Recent legislation signed into law Monday allowing nighttime shooting of nuisance animals comes with a Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Enforcement Division warning.

Because all LDWF-issued hunting and fishing licenses expire June 30 annually, the LDWF issued a statement earlier this week reminding anyone taking nuisance animals at night must have a valid Louisiana hunting license.

House Bill 294 was turned into Act 95 of the 2011 State Legislature by Gov. Bobby Jindal’s signature Monday. Although Act 95 was targeted to the nighttime take of feral hogs, provisions of the act also make it legal to kill, with any legal firearm, other outlaw quadrupeds like armadillos, coyotes, nutria and beaver from March through August on private property.

Another provision requires “anyone taking part in these activities at night is required to notify the parish sheriff’s office 24 hours in advance of any such hunt.”

Though not a companion to HB 294, House Bill 169, signed into law as Act 29, approved the use of “sound suppressors on the firearm(s) utilized” for the nighttime take of nuisance animals drew another Enforcement Division advisory.

To use a silencer on a hunting weapon, the hunter must, according to the LDWF, “have in possession a valid permit issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.”

Martin big winner

Scott Martin, the son of longtime pro bass angler Roland Martin, claimed the year’s biggest bass-tournament payday when he took home $601,000 after Sunday’s win in the four-day Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita near Hot Springs, Ark.

It was fourth FLW career win and bumped his overall FLW winnings to nearly $2 million.

Martin said he followed schools of shad hanging in 23-27 foot depths and drop-shotted a Roboworm into the baitfish. He said he also used a half-ounce Head Spin and a 10-inch plum ribbontail worm.

He put together five-bass daily limits of 19 pounds, 2 ounces, 11-9 and 16-1 to get to Sunday’s final round. A 14-5 catch gave him a 61-1 total to beat out Randall Tharp’s second-place 56-7 total.

Tharp earned $100,000.

All roads opened

La. 975, the main road from U.S. 190 to Interstate 10 through the Sherburne Wildlife Management Area and the Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge, is open. LDWF spokesman Bo Boehringer confirmed state highway repairs were completed on La. 975 north of Sherburne and the NWR.

Youth lottery

Hunters 15 and younger and their parent or guardian have until Sept. 15 to apply for Nov. 5 and Nov. 6 lottery waterfowl hunts on the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area in Vermilion Parish. The hunts are fee free.

WCA administrator Wayne Sweeney said one youth hunter will be selected from each of the LDWF Office of Wildlife’s seven field offices. One hunter will be selected “at-large” from the remaining statewide entries. Applications are available on the LDWF’s website: http//www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts or from any of the seven field offices.

For more information, call Sweeney at (337) 479-1894.