Building on the success of the state’s first fall turkey hunt, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is accepting applications for two lottery turkey hunts on the Peason Ridge Wildlife Management Area in Vernon Parish near the U.S. Army’s Fort Polk.
LDWF game managers will choose 75 hunters for each hunting period at Peason Ridge: a three-day hunt Sept. 29-Oct. 1 and a four-day hunt Oct. 2-5.
Only one application per hunter will be accepted. Applications can be submitted individually or as a group with no more than five applications per group.
Each completed application must be received by close of business Aug. 22 with a $5 nonrefundable administration fee paid by check or money order to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Hunters selected in the lottery are required to have Louisiana hunting licenses, including 2011-2012 turkey tags. Turkeys taken in this special season will count in that hunter’s 2011-2012 turkey season bag limit.
Hunters selected are required to get a Military Clearance Permit from the U.S. Army. These free permits can be obtained from the Fort Polk Game Warden Office.
The lottery drawing is in late August. Winners be notified by mail. These lottery permits are nontransferable and must be in the hunter’s possession each day of the hunt.
Details are available on the LDWF website http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts.
Applications can be mailed to the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Attention: WMA Fall Turkey Lottery Hunt, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898.
While much of the state battles high water, the Office of State Parks closed boat launches at North Toledo Bend State Park near Zwolle and South Toledo Bend State Park near Anacoco are closed effective Friday because of low water.
OSP indicated water levels on both ramps are 12-14 inches deep and are unsafe for launching boats.
The announcement carried boating warnings issued by Sabine River Authority. Through Wednesday, Toledo Bend’s water levels are more than nine feet below the reservoir’s safe level of 168 feet mean sea level.
The SRA news release further stated that the continued drought in western Louisiana and eastern Texas is to blame for the approximate one-half-inch-per-day fall in the lake, and that there are potentially hazardous areas for boaters and fishermen across the 60-mile-long lake, even in established boating lanes.
Hunting head start
The July 20 White-tailed Deer Summer Seminar might be the carryover hunters need through summer and into fall.
The program runs 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the first-floor Louisiana Room of Department of Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge.
Though there is no fee, organizer Don Reed said, there is limited space and anyone attending should register to reserve a seat. Call Tammy Bosch at (225) 291-7500 to register.
The program is sponsored by the LDWF, the LSU AgCenter and the South Louisiana Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association. A QDMA branch election of the board members is scheduled for 6:40 p.m.
Reed said he will moderate the presentation and discussion of newly established state Deer Management Assistance Program regulations, impacts of flooding on wildlife along the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers, a Shoot or Don’t Shoot method of taking deer to improve age structure in a deer herd and a question-and-answer session.
Voting during the past three weeks will send pro fishermen Michael Iaconelli, Skeet Reese, Aaron Martens and Jeff Kriet to Alabama to compete against eight other qualifiers for the July 23-31 Bassmaster Toyota Trucks All-Star Week.
Voting results were announced Wednesday by B.A.S.S. at the ICAST Show in Las Vegas..
The first eight anglers in the field — Angler of the Year Kevin VanDam, Edwin Evers, Gerald Swindle, Rookie of the Year Ott DeFoe, Steve Kennedy, Terry Scroggins, Casey Ashley and Davy Hite — came from the final Angler of the Year standings from the Bassmaster Elite series.
The 12 anglers will compete on Lake Jordan near Wetumpka, Ala., July 23-24.
The top eight move to the Alabama River near Montgomery, Ala., July 29 for three days of bracket fish-offs.
The July 31 finale will match the last two anglers in the brackets for the winner-take-all $100,000 cash purse.
A new face
By the barest of margins, Stephen F. Austin’s Andrew Upshaw outdueled teammate Ryan Watkins to claim a spot in February’s Bassmaster Classic on the Red River in Shreveport.
The SFA team beat 35 college teams, seven from Louisiana, in Little Rock, Ark., to win the title. Extra excitement came when the two squared off for the lone Classic berth allowed among the college anglers.
Fishing on a private lake near Little Rock, Upshaw didn’t have a fish in the boat with 15 minutes left Sunday. He used a Deep Little N to catch two fish in five minutes to weigh 3 pounds, 5 ounces to Watkins’ two bass weighing 2-10.
Upshaw is the first college qualifier for the Classic. The 24-year-old winner lives in Hemphill, Texas, on the banks of Toledo Bend Reservoir.
Louisiana-Lafayette was the top out of seven Louisiana schools.
ULL finished in ninth place. Northwestern State was 13th and LSU 15th.
A six-man team from LSU will compete in a one-day college tournament during the 2012 Bassmaster Classic.