From News Release
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has partnered with the Louisiana Trappers and Alligator Hunters Association and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies to provide a free, voluntary online trapper education course found at:
This course covers important topics such as Louisiana trapping regulations, best management practices, and trapping safety. It provides context for today’s trapping industry with a section dedicated to the history of trapping and a section on the role that trapping plays in furbearer and land management. It provides practical instructions on running a trap-line and covers the various types of traps and their uses as well as other trapping equipment. The last unit introduces the participant to the market value of furbearers and touches upon the processing of the fur, meat, and glands. A list of licensed Louisiana fur dealers is also included to assist new trappers entering the industry.
Trapper education is not mandatory in Louisiana, but the information provided in this free course can help current trappers improve their knowledge or provide new trappers with the basic background of the industry. The purpose of this course is to increase active trapper numbers, provide basic trapping knowledge, and teach ethical and law-abiding behavior, as well as to instill public confidence and maintain public support for trapping as a wildlife management tool.
For more information contact Jennifer Manuel at email@example.com or 337-373-0032.
From News Release
A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent who was shot in the line of duty while on patrol in Morehouse Parish in the early morning hours of Jan. 7, 2017, has returned to duty.
Senior Agent Tyler Wheeler, 25, was shot four times including once in the head and once in the back while questioning a motorist around 2 a.m. on Jan. 7 on Hwy. 165 between Sterlington and Bastrop in Morehouse Parish. After numerous surgeries and countless hours of physical therapy, Wheeler was cleared to return to full time duty in late July.
“Tyler Wheeler is an extraordinary young man with a faith and will to live that I have been blessed to witness,” said LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet. “His courage and determination to return to work after surviving a life-threatening attack, typifies what it means to be a law enforcement officer.”
Wheeler’s first day back in uniform was Aug. 4 and he went through a week of in-service training before beginning his first week of patrol duties on Aug. 14.
“We welcome back Senior Agent Wheeler with open arms and are very happy for him, his family, and our division that he has made a miraculous full recovery from his gunshot wounds,” said Col. Joey Broussard, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division. “Senior Agent Wheeler has always had very high spirits during the entire recovery process. He will once again be a vital asset for our enforcement division moving forward and it is great to have him back at full strength.”
Louisiana State Police Detectives arrested Amethyst Baird, 31, of Monroe on one count of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer and Jeremy Gullette, 34, of Monroe, on one count of accessory after the fact to attempted first-degree murder on Jan. 8. Both are still awaiting trial at this time.
Wheeler was awarded with the Louisiana Wildlife Agent’s Association (LWAA) “Statewide Agent of the Year” award on March 11.
“I would like to thank everybody who has made it possible for me to return to work especially the doctors who got me stabilized and put back together, the rehab personnel, my family and the enforcement division for always being there every step of the way,” said Wheeler.
Wheeler has been an agent for three and a half years and is married with one child.
From Official New Release:
July 31, 2017 – Benton Middle School and Kingston Elementary captured world titles in their divisions of the 2017 National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP®) World Tournament and 2017 NASP World International Bowhunting Organization (IBO) 3-D Challenge held July 21-22 in Orlando, Florida.
Benton Middle School won the middle school championship and Kingston Elementary took home the elementary school crown. Benton Elementary finished as the runner-up in the elementary division. Haughton Middle School was fourth in the middle school division. Weston Wray and Thomas Allen, both from Kingston, earned second and sixth place in the elementary boy’s bullseye competition.
For the companion event, the NASP IBO 3-D Challenge, Benton Elementary finished second and Kingston Elementary was third in the elementary category. Benton Middle was fourth in the middle school division and Haughton Middle finished sixth.
Thomas Allen from Kingston took second place for the elementary boy’s 3-D division. Cassidy Walters, also from Kingston, took second place and Madeline Lowry of Benton Middle earned fourth place in the elementary girl’s 3-D division. Abbie Rutledge from Benton High took fifth place in the girl’s high school 3-D division.
A total of 149 student archers from eight schools represented Louisiana at the NASP World tournament. All Louisiana schools participate in NASP through the Archery in Louisiana Schools Program, administered by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and supported by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation.
“Louisiana is now known worldwide for its outstanding student archers,” said Jan McGovern, LDWF’s ALAS Coordinator. “We would like to recognize and congratulate all the Louisiana archers, teams and coaches who participated in the 2017 NASP World Tournament. They have achieved great things and our state is proud of them.”
The world tournament provides an opportunity for students not only in the United States but also other countries to come to together to share the commonality and enthusiasm for the sport of archery.
The 2017 NASP World Tournament, held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, saw 3,764 students from 276 schools from around the world take part in the bullseye competition and 1,270 archers from 145 schools in the IBO 3-D portion of the tournament.
Countries that were invited to the event included the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Mongolia, British Virgin Islands, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Zambia. NASP is designed for student archers in grades four through 12.
Other Louisiana schools that competed in the world tournament included Northwood High School, Greenacres Middle School and Apollo Elementary School.
The ALAS program teaches NASP to students as part of the in-school curriculum. The ALAS program is available to all Louisiana schools, public and private.
For more information about the ALAS program, contact Jan McGovern at firstname.lastname@example.org or 985-543-4930.
Daryl Arsement, an avid bow hunter from Sulphur, caught something on camera he says he didn’t think existed in Calcasieu Parish… black bears! Daryl was out checking cameras, doing some preseason scouting, and trimming lanes on July 15th at his deer lease near Gillis. Gillis is a small town located in central Calcasieu Parish, about 20 miles North of Lake Charles.
“I left this particular camera out last hunting season and hadn’t been back to check it since. The battery was long dead when I pulled the card today. In fact, it died 13 days after the bear picture. I checked the pictures on my phone using a card reader while I was out there and thought at first glance it was just a huge hog. I had only noticed the one to the far left. After passing the picture around to a few lease members by text we soon agreed on the conclusion that we were looking at 3 black bears. A big one on the left, a little one in the middle, and another one’s face can be seen clearly on the right. That one on the right was the one for me that positively identified them as bears.”
Arsement stated that he nor anyone else on the lease had seen any previous sign or reason to suspect that a bear, much less 3 bears where living on their property.
While Calcasieu Parish lies well within the historic range of the Louisiana black bear, sightings are extremely rare. Their primary documented breeding range is well to the east along the Mississippi and Atchafalaya Rivers and the delta to the south.
As a result of intensive work from Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries along with multiple non-profit and government organizations, Louisiana’s black bears have recovered from as few as 80 animals in an isolated corner of the state to a population today that could number as many as 1,000 healthy thriving black bears.
I know what you’re thinking. The conservation and restoration effort is a storybook and textbook display of success but hunters won’t be getting a crack at them anytime soon, says the department. They must first determine that the population is sustainable without the endangered species listing which was removed in 2016.
While these sure look like bears we won’t know for certain until LADWF biologists can do a little investigating. What do you think?
Justin Lanclos- Founder/Editor
If you come across any interesting trail cam photos or other outdoor stories please send them to email@example.com
From Official LADWF News Report
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Agents cited two St. Landry men for alleged deer hunting violations in St. Landry Parish on July 12.
Agents cited Christian Cannatella, 21, and Lucas Leblanc, 21, for taking deer during a closed season, taking deer during illegal hours with aid of artificial light, hunting deer from a moving vehicle and hunting deer using illegal methods.
Agents were notified by an anonymous informant of illegal night hunting activity near Melville. Upon investigating the tip, agents discovered that Cannatella and Leblanc allegedly harvested one antlerless deer the morning of July 12.
Agents learned the two men were out spotlighting deer on a Utility Task Vehicle and used a .17 caliber rifle to harvest an antlerless deer.
Agents seized the .17 caliber rifle and the cleaned deer meat. The deer meat was later donated to a local charity.
Hunting deer during a closed season and during illegal hours with artificial light each carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Hunting from a moving vehicle and taking deer using illegal methods each carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.
Cannatella and Leblanc may also face civil restitution totaling $1624.61 for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.
Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Ryan T. Faul and Senior Agent David Boudreaux.
Outdoor Sportsman Group Networks, owners of The Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel, has suspended the show Wildgame Nation and host Bill Busbice, Jr. Jim Liberatore, CEO and President of Outdoor Sportsman Group Networks made this announcement today, effective immediately.
“Outdoor Sportsman Group is committed to legal and ethical hunting,” said Liberatore. “We have strict policies and procedures in place that require all of our talent and producers to abide by all hunting regulations. We hold our employees to the highest of standards in order to ensure that we are effectively serving the outdoor community. As a result of the recent charges in Wyoming involving Bill Busbice, Jr., we have suspended the show and Busbice indefinitely from Outdoor Channel.”
The full statement from the OSGN can be found here.
Busbice, an owner of Plano Synergy which encompasses brands such as Ameristep, Avian-X, Barnett Crossbows, BloodSport, Caboodles, Creative Options, Evolved, Flextone, Frabill, GroundEFX, Halo Optics, No Limit Archery, Plano, Tenzing, Wildgame Innovations and Zink Calls, was convicted earlier this week of some series game violations. Busbice was ordered to pay $23,000 in fines and has lost hunting privileges in 45 states for 2 years.
So far Busbice has been convicted of :
- False oath for purchasing a resident general elk license as a nonresident
- Purchasing more than the authorized number of deer licenses
- Intentionally leaving an antlerless elk to waste
- Taking an elk without a license
Has the drive to kill a trophy completely erased hunters ability to exercise sound ethics and their moral compass? Will you continue to support and or purchase brands owned by Busbice? Was the penalty enough for the crimes committed? Lots of questions remain unanswered and were still waiting on an official statement from the the Busbices or anyone representing Plano Synergy.
From Press Release
Though they may appear to be vulnerable and in need of assistance, unattended white-tailed deer fawns encountered in the wild should not be disturbed, according to Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) biologists. LDWF is reminding the public the best practice is to leave them alone and to remember it is against the law to capture young deer or any other wild animal.
Newborn fawns rely on their spotted coats and concealment during the first few weeks of life. Does will forage nearby and return periodically to nurse the young fawn. The lack of flight and hiding strategy phase of a newborn fawn often creates the illusion of abandonment. However, as fawns grow and develop, they will begin to forage for food alongside the mother.
Every year LDWF receives calls from concerned citizens who have found what they consider to be an abandoned deer fawn. If caught transporting or possessing wild deer or other wild animals without a permit, individuals may be subject to citations and fines.
Quiet departure from the area is recommended if a fawn is encountered. This action will provide the young deer the best chance to survive in the wild and prevent a possible citation.
Louisiana’s deer herd has a wide range of breeding dates depending on the location within the state. Fawning typically occurs from April thru August, occurring earliest in southwest Louisiana followed by north central and northwest Louisiana. The latest fawning occurs along the Mississippi River parishes and parts of southeast Louisiana.
For more information, contact LDWF Deer Program Manager Johnathan Bordelon at 225-765-2344 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
215 schools in Louisiana with over 40,000 4th-12th graders are involved in the ALAS program. (Archery in Louisiana Schools) 23 of these schools with 349 student archers recently made the trip to Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky to compete for $105,000 in scholarships. They did so by qualifying at the state level in Shreveport recently where $20,000 in scholarships was awarded. Students compete in an international style tournament where they release 15 arrows at 10 meters towards a bullseye target, and then 15 more arrows at the same target 15 meters away. Students then shoot at 6 different 3-D animal targets set up at angles from yardages between 10 and 15 meters.
For the second year in a row a Louisiana school has brought home a National Championship. Last year, Benton Middle School brought home Louisiana’s first ever National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP®) National Championship in the bullseye competition. This year Benton Elementary School brought home the honor in the Elementary Division, beating out 179 other schools from across the country.
Kingston Elementary School placed 2nd in bullseye behind neighboring Benton Elementary. Kingston also placed 2nd in the NASP/IBO 3-D portion of the NASP National Tournament. Kingston finished just 25 points behind Benton in bullseye and only 22 back of the National Champion in 3-D.
On the individual side; Aiden Jones of Haughton Middle School shot the highest score ever by a Louisiana archer at the NASP National Tournament. Aiden shot a 297, just 3 points shy of a perfect score. Two other Louisiana archers won individual awards at the event. Hannah McKenzie of Benton Elementary placed 3rd among elementary school females in bullseye and 5th in 3-D. Madeline Lowry, also of Benton Elementary, placed 4th in 3-D.
Other top ten finishes for Louisiana teams and archers were: Benton Middle School – 4th Place – Bullseye, Benton Elementary School – 5th Place – 3-D, Benton High School – 10th Place -3-D, Thomas Allen – Kingston Elem. – 6th Place Elem Boys – Bullseye & 7th place Elem Boys – 3-D, and Ava Searcy – Kingston Elem. – 9th place Elem Girls – 3-D.
Aiden has been doing 4H for 3 years and is where he was introduced to archery. “I really liked it even though 187 was my first score from earlier this year. I was the worst person on the team,” he laughed. “But I just kept practicing and getting better and better. I’ve got big indention in my fingers from shooting so much,” Aiden explained.
“I’m gonna start bow hunting this year with my Dad. I’m really looking forward to that!” Aiden also added that being a part of a team and shooting with his friends is his favorite part of being involved in ALAS.
Three Louisiana student archers have been named to the NASP All-American Academic teams including: Thomas Allen – Kingston Elementary, Hannah McKenzie – Benton Elementary, and Aiden Jones – Haughton Middle School. Many of these same students will move on to compete at the NASP World Tournament in Orlando, Florida in July.
The ALAS/NASP program is available to ALL schools in Louisiana, public and private. Grants are available to assist with funding. Not only does ALAS and NASP put every child on an even playing field but its not expensive to get into. Please encourage your local shop to carry this equipment as 43% of student archers in the program buy bowhunting bows and 34% of the students express interest in bowhunting. There is an opportunity here for everyone! For more information regarding the ALAS program, please contact us at email@example.com or Eric Shanks at firstname.lastname@example.org or (225)765-2355.
In a recent news release Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks has issued an official statement regarding changes made to it’s hunters ability to harvest antlerless deer on public land.
Delta, Northeast, East Central, and Southwest Zones: 3 antlerless deer per annual season.
Southeast Zone: 1 antlerless deer per day, not to exceed 2 per annual season.
Open Public Land
Suspend antlerless opportunity except during Archery Only and Youth Gun Seasons.
You read that correctly. On public land in 2017-18 it will be illegal to harvest a doe with a gun of any type unless you are a youth hunter. Drastic measures for a state that has hunters who claim the deer numbers are soaring and a high number of deer carcasses laying on the shoulder of I-55. What’s your take on this decision and would you like to see similar adjustments in Louisiana?