Hunting

A female nilgai — Asia's largest antelope — escaped from an unknown pen and was shot Thursday morning on Richard K. Yancey WMA. Samples from the animal are being tested to confirm it didn't pose a threat to the state's deer herd.

Escaped Asian antelope shot on Richard K. Yancey WMA

An escaped exotic Asian antelope was shot on Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area Thursday morning, and blood and tissue samples are being sent off to ensure the animal was not carrying any diseases potentially harmful to the state’s deer herd.

August 25 at 3:37pm
Lactation rates in does harvested last fall dipped below 50 percent in some areas of the state, raising red flags for LDWF biologists concerned about poor recruitment during the summer of 2015.

Deer lactation rates ‘major concern’ in portions of the state, LDWF report says

While the deer harvest increased statewide by 12 percent during the 2015-16 season, fawn recruitment and poorer than expected lactation rates in certain areas of the state were a major concern noted in the annual Deer Report prepared by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

August 25 at 1:43pm
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is hosting six public meetings to discuss a proposed ban on importing cervid carcasses that would hopefully prevent the introduction of chronic wasting disease into the state's deer herd.

Public hearings set for proposed cervid carcass importation ban

If you hunt outside of Louisiana and return regularly with dead deer, you should plan on attending one of six public meetings scheduled later this month to discuss a proposal currently being considered by the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission that would ban the importation of cervid carcasses.

August 11 at 3:17pm
Most species of ducks remain well above their long-term average, according to the 2016 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Duck numbers hold steady, USFWS says

Early summer surveys on the Canadian and U.S. breeding grounds revealed overall duck numbers are similar to last year and holding steady, according to a report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

August 11 at 9:05am
A study by the LSU Ag Center's School of Renewable Natural Resources reveals feral hogs are spreading pathogens like E. coli and salmonellosis in water bodies in Central Louisiana.

LSU study links wild hogs' DNA to waterborne pathogens in Central Louisiana

Feral hogs have long been known as an invasive, disease-carrying scourge on the Louisiana landscape, wreaking havoc on agriculture, hunting leases and even other wildlife caught in their wake.

August 02 at 10:16am

Judge orders Felicianas deer poachers to pay more than $38,000 in fines

Judge Elizabeth Jones of the 20th Judicial District Court in East and West Feliciana parishes ordered two poachers to pay a total of $38,776 for deer hunting violations that occurred last February, according to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

August 01 at 4:15pm
The South Louisiana QDMA will hold its annual Deer and Wildlife Summer Seminar next Thursday, Aug. 4, at 6 p.m. at the LDWF headquarters on Quail Drive in Baton Rouge.

South Louisiana QDMA hosting summer seminar Aug. 4

If youre already preoccupied at work thinking of heading back into the deer stand this fall, the South Louisiana Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association is holding its annual Deer and Wildlife Summer Seminar next Thursday, Aug. 4.

July 28 at 4:33pm
Although he expects waterfowl breeding population estimates on the prairies to be lower this year than last, LDWF's Larry Reynolds said Louisiana hunters might actually see more birds this season if we have a colder winter.

Biologist expects lower USFWS waterfowl breeding population estimates this year

Don’t freak out if waterfowl breeding population estimates from the prairies of Canada and the Northern U.S. due out next month are lower than what they’ve been in recent years.

That’s the message to the state’s duck hunters from Larry Reynolds, waterfowl study leader for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, who pointed out that despite great population estimates last summer, crazy weather conspired to make the 2015-16 season one lots of folks would like to forget.

July 21 at 11:06am
Hunters returning to Louisiana with a deer killed out of state like this Alabama buck — especially one to be mounted — will have to meet new provisions if a ban on imported cervid carcasses is passed by the LWF Commission.

LWF Commission mulling ban on out-of-state deer carcasses

Big changes could be on the way for out-of-state deer hunters returning home to Louisiana if a proposal banning the importation of cervid carcasses is ultimately approved by the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.

July 11 at 5:05pm
This photo from LDWF shows some of trees cut down by Allen Gaspard and Keith Savoy in December of 2014 on Spring Bayou WMA. Gaspard was sentenced for his role in the incident last week by Judge William Bennett.

Second man sentenced in tree-cutting case on Spring Bayou WMA

Two Avoyelles Parish men’s plan to cut down more than 100 trees to block others from accessing their preferred hunting area on Spring Bayou Wildlife Management turned out to be a pretty expensive undertaking.

June 21 at 4:46pm

Sunset man cited for allegedly harvesting 6-foot gator in Cameron Parish

An anonymous tip lead enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to a Sunset man who allegedly harvested an alligator in Cameron Parish on June 10.

June 21 at 9:56am

Jackson Bienville WMA to close July 1

Effective July 1, the Jackson Bienville Wildlife Management Area will no longer be a part of the state’s WMA program because new terms to continue leasing the property could not be reached, according to a release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

June 09 at 7:00am
LSU's Tiger Chapter placed second in the nation for Ducks Unlimited fundraising efforts in 2015, behind the Aggieland Chapter at Texas A&M.

LSU’s Tiger Chapter second in the nation in DU fundraising

The last five times they’ve played on the football field, LSU has defeated Texas A&M — but this year, the Aggies nipped the Tigers  in fundraising efforts for Ducks Unlimited.

May 25 at 8:03am
A proposal approved by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission would allow permit holders to take outlaw quadrupeds, as well as nutria and beaver, on private property at night during hunting season from Sept. 1 through the last day of February.

Proposal would allow nighttime take of outlaw quadrupeds during hunting season

A proposal adopted by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission last week would make it possible for landowners to take outlaw quadrupeds at night on private property during the regular hunting season — but only if they obtain a free permit first.

May 12 at 11:19am

Enforcement agents cite two for alleged gator violations

Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited two men Monday in connection with alleged alligator hunting violations, according to a press release.

May 04 at 4:54pm
Scott Kimock, left, poses with Lee Blackmon and the York County, S.C. gobbler that scored 168.4 by NWTF standards — the highest-scoring turkey ever taken in S.C., and the nation's best with a bow.

Nation’s best-ever 7-bearded gobbler taken with a bow

Only the fourth turkey Lee Blackmon ever killed will be one he’ll never forget.

May 03 at 8:37am