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Six Month Requirement for New Louisiana Residents Needing Recreational Hunting and Fishing Licenses Effective Aug. 1

Release Date: 07/21/2014

July 21, 2014 – New residents in Louisiana will qualify for purchasing resident recreational hunting and fishing licenses after six months in state once Act 429 becomes effective on Aug. 1, 2014.
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will offer resident licenses to qualifying new residents as authorized by Act 429, signed by Gov. Bobby Jindal following the 2014 Legislative Session.
 
“We hope more new residents will purchase their resident recreational hunting and fishing licenses sooner as the result of this legislation,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham. “There will no longer be a need to wait a full year to enjoy the state’s fish and game opportunities as a resident license holder.”
 
Act 429 reduces the time required from one year to six months to qualify as a bona fide resident for hunting and fishing licensees.  “Bona fide resident” means any person who is a United States citizen or resident alien and has resided in the state continuously during the six months immediately prior to the date on which he applies for any such license.
 
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 on Louisiana recreational hunting and fishing residency requirements, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/licenses/fishing or contact Michelle Rayburn at 225-765-2881 or mrayburn@wlf.la.gov.

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2014-15 Louisiana Hunting Regulations Pamphlet Available Online Through LDWF Website

Release Date: 07/18/2014

July 18, 2014  -- The 2014-15 Louisiana Hunting Regulations pamphlet is now available online through the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries website.
 
To access the document go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/regulations . The printed version of the publication will be available in early August.
 
The 2014-15 pamphlet contains all dates and regulations that pertain to small game, deer and turkey hunting on private land and state wildlife management areas. Dates and regulations pertaining to hunting on some federal properties within Louisiana are also included.
 
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 Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or 318-487-5885, or ssmith@wlf.la.gov .

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LDWF Schedules Drawdown for Lake Bistineau

Release Date: 07/18/2014

(July 18, 2014) Giant salvinia in Lake Bistineau, located near Minden, has reached the threshold necessary for a lake drawdown.  Current estimates include 2,000 acres of salvinia coverage in the 17,000-acre lake.  Continuous expansion is expected as summertime temperatures promote maximum growth of the invasive weed.  Most of the salvinia in Lake Bistineau is currently confined to isolated coves off the main lake and in areas of thick timber north of Lake Bistineau State Park.
 
The water control structure on Lake Bistineau is scheduled to open on August 4, 2014.  The drawdown will include a dewatering rate of 4-6 inches per day.  The maximum drawdown level will be 7 feet below normal pool stage.  The Lake Bistineau control gates will be closed no later than December 1, 2014 to allow the lake to refill.
 
During the drawdown period, an estimated 8,000 acres of water will remain in Lake Bistineau.  Boaters will be able to access the lake from the following public boat launches: Port of Bistineau Launch (East side Webster Parish), Bossier Public Launch (West side of the lake), Grice’s (Southeast side of lake at the dam), and Bayou Dorcheat Public Launch (North side of lake on main bayou Dorcheat in Webster parish- HWY 164).  
 
Caution is advised for boaters during the low water period, as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance of underwater obstructions. 
 
For further information regarding the drawdown, contact Jeff Sibley, LDWF Biologist Manager, at 318-371-3066, ext. 2 or at jsibley@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 at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
 
For press inquiries, contact Rene LeBreton, rlebreton@wlf.la.gov or 504-286-8733.
 

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Shrimp Season to Close July 21 in Remainder of State Inside Waters Except for Breton and Chandeleur Sounds and a Portion of Mississippi Sound

Release Date: 07/17/2014

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July 16, 2014 – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2014 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 a.m. on Monday, July 21, in the remainder of state inside waters except for the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds and a portion of Mississippi Sound.
 
This action closes shrimping in inside waters within the Mermentau, Calcasieu and Sabine Rivers Basins extending from the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line and in Lake Borgne located in the Lake Pontchartrain Basin.
 
Effective with this closure all state inside waters will be closed to shrimping except for the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double–rig line in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2.  Shrimping will also be allowed in that portion of Mississippi Sound as follows:
 

  • that portion of Mississippi Sound beginning at a point on the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary at 30 degrees 09 minutes 39.6 seconds north latitude and -89 degrees 30 minutes 00.0 seconds west longitude due south to a point 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.

 
All state outside waters seaward of the Inside/Outside shrimp line will remain open to shrimp harvesting until further notice, with the exception of those areas outlined in the map linked below.
 
For a map that details today’s actions and all areas currently open and closed to harvesting shrimp click here.
 
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.
 
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission will meet August 7 to consider opening dates for the fall inshore shrimp season.
 
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 Ashley Roth at 504-286-4162 or aroth@wlf.la.gov

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CORRECTED -- White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area 2014 Teal Season Lottery Announced

Release Date: 07/17/2014

*Corrected information in red.
 
July 17, 2014 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for the 2014 lottery teal hunts on the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) in Vermilion Parish.
 
Available dates include Saturday, Sept. 13; Sunday, Sept. 14; Tuesday, Sept. 16; Thursday, Sept. 18; Saturday, Sept. 20; Sunday, Sept. 21; Wednesday, Sept. 24; Saturday, Sept. 27; and Sunday, Sept. 28.
Persons 18 years of age or older can apply and only one application per hunter will be accepted. Applications are available on the LDWF Web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/lottery-applications or by writing to the La. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Attention: White Lake WCA Teal Season Lottery Hunts, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.

Completed applications must be received by close of business on Aug. 15, 2014. A $5 non-refundable administration fee in the form of a check or money order made payable to the La. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries must accompany each application.

Each applicant who is selected will be allowed to bring one additional hunter as a guest. All hunters must have appropriate licenses, including a basic hunting license (or Louisiana Sportsman's Paradise license), a Louisiana duck license, federal duck stamp and HIP permit.

Successful applicants will be notified by mail and required to submit an additional check or money order for $250 per hunt party. Applications are non-transferrable.

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 on White Lake WCA teal season lottery hunts, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400, ext. 1, or wsweeney@wlf.la.gov .

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LDWF Family Fish Fest Brings Summer Fun to Coastal Louisiana

Release Date: 07/17/2014

LDWF Family Fish Fest Brings Summer Fun to Coastal Louisiana
LDWF Family Fish Fest Brings Summer Fun to Coastal Louisiana
LDWF Family Fish Fest Brings Summer Fun to Coastal Louisiana

(July 17, 2014) On Saturday, July 12, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries provided youth anglers and families a fun day of surf and shoreline fishing on Elmer’s Island with Family Fish Fest.   The event was a great success with approximately 200 participants, and the winners took home several exciting prizes courtesy of Pure Fishing, CCA Louisiana, Contender Sports, Renovations Hardware and the New Orleans Zephyrs.
 
In addition to fishing, participants took part in numerous educational exhibits including a mobile touch tank, fish identification, knot tying lessons, cast net lessons, minnow races, casting tutorials, and arts and crafts. LDWF mascot Robbie the Redfish stopped by to meet anglers and pose for pictures with families.
 
Winners of Family Fish Fest were Little Angler Speckled Trout first place, Trent LaBauve.  Little Angler Catch-n-Count first place, Ella Rivere; second place, Adrian Perez; third place, Ayden Gautreaux.   Junior Angler Redfish first place, Brody Berthelot.  Junior Angler Speckled Trout first place, Sadie McDonald; second place, Seth Ponson; third place, Brandon Neames. Junior Angler Catch-n-Count first place, Brayden Bellanger; second  place, Michael Brehm Jr.; third place,  Jolie Pruyn and Kamy Pruyn.
 
Several items from sponsors were raffled off to participants, adults that accompanied youth to the event, and anglers that brought in live redfish or speckled trout to be tagged and released in conjunction with the Louisiana Cooperative Marine Fish Tagging program.
 
Sponsors for Saturday’s Family Fish Fest included Pure Fishing, CCA Louisiana, Marsh and Bayou Outfitters, Dufrene Building Materials, Emprint Moran Printing, Faux Pas Printing, Coon Neck Wildlife and Art Gallery, Whole Foods, Coca-Cola Baton Rouge, New Orleans Zephyrs, Krispy Kreme, Grand Isle Community Development Team, Friends of Grand Isle, Frank’s Supermarket, Home Depot, Renovations Hardware and Contender Sports.
 
The next LDWF Family Fish Fest is scheduled for September 27th from 9am to 12 pm and is part of LDWF’s National Hunting and Fishing Day at Waddill Outdoor Educational Center in Baton Rouge. Entry for the event is free and lunch will be provided on site.  The first 50 youth registrants will receive a complimentary rod and reel, courtesy of Pure Fishing, and the first 100 youth registrants will receive a fishing goodie bag. Youth can compete for prizes in many different categories.
 
The LDWF Family Fish Fest is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation.  The LWFF was formed to provide a means for individuals and corporations to become partners with the Department and Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fish resources.
 
 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 more information on Family Fish Fests, contact Danica Williams at dwilliams@wlf.la.gov or (504) 628-7282.  For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 721-0489.
 
Photo 1 caption: Brandon Neames, 12, watches as his live fish is weighed in. Neames placed third in the Junior Angler Speckled Trout division
 
Photo 2 caption: Brayden Bellanger, 12, placed first in the Junior Angler Catch-n-Count category for 36 legal sized fish on Elmer’s Island
 
Photo 3 caption: Ella Rivere,6, placed first in the Little Angler Catch-n-Count category for 17 legal sized fish on Elmer’s Island
 

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Louisiana Waterfowl Hunters Can Purchase Federal Duck Stamp Online and Through License Vendors Starting Aug. 1

Release Date: 07/17/2014

July 17, 2014 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will begin offering federal duck stamps to waterfowl hunters as an online option, starting Aug. 1, 2014.
 
The US Fish and Wildlife Service recently selected Louisiana, along with Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Virginia to provide this federal E-Stamp option to their hunters.
 
“We are pleased to be among the first in the country to offer this hunting permit purchase option and will continue to work to provide our customers more convenient  methods for license and permit purchases,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham.
 
Hunters who purchase the federal E-Stamp online starting Aug. 1 may use the confirmation number given at the time of purchase for 45 days from the date of purchase. Within that time frame, a US Postal Service certified, federal duck stamp will be mailed to the hunter. To purchase a federal E-Stamp online starting Aug. 1, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/licenses/hunting-licenses .
 
Hunters will also have the option to purchase a temporary federal E-Stamp from any retail vendor selling Louisiana hunting licenses. The temporary stamp issued at the time of purchase through either of these methods will allow the hunter to legally harvest waterfowl while awaiting an actual stamp that will be mailed to the license holder’s address.  After the 45 days, the customer must carry their federal duck stamp while hunting.
 
Louisiana was selected to participate in piloting the federal E-Stamp program based on LDWF’s license sales experience, financial capability and technical preparedness.
 
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, on the Federal E-Stamp Program, visit http://www.fws.gov/duckstamps/ or contact Michelle Rayburn at 225-765-2881 or mrayburn@wlf.la.gov .
 

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Saltwater Fishing License Increase Offers Host of Benefits to Louisiana Recreational Anglers

Release Date: 07/16/2014

July 16, 2014 - For the first time in 14 years, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will increase its license fees for recreational, saltwater fishing from $15.00 to $22.50 on August 1.  The increase places Louisiana firmly in the middle of saltwater license fees among Gulf States.  The Department expects to generate an additional $2.25 million annually, which will be used to fund the agency’s LA Creel program.
 
LDWF recognized the shortcomings of the federally established Marine Recreational Information Program to provide the best available data to fisheries managers and began collecting their own recreational statistics through a new data collection program called LA Creel.
 
Since federal officials do not recognize LA Creel as MRIP compatible, over half a million dollars typically used to fund recreational surveying in Louisiana was pulled, leaving the Department responsible for the financial burden of data collection.  The Department recognized that it was unable to adequately fund a high quality, precise recreational survey for the long term and sought angler support to fund the survey through a license fee increase.
 
The Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana, with LDWF support, sponsored a bill to increase license fees. The bill was introduced by Rep. Stuart Bishop, passed the 2014 Legislative Session, and was signed by Governor Jindal on June 19, 2014.  The license fee increase contains a sunset provision where the increase will have to be revisited in 2018.
 
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 press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 721-0489.
 

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White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area 2014 Teal Season Lottery Announced

Release Date: 07/15/2014

July 15, 2014 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for the 2014 lottery teal hunts on the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) in Vermilion Parish.
 
Available dates include Saturday, Sept. 13; Sunday, Sept. 14; Tuesday, Sept. 16; Thursday, Sept. 18; Saturday, Sept. 20; Sunday, Sept. 21; Wednesday, Sept. 24; Saturday, Sept. 27; and Sunday, Sept. 28.
Persons 18 years of age or older can apply and only one application per hunter will be accepted. Applications are available on the LDWF Web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/lottery-applications or by writing to the La. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Attention: White Lake WCA Teal Season Lottery Hunts, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.

Completed applications must be received by close of business on Aug. 15, 2014. A $5 non-refundable administration fee in the form of a check or money order made payable to the La. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries must accompany each application.

Each applicant who is selected will be allowed to bring one additional hunter as a guest. All hunters must have appropriate licenses, including a basic hunting license (or Louisiana Sportsman's Paradise license), a Louisiana duck license, federal duck stamp and HIP permit.

Successful applicants will be notified by mail and required to submit an additional check or money order for $250 per hunt party. Applications are non-transferrable.

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 on White Lake WCA teal season lottery hunts, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400, ext. 1, or wsweeney@wlf.la.gov .

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LDWF Schedules Drawdown on Larto-Saline Lake Complex for Weir Replacement

Release Date: 07/15/2014

(July 1, 2014) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will initiate an immediate drawdown on the Larto-Saline Lake Complex to accommodate construction activities related to the replacement of the Cross Bayou weir.

The water level in the lake will lowered four feet and be maintained at 33 feet mean sea level for the duration of the weir replacement.

The Larto Lake Dam structure will be closed and the lake will be allowed to refill immediately following construction completion, which is scheduled for September 2014.

The Larto-Saline Lake complex encompasses portions of Avoyelles, Catahoula, LaSalle and Rapides parishes.  The Cross Bayou weir is one of several structures throughout the complex that maintains the water level in the lakes.  A portion of the weir collapsed in December 2012 after heavy rainfall, and temporary repairs were conducted until permanent structural repairs could be completed.

Although the lake will not be closed to fishing, caution is advised of boaters during the low water period.

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 inquires, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-2396.

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