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L.D.W.F. Reminds Migratory Bird Hunters of HIP Certification Requirement

Release Date: 10/27/2011

Oct. 27, 2011-- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) reminds all migratory bird hunters that state and federal regulations require them to be Harvest Information Program (HIP) certified.

If you hunt ducks, coots, geese, brant, swans, doves, band-tailed pigeons, woodcock, rails, snipe, sandhill cranes or gallinules, you are required to participate in the HIP Program in each state that you hunt.

Hunters obtain their HIP certification when purchasing a hunting license by informing the sales agent that they hunt migratory birds and want to be HIP certified.  There is no cost or test for HIP certification.  Hunters of all ages, even hunters who have a lifetime hunting license, must obtain HIP certification and that can be done anywhere hunting licenses are sold.

Data gathered from HIP participants provides state wildlife managers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) a more accurate method of estimating the number of migratory birds harvested annually in each state.  The information is used by biologists to justify season lengths, bag limits and population monitoring.

For more information, contact Jeff Duguay at 225-765-2353 or jduguay@wlf.la.gov .

 

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Hunting Basics Workshop Attracts Outdoors Women

Release Date: 10/27/2011

Hunting Basics Workshop Attracts Outdoors Women
Hunting Basics Workshop Attracts Outdoors Women
Hunting Basics Workshop Attracts Outdoors Women
Hunting Basics Workshop Attracts Outdoors Women

Oct. 27, 2011-- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), in conjunction with Cabela’s, held a second Women’s Weekend Workshop on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge.

Twenty four participants spent a full day learning “Hunting Basics” from LDWF  Education Section staff members and Hunter Education volunteer instructors.

The eight-hour workshop focused on safe hunting and firearm skills, game basics, scouting/blood trailing, rifle and shotgun shooting techniques, archery and tree stand safety demonstrations.  Each activity offered hands-on practice time for every participant.  At the conclusion of the workshop, each participant received complimentary outdoor items from Cabela’s and the opportunity to taste different wild game dishes.

Through private partnerships, LDWF has arranged hunts later in the 2011-12 hunting season for each participant to hunt and test their skills.  The program goals include developing outdoors skills and attracting and retaining new hunters.

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 future workshops, call Gene Cavalier at 985-882-9159 or gcavalier@wlf.la.gov .

 

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Agenda For Commission Meeting

Release Date: 10/27/2011

 

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, November 3, 2011, in the Louisiana Room at the Wildlife and Fisheries Building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.

The following items will be discussed:

1.   Roll Call

2.   Approval of Minutes of October 6, 2011

3.   Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

4.   To present Shikar-Safari Club International Award to Sgt. Randy Lanoux

5.   To hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports/October

6.   To announce 2012 Duck Stamp Competition Winner

7.   To consider Declaration of Emergency for Atchafalaya Deer Season, Including Changing Primitive Firearms Season on Attakapas Island WMA from Either-Sex to Bucks Only

8.   To consider Notice of Intent to Establish a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit

9.   To consider Notice of Intent to Establish Reporting Requirements for Recreationally Harvested Yellowfin Tuna

10. Set March 2012 Meeting Date

11.  Receive Public Comments

12.  Adjournment

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Seventy Eight Fish Tagged at Louisiana Saltwater Series Inaugurual Speckled Trout Tournament

Release Date: 10/26/2011

 (Oct. 25 2011)– Despite what Mother Nature had planned, last weekend’s inaugural Louisiana Saltwater Series Fall Trout Tournament on Lake Pontchartrain was a huge success.    Although high winds and the threat of bad weather kept overall turnout numbers lower than average, a remarkable 78 fish were tagged and released back into the wild.  

The tournament, hosted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, allows teams to bring extra fish to the weigh-in, thus increasing the total number of tagged fish.  Since its inception in 2004, over 38,000 speckled trout have been tagged through Louisiana’s Cooperative Marine Sport Fish Tagging Program.  The program has been a cooperative project of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Coastal Conservation Association for seven years.  However, tagging data on the species dates back to 1989. 

Taking home the tournament’s top prize were Kris Robert and Benny Sanchez, with a two fish total weight of 5.64 pounds.

The Louisiana Saltwater Series will take the winter off before gearing up again in April of next year.  The 2012 tournament schedule will be published later this year at www.lasaltwaterseries.com.  

Sponsorships for the 2012 series are still available.  The Louisiana Saltwater Series is 100 percent payout series, and all sponsorship dollars will directly support the series and the conservation based research it promotes.

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/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov (225) 765-5113.

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Greater Amberjack Commercial Season to Close October 19

Release Date: 10/19/2011

October 18, 2011 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will close the 2011 Greater Amberjack commercial season today, October 19 at 11:59 p.m. in all Louisiana waters.  The season will remain closed until January 1, 2012 at 12:01 a.m.

The 2011 season was previously reopened on September 1, based on projections that the 2011 quota had not been met. 

Greater amberjack are found throughout the Gulf of Mexico as well as in the temperate and tropical Atlantic Ocean.  Greater amberjack usually live in nearshore waters out to 300 feet deep.  This species is found throughout the Gulf of Mexico, and are often found near offshore platforms, wrecks and artificial reefs.  Greater amberjack can reach sizes of 3 feet in length and weights of 170 pounds. 

Louisiana commercial landings of greater amberjack average 100,000 pounds annually.

For more information contact Jason Adriance at 504.284.2032 or jadriance@wlf.la.gov.  For press inquiries contact Laura Deslatte at 225.610.2363 or ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov

Oakdale Man Pleads Guilty to Snake Violations

Release Date: 10/17/2011

An Oakdale man pleaded guilty to cruelty of animal charges in Allen Parish's 33rd Judicial District Court on Oct. 6.

Judge Joel Davis sentenced David Beauchemin, 43, to two years of jail with one year suspended and a $1,000 fine that must be paid within 60 days of being released from prison or he will serve the suspended year of jail.  Beauchemin will receive credit for time served since May and was booked into the Allen Parish Jail.  Beauchemin pleaded guilty to aggravated and simple cruelty to animals.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited David Beauchemin and his wife Tawni Beauchemin, 23, on March 20, 2010, for cruelty to animals and failing to have permits for constrictor snakes over 12 feet.

The Allen Parish Sheriff's Office (APSO) executed a search warrant at the Beauchemin's residence on March 19.  The search warrant was issued after the APSO received a public complaint alleging the Beauchemin's were illegally selling animals on the Internet.  The Beauchemin's residence was portrayed as a safe haven animal shelter.  After executing the search warrant, the APSO contacted LDWF about the pythons found in the residence.

The snakes were seized by LDWF agents and then forfeited to the state following the guilty plea.  LDWF found a suitable place for the snakes at the Glades Herps Farm located in Bushnell, Fla. during the criminal trial period.  Following the forfeiture, LDWF has agreed to let the Glade Herps Farm become the permanent owners of the snakes.

On Sept. 2, 2010, David Beauchemin failed to appear in Allen Parish Court for arraignment and a bench warrant was issued.  In April 2011, David Beauchemin was arrested in Texas and found to be in possession of numerous constrictor snakes after a traffic stop.  David Beauchemin was extradited to Allen Parish in May 2011.

Tawni Beauchemin, was originally charged along with her husband and still has outstanding warrants, but her whereabouts are unknown and she currently has the status of a fugitive.

The public complaint was issued after somebody gave the Beauchemin's a dog for safe haven only to find it listed on the Internet a few days later for sale.

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

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F.U.N. Camp Presents Challenges and Opportunity to Learn More about the Outdoors

Release Date: 10/17/2011

F.U.N. Camp Presents Challenges and Opportunity to Learn More about the Outdoors
F.U.N. Camp Presents Challenges and Opportunity to Learn More about the Outdoors
F.U.N. Camp Presents Challenges and Opportunity to Learn More about the Outdoors

Oct. 17, 2011-- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) Mother/Child FUN Camp, held October 7-9 at the Woodworth Outdoor Education facility, attracted ten families from around the state.

The FamiliesUnderstandingNature weekend offered parents and their children an opportunity to spend time together in the outdoors, re-establishing bonds and honing outdoor skills.

LDWF Education staff and volunteers worked with participants to introduce them to a variety of activities. Mothers and children spent time on the rifle range learning to safely shoot .22 rifles, with balloons and paint balls as their favorite targets. Archery, one of the most popular activities, allowed several participants the chance to demonstrate their skills.  Windy conditions made canoeing a challenge, but the families acclimated and learned to adapt to unexpected conditions in the outdoors.  Outdoor cooking, orienteering, outdoor crafts, night hiking, fishing and overnight tent camping rounded out the busy weekend.

FUN Camp is held twice each year.  The Father/Child FUN camp will be offered April 13-15, 2012 and Mother/Child FUN Camp will be offered again October 5-7, 2012. Pre-registration is required and space is limited and filled on a first come, first served basis.  Registration is $50 for each family (a parent and child).  Each additional child is $25.  The fee covers meals, lodging and supplies (including tents) used over the weekend.  Bed linens and sleeping bags are NOT provided.

To obtain a registration form on-line, visit LDWF’s website at

http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/page/fun-camp or contact Karen Edwards at 318-766-8144 or kedwards@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.govon Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

Plaquemine Man Arrested on Felony Violations

Release Date: 10/14/2011

 

Louisiana Department Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents arrested a Plaquemine man on alleged forgery charges on Oct. 14.

LDWF Special Investigation Unit (SIU) agents arrested John Boudreaux, 51, on felony charges of forgery, injuring public records and filing false public documents and booked him into the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail.

Agents started the investigation in September of 2011 after receiving a tip from an alligator hunter about a man illegally acquiring alligator tags from the department.  Agents found that Boudreaux forged signatures on alligator tag applications in order to obtain the rights to hunt alligators on land that he did not have permission.

According to LDWF records, Boudreaux illegally obtained 150 tags and harvested 149 alligators in West Baton Rouge and Iberville parishes since 2001.

An alligator hunter must either own land or have permission to hunt alligators on land that is classified as wetland habitat in order to qualify for alligator harvest tags. LDWF issues harvest tags for property containing sufficient alligator habitat capable of sustaining an alligator harvest.  Wild alligator tags can only be issued to licensed alligator hunters and are nontransferable.

Injuring and filing false records brings up to a $5,000 fine and up to five years in jail with or without hard labor for each count.  Forgery carries a $5,000 fine and up to 10 years in jail with or without hard labor.

Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Ronnie Hebert, Sgt. Dusty Rhodes and Senior Agents Jerry Stassi, Louis Burnett and Ladd Turner.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF Completes Growth Monitoring Plots on Loggy Bayou and Walnut Hills Wildlife Management Areas

Release Date: 10/13/2011

Oct. 13, 2011 – TheLouisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Forestry Section has completed its annual Growth Monitoring Plot (GMP) surveys on Loggy Bayou and Walnut Hills Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs).

Established in 1988, the GMP program allows biologists to gather a wide range of data on wildlife habitat, assess forest growth and health, and determine risks to WMA resources. After initial establishment of the GMP permanent plot, data is collected every ten years for analysis with the first year data.

The data collected for more than 20 variables provides managers the insight to understand the complexity of these forested systems, including growth rates, mortality, species change, invasive species encroachment, habitat characteristic and forest disease developments.  Additionally, a baseline of knowledge is established for evaluating future changes and monitoring sustainability of the forest in each WMA.

GMP data results for both Loggy Bayou and Walnut Hills WMAs revealed fairly healthy forests, despite the continued drought in western Louisiana. The plantation area on Loggy Bayou is growing much faster than expected, with average growth rates exceeding five inches per decade. GMP plots on Walnut Hills identified several areas experiencing closed canopy conditions. These conditions limit growth, increase mortality, and have a negative impact on available browse and mast production.  Due to these habitat conditions, LDWF is planning several thinning treatments on the area to enhance wildlife habitat conditions.

The GMP program will continue to help managers develop strategies for achieving objectives and sustaining forest health and vigor. The continued collection of GMP data will ensure that WMA forests across the state will remain productive and provide both social and economic benefits for future generations.

For more information on LDWF’s Forestry Program, contact Tommy Tuma at 225-765-2347 or ttuma@wlf.la.gov or go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife/forestry-program .

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.

Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. Issues Over $6,500 In Rewards To Tipsters

Release Date: 10/13/2011

 

Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. (LOGT), a Louisiana wildlife crime-stoppers program, awarded $6,500 to diligent citizens statewide at their quarterly meeting on Oct. 5 in Mansura.

The group approved and dispensed cash reward amounts for tipsters who reported wildlife violations that led to 26 subjects being apprehended in wildlife cases.  There were a total of 14 cases presented and 50 offenses associated with those cases.

Louisiana Department Wildlife Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement LOGT Coordinator Sgt. Will Roberts provided LOGT members with information on each case and a recommendation for reward amounts.

“We depend on Operation Game Thief and these public tips to help break a lot of cases that might have otherwise gone unsolved,” Roberts said.  “Perfect examples of the public helping us get convictions are in the recent black bear and bald eagle cases.  The public contributed information that led to guilty pleas in both instances.”

LOGT awarded the two black bear tipsters a total of $800 and the bald eagle informant the maximum reward of $1,000.  Cory Ronsonet, 39, of New Iberia pleaded guilty for illegally taking a Louisiana black bear in federal court on Aug. 17.  Jeffrey Miles, 22, of West Monroe, pleaded guilty for violating the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act in federal court on Sept. 19 for shooting a bald eagle.

Anyone wishing to report wildlife or fisheries violations should anonymously call LDWF’s 24-hour toll free Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or utilize LDWF's new tip411 program.  To use the tip411 program, citizens can anonymously text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone app from the Apple iTunes store free of charge.  CitizenObserver, the tip411 provider, uses technology that removes all identifying information before LDWF receives the text so that LDWF cannot identify the sender.

LOGT was instituted in 1984 and provides cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of violators of fish and wildlife regulations.  Funds are raised through private donations, court directed contributions and through contributions from cooperative endeavor agreements with organizations such as the National Wild Turkey Federation and Quality Deer Management Association.

To make a donation to the LOGT that can be used for cash rewards, please contact Sgt. Will Roberts at wroberts@wlf.la.gov.

LOGT meets quarterly throughout the year to review cases and dispense rewards.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

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