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.

DWLF to Enforce Ban on Live Feral Hog Transport

From News Release

 The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission adopted a notice of intent that would allow Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Agents to cite people in the state illegally transporting feral hogs.

The notice of intent reads in part: Feral hogs shall not be transported alive unless done so by a feral swine authorized transporter registered with the Board of Animal Health of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF), who has proof of said registration in his/her possession. Feral hogs being transported in violation of this rule will be confiscated and disposed of in accordance with LDWF policy.

The notice of intent will have no effect on people moving feral hogs legally with proper LDAF documents.

To read the full notice of intent, go to   http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items .

To comment on the notice of intent or for more information, contact LDWF State Wildlife Veterinarian Jim LaCour at jlacour@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-0823.

Gonzales Man Arrested for Night Hunting with Stolen Firearms

From News Report

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested a Gonzales man for alleged hunting violations on Dec. 26 in Avoyelles and St. Landry Parishes.

Agents arrested Logan M. Collins, 27, for taking deer during illegal hours, hunting from a public highway, hunting from a moving vehicle, and possessing a stolen 12-gauge shotgun.  Collins was also issued citations from Louisiana State Police for several traffic and vehicle violations.

LDWF agents were called by Louisiana State Police to assist with a traffic stop on Interstate 49 in St. Landry Parish around 1 a.m.  When agents arrived on the scene they found two freshly killed deer in the bed of Collins’ vehicle.

During questioning Collins confessed to killing the deer off of I-49 at night on the Acadiana Conservation Corridor Wildlife Management Area in Avoyelles Parish.  After searching the vehicle, agents found Collins in possession of two pistols, two shotguns and three rifles.   Agents then learned that one of the shotguns was reported stolen from the Lake Charles area in April of 2017.

Agents booked Collins into the St. Landry Parish Jail and then transported and booked him into the Avoyelles Parish Jail.

Agents seized the seven firearms and the two deer.

Taking deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting from a moving vehicle carries a $250 to $500 and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting from a public road brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Possession of a stolen firearm carries one to five years in jail.

Collins may also be charged with civil restitution for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer totaling $3,249.

Buck Confiscated for Failure to Meet Tag and License Requirements

FROM NEWS RELEASE

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two Port Barre men for alleged deer hunting violations on Dec. 25.

Agents cited Brandon Bergeron, 27, and Joseph Bergeron, 42, for failing to comply with deer tagging requirements.  Brandon was also cited for possession of an illegally taken deer and hunting without a primitive firearms license.

Agents received information about a nine point buck that was harvested by Brandon on Dec. 15 on the Thistlethwaite Wildlife Management Area (WMA) during primitive firearms season.  Agents then learned that Brandon didn’t possesses a primitive firearms license at the time the nine point buck was harvested.

During questioning Brandon admitted that he had Joseph tag the deer for him.  Agents seized the deer meat and antlers.

Possession of an illegally taken deer brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging requirements brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Hunting without a primitive firearms license carries up to a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

The men may also face civil restitution for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer totaling $2,033.

Spotlight+ Rifle+ Doe in Trunk = BUSTED

From News Report

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two men for alleged deer hunting violations on Dec. 10 in Lafourche Parish.

Agents cited Devin Anthony, 22, of Westwego, and Cody Cruise, 24, of Avondale, for taking deer from a public road, taking deer during illegal hours, spotlighting from a public road, discharging a firearm from a public road and hunting from a moving vehicle.

Agents received a call from the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office around 9 p.m. about a vehicle they had stopped with a freshly harvested doe deer in the trunk.  Agents arrived on scene and learned that the vehicle Anthony and Cruise were in was reported a short while earlier for firing a gun from a local roadway.

During questioning, Anthony and Cruise admitted to LDWF agents that they harvested the deer from Hwy. 307 around 8:30 p.m. that night in Lafourche Parish.

Hunting deer during illegal hours carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Spotlighting form a public road is set by the local parish.  Hunting from a moving vehicle carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting deer from a public road carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Discharging a firearm from a public road brings up to a $50 fine and 30 days in jail.

Anthony and Cruise may also face civil restitution for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer totaling $1,624.

Over the Limit of Bucks Gets You Everytime

From News Release

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Baskin man for alleged deer hunting violations on Dec. 7 in Franklin Parish.

Agents cited Todd Lee, 53, for taking over the seasonal legal limit of antlered deer and failing to comply with deer tagging requirements.

Agents started an investigation on Lee in November.  Agents received information that he was harvesting a number of antlered deer without using tags in Franklin Parish.  Agents setup surveillance at a place where Lee normally hunts and were able to make contact with Lee after one of his hunts.

Agents found five sets of deer antlers in the back of Lee’s truck and he confessed to having two more sets of deer antlers at a taxidermy.  Agents determined that Lee did not tag any of the deer he harvested.  Agents learned that Lee harvested the seven antlered deer between Nov. 19 and Dec. 7, which put him four over the seasonal legal limit of three antlered deer per season.

Taking over the season limit of antlered deer and 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.

Lee may also face civil restitution for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer totaling $6,498.

Tip Leads to Deer Poacher’s Arrest

From News Release

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents arrested an Avoyelles Parish man for alleged deer violations and possessing a firearm by a convicted felon on Dec. 5.
Agents arrested Marvin P Smith, 48, of Hamburg, for possession of illegally taken deer, taking deer with an illegal weapon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, hunting deer using illegal methods, hunting without resident basic and big game hunting licenses, and failing to comply with deer tagging requirements.Agents received information about an antlered deer that was allegedly killed by Smith, who is a convicted felon, during the month of October.  On Dec. 5 agents made contact with Smith at his residence and questioned him about the deer.

During questioning, Smith admitted to killing the antlered deer with a 12-gauge shotgun loaded with fine shot while squirrel hunting on Bayou des Glaises.  Smith did not possess the required hunting licenses, shot the deer with a shotgun during archery only deer season, failed to possess deer tags, and did not use buck shot.

Agents seized the antlered deer head along with the 12-gauge shotgun and booked Smith into the Avoyelles Parish Jail.

Illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon carries a $1,000 to $5,000 fine and 10 to 20 years of jail.
Possession of an illegally taken deer carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Taking deer using illegal methods carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail .  Failing to comply with deer tagging regulations and hunting with an illegal weapon each carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.
Smith could also face civil restitution totaling $2,033 for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.
If you witness or have information concerning a violation, call Operation Game Thief’s toll-free 24-hour phone line (800-442-2511) or use LDWF’s tip411 program.