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In a letter on Sept. 29, the head of Florida's FWCC said in a letter that LDWF Secretary Charlie Melancon was

Melancon snapper letter 'inaccurate,' Florida agency head says

The ongoing turmoil at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries continued Thursday in the wake of its opposition to regional management of red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico — but this time another state is involved in the dust-up.

6 hours ago
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.

Yesterday at 1:48pm
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 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
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
Allegations of alterations to Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission minutes and a break-in of the LWFC's secretary are the latest controversies surrounding the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries under the administration of Charlie Melanc

Questions raised about LDWF after alleged office break-in, tampering of minutes reported

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is again embroiled in controversy — and this time it has nothing to do with Secretary Charlie Melancon’s opposition to a congressional bill that would turn over red snapper management to the Gulf states.

Now there are questions about alleged unauthorized changes to Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission minutes and an apparent break-in of the commission secretary’s office during the recent flooding, according to news reports.

September 12 at 11:29am
The author of a Congressional amendment confirmed this week the federal government will stay pay for red snapper research and stock assessments in the Gulf if a bill that strips management of the fishery from the federal government eventually passes.

LDWF snapper-management cost estimate undermined

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ contention that state-run management of red snapper would cost more than $10 million in its first year alone was undermined Wednesday when Congressional officials confirmed the federal government would still pay for stock assessments and research efforts in the Gulf of Mexico — absorbing most of the LDWF cost estimate.

September 09 at 11:40am
An amendment passed by the LWFC on Thursday would delay any potential out-of-state deer carcass ban until March of 2017. The measure is being considered to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease into the state's white-tailed deer herd.

Amendment delays potential out-of-state deer carcass ban until March, 2017

An amendment passed by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission on Thursday would delay implementation of a proposed cervid carcass importation ban through the coming deer season, according to a release from the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.

September 02 at 7:35am
A lot of factors, including its massive size, make Richard K. Yancey WMA your best chance at a quality buck this season in the MAV SOUTH.

2016-17 WMA Forecast

As excited as public-land hunters must be as the 

2016-17 hunting seasons approach, there were some anxious moments over the winter and into late spring as floodwaters inundated some of the wildlife management areas.

September 01 at 7:00am
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

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
Jerri Smitko, an attorney from Houma, was appointed by Gov. John Bel Edwards to serve on the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission as a representative of the commercial fishing and fur industries through January of 2022.

Smitko appointed to Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting being held today in Baton Rouge will feature a brand new commissioner — Jerri G. Smitko of Houma.

August 04 at 10:20am
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