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Three cited for illegal shrimping activities, LDWF says

Enforcement agents with the Lousiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited three men for alleged shrimping violation last week in Bayou Little Caillou in Terrebonne Parish. 

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J Lynn Vidrine shows off a nice mangrove snapper during a recent  offshore trip out of  Grand Isle. Her husband, Tommy Vidrine, likes to use a Carolina rig to deliver live croakers or pogies to whatever depth mangroves are suspending around the rig

Top 3 tips to mop up on mangroves

Every summer, when July and August roll around and Tommy Vidrine can tear himself away from catching hammer speckled trout at Grand Isle for a while, he heads offshore in pursuit of another hard-fighting fish.

He's after mangrove snapper, and he says now’s the best time of the year to catch them.

Yesterday at 4:48pm
Josh Chauvin shows off a frog he arrowed during a recent daytime public lands trip with his recurve bow. It's a lot more challenging than nighttime frogging, but Chauvin said it's a great way to get in some bow practice before deer season.

Apex Predator: Daytime frogging with a recurve bow

Recently I found out about an entirely new way to hunt with my bow in the offseason — and also get in some good practice in advance of deer season: Frogging with archery equipment during the day. 

July 25 at 1:55pm
The recreational greater amberjack season in the Gulf of Mexico will not reopen as scheduled on Aug. 1 because NOAA says the recreational harvest of 1,034,442 pounds has already been reached.

Recreational amberjack season in Gulf will not reopen in 2016

If you were planning on making an amberjack trip in the Gulf of Mexico when the season reopened on Aug. 1, make other plans.

July 22 at 4:22pm
Jeremy Croucher, left, and Capt. Frank Lawson show off the pending No. 7-ranked tripletail that Croucher landed on July 14 in East Bay out of Venice. It weighed 31.28 pounds, and measured 32 inches long.

Pending No. 7-ranked tripletail caught last week in East Bay

It’s hard not to do a double take when you lay your eyes on the monstrous 31-pound tripletail caught last week in East Bay.

July 21 at 10:24pm
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

Two cited for alleged oyster violations in St. Bernard Parish

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited two men for alleged oyster violations on July 18 in St. Bernard Parish, according to a news release.

July 20 at 8:32am
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has scheduled a drawdown on Lake Bistineau beginning on July 25 to control giant salvinia, reduce organic material and improve fish habitat.

Public meeting, drawdown scheduled for Lake Bistineau

Two important events have been scheduled for Lake Bistineau this month by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

July 18 at 5:35pm
NOAA is considering five options to potentially expand the Flower Garden Banks Marine Sanctuary off the coasts of Texas and Louisiana, and is holding two public meetings in the state this week to gather comments.

NOAA hosting public meetings on potential expansion of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will be holding two public meetings in Louisiana to get feedback on their proposal to expand the boundaries of Flower Garden Banks Marine Sanctuary located off the coasts of Texas and Louisiana.

July 18 at 3:44pm

Agents make shrimping, burglary cases in Terrebonne Parish

Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries busted three alleged thieves last weekend on their way back from writing up commercial shrimpers accused of fishing in a closed season.

July 15 at 1:56pm
A survey of all Gulf states by LouisianaSportsman.com reveals Louisiana is the only one concerned about a potential lack of federal funding in overseeing the red snapper fishery if control is ultimately stripped from the federal government.

Louisiana is only Gulf state not supporting regional red snapper management bill

Louisiana currently stands alone as the only Gulf state indicating it would be unable to afford to oversee red snapper management if oversight authority of the fishery is ultimately stripped away from the federal government.

In interviews with LouisianaSportsman.com, marine fisheries representatives from the other four Gulf states have confirmed they are still supporting H.R. 3094 from Baton Rouge Congressman Garret Graves and had no reservations about moving forward because federal funding was stripped from the bill last month.

July 15 at 10:22am
In 2016, 13 people have died in boating accidents on Louisiana's waterways, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. More than half of the victims could have potentially lived if they had been wearing a life jacket, officials said.

Boating accidents kill 13 so far in 2016, LDWF says

Of the 13 people who died so far in boating accidents on Louisiana waterways in 2016, more than half of them could have potentially survived if they had been wearing a personal flotation device at the time of the incident, according to officials with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

July 14 at 5:16pm
This map details the area on the west side of the state where the spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 15.

Inshore shrimp season to close on west side of state July 15, LDWF says

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2016 spring inshore shrimp season on the western side of the state will close at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 15.

July 14 at 11:11am

Jonesville man dies in Catahoula Parish boating accident

A Jonesville man died Wednesday afternoon after a boating accident on the Little River in Catahoula Parish, according to a release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

July 14 at 9:05am

Buras man cited for allegedly shrimping during closed season

Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited a Buras man for allegedly using skimmers during a closed shrimp season on July 12 in Plaquemines Parish, according to a press release.

July 13 at 2:50pm
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