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Five Mississippi Men Cited For Over Limit Red Drum

Release Date: 10/17/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement agents cited five Mississippi men for alleged fishing violations on Oct. 12 in Plaquemines Parish.

Agents cited Davis Byrd, 62, Henry Cooper Jr., 45, and Hayden Bryant, 45, all of Star, Miss., Benton Moseley, 29, of Florence, Miss., and Steaven Hardaere, 29, of Harrisville, Miss., for taking double the daily limit of red drum.

Agents received a complaint about these men “double tripping” red drum near Venice. Double tripping fish is the act of catching a daily limit of fish and bringing them back to a launch or camp and then returning to catch an additional limit in the same day.

Agents observed the men in the morning bringing a limit of red drum to be cleaned and packed at a marina and then leave in their vessels again.  Agents stopped the men on the second trip and found them with an additional limit of red drum.

Agents seized a total of 50 red drum from the men.  The daily limit is five red drum per licensed fishermen putting the men double over the daily limit.

Taking double the daily limit of red drum brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  The men may also face revocation of any and all fishing licenses for the period for which they were issued.  The men may also be prohibited from obtaining any new fishing license for one to three years.

The men will also be assessed civil restitution in the amount of $661 for the replacement value of the red drum.

Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. Issued Over $4,000 in Rewards At Meeting

Release Date: 10/16/2018

Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. (LOGT), a Louisiana wildlife crime-stoppers program, awarded $4,350 to diligent citizens statewide at their quarterly meeting on Oct. 3 in Mansura.

The LOGT board reviewed 12 cases that included public tips from informants.  A total of 25 subjects were apprehended and a total of 76 offenses were written in regards to the reviewed cases.

The cases reviewed and awarded money to the public for their assistance consisted of four deer cases, five commercial fishing cases, one alligator case, one black bear case and one migratory waterfowl case.

Anyone wishing to report wildlife or fisheries violations should anonymously call LDWF’s 24-hour toll free Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or utilize LDWF's tip411 program.  To use the tip411 program, tipsters can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone and Android apps.

LOGT was instituted in 1984 and provides cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of violators of fish and wildlife regulations.  Funds are raised through private donations, court directed contributions and through contributions from cooperative endeavor agreements with organizations such as the National Wild Turkey Federation and Quality Deer Management Association.

To make a donation to the LOGT that can be used for cash rewards, please contact Lt. Will Roberts at wroberts@wlf.la.gov.

Commission Adopts Notice of Intent for Registration of Houseboats

Release Date: 10/15/2018

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) approved a notice of intent that would establish rules governing the registration of houseboats.

Act 628 of the 2018 Regular Legislative Session requires the registration of houseboats upon Louisiana waters beginning Jan. 1, 2019.  The proposed rule clarifies which vessels qualify as houseboats requiring registration and establishes an application process.

The notice of intent states that every houseboat operated, occupied, inhabited, utilized, or otherwise deployed on the waters of this state must be registered with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and be properly numbered in accordance with R.S. 34:851.20.

Houseboats would be defined as any vessel constructed or utilized for the primary purpose of a temporary or permanent dwelling without an effective means of propulsion for safe navigation.

When determining whether a vessel meets the definition of a “houseboat”, the department shall utilize the standard such that a reasonable observer would conclude that the vessel is capable of being used as an abode, habitation, or dwelling for at least a temporary basis.

Such determination should involve, but is not limited to, whether the vessel has a roof and is enclosed, or has multiple walls or structures capable of protecting inhabitants from the elements.

Additional evidence that may be considered include the presence of doors, windows, electrical wiring, plumbing, appliances, cabinetry, bedding, or any other features commonly found in a dwelling. 

While registration of houseboats is mandatory beginning in 2019, titling of houseboats is optional.

Public comment on this notice of intent may be submitted to Major Rachel Zechenelly at rzechenelly@wlf.la.gov.

Four Men Cited for Squirrel Hunting Violations in Winn Parish

Release Date: 10/11/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents cited four men for alleged squirrel hunting violations on Oct. 6 in Winn Parish.

Agents cited Joshua Young, 24, and Ernest Nowlin, 64, both of Tullos, for possessing over the limit of squirrels.  Agents also cited Michael Sullivan, 50, of Olla, and Richard Decker, 54, of Tullos, for hunting squirrels without a basic hunting license.

Agents received a complaint that hunters were taking too many squirrels so they set up surveillance on a hunting camp.  The men arrived back at the camp from their opening day squirrel hunt when agents made contact with the men.?

Agents found Young in possession of 16 squirrels, Nowlin in possession of 10 squirrels.  The legal daily bag limit is eight squirrels per licensed hunter for the fall and winter season.  Agents also found Sullivan in possession of seven squirrels and Decker one squirrel with no hunting licenses.

Possessing over the limit of squirrels brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  The men may also face civil restitution up to $365 for the replacement value of the illegally taken squirrels.  Hunting squirrels without a basic hunting license carries up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.  Agents seized the 34 squirrels.

Mansfield Man To Pay Over $6,000 for Wildlife Violations

Release Date: 10/09/2018

A Mansfield man was convicted in Desoto and Bossier parishes for multiple wildlife violations.

Frank Canizaro Jr., 30, was convicted in Bossier Parish on Sept. 26 for selling deer and failing to comply with deer tagging or harvest record requirements.  He was fined $839 and has to pay $692 in court costs and $4,069 in civil restitution.  Canizaro also lost all hunting privileges for one year.

He was also convicted in Desoto Parish on Oct. 3 for selling deer, selling squirrels and failing to comply with deer tagging or harvest record requirements.  Canizaro Jr. was fined $500 and received six months of probation.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents received a complaint about Canizaro Jr. selling squirrels and deer in 2016.  An undercover LDWF agent made contact with Canizaro Jr. in November of 2016.

The undercover LDWF agents purchased deer and squirrel from Canizaro Jr. in November and December of 2016 in both Desoto and Bossier parishes.  LDWF agents arrested Canizaro Jr. on Jan. 28, 2018 for selling deer and squirrels and failing to comply with deer tagging requirements in Desoto and Bossier parishes.

LOUISIANA ON THE RIGHT TRACK

Release Date: 10/05/2018

There's a breeze of hope sweeping across the state of Louisiana, with many of our most difficult challenges now in the rearview mirror. Not too long ago, our state was trapped in a cycle of budget battles that threatened everything from health care to education. But after lots of hard work and a sustained commitment to put Louisiana first, those days are now behind us.

 

There's a breeze of hope sweeping across the state of Louisiana, with many of our most difficult challenges now in the rearview mirror. Not too long ago, our state was trapped in a cycle of budget battles that threatened everything from health care to education. But after lots of hard work and a sustained commitment to put Louisiana first, those days are now behind us.

LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet names Robert Shadoin as Deputy Secretary

Release Date: 10/05/2018

LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet names Robert Shadoin as Deputy Secretary

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Jack Montoucet has named former State Representative Robert E. Shadoin as Deputy Secretary of LDWF. Shadoin will begin on Monday (Oct. 8).

The Ruston republican and attorney recently left the Louisiana Legislature where he represented the 12th District in the Louisiana House of Representatives. His district included Lincoln and Union parishes.

Shadoin is a graduate of Ruston High. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Louisiana Tech University and a law degree from the LSU Law Center. He served as Ruston City Attorney from 1991-1994 and from 1994-2006, he was a member of the Lincoln Parish School Board.

He and his wife, the former Carol Brasuell, have four children.

LDWF and Grand Isle Levee District Mutually Agree to Terminate Elmer’s Island Airstrip Agreement

Release Date: 10/05/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet announced Thursday (Oct. 4) that an agreement to essentially lease land to the Grand Isle Independent Levee District for the development of an airstrip on Elmer’s Island has been terminated. The announcement came during the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission monthly meeting in Baton Rouge on Thursday.

The proposal had stirred criticism from conservation groups and others. Secretary Montoucet addressed the commissioner’s and provided the department’s rationale for entering the agreement and offered assurances that any future discussion on this topic would be vetted by the full commission.  During Secretary Montoucet’s prepared remarks he stated, “I am surely not too proud to recognize and understand the criticism and concerns that have been raised, both in regards to the environmental concerns with the project, but also as it relates to the desires for the public to have involvement beyond the permitting process for this proposal.”

Grand Isle mayor David Camardelle appeared at Thursday’s meeting and supported Montoucet’s decision to end the agreement.

 

A full transcript of Secretary Jack Montoucet’s remarks can be found below.

 

Mr. Chairman and members of the Commission:

I come before you today to inform you that the agreement to allow the Grand Isle Levee District the opportunity to pursue permitting and construction of an airport on Elmer’s Island will be cancelled and terminated upon mutual agreement.

Judging from the volume of communications my office has received on this topic, I believe that this news will be well received by many of the folks here today and the people they represent.  However, I do feel the need to briefly explain the thought process behind the decision to execute an agreement in the first place.

Allow me to state, for the record, that many of the environmental concerns that I’ve heard are absolutely valid.  In fact, we as a conservation agency, share many of those same concerns and we expressed those concerns to Mayor Camardelle when he requested to use the old airstrip property. 

However, Mayor Camardelle indicated that he could propose a project that would have minimal impact on fish and wildlife resources and provide recreational access and economic development to the area, all at no cost to the state.  He simply asked for an opportunity to try.  Knowing the many state and federal permits that such a project would require before it could even begin to be implemented, and trusting that those permitting processes would both identify and address any potential impacts to wildlife resources or habitat, we decided to see what he could propose. 

I am confident that I speak for myself and the Governor when I say that this administration never absolutely supported the construction of an airport on Elmer’s Island, ignoring all consequences.  Rather, we endorsed the Mayor’s effort to develop a preliminary plan – a proposal – to be properly evaluated and vetted.

With that said, I am surely not too proud to recognize and understand the criticism and concerns that have been raised, both in regards to the environmental concerns with the project, but also as it relates to the desires for the public to have involvement beyond the permitting process for this proposal. 

I assure you that I value open and transparent government and that it was NOT my intention to create an appearance of operating outside of the public eye.  However, it is evident from the number of people here today and from the communications I’ve received that folks would like a greater opportunity for public discourse in this matter.

For that reason, I’m glad that Mayor Camardelle was gracious enough and willing to agree to mutually cancel and terminate the current intergovernmental agreement.  You have my word that if this proposal is ever considered in the future, it will be done through the Commission and would initially be limited to a feasibility study to allow for appropriate and public evaluation.

Mayor Camardelle is present here today.  He has been a passionate advocate for his town, a fair representative of the Grand Isle Independent Levee District, and a longtime supporter of this agency. I’d like to publicly thank him for his cooperation in this endeavor and offer an opportunity to address the Commission.

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.la.gov. To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup

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