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State Wildlife Management Areas and Refuges to Remain Open During Federal Shutdown

Release Date: 10/01/2013

Oct. 1, 2013 – Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) properties, including state wildlife management areas and state wildlife refuges will remain open during the federal government shutdown that affects federal wildlife refuges, preserves and national forest properties in Louisiana.
 
As deer and resident small game hunting seasons open this week, Louisiana hunters can access nearly 1.5 million acres of LDWF-managed public hunting areas.
 
To learn what is available, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma . For more information, contact Steve Smith at 318-623-9425 or ssmith@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.

 

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L.D.W.F. Enforcement Division Academy to Enroll 30 Cadets for Training This Fall

Release Date: 10/01/2013

Oct. 1, 2013 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) Law Enforcement Division will begin training cadets in December to bolster the ranks of agents in the field in 2014.

The cadets will train at the department’s training facility housed within the Waddill Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge. Successful completion of six months of intensive physical and academic training is required to graduate.

“An LDWF enforcement agent has a tremendous responsibility, protecting Louisiana’s rich natural resources, and those who enjoy those resources, whether in the field or on the water,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham. “And those responsibilities extend to response efforts during natural disasters when citizens need assistance in areas impacted.”

At the academy, cadets train to enforce the state's recreational boating laws, the state and federal wildlife and fisheries laws and general law enforcement work on the state's many wildlife management areas.  The academy also covers general law enforcement training required for all state law enforcement officers.

Agents are additionally trained for search and rescue and serve as the lead responders in search and rescue coordination under the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

The 2014 class of graduating agents will fill field office vacancies around the state.

Interested applicants can apply on line through the Department of Civil Service website and must complete the LEAPS test to qualify for consideration. Please visit the civil service website at http://www.civilservice.louisiana.gov/ for “Wildlife Enforcement Cadet” and LEAPS testing application information.

LDWF is charged with managing, conserving, and promoting wise utilization of Louisiana's renewable fish and wildlife resources and their supporting habitats through replenishment, protection, enhancement, research, development, and education for the social and economic benefit of current and future generations; to provide opportunities for knowledge of and use and enjoyment of these resources; and to promote a safe and healthy environment for the users of the resources.

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

LDWF Holds Ceremony to Honor Fallen Agents

Release Date: 10/01/2013

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) held a ceremony on Oct. 1 to honor those Enforcement Division agents who have died in the line of duty.  The ceremony took place beside the “Fallen Agents” statue that was erected outside of the LDWF HQ building in Baton Rouge earlier this year.

The ceremony included a prayer by Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association (LWAA) Chaplain Senior Agent Byron Cammack, and speeches by LDWF Secretary Robert Barham, Col. Jeff Mayne, LWAA President Davis Madere and Lt. Col. Joey Broussard.

The statue depicts an LDWF Enforcement Division agent in an honor guard uniform with his head bowed honoring fallen agents.  The statue sits on top of a granite pedestal that is engraved with the names of the seven LDWF agents that have been killed in the line of duty.

“This statue will permanently serve as a reminder of those agents who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while enforcing our conservation game and boating laws,” said Col. Jeff Mayne, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division.  “This statue also emphasizes how dangerous an agent’s job can be on a day to day basis.”

The Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association (LWAA) purchased and donated the statue to LDWF where it will permanently stand at their headquarters building.

The following are the agents who are engraved on the pedestal and honored by the statue:

Sgt. Paul Stuckey, 47, end of watch (EOW) Sept. 30, 2011.  Sgt. Stuckey was an 18 year veteran and is survived by his wife and three children.

Agent Jim Matkin, 30, EOW March 2, 2005.  Agent Matkin was a six year veteran and is survived by his parents, two sisters and a step-son.

Capt. John Garlington, 53, EOW Feb. 10, 2000.  Capt. Garlington was a 14 year veteran and is survived by his wife and son.

Agent Leon Henderson, 36, EOW March 30, 1996.  Agent Henderson was a 15 year veteran and is survived by his wife and daughter.

Agent Ricky Dodge, 37, EOW Jan. 21, 1992.  Agent Dodge is survived by his wife, son and daughter.

Agent Kenneth Aycock, 35, EOW July 6, 1991.  Agent Aycock is survived by his wife and two sons.

Agent Frank Fagot, 31, EOW Nov. 29, 1927.  Agent Fagot was survived by his wife and two children.

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

LDWF Launches Health Permit Compliance Program for Seafood Wholesale / Retail Dealer License Holders

Release Date: 09/27/2013

(September 27, 2013) – Today’s launch of the Health Permit Compliance Program by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) marks the latest endeavor to support the seafood industry with upgrading their equipment and facilities. The new program gives eligible docks or processers with a wholesale/retail dealer license the opportunity to purchase and install equipment in order to meet Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) permitting standards. Participants in this program may qualify for 50 percent of any authorized equipment costs, up to $20,000. 

The Health Permit Compliance Program follows the release of the Louisiana Wild Seafood Certification Program (LWSCP), a voluntary program for Louisiana wild seafood that was passed by the Louisiana Legislature in 2010. LWSCP was developed with the intention of establishing a more professional seafood industry with better handling practices and higher quality products. In order for docks and processors to participate in the LWSCP, they must meet certain DHH permit requirements.  The goal of the Health Permit Compliance Program is to assist docks and processors with making necessary improvements required by DHH in order to meet LWSCP participation requirements.

Eligible Participants

The Health Permit Compliance Program will be open to any dock or processor currently participating in or applying for the Louisiana Wild Seafood Certification Program. In order for an applicant to be eligible, one of the following situations must apply: 1) the applicant does not currently have a DHH permit; or 2) the applicant currently has a DHH permit that was obtained after October 2012 and has receipts for equipment dated after October 2012; or 3) the applicant has a current DHH permit and has received documented notification from DHH for some form of equipment upgrade or repair.

First priority will be given to qualifying applicants who have been identified by DHH as having a critical non-compliance.

Application Process

Applicants must complete a separate application for each LDWF license and each business physical location.  Successful applicants will receive an equipment approval letter notifying them when to purchase the eligible equipment and will be given a deadline to submit receipts for the purchased equipment. Final approval of funds disbursement may be subject to an inspection or DHH permit approval.

Equipment approval is based on DHH permit requirements.  DHH permits are administered by the LA/DHH/Commercial seafood section following the Louisiana Administrative Code Title 51 Part IX Section 311, Public Health Sanitary Code.

For information specific to DHH permitting requirements, please contact DHH at (225) 342-7641.

Application packets will be mailed to all docks and processors with a wholesale/retail dealer’s license currently participating or applied for LWSCP who are required to meet DHH permit requirements. For more information regarding this program, contact LDWF at 225-765-3980.

For press inquiries contact Rene LeBreton at rlebreton@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-8745.

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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Deer Hunting Incident Leads to Negligent Injury Guilty Plea

Release Date: 09/27/2013

A Chalmette man pleaded guilty on Sept. 26 to charges stemming from a hunting incident that occurred in Meraux in St. Bernard Parish.

Joshua D. Starr, 28, of Chalmette pleaded guilty to charges of negligent Injury and hunting deer during illegal hours in St. Bernard Parish Court.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents issued Starr those charges after investigating an unintentional shooting while Starr was deer hunting in the wooded area near Bourmouth Park on Jan. 4, 2013.

Starr thought he shot a deer after legal shooting hours.  After approaching what he thought was his downed deer, Starr and a hunting partner realized that he incidentally shot a person.  The shooter mistook the victim for a deer and hit him with his 12 gauge shotgun from 24 yards away hitting the victim in th lower abdomen and legs.

The victim was brought to University Hospital in New Orleans where he underwent surgery to address his injuries.  The victim has made a near full recovery at the last point of contact with LDWF investigators.

Starr was sentenced to pay $1,000 plus court costs for the conviction of the two violations.

Agents involved in the case were Sgts. Tim Fox and Mike Garrity, and Lt. Jason Russo.

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

Media Advisory -- LDWF to Hold Ceremony to Honor Fallen Agents on Oct. 1

Release Date: 09/26/2013

Media: If you plan on covering this event, please contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

What: The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will hold a ceremony to honor those Enforcement Division agents who have died in the line of duty.  The ceremony will take place beside the “Fallen Agents” statue that was erected outside of the LDWF HQ building in Baton Rouge earlier this year.

The ceremony will include a prayer by Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association Chaplain Senior Agent Byron Cammack, and speeches by LDWF Secretary Robert Barham, Col. Jeff Mayne, LWAA President Davis Madere and Lt. Col. Joey Broussard.

When: Oct. 1 at 10 a.m.

Where: LDWF Headquarters located at 2000 Quail Dr. in Baton Rouge.

The statue depicts an LDWF Enforcement Division agent in an honor guard uniform with his head bowed honoring fallen agents.  The statue sits on top of a granite pedestal that is engraved with the names of the seven LDWF agents that have been killed in the line of duty.

The Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association (LWAA) purchased and donated the statue to LDWF where it permanently stands at their headquarters building.

The following are the agents who are engraved on the pedestal and honored by the statue:

Sgt. Paul Stuckey, 47, end of watch (EOW) Sept. 30, 2011.  Sgt. Stuckey was an 18 year veteran and is survived by his wife and three children.

Agent Jim Matkin, 30, EOW March 2, 2005.  Agent Matkin was a six year veteran and is survived by his parents, two sisters and a step-son.

Capt. John Garlington, 53, EOW Feb. 10, 2000.  Capt. Garlington was a 14 year veteran and is survived by his wife and son.

Agent Leon Henderson, 36, EOW March 30, 1996.  Agent Henderson was a 15 year veteran and is survived by his wife and daughter.

Agent Ricky Dodge, 37, EOW Jan. 21, 1992.  Agent Dodge is survived by his wife, son and daughter.

Agent Kenneth Aycock, 35, EOW July 6, 1991.  Agent Aycock is survived by his wife and two sons.

Agent Frank Fagot, 31, EOW Nov. 29, 1927.  Agent Fagot was survived by his wife and two children.

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

Assumption Parish Man Cited for Killing 49 Sea Gulls in Parking Lot

Release Date: 09/26/2013

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited a Labadieville man for alleged Migratory Bird Treaty Act violations on Sept. 23.

Agents cited Jackoby D. Bertot, 30, for taking other than non-game migratory birds no season for killing 49 sea gulls in a New Orleans suburb parking lot.

Agents started the investigation after receiving complaints by business managers in Jefferson about an unknown male in a white pickup truck speeding through a resting flock of sea gulls in the Elmwood area parking lot around 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 2.

Agents were able to obtain the identity of the driver of the vehicle through interviews, witness statements and multiple surveillance videos.

The maximum penalty for violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act is up to a $15,000 fine and six months imprisonment.  Additional fines may be imposed for each bird killed in the alleged incident.

Agents involved in the case are Sgts. Tim Fox, Kris Bourgeois, and Austin Arteaga, Lt. Jason Russo and Capt. Steve McManus.

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

Agenda for Commission Meeting

Release Date: 09/26/2013

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, October 3, 2013, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA

The following items will be discussed:

1.  Roll Call

2.  Approval of Minutes of September 5, 2013

3.  Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

4.  To Hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports September

5.  To establish the Boyce tract as a Wildlife Management Area and include it in the Maurepas Swamp WMA

6.  To establish the Gewalt tract as a Wildlife Management Area and include it in the Sandy Hollow WMA

7.  Request to change LWFC protocol to introduce Hunting Seasons Rules and Regulations NOIs in January of each year

8.  To consider 2014 General and WMA Turkey Hunting Regulations and Wild Turkey Season: Consideration of Amendment to Hunting Dates on Clear Creek WMA and Consideration of Amended Notice of Intent

9.  Shikar-Safari Club International Wildlife Officer of the Year Award

10.  To Consider Notice of Intent to amend the Natural and Scenic River Systems Rules and Regulations

11.  Set February 2014 Meeting Date

12.  Receive Public Comments

13.  Adjournment

 

 

 

LDWF to Offer Special Patch Opportunity for Boy and Girls Scouts attending Baton Rouge National Hunting and Fishing Day Festivities

Release Date: 09/26/2013

 
September. 26, 2013 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is offering local Boy and Girl Scouts an opportunity to earn a special LDWF Scout Patch for their participation in the Baton Rouge area National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFD) event.  
 
The first 200 Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts that register at the Scout Registration tent will receive an LDWF Scout Program Activity Book. This book will lead Scouts through 10 LDWF Scout Stations with fun and educational activities. At each station the Scouts will complete the objective listed in the book to receive a stamp. Once they have received all 10 stamps, they can return to the registration table for their LDWF Scout Patch.
 
For more information, contact Heather David at (225) 763-5415, hdavid@wlf.la.gov or Danica Williams at (504) 628-7282, dwilliams@wlf.la.gov.
 
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is celebrating National Hunting and Fishing Day on September 28 at four locations across the state. 
 
All four events are free. The number and types of exhibits vary at each location but all include exhibits on LDWF management programs, shooting and fishing demonstrations, exhibits from local chapters of Ducks Unlimited, Safari Club and CCA, and supporting businesses from the local communities. Attendees have the chance to try their skills at the shooting ranges, fishing ponds and boating activities, as well as learn about wildlife through interaction with live animals. 
 
For more information on National Hunting and Fishing Day, contact one of the four locations or go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/nhfd2013
 
Monroe
LDWF District Office 2
368 Centurylink Dr.
Monroe, LA  71203
(318) 343-4044
 
Baton Rouge
Waddill Outdoor Education Center
4142 N. Flannery Road
(225)765-2800
 
Minden
 
Bodcau Wildlife Management Area

1700 Bodcau Dam Rd.

Haughton, LA.  71037

(318) 371-3050 
 
Woodworth
Woodworth Outdoor Education Center

661 Robinson Bridge Rd.

Woodworth, LA.  71485

(318) 484-2212
 
 

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Thistlethwaite WMA Bridge Replacement Underway

Release Date: 09/25/2013

Sept. 25, 2013 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is alerting anyone using Thistlethwaite Wildlife Management Area that the bridge crossing Bayou Wauksha on the east end of Ricefield Road has been closed.  
 
The Ricefield Road bridge over Bayou Wauksha is being replaced by the Williams Gas Company and construction completion is anticipated in July of 2014.
 
The bridge will be closed to all vehicles, including ATV’s normally allowed for those users with Physically Challenged Permits, and pedestrian traffic.
 
In addition to the bridge closure, the Williams Gas emergency access road from the end of Rice Field Road to East Road will be closed to all hunting from the road for the duration of the bridge construction project. That road can only be used by Williams Gas personnel to access gas monitoring facilities at the end of Ricefield Road.  
 
Thistlethwaite WMA is located in north central St. Landry Parish, immediately northeast of Washington, off Louisiana Hwy. 10.  Access to the WMA via I-49 is also possible by using the Lebeau exit.
 
For more information, contact Tony Vidrine at LDWF’s Wildlife Division Opelousas field office at 337-948-0255 or tvidrine@wlf.la.gov .
 

 

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