Hunting

LDWF Agents Investigating Fatal Hunting Incident

Release Date: 10/19/2012

Oct. 19, 2012 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents are investigating a fatal hunting incident that took the life of a Lake Charles man in Allen Parish.

The Reeves Police Department received a report on Oct. 18 about a truck that had been parked on the side of Hwy. 190 near Rodeo Pen Road in Reeves for two to three days and notified the Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office (APSO).

A sheriff’s office deputy found the truck and noticed a trail into the woods.  After walking the trail for approximately 100 yards, the deputy found the body of Donald C. Hodge Sr., 60, shortly after 5 p.m. on Oct. 18.

The APSO deputy found Hodge under a tree with a lock on type deer stand lying next to him with what appeared to be broken straps that would normally secure the stand to the tree.  Authorities did not find a safety harness attached to Hodge or the tree.

His body was turned over to the Allen Parish Coroner’s Office.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency and do not suspect foul play.

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

2012-13 Bonnet Carré Spillway Deer Hunting Season Rules & Regulations

Release Date: 10/17/2012

Oct. 17, 2012 -- Following Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) deer herd assessments made to determine the impacts of Hurricane Isaac on the deer population, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in partnership with the LDWF has revised the 2012-2013 Bonnet Carré Spillway hunting season rules and regulations.

LDWF’s population assessments showed that parishes impacted by Hurricane Isaac, which have historically lower deer productivity, required revised harvest rules for 2012-13 based on storm-related deer mortality including high fawn mortality.  The changes to deer season at the Bonnet Carré Spillway follow the revisions approved Oct. 4 by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission for the Maurepas Basin, which includes St. Charles Parish, and are as follows:

All hunting shall be still-hunting only, EXCEPT as otherwise specified.

Deer*: Archery and Shotgun (buckshot) only.
Archery: Oct. 1-15 bucks only; Oct. 16 – Feb. 15 either sex
Shotgun: Nov. 23-25 bucks only; Dec. 15-30 bucks only
Youth: Oct. 27-28 bucks only

Additional permit required and posted restrictions apply for all persons regardless of age.  Permits must be signed prior to hunting any game and must be carried at all times while in the field.  For permits or more information, see bulletin boards on-site, visit the project website at www.mvn.usace.army.mil/recreation (then click on Bonnet Carré Spillway), or contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Bonnet Carré Spillway Project Office at (985) 764-7484.

For additional information on revisions to Louisiana’s deer hunting season, please visit the LDWF’s website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/news/35981.

For more information, contact Randy Myers at 225-765-2359 or rmyers@wlf.la.gov.

Waddill Education Center to Host Louisiana Duck Stamp Contest

Release Date: 10/16/2012

Oct. 16, 2012 -- The contest to decide the winning design for the 2013 Louisiana Duck Stamp will be held Wednesday, Oct. 24 at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) Waddill Wildlife Refuge and Education Center.  The Waddill Wildlife Refuge and Education Center is located at 4142 N. Flannery Rd. in Baton Rouge.

Competing paintings will be on display starting at 9 a.m. in the Education Building and judging will begin at 10 a.m.  The contest is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend.

The Louisiana Legislature authorized the Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp program in 1988 to generate revenues for conservation and enhancement of waterfowl populations and habitats in Louisiana.  During the last 22 years, over $10 million has been generated for wetland conservation with approximately $5 million spent on land acquisition.

In addition, revenues have supported wetland development projects on Wildlife Management Areas and the Louisiana Waterfowl Project, a cooperative endeavor between LDWF, Ducks Unlimited and the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service to provide habitat for waterfowl and other wetland birds on private lands.

The Louisiana Duck Stamp contest has traditionally attracted high-quality artwork from across the country as evidenced by the outstanding designs that have graced our annual Waterfowl Conservation stamps.

Judges include professional waterfowl biologists, artists, and art dealers with expertise in waterfowl morphology and habitat as well as artistic methods and style that combine to create a beautiful stamp.

For more information, contact Larry Reynolds at 225-765-0456 or lreynolds@wlf.la.gov.

Dove Hunting Opportunities Available at Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA for South Zone, Second and Third Splits

Release Date: 10/11/2012

 

Oct. 11, 2012  – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is allowing vehicle access to the dove field parking area on Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area, just north of the dove field gate, on the mornings of Oct. 20 and  27, weather permitting.

The WMA’s dove field acreage in Terrebonne Parish, within the site’s Point Farm Unit, is accessible from Dolphin Street, off LA 55 in Montegut.

Except for the weekend of Oct. 13-14, when the Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA youth lottery deer hunt is scheduled, dove hunters will also have to access the dove field on foot or by boat from Oct. 15 to Nov. 25 for the second split, and from Dec. 22 to Jan. 7 for the third split.

The public is reminded that vehicles must travel on the limestone access road only and non-toxic shot is required south of the dove field gate due to the presence of migratory waterfowl on the Point Farm Unit.  Also, dove hunting hours on Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA are one half hour before sunrise until 12 p.m. (noon).

For more information on Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA dove hunting, contact Shane Granier at 504-284-5264 or sgranier@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 www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

LWFC Approves Revised Harvest for 2012-13 Deer Season Due to Hurricane Isaac Impacts

Release Date: 10/04/2012

Maurepas Basin Deer 2012-2013 Season Changes
Plaquemines/St. Bernard Parishes 2012-2013 Deer Season Changes


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St. Bernard and Plaquemines


View 2012-2013 Deer Season Changes in a larger map

 

Oct. 4, 2012 –The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approved recommendations made today by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) to revise hunting rules/regulations for the 2012-13 deer season. LDWF’s Wildlife Division recommended the changes following deer herd assessments made to determine the impact of Hurricane Isaac on the deer populations in parishes flooded by the storm.

In a presentation to the Commission, Wildlife Division Administrator Kenny Ribbeck outlined major areas of concern that included the Lake Maurepas Basin, and Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes. He noted that those areas had historically lower deer densities and poorer habitat quality compared to other areas around the state.

Assessment methods utilized included biologists on the ground and in boats, as well as aerial reconnaissance. LDWF staff interviewed hunters, landowners, and LDWF Enforcement Division agents and included reports from the general public.

In the Lake Maurepas Basin, storm surge pushed water levels five to six feet above normal, major flooding lasted four days in some areas, encompassing an estimated 391,000 acres. The assessment noted light to moderate adult deer mortality, but high fawn mortality estimated at nearly 90 percent.

RECOMMENDATIONS / APPROVED for Maurepas Basin Defined Area: Portions of St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Livingston, Ascension, St. James, St. John and St. Charles parishes; beginning west of the Tchefuncte River from Lake Pontchartrain to LA 22; also south and east of LA 22 to LA 70, and east of LA 70 to LA 3125; and north and east of LA 3125 to LA 641; and west of LA 641 to US 61; then north of US 61 to the Jefferson Parish line.

·         Archery Season - no change

·         Youth, Bucks only, still: Oct. 27-28 (2 days)

·         Bucks only, still: Nov. 23 - Dec. 2 (10 days)

·         Bucks only, with or without dogs: Dec. 8 - 30 (23 days)

·         Bucks only, primitive: Jan. 19 - 27 (9 days)

 

RECOMMENDATIONS / APPROVED for Wildlife Management Areas:

*Biloxi WMA - Archery Season - no change

*Joyce WMA – same as Lake Maurepas Basin Defined Area, except still hunt only

*Manchac WMA - Archery Season - no change

*Maurepas Swamp WMA –

·         Archery Season - no change

·         Youth, Bucks only: Nov. 3-4 (2 days)

·         Bucks only, modern firearms, mandatory check: Nov. 23 (1 day)

·         Bucks only, modern firearms: Nov. 24 – 25 (2 days)

·         Bucks only, modern firearms: Dec. 22 – 28 (7 days)

·         Bucks only, primitive: Jan. 14 – 20 (7 days)

*Pass-a-Loutre WMA –

·         Archery Season - no change

·         Bucks only shotgun - no change

 

Severe flooding conditions in Plaquemines Parish, where protection levees were over-topped and the lower east bank was hit by a 14-foot storm surge, produced moderate adult deer mortality and high fawn mortality.  Severe habitat degradation was noted as the result of salt water shock and debris deposited by storm surge.

In those portions of St. Bernard, mainly areas outside the flood wall, lower marshlands that were severely flooded led to high fawn mortality and light adult deer mortality.

RECOMMENDATIONS / APPROVED for Plaquemines Parish and St. Bernard, outside the major flood wall.

·         Archery Season - no change

·         Youth, Bucks only, still: Oct. 27-28 (2 days)

·         Bucks only, still: Nov. 23 - 25 (3 days)

·         Bucks only, with or without dogs: Dec. 22 – Jan. 6 (16 days)

·         Bucks only, primitive: Jan. 19 - 27 (9 days)

 

For more information, contact Kenny Ribbeck 225-765-2942 or kribbeck@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 www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

LDWF Postpones Opening of the WMA Lottery Alligator Season on Four WMAs

Release Date: 09/04/2012

Sept. 4, 2012 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is postponing the opening of the 2012 Wild Alligator Lottery Season on Pearl River, Joyce, Manchac and Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Areas due to continuing impacts from Hurricane Isaac.  The previously scheduled opening on Saturday, September 8, 2012 has been rescheduled for Wednesday, September 12, 2012.

All alligator hunters are urged to verify that their selected buyer will be open to buy harvested alligators, prior to beginning any harvest effort.

For more information on alligator season on these WMAs, contact Christian Winslow in the Hammond Field Office at 985-543-4781 or cwinslow@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 www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

LDWF WMAs and Refuges Reopening Sept. 1, Habitat Damage Assessment Continues

Release Date: 08/31/2012

Aug. 31, 2012 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will reopen 21 state wildlife management areas (WMAs) and refuges on Sept. 1. All had been closed in advance of Hurricane Isaac’s landfall. Flood waters and access roads blocked by storm debris are still preventing site openings in some areas.

Sites opening Sept. 1 include: The Acadiana Conservation Corridor, Atchafalaya Delta, Attakapas, Biloxi, Grassy Lake, Hutchinson Creek, Lake Boeuf, Marsh Island, Pass a Loutre, Pointe au Chenes (except Point Farms area), Pomme de Terre, Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge (except East End boat launch construction area), Salvador-Timken, Sandy Hollow, Sherburne, Spring Bayou, State WMA, Tangipahoa, Thistlethwaite, Tunica Hills and White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area.

Sites that remain closed until further notice include the following WMAs and refuges: Elm Hall (Assumption Parish); Elmer’s Island (Jefferson Parish); Joyce (Tangipahoa Parish); Lake Ramsey (St. Tammany Parish); Manchac (St. John the Baptist Parish); Maurepas Swamp (Ascension, Livingston, St. James and St. John the Baptist parishes); and Pearl River (St. Tammany Parish).

The Waddill Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge is closed due to storm impacts, but will reopen on Sept. 4.

Habitat and facility damage assessments are ongoing at sites impacted by storm winds and rain, and the public is advised to proceed with caution when accessing WMAs and refuges by boat or vehicle.

For a complete list of state WMAs and refuges, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma.

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.

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