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Texas man gets stiff sentence for killing two Louisiana whooping cranes

A 19-year-old Texas man who pleaded guilty to killing two Louisiana whooping cranes earlier this year was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay almost $26,000 in restitution by a federal magistrate in Beaumont, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

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A big chunk of Louisiana's rice belt will move from the coastal zone into the east zone for the 2016-17 waterfowl season, and a portion of land formerly in the east zone in Northwest Louisiana will move to the west zone.

New zone boundaries in effect for 2016-17 waterfowl season, LDWF says

Louisiana duck hunters — especially those in the southwest and northwest parts of the state — need to be aware that new zone boundaries will be in effect when waterfowl season opens next month. 

October 25 at 2:48pm
Nighttime is frequently the only time the older adult hogs are active, making them more difficult to hunt.

Feral hogs on the loose

On July 28, the Louisiana Departments of Agriculture and Forestry and Wildlife and Fisheries hosted a meeting in Mansura.

Topics included feral swine and chronic wasting disease in deer. As expected feral swine and LDAF’s new regulations concerning them were the main topic.

October 21 at 11:00am
Shane Rachal, of Forest Hill, poses with the 13-point buck he shot on Oct. 13 in Vernon Parish. Rachal thought he was shooting at an 11-point he had seen on his trail cam, but the deer was actually a 13-pointer that green-scored 147 ⅜ inches.

Case of mistaken identity in Vernon Parish results in 13-point buck

Hunting in a heavy fog the morning of Oct. 13, Shane Rachal, shot what he thought was a big 11-point buck his trail cameras had identified since summer.

But upon recovery of the buck, he actually found an even more impressive 13-point trophy.

October 21 at 8:40am
Robert Barham, who served as secretary of the LDWF from 2008 to 2016, responded to allegations in a leaked audit report and said he personally saw no evidence of any misappropriation of BP oil spill funds during his tenure at the department.

Former LDWF secretary refutes alleged misappropriation of BP funds

Robert Barham is no longer biting his tongue.

October 20 at 10:38am

Oystermen plead guilty to illegal harvest in Terrebonne Parish

Four oystermen pleaded guilty last week to harvesting oysters from a private lease without permission in 32nd Judicial District Court in Terrebonne Parish, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

October 18 at 10:53am

Two Rapides Parish men cited for alleged deer hunting violations

Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited two Otis men for alleged deer hunting violations in Vernon Parish on Thursday, according to a news release.

October 14 at 2:05pm

Elmer’s Island to close for one week starting Oct. 24

Elmer’s Island and its access road will close for seven days starting on Monday, Oct. 24, for another construction project, according to a news release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

October 13 at 2:43pm

Youngsville man drowns Sunday in Cameron Parish

A 57-year-old Youngsville man died Sunday morning when he fell off the bow of a boat while attempting to tie off to a pier in West Pass in Cameron Parish, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

October 12 at 9:07am
This giant sweetgum has a 12-foot circumference and could be in the running for Champion Tree status. It is located on the author’s property in Clinton, and he calls it the Elephant Trunk Tree.

Champion trees and trophy bucks

Records are kept these days of just about everything. As we saw during the 2016 Summer Olympics the old adage “records are made to be broken” is still true.

October 11 at 4:00pm
According to a letter from NOAA, the federal agency could be prohibited from sharing red snapper data with the five Gulf states if Rep. Garret Graves' legislation pushing for state-managed red snapper becomes law.

NOAA: Red snapper data can’t be shared with states

A letter written late last month by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration indicates  that if red snapper are ultimately removed from federal oversight to be managed by the five Gulf states, much of the data currently collected on the species by NOAA — including stock assessments — would not be shared with the states.

October 11 at 2:25pm

NOI would establish commercial fishing season on Poverty Point Reservoir

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission on Thursday considered a notice of intent that would modify the ban on commercial fishing gear at Poverty Point and establish a commercial fishing season on the 2,700-acre man-made reservoir in Richland Parish. 

October 06 at 5:40pm
Louisiana anglers will enjoy a Friday through Sunday fall red snapper season beginning tomorrow (Oct. 7). The season is expected to last until Dec. 2.

Weekend red snapper season opens Friday

The 2016 red snapper season reopens Friday for weekends-only fishing, with a two fish daily limit and 16-inch total length minimum size.

The fall season was announced at today’s Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting in Baton Rouge.

The regular 2016 state season closed Labor Day, but LDWF’s Jason Adriance said this year’s total allowable catch had not been reached.

October 06 at 4:43pm

Lake Charles man dies in Intracoastal Waterway boating accident

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s deputies recovered the body of a 45-year-old Lake Charles man from the Intracoastal Waterway Monday evening, according to a news release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

October 04 at 5:05pm