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LDWF Announces 2020 Louisiana Duck Stamp Competition With Ring-Necked Duck as The Featured Species

Release Date: 02/22/2019

2019 Louisiana Duck Stamp

Feb. 22, 2019 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has announced the rules and timeframe for the 2020 Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp or Louisiana Duck Stamp competition. Ring-necked duck will be the featured species in this year’s competition.
 
Also known as blackjacks or ringbills, ring-necked ducks are small to medium-sized diving ducks that are wintering in increasing numbers across Louisiana’s wetland habitats. Large numbers are seen in mostly freshwater coastal wetlands, Catahoula Lake and reservoirs and swamp habitat across north Louisiana.
 
Louisiana hunters harvested an average of 73,000 ring-necked ducks per season through the last 10 years, the seventh most abundant species in the state’s overall bag and often more than any other state in the Mississippi Flyway. The sound of wind rushing through the wings of a decoying flock of ring-necks is an exciting part of Louisiana’s duck hunting experience.
 
The 2019 contest was restricted to designs featuring northern shovelers. Winner Guy Crittenden’s striking painting of a late-season pair flying across a classic wetland scene continued a long tradition of excellent stamp designs. The Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp bearing that design will go on sale June 1. 
 
The 2020 contest will be restricted to designs with ring-necked duck as the focal species. Artists are also reminded of the requirement for associated habitat. 
 
“The primary objective of this program is to provide revenue to create, enhance and maintain habitat for waterfowl and associated wetland wildlife,” said LDWF Waterfowl Program Manager Larry Reynolds. “So a habitat component is required in each entry and is one of the five judging criteria.” 
 
To enter, an artist must submit an original, unpublished work of art, along with a signed and notarized artist's agreement and a $50 entry fee. Entries shall be addressed to:
 
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Attn: Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Program
2000 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
 
Entries will be accepted from Oct. 14 through Oct. 22, 2019 with the contest to be held in the Louisiana Room at the LDWF Headquarters building in Baton Rouge starting at 10 a.m. on Oct. 23, 2019. The public is invited to attend.
 
To fill out the 2020 Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp competition artist agreement and see the full list of rules, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/LADUCKSTAMP2020 .
 
Please note additional guidelines in the rules regarding shipping of paintings.  Additional guidelines for shipping the artwork have been incorporated in the rules for the 2020 contest, as LDWF wants to minimize risk of damage during shipping.
 
The Louisiana Legislature authorized the Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp program in 1988. The program was created to generate revenue for conservation and enhancement of waterfowl populations and habitats in Louisiana. Since 1989, more than $14 million has been generated for wetland conservation with approximately $6 million spent on land acquisition.
 
In addition, revenues have supported wetland development projects on Wildlife Management Areas and the Louisiana Waterfowl Project, a cooperative endeavor between LDWF, Ducks Unlimited, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to provide habitat for waterfowl and other wetland birds on private lands.
 
Judging for the art competition will be based on the following criteria:
 

  1. Accuracy of form, size, proportion, color and posture.
    2. Level and accuracy of detail in all aspects of the waterfowl.
    3. Appropriateness, accuracy and detail in depiction of the habitat.
    4. Attractiveness and creativity in composition, subject, background and lighting.
    5. Suitability for reproduction as stamps and prints.

 
A panel of judges with experience in waterfowl biology and/or artistic method will select the winning design. The competition is open to all artists 18 years of age and older. Employees of LDWF and members of their immediate families are ineligible.
 
For more information, contact Larry Reynolds at 225-765-0456 or lreynolds@wlf.la.gov.
 

LDWF Seeking Private Landowners and Farmers to Lease Land for Dove Season’s Opening Day

Release Date: 02/21/2019

Participants in a dove hunt.
Field prepared for dove hunting.
LDWF is looking to increase opportunity for the state's dove hunters.
Mourning dove.

Feb. 21, 2019 - The first Saturday in September holds a special place on Louisiana’s hunters’ calendars. It marks the beginning of dove season, the first species that hunters can target as summer turns to fall.
 
The opening day of dove season is always busy and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) would like to make it even better for the state’s dove hunters. That’s why LDWF is seeking private landowners and farmers from throughout the state who would lease their land on opening day for dove hunting. The beginning of dove season in 2019 will be Sept. 7.
 
LDWF handles all the details, including having personnel on hand the day of the hunt to issue permits to hunters and directing them on where they can and can’t go. The landowner leases the field to LDWF for one day.
 
“On some of our wildlife management areas across the state we plant dove fields and they’re very popular on opening weekend,’’ said Dr. Jeffrey Duguay, the LDWF’s Research and Survey Program Manager. “But we’re limited on how many fields we have and demand is greater than supply on that day. So we’d like to enlist more private landowners and farmers from throughout the state to increase opportunity for dove hunters. Our staff takes care of all the logistics for that day.’’
 
LDWF pays based on the size of the field. The payment schedule ranges from $950 to $2,500, based on the acreage of the field being leased for the day. The minimum acreage required for leasing is 50 acres.
 
LDWF also offers assistance to private landowners and farmers with wildlife management activities through its Private Lands Technical Assistance Program. Biologists are able to assist landowners with dove field establishment as well as a wide variety of other wildlife management practices.
 
For more information on the dove field leasing program, contact Dr. Duguay at jduguay@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2353. For more information on the Private Lands Technical  Assistance Program go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/assistance-private-landowners-and-m .
 

Portion of Smith Bay Road in Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Area Closed Due to Flooding

Release Date: 02/21/2019

Feb. 21, 2019 - A portion of Smith Bay Road from the Bayou de Sot Bridge to Smith Bay has been closed to vehicle traffic in the Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) due to flooding. Other roads will be closed in the WMA as water continues to rise.
 
Cas-cas Road remains closed due to high water.
 
While the WMA will remain open, users are asked to comply with road closures deemed necessary to ensure safety and prevent road damage. Once the water recedes, LDWF will inspect, repair and reopen those roads when determined they are safe for travel. 
 
Grassy Lake WMA is located in northeastern Avoyelles Parish, approximately 12 miles from Bordelonville. For information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2767 or contact Tony Vidrine at 337-735-8692 or tvidrine@wlf.la.gov or Steven David at 337-735-8683 or sdavid@wlf.la.gov .
 

Louisiana Shrimp Task Force to Meet February 27 at 10:00 a.m.

Release Date: 02/21/2019

The following is the agenda for the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force Meeting. The public is invited to attend.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 10:00 a.m.

Terrebonne Council Meeting Room

8026 Main Street, Houma, LA 70360

 

AGENDA

I.  Pledge of Allegiance

II. Roll call and Introduction of Guests

III. Approval of the January 16, 2019 meeting minutes and of the February 27, 2019 Agenda

IV. Treasury Report

A. Budget Report- LDWF

V. Federal Shrimp Permit Report- STF

VI. New Business

A. To Hear an Update on the Concerns of the Shrimp Bycatch Study Brought to LDWF at the Last Meeting- LDWF

B. To Discuss a Proposal for Limited Entry into the Commercial Shrimping Industry- STF

C. To Discuss a Seafood Label of Origin for Restaurants- STF

D. To Hear an Update on the Shrimp Industry’s Trip to Washington, D.C. and the LA Alive Event- STF

E. To Discuss and Consider Shrimp Task Force Seat Vacancy Nominations- STF

F. Officer Elections- STF

VII.  Public Comment

VIII. Adjourn

 

The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq.  The public is invited to attend.  To listen in to the meeting via webinar register at

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8898828487146553859

 

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

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to rlebreton@wlf.la.gov at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.

LDWF Public Meetings to Begin Monday on Proposed Hunting Seasons and WMA Rules and Regulation Changes

Release Date: 02/20/2019

Feb. 20, 2019 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will hold six public meetings around the state beginning Monday to present and gather comments on the proposed 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 hunting seasons, 2019-2020 general and WMA hunting seasons, rules and regulations, 2020 general and WMA turkey hunting season rules and regulations and the 2019-2020 migratory bird hunting season rules and regulations.
 
Public comment will be taken on all items currently under consideration, including the Notice of Intent adopted at the January meeting of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) and amendments to the Notice of Intent tentatively adopted at the February meeting. The meeting dates and locations include:

  • Feb. 25 (Monday) at 6 p.m. at the Ponchatoula High School Library, 19452 Highway 22, Ponchatoula.
  • Feb. 26 (Tuesday) at 6 p.m. at the LDWF Lafayette Field Office, 200 Dulles Drive, Lafayette.
  • Feb. 27 (Wednesday) at 6 p.m. at the LDWF Minden Field Office, 9961 Highway 80, Minden.
  • Feb. 28 (Thursday) at 6 p.m. at the LDWF Monroe Field Office, 368 Century Link Drive, Monroe.
  • March 1 (Friday) at 6 p.m. at the Alexandria Convention Hall, 915 3rd Street, Alexandria.
  • March 2 (Saturday) at 10 a.m. at the LSU Ag Center Building, 7101 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles.

To view the full notice of intent and amendments for all proposed hunting season dates and regulations changes for the upcoming hunting seasons, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.
 
Public comment will also be accepted at LWFC monthly meetings and/or can be submitted in writing by mail to: Tommy Tuma, LDWF Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to ttuma@wlf.la.gov until 9 a.m., March 7, 2019.
 
For more information, contact Tommy Tuma at 225-765-2349 or ttuma@wlf.la.gov.
 

LDWF Announces Annual Caney Creek Reservoir Public Meeting

Release Date: 02/19/2019

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will hold a public information meeting on Caney Creek Reservoir.  Discussion topics will include aquatic vegetation issues, angler trends following the recent regulation change, and future management recommendations.
LDWF established a comprehensive management plan for Caney Creek Reservoir in 2006, which provides annual meetings to update the public on ongoing projects, fisheries management issues, and aquatic vegetation management.
  
Who:        LDWF Inland Fisheries Staff
 
What:       Public meeting on Caney Creek Reservoir
 
When:      Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at 7 p.m.
 
Where:    Jimmie Davis State Park Conference Center
                1209 State Park Rd.
                Chatham, LA 71226
 
The meeting is open to the public, and all persons interested in the conservation and management of the fisheries resources and aquatic habitats of Caney Creek Reservoir are encouraged to attend.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. 
 
The current LDWF Caney Creek Reservoir Management Plan can be viewed at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/waterbody-management-plans-inland
 
For additional information regarding the meetings, contact Jeff Sibley, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jsibley@wlf.la.gov or (318) 371-3066.
 

Oyster Task Force to Meet February 26, at 1:00 PM

Release Date: 02/19/2019

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

Mitch Jurisich, Chairman

Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 1 p.m.

West Bank Regional Library Meeting Room

2751 Manhattan Blvd.

Harvey, LA 70058

 

 

 

I. Pledge of Allegiance

II. Roll call and introduction of guests

III. Approval of January 9, 2019 Minutes and February 26, 2019 Agenda

IV. Treasury Report

A. LOTF Financial Report & Oyster Tag Sales

V. Committee Reports

A. Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee (Mitch Jurisich)

B. Enforcement (Major Edward Skena)

C. Legislative (Jakov Jurisic)

D. Research (Earl Melancon)

E. Coastal Restoration (Dan Coulon)

F. Marketing (LDWF)

G. Health (Justin Gremillion)

H. Professionalism (LDWF)

I. Aquaculture (Steve Pollock)

J. Joint Task Force Working Group (Mitch Jurisich)

VI. New Business

A. To Consider Funding for the Summer Dermo Study- Dr. Jerome La Peyre

B. To Discuss Moving the Oyster Industry to the Department of Agriculture- OTF

C. To Discuss Increasing Penalties for Fishing During Illegal Hours- OTF

D. To Hear an Update from the OTF Washington, D.C. Trip and LA Alive Event- OTF

E. To Hear an Update on the Oyster Lease Moratorium Lifting NOI- OTF

F. To Discuss Storm Surge Barriers and Oyster Industry Expansion- John Lea

VII. Public Comment

VIII. Set Next Meeting

IX. Adjourn

The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq.  The public is invited to attend.  To listen in to the meeting via webinar register at

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2763814188392316675

 

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 .For press inquiries please contact Rene LeBreton, 504-286-8745 or rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to rlebreton@wlf.la.gov at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date

LDWF Provides Update on Bussey Brake Renovation Project

Release Date: 02/19/2019

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is working diligently to complete the Bussey Brake Wildlife Management Area renovation project in Morehouse Parish.  Flood events, untimely rainfall, equipment failures and other obstacles have delayed the completion of this important project. Despite these delays, LDWF remains committed to a complete renovation and enhancement of this unique property.

“It is our goal to develop an outstanding recreational area in Morehouse Parish,” said LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet. “We have had to work through some setbacks that have stalled the project. But be assured, we will get it done.”

The department’s plan for the restoration project includes a complete renovation of the waterbody.  Marked boat lanes and island construction projects to improve boater access and angler opportunity have already been completed. 

A contractor has been selected to complete the construction of fishing piers, including an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible pier, a boat mooring dock, improved parking and lighting, and a wave break to protect the boat launch area.  This project is scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2019. 

Two flood events have caused significant delays to the project, while also severely damaging the pump and its components, which are required to refill and maintain the reservoir.  A new pumping system has been designed and was advertised for bid last week by Division of Administration Facility Planning and Control.  The bids will be opened after a one-month advertisement.

In addition, LDWF has completed numerous fish stockings of popular game fish species to begin rebuilding the fishery.  Fish stockings will continue as long as necessary.

LDWF’s Taxidermy Exhibition Contest Entry Deadline Extended to April 10

Release Date: 02/19/2019

Feb. 19, 2019 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) taxidermy exhibition contest entry deadline has been extended to April 10, 2019. Contest judging will be held April 17, 2019, at LDWF headquarters in Baton Rouge beginning at 10 a.m.
The contest is an opportunity for Louisiana taxidermists to showcase their work and help educate the general public on the state’s wildlife resources.
 
For entry forms and contest rules, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/TaxidermyContest2019 .
 
Taxidermy work has been displayed in the LDWF headquarters lobby in Baton Rouge since 1988. Displays of wildlife and fisheries species help the general public to get a close-up look at the animals that many may never experience. It also helps citizens to understand the conservation mission of LDWF and the threats facing many species in Louisiana.
 
Taxidermists can enter several categories, including big game, upland game, waterfowl, game fish, amphibian life, reptile life and non-game. Winners will have their work displayed at LDWF headquarters and at LDWF field offices throughout the state. The winners will also be featured in the Louisiana Conservationist and The Wildlife Insider.
 
Judging will be done by a panel of professional wildlife and fisheries biologists, professional artists, professional taxidermists and environmental educators. Judging will not only focus on the taxidermy work but also the educational aspect of the piece.
 
For more information, contact Stephanie Cockerham at 225-765-2346 or scockerham@wlf.la.gov.
 

New Rules and Regulations Proposed for LDWF’s Dredge Fill Material Program

Release Date: 02/15/2019

Feb. 15, 2019 – Changes to the dredge fill material program administered by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) have been proposed by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC). The program covers dredging of fill material from the water bottoms of Louisiana.
 
The proposed rule changes align regulations with statute and codify current practice by identifying the licenses required to remove dredge fill material from state water bottoms.
 
Included in those are a description of the five classes of license, an increase in the commercial license fee from $25 to $50 and codification of a 1.5 percent penalty for late royalty payments.
 
Commercial license holders that exceed the licensed dredge volume may be levied a penalty of five cents per cubic yard calculated on the excess volume, according to the proposed rules and regulations.
 
It also requires pre- and post-dredging photographs of the pit to be submitted by commercial license holders.
 
According to the rules and regulations, “No person or firm shall dredge fill material, sand or gravel from water bottoms of this state without a license from LDWF.’’
 
To see the notice of intent, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/page/31722-action-items/noidredgefillmaterialrulesandregulations.pdf .
 
Public comment on the notice of intent will be accepted at LWFC monthly meetings and/or can be submitted in writing by mail to: Dave Butler, LDWF, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to dbutler@wlf.la.gov until April 4, 2019.
 
For more information, contact permits coordinator Dave Butler at dbutler@wlf.la.gov or 225-763-3595 or director Kyle Balkum at kbalkum@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2819.
 

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