Patterson man cited for alligator hunting violations
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Patterson man for alleged alligator hunting violations on Aug. 31 in St. Mary Parish.
Agents cited Keith Crouch, 38, for hunting alligator out of season and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.
Agents were on patrol in Hawkins Bayou when they heard a gunshot.
They travelled to where they thought the shot came from and observed Crouch with a shotgun and a juvenile in a boat.
They watched Crouch throw the shotgun in the marsh and then travel to his camp.
Agents made contact with Crouch and the juvenile at the camp.
During questioning, Crouch admitted to trying to shoot an alligator with the shotgun.
Agents went back and found the shotgun loaded with buckshot and in the fire position.
Agents seized the shotgun.
Alligator season did not open until Sept. 4 in this part of the state.
Hunting an alligator during a closed brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Contributing to the delinquency of a minor carries up to a $500 fine and up to six months in jail.
Squirrel Hunting 101 Seminar set for Lafayette on Sept. 21
Want to learn about squirrel hunting?
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will hold a squirrel hunting seminar for beginners in Lafayette on Sept. 21. The event, dubbed Squirrel Hunting 101, will be held at LDWF’s Lafayette Field Office from 8 a.m.-noon.
The seminar will cover proper equipment needed, firearm selection, rules and regulations, outdoor navigation and hunting opportunities. It will also include a teaching session in the outdoors near the office to discuss proper hunting techniques.
LDWF’s Lafayette Field Office is located at 200 Dulles Drive in Lafayette.
There is no cost to attend, however, space is limited and those interested must preregister. For information, contact John Sturgis at email@example.com or 337-735-8685.
Volunteers needed for Elmer’s Island cleanup
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in partnership with Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, Nicholls State University and the Grand Isle Music Fest are asking for volunteers for their upcoming beach cleanup at Elmer’s Island on Sept. 21.
The event, beginning at 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., is being held in coordination with the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup Day during National Estuaries Week.
During the cleanup, volunteers will remove, categorize and weigh trash and debris from approximately 2.5 miles of shoreline on Elmer’s Island. Elmer's Island, owned and maintained by the state of Louisiana, is a 1,145-acre tract of marsh and beachfront located on the southwestern tip of Jefferson Parish, directly across Caminada Pass from Grand Isle. The area is historically known for its excellent fishing opportunities and public beach access that families and anglers alike enjoy.
All data collected will be sent to the Ocean Conservancy to be included in the 2019 International Coastal Cleanup database and report to be released in 2020. The data will provide insight into ways to reduce the enormous and continually growing problem of shoreline pollution and plastics in our waterways.
Volunteers must provide their own transportation to the event site, and motorists should be advised if using Hwy. 1 south they will encounter a toll bridge ($3.75 for average vehicle) during the commute.
Data sheets and clipboards, garbarge bags (if needed) and a light lunch will be provided. Water will also be supplied, but participants are asked to bring refillable water bottles to reduce trash. Participants are encouraged to wear closed toe shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses and hat. To reduce additional waste, volunteers are also urged to bring their own container or bucket to collect debris.
Interested volunteers are asked to pre-register online. The deadline to register is Sept. 16. Volunteers under 18 be accompanied by a guardian and have a signed waiver (available day of event).
Mother-Child FUN Camp to be held Oct. 11-13 at Woodworth Outdoor Education Facility
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will hold its annual Mother-Child Families Understanding Nature (FUN) Camp on Oct. 11-13 at the Woodworth Outdoor Education facility, south of Alexandria.
The camp is open to parents and children from 10-13 years old.
The Mother-Child camp is generally held in the fall and the Father-Child weekend in the spring.
The camp offers parents and children an opportunity to spend a weekend in the outdoors, re-establishing bonds and honing outdoor skills.
Pre-registration is required and space is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is $50 for each family (a parent and child). Each additional child is $25 (limit two children per adult).
The fee covers meals, lodging and supplies, including tents, used during the weekend.
Bed linens and sleeping bags are not provided.
For more information or to obtain a registration form on-line, visit LDWF’s website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/page/fun-camp or contact Taylor Stevens at firstname.lastname@example.org.