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CWD has not been found in Louisiana, and officials hope to keep it that way.

Chronic Wasting Disease

As I mentioned in our last installment, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is focusing on the spread of chronic wasting disease in wild deer.

November 24 at 9:00am
Mud boats and air-cooled propulsion engines are prohibited after 2 p.m. on Pass-a-Loutre Wildlife Management Area now through Jan. 31, 2017, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

New regs on mud boats, air-cooled engines now in effect at Pass-a-Loutre WMA

New regulations for mud boats and air-cooled propulsion engines are in effect now through Jan. 31, 2017 at Pass-a-Loutre Wildlife Management Area, and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries wants to make sure duck hunters are aware of the changes.

November 04 at 9:45am

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

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
The first few months of Charlie Melancon’s tenure as secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has been one marked by chaos.

Chaos reigns at LDWF headquarters

My threadbare but trusty 1995 edition of Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines “chaos” as being a state of utter confusion. 

October 01 at 7:00am
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.

September 30 at 2:30pm
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.

September 29 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