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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.

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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
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
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

LWF Commission considers proposal to restrict blue crab harvest

In an effort to restrict the harvest of immature female blue crabs, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission is considering a proposal that would close the commercial and trap fishery for 30 days beginning on the third Monday in February beginning next year and going through 2019.

July 11 at 8:57am
Patrick Banks, LDWF's assistant secretary in the Office of Fisheries, told the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Thursday the price tag for Year 1 of regional red snapper management would cost $10,039,000.

Red snapper management would cost Louisiana $10 million-plus in first year, LDWF says

If red snapper management is ultimately turned over to the individual Gulf states through Garret Graves’ bill currently moving through Congress, the program would come with a $10,039,000 price tag for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in its first year, according to the state’s head fisheries biologist.

July 07 at 6:22pm
State management of red snapper likely will require more money than the LA Creel program provides, the state's highest-ranking fisheries biologist said.

LA Creel not enough to cover full snapper management, biologist says

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Charlie Melancon’s opposition to a congressional bill to hand over red snapper management to the Gulf states hinged on the bill’s lack of federal funding and what he estimated could be a $10 million annual price tag.

But that flew in the face of previous statements by his predecessor’s administration, which said in a congressional hearing that the agency had plenty of money for state management thanks to a saltwater fishing license increase instituted to fund the data-collection program known as LA Creel.

So who’s correct?

July 05 at 11:33am
Julie Hebert's was dismissed from the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission earlier this year, and she claims the reason stems from her resolution to support a congressional red snapper bill.

Hebert claims dismissal from LWF Commission payback for red snapper resolution

Former Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission member Julie Hebert attributed her dismissal from the governing board earlier this year to her April resolution supporting Congressman Garret Graves' bill giving control of red snapper management to the Gulf states, a New Orleans-based website reported.

"I said, 'You know what? As a commission, we need to support this,'" Hebert told NOLA.com. "Well, I got absolutely no feedback from the (Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries). I asked for feedback, and it was coming, it was coming, it was coming."

July 02 at 5:00am
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
Jake Blanchard (right), Tate Denise and lab Duke pose with a hog shot March 19, 2016 using a night vision scope in the marsh behind Avery Island.

Night-hunting is right for hogs

I remember the first time the destructive nature of wild hogs was driven home in my mind. It was some years back, and I was riding a four-wheeler down an old gravel road on Cat Island NWR when I came across some rootings.

June 01 at 7:00am
A proposal approved by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission would allow permit holders to take outlaw quadrupeds, as well as nutria and beaver, on private property at night during hunting season from Sept. 1 through the last day of February.

Proposal would allow nighttime take of outlaw quadrupeds during hunting season

A proposal adopted by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission last week would make it possible for landowners to take outlaw quadrupeds at night on private property during the regular hunting season — but only if they obtain a free permit first.

May 12 at 11:19am
The recreational season for gag grouper in Louisiana will now open on June 1, and minimum size limits for black and gag grouper increased from 22 to 24 inches effective immediately, according to the LDWFC.

Commission modifies recreational grouper season, minimum size limits

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission took action on a notice of intent and declaration of emergency on Thursday to modify the recreational grouper season, and increased the minimum size limits for black and gag grouper from 22 to 24 inches.

May 06 at 2:32pm
A proposal being considered by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission would lower the minimum size limit for bass on the Lower Sabine River from 14 inches to 12 inches.

Proposal would decrease bass minimum length limit on Lower Sabine River

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approved a notice of intent to decrease the minimum length limit for black bass on the Lower Sabine River from 14 inches to 12 inches, according to a press release.

May 06 at 10:09am