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LDWF proposes sweeeping changes to 2013-14 deer-hunting season

If Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries managers have their way, wholesale changes are coming to Louisiana deer-hunting seasons — one of the most striking being the re-implementation of designated either-sex days.

So-called “doe days” were ended in 2006, the LDWF said.

Changes listed in a notice of intent issued by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission yesterday (Feb. 7) also included the addition of three new hunting zones.Read More...
February 08, 2013 at 10:03 am

Recreational snapper management to be discussed in Baton Rouge meeting

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has scheduled a scoping meeting for Monday (Jan. 14) in Baton Rouge during which possible regional management of recreational red snapper will be discussed.

The meeting, which will begin at 6 p.m. and is open to the public, will be held at the Doubletree hotel at 4964 Constitution Avenue.Read More...
January 06, 2013 at 3:08 pm

246-inch buck shot on Giles Island

Jimmy Riley knows bucks. It’s his job, since he’s the head guide at Giles Island Hunting Club, one of the South’s premier outfitters, and a star on Mossy Oak’s “Deer Thugs” on the Pursuit Channel.

But even he was stunned at the antler dimensions of a Giles Island Buck killed Thursday (Dec. 20)by client Joshua Bruce of Alexandria, La.

“I measured him at 242 6/8 inches gross,” said Riley. Say what?Read More...
December 21, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Deer-tag validation system experiencing problems, LDWF ready to take hunters' calls

Hunters have been experiencing some problems validating their deer tags with the toll-free voice recognition system, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF).

December 10, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Pending state-record yellowfin caught out of Grand Isle

A trip out of Grand Isle on Saturday (Oct. 13) ended with a pending new state-record yellowfin tuna hanging at the docks of Bridge Side Marina. The catch of the 251-pound yellowfin by New Iberia's 22-year-old Elliot Sale will, if certified by the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association, break an eight-year-old record.

October 16, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Southeast Louisiana deer regulations modified

Deer-hunting regulations in a portion of Southeast Louisiana have been modified for the 2012-13 season because of the impacts of Hurricane Isaac, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries announced today (Oct. 4).

The changes were approved during the monthly meeting of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, the LDWF said.Read More...
October 04, 2012 at 6:05 pm

LDWF eyeing deer-hunting restrictions along Southeast Louisiana coast

Some deer hunters in Southeast Louisiana could face more-restrictive hunting regulations because of Hurricane Isaac’s storm surge, which is believed to have killed many of the fawns where waters were pushed the highest, a Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries biologists said in mid September.

LDWF Deer Study Leader Scott Durham told Louisiana Sportsman that recommendations for deer-season changes wouldn’t be made until the October meeting of the Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries Commission.Read More...
September 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Tax-free weekend set for Sept. 7-9

The Annual Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday set for Sept. 7-9 is the perfect time to stock up on all the hunting supplies for the coming year without paying state or local taxes.

That means stores selling outdoor-related equipment should be hopping the second weekend of September.

The list items covered under the authorizing legislations is exhaustive but includes guns, bows, ammunition, clothing, tree stands, knives, decoys, binoculars and range finders, ATVs and pretty much anything else that can be used during the hunting season.Read More...
September 07, 2012 at 8:45 am

Some recreational fishing, all commercial fishing closed off beaches of Fourchon and Elmer's Island

State waters off Fourchon and Elmer’s Island beaches have been closed to all commercial fishing and some recreation fishing because of a large tar mat and concentrations of tar balls on the beaches, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries announced today (Aug. 4).

Recreational rod-and-reel fishing is still permitted in the area, but other recreational fishing — such as crabbing, oystering and shrimping — are prohibited, LDWF’s Randy Pausina told by text.Read More...
September 04, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Venice area spared from wrath of Hurricane Isaac

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Capt. Brent Roy has lived through many hurricanes, returning to the Venice area after each storm because of the incredible fishing the region provides. So when Hurricane Isaac brushed the mouth of the Mississippi River, the veteran fishing guide couldn't wait to find out how his lodges and the marinas fared.

So Friday, the owner of Venice Fishing Charters jumped aboard a seaplane and headed downriver, shooting video of flooded Highway 23 and getting a birds-eye view of his cabins before putting down at Venice Marina.Read More...
September 02, 2012 at 9:47 am

Hopedale destruction from Hurricane Isaac not as bad as Katrina, but close

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I surveyed Highway 300 that parallels Bayou Terre aux Boeufs just two weeks after the passage of Hurricane Katrina, and what I saw that day left an indelible mark that will stick with me for the rest of my life.

My favorite place in all of planet Earth -- the marshes of Delacroix -- looked not unlike the iconic pictures of Hiroshima at the end of World War II.

A buddy walked across Bayou Terre aux Bouefs without getting his feet wet just to show that it could be done. Marsh grass, refrigerators, walls, stairs, boats and other indiscernible debris packed the bayou and made it more land than bayou.Read More...
August 31, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Study of BP oil spill dispersants 'scary,' biologists say

Coastal fishermen have enjoyed great fishing since the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster of 2010, but they have lived with the fear of potential long-term impacts to the ecosystem lurking in their minds.

A study released Tuesday on the Public Library of Science Web site indicates there is definite cause for future worry — but not because of the 200 million gallons of crude that spewed unabated into the Gulf of Mexico for over three months. Read More...
August 02, 2012 at 11:42 am

Two dead, one missing in two separate accidents

Two anglers died in separate boating incidents yesterday, and a third man is missing, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries reported today (July 21).

In the first accident, the body of 66-year-old Allen Fontenot of Central was recovered on Lake Fordoche in St. Landry Parish, the LDWF said. Lake Fordoche is north of Henderson Bay.Read More...
July 21, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Early migratory season dates set, regular season proposed

Season dates for 2012 early migratory hunting were set and dates for the regular 2012-13 waterfowl season were proposed today during the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting.

Final approval for the regular-season dates are expected to be given during the August season.
July 02, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Red snapper season extended by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Red snapper season has been extended for six days because of rough seas that have prevented anglers from reaching the offshore fishing grounds, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced today (June 29).

The season is now set to close at 12:01 a.m. on July 17, NOAA said.Read More...
June 29, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Body of missing boater found on Lake Pontchartrain

The body of a 21-year-old Slidell man who fell overboard early this morning during a trip onto Lake Pontchartrain has been found, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said.Read More...
June 05, 2012 at 3:22 pm