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Jun 12, 2013 5:56 AM by AP/CS

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries News

June 13 Deadline Approaching for Alligator Hunting Bids on WMAs and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Properties for the 2013-2015 Alligator Harvest Seasons.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) continues to accept bids for alligator hunting on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE) properties for the 2013-2015 alligator harvest seasons. Eligible alligator hunters are chosen through a bid system every three years on selected WMAs/USACOE properties.

Completed bid application forms must be received by 10 a.m. on June 13, 2013 in Room 240 of the LDWF Headquarters Building at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, La. 70808.

Bids for alligator hunting continue to be solicited for the following WMAs and USACOE properties: Grassy Lake, Spring Bayou, and Pomme de Terre (Avoyelles Parish), Attakapas (Iberia, St. Martin and St. Mary Parishes), Sherburne - USACOE Lands (Iberville, Pointe Coupee and St. Martin Parishes), Dewey Wills (La Salle and Catahoula Parishes), Manchac (St. John Parish), Pearl River - North of Interstate 10, Pearl River - Between Interstate 10 and US Hwy 90 and Pearl River - South of US Hwy 90 (St. Tammany Parish), Joyce (Tangipahoa Parish), Maurepas Swamp (St. John, St. James, Ascension, Livingston and Tangipahoa Parishes), Indian Bayou - USACOE property (St. Landry and St. Martin Parishes), Atchafalaya Delta (St. Mary Parish), Pointe-aux-Chenes (Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes), Salvador (St. Charles Parish) and Pass-a-Loutre (Plaquemines Parish).

A total of 29 alligator hunting opportunities are available for bid on 13 WMAs and 2 USACOE properties. The number of alligator tags that will be issued to successful bidders in 2013 will range from 12 to 83 tags depending on area awarded. For specific details on the number of alligator hunter opportunities and tags available by area, please see the public notice or bid application notification.

Interested participants may review and print out the public notice and bid application notifications and forms from LDWF's website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife/alligator-hunting, or request by phone at the phone numbers below, or request in writing from Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 2013-2015 WMA Alligator Harvest Bids, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, La. 70898-9000.

If additional information is needed, call the appropriate LDWF office (Hammond 985-543-4777, Opelousas 337-948-0255, Monroe 318-343-4044, New Iberia 337-373-0032, New Orleans 504-284-5264) or send an email to LAalligatorprogram@wlf.la.gov.

NO guiding/outfitting activities for sport alligator hunting will be allowed while conducting alligator harvest activities on WMAs/USACOE properties. Selected hunters will not be allowed to participate in any television or reality show production. Any video activity must be specifically approved by the Alligator Program Manager.

An individual can apply and bid on more than one WMA/USACOE property but will only be selected for one WMA/USACOE property. Bidders applying for more than one area must fill out individual applications for each WMA/USACOE property. Only one winner allowed per household.

Applicants must meet the following criteria in order to submit a bid:

1. Applicants must be a Louisiana resident at least 18 years of age.

2. Evidence of previous alligator hunting experience in Louisiana.

3. Ownership of or access to essential equipment for alligator hunting on the WMA/USACOE property they are bidding on.

4. Each applicant must be able to report to the WMA/USACOE property each morning until alligator tag quota is completed.

5. Ability to follow specific instructions issued by Department personnel.

6. Ability to maintain required records.

7. All applicants will be screened for past wildlife and criminal violations. Applicants with felony convictions or with Class Two or above wildlife convictions, WMA/USACOE violations or littering within the last five years, as determined by the Enforcement Division, shall be disqualified.

Bid opening will be held at the LDWF Headquarters Building, 4th Floor Conference Room, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70898. Winning bidders will be notified of selection by phone and are required to come in and sign a contract at a later date. LDWF reserves the right to reject any and all bids.

For more information, contact Lance Campbell at 337-373-0032 or ljcampbell@wlf.la.gov.

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