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Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge to Re-open

After having been closed for over three years, Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge will re-open…

LDWF Makes Chronic Wasting Disease Testing Service Available to Hunters

“We do not have CWD in the state,” said State Wildlife Veterinarian Dr. Jim LaCour…

Venison Osso Bucco

LDWF Urges Public to be Mindful of Displaced Wildlife During Morganza Spillway Opening Event

May 28, 2019 – With the Morganza Spillway to be opened Sunday (June 2), wildlife species will seek higher ground and be displaced into habitat with which they may not be familiar. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) urges the public to be especially cognizant of wildlife forced into populated areas by flood water from the spillway.

Rising waters force wildlife from flooded habitat into adjacent residential and commercial areas where they may come into contact with residents. LDWF urges citizens to minimize contact with animals while they seek temporary refuge from their flooded home range.

Wild animals not posing a threat to humans should be left alone and should not be fed. Feeding wild animals will encourage those animals to remain in the vicinity of a new food source when they should be allowed to find natural habitat and food sources on their own.

Basic Tips: 
* Avoid areas where displaced wildlife has taken refuge. 
* Avoid interaction with and do not feed displaced wildlife. 
* Avoid roadways near flooded areas to reduce likelihood of disturbance and collisions with wildlife.

Species of Concern:

Black Bears:   The Louisiana black bear is a species of concern during a flood incident, when high water moves bears out of their habitat within the Morganza Spillway. For assistance with black bears that may be forced into populated areas by flood waters, call 1-337-262-2080.

Alligators, Snakes:  Flood waters will carry reptiles into populated areas where they may not normally be noted in significant numbers. Following the impact of flood waters, exercise extreme caution when salvaging possessions from flooded areas. Wildlife, especially reptiles, may remain in flooded areas and pose a safety threat.

Venomous snake species in Louisiana include the canebrake rattlesnake, the copperhead, the cottonmouth, the eastern diamondback rattlesnake, the harlequin coral snake, the pygmy rattlesnake and the Texas coral snake. For more information on snake species found in Louisiana, including frequently asked questions, visit LDWF’s website at this link:  www.wlf.louisiana.gov/resource/snakes-louisiana .

Deer, Feral Hogs:  Deer and feral hog populations within the Morganza Spillway represent the two large quadruped species that may appear in populated areas in significant numbers as flood waters move wild animals out of natural habitat. As is the case with all wild animals, how these species will react to humans in close contact situations is unpredictable. LDWF recommends allowing these species, when sighted individually or in groups, to move unimpeded through flooded areas as they seek higher ground.

For more information on displaced wildlife, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife/nuisance-wildlife .

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

Cajun Surf & Turf: Crawfish Stuffed Venison Backstrap

I first discovered this wonderful blend of flavors a few years back.  It was a combination of a successful late season archery hunt on public land and the remainder of tails from a crawfish boil for my birthday.  After peeling several pounds of tails, I began to think…this would be really good paired with some backtrap.  The seed had been planted.  Ever since that day, I reserve this recipe for special occasions.  It’s easy to do but just takes a bit of time and patience to perfect.  You are sure to impress your friends and family with this recipe.  It pairs well with both red wine or cold beer. 

Saute your onions and bell peppers (I use Guidry’s mix) in butter until softened.  Then add your crawfish tails to warm though.  Next add plain bread crumbs and enough water to get the consistency of thick oatmeal.  Season your stuffing according to your specific taste.  You will need to let the mixture cool long enough so that you can use your bare fingers to stuff the backstrap.  You also don’t want to start cooking the meat with hot stuffing.

You will need to make a pocket into the thick end of your backstrap.  I like using a filet knife for this work.  Make sure that you don’t cut all the way through to the bottom of the backstrap.  Season the meat really well.  Spray a disposable meatloaf tin with non-stick spray.  Place the backstrap into the tin.  You will then begin to fill the pocket with your stuffing. 

Place your dish into a pre heated 350 degree oven.  Bake uncovered for approximately 18 minutes for a nice medium rare temperature.  This will vary depending on the size of your backstrap and the amount of stuffing that you use.  I suggest that you err on the side of medium rare.  Enjoy.

½ length of backstrap (the large end)

2 Tbs butter

¼ cup Guidry’s mix

½ lb Louisiana crawfish tails

½ cup plain bread crumbs

¼ cup water

Seasoning to taste

Jason Thornton @edible_outdoors_cook

Flooding Triggers Deer Hunting Closure in Parts of Deer Area 5

Release Date: 12/31/2018

Dec. 31, 2018 – Deer hunting in portions of Deer Area 5 in the Atchafalaya Basin have been closed due to flooding, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced. The Atchafalaya River has reached 15 feet mean sea level (msl) at Butte LaRose, triggering the closure.
 
Deer hunting in those portions of Iberville, St. Martin, St. Mary and Iberia parishes west of the East Atchafalaya Basin Protection Levee, east of the West Atchafalaya Basin Protection Levee and south of Alligator Bayou and Bayou Sorrel are closed. Deer hunting in the area will reopen when the river stage recedes to 14 feet msl at Butte LaRose.
 
LDWF will announce when the closure is lifted.
 
For more information, contact Johnathan Bordelon at jbordelon@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2344 or Tony Vidrine at tvidrine@wlf.la.gov or 337-735-8682.