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LDWF Reminds Turkey Hunters that Tags and Harvest Reporting are Required for the 2011 Season

Release Date: 03/10/2011

March 10, 2011- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is reminding hunters that tags must be in possession by all turkey hunters regardless of age during the upcoming 2011 turkey season that opens March 19. Turkey hunters are also reminded that harvested turkeys must be tagged prior to being moved from the site of harvest. Also of extreme importance for the proper management of the species, each tagged turkey must be reported by phone (1-866-484-4805) or internet (www.la.wildlifelicense.com).

If you haven’t hunted since last year’s turkey season, remember these details:

When in the field, and immediately upon harvesting a turkey, the hunter must:

  • Tag the turkey with the appropriate Carcass Tag from the license before it is moved and document the kill on the Harvest Report Card portion of the turkey tag.
  • Record the date of kill and the parish of kill on the Carcass Tag.

When transporting the harvested turkey:

  • The tag must remain attached to the turkey while kept at camp, or while it is transported to the domicile of the hunter.
  • If a successful hunter wishes to divide their game with other hunters, a possession tag must be used.
  • Possession Tags are printed in the of the 2010-11 Louisiana Hunting Regulations booklet, or can be downloaded via the LDWF Web site, and document the identification of the hunter who harvested the turkey. Correctly completed Possession Tags identify the hunter responsible for the carcass and allow anyone to transport the meat legally.

Within 72 hours of the harvest of each turkey, the hunter must:

  • Validate the kill by toll-free phone at 866-484-4805 or via the Internet at https://www.la.wildlifelicense.com .
  • Record the confirmation number obtained by phone or Internet on the Harvest Report Card.

Additionally: Hunters are advised not to remove the Carcass Tags from the Turkey Harvest Report Card until a turkey is harvested. Single tags are automatically voided if detached from the license prematurely, not placed on a harvested turkey, and then lost by a hunter. Duplicate tags will be available to replace lost tags at a charge to the hunter. Hunters must record validated turkey on the duplicate turkey tag.

Anyone purchasing a license by phone or the Internet will be given both an authorization number and a LDWF identification number that will serve as their temporary license until the actual license arrives by mail. Hunters must tag turkeys using any piece of paper with legibly written authorization number and LDWF identification number, along with the hunters name, address, date and parish where the turkey was taken. This will serve in lieu of the absent carcass tag. Hunters will maintain documentation of any harvested turkey and will validate any harvested turkey as required by law when the hunter’s actual license is received. The hunter will validate the license information from any harvested turkey and will discard the license tags for those validated turkey. NOTE: Hunting license purchases by phone or the Internet will include a handling fee, as will turkey tag requests by Lifetime license holders, Resident Seniors and hunters under age 16.

A complete listing of all rules pertaining to turkey season and tagging is provided in the 2011 Louisiana Turkey Regulations pamphlet which can be downloaded at http://www.wlf.state.la.us/publication/turkey-regulations-2011. To view an instructional video on turkey tagging, click on the link provided on the LDWF Web site home page at www.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.

For more information, contact Jimmy Stafford at 225-765-2361 or jstafford@wlf.la.gov .

L.D.W.F. Agents Find Body of Missing Man in Vermilion River

Release Date: 03/10/2011

March 10, 2011 - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents found the body of a missing man in the Vermilion River in Lafayette at 10:15 a.m. on March 10.

Senior Agent Nick Guillory, Agent Jake Darden and Agent Justin Lowry were on patrol when they located the deceased body of Mitch Jackson, 39, of Rayne, in the Vermilion River behind 200 Farmington Road in Lafayette.

Jackson had been missing since Friday, March 4 after he was involved in a five-car accident on Ambassador Caffery Parkway in Lafayette and left the scene. He then drove his vehicle to the local Home Depot and locked the vehicle with his cell phone and medications for high blood pressure inside.

He was last seen on surveillance video entering and leaving a few stores on Ambassador Caffery Parkway before disappearing.

After locating the body, LDWF agents contacted the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office (LPSO) and Lafayette Police Department (LPD), who then arrived on scene to recover the body and conduct an investigation. Jackson's body is now at the Lafayette Coroner's Office.  An official cause of death is not available at this time.

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

Dewey Wills W.M.A. Road Closure

Release Date: 03/10/2011

March 10, 2011 - A portion of Muddy Bayou Road from Saline Bayou, eastward to Nolan Bayou Road, has been temporarily closed to automobile traffic on the Dewey Wills Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in LaSalle Parish, effective March 9. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) closed that section of road due to high water from recent rainfall.

The road will be reopened when water recedes and the roadway dries sufficiently to allow for vehicular traffic.

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 the road closure, contact Steve Smith at 318-487-5885 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov.  

L.D.W.F. Agents Rescue 32 People in Tangipahoa Parish

Release Date: 03/09/2011

March 9, 2011 - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents rescued 32 people on March 8 in Tangipahoa Parish from flooding conditions due to severe rainfall.

LDWF agents responded to a call around 7 p.m. of a vehicle that got swept off of Lewiston Road east of Kentwood into Big Creek. Sgt. Toby Miller and Senior Agent Brody Roberts launched a shallow drive vessel into the creek and were able to pull a female and her young daughter from the rooftop of the vehicle. Agents reported there was only about 6 inches of the vehicle above the water when the rescue was made.

LDWF agents then received a call around 8 p.m. from the Kentwood Fire Department of two trailer parks that flooded in Tangipahoa. By 12:30 a.m. on March 9, Sgt. Miller, Senior Agent Roberts and Sgt. Darryl Galloway were able to rescue 30 people from the two trailer parks again using a shallow draft vessel. Agents reported the water was above the skirting of the trailers. Agents also rescued two dogs and two horses.

Agents brought the rescued people to Hwy. 51 where emergency personnel from Acadian Ambulance, Tangipahoa Sheriff's Office, Tangipahoa Police Department and the Kentwood Fire Department were on standby. Emergency personnel then transported the rescued people to a shelter in Kentwood. Between all of the emergency personnel that responded, over 100 people were rescued from trailer parks and roadways on the night of March 8.

"These three agents responded in a very quick and efficient manner, which is required for any search and rescue mission," said Col. Winton Vidrine, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division. "Enforcement agents are well equipped and trained for search and rescue missions as they have the trucks and vessels to get to remote areas that flood and have numerous hours of swift water and first aid training."

LDWF agents will remain on standby statewide and also assist with local emergency responders as severe weather is expected to continue throughout the day.

The LDWF Enforcement Division is the primary agency for search and rescue in the state and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) designated lead for search and rescue operations. LDWF agents have several decades of experience in boating safety enforcement, maritime patrol enforcement and maritime search and rescue.

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

Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission and NOAA Begin Regional Survey of the Economic Contributions of Saltwater Angling

Release Date: 03/09/2011

March 7, 2011 - The Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission (GSMFC) and NOAA are surveying saltwater anglers across the Gulf of Mexico to update and improve estimates of the overall economic contributions of saltwater recreational fishing to the Gulf and U.S. economy. This study is part of the 2011 National Marine Recreational Fishing Expenditure Survey.

“This is the kind of new and enhanced information that will help several levels of recreational fisheries of the Gulf of Mexico,” said Larry Simpson, GSMFC Executive Director.

NOAA, GSMFC, and the saltwater angling community need timely economic data to help evaluate the economic importance of recreational fishing activities. The data will give a more updated look at the economic effects of fishing regulations and changes in the ecosystem caused by natural or manmade events such as the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. The information gathered in the survey will contribute to more informed decisions on a variety of recreational fishing issues.

NOAA and the GSMFC will survey a random sampling of the approximately 3 million saltwater anglers in the five Gulf states and Puerto Rico. The survey will include a random sampling of people who fish from shore, docks, party or charter boats and privately owned boats. Surveying began in January and will continue throughout the year in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Puerto Rico. It will begin in Texas in March and April. This is NOAA’s and GSMFC’s second survey focusing on how much saltwater anglers spend on their sport throughout the Gulf region.

GSMFC and its state partners will ask anglers how long their fishing trips last and how much they spend on bait, boat fuel, ice, charter fees and other expenses. Anglers will also be asked to participate in a follow-up survey that will ask them to estimate what they spent on durable goods such as boats and fishing tackle used for saltwater angling for the previous 12 months. Those who participate in both parts of the survey will help NOAA and GSMFC produce accurate economic information.

Economists from NOAA’s Fisheries Service and the GSMFC as well as state partners are assisting with the 2011 survey. Once the economic data are collected, they will be analyzed and released as a NOAA report. The most recent economic study in 2008 showed that anglers’ expenditures generated more than $12 billion in sales and supported more than 113,000 jobs throughout the Gulf region.

The GSMFC’s principal objectives include the conservation, development, and full utilization of the fishery resources of the Gulf of Mexico in order to provide food, employment, income, and recreation to the people of these United States.

CONTACT: Alex Miller
GSMFC Economist 
228.875.5912
amiller@gsmfc.org 
Sabrina Lovell
NOAA Economist
301.713.2328 x101
2011NES@noaa.gov

L.D.W.F. Opens New Air Gun Range at Waddill Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge

Release Date: 03/04/2011

The new Waddill Outdoor Education Center air gun range provides 12 shooting stations under a covered firing line.
Targets at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center air gun range are staged at 10 and 20-meters distances.
LDWF Secretary Robert Barham and NWTF Regional Biologist Luke Lewis at Waddill O.E.C. air gun range ribbon cutting

March 4, 2011 – The public now has access to a new air gun shooting range at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) Waddill Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge. Ribbon cutting ceremonies were held Feb. 25 at the site.

“This project is a wonderful example of a cooperative partnership involving the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Louisiana Chapter and the department,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham. “This is where the education process begins for young hunters or those who want to become competitive shooters.”

Range construction was funded by a $5,000 donation from NWTF’s La. Chapter that was matched with LDWF Hunter Education funds. The site provides 12 shooting stations with a covered firing line that is handicap-user accessible. The range, which can be used for air rifle, air pistol and BB gun target shooting, offers 12 targets at 10 meters and four targets at 20 meters, and was designed for use in official competitions.

This new air gun range adds to the outdoor activities available at Waddill that include fishing ponds, an archery range, field archery trail, walking trails and picnicking areas. The on site education center is also used for hunter education classes.

Those attending the Feb. 25 gun range ribbon cutting were also able to view a new footbridge providing easier access to the archery range. A senior project completed by Baton Rouge Magnet High School student John Parham Murrill, the bridge fulfills the student’s goal of giving back to the community.

The Waddill Outdoor Education Center is located at 4142 North Flannery Road and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Access to the site, including the new shooting range, is free of charge.

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 the programs and facilities available at Waddill, contact Wayne Huston at 225-274-8192 whuston@wlf.la.gov.

For video of the new air rifle range dedication ceremony, please visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBolzuavH_8

or click the following link:

Louisiana and Texas Establish Consistent Regulations for Recreational Fishing on Shared Waters

Release Date: 03/04/2011

Changes to become effective September 1, 2011

March 4, 2011 - In a historic move, Louisiana and Texas will soon adopt consistent recreational fishing regulations governing their bordering waters. Biologists from the two states have agreed upon regulations that are biologically sound and consistent on both sides of the boundary.

“This monumental event results from cooperation between the two states along with the support of state Rep. James Armes,” said Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Assistant Secretary Randy Pausina. “Our department is committed to working with our state partners to provide a better fishing experience for Louisiana anglers.”

The two states share waters along most of their common border, supporting excellent recreational fisheries and attracting thousands of anglers each year. The line between the two states follows the Old Sabine River down through the middle of Toledo Bend, so anglers currently must abide by two sets of laws.

The potential for error for even the most conscientious angler is extremely high. For example, an angler with a legal fish in Louisiana can simply drift over the state line into Texas waters and be in violation of their regulations. Unfortunately, many anglers have been cited because of the unnecessary confusion.

The Texas Wildlife Commission has approved a Notice of Intent to make necessary changes on their end. The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has now given official notice they intend to make the necessary changes for Louisiana.

Anglers are encouraged to provide their input regarding the changes. Louisiana public hearings will be scheduled in the Minden, Many and Lake Charles areas. Meeting dates and specific locations are being finalized and will be released soon.

With positive public approval and passage by both the Texas and Louisiana Commissions, the regulations are to be implemented on September 1, 2011.

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.

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

DHH to Allow Oyster Harvesting in Previously Closed Oyster Area of Calcasieu Lake

Release Date: 03/03/2011

DHH to Allow Oyster Harvesting in Previously Closed Oyster Area of Calcasieu Lake

 

Please note that the previous version of this news release omitted media contacts found below.

March 3, 2011 - Officials with the Department of Health and Hospitals and the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries signed orders this week to allow oyster harvesting in an 11,993 acre area of Calcasieu Lake, which previously had high fecal coliform counts. Recent tests conducted by DHH have shown the levels of fecal coliform are now below levels of any concern for health. The 11,993 acres is in the southern half of Calcasieu Lake and is part of oyster harvest Area 29.

LDWF Secretary Robert Barham, DHH Secretary Bruce D. Greenstein and State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry signed the order this week to allow harvesting there effective one half hour prior to official sunrise March 4.

Area 29 is a conditionally managed oyster harvest area. Conditionally managed harvest areas have a set season which runs from October 15th through April 30th. The season is set due to Calcasieu river stages.

The majority of Louisiana’s 30 oyster harvest areas are open right now. Harvest Area 8, near the mouth of the Mississippi river remains closed due to high fecal coliform levels. Area 12 is partially open as crews continue cleanup of the oil spill.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals strives to protect and promote health statewide and to ensure access to medical, preventive and rehabilitative services for all state citizens. To learn more about DHH, visit http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov. For up-to-date health information, news and emergency updates, follow DHH’s blog at www.myhealthla.org, Twitter at http://twitter.com/La_Health_Dept and search for the Louisiana Department of Health and
Hospitals on Facebook.

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.

For more information, contact Olivia Watkins, LDWF, (225) 610-8660 owatkins@wlf.la.gov or Ken Pastorick, DHH, (225) 342-1881 ken.pastorick@la.gov .

L.W.F.C. Adopts Amendment to Proposed 2011-12 Hunting Season Rules

Release Date: 03/03/2011

March 3, 2011 - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) adopted an amendment to the notice of intent for the 2011-12 Hunting Seasons Rules and Regulations at their March 3 meeting.

The amendment would increase the special youth deer hunt on private lands for the 2011-12 season from two to seven days. In addition, it would amend the regulation that restricts youth hunters to use shotguns loaded with a slugs only during the primitive firearm season and allow youth hunters to use any legal weapon during the primitive firearm season. The specific amendment is as follows:

Special Youth Deer Season on Private Land
Either sex. Youths 17 years of age or younger may hunt deer with any legal weapon during the Primitive Firearms Season in each deer hunting area.

Either sex. Areas 1, 4, 5, 6: Oct. 29 - Nov. 4, 2011 and Oct. 27 - Nov. 2, 2012; Area 2: Oct. 8 - 14, 2011 and Oct. 13 - 19, 2012; Areas 3, 7, 8: Sept. 24 - 30, 2011 and Sept. 29 - Oct. 5, 2012.
To view the original notices of intent and amendments for proposed hunting season dates for the upcoming hunting season, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.

Public comment can be submitted to Randy Myers, Wildlife Division, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, until May 5.

The public meeting schedule for the proposed 2011-12 hunting season is as follows:

  • March 9 at 6 p.m., Alexandria Convention Hall located at 915 Third St.
  • March 15 at 6:30 p.m., LDWF Office in Minden located at 9961 Hwy. 80.
  • March 15 at 6:30 p.m., Yambilee Festival Bldg., 1939 W. Landry, Opelousas 
  • March 16 at 6 p.m., Ponchatoula High School Cafeteria, 19452 Hwy. 22. 
  • March 17 at 6 p.m., Bastrop Visitor Center, 124 N. Washington St.
  • March 22 at 6:30 p.m., LSU Ag Center, 7101 Gulf Hwy., Lake Charles.

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 Randy Myers at 225-765-2359 or rmyers@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF Public Meetings in March Provide Hunters Opportunity to Comment on Proposed 2011-13 Hunting Seasons, WMA Rules Changes, DMAP Re-organization, Waterfowl Season Options

Release Date: 03/01/2011

March 1, 2011 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will host six public meetings around the state to present proposed 2011-13 hunting season dates, Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) general rules and regulation changes, changes in the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) and waterfowl season options.

Public comment will be taken on all items under consideration by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission through May 5. The meeting dates and locations include:

  • March 9 at 6 p.m., Alexandria Convention Hall located at 915 Third St.
  • March 15 at 6:30 p.m., LDWF Office in Minden located at 9961 Hwy. 80.
  • March 15 at 6:30 p.m., Yambilee Festival Bldg., 1939 W. Landry, Opelousas
  • March 16 at 6 p.m., Ponchatoula High School Cafeteria, 19452 Hwy. 22.
  • March 17 at 6 p.m., Bastrop Visitor Center, 124 N. Washington St.
  • March 22 at 6:30 p.m., LSU Ag Center, 7101 Gulf Hwy., Lake Charles.

To view the full notice of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulations changes for the upcoming hunting season, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items. Public comment will be accepted at LWFC monthly meetings from March through May or can be submitted directly to Randy Myers, Wildlife Division, LDWF, PO Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, until May 5.

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.

For more information, contact Randy Myers at 225-765-2359 or rmyers@wlf.la.gov.

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