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Louisiana Office of State Parks Offering Lottery Deer Hunts on Undeveloped State Park Properties

Release Date: 08/07/2015

Aug. 7, 2015 -- The Louisiana Office of State Parks is offering lottery deer hunt opportunities for hunters wishing to participate in 2015-2016 season lottery deer hunts available on Coochie Brake State Park and Big Cypress State Park.
 
Both Coochie Brake State Park in Winn Parish and Big Cypress State Park in Bienville Parish are undeveloped Office of State Parks properties.
 
Applications are available on the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries website and displayed via this link: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts. The application is displayed under the DEER – OFFICE OF STATE PARKS category.
 
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, high-quality experience on these areas.
 
Details on the qualifications, application requirements, and dates of the hunts are listed on the application forms.
 
Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4. The application form, along with a $5 administrative fee payment, must be sent to the specific address listed on the application form.
 
For more information on these hunts, contact Britt Evans at 225-342-1587 or bevans@crt.la.gov at the Office of State Parks.

 

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LDWF supports revising red snapper allocations based on latest science and improved recreational landings data

Release Date: 08/07/2015

(August 7, 2015) At its upcoming meeting in New Orleans this week, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will take final action on Reef Fish Fishery Management Plan Amendment 28, Red Snapper Allocation. Depending on the management alternative the Council selects, this amendment has the potential to modify how the red snapper quota is allocated between the commercial and recreational sectors.

NOAA Fisheries and the Council have policies to regularly revisit allocations to fishery sectors and consider conservation, economic, and social factors as well as fishery management goals when determining allocations. The Council is considering a reallocation for the red snapper harvest consistent with the 2015 red snapper assessment update to ensure the allowable catch and recovery benefits are fairly and equitably allocated between the commercial and recreational sectors.

Currently, the Council's preferred alternative bases reallocation on an increase in allowable harvest due to scientific analysis of and subsequent improvements in recreational data. Essentially, scientists found errors in historic recreational data used to set the current allocation; quota that should have been allocated to the recreational sector was erroneously allocated to the commercial sector. This alternative seeks to correct this error by allocating the amount of the increase in allowable harvest due to improved data to the recreational sector; the rest of the quota allocations will remain status quo. The percentage allocated to each sector will fluctuate annually, depending the available quota and amount of increase in quota that can be attributed to improvements in recreational data.

“Amendment 28 is meant to fulfill NOAA Fisheries and the Council’s obligation to revisit allocations according to the latest science—it is not and was never intended as a solution to the management problems in the recreational red snapper fishery," Robert Barham, Secretary, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) said. “LDWF is committed to using the best science possible to make the best decisions for our resources and the valuable commercial and recreational fisheries they support.”

LDWF is only 1 of 17 votes on the Council—we appreciate stakeholders’ participation as the Council considers Amendment 28 during its August 10-13, 2015 meeting at the Hilton Riverside, Jefferson Ballroom, in New Orleans, Louisiana. We encourage stakeholders to comment on this amendment during the public comment period on Wednesday, August 12 at 1 pm. The Council will take final action on Amendment 28 on Thursday, August 13. More information is available online at gulfcouncil.org.

“Regardless of the outcome of Amendment 28, LDWF will continue to work hard to improve recreational data collection in the recreational red snapper fishery and advocate for a more flexible, responsive management framework for this fishery, which will help extend and stabilize seasons and maximize our anglers’ opportunities to fish red snapper,” said Randy Pausina, Assistant Secretary for Fisheries, LDWF.

LDWF 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.  To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

For press inquiries, contact Rene LeBreton at rlebreton@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-8745.

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LDWF Agents Cite Two Men for Closed Season Shrimp Violations

Release Date: 08/07/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two men for alleged shrimping violations on Aug. 5 in Plaquemines Parish.

Agents were patrolling the Scofield Bay section of Plaquemines Parish when they came across a skimming vessel actively shrimping around 10:30 at night.  During their inspection agents found 200 pounds of shrimp on board the vessel.

Agents cited Yale B. Barrios, 36, and Andy P. Boudreaux, 32, both of Buras, for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season and seized 200 pounds of shrimp. Agents also cited Barrios for no running lights.

The inshore shrimp season is set to open on Aug. 17 at 6 a.m.

Using skimmers during a closed shrimp season brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Operating at night with no running lights brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

In addition to any and all other penalties, for the first conviction of shrimping during the closed season, the court may revoke or suspend the violator's trawl, skimmer, and butterfly gear licenses for one year from the date of the conviction.  During such revocation or suspension, the violator may be present on a vessel harvesting or possessing shrimp or possessing a trawl, skimmer, or butterfly net, only if the vessel is equipped with and employs an operating vessel monitoring system which is accessible to LDWF.  The court shall also sentence the violator to perform 40 hours of community service.

Agents participating in the cases are Agent William Bartlett and Blaine Wagner.

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

NOI Establishes Regulations for Saline Lake and Northwest Louisiana Game and Fish Preserves

Release Date: 08/07/2015

Aug. 7, 2015 – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission adopted a notice of intent (NOI) at their Aug. 6 meeting that would establish regulations for blinds used for waterfowl hunting on Saline Lake and Northwest Louisiana Game and Fish Preserves.

If finally adopted, the regulations presented by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) would allow the commissions established for each preserve to administer regulations relative to waterfowl hunting blind use on each preserve.

Comments on the details of the NOI will be accepted through Nov. 4, 2015. Comments should be mailed to Steve Smith, Wildlife Management Area Program Manager, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA  70898-9000 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov .

To view with full NOI, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items .

For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or 318-487-5885.

 

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L.D.W.F. Announces 2015 Waterfowl Hunter Survey Results

Release Date: 08/07/2015

Aug. 7, 2015 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Waterfowl Section announced Thursday the results of the 2015 waterfowl hunter survey at the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission’s monthly meeting.
 
Conducted in partnership with LSU’s School of Renewable Natural Resources, the survey asked Louisiana waterfowl hunters for input on waterfowl hunting activity, experience with the past hunting season, satisfaction with recent changes in zones, zone boundaries, potential new zone boundaries, and attitudes on particular policies.
 
“This is a continuation of a cooperative human-dimensions research program conducted by LDWF’s Waterfowl Section and LSU since 2010, designed to gather hunter-opinion data to better inform future decisions on waterfowl hunting regulations,” said LDWF Waterfowl Study Leader Larry Reynolds.
 
The effort included four separate survey modes: 5,000 mailed surveys to randomly selected waterfowl hunters split between 2,500 printed surveys with follow-ups to be completed and mailed back; and 2,500 postcards with Internet pass codes to be completed on-line. E-mails were sent to nearly 25,000 waterfowl hunters asking them to take the survey on-line, and the survey was posted on the LDWF website for hunters not contacted by the other 3 methods. Responses were received from 7,382 hunters, the highest number of participants since this research effort began.
 
Responses provided feedback on topics including:
 
*Zones – 80 percent of La. hunters hunt in one zone; only about 1 percent hunt in all three zones.
*Zone satisfaction – 65 percent of hunters responding are satisfied or very satisfied with the zone alignment as it is currently.
*Goose hunters – 85 percent of La. hunters don’t hunt specifically for geese.
*Hunter satisfaction –  59 percent of hunters were satisfied  with the 2014-5 hunting seasons; Coastal Zone hunters were most satisfied with 67 percent responding that they were either satisfied or very satisfied.
 
To view the full hunter survey report presented to the LA Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, go to this web file: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items .
 
For more information contact, Larry Reynolds at 225-765-0456 or lreynolds@wlf.la.gov.

 

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Commission Sets Duck Hunting Dates and Remaining Migratory Bird Hunting Season Dates for 2015-2016

Release Date: 08/07/2015

Aug. 7, 2015 -- The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approved the duck hunting dates and remaining migratory bird hunting season dates for the 2015-2016 season at their Aug. 6 meeting.
 
The dates were presented by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) for the three-zone waterfowl season framework that includes the coastal,  east and west zones.
 
The dates and bag limits for the upcoming seasons are as follows:
 
DUCKS AND COOTS: 60 days
Coastal Zone: Nov. 7 – Dec. 6; Dec. 19 – Jan. 17
West Zone: Nov. 14 – Dec. 6; Dec. 19 – Jan. 24
East Zone: Nov. 21 – Dec. 6; Dec. 19 – Jan. 31 (Including Catahoula Lake)
Youth Waterfowl Weekend: Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 in the Coastal Zone, Nov. 7 and Jan. 30 in the West Zone, Nov. 14 and Feb. 6 in East Zone.
 
Daily Bag Limits:  The daily bag limit on ducks is 6 and may include no more than 4 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be females), 2 canvasback, 1 mottled duck, 1 black duck, 3 wood ducks, 3 scaup, 2 redheads, and 2 pintails.
 
Daily bag limit on coots is 15.
 
Mergansers - The daily bag limit for mergansers is 5, only 2 of which may be hooded mergansers.  Merganser limits are in addition to the daily bag limit for ducks.
 
Possession Limit - The possession limit on ducks, coots and mergansers is three
times the daily bag limit.
 
GEESE: LIGHT GEESE (SNOW, BLUE and ROSS’) and WHITE-FRONTED
Coastal Zone: (81 days) Nov. 7 – Dec. 6; Dec. 19 – Feb. 7
West Zone: (81 days) Nov. 7 – Dec. 6; Dec. 19 – Feb. 7
East Zone: (81 days) Nov. 7 – Dec. 6; Dec. 19 – Feb. 7
Daily bag limit on light geese (snow, blue and Ross’): 20
Possession limit on light geese (snow, blue and Ross’): None
Daily Limit on white-fronted geese: 2
Possession Limit on white-fronted geese: 6
 
CANADA GEESE:
Coastal Zone: (74 days) Nov. 7 – Dec. 6; Dec. 19 – Jan. 31
West Zone: (67 days) Nov. 14 – Dec. 6; Dec. 19 – Jan. 31
East Zone: (74 days) Nov. 7 – Dec. 6; Dec. 19 – Jan. 31
Daily Limit on Canada geese: 1 per day
Possession limit on Canada geese: 3
 
The Canada goose season will be closed in the area described as follows:  Beginning at the Texas State Line, proceeding east along Hwy. 82 to the Calcasieu Ship Channel, then north along the Calcasieu Ship Channel to its junction with the Intracoastal Canal, then east along the Intracoastal Canal to its juncture with LA Hwy. 82, then south along LA Hwy. 82 to its juncture with Parish Road 3147, then south and east along Parish Road 3147 to Freshwater Bayou Canal, then south to the Gulf of Mexico, then west along the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico to the Texas State Line, then north to the point of beginning at LA Hwy. 82.   Open waters of Lake Arthur and the Mermentau River, from the Hwy 14 bridge southward, will also be closed to Canada goose hunting.
 
CONSERVATION ORDER FOR LIGHT GEESE (SNOW, BLUE AND ROSS’S):
Coastal Zone: Dec. 7 – Dec. 18; Feb. 8 – March 6
West Zone: Dec. 7 – 18; Feb. 8 - March 6
East Zone: Dec. 7 – 18; Feb. 8 – March 6
Only snow, blue and Ross’s geese may be taken under the terms of the Conservation Order, which allows the use of electronic calls and unplugged shotguns and eliminates the daily bag and possession limits.  During the Conservation Order, shooting hours begins one-half hour before sunrise and extends until one-half hour after sunset.  
 
RAILS: Nov. 7 – Dec. 30
King and Clapper: Daily bag limit 15 in the aggregate, Possession 45.
Sora and Virginia: Daily bag 25 in the aggregate and possession 75.
GALLINULES: Nov. 7 – Dec. 30
Daily bag limit 15, Possession limit 45
SNIPE:
Coastal Zone: Nov. 2 – Dec. 6; Dec. 19 – Feb. 28
West Zone: Nov. 2 – Dec. 6; Dec. 19 – Feb. 28
East Zone: Nov. 2 – Dec. 6; Dec. 19 – Feb. 28
Daily bag limit 8, Possession limit 24
Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset, except at the Spanish Lake Recreation Area in Iberia Parish where shooting hours, including the Conservation Order, end at 2 p.m.
 
EXTENDED FALCONRY SEASONS FOR RAILS AND GALLINULES:
Statewide: Nov. 2 – Jan. 31
Sixteen (16) days of the total season lengths for rails, gallinules and extended falconry seasons were used during the September teal season.
 
EXTENDED FALCONRY SEASONS FOR DUCKS:
Coastal Zone: Nov. 2 – Jan. 31
West Zone: Nov. 2 – Jan. 31
East Zone: Nov. 3 – Jan. 31
To view all dates for migratory and waterfowl seasons, go to: http://www.wlf.state.la.us/hunting/waterfowl/seasons .

For more information, contact Larry Reynolds at 225-765-0456 or lreynolds@wlf.la.gov .

 

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LWFC Recognizes the Tchefuncte River Foundation for River Clean-Up

Release Date: 08/06/2015

LWFC Recognizes the Tchefuncte River Foundation for River Clean-Up

(Aug. 6, 2015) - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission recognized the Tchefuncte River Foundation at its monthly meeting for their efforts to clear underwater blight from the Tchefuncte River.
 
Over the last 10 years, crumbling camps, debris and half-sunken vessels have plagued the river as a result of hurricanes and storms.  The Foundation provided leadership and organized efforts to remove the debris and get the local community back on the water.
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant 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 media inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 721-0489.

Closed Season Shrimp Violators Cited In Plaquemines and St. Bernard Parishes

Release Date: 08/06/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents patrolling Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes have cited 20 subjects for alleged shrimp violations since the middle of July.

On July 15 agents cited James L. Rigsby, 61, and Donald M. Deck, 59, both of Buras, for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season in Plaquemines Parish. Agents seized 20 pounds of shrimp.

Agents cited Dean J. Ancalade, 33, and Trinity Bourgeois, 28, both of Venice, and Jade Nicole Marinovich, 31, of Belle Chasse, for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season in Plaquemines Parish.  Agents seized 80 pounds of shrimp.

On July 24 agents cited Thien Le, 58, of Harvey, for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season in Plaquemines Parish and seized 198 pounds of shrimp.

Agents cited Loi Van, 60, of Buras, and Khoi Nguyen, 52, of Harvey, for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season and seized approximately 15 pounds of shrimp on July 25 in Plaquemines Parish.

On July 28 agents cited Rodney J. Encalade Jr., 31, of Violet, and Jackie Riley, 33, of Braithwaite, for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season in Plaquemines Parish.  Agents seized 31 pounds of shrimp.

Agents also cited Tray M. Stewart, 25, of Port Sulphur, and Rondey S. Andrey, 31, of Buras, for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season and seized 50 pounds of shrimp on July 28 in Plaquemines Parish.

Also on July 28 agents cited Jude C. Landry, 37, and Jacob C. Landry, 19, both of Boothville, for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season and seized 112 pounds of shrimp in Plaquemines Parish.

Agents cited Martin J Nunez, 51, of Braithwaite, for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season and seized 171 pounds of shrimp in St. Bernard Parish on Aug. 1.

Also on Aug. 1 agents cited Binh Quang Cao, 58, of Buras, and Nam Van Pham, 40, of Belle Chasse, for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season and seized 151 pounds of shrimp in St. Bernard Parish.

Agents also cited Thi Van Le, 60, Dung Hung Pham, 62, and Hanh Van Nguyen, 42, all of Biloxi, Miss., for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season and seized 404 pounds of shrimp on Aug. 1 in St. Bernard Parish.

The inshore shrimp season is set to open on Aug. 17 at 6 a.m.

Using skimmers during a closed shrimp season brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  In addition to any and all other penalties, for the first conviction of shrimping during the closed season, the court may revoke or suspend the violator's trawl, skimmer, and butterfly gear licenses for one year from the date of the conviction.  During such revocation or suspension, the violator may be present on a vessel harvesting or possessing shrimp or possessing a trawl, skimmer, or butterfly net, only if the vessel is equipped with and employs an operating vessel monitoring system which is accessible to LDWF.  The court shall also sentence the violator to perform 40 hours of community service.

Agents participating in the cases are Sgt. Villere Reggio, Senior Agent Gary Pierce, Agent Blaine Wagner, Sgt. Chuck Strain, Senior Agent Robert Cosse’ and Agents Travis Bartlett and Blaine Wagner.

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

LDWF Announces Youth Lottery Hunts for Deer on State Wildlife Management Areas

Release Date: 08/05/2015

Aug. 5, 2015 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Wildlife Division is accepting lottery hunt applications for youth deer hunters wishing to participate in youth lottery deer hunts available on Buckhorn, Dewey W. Wills, Floy Ward McElroy, Richard K. Yancey, and Sherburne Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) during the 2015-16 season. Additionally the Coastal and Non-Game Resources Division is accepting lottery hunt applications for youth deer hunts on Atchafalaya Delta and Point-Aux-Chenes WMAs.

Applications are available on the LDWF website and displayed via this link: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts. The Wildlife Division WMA youth hunt application is displayed under the DEER category and is to be used for the youth hunts offered on Buckhorn, Dewey W. Wills, Floy Ward McElroy, Richard K. Yancey, and Sherburne WMAs. The Coastal and Non-Game Resources Division applications are displayed under the DEER – COASTAL WMAs category for Atchafalaya Delta and Point-Aux-Chenes WMAs.

These special 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, and dates of the hunts are listed on the application forms.

Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4. The application form, along with a $5 administrative fee payment, must be sent to the specific address listed on the application form. For more information on Wildlife Division youth hunts, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov .

For information on Coastal and Non-Game Resources Division youth hunts, contact Lance Campbell at 337-373-0032 or ljcampbell@wlf.la.gov.

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Road Openings on Dewey W. Wills WMA

Release Date: 08/05/2015

Aug. 5, 2015 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is informing WMA users that Sandy Bayou Road and Muddy Bayou Road on Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area (WMA) are open to all traffic.  Unsafe conditions created from backwater flooding have been repaired.
Alligator Bayou Road is still closed and a portion of upper Hunt Road remains closed at this time. 
 
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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