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Authorities Recover Body of St. Landry Man from Bayou Marron

Release Date: 06/30/2015

Search and rescue crews from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division and the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office recovered the body of a St. Landry man from Bayou Marron on June 29.

Search and rescue crews were notified around 3 p.m. of a missing canoer in Bayou Marron.  The crews found the body of Lawrence Fontenot, 58, around 5:45 p.m.

According to the other canoer with Fontenot, the two men were frogging from a canoe early in the morning on June 29 in the vicinity of Chatagnier when the canoe capsized.  The survivor was able to make his way to the shore and call for help.

Neither man was wearing a personal flotation device when they entered the water.  LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.

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

Shrimp Season to Close July 2 in Remainder of State Inside Waters Except for Breton and Chandeleur Sounds

Release Date: 06/29/2015

 
June 29, 2015 – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2015 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 2, in the remainder of state inside waters except for the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds.
 
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. It also closes those inside waters in Eastern Louisiana currently open, including Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Borgne and a portion of the Mississippi Sound located in the Lake Pontchartrain Basin.  This action also closes those portions of Barataria Bay, Terrebonne Bay and Lake Pelto that remained open on June 19.
 
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.  All state outside waters seaward of the Inside/Outside shrimp line will remain open to shrimp harvesting until further notice.

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.
 
For more information visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/shrimp-seasons

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission will meet August 6 to consider opening dates for the fall inshore shrimp season.  At the July 2 meeting of the Commission, they will consider action to authorize LDWF Secretary Robert Barham to open the fall white shrimp season if needed prior to the August 6 Commission meeting.
 
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 Jeff Marx at 337 -373-0032 or jmarx@wlf.la.gov. For press inquiries, contact Ashley Roth at 504-286-4162 or aroth@wlf.la.gov

 

Union Wildlife Management Area to Close

Release Date: 06/26/2015

June 26, 2015 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced today that the property known as Union Wildlife Management Area (WMA) will no longer be part of the department’s WMA program, effective July 1, 2015. LDWF has decided to conclude the long-term lease with Plum Creek Timber Company on approximately 10,000 acres in Union Parish, focusing instead on supporting wildlife management efforts in other WMAs within the LDWF system.

“LDWF will continue to pursue opportunities on properties that facilitate wildlife habitat management while providing quality outdoor recreation options for the public,” said Steve Smith, LDWF WMA program manager. “Those resources previously utilized on this area will be redirected in a manner through which they can be best utilized within the WMA system for conservation and public use.”

For many years, Plum Creek provided hunting access on this WMA in northeast Louisiana.  The company will now offer these lands for lease to individuals or hunting clubs.  Additional information about recreational leasing opportunities is available at www.plumcreek.com/recreation.

Plum Creek is among the largest and most geographically diverse private landowners in the United States with timberlands in 19 states, and wood products mills in the Northwest, managing lands using sustainable practices to benefit Plum Creek’s many stakeholders. Plum Creek employees work together to serve as stewards of the environment, make wood products for everyday use, and build strong communities to create shareholder value. For more information, please visit www.plumcreek.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.

For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or 318-487-5885, or ssmith@wlf.la.gov.

 

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AMENDED Agenda for July 2015 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheires Commission Meeting

Release Date: 06/26/2015

“AMENDED” AGENDA
LOUISIANA WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES COMMISSION
BATON ROUGE, LA
July 2, 2015
9:30 AM

 

1. Roll Call

2. Approval of Minutes of June 4, 2015

3. Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

4. To hear Enforcement Reports June 2015      

5. To hear an update on the Spring Shrimp Season    

6. To consider a Declaration of Emergency to allow the Secretary to set the 2015 Fall Shrimp Season if conditions require

7. To consider a Declaration of Emergency for Early Migratory Game Birds (Dove, Teal, Woodcock, Rail, and Gallinule) Hunting Seasons

8. To hear a Presentation on the effect of tidal flow through the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet on Lake Pontchartrain and its estuaries

9. Set November 2015 Meeting Date

10. Receive Public Comments

11. Adjournment

 

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The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission to meet on July 2

Release Date: 06/25/2015

 
AGENDA
LOUISIANA WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES COMMISSION
BATON ROUGE, LA
July 2, 2015
9:30 AM

 
1. Roll Call

2. Approval of Minutes of June 4, 2015

3. Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

4. To Recognize the Tchefuncte River Foundation River Clean-Up

5. To hear Enforcement Reports June 2015      

6. To hear an update on the Spring Shrimp Season    

7. To consider a Declaration of Emergency to allow the Secretary to set the 2015 Fall Shrimp Season if conditions require

8. To consider a Declaration of Emergency for Early Migratory Game Birds (Dove, Teal, Woodcock, Rail, and Gallinule) Hunting Seasons

9. To hear a Presentation on the effect of  tidal flow through the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet on Lake Pontchartrain and its estuaries

10. Set November 2015 Meeting Date

11. Receive Public Comments

12. Adjournment

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LDWF Agents Participating in Operation Dry Water this Weekend June 26-28

Release Date: 06/25/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Law Enforcement Division (LDWF/LED) agents will take part in Operation Dry Water from June 26-28 with increased patrols for boaters operating or driving a boat while intoxicated (DWI) enforcement and boating safety.

During the Operation Dry Water weekend, LDWF agents will be out in force patrolling state waterways for boat operators whose blood alcohol content exceeds the state limit of .08 percent.

Alcohol can impair a boater’s judgment, balance, vision and reaction time.  It can increase fatigue and susceptibility to the effects of cold-water immersion.  Sun, wind, noise, vibration and motion intensify the side effects of alcohol, drugs and some prescription medications.

“Alcohol use and operating a vessel don’t mix.  We want people to treat a boat the same way they would a vehicle when it comes to having a sober operator.” said LDWF Lt. Col. Sammy Martin, the state’s boating law administrator.  “We want people to have fun on the water, but we also want them to come home safely.”

Louisiana had 18 boating fatalities in 2014 with alcohol playing a role in six fatalities or 33 percent.  Nationwide, statistics from 2014 reveal that 21 percent of all boat incident fatalities listed alcohol as a contributing factor.

LDWF agents issued five DWI citations to boat operators during the 2014 Operation Dry Water weekend.

Impaired boaters caught this weekend can expect penalties to be severe.  In Louisiana, a DWI on the water carries the same penalties and fines as on the road and includes jail time, fines and loss of driving and boating operator privileges.

Anyone cited for a DWI on the water or on the road will lose his or her driver's license and boating privileges for the specified time ordered by the judge in the case.  Also, each offense of operating a vehicle or vessel while intoxicated counts toward the total number of DWI crimes whether they happened on the water or road.

In Louisiana a DWI can be issued to anyone operating a moving vessel or vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.  First offense DWI carries a $300 to $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail.

Operation Dry Water was started in 2009 and is a joint program involving the LDWF/LED, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and the U.S. Coast Guard.  More information is available at www.operationdrywater.org.

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

New rules take effect for overnight guests at Port Eads Marina

Release Date: 06/25/2015

June 25, 2015 – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has approved rules that would allow fishermen who stay overnight at Port Eads Marina, located in Plaquemines Parish, to clean their catch on site and transport fileted fish to land-based ports in Louisiana.  Catch inspections and certifications, which can only be issued when LDWF staff is on site at Port Eads, would allow for fishermen to possess and transport up to a 3-day daily creel limit.

These new rules were adopted due to the remote nature of the Port Eads Marina, and that the marina is only accessible by water.

When a certifying agent is present, recreational anglers may seek inspection and certification provided the fisherman is in compliance with the following requirements:

1.   The fisherman holds and is in possession of all current recreational fishing licenses required.

2.  The fisherman is in possession of and can provide a receipt issued by the Port Eads Marina facility that demonstrates, to the satisfaction of the department, an overnight stay at the Port Eads Marina facility.

3.  Catches can only be inspected and certified for days on which LDWF staff is present at the facility. Upon landing his or her daily catch at the Port Eads Marina, the fisherman will contact LDWF staff on duty at the marina so that the catch can be inspected to ensure that the species, size and daily creel are within legal limits.  Following inspection, fish can be fileted and must be marked with catch certification tags that will be provided by the certifying agent.

4.  Once certified, the fishermen will be issued an interview form and bag tags for all bags of fish that correlate with an individual angler’s catch.  No active fishing can take place on board a vessel transporting bags of certified catch.  

5.  The fisherman is only in possession of his or her fish and shall not transport fish taken by another person back to the boat landing.

When a LDWF certifying agent is not present, fishermen should adhere to the state-wide, on the water possession limits.

For more information on the rules and a list of future dates when a certifying agent will be at the marina visit http://www.fishla.org/port-eads-marina-regulations

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 release inquiries contact Rene LeBreton, rlebreton@wlf.la.gov or 504-286-8745.  

 

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Additional Roads Closed on Richard K. Yancey WMA

Release Date: 06/24/2015

June 24, 2015 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is advising Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area users that Blount Road and Catfish Bayou Road are currently closed to all traffic due to high water.  Dobbs Bay Road also remains closed at this time.
 
Increasing water levels in associated river systems has caused backwater flooding on these thoroughfares.  Once the water recedes, vehicular traffic will be allowed.
 
Richard K. Yancey WMA is located approximately 35 miles south of Ferriday on Louisiana Hwy. 15 in lower Concordia Parish. 
 
For information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2767 or contact Tony Vidrine at 337-948-0255 or tvidirne@wlf.la.gov .

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Outstanding Hunter Education Volunteers Recognized

Release Date: 06/19/2015

Outstanding Hunter Education Volunteers Recognized
Outstanding Hunter Education Volunteers Recognized
Outstanding Hunter Education Volunteers Recognized
Outstanding Hunter Education Volunteers Recognized
June 19, 2015 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) recently honored volunteer instructors working with the department’s Hunter/Aquatic Education Program.
 
Awards are given annually to recognize some of the most dedicated Hunter Education Volunteers and teaching teams in the state. The awards honor those volunteers whose commitment of time and effort expand LDWF’s ability to provide the mandatory hunter education for those wishing to purchase a hunting license in Louisiana. Those recognized include:
 
2015 Southeast Regional Team Award - Fred Gueho and Mike Lorio:  Gueho and Lorio have been teaching in West Baton Rouge Parish for the past several years.  They partner with the West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Mike Cazes to conduct several courses a year in Port Allen.  They have dedicated 21 years of volunteer service to teach and mentor thousands of students in the Hunter Education Program.
 
2015 North Regional Team Award - James Franklin, Kyle Luker, Philip Soileau, Justin Blondin, Mark Taylor, Richard Alexander, Leon Taylor and Mike Rainwater: All are with the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office (LPSO) and combine to teach 12 to 14 Hunter Safety classes and Field Days per year. The new LPSO training facility hosts Hunter Safety classes and the Sheriff’s office is currently constructing an air gun range so students will be able to shoot on-site.
 
2015 Southwest Regional Team Award - Rufus Jones, Lane Lenton, Keith McClain, Shelby Nation, Randal Pierson, Dana Rachal, Kevin Sweeney and Kevin Sweeney Jr.: For nearly 10 years the Pineville Police Department has put on an annual hunter education class, at which it often hosts over 100 students.  Prior to putting on the class every year, the police department solicits local businesses for refreshments and prizes which they give away to students at their class. All team members are Pineville Police officers and each teaches a section of the Hunter Safety course related to their expertise.
 
2015 Southwest Region Instructor of the Year - Shane Mayers: As a volunteer hunter education instructor, Mayers was relentless in teaching in Lafayette Parish and the surrounding parishes for the past few years. Despite having terminal cancer, he managed to continue to teach hunter education at the Wilderness Gun Club, and was able to organize courses for the public when asked by local organizations such as the South Saint Landry Community Library. Mayers’ knowledge, enthusiasm and experience made him a very valuable asset to the Hunter Education Program and all who knew him. A truly deserving honoree, Mayers passed away in May.
2015 North Region Instructor of the Year - Chris Bennett: Bennett, a LaSalle Parish High School educator, teaches courses in agriculture and shop, and chose to teach Hunter Safety courses as part of the school’s course curriculum. He also teaches Hunter Safety courses in LaSalle Parish, additional to his school duties.  Bennett’s extensive hunter education knowledge allows him to teach the entire course by himself. (Photo not available)
 
2015 Southeast Region Instructor of the Year - Larry Lapeyrolerie: Lapeyrolerie has been a dedicated volunteer in different facets his entire life and Hunter Safety students have benefited from his skills as lead instructor for the past 11 years. He provides instruction at the Waddill Wildlife Refuge in East Baton Rouge Parish and in the last year has taught 15 courses, certifying over 1,100 participants. (Photo not available)
 
Annually, nearly 18,000 students are certified in hunter education through courses taught statewide.  Volunteers trained to teach hunter education are crucial to the success of this program.  The goal of Louisiana’s Hunter Education Program is to reduce hunting incidents by producing safe and responsible hunters.
 
For more information about Louisiana’s Hunter Education Program, visit www.wlf.la.gov/hunting/hunter-education or contact Eric Shanks at 225-765-2355 or eshanks@wlf.la.gov .
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Caption Photo 1:  (left to right) Volunteer Fred Gueho, seated Sheriff Mike Cazes, Officer Mike Lorio, LDWF Staff Daniel Hurdle
 
Caption Photo 2: (left to right) LDWF Staff Fred Kimmel, Kyle Luker, Philip Soileau and LDWF Staff Todd Buffington
Caption Photo 3: (left to right) LDWF Staff Fred Kimmel, Shelby Nation, LDWF Staff Jeff Daughtry and LDWF Staff Wayne Higginbotham
Caption Photo 4: (left to right) LDWF Staff Fred Kimmel, Volunteer Hunter Education Instructor Shane Mayers and LDWF Staff Ben Stultz.

 

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LDWF Offering Basic Archery Instructor Certification Courses

Release Date: 06/19/2015

June 19, 2015 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will offer three National Archery in the Schools (NASP) Basic Archery Instructor (BAI) courses this summer.
 
The eight-hour course provides certification to educators who are looking to bring the NASP/ALAS curriculum to their school.  The NASP/ALAS program introduces students in grades 3-12 to international target style archery as part of their in-school curriculum and is available to all schools in Louisiana.  All professional educators are welcome to attend. 
 
The course dates and locations are as follows:
 
June 27, 2015 at Haughton Middle School in Haughton
June 30, 2015 at Westminster Christian Academy in Opelousas
July 14, 2015 at Hope Baptist School in Alexandria
 
Each class will begin at 8 a.m. and will be completed by 4:30 p.m.  All training materials and equipment is provided and there is no cost for the course for professional educators.  There are a limited number of spots available in each course and they will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.  You may register for the class online here: http://naspbai.org/ClassSearch.aspx?country=US&state=LA.
 
For more information regarding the ALAS program, visit our Facebook page at ALAS-Archery in Louisiana Schools or contact program coordinator Robert Stroede at 318-484-2276 or rstroede@wlf.la.gov .

 

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