Oct. 27, 2006 Volume 9, number 18 L.D.W.F. PROVIDING EXTRA TIME TO PREPARE FOR THE 2006 DISCOVER LOUISIANA HUNTING WEEKEND nyone interested in participating in the 2006 Discover Louisiana Hunting Weekend, scheduled for the Nov. 24-26 Thanksgiving weekend, now has more time to prepare. A The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) promotion, targeting new hunters who want to experience the outdoors, requires participants to complete a hunter education course before they receive a no-cost DLH permit. The original deadline for course completion had been Oct. 31, but the new deadline has been set for Nov. 15. “It has never been easier to obtain hunter safety certification,” said John Sturgis, LWDF Hunter Education Program manager. “If your busy schedule does not permit you to attend the standard education course, you can try our home study program. Students can study at their own pace and convenience, and then attend a six-hour field day for course completion.” The Discover Louisiana Hunting promotion allows both Louisiana residents and non-residents, 16 years of age and older, to experience recreational hunting for the first time or enjoy the sport again. In addition to hunter education certification, participants must also partner with a licensed Louisiana resident hunter who will serve as a host hunter. The host hunter will serve as mentor for the DLH permittee and can be a relative, neighbor, friend or co-worker. All interested participants who need to obtain hunter education certification are urged to sign up for a class in a location near their home town. A list of courses around the state is available on the DLH Web site -- www.discoverlouisianahunting.com. An on-line version of the course is available through the DLH web site or a CD-ROM version can be obtained by calling the LDWF office nearest the participant. Hunter education courses are free and certification obtained in another state will be accepted. During the Discover Louisiana Hunting weekend, only quail, rabbit, squirrel and deer can be hunted. For daily bag and possession limits and deer zone restrictions refer to the 2006-07 Louisiana Hunting Season and WMA Regulations Booklet or go to www.discoverlouisianahunting.com and click on “Regulations.” The DLH permit offer is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Once a participant utilizes the no cost weekend hunting option, appropriate licenses and permits must be obtained for all future hunting trips in Louisiana. Any interested participant without Internet access can call any Louisiana Department of Wildlfie and Fisheries regional office Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., for permit application assistance. Discover Louisiana Hunting Weekend supporting sponsors and partners include: Academy Sports & Outdoors, Bass Pro Shops/Bossier City, the Bayou State Bowhunters Association, Bowie Outfitters, Ducks Unlimited, the Hunter's Run Gun Club, the Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries Foundation, the Louisiana Wildlife Federation, the National Wild Turkey Federation and Safari Club International. For more information, contact John Sturgis at 225-7635448 or firstname.lastname@example.org. LDWF Administration Janice Lansing, Undersecretary John Roussel, Assistant Secretary W. Parke Moore III, Assistant Secretary Division Administrators Gary Tilyou, Inland Fisheries Karen Foote, Marine Fisheries David Moreland, Wildlife Phil Bowman, Fur & Refuge Col. Winton Vidrine, Enforcement Wildlife & Fisheries Commission Terry D. Denmon , Chairman Earl P. King, Jr. Henry Mouton Robert Samanie, III Wayne Sagrera Patrick C. Morrow Frederic Miller Oct. 27, 2006 page 2 THE B.B.C.C. WANTS HUNTERS TO REMAIN “BEAR AWARE” he Black Bear Conservation Committee (BBCC) is encouraging hunters to become “Bear Aware” as they roam the Louisiana landscape this hunting season. T As the bear population in Louisiana expands, hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts may find themselves encountering bears more often. Unlike brown bears, black bears are normally shy and not aggressive. There has never been a documented bear attack in Louisiana. However, they are wild animals and should be treated with respect. Here are some helpful suggestions from the BBCC for this hunting season: BEAR FACTS: -Bears and hogs look alike: KNOW YOUR TARGET! -Bear diets come from vegetables, nuts, fruits, berries and insects. -Feeding bears will only make them associate people with food, making them come back for more. -Bears have an excellent sense of smell and are extremely motivated by food! PREVENT BEAR CONFLICTS: -Keep camps clean to prevent odors that will attract bears. -Discard gut piles away from camp. -Placing deer corn in piles or in open feeders will attract bears (and other undesirable wildlife). -Using an automated feeder hung 8 feet or higher will decrease bear visitation. -Electric fencing will deter bears while allowing deer access to feeders. -Switching bait types from corn to soybeans prevents odors, and attracts less bears. -Planting food plots is the best way to attract deer and minimize bear visits! -If a bear regularly visits your deer stand, scare it with rocks, a sling shot, or air horn. -DO NOT RUN! This can trigger a bear's chase instinct. -If a bear approaches you, stand your ground, raise your arms, yell at the bear, and make eye contact to scare it off. -If an attack should occur, DO NOT PLAY DEAD, fight back aggressively. To report a bear conflict, call: 1-800-442-2511 (24hrs/7 days a week). For more information, please contact Jaime Thibodeaux, Outreach Biologist with the BBCC at 225-763-5457 or email@example.com. IF YOU ENCOUNTER A BEAR: -NEVER PURPOSEFULLY APPROACH A BEAR! Oct. 27, 2006 page 3 ORLEANS PARISH MAN CITED FOR RED DRUM VIOLATIONS L ouisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited an Orleans Parish resident on Oct. 7 for allegedly taking over the limit of red drum and undersized red drum. Anthony Earl, 46, of New Orleans, was cited after agents found the man in possession of 21 red drum. Agents saw Earl fishing recreationally with a rod and reel. Agents witnessed Earl toss fish into the water after approaching him to perform a compliance check. filled with ice. All of the fish were measured and determined to be under A search of the area resulted in finding the legal size limit of 16 inches. The 21 red drum located in a garbage bag daily limit on red drum is five fish per person. All 21 red drum were seized and donated to charity. Taking or possessing undersized red drum and taking over the limit of red drum each carry a fine up to $350, jail time up to 60 days, or both plus court costs. In addition to the penalties, a fine of $25 per fish less than 16 inches and revocation of any and all fishing licenses for one to three years may also be imposed. Agents participating in the case were Sr. Agents Jason Russo and Kris Bourgeois. For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2988. SIX MEN CITED FOR TAKING OYSTERS FROM A POLLUTTED AREA IN ST.BERNARD PARISH ON OCT. 11 L ouisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited six men for alleged oyster violations in St. Bernard Parish on Oct. 11. Utilizing the department's aircraft and a patrol vessel, agents saw two vessels harvesting oysters from polluted waters in Bayou Robin. The occupants of the two vessels were identified as Stephen A. Martin, 40, Jerral J.Ronquille, 38, Paul G. Deroche, 33, all of St. Bernard and Fernando J.Leyva, 39, Felix J.Saavedra, 33, and Jose Luis Leyva, 45, all of Baycliff, Texas. The six men were cited for unlawfully taking oysters from a closed (polluted) area. A total of eight sacks of oysters were seized and returned to the water bottoms. The two boats and four dredges were placed under a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries seizure order. Unlawfully taking oysters from closed (polluted) waters is punishable by a fine between $400 to $750, imprisonment for up to 120 days, or both plus court costs. In addition, anything seized as a result of the violation shall be forfeited. Agents participating in the case were Senior Agents Gary Pierce, Jason Gernados and Pilot Gene Rackle. For more information contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2988 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit LDWF’s Web site at www.wlf.louisiana.gov for the latest news Oct. 27, 2006 page 4 L.D.W.F. DEER TAG HARVEST CARDS AVAILABLE ON WEB SITE T he new deer tag harvest cards for the 2006-07 deer hunting season can now be downloaded and printed from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Web site: www.wlf.louisiana.gov. Prior to hunting deer for the 2006/07 season, all deer hunters, including DMAP and LADT hunters, regardless of age or license status, must obtain a deer tag harvest card and have it in his or her possession when hunting deer. Immediately upon harvesting a deer, the hunter must document the kill on the deer tag harvest card. DMAP and LADT hunters must still attach DMAP or LADT metal hock tags to harvested deer. At the end of the season, each hunter must file a deer harvest report with LDWF, even if no deer was harvested. Hunters do not need to send in separate deer tag harvest cards immediately after each deer is killed, because there are enough spaces on the deer tag harvest card to document the full six deer season limit. The cards are also available in hunting pamphlets, at license vendors, and at LDWF regional offices. For more information, contact Dave Moreland at 225-7652465 or email@example.com. NEW INVASIVE SPECIES THREATENS LOUISIANA An exotic invasive species of freshwater snail has been discovered in Louisiana. These species can be separated from native snails by their size, up to 4 inches, and their peculiar pink egg masses. The pink egg masses are attached to vegetation, boat docks or other structures above the surface of the water. Several specimens, commonly referred to as the channeled apple snail, were collected from a canal in Gretna by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Under ideal conditions these snails reach maturity in three Inspection Service, at the request of the Louisiana months and can lay clutches of eggs, averaging 200 to 300, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. every few weeks. These mollusks are known for their voracious appetite for aquatic vegetation. This group of snails has been a serious pest to rice farmers in parts of southeast Asia. Away from agricultural areas, these snails can severely impact native vegetation altering aquatic habitats. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is asking anyone who finds snails that fit this description to please contact their nearest LDWF regional office. For more information, contact Scott Longman at 225-7652339 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For the latest news, maps and information, visit the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries web site: www.wlf.louisiana.gov.
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