Release Date: 02/07/2006

The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) Louisiana state chapter recently honored an Evangeline Parish Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division senior agent as their 2005 Louisiana Enforcement Officer of the Year on Jan. 28.

Senior Agent Scott Fontenot was presented with a plaque at an awards ceremony conducted at the NWTF state banquet in Marksville.  LDWF Secretary Dwight Landreneau also attended the event and joined the NWTF in congratulating Fontenot. 

Fontenot was nominated for his all-around achievements as a LDWF agent, with special emphasis on wild turkey enforcement.  He patrols the Westbay Wildlife Management Area in Allen Parish, which holds a large population of turkeys that continue to thrive.  He also oversees protection of a flourishing population of turkeys in northern Evangeline Parish, and has been successful in addressing problems with baiting violations.  Sportsmen are reporting increasing populations of turkeys in areas where they have not been seen before. 

Louisianas NWTF state chapter annually recognizes a LDWF agent by soliciting a nominee from the LDWF Enforcement Division.  Some of the criteria include professionalism, dependability, investigative skills and outstanding activities. 

As the 2005 award recipient, Fontenot will represent Louisiana at the 30th annual NWTF Convention in Nashville, Tenn. on Feb. 23-26.

EDITORS: For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at klacaze@wlf.louisiana.gov or 225-765-2469.