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Road Openings on Dewey W. Wills WMA

Release Date: 08/17/2015

Aug. 17, 2015 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is advising WMA users that Alligator Bayou Road on Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is open to all traffic.  All unsafe road conditions have been repaired.
 
A portion of upper Hunt Road remains closed at this time due to ongoing construction activities.

Dewey W. Wills WMA is located in the southern portion of LaSalle and Catahoula parishes in central Louisiana approximately 20 miles northeast of Alexandria. For more information on the WMA, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2753 .
 
For more information, contact Cliff Dailey at 318-487-5885 or adailey@wlf.la.gov .
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LDWF Schedules Drawdown for Chicot Lake for Aquatic Vegetation Control

Release Date: 08/17/2015

(Aug. 17, 2015) – Immediately following Labor Day, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in cooperation with Louisiana State Parks, will initiate a drawdown for aquatic vegetation control on Chicot Lake near Ville Platte on September 8, 2015.

The lake level will be lowered 3 feet below pool stage as part of an integrated management plan to control nuisance aquatic vegetation and improve the sport fishery. Additional control efforts include herbicide applications for both floating and emergent vegetation.

The control structure will be closed no later than January 15, 2016, to allow the lake to refill.

Although the lake will not be closed to fishing, caution is advised of boaters during the low water period, as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance for underwater obstructions.

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 additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Jody David, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jdavid@wlf.la.gov or (337) 948-0255.  For press inquiries contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-8733.

2014 Louisiana Youth Hunters of the Year Recognized at LOWA Conference

Release Date: 08/14/2015

Mya Gravois
William Morrison

Aug. 14, 2015 -- The 2014 Louisiana Male and Female Youth Hunters of the Year (YHOY) were recognized at the 2015 Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) Conference in Morgan City on Aug. 8.
 
Mya Gravois of Lakeland received the award for the 2014 Female YHOY and William Morrison of Natchitoches received the award for the 2014 Male YHOY. Both young hunters received their awards from Glynn Harris, distinguished LOWA writer and 2015 Arthur Van Pelt Award Winner.
 
YHOY Program sponsors include the Louisiana Wildlife Federation, the South Louisiana Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association, the Louisiana Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Harrison Law LLC, the BR Chapter of Delta Waterfowl and Bowie Outfitters in Baton Rouge.
 
Twelve-year-old Mya is the daughter of Hank and Aleisha Gravois.  Mya began the 2014 hunting season by harvesting a 13-foot alligator that is currently on display at the Swamp Shop in Grosse Tete. She harvested the gator on Indian Bayou Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Mya continued her memorable season harvesting cat squirrels on Sherburne WMA and then completed her 2014 hunting experience by harvesting three deer with three shots over the course of the season.
 
In her essay submitted, Mya wrote about the variety of great hunting experiences with her father and the excitement of each season within the season, a testimony to the wonderful outdoor opportunities that both boys and girls have in the Bayou State.
 
Twelve-year-old William’s story actually began in 2012 on a spring turkey hunt on family land in Arkansas.  A gobbler came strutting right to him, he pulled the trigger and his gun did not fire. His older brother killed the tom and William was disappointed in his bad luck, but very excited for his brother and determined to harvest a turkey at his next opportunity.
 
He had no luck during the 2013 season, but on a turkey hunt in Louisiana in 2014 William made the shot with his new shotgun and bagged his first gobbler. His dad did the calling and his brother documented the hunt with his camera.  William's first turkey serves as a reminder that good things happen to those who persevere.  William is the son of William and Emily Morrison.
 
“These two youngsters and the families who provided their opportunities are fine examples that the Louisiana hunting tradition is alive and well,” said David Moreland, YHOY Program co-coordinator.  “The goal of the program is to get youth involved in the outdoors and develop their appreciation for a sport that can last a lifetime.”
 
The two winners received plaques recognizing their achievement and a gift card from Bowie Outfitters.
 
The 2015 YHOY competition started during the 2015 spring turkey season and continues when the 2015-16 dove season begins in September.  LDWF and LOWA encourage all youth hunters, 15 years old or younger, to participate in the Youth Hunter Registry Program and the Youth Hunter of the Year Program. 
 
For more information about the Youth Hunter Registry and YHOY Program, visit LDWF’s website at http://www.wlf.state.la.us/hunting/yhrp or contact Scott Durham at 225-765-2351 or sdurham@wlf.la.gov or David Moreland at 225-978-6552 or heflinroots@hotmail.com.

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Slidell Man Cited for Shrimping During a Closed Season

Release Date: 08/14/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited a commercial fisherman for alleged shrimping violations on Aug. 12 in Plaquemines Parish.

Agents patrolling in Black Bay observed a skimming vessel actively shrimping around 9:30 p.m.  During the inspection, agents found approximately 23 pounds of shrimp on board the vessel.

Agents cited Michael J Daigle Jr, 28, of Slidell, for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season and seized the shrimp.

The inshore shrimp season is set to open on Aug. 17 at 6 a.m.

Using skimmers during a closed shrimp season brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

In addition to any and all other penalties, for the first conviction of shrimping during the closed season, the court may revoke or suspend the violator's trawl, skimmer, and butterfly gear licenses for one year from the date of the conviction. During such revocation or suspension, the violator may be present on a vessel harvesting or possessing shrimp or possessing a trawl, skimmer, or butterfly net, only if the vessel is equipped with and employs an operating vessel monitoring system which is accessible to LDWF. The court shall also sentence the violator to perform 40 hours of community service.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. Scott Keller and Senior Agent Jason Gernados.

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

Homer Man Cited for Deer Hunting Out of Season

Release Date: 08/14/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Homer man on Aug. 12 for alleged deer hunting violations in Claiborne Parish.

Agents cited Canyon Roberson, 19, of Homer, for taking deer during a closed season, taking deer during illegal hours, discharging a firearm from a public road, and expired driver’s license.

Agents received a complaint from the Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Office about a man shooting from Highway 2 near Homer.  Agents stopped a vehicle that matched the description around 9:30 p.m. and discovered Roberson to be in possession of a freshly killed doe deer.

Taking deer during a closed season and taking deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Discharging a firearm from a public road brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Driving with an expired license will have any fines assigned by the parish if found guilty.

Roberson may also be responsible for a civil restitution amount of $1,624 for the illegally taken deer.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. Kenneth Balkom, Sgt. Mike Kelley, and Senior Agents Bryant Coburn and Jared McIver

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

LDWF’s Catch and Cook Program Takes Your Fish From Louisiana Waters to Table in One Tasty Trip

Release Date: 08/14/2015

(Aug. 14, 2015) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries now offers the Louisiana Catch and Cook Program, allowing anglers to enjoy their catch at a local restaurant, prepared by their favorite chef. 
 
Act 577, authored by Sen. Bret Allain of Franklin during the 2014 Legislative session, allows participating retail food establishments to prepare certain recreational game fish. Any retail food establishment that wishes to participate in the program can apply to the Department for a participation permit. 
 
“The Catch and Cook Program allows fresh caught Louisiana game fish to be served in our Louisiana restaurants, what could be better than that?” asked Sen. Allain. “It promotes recreational and charter fishing along with some of the best restaurants in the world. This program highlights what Louisiana is famous for.”
 
There is no fee to apply for the permit, and participating restaurants may charge the guest any amount they choose for preparing the item. The guest providing the fish must execute an assumption of risk relieving the establishment of any responsibility. Fish must be cleaned and processed beforehand and can only be served to the party who caught the fish.
 
“This program is a wonderful opportunity to promote the state’s nearly $2 billion recreational fishing industry while simultaneously showcasing Louisiana’s top-notch dining establishments,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham. “Anglers, especially those traveling to the Sportsman’s Paradise to take part in our first-class fishing, are looking to add value to their experience and the Catch and Cook Program does exactly that.”
 
Sen. Allain recently took to the waters of the Gulf of Mexico out of Barataria with fellow members of the Louisiana Legislature and outdoor media to promote the new program. Captain Theophile Bourgeois of Bourgeois Fishing Charters hosted the group.
 
To date, 14 restaurants have signed on to the program, and LDWF expects more to join as it gains more publicity. The Louisiana Restaurant Association is currently working with the Department and Sen. Allain’s office to further promote program awareness amongst the restaurant community. 
 
“What helps identify Louisiana’s cuisine as unique is not only how we prepare our dishes, but what we prepare,” said Stan Harris, President and CEO, Louisiana Restaurant Association. “The Catch and Cook Program allows a recreational angler to have their catch prepared by our world-class restaurants, creating a pathway to serve species we can’t currently offer. We encourage our LRA members to consider opting in to this new program.”   
 
Galatoire’s, located in the French Quarter, is already a Catch and Cook participant and hosted Sen. Allain’s fishing group following their day on the water.
 
“We are committed to serving the freshest of Louisiana’s indigenous seafood bounty,” said Melvin Rodrigue, President and CEO, Galatoire’s Restaurant. “Many of our patrons are avid fishermen and the opportunity to prepare their catch with Galatoire’s signature style is one we are pleased to accommodate through the Catch and Cook Program.”
 
The Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana is also a strong supporter of the new program.
 
“Louisiana is home to some of the world’s best recreational fishing and some of the world’s best restaurants, and each attracts countless visitors to our state each year,” said David Cresson, CEO of Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana. “Sen. Allain’s innovative Catch and Cook Program allows visitors and locals alike to combine the two, enriching both the experience on the water and at the table.”
 
For guidelines or to participate in the Catch and Cook Program, visit www.fishla.org/catch-and-cook/.
 
“Nothing wraps up a long day on the water better than the smell of fish sizzling on the grill, but not all anglers prefer to cook their own catch,” explained LDWF Assistant Secretary Randy Pausina. “So why not leave it to the professionals?”
 
The Louisiana Restaurant Association is one of the largest business organizations in the state, representing restaurant operations and related businesses. The restaurant industry in Louisiana is the state’s largest employer, providing jobs to nearly 200,000 residents. Restaurants in Louisiana are expected to generate sales of $7.3 billion in 2015. Get up-to-date news about the LRA and the restaurant industry from www.lra.org.    
 
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, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-8733.
 

Explore Bowhunting Program Launched in Louisiana

Release Date: 08/13/2015

Explore Bowhunting Program Launched in Louisiana

Aug. 13, 2015 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has officially launched the Explore Bowhunting Program with its fist instructor training conducted July 28 at Cypress Bend Park near Many, La.
 
Held in conjunction with the Louisiana Agriculture Teachers Association Convention, 18 teachers learned how to present this exciting program to students enrolled in their Ag classes.
 
Agriculture teachers in Louisiana provide the perfect platform to teach Explore Bowhunting in Louisiana schools.  Most are outdoor enthusiasts and already certified to teach hunter education.
 
Developed by the Archery Trade Association, Explore Bowhunting is an educational program designed to help instructors, program leaders and educators teach students ages 11-17 the basic skills of bowhunting. The Archery Trade Association has created this program to spark an interest and passion for bowhunting in today’s youth. Through these hands-on experiences students gain confidence interacting with the natural environment and strengthen their appreciation for wildlife and the woods.
 
To learn more information about the Explore Bowhunting program in Louisiana, contact John Sturgis, Louisiana Hunting Heritage Coordinator at jsturgis@wlf.la.gov.                    

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Two Jefferson Parish Men Arrested For Crab Trap Theft

Release Date: 08/13/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division Agents arrested two men on Aug. 11, for alleged commercial fishing violations in Plaquemines Parish.

Agents arrested Shane Rogers, 32, and Terryl Perez, 27, both from Lafitte for theft of crab traps, illegal removal of the contents of crab traps, harassment of a legal fisherman and intentional littering.

Agents investigated the two men after being shown photos of the men in the Bay Round area of Plaquemines Parish cutting the corks off crab traps.  The men would replace the cut corks with their own and then throw the original fishermen’s corks in the water.

After looking at the photos, agents conducted interviews where the men admitted to cutting the other fisherman’s corks.  Agents then secured warrants for the men and booked in the Jefferson Parish Jail waiting to transfer to Plaquemines Parish.

Theft of crab traps and illegal removal of contents of crab traps carries up to a $950 fine and 120 days in jail for each offense.  Harassment of a person lawfully fishing carries up to a $350 fine and 60 days in jail.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Adam Young, Senior Agent Mike Marques and Agent Kyle Wagner.
For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF’s License to Win! Sweepstakes Winners Announced

Release Date: 08/13/2015

 

(Aug. 13, 2015) – As part of it’s first annual License to Win! promotion, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in partnership with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation awarded five lucky winners for its July saltwater license holder drawing.  Winners drawn on August 1 include John Burke, Candice Gussman, Sheila Lapeyrouse, Carla Pratt, Sanford Roy and Timothy Scanio.
 
The winners were among thousands of names entered when they purchased a 2015-16 recreational saltwater fishing license.
 
The sweepstakes includes fives monthly prize winners of a YETI Tundra 45 ice chest, Shimano Curado G-Loomis Combo or gift cards from Academy Sports and Outdoors, Texaco and Whole Foods Market.
 
The License to Win! sweepstakes encourages anglers to provide accurate contact information to participate in a survey (LA Creel) that helps LDWF manage their fishery.  LA Creel is the data-gathering survey that allows LDWF biologists to manage our fisheries at localized levels across the state.  The success of LA Creel will not only allow the Department to better manage fisheries, but will ultimately maximize the amount of fishing opportunities for Louisiana anglers. 
 
This promotion has just begun, so visit your nearest license vendor or go online (www.wildlifelicense.com) to purchase your recreational saltwater license to be eligible for next month’s drawing.  The department will continue to select five winners each month, and one lucky angler will take home the grand prize, a 22 foot bay boat, trailer and motor donated by Venice Marina, Mercury Outboards and Mike Gerald’s Trailer Depot.
 
Rules and additional information can be found at http://www.fishla.org/license-win-sweepstakes/
 
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.la.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

2015 White Lake W.C.A. Youth Waterfowl Hunts Announced

Release Date: 08/13/2015

Aug. 13, 2015 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for the 2015 youth waterfowl lottery hunts on White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) in Vermilion Parish.
 
There is no charge for the LDWF-sponsored hunts on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, provided as a quality experience for young waterfowl hunters. The participants in the hunts will be determined by a lottery drawing. Applications for the lottery should be submitted to LDWF before close of business on Sept. 11, 2015.
 
To be eligible, applicants must be between 10 and 15 years of age on the date of the hunt they select. In addition, all applicants must have a certificate showing they have satisfactorily completed an LDWF approved hunter education course.
 
Selected hunters must be accompanied in the blind by a parent or guardian, although the youth will be the only one permitted to possess a firearm.
 
Applications may be obtained by contacting any of LDWF's field offices or by visiting the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/lottery-applications .  Completed applications may be delivered in person to Room 422 of the LDWF headquarter building at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge, or sent by mail to:
 
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Attention: White Lake Youth Waterfowl Hunt
2000 Quail Drive, Room 422
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
 
 
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 White Lake WCA youth waterfowl hunts, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400, ext. 1 or wsweeney@wlf.la.gov .

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