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LDWF Closes Pipeline Road at Boeuf Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 08/29/2016

Aug. 29, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has closed Pipeline Road in the Crow Field at Boeuf Wildlife Management Area (WMA) to all traffic except ATV/UTVs.
 
Flooding this spring and recent heavy rainfall has hampered efforts to maintain this road to support vehicular traffic. A gate has been erected and closed to restrict vehicular traffic, but will allow ATV/UTV traffic.
 
Boeuf WMA is located in Catahoula and Caldwell parishes, north and south of La. Hwy. 4 approximately 10 miles southeast of Columbia.
 
For more information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2777 or contact Lowrey Moak at 318-343-4044 or lmoak@wlf.la.gov.
 

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Artificial Reef Council Meeting Rescheduled for September 15th at 1:00 p.m.

Release Date: 08/29/2016

Due to the historic flooding in south Louisiana, the Artificial Reef Council meeting scheduled for Thursday, August 25th had to be rescheduled. The new date for the meeting is Thursday, September 15th at 1 pm in the Louisiana Room of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge.

 

Agenda:

1)   Introduction and Welcome                                                         

2)   Approval of Minutes & Agenda                                                

3)   Reef Program Update---Michael McDonough & Craig Gothreaux

4)   Presentation of Nearshore Reef Planning Area Maps

            -Decision by Council

5)   Presentation of Inshore Reef Proposals:

            a) Lake Pontchartrain

                        -Decision by Council

            b) Calcasieu Lake

                        -Decision by Council

6)   Public Comments

7)   Other business

8)   Adjourn

 

For more information contact Mike McDonough at 225-763-5418 or mmcdonough@wlf.la.gov.

Louisiana to Host Red Snapper Education Day in Baton Rouge

Release Date: 08/29/2016

August 29, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission are hosting a Red Snapper Education Day on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Louisiana Room at LDWF Headquarters, located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The purpose of this event is to provide the Commission with information about Gulf of Mexico red snapper, including the status of the stock; a brief history of management of Gulf red snapper fisheries; and current management challenges and alternatives.

The event will include presentations from a variety of stakeholders and interested parties, including, but not limited to, staff from LDWF and NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, as well as representatives from the private recreational angling community, for-hire and commercial fishing industries, and restaurant industry. The event will also include a facilitated discussion. The preliminary agenda is as follows:

1.     Welcome and Introductions

2.     Biology and Ecology of Red Snapper

3.     Status of the Gulf Red Snapper Stock

4.     History of State and Federal Management of Gulf Red Snapper

5.     The Gulf States Red Snapper Management Authority Act (HR 3094)

6.     Stakeholder Presentations

7.     Potential Solutions and Next Steps

LDWF is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

RECREATIONAL RED SNAPPER STATE SEASON TO CLOSE AT 11:59 P.M. SEPTEMBER 5, 2016

Release Date: 08/29/2016

News Release

 

For Immediate Release
August 26, 2016

 

Contact: Rene LeBreton

Public Information
LDWF

(504) 286-8745

rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced that the state recreational red snapper season will close at 11:59 p.m. on September 5, 2016. 

 

Preliminary estimates from the LA Creel survey indicate that the Department’s self-imposed quota of 1,116,732 pounds of red snapper for the private and charter sectors of the recreational fishery is projected to be harvested by September 5, 2016.  Closing the season in state waters avoids an overrun of the overall Gulf of Mexico recreational quota and allows the red snapper stock to continue rebuilding.  The Secretary of the Department has the authority to re-open the recreational season, as has been done in previous years, for additional recreational harvest if finalized landings data indicate such harvest would be within conservation targets.

 

The state red snapper season, which opened on January 8, allowed anglers an opportunity to harvest recreational red snapper for 242 days in state waters.  

 

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 recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Training Class, set for Sept. 10, Moved to LDWF Headquarters in Baton Rouge

Release Date: 08/26/2016

Aug. 26, 2016 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) Wildlife Rehabilitation Basic Skills Class, set for Sept. 10 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., will now be held at LDWF headquarters in Baton Rouge at 2000 Quail Dr. in the Louisiana Room. The registration deadline is Sept. 6.
 
The class was moved to LDWF headquarters from Waddill Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge because of flooding damage to that facility.
 
The class, hosted by Wings of Hope Wildlife Sanctuary, is the only certification course recognized by LDWF and is for individuals who would like to become wildlife rehabilitators. The basic skills class fulfills one of the requirements for obtaining an LDWF wildlife rehabilitation license and is free.

The class will be taught by experienced wildlife rehabilitators, veterinarians and wildlife professionals.
 
To register for the class, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife-rehab-training-signup . For more information, contact LDWF permits coordinator Melissa Collins at 225-763-8584 or at mcollins@wlf.la.gov.
 
Anyone interested in pursuing an LDWF wildlife rehabilitation license should contact Collins.

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LDWF Reopens Oil Well Road at Pearl River WMA, Swamp Walk at Joyce WMA

Release Date: 08/24/2016

Aug. 24, 2016 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has reopened the south end of Oil Well Road at Pearl River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and the Swamp Walk at Joyce WMA. However, Boyce Tower Road on Maurepas Swamp WMA remains closed.
 
Recent flooding forced the closures. Once the flooding recedes at Maurepas Swamp WMA, LDWF will inspect and repair any damage and reopen the closed areas.
 
Maurepas Swamp WMA, which consists of 122,098 acres, is located approximately 25 miles west of New Orleans and along the south shore of Lake Maurepas west to near Sorrento. The WMA includes property in Ascension, Livingston, St. John the Baptist, St. James and Tangipahoa parishes. For more information on the WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2791.
 
Joyce WMA, which consists of 27,487 acres, is located in southern Tangipahoa Parish about five miles south of Hammond in the Pontchartrain Basin.  For more information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2774.
 
Pearl River WMA, which consists of 35,032 acres, is located in St. Tammany Parish, five miles east of Slidell.  For more information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2789.
 
For more information on these WMAs, contact Forest Burks at fburks@wlf.la.gov or 985-543-4781.

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LDWF Accepting Applications for 2016 White Lake WCA Youth Waterfowl Hunts

Release Date: 08/24/2016

Aug. 24, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for the 2016 youth waterfowl lottery hunts on White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) in Vermilion Parish.
 
There is no charge for the LDWF-sponsored hunts Nov. 5-6, 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. 20, 2016. One applicant will be selected based on the Office of Wildlife’s seven field office geographic coverage areas, plus one participant selected from the state at large.
 
To be eligible, applicants must be between 10-15 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 418 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 418
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
 
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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LDWF Accepting Applications for White Lake WCA 2016-17 Marsh and Rice Field Waterfowl Lottery Hunts

Release Date: 08/24/2016

Aug. 24, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for 2016-17 marsh and rice field waterfowl lottery hunts on White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) in Vermilion Parish.
 
Marsh hunts are available on:
 
Nov. 16, 20, 22, 26 and 27;
 
Dec. 22, 27 and 29;
 
Jan. 10, 12, and 17.
 
Rice field hunts are available on:
 
Nov. 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 23, 26, 27 and 29;
 
Dec. 1, 3, 4, 17, 18, 20, 21, 28 and 30;
 
Jan.  3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 14, 15, 18, 21 and 22.
 
Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and applications for both hunts must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 22, 2016.
 
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 the LDWF headquarters building at 2000 Quail Drive, Room 418, Baton Rouge, La., 70808 or by mail to the same address. Please note on envelope: Attention: White Lake Marsh (or Rice Field) Lottery Hunt, whichever is applicable.
 
Each application must include a non-refundable $5 administrative fee. The $5 fee must be paid by a check or money order payable to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Successful applicants will be notified by mail.
 
Selected applicants will be allowed two guests for the rice field hunts and one guest for the marsh hunts. An additional payment of $225 will be required for the rice field hunts and $350 for the marsh hunts.
 
For more information on White Lake WCA marsh and rice field waterfowl lottery hunts, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400, ext. 1, or wsweeney@wlf.la.gov .

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LDWF Reschedules Cervid Importation Ban Public Hearings in Mandeville, Lafayette

Release Date: 08/23/2016

Aug. 23, 2016 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has rescheduled public hearings in Mandeville and Lafayette to discuss a proposed cervid carcass importation ban. The Mandeville meeting will be held Aug. 29 and the Lafayette public hearing Aug. 30.
 
The ban was proposed to assist in preventing the introduction of chronic wasting disease (CWD) into Louisiana’s white-tailed deer population.
 
Here is the complete meeting schedule:
 
Aug. 24 at LDWF Minden Field Office, 9961 Hwy. 80, Minden, 6:30 p.m.,
 
Aug. 25 at Woodworth Outdoor Education Center, 661 Robinson Bridge Road, Woodworth, 6:30 p.m.,
 
Aug. 29 at St. Tammany Parish Council Chambers, 21490 Koop Dr., Mandeville, 7 p.m.,
 
Aug. 30 at USGS National Wetlands Research Center, 700 Cajundome Blvd., Lafayette, 6:30 p.m.
 
An importation ban on carcasses of cervids harvested out-of-state was proposed by LDWF during the July LWFC meeting and is in the public comment period. The ban defines a cervid as animals of the family Cervidae, including but not limited to white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, moose, caribou, fallow deer, axis deer, sika deer, red deer and reindeer. 
 
The proposed ban would prohibit the importation of cervid carcasses except for deboned meat, antlers, clean skull plates with antlers, cleaned skulls without tissue attached, capes, tanned hides, finished taxidermy mounts and cleaned cervid teeth.
 
This proposed ban is strictly for the purpose of reducing the likelihood that CWD will enter Louisiana through carcass importation. Approved parts and deboned meat from other states must contain a possession tag with the hunter’s name, out-of-state license number (if required), address, species, date and location (county and state) of harvest.  Each state has different possession requirements for game once processed.
To view the full notice of intent, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.
 
Public comment can be submitted in writing by mail to: Johnathan Bordelon, LDWF Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to jbordelon@wlf.la.gov until 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 26, 2016.
 
For more information, contact Bordelon at 225-765-2344.
 

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Catahoula Lake Diversion Canal Boat Launch on Dewey W. Wills WMA Closed

Release Date: 08/23/2016

Aug. 23, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has closed the boat launch located on the Catahoula Lake Diversion Canal at Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area (WMA) until further notice.
 
The launch has experienced permanent damage due to severe erosion and is unsafe for use.
 
LDWF has begun repair work on the structure and will announce when it is ready.
 
Dewey W. Wills WMA, which consists of 63,901 acres, is located in Catahoula, LaSalle, and Rapides Parishes, 20 miles northeast of Alexandria.  For more information on this 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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