CWD Cases Now Surround Louisiana

Texas and Arkansas are no strangers to dealing with the deadly disease that is striking down whitetail herds across the nation.  Now, Mississippi is the latest state to confirm a case within its state’s deer herd.

From News Report 

JACKSON – A white-tailed deer collected on January 25, 2018, in Issaquena County has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).  The deer was a 4.5-year-old male that died of natural causes and was reported to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.

This is the first time an animal in Mississippi has tested positive for the disease, which is fatal to white-tailed deer.  MDWFP will immediately implement the CWD Response Plan under the auspices of the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.

Pursuant to the Order of the Executive Director on behalf of the Commission, effectively immediately, supplemental feeding is banned in the following counties:  Claiborne, Hinds, Issaquena, Sharkey, Warren, and Yazoo.

CWD was first documented among captive mule deer in Colorado in 1967, and has been confirmed in 24 states, three Canadian provinces, and two foreign countries.  It has been found in the free-ranging herds in 22 states and among captive cervids in 16 states.

According to the Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance, CWD affects only cervids (hoofed animals in the cervidae family such as deer, elk, and moose).  CWD affects the body’s nervous system.  Once in the host’s body, prions transform normal cellular protein into an abnormal shape that accumulates until the cell ceases to function.  Infected animals begin to lose weight, lose their appetite, and develop an insatiable thirst.  They tend to stay away from herds, walk in patterns, carry their head low, salivate, and grind their teeth.

For more information regarding CWD in Mississippi, visit their website at www.mdwfp.com

Trespasser Caught By Trail Camera Photos

From News Report

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested a Bethany man for alleged criminal and hunting violations on Feb. 3 in Caddo Parish.

Agents arrested Richard Wilson Jr., 38, for resisting an officer, theft, hunting without basic and big game hunting licenses, hunting deer during illegal hours, failing to comply with deer tagging regulations, criminal trespassing, and hunting deer using illegal methods.

Agents received a tip about a man being caught on a game camera hunting at night on a private lease without permission.  Agents setup surveillance on the area and observed a man fitting the description hunting at night.  When agents approached the man and identified themselves as LDWF agents, the man fled the area on foot.

Through further investigation, agents were able to identify the man as Wilson Jr.  Agents then got a search and arrest warrant for Wilson Jr.  Upon serving the warrants and during questioning, Wilson Jr. admitted to illegally hunting at night, not possessing the required hunting licenses, stealing game cameras, and using a .17 caliber rifle to hunt deer.

Wilson Jr. also admitted to taking an antlered deer during the 2016-17 hunting season and two antlered deer during the 2017-18 hunting season all at night without tags.

Agents seized two rifles, three sets of antlers and packaged deer meat.

Hunting deer at night carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting deer using illegal methods brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging regulations carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Hunting without basic and big game licenses each brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail for each offense.

Resisting an officer carries up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.  Theft brings up to a $3,000 fine and five years in jail.  Criminal trespassing carries a $100 to $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail.

Wilson Jr. may also face civil restitution totaling $4,873 for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.

Operation Game Thief Cash Awarded

FROM NEWS REPORT

Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. (LOGT), a Louisiana wildlife crime-stoppers program, awarded $4,800 to diligent citizens statewide at their quarterly meeting on Jan. 27 in Baton Rouge.

The LOGT board reviewed 13 cases that included public tips from informants.  A total of 23 subjects were apprehended and a total of 181 offenses were written in regards to the reviewed cases.

The cases reviewed and awarded money to the public for their assistance consisted of 10 deer cases, an alligator case, and two migratory waterfowl cases.

Anyone wishing to report wildlife or fisheries violations should anonymously call LDWF’s 24-hour toll free Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or utilize LDWF’s tip411 program.  To use the tip411 program, tipsters can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the “LADWF Tips” iPhone and Android apps.

LOGT was instituted in 1984 and provides cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of violators of fish and wildlife regulations.  Funds are raised through private donations, court directed contributions and through contributions from cooperative endeavor agreements with organizations such as the National Wild Turkey Federation and Quality Deer Management Association.

To make a donation to the LOGT that can be used for cash rewards, please contact Lt. Will Roberts at wroberts@wlf.la.gov.

LA and MS Work Together to Bust Night Hunters

From News Release

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents and Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) enforcement agents working on a joint operation cited two men for alleged night hunting violations on Jan. 27 in Washington Parish in Louisiana and Walthall County in Mississippi.

LDWF agents cited Holden W. Saucier, of Franklinton, La., 19, and Paul L. Page, of Poplarville, Miss., 19, for hunting deer during illegal hours with artificial light, hunting deer from a public road and hunting from a moving vehicle.

MDWFP agents also arrested Saucier and Page for spotlighting for deer, hunting from a public road, hunting from a vehicle and possession of alcohol by a minor.

LDWF agents and MDWFP agents were working in coordination after getting several complaints about night hunting in the Washington Parish and Walthall County areas.  After setting up surveillance in the area, LDWF agents observed a truck using a spotlight on the roof to shine fields first off Harvey Jefferson Rd. and then off State Line Rd.

LDWF agents notified the MDWFP agents working the Mississippi side about this behavior as the truck was going west on East Stateline Rd, which shares the border with Louisiana and Mississippi.  LDWF and MDWFP agents stopped the vehicle and found the men in possession of a spotlight, two rifles and a shotgun as well as alcohol in the vehicle.

The MDWFP agents seized the vehicle, spotlight and firearms and booked the men into the Walthall County Jail.

Hunting deer during illegal hours with artificial light in Louisiana brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting from a vehicle in Louisiana carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting deer from a public road in Louisiana brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Spotlighting for deer in Mississippi brings a $2,000 to $5,000 fine.  Hunting from a public road and from a moving vehicle in Mississippi each carries a $100 to $500 fine.

Leesville Man Caught Hunting at Night with Crossbow

From News Report

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested a Leesville man for alleged deer hunting violations on Dec. 21, 2017.

Agents arrested Heriberto Garcia, Jr., 49, for taking deer during illegal hours with artificial light, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements and failing to comply with harvest report requirements.

Agents received a complaint on Dec. 20 about Garcia Jr. possibly hunting at night.  According to the complaint, Garcia would frequently park his truck at his hunting lease gate near Simpson and walk to his deer stand where he would stay several hours after dark.

Agents set up surveillance around 8 p.m. on Dec. 20 and observed that Garcia did not return to his vehicle until nearly 7 a.m. the following morning.  Agents made contact with Garcia and after questioning he admitted to shooting a buck sometime around midnight.  After shooting the deer, he stayed in his stand until daylight to give the impression that he legally harvested the deer in the morning.

He also admitted to shooting a doe during legal shooting hours on Dec. 9 and records show he failed to tag or validate this deer.

Agents then reviewed Garcia’s game camera, which had a video of Garcia shooting at another deer with his crossbow on Dec. 16 at 4:09 a.m.

Agents seized Garcia’s crossbow, bolts and eight point buck.  Garcia was booked into the Vernon Parish Jail.

Taking deer during illegal Hours with artificial light brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging and harvest report requirements each carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Garcia may also face civil restitution totaling $2,033 for the replacement value of the illegally taken buck.

Security Guards Caught Night Hunting on the Job

From News Release 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited three people for alleged night hunting violations in Terrebonne Parish on Jan. 6.

Agents cited Terry Hebert, 51, Clarence Thibodaux, 47, and Lacy Thibodaux, 29, all of Thibodaux, for hunting deer during illegal hours and for hunting from a moving vehicle.  Terry Hebert was also cited for illegal spotlighting from a public roadway.  Clarence Thibodaux was also cited for hunting across a public roadway.

Agents learned about security guards at the Modern American Recycling Services (MARS), located in Gibson, placing bait under street lights to attract deer and hunting them at night.  Agents learned the security guards would either set up on the bait after dark or patrol by vehicle slowly with lights off looking for deer.

Agents set up surveillance in various strategic locations around the baited area and were able to observe night hunting activities take place several nights. Just prior to midnight on Jan. 6, agents made contact with the three subjects when they were actively engaged in night hunting activities.

Agents seized two rifles with scopes.

Hunting deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting from a moving vehicle and hunting across a public roadway each carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail for each offense. The fine for spotlighting from a public road is set by each judicial district accordingly.

Man Cited for Not Using Tags and Taking over the Limit

From News Report 
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Jamestown man for alleged deer hunting violations on Dec. 29, 2017 in Bienville Parish.
Agents cited Kevin L. Woodall, 45, for taking over the daily bag limit of antlerless deer and failing to comply with deer tagging requirements.
Agents received a complaint about Woodall harvesting two antlerless deer on the same day.  Agents met up with Woodall for questioning where he confessed to harvesting two antlerless deer during the same day.
He also said he harvested a total of five deer this deer season without validating the harvest or filling out the harvest card.  Agent further revealed that Woodall used an antlered tag on an antlerless deer he harvested.
Hunters are allowed to harvest one antlered and one antlerless deer per day for this area of the state.
Taking over the daily bag limit of deer brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging requirements carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.
Woodall may also face civil restitution totaling $1,624 for the replacement value of the illegally taken antlerless deer that put him over the daily bag limit.

Archery in LA Schools Needs Your Help

TOURNAMENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

The ALAS program relies heavily on the help of volunteers to provide quality tournaments.  The links below will allow a volunteer to sign up for a respective tournament that you are interested in assisting with.  You may sign up for as many timeslots per flight that you are willing to help with.  Tournament location and flight times are displayed for any flight you sign up for.  Your assistance is greatly appreciated in making sure our ALAS tournaments here in Louisiana are a success!

South Regional Sign-Up:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0F48ADA72AA0F49-alas

North Regional Sign-Up:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0f48ada72aa0f49-alas1

When you sign up for a time slot to serve as a volunteer Lane Official or General Volunteer, a reminder email will be sent prior to the tournament.  Please be sure you are available for the times for which you sign up.  Please report to the Volunteer Station near the Registration Table 10 minutes prior to your scheduled time.

Lane Officials:
·         Parents and coaches may not serve as Lane Officials for flights in which their child or archers from their school are shooting.
·         Please familiarize yourself with Lane Official Protocol by watching the Lane Official Training video found at the following link:  http://youtu.be/FMy-JOJQIqg

For questions about volunteering please contact cmoore@wlf.la.gov

Hunting Regulation Changes Proposed by LWFC

From News Release

Jan. 5, 2018 – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) adopted notices of intent for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 hunting seasons, 2018-19 general and Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) hunting seasons and rules and regulations, 2019 general and WMA turkey hunting season and rules and regulations, and 2018-19 migratory bird hunting season and rules and regulations at its January meeting Thursday in Baton Rouge.

The notices of intent include proposed hunting season dates and regulation changes from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) for the upcoming hunting seasons and provide for a public comment period.

Some of the proposed changes include:

  • Deer Area 9 change in either-sex primitive and modern firearms days. Dates will occur earlier within the normal season framework to facilitate antlerless harvest earlier in the season with the intent to improve sex ratios in advance of breeding. There is no reduction or addition of available hunting days.
  • Move West Feliciana Parish from Deer Area 4 to Area 6.
  • Prohibition on the use of drones on WMAs. Addition of Small Game Emphasis Area to Tunica Hills WMA.
  • Addition of PCHP wheelchair bound waterfowl blinds on Bayou Pierre and Russell Sage WMAs.
  • Addition of vessel language for allowable means of camping on WMAs.
  • Addition of language to clarify where camping can occur on WMAs.
  • Reduction of available either-sex modern firearm days from 3 to 2 and reduction of primitive firearms bucks only days from 7 to 2 for deer on Attakapas WMA.
  • Allowance for use of yo-yo’s and trot lines for fishing in Big and Chain lakes on Big Lake WMA.
  • Establishment of Limited Access Areas (LAAs) for the Topan Unit and the Old Waterfowl Refuge on Boeuf WMA, prohibiting the use of motorized vessels.
  • Reduction of deer youth lottery and PCHP Wheelchair bound opportunity on Buckhorn WMA.
  • Adjustment of dates for primitive weapon deer season on Clear Creek WMA.
  • Grassy Lake WMA reduction of deer either-sex primitive weapon days from 7 to 2 days.
  • Elimination of antlerless deer harvest on Pass-A-Loutre WMA.
  • Reduction of deer either-sex primitive weapon days from 7 to 2 days on Richard K Yancey WMA.
  • Changing the Joyce WMA deer season structure to run concurrent with Maurepas Swamp WMA deer season.
  • Establishment of LAAs for all waterfowl impoundments EXCEPT Wham Brake on Russell Sage WMA, prohibiting the use of motorized vessels.
  • Adjustment of Sabine WMA deer season(s) to make them later in the season.
  • Increase in the number of deer either-sex days for modern firearms from 5 to14 days on Thistlethwaite WMA.
  • Adjustment of dates for primitive weapons deer season on West Bay WMA.
  • Addition of a part of St. Martin Parish into Area A for turkey hunting.

To view the full notice of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulations changes for the upcoming hunting seasons, please visit  http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items .

Public comment will be accepted at LWFC monthly meetings from February through March and/or can be submitted in writing by mail to: Tommy Tuma, LDWF Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to ttuma@wlf.la.gov until 9 p.m., March 1, 2018. 

LDWF will also collect public comment at public hearings to be held Feb. 19-March 1 throughout the state. Locations and times for those meetings will be announced later this month.

Teens Arrested after Photo of Stolen Buck Appears on Facebook

From News Report

Source: Facebook

Baton Rouge, La. (January 4, 2018) – The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Livestock Brand Commission arrested two teenagers for allegedly shooting and taking a farm raised deer in Washington Parish. Investigators said the deer was described as a two-and-a half year old, white-tailed deer, 23 point buck, weighing approximately 200 pounds and measuring 181″. According to the owner, the estimated value of the deer was $8,500.

LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said, “Farm raised deer and exotics in Louisiana are considered ‘alternative livestock’ which are regulated by the LDAF. Our alternative livestock industry consists of more than 300 licensed farms creating both a multi-million dollar annual economic impact and recreational opportunities in the ‘Sportman’s Paradise’ in which we live.”

On December 30, 2017, LDAF brand investigators determined that Drake Barber, 19, of Franklinton, La. and Justin Miller, 17, of Franklinton, La., shot and removed the deer from the owner’s property on the night of December 26, 2017. Both Barber and Miller were booked into the Washington Parish Jail on December 30, 2017, for theft LA.R.S. 14:67 B 2 of property valued over $5,000 but less than $25,000. If convicted, the suspects face a fine and/or possible jail time.

“Investigators said after the suspects illegally shot and killed the deer, it appears they posted a photo with the deer in question on a Facebook page. Going to someone’s private property and stealing their livestock is a crime,” added Strain.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office also assisted with these arrests.