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Steven Ray of Simsboro Selected for Grand Prize in LDWF’s Validate to Win Deer Harvest Contest

Release Date: 06/21/2016

Steven Ray (middle) accepts his prize from Ruffin Moreland (left) of Bowie Outfitters and Johnathan Bordelon.

June 21, 2016 – Good fortune smiled twice on Steven Ray of Simsboro the morning of Dec. 19, 2015. It was the day he harvested the biggest deer of his life and also earned first prize in the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Validate to Win Contest.
 
Ray’s deer, the only one he took during the 2015-16 season, measured 19 ¾ inches wide, 14 inches high and had seven points. He also came away with a Thompson Center breech loading rifle complete with a scope and case, the grand prize provided by Bowie Outfitters in the Validate to Win Contest. Four other hunters will be selected to receive lifetime hunting licenses provided by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation.
 
One of the key components in LDWF’s Deer Management Program is hunters reporting each harvested deer to LDWF, as required by Louisiana hunting regulations. During the 2015-16 deer season, Louisiana deer hunters had the added incentive provided by the Validate to Win Contest.
 
Hunters needed only to validate each tag for each deer harvested during the 2015-16 season. Each validated tag equated to an entry in the prize drawing.

 Any hunter who validated his/her deer tag information within seven days after harvest was automatically entered in the contest. 
“Our Validate to Win contest was designed to encourage deer hunters to supply the vital information we need to manage the state’s deer population,” said Johnathan Bordelon, Deer Program Manager for LDWF. “We’d like to thank Bowie Outfitters and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation for supplying the prizes and congratulate Mr. Ray. It is the obligation and requirement for our state’s deer hunters to report every harvest.’’
 
Just taking the only buck of the 15-16 season was good enough for Ray, who began hunting when he was a child with his father. He said he overslept that morning but decided to venture out anyway.
 
“I was going to my stand and it was 7:30 a.m.,’’ said Ray, who said he was only about five miles from his home when he took the buck. “The feeder had already gone off and I said, ‘If I go (to the stand), I’ll just run anything out.’ So I climbed alongside a tree, sat down and about 30 minutes later he walked out. It’s about as lucky as you could get. It’s the biggest and best deer I’ve ever taken.’’
 
Ray said he normally harvests one to two deer per season and makes validating a priority.
 
Deer harvest validation, or reporting, provides parish-level data on the season harvest numbers, sex ratios and calendar information that illustrate trends in the state’s deer harvest. That information plays a critical role in setting season lengths and bag limits. If harvest data is under-reported, LDWF biologists and managers cannot make accurate determinations on hunting success and deer population parameters. 

Prior to hunting deer, all deer hunters, regardless of age or license status, must obtain deer tags and have tags in possession when hunting deer. Immediately upon harvesting a deer, the hunter must tag the deer with the appropriate license tag before it is moved from the site, and the hunter must document the harvest on the attached report card portion of the deer tag license.

The hunter must record the date of harvest and the parish on the carcass tag. The tag must remain attached to the deer while kept at camp, or while it is transported to the domicile of the hunter, or to a cold storage facility. Hunters who keep the carcass or meat at camp must also comply with the game possession tag regulations. Within seven days, the hunter must validate the harvest using the toll free validation phone number 866-484-4805 or the web link: www.la.wildlifelicense.com.
 
For more information, contact Johnathan Bordelon at 225-765-2344 or jbordelon@wlf.la.gov .

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LDWF to Hold Lake Bistineau Public Meetings

Release Date: 06/16/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will conduct an informational meeting concerning Lake Bistineau.
 
Who:  LDWF Inland Fisheries Staff
 
What:  Public information meeting on Lake Bistineau
 
When:  Thursday, June 23, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.
 
Where:    Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Region 1 Office
                Jonathan Glasscock Memorial Classroom
                9961 Hwy. 80
                Minden, LA 71055
 
The meeting will include an update on the current status of the lake, and LDWF staff will field questions concerning the management of Lake Bistineau and giant salvinia.  Everyone interested in Lake Bistineau is encouraged to attend. 
 
Space is limited to 100 individuals, so please keep this in mind when making plans to attend.  
 
The current LDWF Lake Bistineau Management Plan can be viewed at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/waterbody-management-plans-inland
 
For additional information regarding the meetings, contact Jeff Sibley, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jsibley@wlf.la.gov or (318) 371-3066.

LDWF Schedules Drawdown for Aquatic Vegetation Control on Chicot Lake

Release Date: 06/15/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in conjunction with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LA DOTD) and the Louisiana Office of State Parks, has scheduled a drawdown for Chicot Lake in Evangeline Parish for vegetation control and bridge repairs. The drawdown is scheduled to begin after Labor Day on September 6, 2016. The control structure is scheduled for closure on January 2, 2017, to allow the lake to refill and ensure that fish nesting habitat is accessible for springtime spawning. 
 
In order for LA DOTD to perform the necessary bridge repairs, the lake will initially be lowered at a rate of 3 inches per day to a maximum of 6 feet below pool stage. Caution is advised for boaters during the low water period, as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance of underwater structures.
 
The lake will be closed to fishing, boating and all other recreation when the lake reaches 3 feet below pool level (39’ MSL). LA DOTD will begin repairs in early October, barring significant rainfall, and they expect to complete repairs within two to three weeks. The control structure will then be closed and the lake allowed to refill until it reaches 3 feet below pool stage.  At that time, the lake will be reopened to fishing and other recreation. The lake will be maintained at that level for vegetation control until January 2, 2017, when the control structure will be closed and the lake allowed to refill.   
 
This action is a necessary component of LDWF’s integrated management plan developed in 2015 to control overabundant aquatic vegetation growth and to improve the Chicot Lake sport fishery.  An annual cycle of high and low water fluctuation can provide beneficial effects similar to a natural overflow lake system.
 
LDWF also conducts annual herbicide applications for floating and emergent vegetation. An application of fluridone was applied in the early spring of 2016 near the north fishing pier. This systemic herbicide is used to target early-submersed plant growth. 
 
For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Jody David, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jdavid@wlf.la.gov or (337) 948-0255. 

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Reopens Boyce Tower Road in Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 06/14/2016

June 14, 2016 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has reopened Boyce Tower Road in Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Heavy rain caused flooding in part of the WMA, forcing the road closure.
 
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.
 
For more information on this WMA, contact Forest Burks at fburks@wlf.la.gov or 985-543-4781.

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Agency Partnership Makes Boat Trailer Registration Process More Convenient

Release Date: 06/09/2016

News Release

For Immediate Release
June 9, 2016

Contact: Rene LeBreton
Public InformationLDWF
(504) 286-8745
rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

Contact: Jill H Jarreau
Headquarters Administrator
Office of Motor Vehicles
225.925.7917
Jill.Jarreau@la.gov

 

(Baton Rouge, LA) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) have announced a partnership that will allow customers to register their boats and trailers at one location.

Beginning June 13, the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles will have a representative at LDWF headquarters at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge every Monday to assist with boat/trailer registrations. Customers will be able complete the registration process without having to go to both agencies.

“We look forward to this partnership with the Office of Motor Vehicles,” said LDWF Secretary Charlie Melancon. “We will take advantage of any opportunity to increase the level of our customer service and to become a more user-friendly agency.”

Commissioner Karen St. Germain stated “OMV is pleased to have been given the opportunity to work in conjunction with the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and will always take any opportunity to combine customer services when possible.”

LDWF reminds customers that the Louisiana Department of Revenue has a representative available on Mondays at LDWF headquarters to process tax payments for customers registering boats. This addition of the Office of Motor Vehicles will create a one-stop-shop every Monday for new and used boat owners.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us a twww.wlf.la.gov. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

For more information on vehicle registration, please visit www.expresslane.org

LWF Commission Establishes Oyster Harvester Training Program

Release Date: 06/09/2016

 

News Release
 
For Immediate Release
June 8, 2016
 
Contact: Ashley Wethey
Public Information
LDWF
(504) 286-8733
awethey@wlf.la.gov

 

 

 

 

 

LWF Commission Establishes Oyster Harvester Training Program

Last week, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission took action on a Notice of Intent (NOI) to establish an Oyster Harvester Training Program mandated by Act 276 of the 2016 regular session of the Louisiana Legislature.
 
The purpose of the program is to develop professionalism in the oyster harvest industry. The NOI establishes the requirements needed to complete the program, including training in the Louisiana Shellfish Sanitation Program and the best harvest practices for conservation of the species.
 
Applicants will be required to complete an online course with a passing score of 80 percent or above in order to receive a certificate. The course must be completed within the previous three years, or within the previous year if course materials have substantively changed.
 
To view the full notice of intent, please visit here.
 
Interested persons may submit comments relative to the proposed rule to Steve Beck, Fisheries Division, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000 or via email to sbeck@wlf.la.gov prior to July 19, 2016.
 
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.

 

 

2016 Federal Red Snapper Season Extended By Two Days

Release Date: 06/09/2016

 

News Release

 

For Immediate Release
June 8, 2016

 

Contact: Rene LeBreton

Public Information
LDWF

(504) 286-8745

rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

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2016 Federal Red Snapper Season Extended By Two Days

(Batobn Rouge, LA) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to notify our anglers that NOAA Fisheries is extending the red snapper recreational fishing season for private anglers in the Gulf of Mexico due to impacts of Tropical Storm Colin. 

 

NOAA Fisheries is extending the season for two additional days in federal waters seaward of 9 nautical miles; the private angler red snapper federal season will close at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, June 12, 2016.

 

The state season for the recreational harvest of red snapper in state waters out to 9 nautical miles is also currently open and will remain open after the federal season closes. LDWF monitors real-time red snapper harvest during 2016 through the LA Creel program.
 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us atwww.wlf.la.gov. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

 

LDWF Announces Jackson-Bienville Wildlife Management Area to Close on July 1

Release Date: 06/08/2016

June 8, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is notifying the public that effective July 1, 2016, the Jackson-Bienville Wildlife Management Area (WMA) will no longer be part of the WMA program.
 
“LDWF appreciates the longstanding partnership with Weyerhaeuser Company in providing access to this property,” said Charlie Melancon, LDWF Secretary. “Jackson-Bienville WMA has been a popular destination for recreational hunting enthusiasts in Louisiana since 1961.” 
 
Weyerhaeuser made the property available for public leasing in April 2016.  Unfortunately, LDWF and Weyerhaeuser could not come to terms in an agreement to continue leasing the property.
 
LDWF’s WMA system includes nearly 860,000 acres of department owned property in addition to over 450,000 acres of free-lease WMAs. LDWF relies on many large landowners throughout the state to partner with the agency to provide outdoor recreation opportunities through free leases.
 
LDWF would like to recognize and thank its other partners in conservation that provide land for public use. Without the generosity and assistance of Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Biloxi Marsh Land Corporation, Louisiana National Guard, Hancock Timber, LaSalle Parish School Board, U.S. Army, U.S. Forest Service, Tangipahoa Parish School Board, Louisiana State Lands Office, Ouachita Parish School Board, Red Oak Timber Company, Calcasieu Parish School Board, New Orleans City Park Improvement Association, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Caddo Levee District, Red River Waterway Commission, Thistlethwaite Heirs, Roy O. Martin, and Forest Investment, LDWF would not be able to provide the properties owned by these partners as WMA lands for outdoor recreational opportunity.
 
LDWF’s Land Acquisition program continues to add property to the WMA system on an annual basis. The WMA Master Plan identified the need for this activity to continue as a means for the LDWF to address continuing threats to wildlife and fisheries resources across the state, as well as to conserve important landscapes associated with the flora and fauna of our tremendously diverse state. Acquisition of tracts also ensures long term availability of the resources for the benefit of society and the multitude of users of these lands, especially the sportsmen of Louisiana.
 
For more information, contact Kenny Ribbeck at 225-765-2942 or kribbeck@wlf.la.gov.

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Registration Deadline Approaching for LDWF’s WETSHOP 2016 at Grand Isle Research Lab

Release Date: 06/08/2016

June 8, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will hold WETSHOP 2016, a coastal awareness workshop for science, history and social studies teachers, July 10-15 at the LDWF Grand Isle Research Lab. Deadline for registration is June 24.
 
The focus of this six-day workshop will be to provide teachers with an in-depth look at issues related to wetland ecology and coastal land loss in Louisiana. Participating teachers will accrue 55 hours of instruction covering a wide variety of topics, including wetland ecology, fisheries management and coastal restoration. Teachers will also spend a portion of each day in the field learning about maritime forests, barrier island beach ecology, coastal restoration projects, bird life, marsh and swamp habitats and marine organisms. This year, participants will visit one of the largest coastal restoration projects in the world.
 
All participating teachers will receive Grade Level Expectation (GLE) correlated wetland lessons and many other educational resources from numerous sponsoring agencies and organizations. Lodging and meals are provided once participants reach the workshop site. Upon completion of the workshop, each participant will receive a $250 stipend.  An additional stipend is available during the Academic Year (AY) upon completion of a wetland stewardship project.
 
WETSHOP is sponsored by LDWF with grant funding provided by the Barataria Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation.  In addition to this funding, WETSHOP is a collaborative effort with partners that provide experts in the field for presentations and educational materials.  These agencies and organizations include:  BTNEP, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, Louisiana Nature Conservancy, Louisiana Sea Grant College Program, Coastal Planning Protection and Restoration Act and Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium.
 
Teachers interested in WETSHOP 2016 can contact LDWF Biologist Supervisor Angela Capello at 318-623-4661 or acapello@wlf.la.gov.

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LDWF Closes Portion of Boyce Tower Road on Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Due to Flooding

Release Date: 06/06/2016

June 6, 2016 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has closed a portion of Boyce Tower Road at the bridge within Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area (WMA) due to flooding from recent heavy rain.
 
Once the flooding recedes, LDWF will inspect and repair any damage prior to reopening the road.
 
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.

For more information on this WMA, contact Forest Burks at fburks@wlf.la.gov or 985-543-4781.

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