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LDWF Hosts Father-Child FUN Camp 2014

Release Date: 03/28/2014

LDWF Hosts Father-Child FUN Camp 2014

March 28, 2014 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Education Program held the annual Father-Child FUN Camp March 21-23 at the Woodworth Outdoor Education facility, south of Alexandria.

Twelve families participated in various activities including .22 rifle and shotgun target shooting, archery, kayaking, outdoor cooking, orienteering, nature hiking, construction of toad houses, owl pellet dissection, fishing and overnight camping in tents.

FUN means Families Understanding Nature and offers parents and their children an opportunity to spend a weekend in the outdoors, re-establishing bonds and honing outdoor skills.

The next scheduled Mother-Child FUN Camp will be offered October 3-5, 2014, at the Woodworth facility.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited and filled on a first come, first served basis. Registration is $50 for each family (a parent and child). Each additional child is $25. The fee covers meals, lodging and supplies (including tents) used over the weekend. Bed linens and sleeping bags are not provided.

To obtain a registration form on-line, visit LDWF’s website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/page/fun-camp or contact Karen Crabtree at kcrabtree@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.

PHOTO: 2014 Father-Child FUN Camp at LDWF’s Woodworth Outdoor Education Center.

 

 

Shrimp Task Force Meeting

Release Date: 03/27/2014

The following is the agenda for the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force Meeting. The public is invited to attend.

Thursday, April 3, 2014, 1 p.m.

LDWF Headquarters, Louisiana Room

2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge 70808

AGENDA

I.  Roll Call and introduction of guests

II.  Approval of January 14, 2014 Minutes and April 3, 2014 Agenda

III.  Treasury Report

  1. Budget Report
    a. Five-year expenditure report

IV.  Old Business

  1. Monterey Bay Aquarium Update
  2. Shrimp Refrigeration Cost Share Program
  3. Certified Seafood Program Expansion

V.  New Business

    A.   Legislative Update

           a.  Skimmer Net Bill

            b.  Sustainability Legislation/TEDs Enforcement Amendment

    B.  Artificial Reef Plan

VI.  Public Comment

VII.  Set Next Meeting

VIII.  Adjourn

The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq.  The public is invited to attend.

Those interested in listening in to the meeting via Webinar or telephone register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/970494191219702786

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 press inquiries please contact Ashley Roth, 504-286-4162 or aroth@wlf.la.gov.  To sign up for LDWF Alerts sent as text messages and emails directly to your mobile device click   here.

 

Louisiana Crab Task Force Legislative Committee Meeting

Release Date: 03/27/2014

Monday, March 31, 2014, 1 p.m.
UNO Advanced Technology Center
2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210
New Orleans, Louisiana 70122

AGENDA

I.  Roll Call and Introduction of Guests
II.  Discussion of 2014 crab task force legislation
   A.  Moratorium and limited entry for commercial crab gear licenses
   B.  Escape Ring dimensions 

III.  Public Comment
IV.  Adjourn

The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq.  The public is invited to attend.

Those interested in listening in to the meeting via Webinar or telephone register at

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5990056142598416641

For press inquiries please contact Ashley Roth, 504-286-4162 or aroth@wlf.la.gov

To sign up for LDWF Alerts sent as text messages and emails directly to your mobile device click   here.

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.

 

 

Joseph Harbor Boat Launch at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge to Close Temporarily for Ramp Modification

Release Date: 03/27/2014

March 27, 2014 -- The Joseph Harbor boat launch at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in Grand Chenier will be closed from April 2 through April 17, 2014. The closure is necessary for a construction modification that will extend each back down ramp at the launch.
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is making these modifications to allow the public to launch in low tide conditions. The Joseph Harbor boat launch and parking area, off La. Hwy. 82, will be closed to all boat launching and public activity during the construction.
 
The East End Locks boat launch, also accessible off La. Hwy. 82, will remain open for recreational boating activity on the eastern portion of Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge. Once the Joseph Harbor launch construction is completed, the East End Locks boat launch will then undergo the same modification to extend each back down ramp with similar modifications.
 
Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge is located in eastern Cameron and western Vermilion Parishes. Recreational opportunities on the refuge include shrimping, crabbing, fishing and bird-watching. For more information, call 337-491-2000 or go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/rockefeller-wildlife-refuge.

 

LDWF Agents Issue 16 Citations During Opening Weekend of Turkey Season

Release Date: 03/26/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited 11 people for alleged turkey hunting violations during the opening weekend of the 2014 turkey hunting season.

The 11 cases were made in West Feliciana, Jackson, Vernon, Natchitoches and Tangipahoa parishes on March 22 and 23.

Agents cited Jim Bailey, 73, Mathew Lenard, 37, Jimmy Lenard, 67, and Harvey Stover, 56, all of West Monroe, for hunting turkeys over a baited area on March 22 in Jackson Parish.

Also on March 22, agents cited Mark Granger, 54, of Hackberry, for failing to comply with turkey tagging regulations in Vernon Parish.

Agents cited Brock Herring, 29, of Camden, Ark., for hunting turkeys with an unplugged gun on March 22 in Claiborne Parish.

Agents cited Jerry Green, 44, of Slagle, for hunting turkeys over a baited area and not possessing turkey tags on March 22 in Vernon Parish.

In West Feliciana Parish, agents cited Frank Gonzales, 58, of St. Francisville, for hunting turkeys over a baited area on March 22.

On March 23, agents cited Baylor Blanchard, 21, of Amite, Russel Thompson, III, 32, of Amite, and John Bel, 20, of Arcolo, for hunting turkeys over a baited area in Tangipahoa Parish.  Agents also cited Bel for hunting without a basic hunting license, without a big game license, without a turkey stamp and failing to comply with turkey tag requirements.

According to the 2014 Turkey Regulations pamphlet, no person shall hunt or take turkeys by the aid of baiting or on or over a baited area.  Hunters are not allowed to place, expose, deposit or scatter corn, wheat or other grain, salt or other feed to lure turkeys to their hunting area.

Also, turkey hunters are required to possess Louisiana basic hunting and big game licenses, Louisiana wild turkey permit and turkey tags.  In addition, shotguns capable of holding over three shells must be plugged with a one piece filler.

Hunting turkeys over a baited area and hunting without an unplugged gun each bring a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail for each offense.  Failing to comply with turkey tagging regulations carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Not possessing a basic hunting license, big game license and turkey stamp brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail for each offense.

Agents participating in the cases are Lt. Kenneth Balkom, Senior Agent Bryant Coburn, Sgt. Wesley Duck, Senior Agent Kurt Hatten, Senior Agent Russell Brack, Sgt. Billy Shoemaker, Senior Agent Andy Mitchell, Sgt. Eric Droddy, Senior Agent Scotty Delaney, Lt. Will Roberts, Sgt. Guy Adams, Sgt. Carl Armstrong, Sgt. Toby Miller, Senior Agent Brody Roberts and Senior Agent Lee Davis.

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

White Lake W.C.A. 2013-2014 Waterfowl Hunting Report

Release Date: 03/26/2014

White Lake W.C.A. 2013-2014 Waterfowl Hunting Report

March 26, 2014 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) manages the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WLWCA) for a variety of aquatic and wildlife species, but the habitat is especially attractive to waterfowl and wading bird species. 

The 71,000-acre WCA in Vermilion Parish, south of Gueydan, requires a managed hydrology to provide a consistent wetland environment for species native to southwest Louisiana. Management of this property includes creating and maintaining sufficient habitat, while also ensuring abundant refuge areas. These management strategies provide substantial wintering waterfowl habitat which enhances hunting opportunities throughout the area.

Aerial waterfowl surveys indicate that WLWCA holds huge concentrations of ducks that move around the property.  During the 2013-14 waterfowl season, over 70,000 ducks were observed on the property on numerous occasions. In addition to providing superior hunting opportunities, waterfowl movement from WLWCA to private lands creates enhanced hunting opportunities for landowners in the area. This provides a substantial economic impact to the area in the form of waterfowl blind leases, hunting lodge leases, premium waterfowl hunting trips, and patronage of local businesses.

Additionally, LDWF offers public lottery waterfowl hunting opportunities at WLWCA each year. These opportunities include teal hunts, youth hunts, marsh hunts and rice field hunts. Applicants selected get the chance to experience a premier hunting opportunity.

“Extra lottery slots were created in 2012 for increased public access to marsh and rice field acreage and we continue to fill all available lottery dates each year,” said LDWF  Biologist Schuyler Dartez.

The results for the various types of guided Marsh Lottery Hunts on WLWCA during the 2013-14 Waterfowl Hunting Season were as follows:

  • Teal season concluded with 105 hunters harvesting 461 teal, and averaging 4.4 teal per hunter.
  • A total of 16 youth hunters harvested 79 ducks and 4 geese during the youth weekend hunts on WLWCA, averaging 4.94 ducks per hunter and 0.25 geese per hunter.
  • Group hunts attracted 196 participants who harvested 989 ducks and 96 geese for an average of 5.05 ducks and 0.49 geese per hunter.
  • One hundred seventy three marsh lottery hunters harvested 891 ducks and 99 geese for an average of 5.15 ducks and 0.57 geese per hunter.
  • The predominant species of ducks harvested on the guided public marsh hunts were Green-winged Teal, Mallard, Gadwall, Northern Pintail, and Blue-winged Teal.

The results for the WLWCA Rice Field Lottery Hunts during the 2013-14 season were as follows:

  • A total of 276 hunters participated in the non-guided rice field hunts. These hunters harvested 542 ducks and 84 geese, which averaged 1.96 ducks and 0.30 geese per hunter.
  • The predominant species of ducks harvested on the rice field hunts were Green-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Pintail, and Mallard.

“White Lake WCA is a valuable habitat in southwest Louisiana and it supports large numbers of wintering waterfowl and a diversity of other wildlife species,” said Wayne Sweeney, WLWCA’s hunt coordinator. “The Department will continue to provide public access opportunities for outdoor recreation at the WLWCA in a fashion that is compatible with protection of this sensitive ecosystem.”

Waterfowl hunt applications for the 2014-15 hunting season will be available via the Department’s web site in mid-summer.

For more information, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400, ext. 1, or wsweeney@wlf.la.gov; or Schuyler Dartez at 337-536-9400, ext. 2, or sdartez@wlf.la.gov.

*PHOTO CAPTION: 2013 White Lake WCA youth waterfowl hunt participants.

 

 

2014 ALAS State Tournament Attracts Record Number of Competitors

Release Date: 03/21/2014

2014 ALAS State Tournament Attracts Record Number of Competitors
2014 ALAS State Tournament Attracts Record Number of Competitors
2014 ALAS State Tournament Attracts Record Number of Competitors

March 21, 2014 -- The 2014 Archery in Louisiana Schools (ALAS) State Tournament, held March 1 in Alexandria, set a record for participating students and schools.  The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) hosted the competition at the LSU Ag Center’s State Emergency Shelter.
 
“Student enthusiasm for target-style archery training has steadily increased since the ALAS program began,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham. “Any student can participate and most find it an enjoyable school activity that can lead to competitive events such as the state and national tournament.”
 
A record 714 students from 31 schools competed for individual and team awards as well as the opportunity to qualify for the NASP National Tournament in Louisville, Ky.  The State Champion team and top ten individuals in each division automatically qualify for the national tournament.
 
Awards were given to the top three teams and the top 5 individuals in each division.  Prizes included trophies, plaques, archery equipment donated by Cabela’s, state prize bows and two $1,250 scholarships for the top male and female shooter in Louisiana, provided by Central Louisiana QDMA.
 
Team Awards:
 
High School Division:
State Champion – Caddo Magnet High School
Runner Up – Benton High School
3rd Place – Bossier High School
 
Middle School Division:
State Champion – Benton Middle School
Runner Up – Cope Middle School
3rd Place – Haughton Middle School
 
Elementary School Division:
State Champion – Benton Elementary School
Runner Up – Phoenix Magnet Elementary
3rd Place – Poland Junior High
 
Individual Awards:
Top Male Shooter – Zach Roppolo, Cope Middle School
Top Female Shooter – Kendall Orms, Benton Middle School
 
Top Five (1st to 5th Place in order)
 
High School:
Gabe Fradella, Matthew Gideon, Rebecca Hutchinson, Emily Finch and Josh Edvettal
 
Middle School:
Zach Roppolo, Kendall Orms, Kendall Fowler, Taylor Levasseur and Raygen Snellgrove
 
Elementary School:
Jazmine Young, Lake Bradford, Josh Farris, Kaitilyn Masters and Carly Vas Buskirk
 
Along with the over 700 student archers and coaches, nearly 2,000 spectators watched the competition.  While attending the competition, spectators were also able to visit vendor exhibits provided by ALAS sponsors and LDWF program exhibits.
 
The Archery in Louisiana Schools (ALAS) program is affiliated with the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) which introduces students in grades 4-12 to international target-style archery.
 
LDWF would like to acknowledge tournament sponsors and partners including Central Louisiana QDMA, Louisiana Archery and Sports Center, Louisiana National Guard, Louisiana National Wild Turkey Federation, Alexandria/Pineville Visitors and Convention Bureau, LSU Ag Center, Outlaws BBQ, Cenla Signs, H&E Equipment, Cenla Buck Busters Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited, Academy Sports and Outdoors, Cabela’s, Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, Red River Music, NASP, Craig’s Cleaners, and all the volunteers who assisted in making this event a success.
 
For more information on ALAS, contact program coordinator Robert Stroede at 318-484-2276 or rstroede@wlf.la.gov .

 

Experts search for cold-tolerant weevils

Release Date: 03/21/2014

(Mar 21, 2014) - Unusually cold temperatures in the northern parishes are expected to have killed 90 percent of the salvinia weevils used to combat the invasive aquatic plant giant salvinia, which is clogging waterways across Louisiana.
 
That reality has experts from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries along with LSU AgCenter weed scientist Dearl Sanders and fellow scientists Seth Johnson and Stephen Micinski, searching for weevils that can survive the winter in north Louisiana as they do in the southern parishes.
 
“We know that all of the weevils that are in the United States came into this country through the quarantine system in Mission, Texas, and they probably were selected out for heat-tolerant weevils,” Sanders said. 
 
That has worked well for the giant salvinia control efforts in south Louisiana, said LSU AgCenter entomologist Seth Johnson. But in north Louisiana cold tolerance is what’s needed.
 
“In south Louisiana, the salvinia weevil is what you might call a silver bullet,” Johnson said. “The giant salvinia plant isn’t totally gone, but its presence seems to be just enough to support the weevils that are controlling it.”
 
LSU AgCenter’s main role in the current project that began in January is to search for weevils that are more adapted to the northern part of the state.  Weevils reproduce rapidly, which is great for this project.
 
“We’ve used the one nursery site in southern Louisiana for the distribution of weevils all over the state,” Johnson said. “So we’ll probably need to establish a nursery in north Louisiana and follow the same model.”
 
LSU AgCenter researcher Stephen Micinski, who works at the Red River Research Station in Bossier Parish, said he has found some weevils that survived the winter in Shreveport’s Cross Lake and some have also been found in Texas.
 
The LSU AgCenter has been involved in the giant salvinia eradication program since the weed was found at Toledo Bend in 1999. Since this invasive species was first identified, both LDWF and the LSU AgCenter have been looking for ways to control it.
 
LSU AgCenter Associate Vice Chancellor Rogers Leonard said Louisiana is fortunate to have a team of scientists from both agencies with expertise to evaluate and recommend a range of management strategies.  
 
“Collaborative research and outreach efforts from several agencies will be necessary to reduce the impact of this invasive species in Louisiana’s waterways,” Leonard said.   “The weevil is just one example of a sustainable and environmentally- friendly control measure.   We are hopeful that as Louisiana scientists are provided more opportunities to expand research, the current system of using the weevil can be improved.”   
 
The initial estimate of the infestation was about 400 acres in 1999, but the number quickly escalated to more than 70,000 acres in 20 Louisiana lakes by 2010.
 
By 2009, scientists with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and LSU AgCenter were combining their efforts in an attempt to control giant salvinia with the salvinia weevil.
 
LDWF Secretary Robert Barham said there has been much success in controlling the giant salvinia in south Louisiana, but the results in north Louisiana has him concerned.
 
"Not only is giant salvinia endangering the ecology of our lakes, it's also threatening the economies of lakeside communities that depend on fishing, boating and tourism,” Barham said.
 
It is important to find ways to introduce cold-tolerant weevils into the waterbodies of north Louisiana, he said. 
 
“It is our hope that focusing weevil research and development in this direction will provide an effective, efficient giant salvinia control measure for all lakes in north Louisiana," explained Barham.  "We also want to encourage concerned anglers and other resource users to assist in our control efforts by inspecting and cleaning their boats, trailers, personal watercraft intakes and other equipment of all aquatic vegetation before leaving an infected area."
 
Giant salvinia is native to Brazil and had spread to many areas of the world in the 1950s and 1960s. 
 
“The weed came here as part of the water garden trade,” Sanders said. “Once people realized the weed was taking over their ponds, some pulled it up and threw it in ditches and it ended up in the waterways.”
 
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, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-8733. 
 

 

Wildlife Division Biologist Receives Outstanding Leadership Award

Release Date: 03/21/2014

Wildlife Division Biologist Receives Outstanding Leadership Award

March 21, 2014 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Wildlife Division Biologist Fred Hagaman received the Louisiana Society of American Forester’s (LASAF) 2013 Outstanding Leadership Award at the group’s annual meeting in Monroe, La.
 
Hagaman, a Pineville resident, is a biologist manager in the LDWF Forestry Section and is responsible for the management of forest resources in the Gulf Coastal Plain Ecoregion of the state. He began his career with the Forestry Section in 1998 overseeing forest management of Bayou Pierre, Little River, and Loggy Bayou Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs).  He now oversees the management of forest resources and associated wildlife habitat on twelve WMAs, as well as maintaining the statewide WMA forest resource database.
 
Hagaman served as 2013 State Chair of the LASAF where he promoted forest conservation and sustainable forest management at many levels, including his participation at the SAF National Convention in Charleston, S.C. 
 
The LASAF is a professional organization whose members are responsible for the management of Louisiana’s forest and natural resources.  The mission of the Society of American Foresters is to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and, to use the knowledge, skills, and conservation ethic of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society.
 
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Photo caption: Louis “Buddy” Vanhoof, 2014 Chairman of the Louisiana Society of American Foresters, presents the 2013 Outstanding Leadership Award to Fred Hagaman (right).
 

 

Louisiana Crab Task Force Special Meeting

Release Date: 03/21/2014

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 1 p.m.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 310

New Orleans, Louisiana 70122

AGENDA

I.  Roll Call and introduction of guest

II.  Discussion of potential 2014 crab task force legislation

  1. Licenses
  2. Escape Rings

III. Placement of Artificial Reef Sites

IV.Public Comment

V. Set Next Meeting

VI. Adjourn

The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq.  The public is invited to attend.

For press inquiries please contact Ashley Roth, 504-286-4162 or aroth@wlf.la.gov

To sign up for LDWF Alerts sent as text messages and emails directly to your mobile device click   here.

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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