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Louisiana's inshore shrimp season will close at 6 p.m. on July 3 in the bulk of state waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana line to Freshwater Bayou, except for the open waters of Mississippi Sound and Breton and Chandeleur Sounds.

Spring inshore shrimp season to close July 3 in majority of state inside waters

The spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 3 from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line westward to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou, with the exception of the open waters of Mississippi Sound, and Breton and Chandeleur Sounds seaward to the double-rig line.

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The 30th class of cadets graduated to the enforcement division of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries during a ceremony in Baton Rouge on Wednesday.

Nine new LDWF enforcement agents sworn in Wednesday

Nine new enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries graduated in a ceremony held Wednesday in Baton Rouge.

20 hours ago

Four cited for oyster violations in Lafourche Parish, LDWF says

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited four men for allegedly taking oysters off a private lease in Bay Marlene last week. 

Yesterday at 8:39am

Prairieville man dies in Blood River boating accident

A 59-year-old Prairieville man died Saturday night when the boat he was operating struck a bulkhead and ejected him into the water, according to a news release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

June 27 at 9:05am
Enforcement agents with the LDWF will be on patrol this weekend during Operation Dry Water, checking for operator impairment and boater safety on many state waterways.

LDWF launches Operation Dry Water this weekend

Drinking alcohol and boating are never a good mix, but it could be an especially poor decision this weekend on state waterways.

Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will be taking part in Operation Dry Water, with increased patrols through Sunday checking for boater safety and operators driving while intoxicated.

June 24 at 1:58pm

LDWF’s 2016-17 hunting rules, regs pamphlet available now online

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has released its 2016-17 hunting rules and regulations pamphlet online.

June 24 at 10:29am
Secretary Charlie Melancon said he's in favor of regional red snapper management, but didn't know if the LDWF could afford to tackle the program now that federal funding has been removed from Rep. Garret Graves' bill in Congress.

Funding concerns reason for Melancon’s opposition to red snapper bill

In an interview Thursday from the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meeting in Clearwater Beach, Fla., Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries secretary Charlie Melancon clarified his position on a bill in Congress that would transfer management of Gulf red snapper to the five Gulf states.

June 23 at 4:51pm
Just by being visible out on patrol, agents with LDWF can often improve compliance regulations and create an environment where boaters are safer on the water.

Take summer boating seriously

With kids out of school and the summer boating season well under way, boat traffic will be heavy on waters everywhere.

June 23 at 11:19am
LDWF secretary Charlie Melancon has came out against Rep. Garret Graves' bill in Congress that would give management authority of Gulf red snapper to the five Gulf states, saying the program could be too costly to implement without any federal assistance.

Melancon opposes bill giving Gulf states control of red snapper management

A surprise statement this week from Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries secretary Charlie Melancon opposing a bill in Congress that would transfer management of red snapper from the federal government to the five Gulf states has dented the previously unified front between the LDWF and Coastal Conservation Association - Louisiana, which has long-advocated for the switch on behalf of recreational anglers.

June 22 at 4:38pm
This photo from LDWF shows some of trees cut down by Allen Gaspard and Keith Savoy in December of 2014 on Spring Bayou WMA. Gaspard was sentenced for his role in the incident last week by Judge William Bennett.

Second man sentenced in tree-cutting case on Spring Bayou WMA

Two Avoyelles Parish men’s plan to cut down more than 100 trees to block others from accessing their preferred hunting area on Spring Bayou Wildlife Management turned out to be a pretty expensive undertaking.

June 21 at 4:46pm

Sunset man cited for allegedly harvesting 6-foot gator in Cameron Parish

An anonymous tip lead enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to a Sunset man who allegedly harvested an alligator in Cameron Parish on June 10.

June 21 at 9:56am
The reason for the occurrence of black blotches on largemouth bass, such as those on the head and gill cover of the fish being held by Kevin Diez, are a mystery to biologists.

What about the black blotches on bass?

With increasing regularity in recent years, fishermen have caught largemouth bass with black blotches on their heads, bodies or fins.

June 15 at 7:00am

The 2016 Turkey Season

LDWF data indicate the turkey kill in Louisiana has been on the decline since 2009. I suspect the decline will continue this past season.

June 15 at 7:00am

Two Houma men cited for alleged oyster theft near Bay Sale

Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited two Houma men on Wednesday for alleged oyster theft in Terrebonne Parish.

June 10 at 9:29am

Jackson Bienville WMA to close July 1

Effective July 1, the Jackson Bienville Wildlife Management Area will no longer be a part of the state’s WMA program because new terms to continue leasing the property could not be reached, according to a release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

June 09 at 7:00am
NOAA announced Wednesday afternoon the 2016 recreational red snapper season in the Gulf would be extended by two days due to Tropical Storm Colin. The season now closes at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, June 12.

Feds extend Gulf recreational red snapper season for two days

Recreational red snapper anglers will get one more full Saturday of fishing — thanks to Tropical Storm Colin.

June 08 at 2:37pm