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2014 Louisiana Turkey Regulations, Lottery Hunt Applications Now Available

Release Date: 01/07/2014

Jan. 7, 2014 --The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) 2014 Turkey Regulations pamphlet is now available. Hunters can obtain the pamphlet at any hunting license vendor outlet or via the LDWF website.

The 2014 wild turkey season will open March 22 in three designated areas with varying end of season dates as follows: Area A, March 22 - April 20; Area B, March 22 - April 13; and Area C, March 22 - April 6. These areas include similar geographic boundaries utilized in 2013 with the exception of a small portion of Area B within Caddo Parish which is closed.

The statewide youth and physically challenged hunter weekend for private lands will be March 15-16. To access additional information, the 2014 Turkey Regulations pamphlet can be viewed at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/regulations.

The application forms for 2014 Turkey Season WMA lottery hunts for adult and youth hunters are also now available on the LDWF website. Those application forms are located at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts. The lottery hunt application deadline is Friday, Feb. 7.

Additionally, on US Fish and Wildlife Service-managed national wildlife refuges and US Army Corps of Engineer properties, the following turkey hunting dates will be available in 2014:

* Bogue Chitto NWR, March 15-16 (youth), plus March 22 - April 13.

* Lake Ophelia NWR, March 15 (youth lottery), plus March 22 - April 6 (hunts end at 12 noon).

* Tensas NWR, March 15-16 (youth), plus March 22 - April 6.

* Upper Ouachita NWR, March 15 (youth lottery).

* Indian Bayou USACOE, March 15-16 (youth/physically challenged), March 22-23 and 29-30; All lottery hunts.

* Old River USACOE, March 22 - April 6. 

Kisatchie National Forest note: Youth hunting dates for wild turkey on KNF will be March 15-16 on the Caney, Calcasieu (except Forest Service / Vernon Unit lands within Ft. Polk/Vernon WMA) and Kisatchie Ranger Districts; and March 15 on Catahoula and Winn Ranger Districts.  These youth hunts are open youth hunts and do not require a lottery application for hunters 17 years of age or younger wishing to hunt on these KNF properties.

The regular turkey season within the Caney Ranger District would run from March 22 to April 6; and from March 22 to April 13 on all other Ranger Districts.

For more information, contact Jimmy Stafford at 225-765-2361 or jstafford@wlf.la.gov.

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: 01/07/2014

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, January 9, 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 December 5, 2013
     
  3. Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege
     
  4. To Hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports December
     
  5. To Hear an Update on Oyster Programs
     
  6. To Receive the Financial Budget Report on the Rigs to Reef Program
     
  7. To Consider a Declaration of Emergency to set the 2014-2015 Commercial King Mackerel Season
     
  8. To Consider a Notice of Intent to Remove Netting Restrictions on Spanish Lake (St. Martin and Iberia Parishes)           
     
  9. To Consider a Notice of Intent to Remove Slot Limit Regulations on Chicot Lake, Cross Lake, Vernon Lake, CLECO Lake, Spanish Lake, and Black Bayou (Benton)
     
  10. To Consider a Notice of Intent to Modify Recreational Regulations for Blue and Channel Catfish for LA – TX Border Waters
     
  11. To Hear a Presentation about the Pearl River WMA
     
  12. To Consider a Notice of Intent  for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 General and WMA Hunting Seasons and Rules and Regulations and the 2015 General and WMA Turkey Hunting Season and Rules and Regulations
     
  13. Election of Chairman and Vice-Chairman
     
  14. Set May 2014 Meeting Date
     
  15. Receive Public Comments
     
  16. Adjournment

 

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LDWF, Gulf Council and CCA Louisiana Host Recreational Angler Participation Sessions

Release Date: 01/07/2014

(Jan. 7, 2014) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in conjunction with the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and CCA Louisiana, will host two Recreational Angler Participation sessions in Louisiana, where the public is urged to attend and voice their concerns, ideas and potential solutions regarding federal fisheries management in the Gulf of Mexico.

The meetings are informal and are designed to encourage open communication amongst anglers and fisheries managers. 

CCA Louisiana will have an active presence at both meetings, and will be providing some expert guest speakers from across the state for each event.  Speakers include Dudley Vandenborre, Dennis Bardwell, Chris Moran, Billy Broussard, and Steve Smith, just to name a few.  This will be one of the most informative fishing discussions around, so be sure to mark your calendars.

CCA Louisiana will also be providing complimentary food and beverages at the meetings in addition to door prizes and giveaways.  Food will be served prior to the meetings when the doors open at 5:30 p.m.

The meetings are scheduled as follows:

January 15, 2014
6 to 9 p.m.
Mockler Beverage Company
18111 Reiger Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70809

January 16, 2014
6 to 9 p.m.
Service Chevrolet
1212 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy., Lafayette, LA 70506

A webinar is scheduled on January 27, 2014, for those who are unable to attend the sessions in person.  To register, visit www4.gotomeeting.com/register/390667327.

LDWF is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources.  For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-8733.

 

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LPB To Premier “Delta Guardians” on Jan. 8

Release Date: 01/06/2014

LPB To Premier “Delta Guardians” on Jan. 8

When you think of law enforcement, you may not automatically consider the brave men and women of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, but these highly trained and dedicated professionals put their lives on the line to protect both the people who live, work and play in America’s delta, and the unique array of fish and wildlife that calls this region home.

Delta Guardians, the third program in Louisiana Public Broadcasting’s Alive! In America’s Delta series, premieres Wednesday, January 8 at 7 p.m. followed by Black Bear Comeback at 7:30 p.m.  Delta Guardians will have an encore showing on LPB HD on Sunday, Jan. 12 at 5:30 p.m.  WLAE-TV32 in New Orleans will air the program on Friday, Jan. 10 at 8:30 p.m.  Delta Guardians will also be simulcast on www.lpb.org starting at 7 p.m. and will be available for two weeks on the LPB site.

During times of disaster, these “delta guardians” are most often the first to the scene. They were the unsung heroes in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, rescuing thousands trapped after the storms, but the larger job they are called to do is even more daunting.

Wildlife and Fisheries agents use modern tools and techniques to police and prosecute poachers, educate people about water and firearm safety, and protect seafood and wildlife populations and their habitats.

“You run into somebody in the grocery store and they think all you do is check hunting licenses and fishing licenses,” Mayne said.  “The actuality is that we do that but also do everything from white collar investigations in the seafood industry, tax evasion, money laundering, public safety on our state’s waterways to DWI enforcement.”

According to Mayne, there is definitely an element of danger involved when you are dealing with people who are armed or put into situations where the elements are against you.

“When you have agents who are getting 40 miles offshore in ten-foot seas trying to jump from one boat to another boat, sometimes it gets a little hairy,” Mayne said.

This program follows these defenders of America’s delta deep into the swamps, forests, marshes, and coastal waters of Louisiana’s wetlands.  Witness these tireless – and heroic -- efforts as agents protect Louisiana’s wildlife and fisheries resources and the people who use them for recreation or commercial gain.

The first programs in the series will also premiere in New Orleans on WLAE-TV32 in January.  The Whooping Crane’s Majestic Return will air on Friday, Jan. 17 at 8:30 p.m.

Underwriting for this program was provided by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Foundation for Excellence in Louisiana Public Broadcasting.

For more information, contact Bob Neese at LPB at bneese@lpb.org or call (800) 272-8161, ext. 4274 or Adam Einck at LDWF at aeinck@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2465.  You can also visit the website at lpb.org/alive.

LDWF Agents Cite Destrehan Man for Duck Hunting Violations

Release Date: 01/06/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited a Louisiana man for alleged duck hunting violations on Jan. 1, 2014, in Jefferson Parish.

Agents cited Frank Abbate Jr., 56, of Destrehan, for hunting ducks during illegal hours.

Agents received several complaints from a confidential source that a man was hunting ducks after legal hours in Westwego near a grain elevator on the Mississippi River.  Agents witnessed the subject cross the levee on foot, cross a road and enter an opening in a gate at a business located on River Road.

Agents witnessed the subject continue to hunt ducks until 5:42 p.m., which official legal shooting time ended at 5:11 p.m.  The agents seized five black bellied tree ducks.  Abbate Jr. was cited for the same offense in 2005.

Hunting ducks during illegal hours for the second offense brings a $750 to $999 fine and 90 to 180 days in jail.  The subject may also be responsible for restitution for the illegally taken ducks in the amount of $130.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Kris Bourgeois, Sgt. Villerie Reggio, and Senior Agent Robert Cosse.

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

2014 Dates Announced For White Lake WCA Facilities Use by Groups Conducting Non-Consumptive Activities

Release Date: 01/06/2014

Jan. 6, 2014 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has designated dates between February 1 and May 31, 2014 for public use of facilities at the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA).

White Lake WCA is located south of Gueydan in Vermilion Parish. LDWF owns and manages lodge facilities and 71,000 acres of wetlands and marsh land. The lodge facilities, accessible only by water, will be available for day-use or overnight use at rental rates that vary based on level of services required by the group using the site. Boat transportation to and from the site will be provided as part of the day use and overnight use access for 2014 group use dates.

The facilities and landscape are ideal for birding groups, nature photographers, environmental or wetland ecology students, or small business retreats. LDWF can provide site staff for guided boat tours and biologists for lectures on the ecosystem within the conservation area, which now includes an experimental population of whooping cranes.

White Lake WCA and the surrounding Mermentau River Basin provide abundant habitat for a variety of avian and aquatic species. The property will seasonally have migrant passerine birds, shorebirds, wading birds, rails, gallinules, and the common moorhen. Hawks and owls are also common. Coastal terns and gulls use habitat contained on White Lake at times. Several large breeding rookeries of waders are present on the property. Access dates and fees for 2014 are as follows:

SCHEDULE FOR NON-CONSUMPTIVE ACTIVITIES AT WHITE LAKE WCA

Site visits may be scheduled Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between Feb. 1 and May 31, 2014.

Site visits will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis pending facility and staff availability. At this time, WLWCA will only accommodate one group per day/week and all facility reservations must be made two weeks in advance to allow for staff scheduling.

FEE SCHEDULE FOR WHITE LAKE WCA FACILITY USE

Day Use (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

$300 - Includes one-day use of Lodge for meetings with no food or drink or additional services provided by LDWF. (For up to 15 people.)

$300 + $10/person - Includes one-day use of Lodge for meetings with coffee, cold drinks and bottled water provided. (For up to 15 people.)

$300 + $20/person - Includes one-day use of Lodge for meetings with coffee, cold drinks, bottled water and lunch provided. Lunch provided (for up to 15 people) will consist of a sandwich tray and chips or something similar. It will not include a hot lunch.

Exemptions from day-use Lodge rental fee: State agencies, local and federal agencies, and universities conducting research, or educational activities, conducted in cooperation with LDWF. Costs for beverages or lunch may apply ($10/person for drinks, $20/person for drinks and lunch).

Overnight Use (arrive 2-4 p.m. day 1; depart 1 p.m. day 2)

$400 + $25/person/night --Includes overnight stay at Lodge with only linens provided.

(For up to 12 people.)

$400 + $35/person/night -- Includes overnight stay at Lodge with coffee, cold drinks, bottled water and linens provided.  (For up to 12 people.)

$900 + $35/person/night -- Includes overnight stay at Lodge with coffee, cold drinks, bottled water, meals (breakfast, lunch and supper) and linens provided. (For up to 12 people.)

Exemptions from overnight Lodge rental fee: State agencies, local and federal agencies, and universities conducting research, or educational activities, conducted in cooperation with LDWF. Costs for beverages or lunch may apply ($10/person for drinks, $20/person for drinks and lunch).

Skeet Range (optional activity for groups using site for scheduled events)

$10/person/25 clay pigeons.                    

$15/person/25 clay pigeons, 25 shotgun shells provided.

Exemptions – Any persons using the skeet range at LDWF-sponsored events.

Boat Tours (optional activity for groups using site for scheduled events) $10/person/ride.  Limited to authorized function attendees.

Exemptions: Any state, local or federal agency working in cooperation with the LDWF on cooperative initiatives or universities/conservation organizations working with LDWF on cooperative research projects, or educational activities conducted in cooperation with LDWF.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reserves the right to schedule non-consumptive activities, for educational purposes, outside the advertised dates should the need arise.

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 on White Lake WCA facility use, visit the LDWF Web site at

http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/white-lake-wetlands-non-consumptive-use , or contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400, ext. # 1, or wsweeney@wlf.la.gov .

 

 

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White Lake Fishing Lottery Applications Available for 2014

Release Date: 01/06/2014

Jan. 6, 2014 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is now accepting applications for a lottery drawing for fishing permit access to the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) between March 15 and Aug. 15, 2014.

A total of 100 permits will be issued following the lottery drawing and winning applicants will be notified of their opportunity to purchase a permit for $40.  White Lake WCA is located south of Gueydan in Vermilion Parish.

The area open for fishing will be limited to the Florence Canal and Oil Field Location canals off of the Florence Canal.  There will be no fishing in any of the WCA’s marsh areas or in the main camp canal or other areas that are marked "NO FISHING."  Successful applicants will be provided a map of the fishing area.  Boats used by permitees will be limited to the use of motors with 40 horsepower or less.  Additional rules and regulations are outlined in an attachment to the application.

Each completed application must include a non-refundable administrative fee of $5 in the form of a check or money order made payable to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.  Only one application per person will be accepted and submitting more than one application will be considered grounds for disqualification.  Completed applications must be received by LDWF by close of business on Feb. 20, 2014.

Applications may be mailed to: Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Attention: White Lake Fishing, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000.  They may also be turned in to Room 422 at the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building, located at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge.  Persons interested in obtaining an application may call the department at 225-765-2812 or download a copy from the department’s Web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/white-lake-wetlands-conservations-area .

For more information, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400, ext. 1, or wsweeney@wlf.la.gov.

 

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Updated Agenda for Commission Meeting

Release Date: 01/03/2014

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, January 9, 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 December 5, 2013
     
  3. Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege
     
  4. To Hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports December
     
  5. To Hear an Update on Oyster Programs
     
  6. To Receive the Financial Budget Report on the Rigs to Reef Program
     
  7. To Consider a Declaration of Emergency to set the 2014-2015 Commercial King Mackerel Season
     
  8. To Consider a Notice of Intent to Remove Netting Restrictions on Spanish Lake (St. Martin and Iberia Parishes)           
     
  9. To Consider a Notice of Intent to Remove Slot Limit Regulations on Chicot Lake, Cross Lake, Vernon Lake, CLECO Lake, Spanish Lake, and Black Bayou (Benton)
     
  10. To Consider a Notice of Intent to Modify Recreational Regulations for Blue and Channel Catfish for LA – TX Border Waters
     
  11. To Hear a Presentation about the Pearl River WMA
     
  12. To Consider a Notice of Intent  for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 General and WMA Hunting Seasons and Rules and Regulations
     
  13. To Consider a Notice of Intent for the 2015 General and WMA Turkey Hunting Season and Rules and Regulations
     
  14. Election of Chairman and Vice-Chairman
     
  15. Set May 2014 Meeting Date
     
  16. Receive Public Comments
     
  17. Adjournment

 
 

 

Agenda for Commission Meeting

Release Date: 01/03/2014

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, January 9, 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 December 5, 2013
     
  3. Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege
     
  4. To Hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports December
     
  5. To Hear an Update on Oyster Programs
     
  6. To Receive the Financial Budget Report on the Rigs to Reef Program
     
  7. To Consider a Declaration of Emergency to set the 2014-2015 Commercial King Mackerel Season
     
  8. To Consider a Notice of Intent to Remove Netting Restrictions on Spanish Lake (St. Martin and Iberia Parishes)           
     
  9. To Consider a Notice of Intent to Remove Slot Limit Regulations on Chicot Lake, Cross Lake, Vernon Lake, CLECO Lake, Spanish Lake, and Black Bayou (Benton)
     
  10. To Consider a Notice of Intent to Modify Recreational Regulations for Blue and Channel Catfish for LA – TX Border Waters
     
  11. To Hear a Presentation about the Honey Island Shooting Range located in the Pearl River WMA
     
  12. To Consider a Notice of Intent  for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 General and WMA Hunting Seasons and Rules and Regulations
     
  13. To Consider a Notice of Intent for the 2015 General and WMA Turkey Hunting Season and Rules and Regulations
     
  14. Election of Chairman and Vice-Chairman
     
  15. Set May 2014 Meeting Date
     
  16. Receive Public Comments
     
  17. Adjournment

 

 

Fourth Cohort of Whooping Cranes Released at White Lake WCA

Release Date: 01/03/2014

Fourth Cohort of Whooping Cranes Released at White Lake WCA
Fourth Cohort of Whooping Cranes Released at White Lake WCA

Jan. 3, 2014 – Ten juvenile whooping cranes, delivered to White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) in Gueydan last month, were released into the wild on Thursday. The young cranes join 23 adults which are part of an experimental population being monitored by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF).
 
The cranes arrived in southwest Louisiana on Dec. 11 from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Md.  LDWF is working cooperatively with US Fish and Wildlife Service, USGS, the Louisiana Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation to establish a non-migratory population in the state.
 
The whooping crane is protected under the federal Endangered Species and Migratory Bird Treaty Acts and by state law. Anyone encountering a whooping crane is advised to observe the bird from a distance.
 
Whooping cranes are large-bodied, white birds similar to white ibis, white pelicans, and wood storks, all of which must be distinguished from legally-hunted snow geese.  However, a red head and black facial markings along with a height of five feet and a wingspan of 7 to 8 feet make them very distinctive.  In flight, whooping cranes display black wing tips and fully extended neck and legs, which extend well beyond the tail.
 
Juvenile whooping cranes are primarily white with some cinnamon-brown feathers remaining on their body, primarily on their head and neck. Their wing tips are black like an adult, but they lack the red head.
 
Anyone witnessing suspicious activity involving whooping cranes is advised to report that information to LDWF’s Enforcement Division by calling 1-800-442-2511 or using the tip411 program, which may offer a cash reward for information leading to arrests or convictions. To use the tip411 program, citizens can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone app from the Apple iTunes store free of charge.  CitizenObserver, the tip411 provider, uses technology that removes all identifying information before LDWF receives the text so that LDWF cannot identify the sender.
 
For more information on the re-introduction of whooping cranes to Louisiana, visit LDWF’s website at www.wlf.la.gov or contact Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov .

 

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