Monthly Archives: February 2021

LDWF providing critical transportation

Screen Shot 2021-02-18 at 2.04.21 PMThe Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division has been providing transportation for essential workers who are trapped by unsafe driving conditions caused by freezing weather blanketing the state. Agents began transporting essential workers to and from work on Monday evening.  LDWF agents are transporting essential workers to the Northwest Louisiana Veterans Home in Bossier Parish, the Northeast Louisiana Veterans Home in Ouachita Parish and the Louisiana Veterans Home in East Feliciana Parish.

Agents are also providing transportation for workers at Bienville Parish medical facilities, St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, Glenwood Regional Medical Center in West Monroe, the LSU Oschner Medical in Shreveport and West Carroll Parish nursing homes.

LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet said Thursday, “We will continue this effort until it is no longer needed. This is something we are pleased we can do for the people of our state during this critical time.”

“Anytime we can provide a public service in a time of need like we are facing now we try our best to do so,” said Col. Chad Hebert, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division.  “Our agents are equipped with four-wheel drive trucks and have experience in almost any type of bad driving condition imaginable for Louisiana.”

“The help our state’s Wildlife and Fisheries agents provided this week to ensure that our staff arrived safely at work was mission critical to our serving the more than 300 veterans who live in the Bossier, Monroe and Jackson homes,” Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Joey Strickland said Thursday. “These medical professionals who work in our homes are caring for our nation’s heroes – our veterans – and the agents’ efforts have ensured their ability to continue to do so, despite the severe weather conditions.”

LDWF changing way licenses are printed

Screen Shot 2021-02-11 at 3.43.53 PMThe Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is changing how hunting and fishing licenses are printed. Beginning March 15, 2021, licenses and tags will no longer be printed on durable stock paper. Instead, it will be printed on regular, 8.5 x 11 (letter-size) paper.

LDWF is making the switch to eliminate aging hardware requirements associated with the traditional printed system, it was announced today, Thursday, Feb. 11.

Customers may also choose to have a digital copy of their license emailed to them.  Simply ensure the license vendor has your email address recorded accurately on file, and the electronic license will be sent immediately after the purchase is complete.    This can be saved on your smart device and used as proof of a valid license in the field. However, deer and turkey tags must be printed for use in the field.

LDWF is dedicated to connecting people and families with nature. Thank you for your patience during this transition.

Don’t hesitate to email additional questions to

Say What? Bussey’s three pound crappie

Screen Shot 2021-02-03 at 10.50.23 AMBussey Brake, located right up the road from Simmons’ Sporting Goods, is showing out again. Last year right after it was re-opened, it rocked the fishing world giving up at least two 10 pound PLUS bass. This winter, the crappie are making waves as well.

Now, two three-pound plus crappie, including a 3.60 slab that will be No. 2 white crappie in the Louisiana State Fish Records have been caught in the past two weeks. Congratulations to Anthony Griffith of Bastrop on that catch and to J.C. Morgan, formerly of Bastrop, for his 3.32 whopper that will be No. 6 in the state black crappie records.

And look for more to come!

A reminder: Simmons’ Sporting Goods blog is now located here 12 months a year.

Check in every week for reports from our great outdoors!