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White Lake WCA Birding and Nature Trail Closed Due to Flooding From Harvey

Release Date: 08/31/2017

Aug. 31, 2017 – The White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) Birding and Nature Trail has been closed until further notice due to flooding from Hurricane Harvey. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LWDF) will notify the public when the trail will reopen.
 
The White Lake property is located in southwest Louisiana in Vermilion Parish. White Lake WCA consists of 71,905 acres along the western boundary of Vermilion Parish. For more information on White Lake WCA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/white-lake-wetlands-conservations-area .
 
For more information, contact Schuler Dartez at sdartez@wlf.la.gov or 337-536-9400, extension 2.

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LDWF Cancels Leased Dove Field Hunts in DeRidder and Ragley Due to Excessive Rain From Harvey

Release Date: 08/31/2017

Aug. 31, 2017 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has cancelled its leased dove field hunts in DeRidder and Ragley due to the excessive rainfall from Hurricane Harvey. However, the LDWF leased dove field hunt in Tangipahoa Parish will be available for Saturday’s (Sept. 2) opening day of dove season as will several wildlife management areas (WMAs) throughout the state.
 
Go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/dove for a list of WMAs providing dove hunting opportunities and information on the LDWF leased dove field in Tangipahoa Parish. 
 
LDWF will continue to work with the landowners to provide an alternative date for the DeRidder and Ragley hunts. If successful, LDWF will announce the dates via a news release and on the LDWF website.
 
Hunters are reminded that on state WMAs and LDWF leased dove fields non-toxic shot is required when hunting doves; no lead shot is allowed.
 
For more information, contact Jeff Duguay at jduguay@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2353.

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Issuance of Alligator Hunting Licenses And Tags at Rockefeller Refuge will begin Friday at 1 P.M.

Release Date: 08/31/2017

Aug. 31, 2017 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will issue alligator hunting licenses and tags at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge on Friday (Sept. 1) beginning at 1 p.m. The issuance of the tags was delayed earlier this week because of impacts from Hurricane Harvey.
 
For more information contact the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge at 337-538-2165 or the LDWF Field Office in New Iberia at 337-373-0032

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Red snapper fishing continues through Labor Day weekend

Release Date: 08/31/2017

Baton Rouge, LA – Louisiana anglers will be able to complete the 39-day extended red snapper season which ends Monday, Sept. 4 at 11:59 p.m., according to the latest LA Creel landings data.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission had ordered LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet to shut down the red snapper season when it appears anglers will meet the self-imposed limit of 1.04 million pounds.

The latest catch statistics from LDWF’s LA Creel, the agency’s near real-time data collecting program, show that 880,603 pounds of red snapper had been caught as of August 20. The last reported amount was 849,227 pounds.

The LDWF established a limit on its red snapper catch because it believes that being accountable for the catch limit will help the state’s chances of receiving federal government permission allowing Louisiana to manage its own red snapper season out 200 nautical miles from its coast.

The red snapper fishing season was extended 39 days as part of an agreement reached earlier this summer involving Louisiana, the four other Gulf states – Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Florida - and the U.S. Department of Commerce. It allowed recreational anglers to fish out 200 miles from the Louisiana coast for red snapper on weekends through Labor Day.

Also under the agreement, there would be no red snapper fishing in state waters – out nine miles from the Louisiana coast – on Mondays through Thursdays, except on July 3-4 and September 4. Anglers are limited to two fish, measuring at least 16 inches, per day.

*For more information on the 2017 red snapper landings estimates, visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/page/41176-red-snapper-long-range-plan-facts/redsnapperwebsitedocument8-20-17.pdf

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 LDWF email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

LDWF, IHEA-USA Offer Dove Hunter Safety Tips as Season Set to Begin Saturday

Release Date: 08/30/2017

Aug. 30, 2017 – Dove hunting season begins Saturday (Sept. 2) throughout the state and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) along with the International Hunter Education Association-USA (IHEA-USA) wants to remind hunters to be aware of their safe zones of fire.
 
Here are some safe hunting practices for dove hunters:
 
·         For safety purposes, it is best to hunt in groups of three or less.
·         Hunters should be spaced 24 to 40 yards apart. Each hunter has a safe zone that spans roughly 45 degrees directly in front of each hunter.
·         If a dove flies behind the line of hunters, it is best that hunters do not fire.
·         No hunter should ever point a firearm at another hunter when swinging on a dove.
 
For more information, go to https://www.hunter-ed.com/.
 
LDWF would also like to remind dove hunters that a new regulation governing the type of shot they may use on LDWF Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and LDWF leased dove fields will be in effect for the 2017-18 hunting season.
 
Hunters on those areas will be limited to the use of non-toxic shot, size 6 and smaller for dove hunting. To see a list of LDWF leased dove fields and public dove hunting opportunities on WMAs, go to www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/dove .
 
The change is intended to reduce the deposition of lead shot and potential effects of lead on wildlife. Current research has demonstrated that in dove fields and areas surrounding dove fields, deposition of lead is high and concentration of lead is elevated in the soil.
 
The regulation was proposed and adopted in order to mitigate the potential exposure of lead to wildlife in areas impacted by this activity. Go to the LDWF web site at wlf.louisiana.gov to see the 2017-18 hunting rules and regulations.
 
ABOUT IHEA – USA
The International Hunter Education Association (IHEA) - USA is the professional hunter education association affiliated with the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the 50 state fish and hunter education programs. The programs employ 57,000 instructors, many of whom are volunteers who teach hunting and shooting safety and responsibilities throughout the United States.
 
Hunter education courses train and certify more than 700,000 students annually. Since 1949, almost 44 million students have completed hunter education courses that cover firearm safety, bow hunting, wildlife management, field care of game, responsible hunting, landowner relations, wildlife identification and much more. For more information, go to www.ihea-usa.org .

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Dove Season Opens Saturday with New Hunting Regulation on WMAs and LDWF Leased Dove Fields in Effect

Release Date: 08/29/2017

Aug. 29, 2017 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is reminding dove hunters that a new regulation governing the type of shot dove hunters may use on LDWF Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and LDWF leased dove fields will be in effect for the 2017-18 hunting season. Dove season begins throughout Louisiana on Saturday (Sept. 2).
 
Hunters on those areas will be limited to the use of non-toxic shot, size 6 and smaller for dove hunting. To see a list of LDWF leased dove fields and public dove hunting opportunities on WMAs, go to www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/dove .
 
The change is intended to reduce the deposition of lead shot and potential effects of lead on wildlife. Current research has demonstrated that in dove fields and areas surrounding dove fields, deposition of lead is high and concentration of lead is elevated in the soil.
 
The regulation was proposed and adopted in order to mitigate the potential exposure of lead to wildlife in areas impacted by this activity. Go to the LDWF web site at wlf.louisiana.gov to see the 2017-18 hunting rules and regulations.
 
For more information, contact Steve Smith at ssmith@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2359.

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Rescue Volunteers Headed to Houston Urged to Contact Houston Police Department First

Release Date: 08/28/2017

Aug. 28, 2017 – Volunteers with boats who would like to assist in the search and rescue effort in the Houston area are asked to call the Houston Police Department (HPD) at 713-881-3100. The HPD is coordinating search and rescue efforts in the city and is asking volunteers to call its office for directions and other information that will aid department efforts to manage the massive operation.

Houston and other parts of southeast Texas have been inundated with more than 25 inches of rain from what is now Tropical Storm Harvey since Saturday.

In addition, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) is working with the Texas Governor’s Office to stage search and rescue efforts in College Station at the TEEX training facility known as Disaster City. Interested individuals who would like to volunteer should contact Texas Task Force 1 at 972-841-2105 or by e-mail at TTF1@soc.texas.gov for additional information.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which has received calls about rescue information, is not coordinating search and rescue efforts in the Houston area.

The LDWF Enforcement Division has sent 40 agents with 40 trucks and 40 vessels to the Houston area to assist with search and rescue.  All agents remain on alert and will be dispatched to the Houston area as requested.

 

 

LDWF Postpones Issuance of Alligator Hunting Licenses and Tags at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge

Release Date: 08/28/2017

Aug. 28, 2017 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has postponed issuance of alligator hunting licenses and tags for the upcoming 2017 wild alligator season at the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge due to the impacts of Tropical Storm Harvey.
 
The dates for the alligator license and tag issuance were scheduled for Tuesday (Aug. 29) and Wednesday (Aug. 30). LDWF will alert the public of the rescheduled dates once conditions have improved.
 
For more information contact Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge at 337-538-2165 or the LDWF New Iberia Field Office at 337- 373-0032.

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LDWF sending search and rescue teams to Texas

Release Date: 08/27/2017

The LDWF Enforcement Division has sent 40 agents with 40 trucks and 40 vessels to the Houston area to assist Texas Parks and Wildlife Department with Hurricane Harvey search and rescue efforts.  LDWF sent 10 agents with trucks and boats on Saturday and 30 more agents with trucks and boats on Sunday.  All agents remain on standby and more will be sent as they are needed.

LDWF to close Elmer’s Island due to hurricane Harvey Sunday at Noon

Release Date: 08/25/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will temporarily close Elmer's Island beginning on Sunday, August 27 at 12:00 pm, due to the anticipated impacts of Hurricane Harvey. As a precautionary and preparedness measure Elmer's Island will remain closed until further notice.

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 email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

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