|LDWF proposes sweeeping changes to 2013-14 deer-hunting season
18501 Views - Posted: February 08 at 10:03 am
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.
|Recreational snapper management to be discussed in Baton Rouge meeting
3828 Views - Posted: January 06 at 3:08 pm
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.
|246-inch buck shot on Giles Island
12710 Views - Posted: December 21, 2012 at 9:50 pm
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?
|Deer-tag validation system experiencing problems, LDWF ready to take hunters' calls
1998 Views - Posted: December 10, 2012 at 3:54 pm
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).
|Pending state-record yellowfin caught out of Grand Isle
11755 Views - Posted: October 16, 2012 at 2:49 pm
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.
|Southeast Louisiana deer regulations modified
7069 Views - Posted: October 04, 2012 at 6:05 pm
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.
|LDWF eyeing deer-hunting restrictions along Southeast Louisiana coast
8675 Views - Posted: September 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm
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.
|Tax-free weekend set for Sept. 7-9
3734 Views - Posted: September 07, 2012 at 8:45 am
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.
|Some recreational fishing, all commercial fishing closed off beaches of Fourchon and Elmer's Island
6231 Views - Posted: September 04, 2012 at 5:11 pm
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 LouisianaSportsman.com by text.
|Venice area spared from wrath of Hurricane Isaac
6436 Views - Posted: September 02, 2012 at 9:47 am
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.
|Hopedale destruction from Hurricane Isaac not as bad as Katrina, but close
5662 Views - Posted: August 31, 2012 at 7:00 pm
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.
|Study of BP oil spill dispersants 'scary,' biologists say
5876 Views - Posted: August 02, 2012 at 11:42 am
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.
|Two dead, one missing in two separate accidents
8397 Views - Posted: July 21, 2012 at 5:53 pm
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.
|Early migratory season dates set, regular season proposed
7478 Views - Posted: July 02, 2012 at 12:27 pm
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.
|Red snapper season extended by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
4296 Views - Posted: June 29, 2012 at 5:56 pm
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.
|Body of missing boater found on Lake Pontchartrain
5993 Views - Posted: June 05, 2012 at 3:22 pm
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.
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