Wildlife

LDWF Announces Road Closures at Boeuf WMA Due to Flooding; Duty Ferry Parish Road Closed South of Ferry Entrance

Release Date: 01/17/2019

Jan. 17, 2018 - The Catahoula Parish Police Jury has closed the Duty Ferry Parish Road south of the ferry entrance due to flooding, forcing the closure of Pipeline Road and Rock Lake Road in Boeuf Wildlife Management Area (WMA), the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced.
 
The closure of Duty Ferry Parish Road will affect access to the Crowe Field area of Boeuf WMA. Access by boat is still allowed.
 
Boeuf WMA, which consists of 51,110 acres, is located 10 miles southeast of Columbia in Caldwell and Catahoula parishes. For more information, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/32649 .
 
For more information, contact Mitch McGee at 318-343-4044 or mmcgee@wlf.la.gov .
 

LDWF Announces Additional Road Closure in Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 01/16/2019

Jan. 16, 2019 -  Bayou Natchitoches Road past the Bayou Natchitoches concrete bridge has been closed on the north and south sides of the bayou in Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) due to flooding, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced.
 
Smith Bay Road and Cas-cas Road remain closed and more roads could be closed.
 
These road closures are deemed necessary to ensure safety and prevent road damage. Once the water recedes, LDWF will inspect, repair and reopen those roads when deemed safe for travel. 
 
Grassy Lake WMA is located in northeastern Avoyelles Parish, approximately 12 miles from Bordelonville, Louisiana.
 
For information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2767 or contact Tony Vidrine at 337-735-8682 or tvidrine@wlf.la.gov or Steven David at 337-735-8683 or sdavid@wlf.la.gov .
 

Smith Bay Road in Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Area Closed Due to Flooding

Release Date: 01/14/2019

Jan. 14, 2019 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has closed Smith Bay Road in Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) due to flooding. Cas-cas Road remains closed and more roads in the WMA may be closed.
 
These road closures are deemed necessary to ensure safety and prevent road damage. Once the water recedes, LDWF will inspect, repair and reopen those roads when deemed safe for travel. 
 
Grassy Lake WMA is located in northeastern Avoyelles Parish, approximately 12 miles from Bordelonville, Louisiana.
 
For information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2767 or contact Tony Vidrine at 337-735-8682 or tvidrine@wlf.la.gov or Steven David at 337-735-8683 or sdavid@wlf.la.gov .
 

Shop Road Reopened on Russell Sage WMA; Main Road Still Partially Closed

Release Date: 01/14/2019

Jan. 14, 2019 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has reopened Shop Road on Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area (WMA) to vehicle traffic. However, Main Road is still partially closed 2.2 miles from Millhaven exit due to severe washouts in the road.
 
Access to the Pump Trail is available from Ruby Road entrance.

Russell Sage WMA consists of 38,213 acres in Ouachita Parish and is located about seven miles east of Monroe and 10 miles west of Rayville. For more information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2777.
 
For more information, contact Mitch McGee at 318-343-4044 or mmcgee@wlf.la.gov .
 

LDWF Announces Additional Road Closures in Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 01/14/2019

Jan. 14, 2019 -  Several roads have been closed at the Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area (WMA) due to flooding, including Lac a Sostein Road, Ross Road and Hogpen Road, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced.
 
These are in addition to the roads that have been previously closed, including Catfish Bayou Road, Blount Road, Dobbs Bay Road, Union Point Road, Lincecum Road, Blackhawk Road and Blackhawk Boat Launch.
 
In addition, some ATV trials remain closed, including Jacks Bayou Trail, Blackhawk Trail, Dobbs Bay Trail, Catfish Bayou Trail, Twin Lakes Trail, Red Shirt Trail, Icebox Trail, Everett Lake Trail, Patton Lake Drain Trail, Chaney Lake Trail and the Catfish Bayou and Patton Lake Handicap Trails.
 
These closures are deemed necessary to ensure safety and prevent road damage. Once the water recedes, LDWF will inspect, repair and reopen those thoroughfares when it is determined they are safe for travel. 

 
Richard K. Yancey WMA is located approximately 35 miles south of Ferriday on Louisiana Highway 15 in lower Concordia Parish.
 
For information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/36994 or contact Tony Vidrine at 337-735-8682 or tvidrine@wlf.la.gov or Steven David at 337-735-8683 or sdavid@wlf.la.gov .
 

White Lake WCA Fishing Lottery Applications Available for 2019

Release Date: 01/10/2019

Jan. 10, 2019 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for a lottery drawing for fishing permit access to the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) between March 15 and Aug. 15, 2019.
 
A total of 100 permits will be issued following the lottery drawing and winning applicants will be notified of their opportunity to purchase a permit for $40. White Lake WCA is located south of Gueydan in Vermilion Parish.
 
The area open for fishing will be limited to the Florence Canal and Oil Field Location canals off of the Florence Canal. There will be no fishing in any of the WCA’s marsh areas or in the main camp canal or other areas that are marked "NO FISHING."  Successful applicants will be provided a map of the fishing area. Boats used by permitees will be limited to the use of motors with 40 horsepower or less. Additional rules and regulations are outlined in an attachment to the application.
 
Each completed application must include a non-refundable administrative fee of $5 in the form of a check or money order (NO CASH ACCEPTED) made payable to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Only one application per person will be accepted and submitting more than one application will be considered grounds for disqualification. Completed applications must be received by LDWF by close of business on Feb. 15, 2019.
 
Applications may be mailed or delivered to:
Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries
Attention: White Lake Fishing
2000 Quail Drive, Room 418
Baton Rouge, LA  70808
 
Persons interested in obtaining an application may call the department at 225-765-2812 or download a copy from the department’s website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/lottery-applications .
 
For more information, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400, ext. 1 or wsweeney@wlf.la.gov.
 

LDWF Announces 2019 Dates for Use of White Lake WCA Facilities by Groups for Public Uses and Nature Trips

Release Date: 01/10/2019

Jan. 10, 2019 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has designated dates between February 1 and May 31, 2019, for public use of facilities at the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA). For profit or commercial activities are prohibited.
 
White Lake WCA is located south of Gueydan in Vermilion Parish. LDWF owns and manages lodge facilities and 71,000 acres of wetlands and marsh land. The lodge facilities, accessible only by water, will be available for day-use or overnight use at rental rates that vary based on level of services required by the group using the site. Boat transportation to and from the site will be provided as part of the day use and overnight use access for 2019 group use dates.
 
The facilities and landscape are ideal for birding groups, nature photographers, environmental or wetland ecology students or small business retreats. LDWF can provide site staff for guided boat tours and biologists for lectures on the ecosystem within the conservation area, which includes freshwater marsh, coastal prairie and an experimental population of whooping cranes.
 
White Lake WCA and the surrounding Mermentau River Basin provide abundant habitat for a variety of avian and aquatic species. This property supports migrant passerine birds, shorebirds, wading birds, rails, gallinules and many species of raptors. Several large breeding rookeries of wading birds are present on the property. Access dates and fees for 2019 are as follows:
 
SCHEDULE FOR OTHER PUBLIC USES AND NATURE TRIPS AT WHITE LAKE WCA
 
Site visits may be scheduled Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between Feb. 1 and May 31, 2019.
 
Site visits will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis pending facility and staff availability. At this time, WLWCA will only accommodate one group per day/week and all facility reservations must be made two weeks in advance to allow for staff scheduling.
FEE SCHEDULE FOR WHITE LAKE WCA FACILITY USE
 
Day Use (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
$300 - Includes one-day use of lodge for meetings with no food or drink or additional services provided by LDWF. (For up to 15 people.)
 
$300 + $10/person - Includes one-day use of lodge for meetings with coffee, cold drinks and bottled water provided (for up to 15 people).
 
$300 + $20/person - Includes one-day use of lodge for meetings with coffee, cold drinks bottled water and lunch provided. Lunch provided (for up to 15 people) will consist of a sandwich tray and chips or something similar. It will not include a hot lunch.
 
Exemptions from day-use lodge rental fee: State agencies, local and federal agencies, and universities conducting research, or educational activities, conducted in cooperation with LDWF. Costs for beverages or lunch may apply ($10/person for drinks, $20/person for drinks and lunch).
 
Overnight Use (arrive 2-4 p.m. day 1; depart 1 p.m. day 2)
 $400 + $25/person/night --Includes overnight stay at lodge with only linens provided.
 (For up to 12 people.)
 
$400 + $35/person/night -- Includes overnight stay at lodge with coffee, cold drinks, bottled water and linens provided.  (For up to 12 people.)
 
$900 + $35/person/night -- Includes overnight stay at lodge with coffee, cold drinks, bottled water, meals (breakfast, lunch and supper) and linens provided. (For up to 12 people.)
 
Exemptions from overnight lodge rental fee: State agencies, local and federal agencies, and universities conducting research, or educational activities, conducted in cooperation with LDWF. Costs for beverages or lunch may apply ($10/person for drinks, $20/person for drinks and lunch).
 
Skeet Range (optional activity for groups using site for scheduled events)
$10/person/25 clay pigeons.
                       
$15/person/25 clay pigeons, 25 shotgun shells provided.
 
Exemptions – Any persons using the skeet range at LDWF-sponsored events.
 
Boat Tours (optional activity for groups using site for scheduled events)
$10/person/ride.  Limited to authorized function attendees.
 
Exemptions: Any state, local or federal agency working in cooperation with the LDWF on cooperative initiatives or universities/conservation organizations working with LDWF on cooperative research projects, or educational activities conducted in cooperation with LDWF.
 
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reserves the right to schedule other public use activities and nature trips, for educational purposes, outside the advertised dates should the need arise.
 
For more information on White Lake WCA facility use, visit the LDWF web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/other-public-uses-and-nature-trips , or contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400 ext. # 1 or wsweeney@wlf.la.gov .
 

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Workshop Registration to Begin Jan. 11

Release Date: 01/09/2019

Jan. 9, 2019 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will sponsor its 31st Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshop on March 22-24, 2019, at Camp Grant Walker in Pollock. It’s an opportunity for women throughout Louisiana and neighboring states to attend an educational hands-on outdoor skills workshop.
 
If you are a woman 18 or older and you enjoy the outdoors, you will love this three-day skill’s workshop.
 
Registration opens Friday (Jan. 11, 2019). Anyone interested is urged to register as soon as possible beginning Jan. 11. The $200 fee (check or money order only) includes instruction for four selected classes, program materials, use of demonstration equipment, lodging, meals and a T-shirt.
 
Participants will enroll in four classes from a selection of more than 30 topics. These subjects include bucks and does, shotgun, rifle, handguns, fly-fishing, kayaking, camping, archery, fishing, boating/trailering, compass skills, outdoor photography, camp cooking and more. Expert instructors donate their time and skills in classes taught in and around the nearby streams, lakes, wooded ridges and forest trails of beautiful Louisiana.
 
Natural resource scientist Christine Thomas of the University of Wisconsin founded the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program.  She completed a survey in 1991 entitled ‘Barriers to Women Participating in Hunting and Fishing.’ It documented that the most obvious problem was lack of instruction and encouragement.
 
To receive a registration form, download and print from our web page at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/becoming-outdoors-woman . The forms will not be available until Friday (Jan. 11, 2019). They must be returned by mail to the address on the form. Hand delivered forms will not be accepted. Please read the registration process and the course descriptions prior to filling out the form. Registration will be taken until the workshop is full. All forms received after the workshop is full will be placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations.
 
For more information contact Dana Norsworthy in Monroe at dnorsworthy@wlf.la.gov, 318-345-3912, Chad Moore in Minden at cmoore@wlf.la.gov, 318-230-4352 or Karen Crabtree at kcrabtree@wlf.la.gov 318-719-4571.
 
Join the fun and be one of those 125 women in the woods. Register for the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop and become skilled in something that you always dreamed about doing. Look us up on Facebook at, BOW Louisiana Style.
 

LDWF Closes Shop Road at Russell Sage WMA Due to Flooding

Release Date: 01/09/2019

Jan. 9, 2019 - Shop Road on Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area (WMA) has been closed due to flooding, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced. This closure will extend from Highway 15 to the camping area.
 
Both Pintail Ally and the bean field areas will be inaccessible to vehicle traffic with the closure in effect.
 
Increasing water levels in Bayou Lafourche Canal have created backwater flooding on the road. This closure is deemed necessary to ensure safety and prevent road damage. Once the water recedes, LDWF will inspect, repair and reopen the road when deemed safe for travel.
 
Russell Sage WMA consists of 38,213 acres in Ouachita Parish and is located about seven miles east of Monroe and 10 miles west of Rayville. For more information, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2777 .
 
For more information, contact Mitch McGee at 318-343-4044 or mmcgee@wlf.la.gov .
 

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