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L.D.W.F. Accepting Applications for Wildlife Management Area Waterfowl Lottery Hunts

Release Date: 08/18/2015

Aug. 18, 2015 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for waterfowl lottery hunts to be held on several Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) this upcoming hunting season. 

LDWF is sponsoring the hunts to provide a unique outdoor experience for hunters.  Youth, disabled veterans, handicapped individuals, and the general public can apply for WMA hunting opportunities on the following WMA’s: Bayou Pierre, Russell Sage and Sherburne.

Successful applicants for youth hunts on Russell Sage and Sherburne WMAs must be between 10 and 17 years of age, and 10-15 years of age for Bayou Pierre WMA, on the date of the hunt for which they are selected. All youth hunters must be hunter safety certified.

All hunters will be selected by a randomized computer drawing.  Applications for the lottery must be submitted to LDWF before close of business on Oct. 2, 2015.  Rules and regulations pertaining to the hunts are also included 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 Drive in Baton Rouge or by mail.  The mailing address is: Wildlife Division WMA Lottery Hunts, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000.

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

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Two Grant Parish Men Cited For Illegally Killing a Nine Point Buck

Release Date: 08/18/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two men for alleged deer violations in Grant Parish on Aug. 11.

Agents cited Skyler Welch, 19, and Dillon County, 18, both from Montgomery, for hunting deer during a closed season, during illegal hours with artificial light, with an illegal weapon and without any hunting licenses or tags.

Agents investigated the case after receiving information from the Montgomery Chief of Police who found a dead deer in a pasture behind a home where he was investigating a report of a stolen gun.

Agents arrived on the scene and collected a nine-point buck.  Agents then interviewed Welch and County who were implicated in the stolen gun report.

During the interviews both men admitted to seeing the deer around 12:30 a.m. on Aug. 11.  They went to get a gun then drove around to find that the deer had moved from the field and into the woods.

Once the deer was spotted in the woods, Skyler shot and dropped the deer with a rimfire .22 magnum.  He then ran to the deer and shot it again at close range.

The men dragged the deer to the open field where it was spotted the next day by the Chief of Police.

Hunting deer during a closed season and during illegal hours with artificial light each carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking deer with an illegal weapon carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing to possess deer tags brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Failing to possess a basic and big game license each brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.  The two men could also face civil restitution charges totaling $2,033 for the illegally taken deer.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Byron Cammack, Sgt. Rusty Perry and Senior Agent Heath Wood.

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

2015 Youth Angler of the Year Winners Announced

Release Date: 08/18/2015

2015 Youth Angler of the Year winner Sean Turner with his speckled trout in Cocodrie.
2015 Youth Angler of the Year winner Beatrice Long

(Aug. 18, 2015) - Winners of the 2015 Youth Angler of the Year Award were honored at the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association Annual Conference in Morgan City on Aug. 8. This year’s winners were seven-year-old Beatrice Long of Lafayette and 12-year-old Sean Turner of Prairieville. 
 
LOWA and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries implemented a new essay contest this year, following the tradition of the well-known Youth Hunter of the Year Award. Youth ages 15 and under were given the opportunity to submit an essay about a memorable fishing trip, along with a photo of the youth and the fish. A male and female winner were then selected.
 
Beatrice is entering second grade at Cathedral Carmel School. Her hand-written essay was titled “The Redfish” which described a family crabbing and fishing trip. She expressed great pride in being the first to hook a nice red in a “whole boatful of grown-ups”. Beatrice’s parents are Kelley and Armistead Long.
 
Sean is entering seventh grade and is homeschooled through the Louisiana Virtual Academy. He received the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana Youth Award earlier this year. In his anecdotal essay about fishing in Cocodrie, Sean details a thunderstorm scaring his baby brother and postponing the family’s fishing trip, and then the reward and fun of catching limits of trout on the second day. Sean’s parents are Marissa and Franklin Turner.
 
Sponsors for this year’s Youth Angler of the Year Contest included LOWA, LDWF and Coastal Angler Magazine. Each winner received a plaque, rod and reel combo and a lifetime fishing license.
 
For more information the contest, go to http://www.laoutdoorwriters.com/YAA/tabid/159/Default.aspx or contact Wendy Billiot at 985-851-7578 or captwendy@bayouwoman.com or Danica Williams at 504-286-4043 or dwilliams@wlf.la.gov.  For press inquiries contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or 504-286-8733.

L.D.W.F. Accepting Youth Lottery Applications for Squirrel Hunts on Floy McElroy WMA

Release Date: 08/17/2015

Aug. 17, 2015 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for a youth lottery hunt for squirrel to be held on Floy McElroy Wildlife Management Area (WMA) on Oct. 3 and 4. 

LDWF is sponsoring the hunt to provide a quality outdoor experience for youth hunters.  Applicants must be between 10 and 17 years of age on the date of the hunt, and must be hunter safety certified.

Floy McElroy WMA is a 681-acre tract in Richland Parish, two miles north of Rayville that has been part of LDWF’s WMA program since 1990.

Successful applicants will be selected by a randomized computer drawing.  Applications for the lottery must be submitted to LDWF before close of business on Friday, Sept. 4. 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: Wildlife Division WMA Lottery Hunts, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000.

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

 

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Three Men Cited for Closed Season Turkey Violations

Release Date: 08/17/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited three men for alleged closed season turkey violations on Aug. 16 in Bienville Parish.

Agents cited James Kearney, 29, of Ringgold, Daniel Hollis, 25, of Arcadia, and Michael Foster, 51, of Sibley, for hunting from a public road.  Kearney was also cited for taking a turkey illegally during a closed season.  Hollis and Foster were also cited for possession of an illegally taken turkey.

Responding to an anonymous tip, agents were able to make contact with Hollis and Foster at Hollis’ residence.  Upon questioning, the two men admitted to be in a truck when Kearney shot a turkey from Pietsch Road near Ringgold on Aug. 15.  The two men also told the agent that the turkey was in an ice chest in Hollis’ front yard.

Agents involved in the case are Bryant Coburn, Jared McIver and Mike Kelley.

Taking turkey during a closed season brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Possession of an illegally taken turkey carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting from a public road brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

The turkey season for Bienville Parish ended in late April of 2015 and won’t reopen until March 26 of 2016.

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

Ed Swindell Leaves Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission for Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council

Release Date: 08/17/2015

Aug. 17, 2015 – Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commissioner Edward “Ed” W. Swindell has resigned from the commission to accept a position on the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.
 
Swindell announced his departure from the commission at their Aug. 6 meeting, effective Aug. 10. He had served on the commission since April 2014 following his appointment by Governor Bobby Jindal. By law, Swindell is not able to hold the two positions concurrently.
 
A Hammond resident, Swindell represented the commercial fishing and fur industry on the commission. An appointee who would fill the remainder of his term has not yet been named.
 
For more information, contact Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov .

 

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Louisiana Saltwater Series Heads to Delacroix This Saturday

Release Date: 08/17/2015

(Aug. 17, 2015) – With only two tournaments and a championship remaining, now is the time to get in on the fishing action at the 2015 Louisiana Saltwater Series.
 
Who:  Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation in conjunction with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
 
              What:  Tag and release redfish fishing tournament
 
              When:  Saturday, August 22, 2015
                           5 to 6 a.m.  – Registration/Check-in/Boat checks
                           6 a.m. – Captain’s meeting
                          1:30 to 3:00 pm – Weigh-in

             Where:  Sweetwater Marina, Delacroix, La.
 
Visit www.lasaltwaterseries.com for additional details and to register. Registration is $200 per two-man team, with exceptions for youth entrants. The tournament series is 100% payout.
 
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.louisiana.gov 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.

LDWF Agent Books Two for Illegal Drug and Firearm Possession

Release Date: 08/17/2015

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent arrested two people on Aug. 12 in Claiborne Parish for alleged drug violations.

Lt. Kenneth Balkom arrested Billy J. Camp, 37, of Homer, and Amanda L. Irby, 36, of Doyline, for possession of methamphetamines, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a firearm while in possession of illegal drugs.

Lt. Balkom was on regular patrol around 5:30 p.m. when he spotted a pickup truck parked on the side of Flat Lick road.  Upon approaching the vehicle he saw a woman walk fast towards the woods to throw something and then come back to the truck.  When Lt. Balkom made contact with the two people he asked what Irby deposited in the woods and she admitted that it was a pistol.

Lt. Balkom then called Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies for backup as he conducted a search of their vehicle.  Lt. Balkom found marijuana in plain sight on the console inside the truck and also found methamphetamines and more marijuana during the search.  He also found Camp in possession of a firearm.

Possession of methamphetamines carries up to a $5,000 fine and two to five years in jail.  Possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia each brings up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.  Possession of a firearm while in possession of illegal drugs carries up to a $10,000 fine and between five and 10 years of prison.

He arrested the two and booked them into the Claiborne Parish Jail.

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

Road Openings on Dewey W. Wills WMA

Release Date: 08/17/2015

Aug. 17, 2015 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is advising WMA users that Alligator Bayou Road on Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is open to all traffic.  All unsafe road conditions have been repaired.
 
A portion of upper Hunt Road remains closed at this time due to ongoing construction activities.

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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LDWF Schedules Drawdown for Chicot Lake for Aquatic Vegetation Control

Release Date: 08/17/2015

(Aug. 17, 2015) – Immediately following Labor Day, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in cooperation with Louisiana State Parks, will initiate a drawdown for aquatic vegetation control on Chicot Lake near Ville Platte on September 8, 2015.

The lake level will be lowered 3 feet below pool stage as part of an integrated management plan to control nuisance aquatic vegetation and improve the sport fishery. Additional control efforts include herbicide applications for both floating and emergent vegetation.

The control structure will be closed no later than January 15, 2016, to allow the lake to refill.

Although the lake will not be closed to fishing, caution is advised of boaters during the low water period, as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance for underwater obstructions.

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.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Jody David, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jdavid@wlf.la.gov or (337) 948-0255.  For press inquiries contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-8733.

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