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LDWF Seeking Leads About Deer Hunting and Trespassing Violations

Release Date: 12/03/2014

Two Men Caught on Game Camera

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division is asking the public for help about deer hunting and trespassing violations that occurred in Rapides Parish on Nov. 22.

A landowner alerted agents about a photo that his game camera took of two men with deer at 8:37 p.m. on Nov. 22 in the Kolin and Effie area of Rapides Parish.  In the photo one man has a deer draped around his back to haul it out of the area and the other man lying on the ground to drape another deer to his back for transportation.

LDWF is offering up to a $1,000 reward for anybody that volunteers information that leads to an arrest and conviction in this case.  Anyone with tips or leads can call LDWF’s Operation Game Thief’s (OGT) toll free hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or text LDWF OGT by texting LADWF and their tip to 847411.  Tipsters can also download the LADWF Tips iPhone and Android apps from iTunes and Google Play stores free of charge.

Agents believe that the men were trespassing on private land without permission and may have committed other deer hunting violations such as hunting during illegal hours and with lights or night vision.

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

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

Release Date: 12/02/2014

Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 1 p.m.

UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, suite 210, New Orleans

Agenda

I.  Roll call and introduction of guests

II.  Approval of October 7, 2014 meeting minutes and December 9, 2014 agenda

III. Treasury Report

  1. Oyster Tag Sales
  2. LOTF Financial Report

IV.  Committee Reports

  1. Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee (Buddy Pausina)
  2. Enforcement (Lt. Colonel Sammy Martin)
  3. Legislative (Jakov Jurisic)
  4. Research (Patrick Banks)
  5. Coastal Restoration (Dan Coulon)
  6. Marketing (Ashley Roth)
  7. Health (Lance Broussard)
  8. Sustainability (LDWF)
  9. Professionalism (LDWF)

V. Old Business

   A. BP Oil Spill Remediation

VI. New Business

   A. Stock Assessment Workshop recommendations-Tom Soniat

VII. Public Comment

VIII. Set Next Meeting

IX. 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 https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6315262000810383361

For press inquiries please contact Ashley Roth, 504-286-4162 or aroth@wlf.la.gov

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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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Temporary Road Restriction on Dewey W. Wills WMA

Release Date: 12/02/2014

Dec. 2, 2014 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is informing sportsmen and women that Alligator Bayou Road on Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is currently available as an ATV/UTV trail only.
 
Vehicle parking is permitted before the ATV/UTV signs along Alligator Bayou Road.  The road is scheduled to be improved after hunting season.  Once repaired, vehicular traffic will be allowed.
 
All WMA rules and regulations relating to trails will also apply to use of Alligator Bayou Road as an ATV/UTV trail.

Dewey W. Wills WMA is located in the southern portion of LaSalle and Catahoula parishes in central Louisiana approximately 20 miles northeast of Alexandria. For more information on the WMA, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2753 .
 
For more information, contact Cliff Dailey at 318-487-5885 or adailey@wlf.la.gov.
 

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Handling Firearms Safely After the Hunt

Release Date: 12/01/2014

Dec. 1, 2014 -- With Louisiana hunting seasons in full swing, hunters are reminded that safe firearm handling does not end with the hunt. Proper transport and storage of firearms will keep everyone safe when the hunt is over. Hunters are reminded of the following basic safety practices:

  • Completely unload firearms at the conclusion of the hunt and keep the action open.  Be sure all shells or cartridges are removed from both the chamber and the magazine. 
  • When in a vehicle, boat or on an ATV, transport firearms unloaded with the action open and in a secure position - preferably in a case. 
  • Always be sure the muzzle is pointed in a safe direction.  This basic rule applies in the field, in a vehicle and in the home.
  • When cleaning a firearm or putting it away for storage, double check to be sure it is completely unloaded.  Anytime you pick up a firearm, make it a habit to make sure it is unloaded before doing anything else.
  • Keep fingers off the trigger and outside of the trigger guard whenever handling firearms in a situation where you do not intend to shoot.
  • Store unloaded firearms and ammunition in separate and locked locations.
  • Consider use of a lock to make your firearms inoperable while being stored or transported.
  • Children and even adults are often curious about firearms, so make sure your firearms are inaccessible to persons who may be visiting your home.
  • Discuss firearm safety with members of your household and set rules for firearm access and handling.  

Gifts of shotguns, rifles and handguns will be received during the holiday season.  Be sure that anyone receiving these gifts understands and practices safe firearm handling.  A Hunter Education class is an excellent way to acquaint a new hunter or shooter with firearm safety.

Additional tips and reminders for safe firearm handling in the home are available from the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Project ChildSafe http://www.projectchildsafe.org/ .

For more information about Hunter Education, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/hunter-education or contact Fred Kimmel at 225-765-2355 or fkimmel@wlf.la.gov .

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LDWF Agents Cite Five Men for Wildlife Violations in Caddo and Bossier Parishes

Release Date: 11/26/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited five Louisiana residents for alleged hunting violations and Migratory Game Bird violations in Caddo and Bossier parishes.

Agents cited Daniel D. Owens, 44, of Vivian; Tristen N. Owens, 17, of Vivian; Ethan L. Mikesell, 19, of Shreveport; and Devynn E. England, 18, of Shreveport, for taking over limit of ducks and wanton waste on Nov. 15 in Caddo Parish.  Tristen Owens was also cited for intentionally destroying, concealing or disposing of wildlife or fish evidence.

Agents observed the hunters shooting ducks and leaving the field without making an effort to retrieve several dead and crippled birds.  Agents found a total of 14 ducks left in the field or concealed under their duck blind.  Agents seized a total of 38 ducks, which are 14 over the legal limit for the four hunters.

On Nov. 14 agents cited Daniel M. Currie, 27, of Bossier City, for allegedly obtaining a hunting license by fraud and hunting without non-resident licenses in Bossier Parish.

LDWF agents conducted a joint investigation with Arkansas Game and Fish and discovered that Currie was in possession of both Louisiana resident and Arkansas resident hunting licenses.  According to Currie he had killed one deer in Arkansas and three deer in Louisiana.

After a brief interview with Louisiana and Arkansas agents, Currie was cited for his violations in Louisiana and Arkansas.

Taking over the limit of ducks, intentional concealment of wildlife evidence and wanton waste each brings up to a $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Obtaining a license by fraud carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting without non-resident licenses brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Agents involved in these cases are Lt. Roy Schufft, Sgt. Troy Parker, and Sgt. Frank Reger, and Arkansas wildlife officers Clay Raborn and Blake Broomfield.

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

LDWF Provides Video Tips for Safe Hunting

Release Date: 11/26/2014

Nov. 26, 2014 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) now has available a series of hunting safety videos that illustrate proper use of tree stands, firearms, boats and other gear hunters use while in the field and on the water.
 
These videos contain information that will help both experienced and novice hunters enjoy the outdoors safely.  Subject matter includes:
 
Safe Boating While Duck Hunting
Safe Zones of Fire: Duck Hunting
Pirogue Safety
Tree Stand Safety Basics
Climbing Stand Safety
Fixed Position Stand Safety
Ladder Stand Safety
 
LDWF produced the short safety videos that are available now on the department’s website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting-safety-videos and also via http://louisianaconservationist.org and www.facebook.com/ldwffb and https://www.youtube.com/LAWildlifeFish.

LDWF is charged with managing habitats to sustain and protect fish and wildlife species; and providing education on the use of those resources to provide quality outdoor recreation experiences.

For more information, contact Fred Kimmel at 225-765-2355 or fkimmel@wlf.la.gov .
 

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Louisiana Youth Can Register Now for 2014 Hunter of the Year Awards

Release Date: 11/25/2014

Nov. 25, 2014 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) are encouraging hunters 15 years of age or younger to enter the 2014 Youth Hunter of the Year competition. 

The contest is for Louisiana resident youth and requires young hunters to submit a story about their hunting experience along with photographs of the hunt.  LDWF and LOWA will then select a male and female youth hunter of the year based upon the stories and photos that are received. 

Visit the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/yhrp for information on the Youth Hunter Registry Program and the 2014 Youth Hunter of the Year Contest registration form.

Youth hunters who participate in any hunting activity during the 2014-15 hunting season are encouraged to participate.  This is not a big buck or turkey contest. The program is about youths enjoying a hunting experience, with or without success, and keeping the hunting tradition alive in Louisiana.

Completing a Youth Hunter Registry application and submitting the required photograph and short story about the hunt qualifies the young hunter for Youth Hunter of the Year consideration. The deadline to enter the 2014 Youth Hunter of the Year Contest is June 30, 2015.

The two winners will be recognized at the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Conference this summer as 2014 Youth Hunters of the Year.  Winners will receive a plaque in recognition of their achievement and a gift certificate from Bowie Outfitters in Baton Rouge.

Additionally, all participants who register their 2014-15 hunting experiences with the Youth Hunter Registry Program will be eligible to win a gift certificate from Bowie Outfitters (winner to be selected by a random drawing).

The Youth Hunter Registry Program and the Youth Hunter of the Year Program are coordinated jointly by LOWA and LDWF. These two programs are made possible by the generous donations of the South LA Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association, the Baton Rouge Chapter of Delta Waterfowl, Andrew Harrison with Harrison Law LLC, the Louisiana Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), the Louisiana Wildlife Federation and Bowie Outfitters in Baton Rouge.

For more information, contact Scott Durham at 225-765-2351 or sdurham@wlf.la.gov or David Moreland at 225-978-6552 or heflinroots@hotmail.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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AGENDA FOR COMMISSION MEETING

Release Date: 11/24/2014

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, December 4, 2014, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA

The following items will be discussed:

     1.  Roll Call

     2.  Approval of Minutes of November 6, 2014

     3.  Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

     4.  To Hear Enforcement Reports November 2014

     5.  Ducks Unlimited Presentation on Duck Breeding grounds in Canada

     6.  To Hear a General Overview Presentation of the 2015-2016 Hunting Seasons and Rules and Regulations

     7.  To Consider a Notice of Intent to modify Recreational Offshore Permit Regulations

     8.  To Consider a Declaration of Emergency for a Partial Closure of State Outside Waters to Shrimping

     9.  To Hear public comments on the Catch and Cook Notice of Intent

    10.  Set April 2015 Meeting Date

    11.  Receive Public Comments

    12.  Adjournment

Live audio streaming of the December 2104,  LWF Commission meeting is available via GoToWebinar®.

To access live audio stream, Please register for the December 2014, LWF Commission meeting at the following link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6529583205166329857

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


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LDWF Agents Arrest a Jones Man for Drug Possession and Deer Hunting Violations

Release Date: 11/21/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Agents arrested a Jones man for deer hunting and narcotics violations on November 17 in Morehouse Parish.

Agents arrested Cody L. Pollock, 23, for possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of synthetic marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Agents also charged Pollock with taking over the daily limit of deer and two counts of failing to comply with deer tagging requirements.

Agents responded to Pollock's address to question him in reference to a complaint he had taken over the limit of deer.  Pollock opened the door to his home and agents witnessed and smelled marijuana smoke.

Upon questioning, Pollock told agents he had a substantial amount of marijuana inside his travel trailer and two antlerless deer that he took that morning quartered.  Agents recovered two quart sized bags of marijuana, 11 individually wrapped baggies for individual sale and the two quartered antlerless deer.

Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute brings five to 30 years in prison and up to $50,000 in fines.  Possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia each carries up to a $500 fine and up to six months in jail for each offense.  Possessing over the legal daily limit of deer brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Failing to tag a deer carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Pollock may also face civil restitution of $1,624 for the illegally taken deer.

Agents involved in the case are Sgts. James Hagan and Darren Bruce.

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

New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty to Selling Red Drum

Release Date: 11/20/2014

A New Orleans man pleaded guilty to the illegal selling of game fish violations on Nov. 18 in the New Orleans Municipal Court in Orleans Parish.

Judge Desiree Charbonnet sentenced Paul Haptonstall, 35, to 120 days of imprisonment suspended and fined him $3,730.80 for the illegal selling of game fish.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited Haptonstall on June 13, 2014 in New Orleans for illegal selling of game fish and undersized fish.

Agents started the investigation after receiving complaints about the subject selling red drum in the New Orleans area.  Haptonstall sold a total of 11 black drum, three sheepshead, two spotted seatrout, two catfish and 138 red drum to Special Operation agents throughout the investigation.

Agents involved in the case were the LDWF Special Operations Section, Sgt. Kris Bourgeois and Agent Jeffrey Farmer.

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

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