LDWF News Release

Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge Temporarily Restricted Beginning Sept. 7

Release Date: 08/23/2016

Aug. 23, 2016 -- Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge will begin its annual nuisance alligator harvest Sept. 7, 2016. During the harvest period, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will close the refuge to the public each day until 10 a.m.
After 10 a.m., the public will be allowed to enter the refuge and utilize recreational areas until official sunset each day.
The delayed openings will be in effect for seven days or until all alligator trappers have utilized their tags for this controlled harvest.
The refuge, spanning 26 miles of coastal Louisiana in Cameron and Vermilion parishes, provides recreational fishing opportunities for shrimp, redfish, speckled trout, black drum, largemouth bass and other species.
Rockefeller is one of the most biologically diverse wildlife areas in the nation and attracts over 100,000 visitors annually. Located at the terminus of the vast Mississippi Flyway, south Louisiana winters about four million waterfowl annually. The refuge provides high quality wetlands habitat for ducks, geese, shorebirds and wading birds.
For more information on Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge, visit the LDWF website at www.wlf.la.gov or contact Gabe Giffin at 337-491-2000.


LDWF Schedules Drawdown on Indian Creek Lake

Release Date: 08/23/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Rapides Parish Police Jury have scheduled a drawdown on Indian Creek Lake in Rapides Parish for hydrilla control, organic reduction and fish habitat improvement. 

The lake should dewater at a rate of 2 to 4 inches per day once the water control structure opens on September 6, 2016.  Initially the lake will be lowered to 6 feet below pool stage to allow for a vegetation survey.  If necessary, the lake will be lowered an additional 2 feet to  a maximum of 8 feet below normal pool stage .  The Indian Creek lake control gates are scheduled for closure on December 15, 2016 to allow the lake to refill for winter and early spring recreational activities.

 During the drawdown, approximately 1,500 - 1,600 acres of water will remain in the lake..  Boaters may still access the main waterbody from the ramp on Indian Creek Recreational Area.  Boaters are advised to use caution during the low water period as normal clearance of underwater obstructions will be reduced. 

This action is a necessary component of LDWF’s integrated management plan to control overabundant aquatic vegetation growth and to improve access for recreational activities.  An annual cycle of high and low water fluctuation can provide beneficial effects similar to a natural overflow lake system.

The current LDWF Indian Creek Management Plan can be viewed at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/waterbody-management-plans-inland


For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Rick McGuffee, LDWF Biologist, at rmcguffee@wlf.la.gov or (318) 487-5885.  

LDWF Now Accepting Applications for Lottery Deer Hunts on Louisiana Office of State Parks Property

Release Date: 08/22/2016

Aug. 22, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for deer lottery hunts for the 2016-17 season to be held on Louisiana Office of State Parks Property. The hunts will be conducted at the Coochie Brake tract in Winn Parish.
The hunts will be conducted Oct. 21-23, Dec. 2-4 and Jan. 20-22.
Applications are available on the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts and must be received in the LDWF Baton Rouge office by 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 16. Details on the qualifications, application requirements and dates of the hunts are listed on the application forms.
These special hunts are restricted to hunters selected through the lottery application process. The application form, along with a $5 administrative fee payment, must be sent to the specific address listed on the form.
For more information on these hunts, contact Britt Evans at 225-342-1587 or bevans@crt.la.gov.


2015 Louisiana Youth Hunters of the Year Honored at LOWA Conference

Release Date: 08/22/2016

Kamryn Paige Hatton the 2015 Female Youth Hunter of the Year
Earl Darby Jr. the 2015 Male Youth Hunter of the Year

Aug. 22, 2016 – Kamryn Paige Hatton of Crowville and Earl Darby Jr. from Broussard have been named the 2015 Louisiana Female and Male Youth Hunters of the Year (YHOY). The duo was recognized during the Louisiana Outdoors Writers Association (LOWA) conference in Shreveport earlier this month.
The Youth Hunter of the Year Program is a joint effort between the LOWA and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF). Program sponsors include the South Louisiana Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association, Bowie Outfitters in Baton Rouge, the Louisiana Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Louisiana Wildlife Federation, the Baton Rouge Area Chapter of Delta Waterfowl, and Andrew Harrison of Harrison Law, LLC in Baton Rouge.
Ten-year old Hatton, the daughter of Angel and William Hatton, harvested her first two deer during the 2014-15 hunting season. She made the most of her first deer hunt in 2014 when hunting with her father, taking a doe on her grandfather’s land in Madison Parish.
Then in 2015, Hatton harvested her first buck.
Darby Jr., 7, enjoyed a successful 2014-15 hunting season with his grandparents, Arden and Rhonda Delahoussaye. In the fall of 2014, Darby Jr. went on his first squirrel hunt and harvested five squirrels. The family had one black fox squirrel mounted as a keepsake for Darby Jr.
Darby Jr. showed in 2015 that his first hunt wasn’t beginner’s luck. On his first deer hunt, he harvested a doe in Olla. Then later in the season, he took his first buck, an 8-pointer.
The 2016 Youth Hunter of the Year contest began with the 2016 turkey season and gets into full swing in September when the 2016 hunting season opens for dove and teal.
LDWF and LOWA encourage all youth hunters, 15 years old or younger, to participate in the Youth Hunter Registry Program and the YHOY of the Year Program. 

For more information about the Youth Hunter Registry and YHOY Program, visit LDWF’s website at http://www.wlf.state.la.us/hunting/yhrp or contact Scott Durham at 225-765-2351 or sdurham@wlf.la.gov .


LDWF to Reschedule Artificial Reef Council Meeting Scheduled this Week

Release Date: 08/22/2016

Due to the historic flooding in south Louisiana last week, the Artificial Reef Council meeting scheduled for Thursday, August 25th will have to be rescheduled. A new date has yet to be determined, but will be released once available.

LDWF headquarters to sell commercial fishing licenses Friday, August 19th

Release Date: 08/18/2016


LDWF headquarters to sell commercial fishing licenses Friday, August 18th


Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will open in a limited capacity tomorrow, August 19th to sell commercial fishing licenses.  A small licensing team will be available from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to serve the public. 

Recent office closures due to flooding has prevented some commercial fishermen from purchasing their licenses ahead of the shrimp season, which opens Monday on the west side of the state.

As a reminder, commercial fishermen can renew their existing licenses online athttps://www.la.wildlifelicense.com/start.php.  New licenses must be purchased in person.

Our headquarters office is located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70898.

Many of our employees have been severely impacted by the recent flooding across the state, we appreciate the public’s patience as we begin the process of helping our LDWF family rebuild.

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 recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

LDWF Postpones Public Hearings on Proposed Cervid Carcass Importation Ban in Mandeville, Lafayette

Release Date: 08/18/2016

Aug. 18, 2016 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has postponed public hearings to discuss a proposed cervid carcass importation ban in Mandeville on Monday (Aug. 22) and Lafayette on Tuesday (Aug. 23).  Extreme flooding in some parts of southern Louisiana forced delaying the meetings.
The ban was proposed to assist in preventing the introduction of chronic wasting disease (CWD) into Louisiana’s white-tailed deer population.
The other four meetings in Lake Charles (Aug. 22), Monroe (Aug. 23), Minden (Aug. 24) and Woodworth (Aug. 25) will go on as scheduled.
LDWF will reschedule the meetings for Mandeville and Lafayette.
Here is the list of meetings still scheduled to be held:
Aug. 22 at Lake Charles’ LSU Ag Center, 7101 Gulf Hwy., Lake Charles, 6:30 p.m.,
Aug. 23 at LDWF Monroe Field Office, 368 Century Link Dr., Monroe, 6:30 p.m.,
Aug. 24 at LDWF Minden Field Office, 9961 Hwy. 80, Minden, 6:30 p.m.,
Aug. 25 at Woodworth Outdoor Education Center, 661 Robinson Bridge Road, Woodworth, 6:30 p.m.
An importation ban on carcasses of cervids harvested out-of-state was proposed by LDWF during the July LWFC meeting and is in the public comment period. The ban defines a cervid as animals of the family Cervidae, including but not limited to white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, moose, caribou, fallow deer, axis deer, sika deer, red deer and reindeer. 
The proposed ban would prohibit the importation of cervid carcasses except for deboned meat, antlers, clean skull plates with antlers, cleaned skulls without tissue attached, capes, tanned hides, finished taxidermy mounts and cleaned cervid teeth.
This proposed ban is strictly for the purpose of reducing the likelihood that CWD will enter Louisiana through carcass importation. Approved parts and deboned meat from other states must contain a possession tag with the hunter’s name, out-of-state license number (if required), address, species, date and location (county and state) of harvest.  Each state has different possession requirements for game once processed.
To view the full notice of intent, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.
Public comment can be submitted in writing by mail to: Johnathan Bordelon, LDWF Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to jbordelon@wlf.la.gov until 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 26, 2016.
For more information, contact Bordelon at 225-765-2344.


LDWF Creating Cuts in Rockefeller Refuge Southern Protection Levee to Help Alleviate Flooding

Release Date: 08/18/2016

LDWF Creating Cuts in Rockefeller Refuge Southern Protection Levee to Help Alleviate Flooding
A cut is created in the southern protection levee on Rockefeller Refuge to help alleviate flooding.
The first cut in the southern protection levee at Rockefeller Refuge.

LDWF Creating Cuts in Rockefeller Refuge Southern Protection Levee to Help Alleviate Flooding

Aug. 18, 2016 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will create two 50-foot cuts in in the southern protection levee on Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in Cameron and Vermilion parishes to help alleviate flooding from the recent rains that have inundated parts of southern Louisiana.

Both cuts should be completed by late Thursday afternoon and will help relieve flooding in Calcasieu, Cameron and Vermilion parishes in the Mermentau Basin.

“We are in the process of excavating two, 50-foot cuts in the southern protection levee from the Gulf of Mexico on Rockefeller Refuge,’’ said Scooter Trosclair, program manager at Rockefeller Refuge. “This will aid in additional outflow as tides allow from the excessive amounts of flood water flowing in from the Mermentau Basin.’’

Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, located in eastern Cameron and western Vermilion Parishes, is owned and maintained by the state of Louisiana and LDWF. It encompasses about 76,000 acres. It borders the Gulf of Mexico for 26.5 miles and extends inland toward the Grand Chenier ridge, a stranded beach ridge, six miles from the Gulf. 

For more information, contact Trosclair at 337-491-2593.



Elmer’s Island closure extended to August 30th due to weather delays

Release Date: 08/18/2016

Elmer’s Island closure extended to August 30th due to weather delays

Elmer’s Island closure extended to August 30th due to weather delays
Recent weather conditions have made dredging in the Gulf of Mexico unfavorable.  These unexpected weather delays have extended the Elmer’s Island closure by 8 days to August 30th.   The slow-moving weather system that has caused unprecedented flooding in parts of our state is also responsible for these construction delays.
An updated map with new closure dates can be found above.

Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet

Release Date: 08/18/2016

The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board will meet on Tuesday, August 23, 2016. The meeting will convene at 10:30 a.m. in the second floor conference room of the University of New Orleans’ Advanced Technology Center located at 2021 Lakeshore Drive in New Orleans.  

Agenda items for the meeting of the Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board are as follows:

1.     Roll Call of Board Members

2.     Approval of Minutes from March 2, 2016 Meeting

3.     Hearing of New Renewal Permit Appeals

a.     Randy Chaisson, Sr.

b.     Kenneth Caywood

4.     Update on Recommendations Made at March 2, 2016 Meeting

5.     Receive Public Comments

6.     Set next meeting date

7.     Adjournment

This Board was established by Act 922 of the 2008 Regular Legislative Session for the purpose of hearing appeals of vessel permit denials by LDWF. Act 922 requires that anyone commercially harvesting oysters on the public oyster seed grounds and reservations, except those in Calcasieu Lake and Sabine Lake, must do so from a vessel holding a public oyster seed ground vessel permit issued by LDWF.

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.


For more information, please contact Ty Lindsey at 225-765-2387 or tlindsey@wlf.la.gov.  

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