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L.D.W.F. News Release

Hunting Season Dates Revised for Camp Beauregard W.M.A.

Release Date: 09/20/2011

Sept. 20, 2011-- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is announcing revised hunting season dates on Camp Beauregard Wildlife Management Area (WMA).  The WMA will be closed to all hunting from January 7-13, 2012 due to recently scheduled military activities.  LDWF is announcing the closure now to minimize any inconvenience for the WMA users.

At this time, no other closures are scheduled.  WMA users are reminded that daily military clearance is required for all recreational use.  Additionally, all or portions of the area may be closed daily due to military activities.  Contact Range Control at 318-641-3365 for information on daily closures.

Camp Beauregard WMA, located in central Louisiana near Alexandria, contains 12,500 acres and is owned by the Louisiana National Guard. The primary use is as a troop training facility.  However, the WMA offers hunting for squirrel, turkey, deer, rabbits, quail, dove, ducks and woodcock.

For more information and directions to Camp Beauregard WMA, visit the LDWF web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma or contact Randy Myers, Biologist Program Manager, ph. 225-765-2359 or rmyers@wlf.la.gov .

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Drawndown Underway at Eunice City Lake

Release Date: 09/20/2011

(Sept. 20, 2011) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is currently lowering the water level of Eunice City Lake as part of a $1 million rehabilitation project.  The Department will completely drain the lake in order to remove the existing fish population and will restock it with bass, bluegill, redear sunfish and sac-a-lait. 

The water level in the lake will remain lowered for approximately 18 months in order to complete the project.

The Department, in cooperation with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation and the city of Eunice,are launching a project to rehabilitate Eunice City Lake after a Union Pacific Railroad explosion in May 2000 potentially released hazardous materials and chemicals into the surrounding area.  Although it was determined that there were no health risks involved in eating fish from the lake, concerns about fish contamination discouraged recreational use of the lake. 

Other site improvements include the construction of a deck and pier, restroom facility, picnic pavilions, nature walk, welcome center and asphalt road, and parking.  Repairs will be made to the existing fishing and boat dock, boat slip and the existing lake control structure will be replaced. 

Existing facilities will also be revitalized to accommodate those seeking an outdoor recreational refuge within the community.  A large pavilion will be constructed as a revenue-generating space available to the community for private outdoor events.

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 (225) 765-5113.

West Monroe Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Bald Eagle

Release Date: 09/20/2011

 

A West Monroe Man pled guilty for violating the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act in the Federal Western District Court of Louisiana in Monroe on Sept. 19.

Jeffrey M. Miles, 22, entered his guilty plea to U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen Hayes for shooting a mature bald eagle in Franklin Parish on April 4, 2011.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents initiated the investigation on April 4 after finding a dead bald eagle in a drainage ditch along Camphouse Road.

After a thorough investigation and receiving tips from the public through the department's Operation Game Thief hotline, agents were able to cite Miles on April 22 for violating the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

"Getting a guilty plea in federal court proves that the investigative work our agents did was factual and sound," said Col. Winton Vidrine, head of the LDWF Law Enforcement Division.  "Utilizing the public tips, gathering crucial evidence and interviewing suspects or people with information about this case all led to a successful conviction."

Hayes ordered a pre-sentencing investigation to be completed by federal investigators.  A sentencing date has been set for Jan. 3, 2012 in Monroe.  Violating the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act brings up to a $100,000 fine and up to 12 months in jail.

Agents participating in the case were Capt. Alan Bankston, Lt. Scott Watson, Senior Agent Albert Tarver and Senior Agent Johnny Wilson.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Support Clean Out Your Freezer Day

Release Date: 09/19/2011

Sept. 19, 2011The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries urges all hunters to support Hunters for the Hungry on Clean Out Your Freezer Day set for Sunday, Sept. 25.

As the 2011-12 hunting season gets underway, hunters can donate frozen game to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank in support of the needy within the community.  Between 1 and 4 p.m. on Sept. 25, frozen game and fish will be accepted at the following collection points:

Ascension Parish

Cabela’s – Interstate 10 at La. Hwy. 30, Gonzales

East Baton Rouge Parish

Old Alex Box Stadium (LSU) – Parking lot at corner of Nicholson and Skip Bertman Dr.

Baker Fire Department – 3701 Groom Road

Baton Rouge Fire Dept. – 545 Lobdell Drive and 835 Sharp Road

Bowie Outfitters – 8630 Perkins Road

CCA Louisiana – 12241 Industriplex Blvd.

Central Fire Dept. – 11646 Sullivan Road

St. George Fire Dept. – 7027 Antioch Road and 16415 George O’Neal Lane

Zachary Fire Dept. – 4525 Main Street

West Baton Rouge Parish

Spillway Sportsman – La. Hwy. 1, Brusly

West Feliciana Parish

Feliciana Seafood and Deli – 7555 Highway 61 North, St. Francisville

Iberville Parish

Basin River Electrical Supply – 24310 Railroad Avenue, Plaquemine

Livingston Parish

Bass Pro Shop – Interstate 12 at Range Avenue, Denham Springs

Pointe Coupee Parish

Soprano’s Supermarket – 8389 Hwy. 190, Livonia

For more information, contact the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank at 225-359-9940, ext. 206 or amy@brfoodbank.org.

Belle Chasse Man Cited for Filing False Boat Registration

Release Date: 09/19/2011

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division Strike Force and undercover agents cited a Belle Chasse man for alleged boat registration violations on Sept. 18.

Agents cited Benjamin Vodopija, 24, for possessing a motorboat with an altered hull identification number in Plaquemines Parish.  Vodopija was also cited for injuring public records and filing false public records in East Baton Rouge Parish in his attempt to illegally register a boat.

Undercover agents answered an Internet classified ad in reference to a subject wanting to purchase a Louisiana boat registration for a vessel that he was unable to obtain a registration for legally.  Undercover agents made contact with Vodopija and sold him a false registration for $200.  Vodopija allegedly registered the vessel in his name with the false registration.

For filing false public records and injuring public records, Vodopija faces up to five years in jail, or up to $5,000 in fines or both for each offense.  Agents seized the vessel along with a Yamaha outboard motor and boat trailer.

Agents involved in the case were Lt. Joseph Arnaud, Sgt. Todd Laviolette, Agents Charles Talbert, Justin Lowry, Ronnie Engelhard and LDWF undercover agents.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF to Begin Accepting Lake Calcasieu Oyster Permit Application September 26

Release Date: 09/15/2011

September 15, 2011 – Today the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reminds interested oyster harvesters that Lake Calcasieu oyster permit applications will begin being accepted at 9 a.m., Monday, September 26.  Applications may be submitted online only.

To view a sample application click here: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/image/sample-application-calcasieu-lake-oyster-permits

For more information on the Lake Calcasieu oyster permit application click here: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/webform/calcasieu-lake-oyster-harvester-permit

For questions concerning the application process, contact Cole Garrett at (225) 763-5577 or at cgarrett@wlf.la.gov.

As required by Act 329 of the 2011 Louisiana Legislative Session, anyone seeking to commercially harvest oysters in Lake Calcasieu must have one of 126 special Oyster Harvester Permits issued by LDWF. 

Of the 126 permits available, 63 will be issued exclusively to eligible fishermen who have historically harvested in Lake Calcasieu since January 1, 2001.  The remaining 63 permits will be issued to any person who is otherwise eligible.

Permits will be valid for a period of one year beginning October 1, of a given year and ending September 30, of the following year.  Applicants are required to hold a current and valid commercial fishing license and oyster harvester license.

At its September meeting, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the 2011 limit at 10 sacks per person, per vessel, per day at Lake Calcasieu.  Only the portion of the Lake known as West Cove will be open for harvest.  The season is set to open on November 1st.

Applications for permits will be available exclusively online on the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries website (www.wlf.louisiana.gov).  Permits will be issued on a first-come-first-serve basis, determined by the order in which completed applications are submitted through the LDWF website.  Online submission is the ONLY acceptable method to submit completed applications.

Completed applications will be reviewed by LDWF and permits will be issued prior to the opening of the oyster harvest season in Lake Calcasieu West Cove.

Harvesters will be required to reapply on the last Monday of September each year.

A completed application consists of the following information:  applicant’s name, physical and mailing address, phone number, commercial license number, and oyster harvester license number.

For press inquiries please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (225)610-2363.

 

LDWF Sets Public Meetings to discuss Drawdown for Anococo Lake

Release Date: 09/14/2011

(Sept. 14, 2011)– The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Vernon Parish Lake Commission will hold two public meetings in Leesville, La., to discuss a drawdown for Anacoco Lake in Vernon Parish.  The meetings are being held to provide additional information and address public concerns. 

The lake will be lowered approximately 18 feet below pool stage beginning January 9, 2012, and will remain lowered until November 1, 2012.

The drawdown is being conducted to reduce muddy water and renovate the lake bottom.  It will also allow property owners the opportunity to conduct shoreline and property maintenance. 

The meeting dates, times and locations are as follows:

  • Sept. 20 – 6:30 p.m. at the Vernon Parish Fairgrounds Auditorium, 276 HM Stephens Blvd., Leesville
     
  • Oct. 11 – 6:30 p.m. at the Vernon Parish Government Complex Building, 300 S. Third St., Leesville

For further information regarding the drawdown, contact Eric Shanks, LDWF Inland Fisheries Manager, at (337) 491-2577.

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 (225) 765-5113.

2011 White Lake W.C.A. Marsh and Rice Field Lottery Waterfowl Hunts Announced

Release Date: 09/14/2011

Sept. 14, 2011-- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is now accepting applications for the 2011-12 marsh and rice field lottery waterfowl hunts on the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) in Vermilion Parish.

The available dates for rice field hunts are: Nov. 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 22 and 30; Dec. 3, 4, 17, 18, 21, 28 and 30; Jan. 4, 7, 8, 11, 14, 15, 17, 21 and 22. Marsh hunts are available on: Nov.16, 21, 23, 26 and 27; Dec. 27, 29 and 31; and Jan. 18 and 19.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and applications for both hunts must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 13, 2011.

Applications may be obtained by contacting any of LDWF's field offices or by visiting the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts .  Completed applications may be delivered in person to Room 458 of the LDWF Building in Baton Rouge, or by mail.  The mailing address is: La. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Attention: White Lake Marsh/Rice Field Lottery Hunt, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898.

Each application will be assessed a non-refundable $5 administrative fee. Applications must be accompanied by a check or money order payable to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Successful applicants will be notified by mail.

Selected applicants will be allowed two guests for the rice field hunts and one guest for the marsh hunts. An additional payment of $225 will be required for the rice field hunts and $350 for the marsh hunts.

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.govon Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information on White Lake WCA rice field and marsh lottery waterfowl hunts, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-479-1894 or wsweeney@wlf.la.gov .

 

Commercial King Mackerel Season to Close September 16

Release Date: 09/14/2011

September 14, 2011 – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the commercial season for king mackerel in Louisiana waters will close at 12 p.m., on Friday, September 16, 2011. 

The closure was made based on data gathered by LDWF biologists and the National Marine Fisheries Service, that the annual quota for king mackerel of 1.01 million pounds for the western zone of the Gulf of Mexico would soon be met.  The commercial fishing season for king mackerel will also close in federal waters at noon on Friday. 

Each year, a commercial quota is established for Gulf of Mexico group king mackerel by NMFS based on recommendations by the Gulf and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils. That figure is then divided into allocations for various zones and fisheries.  According to the best information available, the 1.01 million pound commercial quota of king mackerel for the western zone of the Gulf of Mexico will be harvested by September 16, 2011.

While there are relatively few king mackerel harvested or targeted by Louisiana recreational anglers, a substantial commercial fishery does exist, which typically lands 800,000 to 900,000 pounds annually at Louisiana ports.  A significant portion of the king mackerel landed in Louisiana ports is shipped to markets in the northeast United States.

For more information, contact Jason Adriance at 504.284.2032 or jadriance@wlf.la.gov.  For press inquiries contact Laura Deslatte-Wooderson at 225.610.2363 or lwooderson@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF Unveils New Toll Free Information Hotline

Release Date: 09/13/2011

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is now offering a free information hotline to the public that will cover popular season dates and regulations.

The public can call the toll free hotline 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-256-2749.  As seasons are set, LDWF will update the hotline with the most current information.

"The department anticipates the most useful feature of the hotline will be for those looking for season dates after our normal operating hours and on weekends," said Lt. Col. Jeff Mayne of LDWF's Enforcement Division.  "This hotline provides another tool the public can use to find out about newly set seasons in addition to our Web site and other publications."

After calling the hotline, the public will listen to an operator and follow the prompts to access the information they are seeking.

Hunting and fishing dates will be available through the hotline for the following seasons: shrimp, deer, squirrel, rabbit, migratory game birds, turkey, quail, recreational finfish and commercial finfish.

"In efforts to increase voluntary compliance, we want to ensure the public is aware of what seasons are currently open and the legal take and limits," said Mayne.

The hotline will also feature boating safety, Wildlife Management Area and hunter safety information as well as the contact information for regional offices located around the state.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

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