LDWF News Release

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.



Black Bear Kills Calf in West Carroll Parish

Release Date: 05/02/2013

May 2, 2013 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is investigating the killing of a calf by a black bear in West Carroll Parish. The incident occurred on private property near Epps between sunset Wednesday, April 24 and sunrise Thursday, April 25.
LDWF Wildlife Division staff responded to the reported incident, performing a necropsy to determine the cause of the calf’s death. LDWF staff have worked to remove the bear by trapping and to monitor the site in the event the bear returns to feed on the calf carcass. The bear has not yet been trapped, nor has it returned to the site.
This is the first confirmed incident of a bear killing livestock since the department’s black bear program was created to restore the threatened species population in Louisiana. “It is unusual for black bears in Louisiana to exhibit predatory behavior.  They are primarily opportunistic omnivores, feeding on fruits, nuts, grains, carrion and when available, garbage,” said Maria Davidson, LDWF Large Carnivore Program Manager.
The Tensas River basin in the northeast corner of the state is one of three black bear population centers that also include the lower Atchafalaya Basin and Pointe Coupee Parish. 
LDWF advises the public that black bear activity begins to increase as warm spring temperatures increase their movement as they search for food sources.  Encounters with bears can be minimized by securing all garbage and pet and livestock feed.  For more information on avoiding bear encounters and what to do if you encounter a bear go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/document/35221-bear-safety/new_general_bear.pdf .
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 Maria Davidson, ph. 225-931-3061 or mdavidson@wlf.la.gov .


LDWF Now Offering Android and iPhone Apps to Report Violations

Release Date: 05/01/2013

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is now offering LADWF Tips apps for both Android and iPhone users to report outdoor related violations to Enforcement Division agents through their tip411 program.

LDWF's tip411 program is a part of their Operation Game Thief program, which may offer a cash reward for information leading to arrests or convictions.

“We unveiled the LADWF Tips app for iPhones in 2011 and it has shown to be very useful and has helped make a number of cases that have led to arrests and convictions,” said LDWF Col. Winton Vidrine, head of the Enforcement Division.  “We are pleased to announce that we now have an Android app that will reach a larger percentage of people that can now report wildlife violations.”

Users can download the LADWF Tips iPhone and Android apps from iTunes or Google Play store free of charge.  Citizens can also send an anonymous tip to LDWF by texting LADWF and their tip to 847411.

Texting or downloading the apps enables the public to send anonymous tips to LDWF and lets LDWF respond back, creating a two-way anonymous “chat”.  Users of the app or texters can also send in photos to help support their claim and be used as evidence.

CitizenObserver, the tip411 provider, uses technology that removes all identifying information before LDWF receives the text.

"We’re proud to make this technology available to our citizens free of charge.  This tip411 program will help our citizens play an active role in helping us enforce current conservation rules and regulations," said Col. Vidrine.  "This program will engage younger folks in the process and it will save our agency time and resources."

LDWF will monitor the tip411 program for incoming tips 24 hours a day.

LDWF also offers their Operation Game Thief 24 hour toll free hotline.  Citizens can anonymously report tips by calling 1-800-442-2511 24 hours a day.

CitizenObserver was founded in 2000 and provides web based alerting tools to law enforcement, education and public safety agencies in over 40 states.

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

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