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2014 Youth Hunter of the Year and Youth Angler of the Year Entry Deadline Approaching

Release Date: 06/17/2015

June 17, 2015 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) are encouraging hunters and anglers 15 years of age or younger to enter the 2014 Youth Hunter of the Year and Youth Angler of the Year Contests.  The deadline to enter each contest is June 30, 2015.
 
Both contests are for Louisiana resident youth 15 years of age or younger and require young hunters or fishermen to submit a story about their experience along with a photo of the hunting or fishing experience.  LDWF and LOWA will then select a male and female Youth Hunter of the Year and a male and female Youth Angler of the Year based on the stories and photos that are received.
 
Visit the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/yhrp for information on the 2014 Youth Hunter of the Year Contest and registration form. Visit the LOWA website at http://www.laoutdoorwriters.com/YAA/tabid/159/Default.aspx  for information on the 2014 Youth Angler of the Year Contest and registration form.
 
Youth hunters who participated in any hunting activity during the 2014-15 hunting seasons are encouraged to participate.  The Youth Hunter of the Year Contest is about youngsters enjoying a hunting experience, with or without success, and keeping the hunting tradition alive in Louisiana.
 
Young anglers who enjoyed a fishing experience between July 2014 and June 2015 are eligible for the 2014 Youth Angler of the Year Contest. Big fish stories are not a requirement, but enjoying the day and getting hooked on the sport is the story we want to hear.
 
The winners will be recognized at the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Conference on Saturday, Aug. 8 in Morgan City. Winners will receive a plaque in recognition of their achievement and an additional prize.
 
For more information on the Youth Hunter of the Year Contest, contact Scott Durham at 225-765-2351 or sdurham@wlf.la.gov or David Moreland at 225-978-6552 or heflinroots@hotmail.com .  For additional information on the Youth Angler of the Year Contest, contact Captain Wendy Billiot at 985-851-7578 or captainwendy@bayouwoman.com.
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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Hunting and Fishing Advisory Education Council Meeting Scheduled for June 23, 2015

Release Date: 06/17/2015

The Hunting and Fishing Advisory Education Council will meet Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters building located at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge.  The agenda for Tuesday’s meeting in the Louisiana Room is as follows:
1. Roll Call
2. Approval of Minutes of March 17, 2015
3. Welcome and Opening Comments - Chairman
4. Enforcement Division Report
5. 2015 Legislative Session Overview
6. Aquatic Plant Control Report
7. Artificial Reef Program Update
8. Louisiana Black Bear De-Listing Overview
9.  Set Next Meeting Date
10.  Receive Public Comments
11.  Adjournment
 
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, contact Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov.

 

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Recreational red snapper season remains open in Louisiana state waters

Release Date: 06/17/2015

June 17, 2015 – After a 10 day federal red snapper season that ran from June 1 through June 10, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries wants to remind recreational anglers that the season for the recreational harvest of red snapper in Louisiana state waters remains open.
 
On March 20, 2015, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries opened the Louisiana red snapper season in Louisiana state waters seven days per week until further notice.  The bag and possession limit for the state-waters season is two fish per person at a 16-inch minimum total length.

 
The Louisiana Gulfward Boundary
 
In June 2012, the Commission took action to extend Louisiana state waters from three miles offshore to three marine leagues, or approximately 9 nautical miles, offshore.
 
LDWF officials encourage fishermen to use caution and their own personal judgment when fishing beyond the three-mile boundary that is currently recognized as federal waters, as it is fully expected that federal agents will continue to enforce federal law.  Until U.S. Congress confirms Louisiana’s action, the battle will continue over Louisiana’s state water boundary.

 
Recreational Offshore Landing Permit

 
The Department reminds anglers that a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit is required in order to possess certain species, including red snapper.  Anglers may obtain or renew his or her permit free of charge at https://rolp.wlf.la.gov.
 
The permit is required for any angler possessing tuna, billfish, swordfish, amberjack, grouper snapper, hind, wahoo, cobia and dolphin, except for anglers under 16 years of age or fishing on a paid-for-hire trip where the captain holds a permit.
 
Anglers may renew their permits up to 30 days prior to expiration.  A valid Louisiana fishing license number is required to obtain a permit.  A confirmation number is allowed for a temporary (trip) license.
 
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 press inquiries contact Ashley Wethey, awethey@wlf.la.gov or 225-721-0489

 

REVISED: Spring Shrimp Season to Close June 19 in Majority of State Inside Waters

Release Date: 06/16/2015

Shrimp Closing 6.19.15

Spring Shrimp Season to Close June 19 in Majority of State Inside Waters
** Revised map of closure area is attached

June 16, 2015 – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2015 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 19, from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line westward to the western shore of the Freshwater Bayou canal except for the following waters:
 

  • Lake Pontchartrain, Rigolets Pass, Chef Menteur Pass, that part of Lake Borgne seaward of a line extending one-half mile from the shoreline,
  • that portion of Mississippi Sound north of a line beginning at 30 degrees 05 minutes 00.0 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 30 minutes 00.0 seconds west longitude; thence southeasterly to a point on the western shore of Three-Mile Pass at 30 degrees 03 minutes 00.0 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 22 minutes 23.0 seconds west longitude; thence northeasterly to a point on Isle Au Pitre at 30 degrees 09 minutes 20.5 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 11 minutes 15.5 seconds west longitude, which is a point on the double–rig line as described in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2,
  • the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double-rig line
  • those inside waters south of 29 degrees 26 minutes 00 seconds north latitude from 89 degrees 50 minutes 30 seconds west longitude westward to the western shore of the Barataria Waterway, and
  • those inside waters south of 29 degrees 13 minutes 00 seconds north latitude from 90 degrees 18 minutes 00 seconds west longitude westward to 90 degrees 34 minutes 00 seconds west longitude, and those inside waters south of 29 degrees 06 minutes 00 seconds north latitude from 90 degrees 34 minutes 00 seconds west longitude westward to 90 degrees 46 minutes 00 seconds west longitude.

For a map detailing these closures please click here:
 
All remaining state inside waters as well as all state outside waters seaward of the Inside/Outside Shrimp Line, as described in R.S. 56:495 will remain open to shrimping until further notice.
 
The spring season for harvest of shrimp in inside waters of the state has been one of the shortest on record.  Data collected in recent weeks by LDWF biologists indicate increased quantity, distribution and percentage of small, juvenile white shrimp within these waters. The decision to close these waters was made to protect these developing shrimp and provide opportunity for growth to larger and more marketable sizes. 
Recognizing the impact of such a short season in these waters on harvesters and related industries, LDWF Secretary Robert Barham has authorized certain restricted open water areas of Barataria and Terrebonne/Timbalier Bays to remain open at this time.  The intent is to provide additional opportunity for harvesters to continue harvest in areas where white shrimp are somewhat less abundant and somewhat larger than in the interior marshes.  These areas will be monitored, and if problems with compliance develop, these areas will be closed.  They will also be closed when smaller white shrimp in those areas make it biologically inappropriate to remain open.  
 
LDWF reminds shrimpers that there is a possession count on saltwater white shrimp taken in either inside or outside (offshore) waters of Louisiana of 100 count (whole shrimp per pound). This size restriction applies to the taking or possession of such shrimp aboard a vessel, EXCEPT during the period from Oct. 15 through the third Monday in December when there shall be no possession count on saltwater white shrimp taken or possessed. When more than 50 percent by weight of the saltwater shrimp taken or possessed is seabobs or brown shrimp, then the maximum allowable amount of undersized white shrimp taken or possessed shall not exceed 10 percent by weight of the total saltwater shrimp taken or possessed.  If compliance issues develop, then the remaining open areas can be closed.
 
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, contact Jeff Marx at (337) 373-0032 or jmarx@wlf.la.gov . For press inquiries, contact Ashley Roth, 504-286-4162 or aroth@wlf.la.gov

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Authorities Rescue 113 People from Flooded Area in Grant Parish

Release Date: 06/16/2015

Authorities Rescue 113 People from Flooded Area in Grant Parish
Authorities Rescue 113 People from Flooded Area in Grant Parish

Search and rescue teams from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office (GPSO) and the Louisiana Air National Guard (LANG) rescued 113 people from a flooded area in Grant Parish on June 14.

The search and rescue teams were alerted around 5 a.m. about stranded citizens following a private land levee breach on the Red River at Louisiana Mudfest just south of Colfax.  Louisiana Mudfest is a private company that hosts all-terrain vehicle mud rides.

The majority of the Louisiana Mudfest property was submerged with quickly rising water leaving over 100 people stranded on a portion of high ground.

LDWF supplied eight agents with seven vessels and LANG provided air support.  The GPSO assisted with coordinating the rescues and helping people onto boats.

A total of 113 people and three dogs were rescued by 10:30 a.m.

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

L.D.W.F. Announces Public Comment Period for State Wildlife Action Plan

Release Date: 06/16/2015

June 16, 2015 --The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is asking for public comments on the draft 2015 State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP).   The comment period will close August 1, 2015.
 
In 2005, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) received approval for the Louisiana Wildlife Action Plan from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Approval of the SWAP was a prerequisite by Congress for participation in the State Wildlife Grants (SWG) Program, which has provided over $12 million for non-game conservation in Louisiana since 2001.
 
The SWAP provides a blueprint for the conservation and management of Louisiana’s fish and wildlife resources, with an emphasis on non-game species.  To ensure that the Louisiana SWAP remains relevant, it must be reviewed and revised every ten years, a process that is underway for the first time.  The value of the revised Louisiana State Wildlife Action Plan will depend greatly on the level of participation that LDWF receives from stakeholders of Louisiana’s natural resources.
 
The Louisiana SWAP identifies 342 animal and 389 plant Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN).  The SWAP details threats to SGCN, as well as strategies for conserving them. The SWAP also provides detailed information on 58 terrestrial habitats, 12 aquatic basins, and 5 marine habitats that are critical to the conservation of SGCN. Significant revisions have been made to the SWAP, including a comprehensive approach to invasive species, information on the potential impacts of climate change, and the identification of priority areas for SGCN conservation, known as Conservation Opportunity Areas. 
 
The draft 2015 SWAP is available through the LDWF website via this link: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife/wildlife-action-plan . For more information, or to provide comments on the SWAP, contact Sam Holcomb at 225-765-0239 or sholcomb@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.
 
 

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LDWF Announces Reopening of Certain Recreational and Commercial Fishing Waters Effective Immediately

Release Date: 06/09/2015

LDWF Announces Reopening of Certain Recreational and Commercial Fishing Waters Effective Immediately

June 9, 2015 – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the immediate reopening of state waters in the Gulf of Mexico that were previously closed due to oiling from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
The following waters will re-open immediately to all commercial and recreational fishing:

  • The 100-yard buffer from any shoreline in a portion of the upper Barataria Basin centered near Bay Jimmy and Bay Batiste.

Prior to today’s annoucement, these waters were closed to all commercial and recreational fishing except for recreational and charter boat angling. 
LDWF will continue monitoring conditions to determine whether conditions require discontinuance of these openings or if new closures are warranted. Reports of oil, tarballs or tar mats should be reported to the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802 and the La. State Police at 1-877-925-6595.

State rules, regulations and seasons for individual saltwater species are still effective within these areas. To view current regulations click here: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/regulations

To view maps detailing these modifications and the latest updates on the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill please visit: www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oilspill

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 Rene LeBreton at rlebreton@wlf.la.gov or 504-286-8745.

LDWF to Hold Lake Bistineau Public Meetings

Release Date: 06/09/2015

 
(June 9, 2014) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will hold a public meeting to provide an update on the status of giant salvinia control efforts and other lake management issues on Lake Bistineau.  This meeting is second in a series of public meetings planned to provide current information as well as offer the opportunity for input and discussion. 
 
Space is limited to 100 people.  Please keep this in mind when making plans to attend. 
 
Who:  LDWF Inland Fisheries Staff
 
What:  Public information meeting on Lake Bistineau
 
When:  Tuesday, June 23 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 current LDWF Lake Bistineau Management Plan can be viewed at:  http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/waterbody-management-plans-inland
 
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 press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 721-0489.

LDWF Announces 2016 Duck Stamp Contest

Release Date: 06/08/2015

June 8, 2015 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced today the rules and timeframe for the 2016 Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp, or Louisiana Duck Stamp competition.
 
“Gadwall will be the featured species in this year’s competition,” said Larry Reynolds, LDWF Waterfowl Study Leader.
 
Gadwalls, or “gray ducks” as they are often called, are the most abundant duck in Louisiana’s coastal marshes during fall and winter.  Louisiana hunters generally harvest more gadwalls than any other species during the regular waterfowl season.
 
“With high populations of gadwalls and fewer mallards migrating into Louisiana than 20 years ago, ‘grays’ have become the favorite of coastal duck hunters, but are quite common in hunter’s bags across the state,” Reynolds said.  “No species has been more important for Louisiana duck hunters than gadwalls.”
 
After five years of open contests, where artist could submit paintings of a species of their choice except for previous winners, the list of not allowed species had grown large enough to complicate the rules.  So the 2015 contest was restricted to blue-winged teal, and Guy Crittenden’s outstanding depiction of a pair of bluewings in flight continued a long tradition of excellent stamp designs.  The Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp bearing that design went on sale June 1.
 
The 2016 contest will be restricted to designs with gadwall as the focal species.  Artists are also reminded of the requirement for associated habitat.  “The primary objective of this program is to provide revenue to create, enhance, and maintain habitat for waterfowl and associated wetland wildlife,” said Reynolds. “So a habitat component is required in each entry and is one of the five judging criteria”. 
 
To enter, an artist must submit an original, unpublished work of art, along with a signed and notarized artist's agreement and a $50 entry fee.  Entries should be addressed to:
 
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Attn: Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Program
2000 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

 
Entries will be accepted from Monday, October 12 through Tuesday, October 20, 2015 with the contest to be held in the Louisiana Room at the LDWF Headquarters building starting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 21, 2015.  The public is invited to attend.
 
Please visit this link to view complete rules and the artist agreement for the 2016 Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp competition: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/2016-louisiana-duck-stamp-contest.
 
The Louisiana Legislature authorized the Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp program in 1988.  The program was created to generate revenues for conservation and enhancement of waterfowl populations and habitats in Louisiana.  During the last 25 years, over $12 million has been generated for wetland conservation with approximately $5 million spent on land acquisition.  In addition, revenues have supported wetland development projects on Wildlife Management Areas and the Louisiana Waterfowl Project, a cooperative endeavor between LDWF, Ducks Unlimited, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to provide habitat for waterfowl and other wetland birds on private lands.
 
Judging for the art competition will be based on the following criteria:
 
1. Accuracy of form, size, proportion, color and posture.
2. Level and accuracy of detail in all aspects of the waterfowl.
3. Appropriateness, accuracy and detail in depiction of the habitat.
4. Attractiveness and creativity in composition, subject, background and lighting.
5. Suitability for reproduction as stamps and prints.
 
A panel of judges with experience in waterfowl biology and/or artistic method will select the winning design. The competition is open to all artists 18 years of age and older.  Employees of LDWF and members of their immediate families are ineligible.
 
For more information, contact Larry Reynolds at 225-765-0456 or lreynolds@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.
 

 

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LDWF Announces Text Message Notification System

Release Date: 06/08/2015

(June 8,2015) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is now offereing a text message notification system for those interested in receiving Louisiana recreational or commercial fishing news.
 
Text message notifications will be sent on important updates such as season openings and closures, regulation changes and meeting announcements.
 
To sign up for recreational fishing text alerts visit www.fishla.org/text-alert-sign-up and to sign up for commercial fishing text alerts visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/textalert-signup.
 
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.
 
For media Inquiries contact Ashley Roth, aroth@wlf.la.gov or 504-286-4162.

 

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