Archives for February 2013

LWF Convention coming to Baton Rouge Feb 22-24

EASL Affiliate members are invited to attend some or all events featured at Louisian Wildlife Federation’s 74th convention in Baton Rouge at the Embassy Suites Hotel on February 22-24.  This is a great way to see what LWF does and how to get involved.  Here’s a some events EASL members might be interested in attending.

Vince Diez Conv 2012A Wildlife Soiree on Friday, February 22 featuring dinner and live music by The Wildlife Band (locally known in the EASL area).  Local humorist Jimmy Little and State Representative Clay Schexnayder will emcee.  The social event starts at 7pm and includes dancing, special presentations, raffles and a silent auction to raise funds for the LWF’s conservation education and advocacy work. Admission to this event is $40 but tickets  available at the door will be limited so RSVP soon to 344-6707 if you want to attend.

A wildlife photography workshop, which is free and open to the public, will feature presentations from local professional photographer Joey Bordelon and avid amateur photographer Father Gerald Burns. The session will be held from 3 – 4:30pm on Saturday, February 23 at the Convention’s hotel, the Embassy Suites Hotel. Both photographers will talk about their years of experience in outdoor and wildlife photography, recommend places in Louisiana that offer excellent opportunities for outdoor photography, share their tips on photographing wildlife, show beautiful photos, and Bordelon will explain how to get good shots using various cameras available whether from a camera phone or higher end gear.

Wesley and Jamie Johnson Conv 2012State Senator Gerald Long, chairman of the Senate Natural Resources Committee, will be the special guest speaker at the Board of Directors Luncheon on Saturday, February 23. Tickets to the Luncheon are $20 and the public is welcome to attend.

Francis and Dwain Gautreaux Conv 2012Saturday evening presentation of the 49th annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards at a festive banquet honoring two individuals, three organizations and a business for outstanding accomplishments in 2012. Dr. Rex Caffey, Director of the Center for Natural Resource Economics and Policy at Louisiana Sea Grant and LSU AgCenter, will emcee the banquet which begins at 7 PM, preceded by a 6 PM reception. Banquet tickets are $45.

LWF affiliate members, including EASL, will be represented at convention to hear proposed resolutions on conservation policy on Saturday.

More information available at the LWF website:


Louisiana High School Bass Classic

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Local High School Promotes Fishing Competition  


GONZALES, LA……..The 2nd Annual Louisiana High School Bass Classic is set for March 23, 2013. The tournament is sponsored by Ascension Christian High in Gonzales and students there are working hard to promote fishing as a competitive sport among area high school students.


Ascension Christian High Principal Mark Pellegrin says the Louisiana High School Bass Classic is the first attempt to coordinate a fishing competition among area high school students. Pellegrin says, fishing, like other sports, should be a part of the high school experience. “High schools provide students with competitive sports all year; however, fishing isn’t one of them. I think it’s a great opportunity for schools to encourage students to participate in one of the most competitive sports in Louisiana, fishing,” Pellegrin said. He added that organizing an annual competitive fishing tournament gets young people involved in learning more about the sport and gives youth an opportunity to appreciate the wealth of natural resources in south Louisiana and the importance of conservation.


Wesley Johnson, President of the East Ascension Sportsman’s League, a local non-profit conservation organization, agrees with the whole idea of organizing a tournament among high school students. “The East Ascension Sportsman’s League is excited and honored to be a sponsor of the Louisiana High School Bass Classic. We strive to get our high school kids involved with nature and conservation. We can’t think of a better way of doing that than sponsoring a high school bass tournament,” Johnson said.

Students at Ascension Christian High have been developing plans for the Louisiana High School Bass Classic for several months in preparation for the tournament on March 23, 2013. Student Tournament Director Seth Mangrum, a student at Ascension Christian High, says that this tournament is the only one of its kind. “This tournament gives high school students an opportunity to compete on a level playing field to win cash and prizes. It also gives teenagers an opportunity to enjoy a little friendly competition and bragging rights for their high school,” Mangrum said. “It’s going to be a great tournament as we continue to get more and more schools to participate.”


Tournament entries must be two-member teams and one member must be a high school student. Boats will launch from the Manchac Boat Launch in North Pass, Louisiana. Entry fee is $40 per boat. For more information please contact Ascension Christian High School at 225-622-2800 or Wesley Johnson at (225)324-3035.


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