Louisiana Hunting News

LDWF Reopens Area for Hunting
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Dwight Landreneau issued a notice to reopen the portion of the state that had been closed to hunting activities due to high waters. The area, near Lake Maurepas, will be open for hunting beginning October 20. Flooding and high waters caused by Tropical Storm Matthew forced the closure.
White Lake Rice Field Lottery Hunt
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is now accepting applications for the 2004 rice field lottery hunts on the White Lake Preserve. Applications are due in room 461 of the Wildlife and Fisheries Building in Baton Rouge by 4:30 p.m. on October 22, 2004.
Tip from Hunter Yields $900,000 in Confiscated Marijuana Plants
On September 5, enforcement agents from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries confiscated over 600 marijuana plants in Vernon Parish thanks to a tip from a hunter who found some of the plants on his hunting lease. The plants have a $900,000 estimated street value.
Night Hunters Sentenced in District Court
Judge Drake sentenced each defendant to 120 days in jail, suspended the jail time and ordered them to each pay fines of $900, plus $151.50 court costs and to pay a $40 assessment fee to the public defender. The rifle, shotgun and light were ordered forfeited to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Hunting Regulations Available
The regulations for the 2004-05 hunting season are now available at the website for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, www.wlf.state.la.us.
Physically Challenged Lottery Deer Hunt
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Wildlife Division and the Wheeling Sportsmen Association are offering a new opportunity for physically challenged deer hunters. The hunt is designed for those individuals that cannot hunt without assistance.
Area Six Deer Season Dates Reset
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission voted to accept a declaration of emergency to adjust the Area 6 deer hunting season dates. The new dates reflect the original recommendations of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries staff. Because the action was taken as a declaration of emergency, the new dates will go into effect this hunting season.
Commission Sets Alligator and Trapping Seasons
The 2004 Wild Alligator Harvest Season was set to open at sunrise on September 1 and to close at sunset on September 30. The LDWF Secretary was also given authority to delay, extend, close or reopen the season based on technical data or if enforcement problems develop.
Commission Ratifies Hunting Season Dates and Regulations
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission voted unanimously at their July 1 meeting to ratify the proposed hunting season dates, limits and regulations. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries brought the original notice of intent to the commission in March. The commission over the last three months adjusted the notice, and the amended notice was ratified and will be enforced by the department for the upcoming season.
Changes Made to 2004-05 Hunting Seasons Proposals
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission voted at their June 8 meeting to make a few more final adjustments to the 2004-05 Louisiana Hunting Seasons proposal. The notice of intent, which outlines all of the season dates, is scheduled to be ratified by the commission at their July 1 meeting.