Southwest Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge Complex is Taking Applications For Refuge Alligator Hunters for the 2013 Alligator Season

The Southwest Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge Complex is taking applications from experienced Louisiana alligator hunters to fill alligator hunting permits for Sabine, Lacassine, and Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuges for the 2013 alligator hunting season. Applications will be accepted through 3:30 p.m., Monday, April 1, 2013 at the Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge office, either in person or by mail. To apply, individuals must be Louisiana residents, at least 18 years of age (by March 31, 2013), and must possess the skill, ability, and equipment necessary to hunt alligators safely and efficiently within refuge habitats. The application process is very easy. Each applicant must apply by submitting a white, 3x5” index card with the following information written legibly or typed on it: 1) First, Middle, and Last name 2) Mailing address 3) Phone number (cell if available) 4) Email address (if available) 5) Write: Cameron Prairie, Lacassine and Sabine on the top of the card and below each refuge name indicate your hunt preference (1,2,3 or 0). Write “1” under the refuge which is your first choice to hunt, “2” for your second choice, and “3” for your third choice. If you do not want to or are unable to hunt on a particular refuge, place a “0” under the refuge name. Completed white index cards must be received by refuge staff at the Southwest Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Complex Headquarters at Cameron Prairie NWR, 1428 Highway 27 South, Bell City, LA 70630 no later than 3:30 pm, Monday, April 1, 2013. Late, incomplete, illegible, or entries sent on anything other than a white 3x5” index card will not be eligible for the drawing. A public drawing will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 9 a.m. in the Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge Auditorium to choose alligator hunters and alternates for each refuge for the 2013 season. The selected hunters will be issued a special use permit for the 2013 alligator hunt season only. Selected hunters are required to abide by all applicable State licensing and alligator hunting regulations, all Southwest Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge Complex general hunting regulations, and all U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service special conditions associated with the Refuge Complex lottery alligator hunt program. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service requires receipt of 40% of the gross proceeds collected from the sale of alligators taken by each permitted hunter each year. To review a list of special conditions, please email diane_borden-billiot@fws.gov with your request. Alligator tag allotments for each hunter are determined prior to each alligator hunt season, after Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries provides the Refuge Complex with tag allocations for each refuge property. Tag numbers may vary annually and between refuges. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System that encompasses more than 560 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands, and other special management areas. It also operates 70 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 78 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.
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