The Rotary Club of Ville Platte heard from Lt. Scott Fontenot and Sgt. Steve Vidrine, enforcement agents with the Louisiana Office of Wildlife and Fisheries. Since the opening weekend of squirrel and rabbit hunting begins this weekend , the two agents shared some hunting safety tips to club members. Vidrine said due to a printing mistake, deer hunters are allowed to tear apart their deer license.
They reminded hunters that the only time you can legally hunt hogs and coyotes at night is March 1 through August 31.
The agents reminded Rotary club members the importance of wearing hunter orange. Every year, people are shot accidentally. Even on your own private property, you are required to wear hunter orange.
The two said narcotics are often involved when they make arrests with hunters.
Fontenot said his department is working with the Evangeline Parish Police Jury and the Solid Waste Commission to crack down on those who litter parish and state roads with the use of surveillance cameras. In the short time, the cameras have been in use here, for about three weeks, they made 11-12 cases.
The two wildlife agents were the special guests of Rotarian Wayne Vidrine.
In other business, the Rotary Club:
Club President Richard LeJeune announced that due to new responsibilities with his job, he is stepping down. Vice President Peter Strawitz will be replacing him;
Announced that their Fall Social is set for October 23 at Dr. Jerry Veillon's Camp;