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The red snapper season in state waters will close at 11:59 p.m. on Labor Day, when officials believe the state's quota of 1,116,732 pounds will be reached, according to the LDWF.

State's red snapper season to close on Labor Day, LDWF says

The recreational red snapper season in state waters will close at 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 5, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

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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
Sgt. Nicholas Guillory, center, receives the 2015 Officer of the Year award from Gulf Council Chair Kevin Anson, left, and Patrick Banks, assistant secretary for LDWF's Office of Fisheries.

LDWF agent selected as Officer of the Year

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council honored a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agent as its 2015 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award for rescuing eight people from three different vessels in distress last September.

August 24 at 6:11am
A reciprocal agreement between Louisiana and Texas allows fishermen licensed by either state to fish the entire lake.

Sabine Lake fishing regulations

Border waters are tricky to fish. Which state’s rules apply where?

Don’t turn to the internet. Neither state had anything definitive on the rules for Sabine Lake fishing.

August 15 at 7:00am
A preliminary report has said more than $56,000 in expenditures for the Louisiana Saltwater Series from 2010 through 2014 were improperly tracked, and $20,000 in donations to the program might have broken state ethics laws.

State auditors unable to determine if Louisiana Saltwater Series spending was 'proper’

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries accounting procedures were so lax between 2010 and 2014 that state auditors are unable to determine if more than $56,000 in promotional items were properly purchased — and indicated some donations to the agency's saltwater tournament could have broken state ethics laws, Louisiana Sportsman has learned.

“LDWF did not establish written policies and procedures specific to the (Louisiana Saltwater Series),” according to a portion of the preliminary Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s report obtained by the Sportsman from an unnamed source. “Therefore, we cannot determine if the … LaCarte card purchases were proper.”

August 12 at 12:16pm

Three arrested for oyster violations in St. Bernard Parish

Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries arrested three men on Tuesday for alleged oyster and boating safety violations in St. Bernard Parish. 

August 11 at 10:09pm
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
After the current Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority's shoreline restoration project is completed, no vehicles will be allowed on Elmer's Island beaches, according to the LDWF.

LDWF: Vehicles now permanently prohibited on Elmer’s Island beaches

Anglers arriving by vehicle to fish on Elmer’s Island better get some comfortable walking shoes.

Even after construction is completed on the current beach restoration project being conducted by the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, no vehicles will be allowed beyond the existing public parking area.

August 11 at 10:53am
A largemouth bass caught by Curtis Little Sunday afternoon in the lower Amite River near Bayou Barber was completely missing its upper lip — likely the result of a predatory injury when the fish was younger, according to a LDWF biologist.

Livingston Parish angler lands freaky bass in Amite River

On a bass-fishing trip Sunday afternoon on the lower Amite River near Bayou Barbary, Curtis Little took "ripping a lip" to a whole new level.

August 10 at 1:56pm

Criminal probe into LDWF post-oil spill spending underway, according to news reports

Misuse of BP grant money and government-issued credit cards at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are at the heart of an ongoing criminal investigation into a potential misappropriation of public funds during the tenure of Secretary Robert Barham — and arrests could be in the offing, according to online reports. 

August 10 at 9:32am

Four cited for shrimping violations in Plaquemines Parish

Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited multiple boats in Plaquemines Parish last weekend for alleged shrimping violations.

August 09 at 11:39am

Fall shrimp season opening dates announced

The 2016 fall shrimp season from the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel buoy line eastward to the Mississippi/Louisiana state line will kick off at 6 p.m. next Monday, Aug. 15, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

August 08 at 1:20pm
Congressman Garret Graves addressed the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Thursday morning, where LDWF Secretary Charlie Melancon referred to his presentation on H.R. 3094 as a 'four-Pinocchio speech,' in the public meeting, Graves said.

LDWF secretary refers to Congressman Garret Graves as 'Pinocchio'

Congressman Garret Graves made a surprise appearance at Thursday’s Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, intending to set the record straight on specifics regarding his legislation that would transfer management of red snapper from the federal government to the five Gulf states.

But Graves (R-Baton Rouge) never anticipated that his presentation to the commission would be interrupted by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Charlie Melancon, who referred to it as “four-Pinocchio speech,” he said. 

August 04 at 5:19pm

Six cited for illegal shrimping activity, LDWF says

Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited six men in Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes this week for alleged shrimping violations. 

August 04 at 9:48am
Elmer's Island will be closed to the public Aug. 10-22 while construction takes place near the public parking area where the access road meets the beach, according to the LDWF.

Elmer’s Island to close to the public Aug. 10-22, LDWF says

Elmer’s Island will close for 12 days starting on Aug. 10 as construction activities progress near the public parking area where the access road meets the beach.

August 03 at 5:08pm