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WARNING: A newly instituted LDWF rule for 2016-17 will most likely catch many law-abiding hunters off guard, and spoil the unsuspecting hunter’s relaxing day of hunting, if they’re not made aware of this new regulation.

If you are going to deer hunt on a Louisiana WMA this year, and there is a “mandatory check-in” on the day you plan to hunt, please read the NEW REGULATIONS BEFORE YOU GO HUNTING.

On page 60 of the LDWF 2016-17 Hunting Regulations the new regulation (in red print) reads as follows:

“When mandatory check-in for deer seasons is specified on specific WMAs, hunters must check in at designated locations, and obtain a daily hunt permit. Mandatory check-in is required on Bayou Macon, Boeuf, Big Lake, Buckhorn, Dewey W. Wills, Grassy Lake, Pomme de Terre, Richard K. Yancey, Russell Sage, and Sherburne WMAs.”

This means that in addition to (if camping) / or in lieu of (if not camping) / completing the “Self-Clearing Permit” a deer hunter utilizing a Louisiana WMA on a day that has a “mandatory check-in” must also, BEFORE HUNTING, obtain a “daily hunt permit” at a “designated location” (these locations specified nor published in the regulations).

October 28, 2016 at 5:58pm

When Bruce Jenner transitioned from a man to a woman, and changed his name to Caitlyn, instead of Brucellosis, he/she missed a once in a lifetime (or perhaps twice in his/her case) opportunity to bring national attention to the ever present threat of hunters catching this disease when cleaning feral hogs. Shame on you Bruce/Caitlyn for not using that opportunity to help educate hunters to the potential dangers of this infection.

May 13, 2016 at 4:00pm

It is truly another sad day for those that hunt public lands in Louisiana. Once again, the legislature, with the passage of SB 212 (2015), and the LDWF decision to not honor this new law for those that hunt public lands, has reaffirmed that there is a two tiered system of justice, or a double standard of rights and privileges, for hunters in the State of Louisiana.

Those that hunt on private land (including hunting clubs) get to enjoy this new law that allows them to protect themselves, but once again, those that hunt public lands were left out by the Louisiana legislators, Bobby Jindal, and LDWF administration. Perhaps our legislators, the governor, and the administration of the LDWF, are letting us know that the safety and lives of public land hunters, including those that were attacked by feral hogs in the last few years in the Pearl River WMA, don’t matter.

Bobby Jindal said, 'Louisiana is widely known as the Sportsman's Paradise and that's why we've continuously worked to strengthen and protect the fundamental right to bear arms for all Louisianians,', but that’s misleading, because they’re only working to protect the rights of those that have enough money (influence) to hunt on private lands.

Jindal went on to say, 'This proposed legislation removes unnecessary restrictions on law abiding hunters and will allow them to continue to exercise their second amendment rights while bow hunting in Louisiana.', but that’s not accurate either. This law, which was specifically written for people that have enough money to hunt private lands, does nothing for those that hunt public lands in Louisiana (WMA’s).

In his testimony to the Senate, State Sen. Rick Ward R-Port Allen, said, 'You're out in the woods, whether it be hogs, bears, maybe poachers -- you never really know who you're going to run into.' Sen. Rick Ward, R-Port Allen went on to say, 'Removing certain restrictions on bow hunters will allow our hunters to enjoy the same constitutional protections that we afford every other citizen,', but again, that is not accurate, as this does nothing for hunters of public lands (Louisiana Wildlife Management Areas).

This is merely one more obvious example of the disparity that exists between the rules for those that hunt private lands and those that hunt public lands in Louisiana. Although there are many more examples of the less privileged public hunter, for the sake of this comparative illustration, let’s stay with this “right to bear arms” Jindal spoke of.

Most hunters of private lands in Louisiana utilize box stands, or leaning stands, which typically are left in familiar woods all year long, and employ feeders to attract deer to an open place where they can be shot. Their typical days starts off early with a ride on some sort of ATV to the place where they hunt. After a short walk to the box stand, they settle into comfortable chairs, many with portable heaters warming the air, and wait for a hungry deer to approach looking for food. Therefore, as you can see, there’s usually not a great deal of scouting required to successfully harvest a deer by this group of hunters.

In comparison, hunters of public lands go into the woods months or weeks prior to deer season opening multiple times, walking many miles a day looking for signs of deer in the area. When deer signs are found, public hunters note the area, and hope no one else found it. When deer season opens, they get up many hours before sunrise, and in the dark of the cold night, carry climbing stands on their backs to the spot they found when scouting. If they’re real lucky, and no one else has beat them to “their” spot, they climb the tree with their stand and begin the hunt. At the end of the day, they’re required to climb down and take the stand off the tree. They walk out of the woods (because most are not allowed to use a 4 wheeler or ATV in WMA’s) carrying their “stand” and begin all over again the next morning.

With that brief comparison who would you say needs more protection when they’re '… out in the woods, (from) … hogs, bears, maybe poachers”, because “… you never really know who you're going to run into.'? That’s right, it doesn’t’ take a rocket scientist to quickly figure out the hunter of public lands has increased dangers, and therefore a greater need to carry a firearm with them than do those hunting on private lands.

Which begs the final question, if it’s so obvious that those hunting on public lands would benefit more from the increased protection afforded by the carrying of firearms than those on private lands, why would the Louisiana legislature, Bobby Jindal, and the LDWF all work together to respect only the Second Amendment rights of those hunting on private lands?

Public hunter’s lives matter, or at least they do to other hunters of public lands!

Here’s a solution that would appear to be a win-win for all involved with the application of this new law, that satisfies all concerns.

In the 2016 legislative session, amend the law to read as follows: “Bowhunters may carry any caliber of handgun without scope, with a barrel length not to exceed 7 inches, firearm on their person, while hunting with a bow. 14 R.S. 56:109.

In the meantime, the LDWF can alter the existing 2015-16 restrictions on WMA’s to allow pistols without a scope, of any caliber, with barrel length not to exceed 7 inches.

This solution addresses the concerns regarding discrimination, safety on WMA’s, while removing temptation for bow hunter to use a rifle out of season to shot a deer, all while expanding the 2nd Amendment rights of all hunters in Louisiana.

July 01, 2015 at 11:43am

Bobcat showed up to get his picture taken.

February 08, 2015 at 5:43pm

Why is LDWF Leaving Money On the Table

Is it any wonder, after reviewing the facts regarding the fees Louisiana charges compared to Mississippi, why Mississippi is the leader of the two states in so many Wildlife Management Areas?

From first hand experiences, Louisiana WMA’s, like the PRWMA (Pearl River Wildlife Management Area), have always struggled through low budgets, and Rangers claim they can’t afford to put rocks on the roadways, or afford to hire enough rangers to cut the grass on trails.

Many folks from Mississippi come to use the “Honey Island Shooting Range”, which is located within the PRWMA, and for good reason, it’s a whole lot cheaper than using Mississippi’s WMA shooting ranges. That’s right, Louisiana hunters who pay a $15 fee to be able to use the Louisiana WMA’s subsidies Mississippi folks that want to save money and come to Louisiana to use the Range inside our PRWMA.

Perhaps a look at the facts will shed some light on just how much money Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries leaves on the table. It’s plain it is to see that folks in Mississippi, along with many Louisiana residents, are well aware of deal to be had, and take advantage of Louisiana’s failure to adequately charge those that use our WMA’s and WMA Ranges.

(Information below was taken from The Mississippi Outdoor Digest (pages 6 and 8

MISSISSIPPI WMA FEES vs. LOUISIANA WMA FEES

• In Mississippi, EVERYONE entering a WMA must purchase a “Wildlife Management Area User Permit” – Resident = $15, Non-Resident $30
• In Louisiana, only HUNTERS are required to purchase a “WMA Hunting Permit @ $15 – Resident, $15 Non-Resident
• In Mississippi, if you want to use the Range on a WMA you are required to purchase “Annual Resident Range Permit” @ $40, and Non-Resident @ $80
• In Louisiana, if you want to use the Range on the PRWMA you are minimally required to purchase “Wild Louisiana Stamp” @ $2 for both Resident and Non-Resident
HOW MUCH IS LOUISIANA WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES LEAVING ON THE TABLE
• Using numbers from the “Honey Island Shooting Range” (located inside the PRWMA) they have an average of 20,000 plus users a year
• Subtracting 25% for youth under 16, that puts the number of paying adults at 15K that use the PRWMA Range (aka Honey Island Shooting Range)
• Estimates put those paying adults that use the Range that are from Mississippi at 15%
• If Louisiana simply copied Mississippi, and changed the “WMA Hunting Permit” to the “WMA User Permit”, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would rake in an estimated $258,750.00 just from the PRWMA for those using the Range, and that’s without adding in the Bird Watchers, Hikers, etc., just by changing the name and intent of one permit to match Mississippi
• Then there Mississippi’s “Resident Annual Range Permit” of $40 per year, per person, and the “Annual Non-Resident Range Fee” of $80 per year, per person that Louisiana doesn’t charge, and why so many folks from Mississippi come to the PRWMA Range to shoot.
• If Louisiana would simple follow Mississippi’s lead, and institute the same fees to use our WMA range at PRWMA the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would net an estimated $1,530,000.00 more per year just on those using the WMA Range (and this is just from one range)
• So, what does the LDWF get from the “Honey Island Shooting Range” for being granted the rights to use public land, paid for and supported by hunters, NOTHING! That’s right, the LDWF granted a second 10 year lease to SELFS, Inc (Southeast Louisiana Firearms Safety, Inc.) for the total amount of $0.00 per year!
• In addition to not collecting the estimated fees of just under 2 million dollars a year, the LDWF pays additionally to continuously repair the roads leading to the PRWMA Range, as those roads have so much more traffic than the roads hunters use.

It’s no wonder why folks in Mississippi use the Louisiana WMA Range at PRWMA, it make perfect sense to them because it’s CHEAP.

However, anyone with a little bit of common sense is left to wonder why LDWF has created this disparity between fees that drives down our WMA’s and pulls in those that don’t support the WMA’s.

September 22, 2014 at 9:28pm

Is it any wonder, after reviewing the facts regarding the fees Louisiana charges compared to Mississippi, why Mississippi is the leader of the two states in so many Wildlife Management Areas?

From first hand experiences, Louisiana WMA’s, like the PRWMA (Pearl River Wildlife Management Area), have always struggled through low budgets, and Rangers claim they can’t afford to put rocks on the roadways, or afford to hire enough rangers to cut the grass on trails.

Many folks from Mississippi come to use the “Honey Island Shooting Range”, which is located within the PRWMA, and for good reason, it’s a whole lot cheaper than using Mississippi’s WMA shooting ranges. That’s right, Louisiana hunters who pay a $15 fee to be able to use the Louisiana WMA’s subsidies Mississippi folks that want to save money and come to Louisiana to use the Range inside our PRWMA.

Perhaps a look at the facts will shed some light on just how much money Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries leaves on the table. It’s plain it is to see that folks in Mississippi, along with many Louisiana residents, are well aware of deal to be had, and take advantage of Louisiana’s failure to adequately charge those that use our WMA’s and WMA Ranges.

(Information below was taken from The Mississippi Outdoor Digest (pages 6 and 8

MISSISSIPPI WMA FEES vs. LOUISIANA WMA FEES

• In Mississippi, EVERYONE entering a WMA must purchase a “Wildlife Management Area User Permit” – Resident = $15, Non-Resident $30

• In Louisiana, only HUNTERS are required to purchase a “WMA Hunting Permit @ $15 – Resident, $15 Non-Resident

• In Mississippi, if you want to use the Range on a WMA you are required to purchase “Annual Resident Range Permit” @ $40, and Non-Resident @ $80

• In Louisiana, if you want to use the Range on the PRWMA you are minimally required to purchase “Wild Louisiana Stamp” @ $2 for both Resident and Non-Resident

HOW MUCH IS LOUISIANA WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES LEAVING ON THE TABLE

• Using numbers from the “Honey Island Shooting Range” (located inside the PRWMA) they have an average of 20,000 plus users a year

• Subtracting 25% for youth under 16, that puts the number of paying adults at 15K that use the PRWMA Range (aka Honey Island Shooting Range)

• Estimates put those paying adults that use the Range that are from Mississippi at 15%

• If Louisiana simply copied Mississippi, and changed the “WMA Hunting Permit” to the “WMA User Permit”, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would rake in an estimated $258,750.00 just from the PRWMA for those using the Range, and that’s without adding in the Bird Watchers, Hikers, etc., just by changing the name and intent of one permit to match Mississippi

• Then there Mississippi’s “Resident Annual Range Permit” of $40 per year, per person, and the “Annual Non-Resident Range Fee” of $80 per year, per person that Louisiana doesn’t charge, and why so many folks from Mississippi come to the PRWMA Range to shoot.

• If Louisiana would simple follow Mississippi’s lead, and institute the same fees to use our WMA range at PRWMA the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would net an estimated $1,530,000.00 more per year just on those using the WMA Range (and this is just from one range)

• So, what does the LDWF get from the “Honey Island Shooting Range” for being granted the rights to use public land, paid for and supported by hunters, NOTHING! That’s right, the LDWF granted a second 10 year lease to SELFS, Inc (Southeast Louisiana Firearms Safety, Inc.) for the total amount of $0.00 per year!

• In addition to not collecting the estimated fees of just under 2 million dollars a year, the LDWF pays additionally to continuously repair the roads leading to the PRWMA Range, as those roads have so much more traffic than the roads hunters use.

It’s no wonder why folks in Mississippi use the Louisiana WMA Range at PRWMA, it makes perfect sense to them because it’s CHEAP.

However, anyone with a little bit of common sense is left to wonder why LDWF has created this disparity between fees that drives down our WMA’s and pulls in those that don’t support the WMA’s.

September 22, 2014 at 6:41am

Have you ever hesitated before commenting on a post because of how someone else was attacked for posting a comment containing an opposing opinion? If so you’re definitely not alone in being the victim of these deviously manipulative intimidators that target anyone daring to disagree with them.

These mentally ill opponents of free speech, who typically share a common self-absorbed delusion that they are always “right”, will do just about anything to inhibit reasonable discussions. When they post vicious personal attacks and call names they’re attempting to terrorize anyone that endeavors to engage in peaceful exchanges of opposing ideas.

Those suffering with these types of mental disorders (borderline, narcissistic, and antisocial (sociopathic) personality disorders) eagerly initiate force against anyone that disagrees with them in a desperate attempt to validate their delusion.

Their inability to intelligently engage in reasonable discussion is usually rooted in an absolute absence of supporting evidence for what they “believe” is “right”.

Unable to intelligently present facts to persuade others to their viewpoint they savagely attack those that disagree with them in order to silence opposition.

In the mind of a “Bully” such as these there are only two sides of this issue. Either you agree with them, which is how they perceive lack of opposition, or you disagree with them, in which case you will be attacked. Most people, wanting to avoid being attacked, just say and do nothing about bullies.

However, doing nothing is exactly what they want, and signifies to them that their threats and manipulation were successful. Keep in mind that “the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing”.

If you require more motivation than just doing the right thing, consider stopping bullies as a form of self-defense. This is because we all know you and all your friends and relatives could be just one opposing post away from being attacked by one of these mentally ill predators.

If you want to stop bullies you will need to do something. So, the next time you see a post online where someone is personally attacked, or they are being called names, step in and do something about it.

Report the abuse to the owner of the blog or website, post encouraging comments to those being abused for having the courage to post their comments, and thank them for voicing their opinions, regardless of whether or not you support the opposing opinions.

March 28, 2014 at 12:14pm

We (hunter and conservationist of the WMA’s) don’t have access to, or the privilege of, having feature articles written for us in the Louisiana Sportsman, which is controlled by Ann Taylor (a Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commissioner), on our behalf as does the LDWF. The only way we can possible hope to have our side of any debate with LDWF accurately portrayed is to reach out to you, the sportsman, in these “reports”. We apologize for the length of this post, as there is so much to cover, and we want to provide all the facts to the public.

Understandably, most hunters and conservationist have not had any in depth dealings with the LDWF, other than to occasionally speak with one of our outstanding LDWF Enforcement Agents, so most of this might seem odd, confusing at times, and difficult to understand. All we ask is for you to keep an open mind, and consider the facts, then make up your own mind.

Now we’re not naïve, we know there will still be some diehard “trolls” that will find fault with whatever we say or try to do, because they thrive on controversy, and feed off of negativity, as pathetic as that seems to most of us. “Trolls” offer no solutions, answers, or facts, as their modus operandi is to confuse issues, defect responsibility, call names, vilify those they see as their “opponents”, and generally be disruptive to intelligent communications. It is not them we bother writing to, this is for the intelligent hunters and conservationist that might not have had any experiences with dealing with the LDWF and don’t understand what’s really going on.

Save Our WMA is a newly formed organization that was established out of an obvious need to protect, preserve, and improve our WMA’s that have been on a steady decline for decades. The group is made up of dedicated hunters and conservationist just like most of you that would like to preserve the Louisiana heritage of hunting on public lands for future generations’ enjoyment.

Certainly we would be more than happy to have a pleasant working relationship with the LDWF, as we believe that much more could be accomplished by combining our efforts, and working together, instead of all this back and forth publicity that doesn’t appear to be very productive.

However, it takes two to make that sort of a beneficial relationship work, and for the most part the LDWF has not demonstrated they want to work with us, or anyone else for that matter, including national organizations that are well-respected by both hunters and conservationist.

This is not to say that we’ve never managed to work together with the LDWF to get a few things accomplished, because we have. The speed bumps at the entrance self-clearing station on Old Hwy 11 were added upon our recommendation to slow down those going to the range, and make this pedestrian area a safer place for hunters, especially our younger ones. Within a week of our notifying the LWFC, that the roads were horrible, and the trails were not being maintained, the LDWF patched the roads, and the trails were bush hogged.

Although we were a little taken back that these things had not been done before the hunting season was underway, we’ll take what we can get, and expressed our gratitude to all those in the LDWF that listened and helped. Most recently we were able to convince the LDWF to open a road in the PRWMA to the public that had been closed in the off hunting season for the past 12 years for “Turkey Management”. We pointed out that in those 12 years there was no evidence that this practice had increased the turkey population by one. So they opened the road up, and made it available to the public for other recreational activities, like crawfishing.

However, that is not the norm, and after numerous attempts by so many varied people, who’ve tried working with the LDWF on multitudes of different issues, most all having their respectful attempts to communicate with the LDWF turned into something negative, due to the actions of the LDWF, a definite pattern of behavior has emerged and been identified.

All indicators point to a LDWF that does not work well with others, especially those that question their management practices. With regard to the PRWMA specifically, the LDWF has continually rejected and ignored sound advice from lifetime residents and hunters, refused to maintain habitat for wildlife, refused to provide the public with the basis (facts, data, science, evidence, etc.) for their decisions when asked nicely and professionally, and have repeatedly refused free assistance from qualified volunteers to clear and maintain trails when offered, trails necessary for wildlife habitat.

Why the LDWF takes such a combative position with Louisiana conservationist and hunter is anyone’s guess. Perhaps they simply don’t feel they need to answer to the people that pay their salaries, and believe that they aren’t accountable to the public. Maybe it’s as simple as they’re not doing what they are supposed to be doing and don’t want the public to find out. Your guess is as good as ours.

Whatever their rationalization is for such an antagonistic posture with those that provide the majority of funding for LDWF, collectively this uncooperative attitude toward the public is a huge indicator that there’s something really wrong inside the LDWF. For all of those that have convinced themselves that we have some sort of vendetta with the LDWF over any singular issue, rest assured we don’t, as our challenges with the LDWF are much more pervasive than just one issue, and stem from their numerous negative responses to our offers of assistance and inquires.

Furthermore, I’ll go in the record as saying that we would like nothing more than to be proven wrong in our assessments of the LDWF, and have them answer our legitimate questions, provide us with the public information we’ve requested, restore and maintain wildlife habitat, and work with us to rescue our WMA’s. After all, we’re not in this to match personalities, we’re in this to Save Our WMA’s, and we’re willing to work with anyone that wants to move this in a positive direction.

March 21, 2014 at 8:54pm

All of us with the Save Our WMA would like to publicly thank the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, specifically Kenny Ribbeck, for listening our recent suggestions to open Oil Well Road, which is a road within the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area that has been closed in the off hunting seasons for the past 12 years for “Turkey Management”.

When we pointed out that in those 12 years there had been no marked increase in turkey population, and that the closed road prevented many sportsman from accessing some good crawfishing areas the LDWF decided to open the road to the public.
Not only did they open this road, but they graded it, and added more road material to fill in most of the pot holes! So, a big THANKS to all those in the LDWF that worked with us to provide availability to more recreational activities for the public this year.

PS This doesn’t mean they’ve given up on “Turkey Management”, but it’s believed that they are reassessing their program and will find a more efficient place and method to increase the turkey population on this WMA.

March 21, 2014 at 8:36pm

Since we all know that “everything on the internet is true”, just like the “French model”, I won’t try to debunk all the stuff LDWF puts in the hog trough for public consumption, but I’ll do my best to provide the LDWF an opportunity to present facts and data to support their positions in an attempt to dispel some of the urban legends that are circulated at the agency’s campfires.

But before we get started with our quest for the facts, it appears that Jim LaCour of the LDWF needs to be taken to the online woodshed and taught something about Southern manners that he obviously missed growing up. Either Jim LaCour’s has never truly experienced having someone “in his face” or his description of having “people … in my face at the boat launch” is an obvious attempt to mischaracterize the people and events of that day.

If this was another intentional distortion of the facts it would clearly demonstrate the ethical depths to which LDWF is willing to sink to in order to discredit all those that dare to question their totalitarianism rule of Louisiana’s wildlife. But that’s another topic for another day.

Being one of the two conservationists present to witness the helicopter operation at the boat launch, I can honestly testify with absolute certainty, that all conservationists’ conversations with Jim LaCour were respectful, peaceful, and professional in nature. But don’t just take my word, let’s read how Jim LaCour described that encounter the day after the operation in an email to me, and I quote, “It was good to meet both you and Mr. (name withheld) yesterday. Our conversation was enlightening.”

So I say shame on you Jim LaCour for trying to vilify such a distinguished gentleman, and concerned conservationist, who is a well-liked and well-respected business leader of our community. As for this gentleman’s sport of catching and releasing hogs, where you said, “…they go in with their dogs and they release the majority of the hogs they catch. What good does that do? Nothing”, all I have to say is that he’s been doing that for many years, and has done this in partnership with a Federal Government program to collar, track, and study feral hogs. How many feral hogs have you collared, tracked and studied Jim?

With that housekeeping behind us I want to express my appreciative for the window of transparency being offered by the LDWF in the way of Jim LaCour providing the Louisiana Sportsman, a media outlet controlled by Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commissioner Ann Taylor, with a vague outline of the operational cost for shooting hogs with a helicopter, and the feral hog talking points of his agency. Considering the lack of financial and operational specifics being provided to the public it’s evident why Jim is a veterinarian and not an accountant, and perhaps is an indicator that Jim is heading into a new career in LDWF politics.

Along the line of this evolving transparency perhaps Jim LaCour will provide the information, and answer the questions, so many concerned conservationists have been requesting since before this “operation debacle” (as its being called locally) got off the ground. But before we submit our questions again we want to make it very clear to everyone that we’re confining our discussion to feral hogs on the Pearl River WMA, which is not to be confused with feral hogs in Texas, on private lands, or on agricultural properties, which is a completely different conversation.

With all that in mind Jim, and since I'm not afforded the privledge of having the LA Sportsman publish this as a feature artice for me, would you be so kind as to provide the following information to the public by way of responding to these requests for information and publishing them in the Louisiana Sportsman?

You were quoted as saying, “these are invasive non-native animals and they have been on the PRWMA for many, many years and they have an established population and we’re trying to reduce those numbers”…

1) Please describe the scientific method that was employed in determining just how many hogs there are on the PRWMA, and provide the dates these studies occurred, if in fact there were any.

2) What are the official estimated numbers of the feral hog population on the PRWMA by year for the past 10 years, and what are the numbers of harvested hogs by year for the past 10 years?

3) What is the established goal, or the number of feral hogs, that the LDWF believes is acceptable population for the PRWMA?

Referring to hunters harvesting hogs on the PRWAM, you were quoted saying “these efforts are not enough to cut down on the exploding population”, and “We’re not out to take away anyone’s sport,”…“If we can get more people out there killing more hogs, that’s fine with everyone in this department”, which brings up a few questions that have not been satisfactorily answered by the LDWF.

1) Did the LDWF have a specific number of feral hogs that needed to be harvested during this year’s hunting season to reduce the numbers to an acceptable level, and if so what was that number?

2) At what point in the last 5 years did the LDWF determine that the number of hogs being harvested on the PRWMA was not enough to keep the population to acceptable levels?

3) If at any point in the last 5 years LDWF had determined that the numbers of hogs being harvested was not enough why did the LDWF not use the standard, and most cost efficient method of reducing the hog population, which is either extending the season, or altering the method of taking hogs on the PRWMA?

4) Specifically, since there were only 47 days out of the 151 hunting days during the past year’s hunting season in which hunters were legally allowed to use firearms capable of reliably bringing down these magnificent game animals, why did LDWF not allow hunters to use firearms such as shotguns with slugs and buckshot, primitive firearms, and center-fire pistols to harvest hogs throughout the entire season, from the beginning of October to the end of February? Please don’t use the excuse that it would interfere with deer hunting, or hunters would poach deer, because most hunters know there are not enough deer in the PRWMA to justify the time and effort that required to hunt or poach on this WMA.

5) Please provide the public with the dates the helicopter operation was first discussed, planned, and scheduled for the PRWMA?
You were also quoted as saying, “feral hogs are ripping up marshes around Pearl River.”
1) Would you please provide the public with the all the photos, including aerial ones, and other evidence that led the LDWF to conclude that the PRWMA hogs were “ripping up the marsh around Pearl River”?

You said on the air, and I quote, “we have to do something now to get these feral hogs under control, the helicopter is the fastest, and believe it or not, is the most economical means to get a large number of hogs on the ground in a short period of time”.

1) Are you aware of the fact that a couple of high school boys with a few dogs are capable of harvesting more hogs in one day than your helicopter operation did, and that the high school boys don’t cost the state of Louisiana a dime?

You were also quoted as saying, “the non-native animals are destroying local wildlife…”, and “…they eat turtle eggs, shore bird eggs, in the woods they eat the acorn crop that usually sustains the deer through the winter time”.

1) Are you aware of the fact that deer are browsers and hogs are rooters?

2) Are you aware of the fact that although deer eat acorns when available that acorns are not the sole diet of the deer, and that deer can and do flourish without eating acorns?

3) Are you aware of the fact that raccoons and other such animals each more eggs than do hogs? But that’s probably due to the hogs having more than enough to eat because they stole all the deer’s acorns, right?

4) If the LDWF is so concerned with other wildlife on the PRWMA why do they not manage and provide the habitat for such game animals such as deer and turkey?

5) Recovering many miles of trails that have been abandoned over the past 20 years, keeping all trails bush hogged, conducting regular control burns, and planting food crops are all proven wildlife management methods that would work well on the PRWMA, so are these method not used by the LDWF in the PRWMA if they are so concerned for the other “local wildlife”?

You said, “I can guarantee you no one in this agency is wasteful-minded. And everyone was brought up to take what they kill, put it in their freezer and feed their family with it,”, “Nobody likes wasting things, but with the hogs we cannot in good faith send the carcass to a food bank where some unsuspecting cook is in there cutting up meat, then cuts himself and gets sick from it.”

1) Please, again in the spirit of transparency, enlighten all of us with the number of reported cases of hunters, or more accurately “cooks” getting sick from cleaning hogs this year and the number of hogs harvested across the state so that we can determine the odds of someone getting sick from cleaning hogs.

2) Since the LDWF “cannot in good faith send the carcass to a food bank” why not give it to any local hunter that would gladly take the meat to put in their freezer?
Don’t know what’s worse, that the LDWF didn’t have a budget for “operation debacle”, or clearly know the full cost incurred, or that they are embarrassed to reveal the entire cost to the public. Perhaps we can help the LDWF understand and reveal the entire cost to the public.

Let’s start with, what expense are you (LDWF) including in the cost of this operation? Was the LDWF charged the hourly rates from the time this helicopter left and returned to all these locations, and to and from home base? What was the total number of crew, and did that include the ground crew that tracked the flight path? What was the cost for all the LDWF staff, along with enforcement, equipment (trucks, boats, trailers, etc.), and any other expenses that are not directly related to the helicopter?

Lastly, although it’s not needed for the cost spreadsheet, what did “operation debacle”, and the attempt to discredit one of our beloved local business leaders cost the LDWF’s reputation in the Pearl River community? In my humble opinion the price the LDWF will pay for those mistakes is much higher than they can afford, and the cost are going up each day they refuse to work with us.

My suggestion for LDWF is simple, learn to play nicely, and try harder to become a productive member of the conservationist team in the Pearl River / Honey Island area.

March 19, 2014 at 8:29pm

This is yet another blatant display of the deep prevailing corruption that seems to be so much a part of the LDWF. The LDWF apparently are able to break the laws of the state of Louisiana, laws you and I must obey, laws that are enforced at the point of a gun with the threat of jail time. The arrogance of the LDWF’s elitist attitude demonstrates that they believe they are untouchable and are above the laws that you and I are forced to obey. If you get caught with a loaded firearm in the WMA you will be fined $200, but they can ride in helo's and shoot...wow.

Then there’s the misinformation, and outright lies that continually come from the LDWF. As recently as the “Public Meeting” this past Saturday in Slidell, LA, LDWF biologist Christian Winslow was heard by several people in attendance to say that the LDWF doesn’t have the money to hire any additional man power to bush hog the trails more than once a year, and acknowledged that this lack of funds was the reason the LDWF has abandoned so many trails in this WMA. That’s right, the LDWF says they don’t have the funds to cut the grass even though it’s been reported that the National Wild Turkey Federation purchased and donated the bush hog and bull dozer at the PRWMA solely for the purpose of maintaining the trails, which is habitat for the turkey (and much of the other wildlife in the WMA).

The LDWF wants us to believe that they don’t have enough money to cut the grass, which provides habitat for the wildlife, but they have more than enough money to pay for helicopter rides for a privileged few to illegally destroy hogs that provide meat for our familes. If there was ever a case for wanton waste this would be it.

In conclusion, the LDWF refuses to allow hunters to carry center fire rifles, or buckshot all through the hunting seasons to harvest hogs for food, or even extend the hog hunting season, which are the established methods of effectively managing wild animal populations, which would not cost the State of Louisiana a penny. Instead, the LDWF, who claims they don’t have enough money to cut the grass, will waste our tax dollars joy riding in helicopters to destroy meat that could have fed our families.

LDWF Announcement http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/news/37474

March 04, 2014 at 3:35pm

In an outrageous demonstration of disregard for the established needs and concerns of hunters of public lands in Louisiana the Secretary of Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, without any public knowledge or input, has conspicuously closed down 206 prime hunting acres that were accessible by road in the Pearl River WMA. While 206 acres might not seem like much land when the PRWMA has 35,728 acres in total, if one considers the road system is the only way for many hunters to access the WMA, and that since hurricane Katrina, where most of the tall tree canopy was lost, the undergrowth prevents walking accessibility to much of this WMA, this loss of hunting area is huge.

The stated reasoning of the Secretary of LDWF for closing this area adjacent to the Honey Island Shooting Range was that something had to be done immediately to protect those shooting at the range from getting shot by careless hunters. Keep in mind that there was already a safety zone that proved to be more than enough, and in all the 20 plus years this 206 acres has been open to hunters not one single person using the shooting range has ever been shot by a hunter, nor have there even been any close calls.

Which begs the question, why, after over 20 years of safe range operating without this large “Honey Island Shooting Range Safety Zone”, would this issue be of such an urgent nature that the Secretary of LDWF would bypass all established administrative procedures, procedures that hunter’s must follow to get anything changed, and close off 206 valuable public hunting acres to hunters?

Calling even more suspicion to this apparent knee jerk reaction to a non-existent “safety” concern is the fact that when anyone with experience or knowledge of this WMA's shooting range looks at the map which indicates the recently closed lands it’s preposterously absurd to conclude that this ill-conceived new reduction of productive hunting land offers any more protection to shooters at the range than what previously existed.

In order for it to be tenuously plausible for a careless hunter to mistakenly shoot someone using the shooting range from this newly created “Honey Island Shooting Range Safety Zone” the hunter would have to be firing some sort of lazar guided bullet, which only exist is science fiction novels, that goes around trees and over 30 foot tall, or through 30 foot thick, levees, and then drops immediately in order to strike someone shooting at the range. Perhaps this explains why there has never been a case of a careless hunter shooting anyone that was using the range.

Is this the decision of an out of touch Administrator, or could this be retaliation for over a hundred hunters complaining to the LDWF about the Honey Island Shooting Range disturbing their hunting experience by shooting extremely loud short barrel AR’s, and an average of 250 vehicles traveling to and from the range on over 40% of the only roads that people can hunt off of starting at before daylight and going on all day until past sunset? Is this what happens when hunters complain about the range?

Does it seem obvious that both the decision to close 206 acres of prime public hunting land due to some contrived “safety” issue, and the timing of that decision (within weeks of receiving a petition from over 100 hunters complaining about the disturbance created by the Honey Island Shooting Range) has cast an enormous aura of suspicion upon the entire LDWF Administration?

If the Secretary and LDWF were genuinely convinced that those using the range were in such imminent danger from careless hunters in the woods with high powered rifles, and had no other agenda, especially considering the people at the range were behind a 30 foot tall, 30 foot wide berm, perhaps he would have better served both parties by closing the range for a total of 18 full days and 7 half days a year during rifle hunting seasons on the PRWMA.

Now ask yourself why would the LDWF Secretary have not made the decision to close the range during rifle deer hunting seasons, a decision that would have solved both problems at the same time by eliminating the range’s disruption of deer hunters, and protected those using the range?

Whatever your answer is the fact remains that the Secretary’s atrocious decision to close of 206 acres of premium public hunting land apparently reflects his overwhelming desire to not inconvenience those using the range while at the same time displays his discernible indifference to the established needs and concerns of hunters.

Shame on you Secretary Robert Barham, for you and your Administration have perpetrated an injustice upon all those that hunt public lands in Louisiana, and have demonstrated that you are no friend of Louisiana hunters on the PRWMA.

November 22, 2013 at 11:22am
A comment titled: Re: Question on Trespass Laws in response to a report titled: Question on Trespass Laws

http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=819056

copy and paste that link to the ACT you are looking for.

August 29, 2015 at 10:42am
A comment titled: Re: HUNTERS OF PUBLIC LANDS LIVES MATTER in response to a report titled: HUNTER’S OF PUBLIC LANDS LIVES MATTER

Best4Last31, you are so correct when you said sportsman can't even agree so nothing gets done. Guess the question I'd like those sportsman that disagree, and do not believe that hunters on WMA's deserve the same legal means of protecting themselves as those on private lands is this.

If it is important enough to the LA legislature and the Governor to ensure that hunters (on private lands) be able to protect themselves, why would you not believe the hunters of public lands deserve the same right to be able to protect their lives?

July 07, 2015 at 2:56pm
A comment titled: Re: HUNTERS OF PUBLIC LANDS LIVES MATTER in response to a report titled: HUNTER’S OF PUBLIC LANDS LIVES MATTER

knockteetdwntrt

'When you Enter a WMA you give up certain rights, such as Search based on Probable cause. No cause Needed. You Entered a Government WMA- You gave it up. State v McHugh Terrebone Parish 1994You won't carry in an Airport or a Military Base either.

You do not need a firearm if bowhunting. Go bow hunt. You cannot shoot a Black Bear even if it threatens you. That is a Federal Crime.

Private Lands and Leases Police themselves. Members tell on each other and the board kicks them out.

WMA.s are a free-for-all. Good people and dirt bags all enter and are indistinguishable. People will surely use it to begin man driving hogs, carrying some cheap Whitetail II vintage bow to pose as a bowhunter. No, just go bowhunt and enjoy. -

LOL... thanks for the laugh, but I'm afraid that after being in a 'hunting club' I and testify that there are many 'dirt bags' as you refer to them, in the hunting clubs, and some are on the 'board'.

This is simply about having the same right to protect oneself as do those people (aka dirt bags as you put it) on private property. Oh, and I don't know how stupid you are, but if a bear is attacking me I'm going to shoot, so save your text book woodsman garbage for someone that doesn't go in the woods. Laws don't protect you from bears, hogs, and poachers... guns do.

July 06, 2015 at 11:10pm
A comment titled: Re: HUNTERS OF PUBLIC LANDS LIVES MATTER in response to a report titled: HUNTER’S OF PUBLIC LANDS LIVES MATTER

That's correct... hunters of public lands in Louisiana pay more to support LDWF than to those that hunt on private lands, and yet those that hunt on public lands get shafted again.

Really didn't think it was too difficult a concept for people to understand that those hunting public lands (WMA) want the same rights to protect themselves as those hunting on private property.

Guess some just don't, or won't get it, and that is telling in itself.

July 06, 2015 at 2:12pm
A comment titled: Personal Experience is Valuable in response to a report titled: Why is LDWF Leaving Money On the Table

Last year, in the presence of an LDWF official (in uniform), a van with four people from Mississippi stopped at the front gate. This was the first year shooters at the range were not required to sign in like everyone else does. When the LDWF official told them they didn't have to complete the self clearing permit and stated all they needed was the proper permit the driver and passenger in the front said, 'we been coming here to shoot for the last 5 years and we never needed any permit... why do we need one now'. When it was explained to them they turned around and left.

So, to say that everyone that uses this PRWMA financially supports the WMA is to say something that has been proven to be incorrect, and an assumption that can not be validated. Even if they did follow the law, which they don't, it would only cost a non-resident $2.00 use the WMA to shoot. In MS it would cost them $55.00 to do the same... that's what drives them to use the PRWMA.

October 01, 2014 at 2:04pm
A comment titled: We Don't Need No Stinking Permits...LOL in response to a report titled: Why is LDWF Leaving Money On the Table

The argument over which permit is rather laughable when it's an established fact that the LDWF Enforcement Officers DO NOT issue citations for not having the proper permit to those using the Honey Island Shooting Range. That's why it's so cheap for folks from both LA and MS to use the PRWMA.

Now I'm sure someone who thinks they know better will argue the enforcement issue as well, but that is established fact. If you 'believe' that enforcement does issue those citations then simply produce the number of citations written to those going to the range in the last... say two years as proof.

October 01, 2014 at 1:53pm
A comment titled: Slickhead... how ironic of you in response to a report titled: HOW TO STOP A CYBER BULLY

Describing and naming the types of mental illnesses of those that display the sorts of abusive behaviors of manipulation and control is not “name calling”.

Irony is the fact that out of all the post on here you chose to comment on this one in particular.

March 28, 2014 at 2:16pm
A comment titled: High School...perhaps in response to a report titled: HOW TO STOP A CYBER BULLY

Samarai...

Good question Samaria. Although I don’t’ want to insult “high school” students, because there are many of them capable of contributing well written posts, we’ve all read comments on here that would lend us to believe they were written someone with a childish mentality because of the personal attacks and name calling, which are a violations of the LA Sportsman's TOS agreement.

Perhaps looking up and reading the definition of “empathy” would help you develop a more compassionate outlook for those that, unlike you, that might have been victimized by such attacks, and could benefit from the information presented in this post.

Even though you don’t recognize a personal need for such a post, going out of your way to place such a disparaging comment seemingly serves to embolden those that would engage in such abusive behaviors described, and makes light of their offensive actions.

March 28, 2014 at 2:05pm
A comment titled: Great Tradition of Fishing in response to a report titled: Boats on the Bayou

Thank you Chris for getting the word out about this great New Orleans tradition. Being in my 50’s I can still vividly recall the amazing days of my youth spent fishing with my Paw Paw under the Oaks in City Park. Although our fishing “rigs” in those days amounted to cane poles and worms dug up from our backyard, it opened my entire life to the adventures of sport fishing. Some 40 years later I’m still enjoying the benefits of those beloved fishing adventures in City Park.

March 28, 2014 at 12:26pm
A comment titled: One More Thing for White Boots off Meds in response to a report titled: These Are Our Challenges with LDWF...

Just in case no one told you, you don't HAVE to read anything I post...but it's nice to know you're following my writings, and thanks for letting me know they evoke such passion. It is encouraging.

March 21, 2014 at 10:15pm
A comment titled: Inteligent People Don't Ass.u.me Anything in response to a report titled: LDWF SLAUGHTER FROM THE AIR

We all know what is said about those that ASS.U.ME. For the uninformed, facts are, I didn’t make the video, I’m not in the video, don’t know where the hog came from, and I don’t even know the people in the video. What I know from the video is that hogs are not “evil” as one LDWF official was quoted as saying, and the LDWF wasted a lot of meat and money doing what could have been done for free by hunters.

March 21, 2014 at 9:58pm
A comment titled: For the record... in response to a report titled: Questions for Jim LaCour of LDWF

We (hunter and conservationist of the WMA’s) don’t have access to, or the privilege of, having feature articles written for us in the Louisiana Sportsman, which is controlled by Ann Taylor (a Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commissioner), on our behalf as does the LDWF. The only way we can possible hope to have our side of any debate with LDWF accurately portrayed is to reach out to you, the sportsman, in these “reports”. We apologize for the length of this post, as there is so much to cover, and we want to provide all the facts to the public.

Understandably, most hunters and conservationist have not had any in depth dealings with the LDWF, other than to occasionally speak with one of our outstanding LDWF Enforcement Agents, so most of this might seem odd, confusing at times, and difficult to understand. All we ask is for you to keep an open mind, and consider the facts, then make up your own mind.

Now we’re not naïve, we know there will still be some diehard “trolls” that will find fault with whatever we say or try to do, because they thrive on controversy, and feed off of negativity, as pathetic as that seems to most of us. “Trolls” offer no solutions, answers, or facts, as their modus operandi is to confuse issues, defect responsibility, call names, vilify those they see as their “opponents”, and generally be disruptive to intelligent communications. It is not them we bother writing to, this is for the intelligent hunters and conservationist that might not have had any experiences with dealing with the LDWF and don’t understand what’s really going on.

Save Our WMA is a newly formed organization that was established out of an obvious need to protect, preserve, and improve our WMA’s that have been on a steady decline for decades. The group is made up of dedicated hunters and conservationist just like most of you that would like to preserve the Louisiana heritage of hunting on public lands for future generations’ enjoyment.

Certainly we would be more than happy to have a pleasant working relationship with the LDWF, as we believe that much more could be accomplished by combining our efforts, and working together, instead of all this back and forth publicity that doesn’t appear to be very productive.

However, it takes two to make that sort of a beneficial relationship work, and for the most part the LDWF has not demonstrated they want to work with us, or anyone else for that matter, including national organizations that are well-respected by both hunters and conservationist.

This is not to say that we’ve never managed to work together with the LDWF to get a few things accomplished, because we have. The speed bumps at the entrance self-clearing station on Old Hwy 11 were added upon our recommendation to slow down those going to the range, and make this pedestrian area a safer place for hunters, especially our younger ones. Within a week of our notifying the LWFC, that the roads were horrible, and the trails were not being maintained, the LDWF patched the roads, and the trails were bush hogged. Although we were a little taken back that these things had not been done before the hunting season was underway, we’ll take what we can get, and expressed our gratitude to all those in the LDWF that listened and helped.

However, that is not the norm, and after numerous attempts by so many varied people, who’ve tried working with the LDWF on multitudes of different issues, most all having their respectful attempts to communicate with the LDWF turned into something negative, due to the actions of the LDWF, a definite pattern of behavior has been emerged and been recognized.

All indicators point to a LDWF that does not work well with others, especially those that question their management practices of the PRWMA. With regard to the PRWMA specifically, the LDWF has continually rejected and ignored sound advice from lifetime residents and hunters, refused to maintain habitat for wildlife, refused to provide the public with the basis (facts, data, science, evidence, etc.) for their decisions when asked nicely and professionally, and have repeatedly refused free assistance from qualified volunteers to clear and maintain trails when offered, trails necessary for wildlife habitat.

Why the LDWF takes such a combative position with Louisiana conservationist and hunter is anyone’s guess. Perhaps they simply don’t feel they need to answer to the people that pay their salaries, and believe that they aren’t accountable to the public. Maybe it’s as simple as they’re not doing what they are supposed to be doing and don’t want the public to find out. Your guess is as good as ours.

Whatever their rationalization is for such an antagonistic posture with those that provide the majority of funding for LDWF, collectively this uncooperative attitude toward the public is a huge indicator that there’s something really wrong inside the LDWF. For all of those that have convinced themselves that we have some sort of vendetta with the LDWF over any singular issue, rest assured we don’t, as our challenges with the LDWF are much more pervasive than just one issue, and stem from their numerous negative responses to our offers of assistance and inquires.

Furthermore, I’ll go in the record as saying that we would like nothing more than to be proven wrong in our assessments of the LDWF, and have them answer our legitimate questions, provide us with the public information we’ve requested, restore and maintain wildlife habitat, and work with us to rescue our WMA’s. After all, we’re not in this to match personalities, we’re in this to Save Our WMA’s, and we’re willing to work with anyone that wants to move this in a positive direction.

March 21, 2014 at 8:22pm
A comment titled: LOL @ Nightlife Outfit in response to a report titled: Questions for Jim LaCour of LDWF

Again, no answers, just more attempts at demonizing and name calling...is that all you really have?

Might not have as many followers as you would like, but it seems we have you following every post we make. You either like us or you are what is referred to as a 'troll'. Which I believe is defined as a negative person that follows other peoples posts and and trys to make disruptive comments on said posts just because they are an angry person that seeks to cause trouble, and get attention.

Either way, you seem to be a devoted follower of my posts...

March 21, 2014 at 5:47am
A comment titled: LOL...but still not facts in response to a report titled: Questions for Jim LaCour of LDWF

Perhaps most of you have been trained so well to accept whatever you're told to believe that it's just too late for you to begin thinking for yourself.

We all know the tactics of those that have no answers, they just repeat what some 'wildlife authority' said to them, call those that pose inteligent questions names, make rediculous comments, personal attacks, but never, and I do mean never, provide any answers, facts, or data to support the URBAN LEGENDS that they are so willing to spread round the LDWF campfires.

If getting along with the herd means we have to lock up our brains, and just accept what anyone in 'authority' tells us then I guess we'll never be one of the sheep.

Find it very telling that someone would take up for Jim and tell me how inteligent he is when I didn't say he wasn't inteligent, which I beleive he is. Yet Jim obviously misrepresented an encounter with a local business leader to make it appear the gentleman was out of line, and in his face and no one blinks.

Keep it up and there won't be anything left to hunt, then ya'll can spend all your time on the internet playing hunting games, and defending those that mismanaged the WMA's for decades to those that don't know any better.

March 20, 2014 at 4:22pm
A comment titled: Even though it's difficlut, try to stay on topic in response to a report titled: LDWF SLAUGHTER FROM THE AIR

Chu Rouge... nice try, but changing the topic is not the same as presenting facts about HOGS... remember we're talking about HOGS...

Challenge you to present data on hogs damage to the PRWMA marsh, high ground, or any other area of the WMA. While you're at it, how about that data on hog population on the PRWMA?

We'll be waiting... and please try to stay on topic, I know it can be difficult at times for some, but we would all appreciate you trying.

Thanks

March 17, 2014 at 1:41pm
A comment titled: Public Land vs Private Land in response to a report titled: LDWF SLAUGHTER FROM THE AIR

For those that are kinda slow, this in not about getting rid of hogs on private land, never was, it's about the expensive and inefficent killing of hogs and leaving them rot on PUBLIC hunting lands instead of using sound management practices that would have cost NOTHING to the taxpayers...

March 16, 2014 at 8:21pm
A comment titled: REPOST - SHARE THIS VIDEO... in response to a report titled: LDWF SLAUGHTER FROM THE AIR

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C35Z_Z1bTG8

BELOW IS COPIED FROM THE YOUTUBE DISCRIPTION

'On March 10, 2014 the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) partnered in an attempt to eradicate feral hogs from the costal portions of the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area, which are public lands owned by the citizens of Louisiana, the “Sportsman’s Paradise”.

Our governmental agencies are apparently disturbingly invested a program of propaganda to demonize these resilient and intelligent animals, referring to them as “evil”. You can imagine the public outcry if these aggressive governmental agencies were trying to eradicate the white tail deer on our public lands, yet people are silent to the genocide of these magnificent creatures…why is that?

If you believe this absurd public policy of feral hog demonization and genocide is unjustified, offensive, and a waste of taxpayers’ dollars we urge you to help put a stop these senseless acts and wanton waste by contacting those responsible.

Call or Write:

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Kenny Ribbeck
Biologist Division Administrator/Chief Wildlife Division
Phone: 225-765.2942
Fax: 225-763.5456
Email: kribbeck@wlf.la.gov

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Office of Inspector General
Email: usda.hotline@oig.usda.gov'

March 16, 2014 at 6:59pm
A comment titled: MUST WATCH YOUTUBE VIDEO ABOUT THIS SUBJECT in response to a report titled: PEARL RIVER HOGS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C35Z_Z1bTG8

March 16, 2014 at 6:52pm
A comment titled: Slickhead is Wrong Again... in response to a report titled: LDWF SLAUGHTER FROM THE AIR

Slickhead - AKA LDWF Employee, stated that feral hogs are not game animals... read below

Pearl River Wildlife Management Area is located approximately six miles east of Slidell and approximately one mile east of the town of Pearl River. Access is available via car from old Highway 11 and by boat. Several ramps are located along US Highway 90; concrete ramps have been constructed at Davis and Crawford Landings, and a commercial ramp is located at Old Indian Village. The ramps along US Highway 90 and those at Davis and Crawford Landings have ample parking space.

Pearl River totals 35,031 acres and is owned by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The terrain is flat, drainage is poor, and the area is subject to annual flooding. The forest cover varies from an all age hardwood stand in the northern 60 percent, to cypress tupelo in the next 25 percent and an intermediate type marsh in the southern 15 percent. The mixed hardwoods are made up of water oak, nuttall oak, cow oak, obtusa oak, overcup oak, live oak, bitter pecan, hickory, beech, magnolia, sweetgum, and elm. The overstory varies from moderately open to closed. Timber stand improvement has begun to improve and enhance habitat conditions.
There are numerous streams and bayous on the area which provide fishing, canoeing, boating, crawfishing, and waterfowl hunting opportunities. These are accessible only from the boat ramps previously mentioned. Several ponds are located on the northern end of the area along I-59.

Game species hunted are deer, squirrels, rabbits, F E R A L H O G S, turkeys, waterfowl and woodcock. Trapping is allowed for furbearers and the species available are beaver, nutria, mink, opossum, raccoon, and bobcat. An alligator season is open in September on a permit basis.
The bald eagle occurs along the streams and lakes in the fall and winter and the golden eagle can be seen occasionally. Swallowtail kites and Ospreys are frequently seen.

Camping is available only at the Crawford Landing. A rifle range has been constructed on the area and is available for public use at specified times. When the river gauge at Pearl River, LA, reaches 16.5 feet, old Highway 11 and all hunting, except waterfowl, will be closed.
Additional information may be obtained from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 42371 Phyllis Ann Rd. Hammond, LA 70403 985-543-4777.

March 11, 2014 at 7:26pm
A comment titled: Push_ Pole_Prov is Spot On in response to a report titled: PEARL RIVER HOGS

Your response to “Slickhead” is spot on, and your observations are more than well grounded. So I won’t try to improve on what you wrote, expect to validate the portion where you referred to “self police”. The fact is that most hunting violators that are caught by LDWF Enforcement in the PRWMA (don’t know about Monroe as I don’t live there) are caught because of the efforts of other hunters that have reported said violations to the game wardens.

Personally I, like so many of my fellow hunters, have the cell phone numbers of several of the GW’s with LDWF, and they have mine/ours. We call each other from time to time, and have an outstanding relationship that works well to keep poaching down, and outlaws from screwing up our WMA. We’ve also been called upon to aid in rescue efforts when needed, like finding lost hunters.

In conclusion, you are spot on, as law abiding respectful hunters are of great assistance to the LDWF Enforcement in policing our WMA.

PS Keep up the good postings, love reading them

March 11, 2014 at 7:36am
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