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Women Perfect Fishing Skills at Women’s Fishing Workshops

Release Date: 06/11/2018

une 2018 Women’s Workshop participants and staff
 Ladies catch on quick to lessons on how to land redfish
Participants cleaning their catch after a successful snapper trip

During the first weekend of June, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries hosted a Women’s Fishing Workshop at the Grand Isle Fisheries Research Lab where 15 women perfected their angling skills under the supervision and assistance of LDWF staff and Aquatic Volunteer Instructors (VIPs).
 
The ladies began their weekend by learning how to set up their rods and reels and fishing along the shore Friday night. Saturday, LDWF staff and volunteers led inshore and offshore fishing trips providing a hands-on opportunity for the participants to utilize the skills previously learned. Despite strong winds and less than perfect wave conditions, the ladies were able to spend a full day on the water fishing for red snapper, speckled trout, and redfish. During this weekend workshop, the ladies also practiced fish cleaning, cast netting, trailering, and received a tour of the research facilities at the lab.

 

The Women’s Fishing Workshop consists of a one-day workshop at Cabela’s where angling techniques are taught to 30 women, 18 and older, who may lack either the opportunity or confidence to perform these skills. Every participant leaves the workshop as a more knowledgeable, independent angler. The women are then entered into a drawing to attend a fishing trip at the Grand Isle Fisheries Research Lab. 

The next workshop is scheduled for Spring 2019. For more information on this program visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishingworkshops.

This workshop is made possible by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, Cabela’s, and the Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana. 
 
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, on Instagram @WLFLA, or on Twitter @LDWF.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Announces Registration for 2018 Alligator Lottery Hunts

Release Date: 06/07/2018

June 7, 2018 – Registration for Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) 2018 alligator lottery hunts on wildlife management areas (WMA), public lakes and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE) property has opened, LDWF announced.
 
Registration is open to eligible alligator hunters through a lottery selection system on five LDWF Coastal and Nongame Resources WMAs, 14 LDWF Wildlife WMAs, 25 public lakes and one USACOE property.
 
Application forms can be found at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts or requested by phone for CNR Division WMAs at 337-373-0032 or Wildlife WMAs and public lakes at 225-765-2346. Applications and non-refundable application fees of $5 must be submitted to the address indicated on corresponding applications and be postmarked by July 5.
 
CNR Division WMAs include Atchafalaya Delta WMA, St. Mary Parish; Pass A Loutre WMA, Plaquemines Parish; Pointe Aux Chenes WMA, Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes; Salvador/Timken WMAs, St. Charles Parish; and Lake Boeuf WMA, Lafourche Parish.
 
The Wildlife WMAs/USACOE properties include Big Lake WMA, Tensas Parish; Boeuf WMA, Caldwell Parish; Buckhorn WMA, Tensas Parish; Elm Hall WMA, Assumption Parish; Grassy Lake WMA, Avoyelles Parish; Joyce WMA, Tangipahoa Parish; Manchac WMA, St. John the Baptist Parish; Maurepas Swamp WMA, St. John the Baptist, St. James, Ascension, Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes; Sherburne WMA (state portion only), Pointe Coupee and St. Martin parishes; Spring Bayou WMA, Avoyelles Parish; Pearl River WMA, St. Tammany Parish; Richard K. Yancey WMA, Concordia Parish; Dewey W. Wills WMA, LaSalle and Catahoula parishes; and Russell Sage WMA, Ouachita and Morehouse parishes.
 
The USACOE property includes Indian Bayou (USACOE), St. Landry and St. Martin parishes.
 
The public lakes include: Lake Bistineau, Webster, Bossier and Bienville parishes; Lake Wallace, Caddo Parish; Black/Cypress Lake and Ivan Lake (Bodcau), Bossier Parish; Cross Lake, Caddo Parish; Kepler Lake, Bienville Parish; Bayou Desiard North, Ouachita Parish; Caney Lake, Jackson Parish; Bartholomew Lake, Ouachita and Morehouse parishes; Kincaid Lake, Rapides Parish; Indian Creek, Rapides Parish; Cotile Lake, Rapides Parish; Nantachie Lake, Grant Parish; Saline Lake, Winn Parish; Toledo Bend, Desoto and Sabine parishes; Lake Bruin, Tensas Parish; Lake Concordia, Concordia Parish; Lake St. John, Tensas Parish; Lake St. Joseph, Tensas Parish; Anacoco Lake and Vernon Lake, Vernon Parish; Caddo Lake, Caddo Parish; Black Lake, Natchitoches Parish; Bundicks Lake, Beauregard Parish; and Lake D’Arbonne, Union Parish.
 
To assist applicants in selecting specific WMAs/public lakes, LDWF has posted the percentage of lottery alligator harvest applicants selected in 2017 by WMA or public lake on its website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/lottery-alligator-harvest-program. Only one of the three available lottery alligator harvest applications (CNR Division WMA, Wildlife WMA or Wildlife public lakes) may be submitted per applicant. Additional applications will result in voiding all applications of the applicant.
 
The lottery alligator harvests will be conducted between Aug. 29-Oct. 4. Exact harvest dates will vary by WMA/public lake and will be specified at the time selected hunters are notified. Selected hunters may be assigned specific areas to conduct alligator harvest activities on certain WMAs/public lakes.
 
Applicants must be legal Louisiana residents and 16 years of age or older. All successful applicants will be required to purchase an alligator hunting license ($25). Successful applicants for WMAs will be required to submit payments ($40) for each alligator tag allocated.
 
All applicants meeting the application requirements will be entered into a randomized computer drawing, which will take place in August. Selected hunters will be notified.
 
For more information on CNR Division WMAs, contact Jeb Linscombe at 337-373-0032 or jlinscombe@wlf.la.gov. For more information on Wildlife WMAs or public lakes, contact Steve Smith at 318-487-5885 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov.
 
 

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LDWF CWD Sampling Tests Show No Detections of the Disease in Northeast Louisiana

Release Date: 06/07/2018

June 7, 2018 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) did not detect chronic wasting disease during its initial testing of white-tailed deer in East Carroll, Madison and Tensas parishes, LDWF announced during Thursday’s (June 7) Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) meeting.
 
As a result, the feeding ban enacted by LWFC in order to minimize comingling of animals at feeder locations in East Carroll, Madison, and Tensas parishes is officially rescinded today, Thursday, June 7, 2018. However, LDWF encourages hunters not to utilize supplemental feeds for hunting, as this increases the chance of spreading diseases among animals using bait stations.
 
The testing is part of LDWF’s CWD Response Plan that was triggered by the discovery of a buck that tested positive for CWD in Issaquena County, Mississippi, on Jan. 25. Issaquena County borders northeast Louisiana and the deer was found only a few miles from the Louisiana border on the east side of the Mississippi River.
 
LDWF sampled 300 deer within the buffer zone, which is within 25 miles of the case in Issaquena County. This sample size provides a 95 percent confidence interval that sampling would detect CWD at a prevalence rate of 1 percent.
 
CWD is a fatal neurodegenerative disease affecting members of the family Cervidae, which includes white-tailed deer. The disease is caused by misfolded proteins called prions. These prions can be shed in saliva, urine, feces and decomposing carcasses.  Infectious material can contaminate soil, becoming available for uptake by plants, increasing transmission to additional individuals when plants are consumed.
 
CWD is 100 percent fatal. Once a deer consumes the prion and becomes infected, it develops clinical signs including weight loss, salivation, neurological signs and ultimately death. Clinical signs may not become apparent until 16 to 24 months after the deer is infected.
 
LDWF will perform increased hunter-harvested deer surveillance for CWD in East Carroll, Madison, and Tensas parishes this hunting season, and continue normal CWD surveillance across the state. LDWF has tested nearly 9,000 deer for CWD since 2002.  CWD has not been detected in Louisiana.
 
For more information, contact LDWF veterinarian Dr. Jim LaCour at Jlacour@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-0823.
 

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LDWF Provides Update on Bussey Brake Renovation Project

Release Date: 06/07/2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to update the public on the status of the Bussey Brake Wildlife Management Area renovation project in Morehouse Parish.
 
Since International Paper donated the 2,000-acre freshwater reservoir in 2012, the department has been working diligently to make the lake and its resources available to the sportsmen and women of north Louisiana, despite delays that have occurred beyond our control.
 
The department’s plan for the restoration project includes a complete renovation of the waterbody.
 
The department began renovations in 2016 after receiving all necessary permits through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and dedicated funding through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The lake was drained, initially, to remove the overabundance of rough fish species including carp, buffalo, and others.
 
The project has experienced numerous setbacks including two flood events that refilled the lake with water and inundated the pump and electric motor used to refill the reservoir. Due to the age of the pump and the damage to the motor during flooding, the department must completely replace the old system, including running new electrical service. 
 
An engineering firm has been hired to redesign a new pumping system. LDWF anticipates the new design will be put out for bid later this year, with construction beginning this fall.
 
“Please be assured that that we are working towards the goal of providing an exceptional recreational area for Morehouse Parish,” ensured LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet. “The setbacks have been numerous and significant, but we are continuing down a successful path and are making good headway.”
 
Marked boat lanes and island construction projects to improve boater access and angler opportunity have been completed. In addition, LDWF has completed numerous fish stockings of popular game fish including bass, bream, catfish and crappie to begin rebuilding the fishery.
 
The department is also in the design and engineering phase of constructing several ADA accessible fishing piers and a wave break project. This work is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2018. LDWF anticipates the lake will open to the public upon completion.
 
Bussey Brake was constructed in the mid 1950’s by International Paper to serve as an alternative water source for the Louisiana mill. In 2012, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission established Bussey Brake Reservoir as a WMA.

Get Hooked During Free Fishing Weekend in Louisiana

Release Date: 06/05/2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries invites you to take part in its annual Free Fishing Weekend on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10. Louisiana’s Free Fishing Weekend is an opportunity for Louisiana residents and visitors alike to fish Louisiana waters without an otherwise required fishing license. 
  
“This weekend we encourage all of our residents to grab a pole, get outside and enjoy our beautiful Sportsman’s Paradise,” said Secretary Jack Montoucet. “Whether your interest is saltwater or fresh, Louisiana offers some of the best and most diverse fishing opportunities in the world, and we welcome you to become part of the long-standing tradition of Louisiana fishing.  

While a fishing license is not required, all fishing regulations, including size, season, catch limits and gear restrictions will remain in effect. 
  
With the exception of free fishing weekend, anglers 16 and older must possess a Louisiana fishing license when fishing in any Louisiana public waters. Louisianians who decide to continue fishing the remainder of the year are invited to purchase a state fishing license at https://la-web.s3licensing.com
  
By purchasing a fishing license you also help provide funding for public fishing and boating access, fishing programs and education and fisheries management through the Sport Fish Restoration Fund.

 

 

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.

LDWF Accepting Houseboat Mooring Lease Bids for 2018-19 – 2022-23 Hunting Seasons on Atchafalaya Delta WMA

Release Date: 06/05/2018

June 5, 2018 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting bids for houseboat mooring sites on Atchafalaya Delta Wildlife Management Area (WMA) for the 2018-19 – 2022-23 hunting seasons through July 6, 2018.
 
LDWF will bid out 40 percent of the available sites at the Main and Wax deltas of Atchafalaya Delta WMA. The highest bidders (up to 40 percent of the available spots) will be awarded a five season lease agreement. The agreement will specify rules and regulations for houseboat mooring and require bid fees on an annual basis.
 
Bid application notifications and forms can be printed from LDWF’s website at www.wlf.la.gov/wma/32639, be requested by phone at 337-373-0032 or obtained via email by contacting Leslie Campbell at lpcampbell@wlf.la.gov. For more information, please contact Tyson Crouch at tcrouch@wlf.la.gov or 337-373-0032 or Vaughan McDonald at vmcdonald@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2708.
 
Minimum criteria for bid submittals

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
  • Applicants will be screened for past wildlife and criminal violations. Applicants with felony convictions or that have plead guilty, paid a fine for, negotiated/agreed to a pretrial intervention (PTI)/diversion for or been convicted of Class Two wildlife, WMA or littering violations within the last five years, as determined by LDWF Enforcement Division, shall be disqualified.
  • Applicants must follow instructions issued by LDWF personnel.

 
Bid information

  • A minimum bid will be required for all lease sites. A minimum bid for two pilings will be $330/season. A minimum bid for three or more pilings will be $550/season.
  • The first year bid amount must be submitted with the application. Only check or money order will be accepted. Checks must be made out to Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
  • Note that current (year) photos of the vessel and a current renewal/clearance permit from Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals regarding treatment of waste water are required as part of the application.
  • Payments from bidders that successfully secure a permit are non-refundable. Non-selected bidders’ checks and money orders will be returned.
  • Fees for subsequent payment of annual lease fees will be submitted to the LDWF Lafayette Office.  The address is 200 Dulles Drive, Lafayette, LA 70506. Fees for subsequent seasons are due July 1 of each year.

 
Winning bidders

  • Only one winner allowed per household.
  • Successful bidders will be notified by phone or letter.
  • Lease agreements will be awarded for a total of five seasons (2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21, 2021-22 and 2022-23) as long as houseboat owners comply with conditions specified in their agreements.

 
Completed bid application forms must be received by 10 a.m. on July 6, 2018, in room 240 of the LDWF Office at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70898. Bid application forms can be mailed to LDWF Houseboat Bids, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, Attn: Purchasing Department (Room 240). However, bidders are hereby notified that LDWF is not responsible for any delays caused by the bidder’s chosen method of bid delivery. The U.S. Postal Service does not make deliveries to LDWF’s physical location. Failure of bid to reach room 240 by the designated time and date shall result in rejection of the bid.
 
Bid opening will be on July 6, 2018, at LDWF Headquarters Building, Fourth Floor Conference Room, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70890 at 10:30 am.  The public is permitted to attend. Selected applicants will be notified by phone or letter.
 
For more information, contact Lance Campbell at 337-373-0032 or ljcampbell@wlf.la.gov.
 

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LDWF, CPPJ to Hold Public Meeting June 11 on Proposal to Raise Water Level on Lake Lafourche

Release Date: 06/04/2018

June 4, 2018 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Caldwell Parish Police Jury (CPPJ) will hold a public meeting June 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the CPPJ meeting room to receive public comment on a proposal by CPPJ to raise the water level on Lake Lafourche.
 
The CPPJ meeting room is located at 201 Main Street, Suite 5, in Columbia. Representatives from LDWF and CPPJ will be present to take questions and comments from the public on the proposal. These comments will be considered by LDWF and CPPJ before any decision is made.
 
Public comments and questions can be submitted directly to Tommy Tuma, LDWF Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA., 70898-9000 or via e-mail to ttuma@wlf.la.gov.
 
For more information, contact Tommy Tuma at 225-765-2349 or ttuma@wlf.la.gov.
 

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Agenda for the June Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting

Release Date: 06/04/2018

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, June 7, 2018, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.

 

The following items will be discussed:

1.    Call to Order

2.    Pledge of Allegiance

3.    Roll Call

4.    Adoption of April 26, 2018 Special Commission Meeting and May 3, 2018 Commission Meeting Minutes

5.    Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege

6.    Enforcement Report May 2018 – Captain Edward Skena

7.    Receive an Update Regarding the Legislation Filed for the 2018 Regular Session – Cole Garrett, Executive Counsel

8.    Receive an Update on Recreational Red Snapper Landings – Jason Adriance, Fisheries Biologist

9.    Receive and Consider a Notice of Intent to Modify Rules on Mature and Immature Female Blue Crab Harvest – Peyton Cagle, Fisheries Biologist

10. Update on LDWF Response to MDWFP Discovery of CWD in Mississippi – Johnathan Bordelon, Deer Program Manager

11. Receive Presentation on “The Manitoba Waterfowl Habitat Securement Project” Proposal – John Davis, Vice President of Development, Delta Waterfowl

12. Receive Presentation on “Securing a Legacy of Habitat in Saskatchewan with Enduring Benefits for Current and Future Generations to Enjoy” Proposal – Pat Kehoe, Director of International Partnerships, Ducks Unlimited Canada

13. Set October 2018 Commission Meeting Date

14. Receive Public Comments

15. Adjournment

A live audio/video stream of this meeting will be available via Gotowebinar.com.  To attend this meeting via webinar visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4733370460985329922

 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 

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.

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to rlebreton@wlf.la.gov at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date. 

Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge Hosts Conference for U.S. Coastal Wetland Wildlife Managers

Release Date: 06/04/2018

Researchers and Land Managers of the first annual Workshop for Coastal Wetland Wildlife Managers.
LSU Professor Andy Nyman examines a core sample out of the marsh at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge.
Core samples show the organic matter (decaying marsh) down to layers of sediment in the Unit 6 marsh impoundment.
Sammy King (left) and Refuge Manager Scooter Trosclair (right) take a core sample out of Unit 6 to compare with other samples.

June 4, 2018 - Marsh managers and researchers from around the country gathered at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge last week for a field-oriented conference, studying the changing coastlines and their impacts on wildlife.
 
Many states face similar coastal challenges like Louisiana, including saltwater intrusion, shoreline erosion and subsidence.
 
“One hundred years ago, people studied the marsh and its habitats to help learn how to manage vegetation to provide food and cover for wildlife,” said Andy Nyman, a professor at LSU’s School of Renewable Natural Resources. “A hundred years from now, I hope there are marsh managers standing here. In order for us to be here, we need to be able to manage vegetation not only for wildlife food and cover, but we must manage vegetation for elevation."
 
Nyman has visited coastal areas throughout the U.S., meeting with researchers and landowners to examine and compare ecological issues. The meeting at Rockefeller was the first of its kind, bringing in state and federal land managers as well as public and private consulting groups to discuss subsidence and sea-level rise.
 
“The problems do differ across the coastlines of America but the tools we use are pretty much all the same,” Nyman said. “Coastal marsh managers and researchers are getting together and sharing what they know and what they don’t know about sea-level rise, subsidence, really all the issues coastal wetlands will encounter over the next 100 years."
 
Rockefeller Refuge, managed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), was selected as the host site due to the many coastal issues the area is encountering. Rockefeller is nearing completion of facilities that were damaged and destroyed during Hurricane Rita’s strike in 2005.
 
"Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge is often called an outdoor laboratory due to the various types of marsh habitats successfully managed here for decades,’’ said LDWF program manager Phillip Trosclair, who oversees operations at the refuge. “Having a group of marsh managers like this out to our lab ensures we are using the best management practices for our wetlands while also sharing some of the techniques fostered here at Rockefeller."
 
The McGraw Center for Conservation Leadership of Dundee, Illinois, provided funding for transportation and meals for participants as a sponsor of the workshop. Visitors came from as far as New Hampshire down to Florida and across to Texas, all bringing unique backgrounds to wetland ecology.
 
For more information, please contact Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge at 337-491-2000 or e-mail Gabe Giffin at ggiffin@wlf.la.gov. For more information on the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation, please visit: McGrawconservation.org.
 

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Renew Your Louisiana Fishing and Hunting License

Release Date: 06/01/2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reminds all sportsmen that all 2017-18 recreational fishing and hunting licenses will expire on June 30, 2018. Licenses for the 2018-19 seasons are available for purchase beginning June 1 and are valid until June 30, 2019.

 

Licenses can be purchased in several ways.   They may be purchased online at https://la-web.s3licensing.com, at local license vendors or at LDWF offices in Baton Rouge, Opelousas, Lake Charles, Pineville, and Monroe.   Acceptable methods of payment for purchases made online are Visa, MasterCard, Discover.

 

Earlier this year, the department transitioned to a new license sales system with added conveniences for outdoor enthusiasts.   The new system allows license holders to reprint copies of their license during the year at no charge, create login information, and eventually the option to auto-renew.

 

If you need assistance with your online purchase, please contact the 24-hour help desk at 888-362-LDWF (5393).  If you have other licensing questions call the license office at 225-765-2887 or 225-765-2898, during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Anglers are also invited to take part in the agency’s Free Fishing Weekend on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10.   The weekend is an opportunity for Louisiana residents and visitors alike to fish Louisiana waters without an otherwise required fishing license. While a fishing license is not required, all fishing regulations, including size, season, catch limits and gear restrictions will remain in effect.

 

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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