Louisiana Hunting News

Louisiana Youth Can Register Now For 2011 Hunter of the Year Awards

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) are encouraging hunters 15 years of age or younger to enter the 2011 Youth Hunter of the Year competition. 

The contest requires youth hunters to submit a story about their hunting experience along with photographs of the hunt.  LDWF and LOWA will then select a male and female youth hunter of the year based upon the stories and photos that are received. 

Lost Louisiana Trespasser Arrested for Illegal Gun Possession

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents arrested a convicted felon on Dec. 19 for allegedly possessing a firearm illegally and booked him into the Bienville Parish Jail.

West Monroe, Louisiana Man Sentenced for Killing Bald Eagle

A West Monroe man was sentenced on Jan. 3 for violating the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act in the Federal Western District Court of Louisiana in Monroe.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen Hayes ordered Jeffrey M. Miles, 23, to pay a $2,525 fine, to serve three years of supervised probation and revoked his hunting privileges for three years for shooting a mature bald eagle in Franklin Parish on April 4, 2011.

Second Group of Whooping Cranes Released at White Lake WCA in Louisiana

Sixteen juvenile whooping cranes were released into the wild today at White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) in Gueydan. The juvenile cranes join three adults that were released in March as part of an experimental population being monitored by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF).

Black Bear Found Dead in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents are seeking leads for an illegally killed black bear that was found floating in the Mississippi River in Pointe Coupee Parish.

Hunters in the area reported the bear to LDWF on Sunday, Dec. 11 near the old ferry landing.  LDWF performed a necropsy on the bear at the recovery scene, which revealed the bear was shot multiple times and then probably disposed of into the river.  LDWF is estimating that the bear was shot either a day or two before being reported.

2012 Louisiana Turkey Regulations And Lottery Hunt Applications Now Available

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) 2012 Turkey Regulations pamphlet is now available. Hunters can obtain the pamphlet at any hunting license vendor outlet or via the LDWF website.

Franklin, Louisiana, Man Pleads Guilty to Alligator Violations

A Franklin man pleaded guilty on Dec. 7 in the Lafayette Division of the Western District Federal Court of Louisiana to alligator charges.

Federal Magistrate Michael Hill sentenced Daniel A. Edgar, 62, to pay a $2,000 fine for pleading guilty to taking alligators from an unapproved area.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited Edgar on Sept. 7, 2006 in Iberia and St. Martin parishes for running alligator lines set in areas in the Atchafalaya Basin.  Edgar did not have alligator tags for where his alligator lines were set.

Parking on Louisiana's Interstate and Highway Shoulders Prohibited

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is reminding hunters that parking on shoulders and grassy areas along interstates and highways are illegal and strictly prohibited.

The Louisiana State Police are aware of an increasing number of vehicles that are being parked on roadway shoulders and grassy areas, particularly on Interstate 10 between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, during hunting season. 

Evangeline Parish, Louisiana Man Sentenced In Federal Court for Baited Field

An Evangeline Parish man was sentenced on Nov. 29, 2011 in U.S. Court in Lafayette for migratory game bird violations.

U.S. District Judge Patrick Hanna sentenced Jody D. Fontenot, 42, of Ville Platte to pay a $550 fine, complete 50 hours of community service and one-year suspension of his hunting rights or until his 50 hours of community service was complete.  Fontenot pleaded guilty to hunting doves over a baited field and aiding and abetting others in taking doves over a baited field.

Louisiana Coastal Wildlife Management Areas Provide Young Hunters Opportunity For Success

At the southern end of America’s largest swamp lies Louisiana’s largest public outdoor recreation area, the Atchafalaya Delta Wildlife Management Area (ADWMA).  Here the muddy waters of the Atchafalaya River mingle with the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico to create one of the largest river delta systems in the country and the only significantly accreting property in coastal Louisiana.