Recreational red snapper season opens Friday
Posted on 5/25/2018 4:50:00 AM.

The recreational red snapper season begins today and for the first time the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has management of the prized catch in both state and federal waters. LDWF Finfish Program Manager Jason Adriance on what that means.

“Any angler with their saltwater license and their recreational offshore landing permit can fish for red snapper including in the EEZ during seasons which are commissioned sets.”   
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Louisiana now controls Red Snapper federal waters
Posted on 5/4/2018 3:02:00 PM.

Louisiana has been given full control of Red Snapper waters from the feds for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Biologist Harry Blanchet says that’s great news for bayou sportsmen.

 
 
 
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A proposal to increase hunting and fishing license fees failed to pass the House
Posted on 4/23/2018 5:46:00 PM.

A proposal to increase fees for hunting and fishing licenses failed to get the necessary 70 votes to pass the House. The legislation would raise an additional 6.8 million dollars a year for Wildlife and Fisheries, who says the increase is necessary to help sustain the department for years to come. But Erath Representative Blake Miguez says if LDWF needs more money, they can get it from the Conservation fund.

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Hunt, fishing license fee increases pass House committee
Posted on 3/28/2018 2:10:00 PM.

The House Natural Resources Committee approved a bill requested by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to increase the price of hunting licenses to 20 dollars and fishing licenses to $13.50. LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet says the current fees do not pay for what the department needs going forward.
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Reward offered for information on the killing of two black bears in St. Mary Parish
Posted on 3/1/2018 10:57:00 AM.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents are offering a $5,500 reward for information about who killed two black bears in St. Mary Parish in the Atchafalaya Basin. It is believed they were killed between February 2nd and 4th. LDWF spokesman Adam Einck says both bears were discovered in a fairly remote area.
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LDWF proposing fee increases and simplifying licensing program
Posted on 2/27/2018 9:36:00 AM.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is facing a budgetary crisis. After years of operating as a self sufficient agency, the predicted annual 19.8-million-dollars will not be enough to keep up. Cole Garett, Executive Counsel for the LDWF, says they are proposing a bill in the regular legislative session to get rid of most of the current 117 different licenses. By raising some fees, this will help them get matching federal funds.
 
"The reason being is we have to show the feds that we generate revenue in order to pull down federal tax money."More
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Retail stores to temporarily stop selling hunting and fishing licenses
Posted on 1/13/2018 3:55:00 AM.

Sportsman will be unable to renew their hunting and fishing licenses at retail stores for two months starting January 30th while the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries transitions to a new system. Spokesperson Rene LeBreton says the state has a new vendor for licensing.

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Man arrested for allegedly killing black bear
Posted on 1/11/2018 10:37:00 AM.

Wildlife and Fisheries agents have arrested a Point Coupee Parish man for allegedly killing a protected black bear. The bear was a part of the Louisiana Black Bear Management and Research project. LDWF Spokesperson Adam Einck says agents responded after the tagged bear set off an alert…

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LDWF adds 23 young whooping cranes to the state's flock
Posted on 11/15/2017 2:02:00 PM.

The state has added 23 juvenile whooping cranes to the Louisiana flock as part of an effort to regrow the population after the large white birds disappeared from the Bayou State in 1950. Louisiana Department of Wildlife Fisheries Biologist Sara Zimorski says these young birds join 49 other cranes.
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Black bears have made a comeback in Louisiana and LDWF wants to help residents co-exist
Posted on 10/12/2017 12:16:00 PM.

As black bears have made a big comeback in the Bayou State, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries encourages Louisianans to visit bearwise.org. Black bear expert for LDWF Maria Davidson says there is now more interaction between black bears and the public.
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