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LWFC Approves Revised Duck and Goose Hunting Zones for 2016-2021

Release Date: 11/05/2015

Approved Duck Zone Map
Approved Goose Zone Map
To view a high-resolution version of the maps, click HERE.
 
 
Nov. 5, 2015 – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approved today revised duck and goose hunting zones that will go into effect with the 2016-17 duck and goose hunting seasons.  There will be no changes to the current zone alignment for the 2015-16 waterfowl seasons.
 
Public comment collected by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) over the last 30 days provided a variety of suggestions from duck hunters statewide which were taken into consideration prior to the Commission vote. The proposed zone changes presented to the public, and based on Commission input at their Oct. 2 meeting, offered major changes in the boundaries to the coastal and east zones.
 
Based on public comment, the Commission modified the proposed changes to maintain a coastal zone that aligned more closely with existing zone boundaries and pushed the east zone boundaries further west below Alexandria.
 
The approved zone boundaries for 2016-21 duckseasons are as follows:
 
East Zone:  The area of the state between the Mississippi State line and the line going south on Hwy 79 from the Arkansas  border to Homer; then south on Hwy 9 to Arcadia; then south on Hwy 147 to Hodge; then south on Hwy 167 to Turkey Creek; then south on Hwy 13 to Eunice; then west On Hwy 190 to Kinder; then south on Hwy 165 to Iowa; then west on I-10 to its junction with Hwy 14 at Lake Charles; then south and east on Hwy 14 to its junction with Hwy 90 in New Iberia; then east on Hwy 90 to the Mississippi State line.
 
West Zone:  The area between the Texas State line and the line going east on I-10 from the Texas border to Hwy 165 at Iowa; then north on Hwy 165 to Kinder; then east on Hwy 190 to Eunice; then north on Hwy 13 to Turkey Creek; then north on Hwy 167 to Hodge; then north on Hwy 147 to Arcadia; then north on Hwy 9 to Homer; then north on Hwy 79 to the Arkansas border.
 
Coastal Zone:  Remainder of state.
 
In the same discussion at today’s meeting, LDWF presented the Commission with a proposal to set zones for goose hunting because of a potential conflict with traditional goose hunting dates that the revised duck zone changes presented.  The Commission approved the proposed goose hunting zone alignment. 
 
The boundaries for hunting geese during the 2016-17 through 2020-21 hunting seasons are as follows:
 
North Zone:  Portion of the state north of the line from the Texas border at Hwy 190/12 East to Hwy 49; then south on Hwy 49 to I-10; then East on I-10 to I-12; then East on I-12 to 1-10; then East on I-10 to the Mississippi State line.
 
South Zone: Remainder of state.
 
Duck and goose hunting zones approved by the Commission today will take effect in the 2016-17 hunting season.  Zones for duck hunting can be changed every five years, and zones for goose hunting can be changed yearly.
 
The waterfowl zone items were presented to the Commission as a Declaration of Emergency since any zone changes have to be communicated by LDWF to the US Fish and Wildlife Service by Dec. 1, 2015. LDWF will present the 2016-17 waterfowl season framework to the Commission in January with all other hunting season dates and regulations proposed at the same time. 
 
For more information, contact Larry Reynolds at 225-765-0456 or lreynolds@wlf.la.gov.
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LWF Commission Adopts Notice of Intent Regarding the Placement and Use of Advertising and Sponsorship Signs

Release Date: 11/05/2015

 

News Release

 

For Immediate Release
November 5, 2015

 

Contact: Ashley Wethey

Public Information
LDWF

(504) 286-8733

awethey@wlf.la.gov

 

Oyster Task Force to Meet

Release Date: 11/05/2015

 

News Release

 

For Immediate Release
November 5, 2015

 

Contact: Rene LeBreton

Public Information
LDWF

(504) 286-8745

rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

 

LWF Commission suspends entry into the Louisiana Fisheries Forward program for those seeking a new commercial crab gear license

Release Date: 11/05/2015

News Release

 

For Immediate Release
November 5, 2015

 

Contact: Rene LeBreton

Public Information
LDWF

(504) 286-8745

rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

 

Oyster Lease Moratorium Lifting Committee to Meet 11-4-15

Release Date: 11/02/2015

Oyster Task Force
Oyster Lease Moratorium Lifting Committee
John Tesvich, Chairman
Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 1:00 P.M.
UNO Advanced Technology Center
2021 Lakeshore Dr., STE 210
New Orleans, LA 70122
 
AGENDA
 
I.               Roll Call and introduction of guests
II.             Continuing discussion on issues and parameters to follow in lifting oyster lease moratorium
III.           Set next meeting date
III.         Adjourn
 
 
The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq.  The public is invited to attend.  To listen in to the meeting via webinar register at
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7256027246689650690
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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For press inquiries please contact Rene LeBreton, 504-286-8745 or rlebreton@wlf.la.gov
 
 

LDWF Reminds Waterfowl Hunters to Be Alert for Whooping Cranes

Release Date: 10/29/2015

News Release

 

For Immediate Release
October 29, 2015

 

Contact: Bo Boehringer
LDWF

(225)765-5115

bboehringer@wlf.la.gov

 

 

LDWF November 2015 Commission Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 10/29/2015

News Release

 

For Immediate Release
October 29, 2015

 

 

 

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Calcasieu Lake Oyster Season Reminder

Release Date: 10/27/2015

(Oct. 27, 2015) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to remind commercial oyster harvesters that the West Cove portion of the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area will open for harvest on Sunday, November 1 at one half-hour before sunrise.
 
The sack limit of oysters is seven per day per person, per licensed vessel for the 2015-16 season.
 
Those participating in commercial oyster harvest in this area are also reminded that a 25-acre area in West Cove where oyster cultch material was deposited in June of this year will be closed to harvest.  The coordinates of the four corners of this closed area are as follows:
 
     A.     29 degrees 52 minutes 39.66 seconds N
             93 degrees 23 minutes 42.14 seconds W
                    B.      29 degrees 52 minutes 28.94 seconds N
         93 degrees 23 minutes 42.20 seconds W
C.     29 degrees 52 minutes 39.60 seconds N
         93 degrees 23 minutes 31.92 seconds W
D.     29 degrees 52 minutes 29.01 seconds N
                            93 degrees 23 minutes 31.92 seconds W
Maps available here: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/commerical-oyster-seasons
The east side of Calcasieu Lake remains closed to oyster harvest during the 2015-16 oyster season.
 
For further information about the Calcasieu Lake oyster harvest season, contact George Melancon, Biologist Manager, at (337) 491-2575.

Louisiana Youth Can Register Now for 2015 Hunter of the Year Awards

Release Date: 10/23/2015

Louisiana Youth Can Register Now for 2015 Hunter of the Year Awards

 

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AMENDED - Harvest of Seed Oysters For Bedding Purposes to Close in Sister Lake

Release Date: 10/22/2015

 The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has announced that the harvest of seed oysters for bedding purposes shall close in the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation (POSR) in Terrebonne Parish at one half hour after sunset on Wednesday, October 28, 2015.  Sister Lake POSR remains open for sacking purposes. This public oyster seed reservation holds a limited oyster supply and harvest pressure during the oyster season, which opened on October 19, has depleted the already small seed oyster resource.  Protection of the remaining oyster reef resources is in the long-term best interest of oyster conservation in this area.
 
 
The Commission authorized Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Secretary Robert J. Barham to take emergency action to close areas, on an as-needed basis, based on biological data or if enforcement problems are encountered.  The Secretary was also authorized to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resource has ended and to open areas if substantial oyster resources are located. 
 
 
Public notice of any opening, delay, or closure of a season will be provided at least 72 hours prior to such action, unless such closure is ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals for public health concerns.

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