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The proposed structure for the 2013-14 deer hunting season includes the creation of new hunting zones to allow for more-regional management, including the re-introduction of either-sex dates. LDWF proposes sweeeping changes to 2013-14 deer-hunting season
20245 Views - Posted: February 08, 2013 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.

A meeting to discuss possible regional management of red snapper has been set for Baton Rouge by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council. Recreational snapper management to be discussed in Baton Rouge meeting
4106 Views - Posted: January 06, 2013 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.

Alexandria's Josh Bruce knocked this 246-inch deer down Thursday (Dec. 20) while hunting on Giles Island Hunting Club. The huge buck could be in the top 3 non-typical bucks on the Magnolia Records. 246-inch buck shot on Giles Island
13422 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 Deer-tag validation system experiencing problems, LDWF ready to take hunters' calls
2351 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).



The pending state-record yellowfin tuna was as big as the young angler who landed it. The 251-pounder was hauled in out of the West Delta area south of Grand Isle by 22-year-old Elliot Sale of New Iberia. Pending state-record yellowfin caught out of Grand Isle
12704 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.


Deer-hunting regulations were changed in the Lake Maurepas basin after Hurricane Isaac blasted the deer herd there. Southeast Louisiana deer regulations modified
7486 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.

Mary Ostarly and her husband found this dead buck being guarded by a big alligator Sept. 11 on I-10 from between New Orleans and Slidell. LDWF estimates that about 90 percent of fawns in some areas could have been killed by Hurricane Isaac’s storm surge. LDWF eyeing deer-hunting restrictions along Southeast Louisiana coast
9107 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.

There’s no better way to prepare for the upcoming hunting season than buying needed equipment without paying taxes. Tax-free weekend set for Sept. 7-9
4117 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.

Recreational activities including crabbing, shrimping and oystering are now prohibited off the beaches of Fourchon and Elmer's Island. Recreational rod-and-reel fishing remains permitted, the LDWF says. Some recreational fishing, all commercial fishing closed off beaches of Fourchon and Elmer's Island
6510 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 Marina was in good shape; this trailered boat wasn't even moved. However, some ground damage caused by storm surge was observed. Venice area spared from wrath of Hurricane Isaac  Video Included
7049 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.

Hurricane Isaac delivered a blow to the Hopedale area that wasn't quite as bad as Hurricane Katrina — but it was close. Hopedale destruction from Hurricane Isaac not as bad as Katrina, but close  Video Included
6002 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.

Fishing off the Louisiana coast has been fantastic since the Deepwater Horizon spill, but a study by the University of South Alabama indicates dispersants could have damaged the food chain. Study of BP oil spill dispersants 'scary,' biologists say
6226 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 Two dead, one missing in two separate accidents
8598 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.

The early migratory season was set today (July 2), and the regular season dates were proposed, during the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting. Early migratory season dates set, regular season proposed
7865 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.


The 2012 red snapper recreational fishery was extended today by NOAA officials because of heavy seas associated with Tropical Storm Debby. Red snapper season extended by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
4481 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 Body of missing boater found on Lake Pontchartrain
6220 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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