Deer Hunting Violation Season Kicks Off Early This Year

Alexandria Man Cited for Deer Hunting Violations in Rapides Parish

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited an Alexandria man for alleged deer hunting violations on Sept. 1 near Alexandria.

Agents cited Boyd Q. Martin Jr., 64, for taking deer during a closed season, taking deer during illegal hours, taking deer with an illegal weapon and possession of an illegally taken deer.

Agents received a tip about a dead deer that appeared to have been shot near Alexandria behind a pond.  After investigating the tip, agents made contact with Martin Jr. who then admitted to agents that he shot the deer on his way to fishing before daylight by using his .22 caliber rim fire rifle and headlight.

Martin Jr. said he took the hindquarters off the deer and then dragged the deer carcass into the woods.  Agents seized the deer meat.

Hunting deer during a closed season and hunting deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Possession of an illegally taken deer brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting deer with an illegal weapon carries a $250 to $500 fine and 90 days in jail.

Martin Jr. may also face civil restitution totalling $1,624 for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.

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.

LWFC Approves Resolution Adding 8,172 Acres to Maurepas Swamp and Joyce WMAs

Sept. 10, 2018 – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) approved a resolution adding 8,172 acres to Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and nearby Joyce WMA during its monthly meeting here Thursday (Sept. 6) in Baton Rouge.

The addition of the property will add 5,114 acres to Maurepas Swamp WMA and give it a total of 117,729 acres. Joyce WMA will tack on 3,101 acres with the addition, giving it a total of 39,190 acres. Both Maurepas Swamp WMA and Joyce WMA are near Lake Maurepas.

Joyce WMA is located five miles south of Hammond in Tangipahoa Parish. For more information on Joyce WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2774 .

Maurepas Swamp WMA is located approximately 25 miles west of New Orleans, along the south shore of Lake Maurepas west of Sorrento in Ascension, Livingston, St. John the Baptist and St. James parishes. For more information on Maurepas Swamp WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2791 .

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.

LDWF Warns Deer Urine Scents Could Contain CWD

Aug. 3, 2018 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is cautioning deer hunters about the use of deer urine lures because of the potential these products could contain chronic wasting disease (CWD). CWD is a neurodegenerative disease found in most deer species, including moose, elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer. It is infectious and always fatal.

CWD has not been discovered in Louisiana but has been in 25 states including Texas, Arkansas, and Mississippi.

Urine production and sale is not regulated by any state or federal agency. The production of these lures includes collecting urine through grates at captive cervid facilities. That allows mixing with saliva and feces, which typically have a higher CWD prion content than urine. The CWD prion is shed by infected animals through saliva, feces, urine, blood, antler velvet and decomposing carcasses.

LDWF Veterinarian Dr. Jim LaCour said there is no way to guarantee deer urine lure products do not contain the deadly disease. “There is no rapid, cost effective test to determine if commercial urine contains prions,’’ LaCour said.

Seven states have banned the use of deer urine lures, including Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Virginia.

LDWF worked with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) in 2017 to implement a carcass importation ban, a viable step in preventing the disease from entering the state via infected carcasses.

When CWD was discovered in a Mississippi deer near the Louisiana border in January of this year (2018), the LWFC enacted a feeding ban in order to minimize comingling of animals at feeder locations in East Carroll, Madison and Tensas parishes, parishes nearest to the discovery. Although that ban was rescinded in June, LDWF encourages hunters not to utilize supplemental feeds for hunting as this increases the chance of spreading diseases among animals using bait stations.

LDWF continues cooperative discussions with other state and federal agencies in the fight against CWD and to prevent it from entering the state.

Louisiana Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, introduced a bill in July aimed at stopping the spread of CWD. The bill would require the Secretary of Agriculture to partner with the National Research Council of the National Academies of Science (NRCNAS) to study and identify the ways CWD is transmitted between wild, captive and farmed cervids. This will provide a credible and scientifically-based foundation of understanding of the disease that can help end its spread.

CWD is part of a group of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) and is similar to BSE (Bovine spongiform encephalopathy or mad cow disease) of cattle and scrapie in sheep. These diseases cause irreversible damage to brain tissue that leads to salivation, neurological symptoms, emaciation and death of the animal.

Deer infected with CWD can spread the disease even before symptoms develop. It can take one to two years for infected animals to become symptomatic. When symptoms appear, they can include emaciation, lethargy, abnormal behavior and loss of bodily functions. Other signs include excessive salivation, loss of appetite, progressive weight loss, excessive thirst and urination, teeth grinding and drooping ears.

LDWF has tested nearly 9,000 deer since 2002 and has not detected CWD in Louisiana. For more information, go to  http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/CWD .

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.

Cadet Passes Away During LDWF Training

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) cadet passed away on July 19 in Baton Rouge.

Cadet Immanuel Washington, 38, of Youngsville, passed away at Ochsner Medical Center in Baton Rouge on July 19, a day after being rushed to the hospital.

“Our hearts are broken by this tragedy,” said Jack Montoucet, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. “The whole Wildlife and Fisheries family offer our prayers for his wife, his children, his family and friends. From the accounts I received, Mr. Washington was an excellent cadet and an even better person. This is a loss for Louisiana.”

Washington was in the third week of his training to become an LDWF Enforcement Division Agent at the LDWF Training Academy located off N. Flannery Road in Baton Rouge.  After completing a two-and-a-half mile run on the morning of July 18, the cadets were in the cool down period of their physical training when Washington collapsed to the ground.

Training agents immediately called for an ambulance and began cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on Washington.  Agents continued CPR until the ambulance arrived to take him to Ochsner Medical Center.  Once at the hospital, Washington was placed on life support in the intensive care unit until his passing on the morning of July 19.

“All of our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Washington’s family at this point. This is a very sad time for his family, the agents and the cadets that came to know him during his training,” said Col. Sammy Martin, head of the enforcement division.  “From everything I’ve heard about this man his dream was to become a Wildlife and Fisheries agent.  We were very happy to hire him and believe he would have made a great agent.”

Washington’s body was turned over to the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office to determine an official cause of death. He is survived by his wife, a three-year-old-son and a one-year-old daughter.

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.

LDWF Accepting Applications for Disabled Vets and Physically Challenged Deer Lottery Hunts

LDWF Accepting Applications for Disabled Vets and Physically Challenged Deer Lottery Hunts

July 2, 2018 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting deer lottery hunt applications for physically challenged hunters on Sabine and Floy McElroy Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and disabled veterans on Camp Beauregard WMA for the 2018-19 hunting season.

These special hunts are restricted to hunters selected through the lottery application process. These hunts offer the opportunity for selected hunters to experience an enjoyable, wildlife oriented outdoor experience on these WMAs.

Details on the qualifications, application requirements and dates of the hunts are listed on the application forms. The application deadline is Aug. 31.

Successful applicants will be selected by a random computer drawing.  Applications for the lottery must be submitted to LDWF by the deadline listed on the application. A $5 administrative fee must be submitted with each application.

Applications and more information may be obtained by contacting your local LDWF field office or by visiting the LDWF web site at  http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts  .

Applications may be delivered in person to Room 442 of the LDWF headquarters building located at 2000 Quail Dr. in Baton Rouge or by mail. The mailing address is: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000.

For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or  ssmith@wlf.la.gov .

No Signs of CWD – Feeding Ban Lifted

CWD Tests Show No Detections of the Disease in Louisiana

June 7, 2018 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) did not detect chronic wasting disease during its initial testing of white-tailed deer in East Carroll, Madison and Tensas parishes, LDWF announced during Thursday’s (June 7) Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) meeting.

As a result, the feeding ban enacted by LWFC in order to minimize comingling of animals at feeder locations in East Carroll, Madison, and Tensas parishes is officially rescinded today, Thursday, June 7, 2018. However, LDWF encourages hunters not to utilize supplemental feeds for hunting, as this increases the chance of spreading diseases among animals using bait stations.

The testing is part of LDWF’s CWD Response Plan that was triggered by the discovery of a buck that tested positive for CWD in Issaquena County, Mississippi, on Jan. 25. Issaquena County borders northeast Louisiana and the deer was found only a few miles from the Louisiana border on the east side of the Mississippi River.

LDWF sampled 300 deer within the buffer zone, which is within 25 miles of the case in Issaquena County. This sample size provides a 95 percent confidence interval that sampling would detect CWD at a prevalence rate of 1 percent.

CWD is a fatal neurodegenerative disease affecting members of the family Cervidae, which includes white-tailed deer. The disease is caused by misfolded proteins called prions. These prions can be shed in saliva, urine, feces and decomposing carcasses.  Infectious material can contaminate soil, becoming available for uptake by plants, increasing transmission to additional individuals when plants are consumed.

CWD is 100 percent fatal. Once a deer consumes the prion and becomes infected, it develops clinical signs including weight loss, salivation, neurological signs and ultimately death. Clinical signs may not become apparent until 16 to 24 months after the deer is infected.

LDWF will perform increased hunter-harvested deer surveillance for CWD in East Carroll, Madison, and Tensas parishes this hunting season, and continue normal CWD surveillance across the state. LDWF has tested nearly 9,000 deer for CWD since 2002.  CWD has not been detected in Louisiana.

For more information, contact LDWF veterinarian Dr. Jim LaCour at Jlacour@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-0823.

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.

LDWF Makes Case For Black Bear Killed in St. Mary Parish

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two Louisiana men for alleged Louisiana Black Bear violations in St. Mary Parish.

Agents cited Cody J. Charpentier, 31, of Glencoe, and Bailey Rogers, 21, of Youngsville, for taking and/or possessing a black bear during a closed season and intentional concealment of wildlife.

Agents received a tip that Charpentier had shot and killed a Louisiana black bear on Nov. 12, 2017 in St. Mary Parish.  Charpentier and Rogers then moved the bear from the kill site six miles to a field off of Hwy. 83 near Glencoe that night.

On April 30, agents acquired a search warrant for Charpentier’s residence, handheld global positioning system (GPS) and cell phone.  Agents were able to use the cell phone and GPS to track where Charpentier was on the night of Nov. 12.

Agents used the GPS and cell phone to track Charpentier’s location from the kill site to the location of a black bear skeleton and claws in the mitigation field.

Agents seized Charpentier’s 7 mm rifle in connection with the case.

Taking or possessing a black bear during a closed season and intentional concealment of wildlife each brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  The men may also face up to $10,000 in civil restitution for the replacement value of the illegally taken bear.

The bear in this case is not tied to the other two illegally killed black bears that were found earlier this year in St. Mary Parish.  Agents are still looking for leads for the killing of two black bears that were discovered on Feb. 14 off of Humble Canal 10 miles south of Franklin.  If anyone has information about these two bears, please call the Louisiana Operation Game Thief Hotline at 1-800-442-2511 to qualify for up to a $5,500 reward.

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

New Hog Hunting Regulation Proposal Moves to Senate

Something major happened yesterday regarding feral hogs and hunting seasons for our state. State Representative Sherman Mack from Albany, LA created HCR83 on May 1st and on May 14th it was received by the Senate for consideration. It is set to be read a second time by title only on Tuesday, May 15th. After reading the House Concurrence Resolution ourselves, we’re leery of its intentions and we plan to clarify what we are in support of as well as what we are against.

First, let’s cover what an HCR is. “Like a bill, a joint resolution requires the approval of both Chambers in identical form and the president’s signature to become law. There is no real difference between a joint resolution and a bill. Joint resolutions and bills are presented to the President and, once signed or approved over a veto, are enacted and have the force of law. Concurrent resolutions are generally used to address the sentiments of both chambers or to deal with issues or matters affecting both houses.”

If you’d like to read this proposal you can follow this link and click “text”.

http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/BillInfo.aspx?i=235124

But we’ll save you the trouble and post the last 4 sections for you here:

WHEREAS, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission establishes, maintains, and manages wildlife management areas and is charged with establishing all rules and regulations pertaining to the propagation, protection, and harvest of all species of wildlife on wildlife management areas; and

WHEREAS, many owners of farm and hunting land are using the tools created by recent changes to hunting laws aimed at reducing feral hog infestations, including taking feral hogs any day of the year, on certain nights of the year, with firearms equipped with sounds suppressers, and by aircraft; and

WHEREAS, these landowners’ efforts have been stymied by the refuge for feral hogs created on wildlife management areas due to decreased hunting pressure as feral hogs can only be taken on wildlife management areas on days during an open hunting season with the method of take for that particular open season.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of Louisiana does hereby urge and request the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to increase the opportunities to take feral hogs from wildlife management areas and to make any recommendations to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission necessary to accomplish that goal.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a suitable copy of this Resolution be transmitted to the secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Do you notice anything? How about the complete absence of intention or detail? This proposal, simply put, does not offer any value other than asking that LDWF listen to recommendations for hog eradication on WMAs which leaves the door wide open for conversations regarding running dogs and night hunting – which we feel is the true intention of this bill. If this happens our deer population would never have any reprieve on public land.

As bowhunters, our first priority is stealth and our second is to be non-disruptive. It is the absolute essence of bowhunting and our success as bowhunters depends on the combination of those things. Quite frankly, this proposed HCR threatens that.

Do not confuse this with our stance being against hog hunting as that could not be further from the truth. The difference is that we want all hogs dead – not just some of them so we can go back and hunt more later. Hogs are the #1 threat to Louisiana’s deer population and therefore anyone that values the deer herd should be for eradication of all hogs as well. But at the same time, we are not so naive to believe this legislature could eradicate hogs. More stringent measures are necessary, but we simply cannot entertain options that could potentially do more harm than good.

What we are in favor of is a much more conservative option such as being allowed to hunt hogs during any open season with appropriate weapons such as shotguns, rifles and bows. In addition, we would fully support a bounty program similar to the state’s nutria bounty program. Of course this would have to be carefully regulated and would need to provide proof of the hog’s death to mitigate a new population of tailless hogs roaming the woods…

Finally, before you come for our heads with pitch forks and torches, ask yourself this: If manual methods of hog removal were so effective, why do they still run rampant on private land? Are they really taking refuge on public land, the most heavily hunted property in the state? Or is this simply an attempt to pass new legislation under the guise of good intentions just to open the flood gates for hog hunters to hunt new, easily accessed land?

Until we get some clarity on this we are highly skeptical. No one wants to see a hog die more than we do. But that doesn’t mean our deer herd should suffer more because of it.

No Positive CWD Cases Discovered After Continued Testing

May 4, 2018 – Continuing sampling efforts conducted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in East Carroll, Madison and Tensas parishes have turned up no positive results of the disease.

LDWF has sampled 239 deer from the three parishes, located in northeast Louisiana, with results received back on 188 of the specimens as of May 2 with no positive results detected. The results from the samples will be received within the next three weeks, while additional sampling continues inside the buffer zone area within these parishes.

The sampling measures are part of LDWF’s CWD Response Plan. It was triggered by the discovery of a buck that tested positive for CWD in Issaquena County, Mississippi, on Jan. 25. Issaquena County borders northeast Louisiana and the deer was found only a few miles from the Louisiana border on the east side of the Mississippi River.

LDWF’s target sample size is 300 deer within the buffer zone, which is within 25 miles of the case in Issaquena County. This sample size will provide a 95 percent confidence interval that sampling would detect CWD at a prevalence rate of 1 percent. LDWF continues to work with private landowners to obtain consent for sampling efforts and would like to thank landowners who have been willing to assist and cooperate with LDWF’s sampling project.

Mississippi has also sampled in the area in its state and, with 275 results back, has not detected the disease outside the one case in Issaquena County.

In addition to the LDWF sampling, supplemental deer feeding in East Carroll, Madison and Tensas parishes has been suspended as part of the response plan.

CWD is a neurodegenerative disease found in most deer species, including moose, elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer. It is infectious and always fatal. It is part of a group of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) and is similar to BSE (Bovine spongiform encephalopathy or mad cow disease) of cattle and scrapie in sheep. These diseases cause irreversible damage to brain tissue that leads to salivation, neurological symptoms, emaciation and death of the animal.

Deer infected with CWD can spread the disease even before symptoms develop. It can take one to two years for infected animals to become symptomatic. When symptoms appear, they can include emaciation, lethargy, abnormal behavior and loss of bodily functions. Other signs include excessive salivation, loss of appetite, progressive weight loss, excessive thirst and urination, teeth grinding and drooping ears.

For more information, go to  http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/CWD .

No Positive CWD Cases Found After Continued Testing

May 4, 2018 – Continuing sampling efforts conducted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in East Carroll, Madison and Tensas parishes have turned up no positive results of the disease.

LDWF has sampled 239 deer from the three parishes, located in northeast Louisiana, with results received back on 188 of the specimens as of May 2 with no positive results detected. The results from the samples will be received within the next three weeks, while additional sampling continues inside the buffer zone area within these parishes.

The sampling measures are part of LDWF’s CWD Response Plan. It was triggered by the discovery of a buck that tested positive for CWD in Issaquena County, Mississippi, on Jan. 25. Issaquena County borders northeast Louisiana and the deer was found only a few miles from the Louisiana border on the east side of the Mississippi River.

LDWF’s target sample size is 300 deer within the buffer zone, which is within 25 miles of the case in Issaquena County. This sample size will provide a 95 percent confidence interval that sampling would detect CWD at a prevalence rate of 1 percent. LDWF continues to work with private landowners to obtain consent for sampling efforts and would like to thank landowners who have been willing to assist and cooperate with LDWF’s sampling project.

Mississippi has also sampled in the area in its state and, with 275 results back, has not detected the disease outside the one case in Issaquena County.

In addition to the LDWF sampling, supplemental deer feeding in East Carroll, Madison and Tensas parishes has been suspended as part of the response plan.

CWD is a neurodegenerative disease found in most deer species, including moose, elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer. It is infectious and always fatal. It is part of a group of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) and is similar to BSE (Bovine spongiform encephalopathy or mad cow disease) of cattle and scrapie in sheep. These diseases cause irreversible damage to brain tissue that leads to salivation, neurological symptoms, emaciation and death of the animal.

Deer infected with CWD can spread the disease even before symptoms develop. It can take one to two years for infected animals to become symptomatic. When symptoms appear, they can include emaciation, lethargy, abnormal behavior and loss of bodily functions. Other signs include excessive salivation, loss of appetite, progressive weight loss, excessive thirst and urination, teeth grinding and drooping ears.

For more information, go to  http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/CWD .