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Three LDWF Employees Receive 2012 NWTF Awards

Release Date: 02/05/2013

Feb. 5, 2013 -- Three Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) employees were recognized for outstanding service at the Louisiana Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) Awards Banquet on Jan. 19 in Marksville.

In addition to local NWTF chapter awards, awards were presented for “Agent of the Year”, “Biologist of the Year”, and “WMA Technician of the Year”.

Lt. Scott Watson of Baskin received the 2012 Agent of the Year, representing the Enforcement Division.  Lt. Watson is a 16-year veteran and was recognized for his work enforcing wild turkey regulations in Enforcement Region 2.  Watson’s district led the other two districts within Region 2 for hours devoted to turkey hunting regulations enforcement.

Donald “Duck” Locascio of Metairie, a 16-year Wildlife Division employee, received the 2012 Biologist of the Year for his forest management work on various wildlife management areas (WMA) within the Mississippi Alluvial Valley.  In addition to his WMA work, Locascio works with the Natural Resources Conservation Service on improving forest conditions for Wetland Reserve Program forests, restoring bottomland hardwood forests with wildlife management objectives. Locascio was recently promoted to program manager of the LDWF Forestry Section and will continue habitat improvement efforts on WMAs statewide.

Jason Childres of Greenwell Springs was named the 2012 WMA Technician of the Year. An 11-year Wildlife Division employee, Childres received his award for project work on Tunica Hills WMA.  Childres has worked with wild turkey banding projects in past years and is currently assisting with the capture of turkeys for a GPS study on the WMA.  He continues to manage several wild turkey brood habitat openings on Tunica Hills WMA for brood habitat.

For more information, contact Jimmy Stafford at 225-765-2361 or jstafford@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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REVISED Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 02/04/2013

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, February 7, 2013, at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center, 4142 North Flannery Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70814.

The following items will be discussed:

1.  Roll Call

2.  Approval of Minutes of January 3, 2013

3.  Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

4.  To Hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports/January

5.  To receive and consider a Notice of Intent for the 2013 – 2015 Hunting Seasons and 2013-2014 WMA Seasons

6.  To receive and consider a Notice of Intent on General/WMA Hunting Rules and Regulations

7.  To present recognition to the Tangipahoa Parish School Board for continued free lease of lands comprising the WMA

8.  To receive and consider a Notice of Intent on DMAP Fee Corrections

9.  To receive and consider a resolution to add the Rathborne Tract to the Maurepas Swamp WMA                  

10.  To consider the Alternative Oyster Culture Permit proposed Rule for final Rule

11.  To receive and consider a Declaration of Emergency on Fisheries Closures due to Oil Spill

12.  To receive a presentation of Annual Stock Assessment Report for Striped Mullet

13.  Discussion of the 2013 Red Snapper Season

14.  To receive and consider a Notice of Intent to designate the fishing boundary for Lake D’Arbonne for purposes of crappie regulations

15.  To receive and consider a Notice of Intent related to black bass regulations in the Atchafalaya  Basin, Lake Verret, Lake Palourde, and Fausse Pointe Lake

16.  To elect Vice-Chairman

17.  Set June 2013 Meeting Date

18.  Receive Public Comments

19.  Executive Session to Discuss Prospective Litigation relative to return of Artificial Reef Fund Monies

20.  Adjournment

 

 

 

2013 Turkey Season Dates Clarified

Release Date: 01/30/2013

Jan. 30, 2013  -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is alerting turkey hunters about a discrepancy in dates listed in the 2012-13 Louisiana Hunting Regulations booklet and the 2013 Louisiana Turkey Regulations pamphlet. The dates pertain to US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) property in Concordia, Pointe Coupee and West Feliciana parishes.

The dates listed for the upcoming turkey season within the USACE Old River Control and Lock Area on page 86 of the Hunting Regulations booklet are incorrect. The dates printed in the Turkey Regulations pamphlet, which specify a March 23 to April 7, 2013 turkey season within the Corps’ Old River property, are correct.   The correct dates have been inserted into the Hunting Regulations booklet document available on line at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/regulations .

For more information, contact LDWF’s Jimmy Stafford at 225-765-2361or jstafford@wlf.la.gov or USACE’s Joe Harvey at 225-492-2169.

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.

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Larto Saline Control Structure Fails

Release Date: 01/29/2013

Jan. 29, 2012 - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) personnel have confirmed that a portion of Cross Bayou Weir has failed.  As a result, the Larto-Saline Complex in central Louisiana has begun to dewater and will soon become equal with the water level of Black River.  

The Cross Bayou Weir is a low-water dam designed to allow inflow of beneficial Black River water.  Current estimates suggest that the water level of the complex could fall an additional 6 feet without immediate repairs.  

The Cross Bayou Weir and similar structures at Long Branch and Open Mouth Bayou are considered to be primarily responsible for the renovation of the Larto-Saline sport fishery.  Waters  previously impaired by flood control projects have provided excellent fishing since LDWF constructed the structures in the late 1980’s.  LDWF staff recognize the urgency of the situation and are currently assessing damage to the structure and will initiate repairs as soon as possible.   

For additional information please contact Mike Wood mwood@wlf.la.gov.  For press inquires, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@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.

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 01/29/2013

The next regular Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, February 7, 2013, at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center, 4142 North Flannery Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70814.

The following items will be discussed:

1.  Roll Call

2.  Approval of Minutes of January 3, 2013

3.  Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

4.  To Hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports/January

5.  To receive and consider a Notice of Intent for the 2014 – 2015 Hunting Season Dates

6.  To receive and consider a Notice of Intent on General/WMA Hunting Rules and  Regulations

7.  To present recognition to the Tangipahoa Parish School Board for continued free lease of lands comprising the WMA

8.  To receive and consider a Notice of Intent on DMAP Fee Corrections

9.  To receive and consider a resolution to add the Rathborne Tract to the Maurepas Swamp WMA

10.  To consider the Alternative Oyster Culture Permit proposed Rule for final Rule

11.  To receive and consider a Declaration of Emergency on Fisheries Closures due to Oil Spill

12.  To receive a presentation of Annual Stock Assessment Report for Striped Mullet

13.  Discussion of the 2013 red snapper season – Randy Pausina

14.  To receive and consider a Notice of Intent related to black bass regulations in the Atchafalaya Basin, Lake Verret, Lake Palourde, and Fausse Pointe Lake

15.  Set June 2013 Meeting Date

16.  Receive Public Comments

17. Executive Session to Discuss Prospective Litigation relative to return of Artificial Reef Fund   Monies

18.  Adjournment

Pearl River WMA Hunting Seasons Reopen

Release Date: 01/29/2013

Jan. 29, 2013-- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has reopened all hunting seasons that were closed Jan. 11 on Pearl River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) due to high water levels on the river. 

The Pearl River stage at Pearl River, La., has dropped below 16.5 feet and is forecast to continue falling.  Old Highway 11 has been reopened as well, but Oil Well Road will remain closed until water levels recede and repairs are made.   

To monitor water levels, visit the National Weather Service link at http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=lix&gage=perl1

For additional information, contact Christian Winslow at 985-543-4777 or cwinslow@wlf.la.gov.

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Three Eunice Men Arrested for Possession of Stolen Property

Release Date: 01/28/2013

01/28/2013 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents arrested three Eunice men for alleged possession of stolen property on Jan. 23 in Evangeline Parish.

Agents arrested Brandon P. Langley, 19; Kaleb A. May, 17; and Devonne T. Sias, 17; for possession of stolen property and operating an ATV and dirt bikes on a public roadway.  Langley was also arrested for flight from an officer.  All three men were booked into the Evangeline Parish Jail.

Agents were notified about off-road vehicles consisting of dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles (ATV) running up and down Highway 374 about six miles south of Mamou.  Upon making contact with the three men around 6 p.m., Langley fled the scene on a dirt bike.  After a brief chase, agents were able to apprehend Langley.

With assistance from the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office, agents were able to confirm that one of the dirt bikes and the ATV were stolen earlier in the week from the Rayne area.  Investigators are still determining if the other dirt bike was stolen as well.

Possession of stolen property brings up to a $3,000 fine and 10 years in jail.  Flight from an officer carries a $150 to $500 fine and up to six months in jail.  Operating an ATV and dirt bikes on a public roadway brings up to a $175 fine and 30 days in jail.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Scott Fontenot and Senior Agent Steve Vidrine.

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

Two Louisiana Men Cited for Hunting Violations

Release Date: 01/28/2013

01/28/2013 -- A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent cited two Louisiana men for alleged hunting violations on Jan. 21 in Concordia Parish.

The agent cited Michael D. Burley, 46, of Monterey, and Duell S. Moreland, 22, of Jonesville, for hunting without resident, primitive weapons and big game licenses, failing to comply with deer harvest requirements, failing to wear hunters orange and hunting deer using illegal methods.  Burley was subsequently arrested for illegal possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm while in possession of marijuana and booked into the Concordia Parish Jail.

Sgt. Trey Mason setup surveillance in the evening of Jan. 21 on a vehicle parked on side of Bodark Road in Monterey.  Sgt. Mason then observed two subjects walking in the direction of his vehicle.

After making contact with the two subjects, Sgt. Mason observed Moreland carrying a Browning A-Bolt 7mm Magnum Rifle and Burley carrying a .444 primitive weapon with a laser light mounted on the gun.

Modern firearm season for this area closed on Jan. 20 and the only season open is for primitive firearms and archery.  After confirming that both subjects were actively deer hunting, a license compliance check was performed.  Neither subject was in possession of a valid hunting license, deer tags or hunters orange.

Sgt. Mason also performed a pat down search of Burley and found him in possession of synthetic marijuana.

Taking deer using illegal methods brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer harvest requirement carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Hunting without resident, primitive and big game licenses and failing to wear hunters orange each carries a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail for each offense.

Possession of a firearm while in possession of marijuana brings a $1,000 to $5,000 fine and 10 to 20 years in jail.  Possession of marijuana brings a fine up to $500 and up to six months in jail.

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

White Lake Fishing Lottery Applications Available

Release Date: 01/25/2013

 

Jan. 25, 2013  -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is now accepting applications for a lottery drawing for fishing permit access to the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) between March 15 and Aug. 15, 2013.
 
A total of 100 permits are available and winning applicants will be notified of their opportunity to purchase a permit for $40.  White Lake WCA is located south of Gueydan in Vermilion Parish.
The area open for fishing will be limited to the Florence Canal and Oil Field Location canals off of the Florence Canal.  There will be no fishing in any of the WCA’s marsh areas or in the main camp canal or other areas that are marked "NO FISHING."  Successful applicants will be provided a map of the fishing area.  Boats used by permitees will be limited to the use of motors with 40 horsepower or less.  Additional rules and regulations are outlined in an attachment to the application.
Each completed application must include a non-refundable administrative fee of $5 in the form of a check or money order made payable to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.  Only one application per person will be accepted and submitting more than one application will be considered grounds for disqualification.  Completed applications must be received by LDWF by close of business on Feb. 22, 2013.

Applications may be mailed to: Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Attention: White Lake Fishing, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898.  They may also be turned in to Room 422 at the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building, located at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge.  Persons interested in obtaining an application may call the department at 225-765-2812 or download a copy from the department’s Web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/white-lake-wetlands-conservations-area .

For more information, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400 or wsweeney@wlf.la.gov.
 
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L.D.W.F. Offering Fur Trapping Opportunity on Marsh Island Refuge

Release Date: 01/24/2013

Jan. 24, 2013-- Due to the increased nutria population on Marsh Island Refuge, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is seeking trappers to participate in a special opportunity to harvest nutria, and possibly other furbearer species, from the refuge.

The nutria population is negatively impacting the habitat and the department’s goal is to reduce habitat damage and loss on the Iberia Parish refuge.

A maximum of six trappers will be selected from applications received by the Feb. 15, 2013 deadline.  Those selected will be authorized to hunt nutria on the refuge through March 31, 2013, and for the next three trapping seasons, provided they pass an annual harvest review.

Applicants must have a minimum of three years of trapping experience, necessary equipment and must belicensed in the Coastwide Nutria Control Program (CNCP).  To review the application form and all requirements, go to the LDWF website file: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/marsh-island-wildlife-refuge.

Application forms must be delivered or mailed to the following address to arrive by 4:30 p.m., Feb. 15, 2013:

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

Marsh Island Refuge Fur Trapper Applications

2415 Darnall Road

New Iberia, LA 70560

Attn:  Leslie Campbell

Participants will be required to enroll in the Coastwide Nutria Control Program (CNCP), if they are not already.  LDWF will not collect a percentage of the funds generated as a result of nutria tail collections and/or other permitted furbearer harvest.

Overnight accommodations (primitive camping or houseboats) and staging of boats (flats, surface drives, etc.) at the refuge will be permitted to improve hunter efficiency.  But boat storage and overnight camping/mooring will be permitted on an “as available” basis.  Hunting/trapping activities will be permitted during the trapping season (November 20 – March 31).

For more information on Marsh Island Refuge nutria trapping opportunities or to obtain an application, contact Tyson Crouch or Cassidy Lejeune at 337-373-0032 or tcrouch@wlf.la.gov or clejeune@ 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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