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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced that two wildlife management areas — Peason Ridge and Tunica Hills —have expanded in size after a vote at the September Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting.

Acreage increases on Peason Ridge, Tunica Hills WMAs

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in September approved sizable acreage increases for both Peason Ridge and Tunica Hills Wildlife Management Areas.

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Biologically, the state's speckled trout population is doing OK, and Jason Adriance, LDWF's finfish program manager, said there are currently no plans to reduce the daily limit or increase the minimum keeper size.

Louisiana’s speckled trout stock ‘biologically OK,’ LDWF says

Although some fisherman have voiced concerns about the quantity and quality of speckled trout caught across Louisiana’s coast this year — as well as increased fishing pressure on the species — a biologist with the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said LA Creel data indicate more specks were actually caught in the first half of this year than in 2015.

Yesterday at 9:56am

Two men accused of spotlighting 4-point buck in Pointe Coupee Parish

Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited two men for alleged deer hunting violations near Fordoche in Pointe Coupee Parish on Sept. 25.

Yesterday at 7:00pm
Joe Speyrer of Sherburne, left, and his sons Payton, Gage and Parker display their 2015 opening day squirrel harvest at Sherburne WMA. See the October issue of Louisiana Sportsman magazine for Speyrer’s public lands squirrel strategies for opening week.

Top 10 tips for squirrel season opening weekend

Squirrel season is almost here, and almost 90,000 hunters could be headed into the woods this weekend in pursuit of tasty Bayou State bushy tails. 

September 26 at 10:07pm
Overall, hunters reported a relatively slow teal season across South Louisiana this year, possibly because of no real cool fronts, last month's historic floods creating more water on the landscape and fewer birds making it into the state.

Slow teal season comes to an end

Not surprisingly, hunters and guides across South Louisiana reported relatively slow action for most of the 16-day 2016 teal season, which came to a merciful end Sunday on yet another 90 degrees-plus day.

September 26 at 12:27pm
During the September segment of dove season hunters will find good and legal hunting on harvested milo fields like these.

Be smart about where you hunt

I hugged the ground a little tighter and turned my head to the side as shotgun pellets ripped through the trees overhead. Leaves cut from the branches sifted down around me while I listened to the shouts and laughter emanating from the source of the gunfire.

September 23 at 7:40am
LDWF waterfowl study leader Larry Reynolds is considering opening the 2017 teal season on Friday, Sept. 15 — which would extend the season as long as possible through Sept. 30 — but cost hunters one weekend day.

Reynolds mulling later start for 2017 teal season

Larry Reynolds, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ waterfowl study leader, has an interesting recommendation to make regarding next year’s 2017 teal season.

September 22 at 4:51pm
According to a preliminary audit covering 2010 to 2015, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries misspent money received after the BP oil spill on questionable purchases, with little oversight by department management.

Legislative Auditor: LDWF misspent BP oil spill money

A preliminary draft of the state auditor’s report — which hasn’t been made public yet — reveals some Gulf oil spill money intended to ensure Louisiana-caught fish were safe for consumption after the BP disaster instead purchased unnecessary boats, iPads, cameras and fishing gear.

September 22 at 8:32am

Port Sulphur man arrested for alleged oyster violations

A Port Sulphur man accused of taking oyster from polluted waters for a third time last spring was arrested Monday after information taken from his cellphone linked him to off-limits areas, according to a release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

September 20 at 6:01pm
According to LDWF's 2014 stock assessment of speckled trout, although the recreational harvest has increased considerably in recent years, the species is not being overfished.

LDWF stock assessment: Speckled trout not overfished

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries on Tuesday released long-awaited stock assessments on several species — including speckled trout — that were being withheld because of ongoing litigation from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. 

September 20 at 1:50pm

Ponchatoula man dies in Lake Pontchartrain on Friday

A Ponchatoula man died in Lake Pontchartrain Friday afternoon after his 14-foot boat was found partially submerged just east of the Causeway Bridge, nine miles from the north shore of Mandeville. 

September 20 at 10:02am
A Denham Springs man accused of running an illegal gator-hunting guide service on Joyce WMA in Tangipahoa Parish was arrested by LDWF enforcement agents.

Denham Springs man accused of running illegal gator-hunting guide service

A 54-year-old Denham Springs man accused of running an illegal alligator hunting guide service on Joyce Wildlife Management Area in Tangipahoa Parish was arrested this weekend, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. 

September 20 at 8:55am
Gov. John Bel Edwards told Nola.com he supports the idea of state-managed red snapper in the Gulf, but said he's asked Rep. Garret Graves to work to try to get federal funding back into the bill so the LDWF can afford to cover the expected costs.

Governor supports state management of red snapper — but not H.R. 3094

On the same day embattled Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries secretary Charlie Melancon called a full staff meeting to tell employees he was remaining in charge of the agency, Gov. John Bel Edwards said he still believed in state management of red snapper — even though funding concerns prevented him from getting behind a congressional bill that would give the Gulf states full control of the fishery. 

September 16 at 8:27am

Two Breaux Bridge men die in Bayou Teche

Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries recovered the bodies of two Breaux Bridge men in Bayou Teche Thursday afternoon after they did not return from an early-morning fishing trip in a pirogue.

September 15 at 8:14pm