Pineville Field Office at 318-487-5885 or the LDWF Wildlife Division Baton Rouge office at 225-765-2346.

Livingston Parish Resident Cited for Cruelty to Animals

Release Date: 11/01/2011

 

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent cited a Holden man for cruelty to animals in Livingston Parish on Oct. 28.

Kenneth W. Gordon, 41, was cited for hunting from a moving vehicle, illegal spotlighting from a public road, discharging a firearm from a public road, cruelty to animals and contributing to the delinquency of juveniles.

LDWF Agent Clarence Marques was investigating a night hunting complaint at 10 p.m. on Hwy. 1036 in Livingston Parish when he observed a spotlight coming from the passenger side of a pickup truck.  After stopping the vehicle, Marques noticed two freshly killed cats in the bed of the pickup truck.

Along with Gordon in the pickup truck were two juvenile teenage boys one 14 and the other 15 years old, a .22 caliber rifle and a spotlight.

Hunting from a moving vehicle brings a fine up to $500, or jail time up to 90 days, or both plus court cost.  Illegal spotlighting from a public road carries up to a $175 fine, or up to 30 days in jail or both.  Discharging a firearm from a public road brings a $50 fine or up to 30 days in jail. 

Cruelty to animals brings a fine up to $1000, or up to six months of imprisonment or both.  Contributing to the delinquency of juveniles carries up to a $500 fine, or up to six months of jail or both.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

WEEKLY eNEWS: Upcoming Events, Seminars, Volunteer Opportunities, Contests & Announcements - *CORRECTION*

Please note the following event date was changed.

Volunteers Needed- Elmer's Island Habitat Restoration (NOVEMBER 12TH; 10 am-3pm)
Elmer's Island is a 230-acre tract of barrier beachfront located on the southwestern tip of Jefferson Parish, managed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries as a refuge for migrating and nesting birds, wildlife, and planned habitat restoration. Habitat Restoration: sand fences to facilitate dune building and the planting of native vegetation to enhance shoreline protection, provide habitat for migratory and native birds, and for our native fish and wildlife. Dress for the weather and be prepared to be in direct sun and to get wet and muddy. Elmer’s Island is remote. There are no bathrooms. Pack a lunch or order food to pick up. Bring sunscreen, a water bottle and a smile. If you prefer to wear gloves please bring a pair. An introduction to coastal land loss and the role of grasses in restoration as well as all necessary equipment and training are provided.  Registration is required
Click Here to Register or e-mail wetlandplantcenter@gmail.com

 

Find out about wetland outreach activities including symposiums, conferences, meetings, educational opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and related support material at the Louisiana Unified Coastal Community Calendar at http://lacoast.gov/calendar/


Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries – www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec

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