Avoyelles Night Hunting Investigation Leads to Multiple Violations and Arrest

Release Date: 02/14/2019

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited three men for alleged hunting violations in Avoyelles Parish in January and February of 2019.

Agents cited James A. Bacon, 53, Bruce Norman, 55, both of Marksville, and Henry Tidwell Jr., 50, of Pineville, for possession of an illegally taken deer, hunting deer during illegal hours, and hunting without basic hunting and big game hunting licenses.

Bacon was also arrested for illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, taking deer with an illegal weapon, taking deer illegally from a boat, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements and possession of marijuana.  Norman was also cited for taking deer illegally from a boat.  Tidwell Jr. was also cited for failing to comply with deer tagging requirements.

Agents received information on Jan. 6 that Bacon was involved in some illegal night hunting that was taking place near Slim Lemoine Road south of Marksville in Avoyelles Parish.  Agents made contact with Bacon, during a traffic stop and found him in possession of two firearms in the back seat of the truck.

On Jan. 19, agents discovered that Bacon was a convicted felon and obtained a search warrant for his residence.  During the execution of the search warrant, agents located three firearms, an ice chest of deer meat and and a bag of marijuana.  Bacon admitted to killing the deer with Norman with a .17 rifle on the Coulee des Grous Bayou that runs parallel to Slim Lemoine Road.  Agents seized the three firearms and the bag of marijuana.

Later that evening, agents made contact with Norman and he admitted to driving the boat at night and holding the spotlight while Bacon shot the deer.  Normand also informed agents that he was involved with the taking of another deer at night with Tidwell, Jr.

Agents were unable to make contact with Tidwell Jr. during this time due to numerous warrants for his arrest.  On Feb. 11, the Forest Hill Police Department informed agents that they apprehended Tidwell Jr. and booked him at Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office.  Agents made contact with Tidwell Jr. and he admitted to shooting an antlerless deer at night with a 12-gauge shotgun.

Hunting deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Possession of an illegally taken deer carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking deer with an illegal weapon and from a boat, and failing to comply with deer tagging requirements each carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each offense.   Hunting without basic hunting and big game licenses each brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

Illegally possessing a firearm by a convicted felon brings a $1,000 to $5,000 fine and 10 to 20 years in jail.  Possession of marijuana brings up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.

Bacon and Tidwell Jr. may also face civil restitution totaling $1,624 each for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.

Authorities Recover Body of Prairieville Man After Boating Incident

Release Date: 02/07/2019

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents, St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies and U.S. Coast Guard personnel recovered the deceased body of a Prairieville man from Lena Lagoon in St. Bernard Parish this morning, Feb. 7.

The body of Freddie Dufrene, 70, was recovered around 10:15 a.m. and turned over to the St. Bernard Parish Coroner’s Office to determine an official cause of death.

According to the survivors of the boating incident, Dufrene was an occupant in a vessel that left out of the Hopedale area to go to Lake Borgne around 6:30 a.m.

In Lena Lagoon the operator made a sharp turn to avoid running into the bank, which subsequently ejected the operator and Dufrene into the water.  Another occupant on the vessel was able to get control of the vessel and retrieve the operator from the water.

Before the survivors could get to Dufrene, he went under the water and never resurfaced.  The survivors called for help and LDWF, St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office and USCG arrived shortly thereafter to conduct a search for Dufrene.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this fatal boating incident.  The men ejected from the vessel were not wearing personal flotation devices at the time of the incident.

Marksville Man Cited for Deer Hunting Violations on Lake Ophelia Wildlife Refuge

Release Date: 11/07/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) agents along with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) officers cited a Marksville man for alleged deer hunting violations on the Lake Ophelia Wildlife Refuge on Nov. 3.

Agents cited Keith Carmouche, 34, of Marksville, for taking over the daily limit of antlered deer, possession of an illegally taken deer, and failing to comply with deer tagging and harvest card requirements.

Agents received an anonymous tip that Carmouche had harvested two bucks on Nov. 1.  Agents then made contact with Carmouche at his residence.

During questioning Carmouche admitted to harvesting both deer on Nov. 1 with his crossbow.  He said he transported and tagged a six-point deer on the evening of Nov. 1 and transported and tagged a 15-point non-typical deer on Nov. 2.

Agents seized two antlered deer heads and the quartered deer meat.  The daily limit for antlered deer is one per licensed hunter.

Possession of an illegally taken deer carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking over the daily limit of antlered deer brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging and harvest card requirements carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 30 days in jail.

Carmouche also faces civil restitution totaling $2,033 for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.

LDWF Agents Investigating Fatal Boating Incident in Iberia Parish

Release Date: 08/13/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents are investigating a single fatal boating incident that occurred on Aug. 11 in Iberia Parish.

The body of Leonard Norbert Jr., 58, of New Iberia, was recovered from Mud Lake around 9:50 p.m. on Aug. 11.

LDWF agents along with the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office were alerted around 6:40 p.m. by two fishermen that found an unmanned aluminum boat and a fishing pole nearby in the water.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this fatal boating incident.  Norbert’s body was found near the unmanned boat without a personal flotation device.

It is unknown at this time how Norbert entered the water.  His body was turned over to the Iberia Parish Coroner’s Office to determine an official cause of death.

Texas Woman Cited for Crabbing Violations

Release Date: 04/06/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife And Fisheries Enforcement Division cited a Texas woman for alleged crabbing violations on April 5.

LDWF agents cited Lieu Ha Le, of Bridge City, Texas, for taking female crabs during a closed season and violating interstate commerce regulations.

LDWF agents along with Texas Parks and Wildlife agents are working jointly to detect Texas commercial fishermen coming into Louisiana waters and catching female crabs and then selling them in Texas.

There is currently a closure on the taking of female crabs in Louisiana waters for the commercial fishermen during the months of March and April.  There is no closure for the take of female crabs in Texas waters.  Agents also learned that Le does not possess the required licenses for crabs in Texas because of past violations.

LDWF agents observed Le running crab traps in Louisiana waters and then notified TPW agents about Le trying to sell her catch at a seafood dock just off the Sabine River in Texas.

LDWF agents seized two crab crates containing 48 female crabs and returned the crabs to the water.

Violating interstate commerce regulations carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking female crabs during a closed brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

LDWF Agent Arrests Man for Crabbing and Criminal Violations

Release Date: 02/08/2018

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agent arrested a St. Bernard man for alleged criminal and commercial fishing violations on Feb. 6 in St. Bernard Parish.

Agent arrested Michael L. Diaz III, 23, for resisting an officer, taking commercial fish without commercial fishing and vessel licenses, using crab traps without required markings, violating crab trap ring requirements, and intentional littering.

The agent was on patrol in Bayou La Loutre when he observed Diaz III actively fishing crab traps.  The agent approached Diaz III to conduct a commercial license compliance check and commercial fish inspection.

During the inspection, Diaz III was unable to present commercial fishing and vessel licenses.  Diaz III also possessed multiple untagged crab traps, which he admitted to fishing prior to placing into his vessel.  The untagged crab traps were also absent of a third escape ring required during commercial fishing.

When told he would need to release his crabs back into the water, Diaz III threw the crabs and basket into the bayou.  During the Agents encounter with Diaz III, He ignored Agents lawful commands to exit his vessel and became non-compliant.

The agent with assistance from St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were then able to detain and arrest Diaz III and book him into the St. Bernard Parish Jail.

Taking commercial fish without commercial fishing and vessel licenses each carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Violating crab trap escape ring requirements and using crab traps without required markings each carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

Littering carries up to a $500 fine and serving eight hours in a litter abatement work program.  Resisting an officer brings up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.



Good morning/afternoon. I am Chad Moore, your new ALAS State Coordinator. I have worked for Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for ten years. I’ve always loved the ALAS program and I’m happy to be able to take the reins. Robert Stroede and Jan McGovern did an amazing job in steering the program for over five years. I want to thank you for doing your part to introduce tens of thousands of kids to this great sport. Many of these kids would’ve never been afforded the opportunity if it weren’t for you. There is a lot of work to be done before the 2018 tournament season. I have an amazing support staff that I know will help me get the job done. Looking forward to working with all of you in the future. Feel free to contact me anytime if you have questions or concerns.
Chad Moore
9961 Hwy 80
Minden, LA 71055
Saturday, January 20th, 2018 South Regional Tournament
Alexandria, LA
Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 North Regional Tournament
Shreveport, LA
Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 ALAS State Tournament
Shreveport, LA

**********REGISTRATION DATES**********
SOUTH REGIONAL OPENS 12/11/17 12:00AM CLOSES 12/22/17 11:59PM

NORTH REGIONAL OPENS 12/18/17 12:00AM CLOSES 12/29/17 11:59PM




Tournament season is fast approaching! Registration for regional tournaments will be here soon. We decided to eliminate pre-registration for regionals this year due to time constraints.  I want to leave enough time between registration and tournaments to make sure everything is in order.  We have decided to cap the number of archers for regionals at 800.  It's possible that we may be able to add an additional flight if necessary.  You will recieve your coaches documents that contains more registration details through email in the next couple of weeks. Feel free to contact me with questions or concerns.  
The 2018 NASP Tournament Rules and Protocols document is attached. Please review this document as you prepare to teach your archery curriculum and prepare for tournaments. This includes very important information regarding homeschools, shooting up, single gender schools, and third grade archers. If you have any questions regarding rule changes, please contact .
NEW FOR 2018:
Eastern and Western NASP® Nationals: Qualified schools may register to participate in one but not both. Participation is not guaranteed in either event. Registration will be open to all qualified NASP® schools. Registration for these events will be determined by school. Once a school is registered for one of these NASP® tournaments, teams and individual archers from that school will only be permitted to participate in that event. Qualification tiers will be established for each event individually. All other NASP® National and World rules apply. More Information Below.
*Please see complete document for detailed information regarding changes.

• Homeschool: To participate as a homeschool team, a group will need to demonstrate that they are gathering together for educational purposes, beyond just archery. In addition, NASP® is going to request more specific information about who receives the in-school lessons in that group and what other activities they gather for.

• Shooting Up: Shooting Up will still be allowed but limited to schools with less than 150 NASP® eligible archers. Schools with less than 150 NASP® eligible archers will be allowed to add archers to their team from lower level schools (or same level schools) until a total of 150 NASP® eligible archers is reached or exceeded.

• Single Gender: Single gender schools will no longer be required to merge with another school of the opposite gender to form a team. NASP® is implementing this rule on a trial basis.

• Third Grade Archers: Third grade archers will no longer be eligible for NASP® competition.
Please visit: for complete rules and regulations for Bullseye and 3-D competition.
Do you know an individual, business, or organization that might be interested in supporting the ALAS program this year? Thanks to last year's sponsors we gave away $20,000 in scholarships. Help us grow that number even higher by sharing the attached 2017 ALAS Sponsorship Information with those that see the benefit of supporting this great program.
As always with the growth of a program we also experience increased cost to continue to provide the quality tournament experience that we have in the past. Most of the cost of added materials needed, targets, target faces, bows, arrows, etc. is covered by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. However, outside funds are required to cover items such as promotional items, t-shirts, awards, trophies, signs, banners, equipment rental, and most importantly, the scholarships that we award. Thankfully we have always been able to rely on the support of state and local sponsors to make our tournaments a great experience for all who attend and we hope to keep that going!  The 2018 Sponsorship Brochure will be completed soon and will be emailed to you.    
Contact with any questions that you may have.


Archery equipment can be expensive. The LDWF/ALAS Equipment Grant Program can help!
LDWF offers 20 partial equipment grants per year to assist schools. If your school is interested in purchasing archery equipment but needs some financial assistance, please take a look at the attached Grant Program Information. This grant provides 5 NASP targets, 1 NASP arrow curtain, 10 PVC ground quivers, and a PVC bow rack. In order to be eligible to receive one of these grants, schools will be required to have the following: (see attachment for complete list of requirements)
• Must have at least one teacher trained as a NASP BAI
• No current NASP equipment
• Must have the ability to obtain the remaining equipment not provided by the grant (12 Genesis bows, 2 boxes of Easton arrows, & 1 equipment repair kit)
For consideration to receive a grant, please complete the attached LDWF/ALAS Equipment Grant Application and a letter of interest. Submit to:
Chad Moore
9961 Hwy 80
Minden, LA 71055
If you already have equipment but need to buy replacement equipment or more, you may be eligible for a $200 grant from NASP to help with that purchase. In order to qualify, you must submit a request to me by 12/20/17. You can submit your request for this by email. You must submit your equipment order to NASP by 1/31/2018. Your order must be for $800 or more for the $200 to be deducted. There are a limited number of these grants so get your request in.
Need archery equipment? If you are interested in participating in the ALAS Equipment Loan program for this school year, please submit the dates that you would like to reserve a loan as soon as possible to ensure availability. Loans are typically 2-6 weeks and include all equipment needed to teach the NASP/ALAS archery curriculum. Stringbow and range line material not included. Contact to schedule your loan or for information about our equipment grant program!  DUE TO UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS, NO LOANS WILL BE ISSUED UNTIL AFTER THE STATE TOURNAMENT. 
Attention NASP BAI Coaches: Academic Archer is a free recognition scholarship program for participants in the National Archery in the Schools Program. Every registered Academic Archer is eligible for a drawing for 1 of 10 new Genesis Bows and Easton prize packages including Academic Archery Arrows. See attached flyer for more information.
No tournament participation is necessary!
Please register your qualifying NASP® students today!
For more information, visit:
NASP announces the 2018 On Target for Life Awards and Recognition Program
I know there are a lot of archers and coaches in Louisiana that deserve to be nominated for these awards.
For more information on this program visit:
The BAI class schedule can be found at . There are no classes on the schedule at this time. For information about hosting a BAI training class at your school please contact
Has it been over 3 years since you received your BAI Certification?
Need to refresh your memory on all of those NASP safety guidelines?
If your answers are “Yes,” then you may be interested in attending a BAI Refresher Course! This new training will provide updates to NASP safety guidelines as well as a basic overview of all NASP techniques and protocol. These half-day BAI Refresher classes will be scheduled as needed at various locations throughout the state. For more information about the new Refresher Course or to volunteer your school to host a
class please contact .

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