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L.D.W.F. News Release

Agencies Investigating Fish Kill in Pearl River

Release Date: 08/15/2011

August 15, 2011 – Fisheries biologists with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) received a report of a large fish kill in the Pearl River near Bogalusa on Saturday afternoon, August 13, 2011. Biologists immediately coordinated with emergency responders from the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and began surveys and testing of water conditions in the affected areas.
 
LDWF personnel tested the water for potential causes of the fish kill, including pH and levels of dissolved oxygen -- some common factors in fish kills. Biologists surveyed 45 miles of the river from Richardson Landing to the entrance of the West Pearl River Navigation Canal. DEQ also sent an emergency responder and a water quality specialist to investigate the fish kill.
 
Several thousand aquatic species were observed dead or dying along the river, including surface, middle and bottom dwellers. Of the fish species included in the fish kill were Paddlefish, American eels, catfish, bass, bluegill and shad.
 
DEQ has taken samples of the river water. Those samples have been sent to a lab for analysis and should be back within four to five days. The agencies involved advise the public to be aware of and avoid foam on the river or any water that is discolored.  DEQ continues to investigate the cause of the fish kill.

Working together, DEQ, LDWF, the Department of Health and Hospitals, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security, as well as local and federal responders, determined that a slug of partially treated or untreated wastewater reached the river and may have caused or contributed to the fish kill.
 
According to DHH, there is no impact on drinking water from community water systems, none of which draw water from the river. DHH advises that people should not come in contact with discolored water in the Pearl River and never collect dead or floating fish to eat.
 
Crews with LDWF, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and DEQ continue to survey the river today, Monday, August 15..
 
On the Mississippi side, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality surveyed the river from Pools Bluff Sill to Walkai Bluff.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us atwww.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb  or follow us on Twitter@LDWF.

For more information, please contact Olivia Watkins at owatkins@wlf.la.gov or 225-610-8660.
 

LDWF Offering Cash Reward for Vandals on Rockefeller Refuge

Release Date: 08/12/2011

 

August 12, 2011-The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division is seeking leads on a recent act of vandalism on the Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge (SWR) located in Cameron and Vermilion Parishes.

The Rockefeller SWR employees noticed the new Rockefeller SWR sign had seven bullet holes on Aug. 10.  Employees also found that some bullets had gone through the sign striking a dormitory building on the property.  This dormitory building houses a high volume of guests year round.

The Rockefeller SWR entrance sign is located off of Hwy. 82 directly in front of the property's headquarters building and was purchased and installed in March of this year.

Anyone with information regarding this act of vandalism on the Rockefeller SWR or any other wildlife crime should call the Louisiana Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511.  Cash rewards up to $1,000 are offered for information leading to the apprehension of vandals associated with this incident.  Callers will also remain anonymous.

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

LDWF Seeks Volunteers to Participate in Elmer's Island Beach Sweep

Release Date: 08/12/2011

August 8, 2011 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will host a beach clean-up at Elmer’s Island, located in Jefferson Parish, Thursday, August 18 beginning at 8 a.m.  Elmer’s Island Wildlife Refuge, located at the southwestern tip of Jefferson Parish, directly across from the Caminada Pass in Grand Isle, Louisiana, is historically known for its excellent fishing opportunities and public beach access that families and anglers alike enjoy.

LDWF, along with Louisiana State University AgCenter, is seeking volunteers, both individuals and organizations, to help pick up debris and help restore the beauty of Elmer’s Island.

What:  Elmer’s Island Beach Sweep

When:  Thursday, August 18, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Who:  LDWF biologists, Grand Isle officials and LSU AgCenter representatives

To sign-up to volunteer please contact:  Julia Lightner at jlightner@wlf.la.gov or (504) 913-7849 or Caitlin Reilly at creilly@agcenter.lsu.edu or (504) 495-8763. 

Volunteers are reminded to take the proper precautions against the summer conditions by wearing a hat and sunscreen.  LDWF will provide drinks, but there will be minimal shade available. 

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 please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (225)610-2363.

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Calls Special Meeting for August 17

Release Date: 08/11/2011

The Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has scheduled a special meeting for 9:30 AM on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 in the Louisiana Room of the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

 

            1.  Roll Call

 

            2.  To consider Declaration of Emergency to amend the 2011-2012 hunting season to allow hunting deer with dogs on Kisatchie National Forest

 

            3.  Public Comments

 

            4.  Adjourn

 

L.O.W.A. Honors Members for Excellence in Outdoor Communications

Release Date: 08/11/2011

Aug. 11, 2011– The Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) honored members during the group’s 66th annual conference, Aug. 5-6 in Houma. The honorees were selected for awards in the association’s 2011 Excellence in Craft (EIC) competition.

The EIC contest, which recognizes excellence within eight categories of outdoor-related communications, has been held continuously since 1945. Member entries for the 2011 competition were judged by members of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association.

LOWA membership includes newspaper and magazine writers, editors, columnists, photographers, radio and television broadcast journalists, wildlife artists, internet journalists, book authors, videographers and public relations specialists.

For more detailed information about the competition or LOWA, visit www.laoutdoorwriters.com. The winners and sponsors of the 2011 EIC competition by category:

 

Magazine Short Feature (less than 1000 words)

1st  John Flores: The Blind View

2nd James Guice: The Young Hunter

3rd Deborah Burst: Flight of the Egret

Co-Sponsors: LA Forestry Association and LA Association of Professional Biologists

 

Magazine Regular Feature (more than 1,000 words)

1st Jerald Horst: Fish Under Our Noses

2nd Jerald Horst: Hidden Talons

3rd John Flores: The Majestic Whooping Crane

Co-Sponsors: LA Charter Boat Association and Houma Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

 

Newspaper Article

1st Glynn Harris: I Can’t – Not in Dyer’s Vocabulary

2nd John Flores: Where the Wind Blows

3rd John Flores: Nighttime Operations

Sponsor: LA Sportsman Magazine

 

Broadcast (radio or television)

1st Glynn Harris: Clay Dyer No Quitter

2nd Joe Macaluso and Gary Rispone: Trinity Outdoors-Disabled Hunt

3rd Glynn Harris: Black and Blue Friday

Sponsor: National Wild Turkey Federation – LA Chapter

 

Electronic Media

1st Deborah Burst: Paying Tribute to the Atchafalaya Basin

2nd Lyle Johnson: The Camp

3rd David Moreland: Outdoor Roots

Sponsor: CCA Louisiana

 

Black and White Still Photograph
1st John Flores: Pond-ering Around

2nd John Flores: Upland Pass

3rd Jerald Horst: Parasitic isopod on redfish

Sponsor: Bass Anglers Sportsman Society

 

Color Still Photograph
1st Jerald Horst: How the yellowfin tuna got its name

2nd John Flores: A Job Well Done

3rd Paula Ouder: Christopher Green

 

Sponsor: LA Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation

 

Topical Article on Coastal Wetland Protection/Restoration (more than 750 words)

1st Lyle Johnson: Coastal Restoration – Is There Hope?

2nd Lyle Johnson: This Used To Be Paradise

3rd Wendy Billiot: Coastal Restoration – Beating a Dead Horse?

Sponsor: Coastal Wetland Planning, Protection and Restoration Act Outreach Committee

 

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 Chris Holmes at 504-495-8189 or cholmes@att.net, or Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov .

L.D.W.F. Accepting Applications For Waterfowl Group Hunts on White Lake W.C.A. for 2011-12 Hunting Season

Release Date: 08/11/2011

Aug. 11, 2011-- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is now accepting applications for waterfowl group hunts for up to 12 hunters per group on the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA). 

The cost of the 2011-12 waterfowl season hunts will be $30,000 for each group and the application form is available on the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts.  A completed application form and $2,500 deposit must be submitted to LDWF by the close of business on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2011.

Interested groups must select one, two-day group hunt per application.  When selecting dates from the dates offered (example: Nov. 12-13), it is understood that arrival will be the afternoon before (example: Nov. 11).  The two consecutive days of hunting do not include the arrival day, which will be the day before from 3 to 5 p.m.

LDWF will then select one application by random lottery drawing for each hunt offered.  Applicants must be at least 18 years old and must submit a separate application for each two-day group hunt they wish to reserve.

Applications must be accompanied by a bank draft, money order or other liquid instrument made payable to Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in the amount of $2,500.  If the application is selected, the deposit is non-refundable, and the applicant will be notified by mail and required to submit the final payment of $27,500 no later than 14 days prior to arrival.

The fee covers up to 12 hunters and includes the following:  transportation to and from the airport (Jennings or Lake Charles), all food and beverages, two-night stay at the White Lake Lodge, professional hunting and fishing guides, hunting and fishing licenses, steel shot shotgun shells for waterfowl hunts and lead shot for skeet range, the use of shotguns and fishing gear, bird and fish cleaning and packaging.

On the arrival day, hunters will watch a safety film and then be issued hunting and fishing licenses. If time allows, the group will shoot skeet in the late afternoon hours.  Day two starts with a morning waterfowl hunt from 6 to 9:30 a.m.  After the hunt, the group can fish or shoot clay targets on the skeet range or sporting clays course.  On day three, a morning waterfowl hunt is scheduled from 6 to 9:30 a.m., and checkout is no later than noon, after lunch.

Applications must be mailed to Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Attention: White Lake Group Hunt, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898 (Physical Address: 2000 Quail Drive, Room 458, Baton Rouge, LA   70808).

Contact Wayne Sweeney, hunt coordinator, for more information at 337-479-1894 or sweeneykw@bellsouth.net.

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.

 

 

Russell Sage W.M.A. Now Includes Wham Brake Property

Release Date: 08/11/2011

Russell Sage Wham Brake Map

Aug. 11, 2011– Outdoors enthusiasts utilizing Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area (WMA) now have an additional 4,955 acres for hunting and other outdoor activities based on a lease agreement recently signed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and International Paper (IP).

“We are pleased to have been able to arrange this no cost lease agreement and make this announcement prior to the opening of the 2011-12 hunting season,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham. “We will continue to negotiate with International Paper for eventual transfer of the property.”

The newly leased acreage, north of the existing WMA land owned by LDWF, includes prime waterfowl habitat known locally as Wham Brake. The north Louisiana WMA, encompassing acreage in Morehouse, Ouachita and Richland Parishes, now totals 21,948 acres with IP leased acres included.

“Wham Brake has a rich history as one of the premier waterfowl areas in northeast Louisiana,” said IP’s David Haynes. “International Paper made the area available to the public free of charge for more than 50 years. The fact that the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is taking over management of the area will ensure that continues in the future. We are grateful for their efforts to make this happen.”

LDWF is allowing removal of duck blind structures or other private property within the Wham Brake acreage through Sept. 9, 2011. Additional time may be considered for removal, but hunting from any permanent structures will not be allowed. The department is interested in acquiring some existing blinds for possible use in youth waterfowl and Louisiana Hunting Heritage Program hunts, and will evaluate any structure offered for a possible transfer of ownership. The LDWF Monroe field office can be contacted for more information at 318-343-4044. 

The existing WMA property provides two greentree waterfowl impoundments totaling 2,400 acres, utilized by species including mallards, wood ducks, and other non-game species. Public hunting options are also available for deer, squirrel, rabbit and woodcock, and a primitive camping area is provided north of U.S. Highway 80.

For more information and directions to Russell Sage WMA, visit the LDWF web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma or contact Jerald Owens or Charles Booth at 318-343-4044.

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.

Hunter Education Important Part of Hunting Season Preparation

Release Date: 08/10/2011

Aug. 10, 2011-- With hunting season less than a month away, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) reminds the public that there is still time available to obtain hunter education certification.

Anyone born on or after Sept. 1, 1969, is required to have successfully completed a hunter education course to hunt in the state of Louisiana, unless they are under the direct supervision of someone over 18 years old that has a valid hunting license or proof of completion of a hunter education course.  Hunter education courses cover firearms safety, general outdoors safety and the principals of wildlife management.  To locate hunter education course information, connect to the LDWF web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/hunter-education

Hunters have two options for hunter education certification: register for and attend the 10-hour classroom course, which is usually conducted over 2-3 days, or chose the home study option.  With the home study option, the user will study the course material either on-line or via CD-ROM and attend a mandatory field day.   Both methods will provide the student with the required hunter education certification once a written test is passed at the end of the classroom course or field day. However, the home study option is recommended for students 14 years of age or older. There is no minimum age for attending a hunter education class, but a person must be at least 10 years old to receive hunter education certification.

Hunters who have already received their hunter education certification should verify that their hunter education card is available and in their possession prior to their first hunting trip.  If a duplicate card is needed, an application may be completed on-line at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/hunter-education.  A temporary duplicate card can be printed immediately and there is no fee for a duplicate hunter education card.

Hunters planning out of state hunts should consult the hunter education requirements for the states they plan to visit.  Requirements differ from state to state, but a Louisiana hunter education certification is valid in all states. 

For more information, contact John Sturgis at 225-763-5448 or jsturgis@wlf.la.gov
 

White Lake Property Advisory Board to Meet Aug. 10 in Baton Rouge

Release Date: 08/09/2011

The next regular Advisory Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries headquarters located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808      

The following items will be discussed:

1.      Roll Call

2.      Approval of Minutes of March 24, 2011 Meeting

3.      Department Financial Report

4.      Update on White Lake Leases

5.      Proposal for new biologist & technician staff

6.      Update on whooping cranes project

7.      Update on Intracoastal Canal/DU NAWCA project

8.      Update on birding trail & 700 ac impoundment

9.      Upcoming hunting season plan/changes

10.   Other Business

11.   Public Comment

12.   Adjournment

L.D.W.F. Seeking Private Land to Lease for Public Dove Hunts on Sept. 3

Release Date: 08/08/2011

Aug. 8, 2011-- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is now seeking fields to lease from private landowners for the Sept. 3 opening of the 2011-12 dove season. 

Since 1994, LDWF has leased fields for public hunting access on the opening day of dove season.  Suitable fields are recently harvested grain fields or freshly cut pastures that are 75 acres or larger.  The fields should also be attracting large numbers of doves.

Lease payments vary based on the size of the field and range from $750 for a 75-acre field to $2,000 for fields over 500 acres.  The fields will be open to public dove hunting on Sept. 3 only and LDWF personnel will be present at the field to issue permits and monitor the hunt.  Hunters 16 years of age and older are charged $10 to hunt, while hunters 15 years of age and younger hunt for free.

Landowners seeking more information about the dove field lease program can contact Jeff Duguay at 225-765-2353 or jduguay@wlf.la.gov.

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