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LDWF Accepting Lottery Applications for Disabled Veterans Hunts on Wildlife Management Areas

Release Date: 07/14/2016

July 14, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting lottery hunt applications for disabled veterans wishing to participate in a deer hunt to be held on Camp Beauregard Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and a waterfowl hunt to be held on Sherburne WMA for the 2016-17 hunting season.
 
These special hunts are restricted to hunters selected through the lottery application process. These hunts offer the opportunity for selected hunters to experience an enjoyable, wildlife oriented outdoor experience on these WMAs.
 
Details on the qualifications, application requirements, application deadlines and dates of the hunts are listed on the application forms.
 
Successful applicants will be selected by a random computer drawing.  Applications for the lottery must be submitted to LDWF by the deadline listed on the application. A $5 administrative fee must be submitted with each application.
 
Applications and more information may be obtained by contacting your local LDWF field office or by visiting the LDWF web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts .
 
Applications may be delivered in person to Room 442 of the LDWF headquarters building located at 2000 Quail Dr. in Baton Rouge or by mail.  The mailing address is: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000.
 
For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov.

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LDWF Accepting Lottery Applications for Physically Challenged Hunts on Wildlife Management Areas

Release Date: 07/14/2016

July 14, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting lottery hunt applications for physically challenged hunters wishing to participate in deer hunts to be held on Floy Ward McElroy and Sabine Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) as well as a physically challenged waterfowl hunt to be held on Russell Sage WMA for the 2016-17 hunting season. 
 
These hunts offer the opportunity for selected hunters to experience an enjoyable, high-quality experience on these WMAs.
 
The hunts are restricted to physically challenged hunters. The Sabine WMA deer hunt is open to all qualified, physically challenged persons and applicants will be screened by the Hunters Enriching Lives of People (HELP) organization to determine eligibility.
 
The Floy Ward McElroy WMA deer hunt is limited to wheelchair confined, Physically Challenged Hunter Permit (PCHP) holders only.  The Russell Sage WMA waterfowl hunt is limited to wheelchair confined PCHP permit holders only. 
  
Details on the qualifications, application requirements, application deadlines and dates of the hunts are listed on the application forms.
 
Successful applicants will be selected by a random computer drawing.  Applications for the lottery must be submitted to LDWF by the deadline listed on the application. A $5 administrative fee must be submitted with each application.
 
Applications and more information may be obtained by contacting your local LDWF field office or by visiting the LDWF web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts .
 
Applications may be delivered in person to Room 442 of the LDWF headquarters building located at 2000 Quail Dr. in Baton Rouge or by mail.  The mailing address is: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000.
 
For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov .

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LDWF Accepting Lottery Applications for General Waterfowl Hunts on Wildlife Management Areas

Release Date: 07/13/2016

July 13, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for waterfowl lottery hunts to be held on Bayou Pierre and Sherburne Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) for the 2016-17 hunting season. 
 
These special hunts are restricted to hunters selected through the lottery application process. These hunts offer the opportunity for selected hunters to experience an enjoyable, wildlife oriented outdoor experience on these WMAs.
 
Details on the qualifications, application requirements, application deadlines and dates of the hunts are listed on the application forms.
 
Successful applicants will be selected by a random computer drawing.  Applications for the lottery must be submitted to LDWF by the deadline listed on the application. A $5 administrative fee must be submitted with each application.
 
Applications and more information may be obtained by contacting your local LDWF field office or by visiting the LDWF web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts .
 
Applications may be delivered in person to Room 442 of the LDWF headquarters building located at 2000 Quail Dr. in Baton Rouge or by mail.  The mailing address is: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000.
 
For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov .

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LDWF Accepting Lottery Applications for Youth Deer, Waterfowl and Squirrel Hunts on Wildlife Management Areas

Release Date: 07/13/2016

July 13, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for youth lottery hunts for deer, waterfowl and squirrel to be held on various LDWF Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) during the 2016-17 hunting season.
 
Youth lottery deer hunts will be held on Buckhorn, Dewey W. Wills, Floy Ward McElroy, Richard K. Yancey and Sherburne WMAs.  Youth lottery waterfowl hunts will be held on Bayou Pierre, Russell Sage and Sherburne WMAs.  A youth lottery squirrel hunt will be held on Floy Ward McElroy WMA.
 
These hunts are restricted to youth hunters only, to be selected through the lottery application process. These hunts offer the opportunity for selected hunters to experience an enjoyable, high-quality experience on these WMAs.
 
Details on the qualifications, application requirements, application deadlines and dates of the hunts are listed on the application forms.
 
Successful applicants will be selected by a random computer drawing.  Applications for the lottery must be submitted to LDWF by the deadline listed on the application. A $5 administrative fee must be submitted with each application.
 
Applications and more information may be obtained by contacting your local LDWF field office or by visiting the LDWF web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts .
 
Applications may be delivered in person to Room 442 of the LDWF headquarters building located at 2000 Quail Dr. in Baton Rouge or by mail.  The mailing address is: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000.
 
For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov .

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Applications Being Accepted for Lottery Dove Hunts on Elbow Slough Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 07/12/2016

July 12, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for lottery dove hunts on Elbow Slough Wildlife Management Area (WMA) for the opening weekend of dove season, Sept. 3-4, 2016. 
 
The lottery dove hunt access to the WMA in Rapides Parish will provide 80 hunters the opportunity to hunt on the first Saturday and Sunday of the first season split. Hunt times each day will be from one-half hour before sunrise until noon. 
 
The deadline for applications to be submitted is 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 12.  The application form, along with a $5 administrative fee payment, must be sent to LDWF’s Wildlife Division, Elbow Slough Lottery Dove Hunts, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA  70898-9000. A random drawing will then select 40 hunters to participate each day. The application is available on the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts.
 
Only those selected through the lottery drawing will be allowed to attend the dove hunts at Elbow Slough WMA on opening weekend. For safety reasons, guests or other observers will not be allowed.   
 
Beginning Sept. 7, 2016, Elbow Slough WMA will be open to all dove hunters and will remain open for dove hunting on Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays only through Sept. 25. Elbow Slough WMA will again be open for dove hunting on Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays only during the period Oct. 8-Nov. 13, 2016. Hunt times for these scheduled open days will be from one-half hour before sunrise until sunset. 
 
Dove hunters are reminded that non-toxic shot, maximum size #6 steel or equivalent, is required for all hunting on Elbow Slough WMA.
 
For more information, contact Jeff Johnson at (318) 371-3050 or jjohnson@wlf.la.gov .

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Shrimp Season to Close July 15th in Inshore Waters on West Side of State

Release Date: 07/12/2016

For Immediate Release:
July 12, 2016 – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2016 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 15, in the remainder of state inside waters except for the open waters of Mississippi, 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.
 
Effective with this closure, all state inside waters will be closed to shrimping except for the open waters of Mississippi Sound and 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. The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission will meet August 4th to consider opening dates for the fall inshore shrimp season.

For a map detailing areas that will remain open to shrimping please see map above or click here: 
http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/shrimp-seasons.
 
 
For more information, contact Jeff Marx at (337) 373-0032 or jmarx@wlf.la.gov.

Greater Amberjack Commercial Seasons to Close

Release Date: 07/12/2016

For Immediate Release:

 

July 12, 2016 – Officials with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2016 commercial fishing season for greater amberjack in Louisiana State waters will close on Sunday, July 17, at 12:01 a.m.   Following a review of current landings, data indicates the 2016 Gulf of Mexico commercial quota of 394,740 pounds is projected to be met by that date.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that federal waters will also close on Sunday, July 17, at 12:01 a.m. and remain closed to commercial amberjack fishing for the remainder of 2016. 

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 atwww.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

 

For more information contact Jason Adriance at 504.284.2032 or jadriance@wlf.la.gov .  

AMENDED - Shrimp Task Force to Meet July 13th

Release Date: 07/08/2016

Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

Terrebonne Council Meeting Room

8026 Main Street, Houma, LA 70360

 

AGENDA

I.               Roll call and introduction of guests

II.             Approval of April 20, 2016 meeting minutes and July 13, 2016 agenda

III.           Treasury Report

A.     Budget report- LDWF

IV.            Old Business

A.     Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council Update- Myron Fischer

B.     Update on the Status of Shrimp Permits- Myron Fischer

V.              New Business

A.     To Consider Funding for the Congressional Staff Educational Trip

B.     Overview of the 2017 Coastal Master Plan- Brian Lezina

C.     Discussion of Shrimp Sizes for Setting Fall Shrimp Season- Jeff Marx

D.     Discussion of Oyster Lease/ Boundary Marker Regulations- Acy Cooper

E.     Update on Experimental Device Test Permit- George Hallner

F.     Discussion of STF Vacancy Appointments- Mark Schexnayder

VI.            Public Comment

VII.          Set Quarterly Meetings

VIII.        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/7026531687689440513

 

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.

LWF Commission Modifies Rules for Commercial Harvest of Blue Crabs

Release Date: 07/08/2016

News Release

 

For Immediate Release
July 8, 2016

 

Contact: Ashley Wethey
Public Information
LDWF
(504) 286-8733

awethey@wlf.la.gov

 

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission considered a Notice of Intent (NOI) to enact commercial blue crab harvest restrictions in order to reduce fishing pressure on the blue crab stock at their monthly meeting yesterday.

The NOI restricts the commercial harvest of immature blue female crabs except those being held for processing of softshell crabs. It also establishes a 30-day closure of the blue commercial harvest and the use of crab traps beginning the third Monday of February. Both management actions would go into effect in 2017 and last through 2019.

Legally licensed commercial crab fishermen may have an incidental take of immature female crabs in their possession, not to exceed two percent of the total number of crabs in their possession. Crabs in a work box, used to sort or cull undersized and/or immature female crabs, are not subject to the immature female restriction while aboard an active fishing vessel.

All crab traps remaining in state waters during the closure will be presumed to be engaged in active fishing and considered illegal.

To view the full notice of intent, please visit here.

Interested persons may submit comments relative to the proposed rule to Jeff Marx, Marine Fisheries Section, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 2415 Darnall Rd., New Iberia, LA 70560 or via email to jmarx@wlf.la.gov prior to September 1, 2016.

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 http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

LDWF to Hold Henderson Lake Public Meeting

Release Date: 07/08/2016

News Release

For Immediate Release
July 8, 2016

Contact: Rene LeBreton

Public Information - LDWF
(504) 286-8745
rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, St. Martin Parish Government, the Town of Henderson, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will conduct an informational meeting concerning a recommended drawdown of Henderson Lake.

Who:  LDWF Inland Fisheries Staff

What:  Public meeting to discuss the management of Henderson Lake

When:  Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at 6:00 p.m.

Where:  
Henderson Town Hall
1015 Amy Street
Henderson, LA.

The meeting will include a presentation by LDWF on the 2016 Henderson Lake Management Plan and an update on the current status of the lake. LDWF staff will field questions concerning the management of the lake.  Anyone interested in Henderson Lake is encouraged to attend. 

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

For additional information regarding the meetings, contact Brac Salyers, LDWF Biologist Manager, at bsalyers@wlf.la.gov or (337) 373-5100.

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 department news, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

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