LDWF News Release

LDWF to Hold Summer Day Camps in Baton Rouge in June and July

Release Date: 05/10/2013

May 10, 2013 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is sponsoring two summer day camps for children 12 to 16 years old at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge this summer.

The camps will be held from June 24-28 and again from July 15-19.  Each camp is completely free of charge and will allow participants to receive their official boater and hunter education certifications.

LDWF will also offer a fish identification class, fishing and canoeing in the ponds at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center, skeet shooting, and other outdoor related classes and activities.

"These camps provide a lot of time for learning classroom material that the children then get a chance to utilize with hands on activities immediately outside later that same day,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham.  “For a week, parents have the chance to let their kids become sportsmen and women in a safe, supervised environment.”

LDWF is providing a daily lunch free of charge for the five-day summer camps.   Cabela's in Gonzales also donated rod and reel combos for each child that they can take home at the end of the camp.  The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation and the Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana are each providing two lifetime hunting and fishing combo licenses that will be given to four of the participants.

The camps are open to 25 children per camp who have not completed a boater or hunter education certificate.

To register for the camps, parents must fill out the online application located at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/summerdaycamp by May 31.  Parents must fill out a separate application for each child they wish to register and may only register their child for one of the camps.

Since the main goal of these camps is to introduce and teach kids about the outdoors, LDWF will choose the 25 kids for each camp based on the child’s lack of experience with fishing, boating and hunting.  LDWF will notify parents by either email or phone if their child has been selected for the camps.

“We want to teach children how much fun and exciting it can be by spending time outside enjoying all that Louisiana has to offer,” said Secretary Barham.  “These camps also get the kids out of the house away from their video games and computers for a week during their summer break.  They will catch some fish, paddle canoes and shoot skeet and for some this might be their first time ever doing any of these activities.”

Parents with children that have been selected for either camp, must drop off their child at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center located at 4142 North Flannery Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70814 between 7 and 8 a.m., and then pick their child up between 4 and 5 p.m. each day.  Attendance every day of the week is mandatory in order to receive the boating and hunting education certifications.

The boating education course is mandatory for anybody born after Jan. 1, 1984 and proof of completion of the course is necessary to operate a motorboat in excess of 10 horsepower.  The course includes information on choosing a boat, classification, hulls, motors, legal requirements and equipment requirements.  The course also covers many navigation rules and charts, trailering, sailboats, canoeing, personal watercraft and more.  Completion of the course will result in the student being issued a vessel operators certification card.

The hunter education course is mandatory for anyone born on or after Sept. 1, 1969, who plans on purchasing a hunting license.  The hunter education curriculum includes sections on ethics and responsibility, wildlife management, firearms and ammunition, safety in the field, wildlife identification and wildlife conservation.  The major objectives of the hunter education programs are to reduce the number of hunting accidents, improve the image of hunting through ethical and responsible conduct and promote the shooting sports.

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

L.D.W.F. Announces Bid Process for Alligator Hunting on WMAs and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Properties for the 2013-2015 Alligator Harvest Seasons

Release Date: 05/09/2013

May 9, 2013 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will be accepting bids for alligator hunting on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE) properties for the 2013-2015 alligator harvest seasons.  Eligible alligator hunters are chosen through a bid system every three years on selected WMAs/USACOE properties.
Bids for alligator hunting will be solicited for the following WMAs and USACOE properties: Grassy Lake, Spring Bayou, and Pomme de Terre (Avoyelles Parish), Attakapas (Iberia, St. Martin and St. Mary Parishes), Sherburne - USACOE Lands (Iberville, Pointe Coupee and St. Martin Parishes), Dewey Wills (La Salle and Catahoula Parishes), Manchac (St. John Parish), Pearl River - North of Interstate 10,  Pearl River - Between Interstate 10 and US Hwy 90 and Pearl River - South of US Hwy 90 (St. Tammany Parish), Joyce (Tangipahoa Parish), Maurepas Swamp (St. John, St. James, Ascension, Livingston and Tangipahoa Parishes), Indian Bayou - USACOE property (St. Landry and St. Martin Parishes), Atchafalaya Delta (St. Mary Parish), Pointe-aux-Chenes (Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes), Salvador (St. Charles Parish) and Pass-a-Loutre (Plaquemines Parish).
A total of 29 alligator hunting opportunities are available for bid on 13 WMAs and 2 USACOE properties.  The number of alligator tags that will be issued to successful bidders in 2013 will range from 12 to 83 tags depending on area awarded.  For specific details on the number of alligator hunter opportunities and tags available by area, please see the public notice or bid application notification. 
Interested participants may review and print out the public notice and bid application notifications and forms from LDWF’s website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife/alligator-hunting, or request by phone at the phone numbers below, or request in writing from Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 2013-2015 WMA Alligator Harvest Bids, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, La. 70898-9000.
If additional information is needed, please call the appropriate LDWF office (Hammond 985-543-4777, Opelousas 337-948-0255, Monroe 318-343-4044, New Iberia 337-373-0032, New Orleans 504-284-5264) or send email to LAalligatorprogram@wlf.la.gov.
NO guiding/outfitting activities for sport alligator hunting will be allowed while conducting alligator harvest activities on WMAs/USACOE properties.  Selected hunters will not be allowed to participate in any television or reality show production.  Any video activity must be specifically approved by the Alligator Program Manager.
An individual can apply and bid on more than one WMA/USACOE property but will only be selected for one WMA/USACOE property.  Bidders applying for more than one area must fill out individual applications for each WMA/USACOE property.  Only one winner allowed per household.
Applicants must meet the following criteria in order to submit a bid:

  1. Applicants must be a Louisiana resident at least 18 years of age.
  2. Evidence of previous alligator hunting experience in Louisiana.
  3. Ownership of or access to essential equipment for alligator hunting on the WMA/USACOE property they are bidding on.
  4. Each applicant must be able to report to the WMA/USACOE property each morning until alligator tag quota is completed.
  5. Ability to follow specific instructions issued by Department personnel.
  6. Ability to maintain required records.
  7. All applicants will be screened for past wildlife and criminal violations.  Applicants with felony convictions or with Class Two or above wildlife convictions, WMA/USACOE violations or littering within the last five years, as determined by the Enforcement Division, shall be disqualified.

Completed bid application forms must be received by 10 a.m. on June 13, 2013 in Room 240 of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, La. 70898.
Bid opening will be held at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building, 4th Floor Conference Room, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70898.  Winning bidders will be notified of selection by phone and are required to come in and sign a contract at a later date.  The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reserves the right to reject any and all bids.
For more information, contact Lance Campbell at 337-373-0032 or ljcampbell@wlf.la.gov.

Volunteers Honored at Commission Meeting

Release Date: 05/08/2013

Four volunteers were honored by the LDWF Education Section at the May 2 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting.

May 8, 2013 -- Four volunteers were honored by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Education Section at the May 2 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting.  Pete LeRoy, Kimberly Cedars, Christine Sedotal, and Victoria Waite were recognized for their distinguished service and dedication to LDWF’s educational programs. 
“Volunteers are an essential component of LDWF’s education mission,” said Fred Kimmel,  LDWF director of Education and Technical Services.  “These four individuals are outstanding examples of the many volunteers that give freely of their time to share their knowledge and love of the outdoors with the citizens of Louisiana.“
Pete LeRoy of Lake Charles, a 14-year veteran Hunter Education volunteer instructor, also volunteers to assist with programs including Louisiana Women in the Wild, FUN Camp, Becoming an Outdoors Woman, and the Youth Hunter Education Challenge.  
Kimberly Cedars of Boyce volunteers much of her time to assist with programs including Louisiana Women in the Wild, FUN Camp and  Becoming an Outdoors Woman.  In addition, she has served as a volunteer range officer at the Woodworth Shooting Range and as a Hunter Education volunteer instructor for almost a decade. 
Through their positions as Cabela’s marketing representatives, Christine Sedotal of Baton Rouge and Victoria Waite of Lutcher have coordinated Cabela’s sponsorship of LDWF educational programs, including FUN Camp, Becoming an Outdoors Woman and Louisiana Women in the Wild.  In addition, both have volunteered their personal time to support and aid in the administration of the Louisiana Women in the Wild program. 
For more information on becoming a volunteer, contact John Sturgis at 225-765-5448 or jsturgis@wlf.la.gov.
*Photo caption: (left to right) Gene Cavalier, LDWF Education Program biologist supervisor;  Karen Crabtree, LDWF Education Program biologist; Victoria Waite, Christine Sedotal, Kimberly Cedars, Pete LeRoy, Kenny Ribbeck, LDWF Wildlife Division administrator; and Fred Kimmel, LDWF director of Education and Technical Services.



Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board Special Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 05/06/2013

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 1:00 p.m.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 310

New Orleans, Louisiana 70122

I. Call to order and introduction of guests

II. Election of officers

  A. Chairman

  B. Vice Chairman/Chairman-elect

  C. Secretary-Treasurer

III. By-law Revisions

IV. Committee Appointments

V. Public comment

VI. Adjourn





Two Fish, Two Anglers, Two Louisiana Saltwater Series Redfish Trail Wins in 2013; Nash Roberts IV and Luke Landry Winners of the Third LASS of the 2013 Season

Release Date: 05/06/2013

May 6, 2013 The third event of the LASS Redfish Series was held at Seaway Marina in Lafitte on Saturday.  Despite a dreary week of thunderstorms, high winds, and a cold front that followed, 52 teams dispersed across Barataria Bay and other areas along the coast of Louisiana in the hopes of landing two great redfish.  This catch and release format challenged anglers to catch a limit of two legal redfish using artificial lures only.

Many teams were eager to weigh in their fish caught on what turned out to be a gorgeous day filled with sunshine and great memories.  When the scales opened at 1:45 a steady stream of anglers lined up to see if their fish were large enough to contend for the top prize.

Friends Nash Roberts IV of Bucktown and Luke Landry of Arabi have fished the Louisiana Saltwater Series since its inception and are the reigning 2012 LASS Champions.  Taking home top prize for this event with a total weight of 16.93 pounds, the duo made this their second first place finish for 2013 having also won the Season Opener in Slidell.

“The Tournament Series has been a great success and is growing every year”, Luke Landry said.  About the day, Landry added, “We were very skeptical about the winds today but Mother Nature finally gave us a break.  The weather was beautiful allowing us to sightfish all day.  Redfish were tailing in every pond we fished.  We caught nearly 40 fish with the two tournament winners coming in the last 20 minutes of fishing.”

“Thank you Wildlife and Fisheries and a very special thanks to Louisiana Saltwater Series and all of the anglers who participated”, Luke Landry remarked.

Christopher McElveen, youth angler, took home a rod and reel package sponsored by Shimano for winning one of the extra fish raffle prizes.  Teams are allowed to bring in extra fish in addition to their weigh-in fish to be entered into drawings for special prizes, with the number of entries determined by the number of extra fish brought in to be tagged.   Other great prizes that were up for grabs were reel bags and tackle bags sponsored by Shimano, SeaTow Annual Memberships, Frabill nets, and Stick it Anchor Pens just to name a few.  Anglers were also treated to breakfast of donuts donated by Krispy Kreme, another great sponsor of 2013.

The top finishing teams, taking home over $8,980 in cash prizes, include: 2nd place, Hal Robichaux and Kristian Wadleigh; 3rd place, Beau Weber, Sr. and his grandson Sean Thornton; 4th place, Steve Smith and John Garrison; 5th place, Todd Dufour and Don McMaster; 6th place, Jeff Cleveland and Martin Roy; 7th place, Barnie and Steve White; 8th place, Jacob Leininger and Jeff Rogers; 9th place, Jason LeBlanc and Kory Matherne; 10th place, Pat Reichley and Kevin Olmstead and for the team with the ‘smallest fish’, father and son team of James T. and James H. Craft.  The awards ceremony was rounded out with recognition of all youth anglers and Christopher McElveen took home first place youth by weighing in a beautiful 6.38 pound redfish. 

With this event, the 2013 LASS Redfish trail reaches its halfway mark of the season and competition is heating up for the 2013 Team of the Year Top Ten Race to be awarded in October.  In order to compete to be named Team of the Year or fall within the Top Ten Standings, taking home additional cash prizes, teams are required to fish each event and accumulate points according to how they place in each individual event in the LASS Redfish Series.

A total of 94 redfish were brought in, tagged and released as part of the Louisiana Marine Sport Fish Tagging Program, where anglers become citizen scientists for the agency, collecting invaluable data. 

The next redfish tournament is scheduled for Saturday, June 8th in Fourchon at Port  Fourchon Marina.  LASS will also be hosting a youth event at Grand Isle State Park to make the trip a family affair for the Free Fishing Weekend in Louisiana on June 8th as well.  For complete information, including rules, regulations and registration go to www.lasaltwaterseries.com.

The Louisiana Saltwater Series is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation.  The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation was formed to provide a means for individuals and corporations to become partners with the Department and Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana's wildlife and fish resources.    

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.




Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Welcomes New Member Dan Davis

Release Date: 05/03/2013

May 3, 2013  – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission welcomed newly appointed member Dan Davis at their monthly meeting May 2 in Baton Rouge. Governor Bobby Jindal appointed Davis in April to fill the vacancy left by commissioner Michael C. “Mike” Voisin who passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 2, following a heart attack he suffered on Jan. 25.
Davis, a life-long resident of Houma, works for Marlin Services LLC in business development. He is married to the former Trudy Boquet and they have three children and four grandchildren.
He currently serves as secretary of the Terrebonne Port Commission and secretary/treasurer of the Dularge Hunting Club, and has served previously as vice-chairman of the Louisiana Alligator Council for 20 years and chairman of the Louisiana Fur and Alligator Council.  He is a member of the Louisiana Trappers and Alligator Hunters Association, CCA of Louisiana, Ducks Unlimited, and the Terrebonne Sportsman League.
“With my involvement in our coastal parishes, I fully understand the needs of commercial and recreational user groups,” said Davis. “Louisiana’s natural resources must be protected and utilization of those resources managed to provide for future generations of all user groups.”
Davis will serve as a representative of the commercial fishing and fur industries through December 2015.
For more information, contact Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov .



Step Outside Day Set for May 11 at Sherburne WMA

Release Date: 05/03/2013

The 9th Annual Step Outside Day, an outdoor education program, will be held at Sherburne Wildlife Management Area in the Atchafalaya Basin on Saturday, May 11, 2013.

Step Outside Day is open to all children and adults. Sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, this outdoors day targets youths and individuals with special needs, providing an opportunity to engage in safe, hands-on outdoor activities.  All activities run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. near the Sherburne WMA headquarters.

This year’s event will include fishing, archery, boating, target and trap shooting, nature photography, bird watching, canoeing, and many other outdoor activities, such as trapping techniques, turkey and duck calling, Louisiana black bear and alligator information.

Drinks and food will be provided on site. No alcoholic beverages or glass containers will be allowed on the premises.

Directions to Sherburne WMA headquarters: From US Hwy. 190, take the Sherburne (LA 975) exit, and drive south approx. 3 miles; event activities will be on the left, near Big Alabama Bayou. From I-10, take the Whiskey Bay Exit, and drive north approx. 13 miles on LA 975, event activities will be on the right, near Big Alabama Bayou.

For more information or driving directions to the Sherburne WMA, call the LDWF Opelousas field office at 337-948-0255 or e-mail tvidrine@wlf.la.gov.



L.W.F.C. Approves Notices of Intent with Amendments for 2013-15 Hunting Seasons and the 2013-14 WMA Season

Release Date: 05/03/2013

May 3, 2013 -- The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, during their May 2 meeting, approved two notices of intent (NOI) that included one amendment for the 2013-15 hunting seasons and the 2013-14 Wildlife Management Area (WMA) hunting season.

The amendment to the original NOI for the 2013-14 General-WMA Hunting Regulations allows for an experimental nighttime frog hunting season on Salvador-Timken WMA beginning June 1, 2014 and running through Aug. 15, 2014. The daily limit would be 50 frogs per vessel and participants would be required to carry a valid Louisiana fishing license.

Some of the proposed hunting season changes that were approved include:

  • Alterations in deer areas and seasons to include a new Area 4, Area 9 and Area 10, plus re-aligned Areas 1, 6 and 7.
  • Standardized crawfish limits on all Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) allowing up to 100 lbs/person/day.
  • Feral hog, experimental trapping with no live removal, from May 1 to Aug. 31, by permit only on Boeuf, Clear Creek, Jackson-Bienville, Manchac, Pearl River, Red River, Sherburne, Thistlethwaite, Three Rivers and West Bay WMAs; limited permits may be available at regional LDWF field offices.
  • Elbow Slough WMA: lottery-only hunts for Mourning Dove on opening weekend of 1st split.
  • Pearl River WMA: return to deer season framework and length utilized pre-Hurricane Katrina.·  Maurepas Swamp WMA: reduction in deer hunting days from 42 days to 28 days to be consistent with proposed New Area 9 season.
  • Salvador/Timken WMA: Experimental Night-time Activity Season (frogging); plus deer hunting to be allowed after 12 noon.
  • Thistlethwaite WMA: 10-year Experimental Quality Deer Management Season to include ending current experimental season antler restriction and adopting new experimental season with altered season structure.
  • Kisatchie National Forest: addition of a Youth Deer Hunt and still hunting only for all deer hunting.
  • Primitive Gear: addition of single shot, breech loading shotguns, 10-gauge or smaller, having an exposed hammer, loaded with buckshot or rifled slug.

To view the full notices of intent and the approved amendment, as presented Feb. 7, 2013 by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and subsequent amendments, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.

For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov .




LWFC Adopts Resolution to Rename WMA in Honor of Richard K. Yancey

Release Date: 05/03/2013

LWFC Adopts Resolution to Rename WMA in Honor of Richard K. Yancey

May 3, 2013 – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission adopted a resolution on May 2 to rename the Red River-Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area in honor of distinguished conservationist Richard K. Yancey.
Yancey, who passed away in March at age 88, was a former assistant secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) whose career at the department spanned 31 years between 1948 and 1979.
"As a visionary in wildlife habitat preservation, Richard worked tirelessly to set aside acreage within the state's wildlife management area program for the habitat value it provides various fish and game species, and for the enjoyment of outdoorsmen and women for generations to come," said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham.
Yancey began as a field biologist and progressed to project leader, becoming the LDWF’s first Waterfowl Study Leader. He was promoted to chief of the Fur and Refuge Division, assistant director of Wildlife and then assistant secretary of the Office of Wildlife.
Over the length of his career, which included service as executive director of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Conservation, Yancey served on the Executive Committee of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (State, Provencial and Federal Agencies of Canada, the US and Mexico), as chairman of International Treaties Committee and Migratory Wildlife Committee, as chairman of the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commissions and president of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.
He also served as chairman of the Mississippi Flyway Council Regulations Committee and Technical Committee and Flyway Council, and was co-chairman of the Tensas Conservancy Coalition which created the Tensas National Wildlife Refuge and Big Lake Wildlife Management Area, to be preserved in perpetuity.
Yancey was also the recipient of many international, national and state awards including National Wildlife Foundation Wildlife Conservationist of the Year in the U.S. in 1980 for outstanding contributions to the wise use and management of the Nation's natural resources, the Ducks Unlimited Outstanding Service Award in 1970, the La. Outdoor Writers Conservationist of the Year in 1969, the LSU Forestry Alumni of the Year Award in 1969, and the Governor's Award for Outstanding Professional in Louisiana for Wildlife in 1964.
Yancey served his country in World War II in the U.S. Navy, earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana State University in forestry and a Master of Science degree from LSU in wildlife management and had over 100 publications in the field of wildlife management.
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. Visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
For more information, contact Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov .



Louisiana Spring Shrimp Season Set To Open

Release Date: 05/02/2013

May 2, 2013 – The dates for the 2013 Louisiana spring shrimp season were announced at today’s meeting of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. The spring shrimp season was set based on information provided by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists and on public comments.

The opening dates for the 2013 Louisiana shrimp season are as follows:

1. That portion of state inside waters from the eastern shore of Bayou Lafourche westward to the western shore of Vermilion Bay and Southwest Pass at Marsh Island, and that portion of state outside waters extending 3 nautical miles seaward from the shoreline from the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the Channel red buoy line westward to the to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal at 92 degrees 18 minutes 33 seconds west longitude to open at 6 a.m. May 13

2.  That portion of state inside waters from the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River westward to the eastern shore of Bayou Lafourche to open at 6 a.m. May 20

3.  That portion of state inside waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line southward to the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River to open at 6 a.m. May 27

4.  That portion of state inside waters from the western shore of Vermilion Bay and Southwest Pass at Marsh Island westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou to open at 6 a.m. May 27

For a map detailing these openings please click here:

LDWF biologists monitored water conditions and conducted approximately 550 trawl samples throughout the state’s estuarine and nearshore waters over the last five weeks to develop management recommendations for the spring shrimp season opening dates.   The Department provided projections of the dates when a minimum of 50 percent of the inshore brown shrimp population would reach 100 count per pound or larger.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant 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 (504)430-2623.


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