It’s time for hunters to look back, forward | Sports


January is named after the Roman god Janus, the unique image of a man looking back and forward. The inference is obvious, especially to hunters.

Because that’s what hunters can do this week with almost any game they have available as they head out to fields, forests, swamps and marshes – and with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission hearing Thursday the seasons that biologists in the wildlife division will offer for the 2022- 2023 hunting seasons.

And, over the next two months, hunters will be able to let the seven-member commission and wildlife and fisheries hunt managers know what they would like to see for the next few seasons now that they have new footage of this current season.

There’s not much that waterfowl hunters can change: Louisiana is in year two of a two-zone, multi-split program (any change requires a federal OK). The seasons of migrating birds are also pretty much set in stone.

Thus, if the hunters want to influence the change, their contribution can apply to the dates and harvest limits of the seasons of deer, squirrels, rabbits, quail and turkeys.

Additionally, seasons and regulations for the LDWF’s large Wildlife Management Areas as well as federally managed lands in our state will be proposed, and state managers always welcome hunter recommendations for change.

Other important items on the agenda include:

  • A notice of modification of the rules of the disembarkation at sea recreational permit;
  • An update on flounder regulations approved by the state legislature;
  • Report on comments received on the Menhaden Buffer Zones Notice of Intent and consider amending this notice;
  • And, an update and report on ongoing research into the impact of invasive carp species on native fish species.

Thursday’s 9:30 a.m. meeting is scheduled for the Joe Herring Room at the State Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters on Quail Drive in Baton Rouge. A live broadcast will be available via Zoom.

If you would like to comment without attending the meeting, email by 2:00 p.m. Wednesday to: [email protected]

Snappers

The recreational red snapper season ended on Friday and we’ll have to wait about a week for the final catch total. The grouper gag season is also closed.

All is not lost, as New Years Day has brought about the reopening of the seasons for snappers and henchmen of lanes, black fins, queens and silk as well as red groupers in the waters of the ‘State and federal.

A rare case

Officers from the Wildlife and Fisheries Law Enforcement Division reported the arrest on December 26 of a 32-year-old man Brendan Nolan to Plaquemines Parish on charges of “harassment of a person legally hunting, common assault, criminal damage to property and unlawful discharge of a firearm”.

The report said duck hunters hunting on public land near Venice had filed a complaint and filed a video showing Nolan driving a boat in a decoy, verbally harassing hunters and using a pistol to shoot the hunters’ decoys.

Agents and a Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Deputy eventually seized a pistol from Nolan, then arrested him and sent him to the Plaquemines Parish Detention Center.

Nolan faces fines of nearly $ 2,000 and nearly a year in prison and civil penalties, as defined by state harassment law, to allow hunters to recover any expenses that “were rendered useless by the actions of the person breaking the law ”.

Severe penalty

Tommy Berthelot, de Buras, made sure we would end 2021 on a high note.

LDWF officers found Berthelot, 43, using a skimmer net during a closed season last April and, in early December, he pleaded guilty to his fifth offense.

It became evident that the judge Kevin conner had seen enough and revoked Berthelot’s license and commercial fishing privileges for two years, a sentence which, according to the ruling, means that Berthelot “cannot be on board a shrimp vessel with shrimp or gear for take shrimp without having a vessel monitoring system that is monitored by the Enforcement Division of the LDWF for a period of three years.

He was also put on a two-year inactive probation, then, while in court, faced yet another citation for allowing an unlicensed fisherman to use his vessel during a shrimp fishing season. closed in late July, which could cost him a fine of $ 500 and 90 days in jail.


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