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Agenda for January, 2016 LWF Commission Meeting

Release Date: 01/04/2016

Agenda for January, 2016 LWF Commission Meeting

 

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Trappers Workshop Set for Jan. 30, 2016 at Palmetto Island State Park

Release Date: 01/04/2016

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Jan. 4, 2016 – The Louisiana Fur Advisory Council and the Louisiana Trappers and Alligator Hunter Association will host a trapping workshop on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at Palmetto Island State Park near Abbeville.

The workshop is free but registration is required in advance and is limited. Youth participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The $2 per person state park entry fee is waived for workshop participants.

Classes begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

Participants will see demonstrations on trap models and uses, trap preparation and trap modification. Professional instructors from the Louisiana Trappers and Alligator Hunter Association will be teaching workshop participants about tactics and techniques with on-site applications for mink, otter, bobcat, raccoon and beaver. Participants can ask questions and take notes but no video cameras are allowed.

For more information and to register, contact Quentin Morris at 318-581-1170 or by e-mail at mudplodder@hotmail.com.

Directions to Palmetto Island State Park: from I-10, take Exit 100 south onto LA 3184/Ambassador Caffery Parkway. Turn right onto U.S. 167/Johnston St. and continue to Abbeville. In Abbeville, turn left onto LA 14/W. Summers Dr., then right onto LA 82. State Street. Follow LA 82 south out of Abbeville, turning left onto LA 690 then right onto Pleasant Dr.

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 or www.FishLA.org.

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LDWF Deer Hunting Season Closure in portion of Northeast and Central Louisiana Shortened to Five Days

Release Date: 01/02/2016

LDWF Deer Hunting Season Closure in portion of Northeast and Central Louisiana Shortened to Five Days

Jan. 2, 2016 – The closure of deer hunting season in a portion of northeast and central Louisiana near the Mississippi River scheduled to begin Sunday (Jan. 3) 30 minutes after sunset has been shortened to five days.
 
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham has amended the closure, the result of Mississippi River flooding, to last from Sunday through Friday (Jan. 8). Deer hunting will resume 30 minutes before sunrise on Saturday (Jan. 9) unless further measures due to the flooding are necessary. However, land from the levee to the Mississippi River in this area will remain closed until further notice.
 
The closure will be from the Arkansas state line, east of U.S. 65 to Vidalia, La., and west of the Louisiana-Mississippi border.
 
Parishes affected by this include East Carroll, Madison, Tensas and Concordia.
 
Barham is acting under authority granted by emergency provisions of R.S. 49:953 of the Administrative Procedure Act and under authority of R.S. 56:115.
 
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 or www.FishLA.org. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

Agents Cite Two Men for Illegally Taken Nine Point Buck

Release Date: 12/31/2015

Agents Cite Two Men for Illegally Taken Nine Point Buck

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents cited two men for alleged hunting violations on Dec. 29 in Madison Parish.
 
Agents cited David R. Graham, 26, of Waverly, and Jeremy Southern, 36, of Pioneer, for hunting deer during illegal hours with artificial light and hunting from a public road. Graham was also cited for discharging a firearm from a public road.
 
Agents received a tip on Dec. 29 that a nine point buck was taken at night in October by Graham and Southern. After further investigation, Graham and Southern confessed to agents that they took the buck at night from Hwy. 577 just north of Waverly using a spotlight and rifle. Graham admitted to shooting the deer.
 
Agents participating in the case are Senior Agent Johnny Wilson, Sgt. Albert Tarver, Senior Agent Kurt Hatten and Senior Agent John Miller.
 
Hunting deer during illegal hours with artificial light brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Hunting from a public road carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail. Discharging a firearm from a public road brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.
 
The two men could also face civil restitution charges totaling $2,033 for the illegally taken deer.
 
For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.
 
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 or www.FishLA.org. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

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Recreational harvest of gag grouper closes January 1st

Release Date: 12/30/2015

 

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For Immediate Release
December 29, 2015

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

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) reminds anglers that there is a closed season for the recreational harvest of gag grouper from January 1st through June 30th of each year.

Additionally, the recreational harvest of black, red, yellowfin and yellowmouth groupers closes from February 1st to March 31st of each year seaward of the 20 fathom (120 foot) curve.

For additional information regarding fishing regulations, seasons or rules in state waters, visit FishLA.org.  For regulations currently in place in federal waters off of Louisiana. Please check those rules at http://www.gulfcouncil.org under “Fishing Regulations.”

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

 

LDWF Deer Hunting Season Closure in portion of Northeast and Central Louisiana to Last One Week

Release Date: 12/29/2015

LDWF Deer Hunting Season Closure in portion of Northeast and Central Louisiana to Last One Week

Dec. 29, 2015 – Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham will close deer hunting season in a portion of northeast and central Louisiana because of flooding from the Mississippi River for one week, beginning Sunday (Jan. 3) 30 minutes after sunset.
 
The closure will be from the Arkansas state line, east of U.S. 65 to Vidalia, La., and west of the Louisiana-Mississippi border. The season will then reopen Jan. 11 30 minutes before sunrise unless further measures due to the flooding are necessary.
However, land from the levee to the Mississippi River in this area will remain closed until further notice.
 
“This closure will give the deer a week to acclimate and adjust to their new temporary habitats,’’ Barham said. “We want to get hunters back as soon as possible but, at the same time, it’s important to let the deer get settled after being forced from their normal home ranges.’’
 
Parishes affected by this include East Carroll, Madison, Tensas and Concordia.
Continued unrestricted hunting under these circumstances poses a potential risk of overharvest of the deer resource and may pose a significant risk to the hunting public because of the increased concentration of hunters in the areas where deer and other wildlife are located.
 
Barham is acting under authority granted by emergency provisions of R.S. 49:953 of the Administrative Procedure Act and under authority of R.S. 56:115.
 
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 or www.FishLA.org. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

Rare Bird Discovered in Southwest Louisiana by LDWF Biologist Dan O’Malley During Christmas Bird Count Event

Release Date: 12/29/2015

A pyrrhuloxia, commonly known as a desert cardinal, was observed and photographed by LDWF biologist Dan O’Malley.

 

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Louisiana state recreational red snapper season closes 12:01 a.m. January 1, 2016

Release Date: 12/29/2015

News Release

 

For Immediate Release
December 29, 2015

 

Contact: Rene LeBreton

Public Information
LDWF

(504) 286-8745

rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

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Louisiana state recreational red snapper season closes 12:01 a.m. January 1, 2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced that the state recreational red snapper season will close at 12:01 a.m. on January 1, 2016.

 

The state Fall red snapper season which opened on November 20th allowed anglers a final opportunity to harvest the remaining 88,823 pounds of red snapper that went unharvested earlier in the year.  The Fall season provided anglers an additional 41 days of fishing opportunity in 2015.   

 

“Thanks to LA Creel we are able to monitor red snapper landings in near real-time, allowing Louisiana anglers to maximize their catch”, said Robert Barham, Secretary of LDWF. The 2016 state red snapper season dates will be discussed at the January Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting.
 

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

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Oyster Task Force to Meet January 5th at 1:00 PM

Release Date: 12/29/2015

News Release

 

For Immediate Release

December 29, 2016

 

Contact: Rene LeBreton

Public Information
LDWF

(504) 286-8745

rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

 

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

John Tesvich, Chairman

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 1pm

2021 Lakeshore Drive, suite 210

New Orleans, LA 70122

 

 AGENDA

 

I.     Roll call and introduction of guests

II.    Approval of November 10, 2015 meeting minutes and January 5, 2015 agenda

III.   Treasury Report

A.      Oyster Tag Sales

B.      LOTF Financial Report

IV.  Committee Reports

A.      Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee  (Mitch Jurisich)

B.      Enforcement (Capt. Chad Hebert)

C.      Legislative (Jakov Jurisic)

D.     Research (Patrick Banks)

E.      Coastal Restoration (Dan Coulon)

F.      Marketing (LDWF)

G.      Health (Lance Broussard)

H.     Sustainability (LDWF)

I.        Professionalism (LDWF)

J.    Aquaculture

K.  Oyster Lease Moratorium Lifting Committee (John Tesvich)

 

V.   New Business

A.     Recommendation for continuing the Seed Ground Permit Program

B.      Proposal to reconsider oyster seed ground and private leasing boundaries (redline)

C.   Proposal to develop updated severance taxes on oysters

D.   Proposal to change requirements on oyster gear (dredges) allowed on public seed grounds

E.   Officer Elections

 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.  To listen in to the meeting via webinar register at

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AMENDED - LDWF Secretary Robert Barham Authorizes Deer Hunting Season Closure East of U.S. 65 from Arkansas state line to Vidalia, La., Because of Flooding

Release Date: 12/29/2015

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Dec. 29, 2015 – Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham will close deer hunting season in a portion of northeast and central Louisiana because of flooding from the Mississippi River.

Beginning Sunday (Jan. 3) at official sunset, deer hunting season will be closed from east of U.S. 65 from the Arkansas state line to north of Vidalia, La., and west of the Louisiana-Mississippi border. The season will resume when flooding recedes and conditions allow.

Parishes affected by this include East Carroll, Madison, Tensas and Concordia. Continued unrestricted hunting under these circumstances poses a potential risk of overharvest of the deer resource and may pose a significant risk to the hunting public because of the increased concentration of hunters in the areas where deer and other wildlife are located.

Barham is acting under authority granted by emergency provisions of R.S. 49:953 of the Administrative Procedure Act and under authority of R.S. 56:115.

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

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