LDWF News Release

Recovering America’s Wildlife Act Would Bring $18 Million Per Year to Louisiana

Release Date: 12/20/2017

Dec. 20, 2017 – The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, recently introduced to Congress, would bring $18 million per year to Louisiana to conserve more than 700 nongame fish and wildlife species and their habitats in our state.
U.S. Representatives Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI) introduced House Bill 4647 (HR 4647), or the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, on Dec. 14.  The legislation proposes to provide state fish and wildlife agencies with $1.3 billion annually to implement State Wildlife Action Plans. The source of funding is royalties and revenues collected from energy and mineral development on federal lands and waters. The bill would not require taxpayers or businesses to pay more but instead allows all Americans to become investors in fish and wildlife conservation.
“This legislation would bolster our Wildlife Action Plan which seeks to conserve our wildlife and its habitat,’’ LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet said. “Going from $600,000 to $18 million annually would give us the capacity to fully implement that plan for nongame and threatened species and habitat in our state. We’ll be able to achieve some major conservation plans and objectives.”
It currently costs the American public hundreds of millions of dollars each year to restore threatened and endangered species, costs that could be avoided or greatly reduced if proactive conservation measures were implemented. Proactive conservation is good for wildlife, good for taxpayers, good for business and good for our communities. The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, supported by the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, would provide the needed resources for proactive conservation nationwide.
“Our state Wildlife Action Plan outlines conservation strategies to help address the decline of Louisiana species and habitats,’’ said Amity Bass, LDWF Assistant Chief for Coastal and Nongame Resources Division. “This funding will allow states to address wildlife conservation issues and keep species off the Endangered Species List.’’
These critical efforts are supported by the Alliance for America’s Fish & Wildlife, whose purpose is to create a 21st-century funding model for critically needed conservation of our nation’s most precious natural resources, our fish and wildlife. This effort was built upon the strong partnership created by the Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish & Wildlife Resources, consisting of members representing the outdoor recreation, retail and manufacturing sector, the energy and automotive industries, private landowners, educational institutions, conservation organizations, sportsmen’s groups and state and federal fish and wildlife agencies.
For more information, go to OurNatureUSA.com . For more information on Louisiana’s State Wildlife Action Plan, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife/wildlife-action-plan or contact Sam Holcomb at sholcomb@wlf.la.gov .
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies represents North America’s fish and wildlife agencies to advance sound, science-based management and conservation of fish and wildlife and their habitats in the public interest. The Association represents its state agency members on Capitol Hill and before the Administration to advance favorable fish and wildlife conservation policy and funding and works to ensure that all entities work collaboratively on the most important issues. The Association also provides member agencies with coordination services on cross-cutting as well as species-based programs that range from birds, fish habitat and energy development to climate change, wildlife action plans, conservation education, leadership training and international relations. Working together, the Association’s member agencies are ensuring that North American fish and wildlife management has a clear and collective voice.


Sherburne WMA Skeet/Trap Range No. 2 to be Closed in Observance of Christmas, New Year’s Holidays

Release Date: 12/19/2017

Dec. 19, 2017 - The Sherburne Wildlife Management Area Skeet/Trap Range No. 2 will be closed Dec. 23, Dec. 28-29 and Jan. 4 in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced.  All other ranges located on the Sherburne WMA will remain open. 
The Sherburne WMA shooting range is located at 1132 Sherburne Road in Lottie, three miles south of U.S. Highway 190 on Louisiana Highway 975.
For more information on the Sherburne shooting range go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/shooting-range/sherburne-shooting-range  or call 337-566-2251 or 337-765-2920 or contact Kenny Deville at jdeville@wlf.la.gov or Daniel Hurdle at dhurdle@wlf.la.gov.


LDWF to Close Oyster Harvest in Sister Lake

Release Date: 12/19/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will close oyster harvest in the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation (POSR) in Terrebonne Parish at one-half hour after sunset on Friday, December 22, 2017.

Recent harvest pressure has depleted the limited supply of oyster resources in this public oyster area. Protection of the remaining oyster resources is in the long-term best interest of the oyster populations in these areas.

To view a map of the current oyster closure areas visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/oyster-season

The Commission authorized the Secretary of LDWF to take emergency action to close areas on an as-needed basis, based on biological data or if enforcement problems are encountered. The Secretary was also authorized to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resource has ended and to open areas if substantial oyster resources are located.

Public notice of any opening, delay, or closure of a season will be provided at least 72 hours prior to such action unless such closure is ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals for public health concerns.

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.la.gov. To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.


Gov. John Bel Edwards Appoints Joe McPherson to Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission

Release Date: 12/18/2017

Joe McPherson

Dec. 18, 2017 - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has appointed William J. “Joe” McPherson of Woodworth to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC). McPherson, who will serve as an at-large commissioner, is a self-employed business owner and developer and a former Louisiana State Senator.
McPherson, whose term runs until Dec. 12, 2023, will make his first appearance on the board during the commission’s Jan. 4 meeting in Baton Rouge.
McPherson served six full terms as a state senator, including from 1984-96 and 2000-12. During his time in the Louisiana senate, he authored bills several bills for outdoors causes, including the creation of three wildlife management areas. He was honored with the Governor’s Award for conservation achievement in 2005.
He is a veteran of the United States Army Reserve.


Bussey Brake WMA Closed to All Activities, Including Hunting

Release Date: 12/15/2017

Dec. 15, 2017 - Bussey Brake Wildlife Management Area is currently closed to all activities, including hunting. The WMA, located in Morehouse Parish near Bastrop, is undergoing a fishery and infrastructure renovation project which is expected to be completed during the summer of 2018.
For more information about Bussey Brake WMA, contact the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Monroe Field Office at 318-343-4044.


White Lake WCA Birding and Nature Trail Reopened, LDWF Announces

Release Date: 12/14/2017

Dec. 14, 2017 - The White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) Birding and Nature Trail has been repaired and reopened, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced. The trail was closed in August due to damage from flooding from Hurricane Harvey.
The White Lake property is located in southwest Louisiana in Vermilion Parish. White Lake WCA consists of 71,905 acres along the western boundary of Vermilion Parish. For more information on White Lake WCA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/white-lake-wetlands-conservations-area .
For more information, contact Schuler Dartez at sdartez@wlf.la.gov or 337-536-9400, extension 2.


Louisiana Anglers Have Cool-Weather Fishing Opportunities to Look Forward to this December

Release Date: 12/14/2017

You don’t typically see rainbow trout in Louisiana waters, but as part of the Get Out and Fish! community fishing program, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is stocking all program ponds with catchable-size trout this December.  

Since this cold-water fish is not a native to Louisiana, this stocking provides a rare opportunity to try to catch a new species of fish. A total of eight ponds located in populated urban centers will offer rainbow trout fishing and may be no more than minutes away from your home.  So, grab your friends and family and try your luck landing a fish you may have never caught before.

For more information about the location of each of the program’s community fishing ponds, stocking dates and the program itself, visit www.wlf.la.gov/get-out-and-fish-1.

Participants 16 and older must possess a valid Louisiana fishing license. To purchase a license online, visit https://www.la.wildlifelicense.com.

The Get Out and Fish! Program seeks to increase the number of people with access to quality fishing, recruit new anglers to the sport of fishing and promote outdoor activities for future generations. 

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

For more information, contact Megan MacMenamin at mmacmenamin@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2375. 



LDWF to Close Shrimp Season in Portions of State Inside Waters

Release Date: 12/14/2017

Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the fall shrimp season will close in a portion of state inside waters effective Monday, December 18, 2017 at official sunset.

Specifically, those waters that will close to shrimping include:

  • All state inside waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line except for the following waters located east of the Mississippi River:
    • Chef Menteur and Rigolets Passes, Lake Borgne, Mississippi Sound, Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO), a section of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) in Orleans parish from the GIWW East Closure Sector Gate westward to the GIWW intersection with the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal, and the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as bounded by the double-rig line described in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2

All state outside waters will remain open at this time.

For a map detailing today’s actions visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/shrimp-seasons

Existing data do not currently support shrimping closures in additional state inside or outside waters. However, the department will continue monitoring shrimp populations in these waters.

Regulations state that the possession count on saltwater, white shrimp should average no more than 100 (whole shrimp) per pound, with the exception of October 15 through the third Monday in December, when there is no minimum count size.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission provided the LDWF Secretary with authority to close the fall inshore shrimp season when biological and technical data indicate the need. Recent sampling conducted by the LDWF biologists indicates the average white shrimp size in the waters to be closed is smaller than the minimum possession size limit. This action, which characteristically takes place at this time of year, is designed to protect small, white shrimp and provide opportunity for these populations to over-winter and grow to larger, more marketable sizes.

For more information, contact Peyton Cagle at (337) 491-2575 extension 3017 or peyton.cagle@la.gov .


Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission January Meeting to Begin at 1 p.m.

Release Date: 12/13/2017

Dec. 13, 2017 - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission’s January meeting, scheduled for Thursday Jan. 4 at Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters in Baton Rouge, will begin at 1 p.m. instead of the normal start time of 9:30 a.m.
An agenda will be published prior to the meeting date.
What: Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission January meeting.
When:  Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 at 1 p.m.
Where: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters, Louisiana Room, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge.


Bodcau, Woodworth Shooting Ranges to be Closed Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve

Release Date: 12/13/2017

Dec. 13, 2017 - The Bodcau and Woodworth shooting ranges will be closed Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) and New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31), the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced.
The Woodworth shooting range is located at 661 Robinson Bridge Road in Woodworth. For more information on the Woodworth shooting range, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/shooting-range/woodworth-shooting-range or call 318-484-2212.
The Bodcau shooting range is located at 168 Ben Durden Road in Benton. For more information on the Bodcau shooting range, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/bodcau-wma or call 318-326-3225.
Information on all LDWF shooting ranges can be found at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/shooting-ranges .

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