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LDWF Announces Reopening of Certain Recreational and Commercial Fishing Waters Effective One-Half Hour Before Sunrise on Monday, August 4, 2014

Release Date: 07/31/2014

 
BATON ROUGE – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the reopening of certain state inshore and Gulf of Mexico waters that were previously closed due to oiling from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Waters will be open ½ hour before sunrise on Monday, August 4, 2014.
 
LDWF is re-opening these areas to commercial fishing pursuant to agreements by state and federal officials for re-opening waters closed as a result of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. These areas will also be re-opened to all recreational fishing.
 
The waters to re-open are as follows:
 

  • A portion of the upper Barataria Basin centered near Bay Jimmy and Bay Batiste with the exception of a 100-yard shoreline buffer from any shoreline
  • All waters within the Birdsfoot Delta of the Mississippi River
  • Areas surrounding the Grand Terre Islands with the exception of an area one quarter mile seaward from the Gulf-facing shoreline
  • The area seaward between Elmer’s Island and Fourchon Beaches with the exception of a one-quarter mile area seaward from the Gulf-facing shoreline.

 
LDWF will continue monitoring conditions to determine whether additional waters can be re-opened or whether additional closures are warranted.   Reports of oil, tarballs or tar mats should be reported to the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802 and the La. State Police at 1-877-925-6595.
 
State rules, regulations and seasons for individual saltwater species are still effective within these areas.  To view current regulations click here:  http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/regulations
 
 To view maps detailing these modifications and the latest updates on the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill please visit:  www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oilspill
 
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 press inquiries, contact Rene LeBreton at rlebreton@wlf.la.gov or 504-286-8745.
 
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Joey Broussard Named New LDWF Enforcement Division Colonel

Release Date: 07/29/2014

Col. Joey Broussard

July 29, 2014 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced today that Joseph “Joey” Broussard, a native of Pointe Coupee Parish, has been promoted and will serve as the Enforcement Division’s new colonel.

“Joey’s wide ranging experience within the division will serve him well in his new leadership role and he has earned this opportunity to serve as chief in the years ahead,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham.

Col. Broussard, 55, of Port Barre, will serve in the highest ranking position in the Enforcement Division.  He graduated from the LDWF cadet academy in 1991, receiving his POST certification from LSU, and has been an agent for 23 and a half years. Col. Broussard replaces the recently retired Jeff Mayne, who served the department for 23 years, completing his last year of service as colonel.

“I’m honored to accept the highest rank you can achieve within the Enforcement Division,” said Col. Broussard.  “I’m also excited to lead the division in to the future as we continue to adapt to new tasks as well as maintain our main responsibility in protecting and conserving the state’s natural resources.”

Serving as director of training from 1996-2008, Col. Broussard has also represented the Enforcement Division on the Mississippi Flyway Law Enforcement Committee. He received the statewide Agent of the Year award in 1994 and also the Outstanding Officer award from the Southeastern Association of Game and Fish Commissioners in 1994. He was selected for the LDWF Chief’s Award in 2008-2009.

In 2011, Col. Broussard was promoted to lieutenant colonel, overseeing field operations and search and rescue under former Chief Winton Vidrine. He most recently served as chief of staff under Col. Mayne.

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

LDWF Agents Looking for Boat Involved in Hit and Run

Release Date: 07/27/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents are seeking leads from the public about a boating incident hit and run that occurred on the Amite River Diversion Canal on July 26 in Livingston Parish.

The incident happened around 8:30 p.m. when a ski boat was rear ended and ran over by another ski boat.  The three passengers of the boat that was run over were treated for minor injuries and released.  Agents are looking for the other ski boat that left the scene of the incident without stopping.

According to an eyewitness just north of where the incident took place near the Tiki Hut, a yellow and white ski boat with a black stripe was seen speeding through a no wake zone.  Agents believe that the yellow and white ski boat may have been the boat that was involved with this incident and that it should have substantial damage to the hull.

If anyone has information about this incident, they should call LDWF's Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or use the LADWF Tips app on their smart phones.

According to the people first to respond to the incident, the boat that was rear ended and ran over did have its running lights on at the time of the incident.  LDWF Enforcement Division will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.

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

LDWF Welcomes Home World Champion Archers

Release Date: 07/22/2014

LDWF Welcomes Home World Champion Archers
LDWF Welcomes Home World Champion Archers
LDWF Welcomes Home World Champion Archers

July 22, 2014 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to congratulate Benton Elementary on their first National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) World Championship. The Benton, La., students became Louisiana’s first world champion archery team on Sunday, July 13.     

Benton Elementary participated in the NASP World Tournament July 11-13 in Madison, Wi.  The tournament consisted of teams from the United States, South Africa and Canada. This was Benton’s first trip to the World Tournament after a stellar year of archery competition.

Benton Elementary was the Archery in Louisiana Schools (ALAS) State Champions, and then competed in the NASP National Tournament, placing 8th in a tournament that included over 10,500 archers.  The fine showing at Nationals earned the team the opportunity to participate at the World Tournament and they took full advantage placing first of 30 teams in their division.

Coach Perry Norcross left the National Tournament knowing that his kids did not perform to their full potential, but the berth into the NASP World Tournament gave them another opportunity to compete at a high level. The group of 4th and 5th graders, plus one 3rd grader, shot a score of 3,229 at the World Tournament, improving on their score from Nationals by 66 points and bringing home the title of World Champions.

Benton Elementary is a member of the Archery in Louisiana Schools (ALAS) program which provides NASP instruction to students as part of their in-school curriculum.  All schools in the state of Louisiana are eligible to have the ALAS program.  The ALAS program is facilitated and funded by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

For more information about the ALAS program contact ALAS State Coordinator Robert Stroede at rstroede@wlf.la.gov or 318-484-2276.

*Photos provided by Benton Elementary ALAS coaching staff.

Six Month Requirement for New Louisiana Residents Needing Recreational Hunting and Fishing Licenses Effective Aug. 1

Release Date: 07/21/2014

July 21, 2014 – New residents in Louisiana will qualify for purchasing resident recreational hunting and fishing licenses after six months in state once Act 429 becomes effective on Aug. 1, 2014.
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will offer resident licenses to qualifying new residents as authorized by Act 429, signed by Gov. Bobby Jindal following the 2014 Legislative Session.
 
“We hope more new residents will purchase their resident recreational hunting and fishing licenses sooner as the result of this legislation,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham. “There will no longer be a need to wait a full year to enjoy the state’s fish and game opportunities as a resident license holder.”
 
Act 429 reduces the time required from one year to six months to qualify as a bona fide resident for hunting and fishing licensees.  “Bona fide resident” means any person who is a United States citizen or resident alien and has resided in the state continuously during the six months immediately prior to the date on which he applies for any such license.
 
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 on Louisiana recreational hunting and fishing residency requirements, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/licenses/fishing or contact Michelle Rayburn at 225-765-2881 or mrayburn@wlf.la.gov.

2014-15 Louisiana Hunting Regulations Pamphlet Available Online Through LDWF Website

Release Date: 07/18/2014

July 18, 2014  -- The 2014-15 Louisiana Hunting Regulations pamphlet is now available online through the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries website.
 
To access the document go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/regulations . The printed version of the publication will be available in early August.
 
The 2014-15 pamphlet contains all dates and regulations that pertain to small game, deer and turkey hunting on private land and state wildlife management areas. Dates and regulations pertaining to hunting on some federal properties within Louisiana are also included.
 
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, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or 318-487-5885, or ssmith@wlf.la.gov .

LDWF Schedules Drawdown for Lake Bistineau

Release Date: 07/18/2014

(July 18, 2014) Giant salvinia in Lake Bistineau, located near Minden, has reached the threshold necessary for a lake drawdown.  Current estimates include 2,000 acres of salvinia coverage in the 17,000-acre lake.  Continuous expansion is expected as summertime temperatures promote maximum growth of the invasive weed.  Most of the salvinia in Lake Bistineau is currently confined to isolated coves off the main lake and in areas of thick timber north of Lake Bistineau State Park.
 
The water control structure on Lake Bistineau is scheduled to open on August 4, 2014.  The drawdown will include a dewatering rate of 4-6 inches per day.  The maximum drawdown level will be 7 feet below normal pool stage.  The Lake Bistineau control gates will be closed no later than December 1, 2014 to allow the lake to refill.
 
During the drawdown period, an estimated 8,000 acres of water will remain in Lake Bistineau.  Boaters will be able to access the lake from the following public boat launches: Port of Bistineau Launch (East side Webster Parish), Bossier Public Launch (West side of the lake), Grice’s (Southeast side of lake at the dam), and Bayou Dorcheat Public Launch (North side of lake on main bayou Dorcheat in Webster parish- HWY 164).  
 
Caution is advised for boaters during the low water period, as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance of underwater obstructions. 
 
For further information regarding the drawdown, contact Jeff Sibley, LDWF Biologist Manager, at 318-371-3066, ext. 2 or at jsibley@wlf.la.gov.
 
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 Rene LeBreton, rlebreton@wlf.la.gov or 504-286-8733.
 

Shrimp Season to Close July 21 in Remainder of State Inside Waters Except for Breton and Chandeleur Sounds and a Portion of Mississippi Sound

Release Date: 07/17/2014

july 21 2014 closure

 
July 16, 2014 – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2014 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 a.m. on Monday, July 21, in the remainder of state inside waters except for the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds and a portion of Mississippi Sound.
 
This action closes shrimping in inside waters within the Mermentau, Calcasieu and Sabine Rivers Basins extending from the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line and in Lake Borgne located in the Lake Pontchartrain Basin.
 
Effective with this closure all state inside waters will be closed to shrimping except for the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double–rig line in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2.  Shrimping will also be allowed in that portion of Mississippi Sound as follows:
 

  • that portion of Mississippi Sound beginning at a point on the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary at 30 degrees 09 minutes 39.6 seconds north latitude and -89 degrees 30 minutes 00.0 seconds west longitude due south to a point at 30 degrees 05 minutes 00.0 seconds north latitude and -89 degrees 30 minutes 00.0 seconds west longitude; thence southeasterly to a point on the western shore of Three-Mile Pass at 30 degrees 03 minutes 00.0 seconds north latitude and -89 degrees 22 minutes 23.0 seconds west longitude; thence northeasterly to a point on Isle Au Pitre at 30 degrees 09 minutes 20.5 seconds north latitude and -89 degrees 11 minutes 15.5 seconds west longitude, which is a point on the double–rig line.

 
All state outside waters seaward of the Inside/Outside shrimp line will remain open to shrimp harvesting until further notice, with the exception of those areas outlined in the map linked below.
 
For a map that details today’s actions and all areas currently open and closed to harvesting shrimp click here.
 
Data collected in recent weeks by LDWF biologists indicate increased quantity, distribution and percentage of small, juvenile white shrimp within these waters. The decision to close these waters was made to protect these developing shrimp and provide opportunity for growth to larger and more marketable sizes.
 
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission will meet August 7 to consider opening dates for the fall inshore shrimp season.
 
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 press inquiries, contact Ashley Roth at 504-286-4162 or aroth@wlf.la.gov

CORRECTED -- White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area 2014 Teal Season Lottery Announced

Release Date: 07/17/2014

*Corrected information in red.
 
July 17, 2014 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for the 2014 lottery teal hunts on the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) in Vermilion Parish.
 
Available dates include Saturday, Sept. 13; Sunday, Sept. 14; Tuesday, Sept. 16; Thursday, Sept. 18; Saturday, Sept. 20; Sunday, Sept. 21; Wednesday, Sept. 24; Saturday, Sept. 27; and Sunday, Sept. 28.
Persons 18 years of age or older can apply and only one application per hunter will be accepted. Applications are available on the LDWF Web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/lottery-applications or by writing to the La. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Attention: White Lake WCA Teal Season Lottery Hunts, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.

Completed applications must be received by close of business on Aug. 15, 2014. A $5 non-refundable administration fee in the form of a check or money order made payable to the La. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries must accompany each application.

Each applicant who is selected will be allowed to bring one additional hunter as a guest. All hunters must have appropriate licenses, including a basic hunting license (or Louisiana Sportsman's Paradise license), a Louisiana duck license, federal duck stamp and HIP permit.

Successful applicants will be notified by mail and required to submit an additional check or money order for $250 per hunt party. Applications are non-transferrable.

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 on White Lake WCA teal season lottery hunts, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400, ext. 1, or wsweeney@wlf.la.gov .

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