LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The following is a news release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries:
The Calcasieu Parish Chapter Whitetails Unlimited has joined the list of sponsors for the third annual "Boating Education Lagniappe Day" slated for May 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Civic Center in Lake Charles.
The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is also a sponsor.
At its monthly board meeting in April, the local chapter voted to donate $1,500 to the event.
The decision supports the local chapter's endeavor to fund outreach programs relating to the national organization's overall mission and goals. Louisiana's waters transport numerous migratory, big game and small game hunters as well as all types of fresh and saltwater fisherman during months that most states enjoy their winter vacations.
During Boating Education Lagniappe Day, LDWF will provide instructors for the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) boating education course, NASBLA boating education certification, food, and drinks, giveaways and door prizes all free of charge to the public. The donation from Whitetails Unlimited is a significant contribution to Lagniappe Day and will greatly enhance the programs overall chance of success.
Anybody born after Jan. 1, 1984 must complete a NASBLA approved boating education course and carry proof of completion to operate a motorboat in excess of 10 horsepower.
The course includes information on choosing a boat, classification, hulls, motors, legal requirements and equipment requirements. The course also covers many navigation rules and charts, trailering, sailboats, canoeing, personal watercraft and more. Completion of the course will result in the student being issued a vessel operators certification card. Interested participants must register by visiting www.wlf.louisiana.gov/lagniappeday and calling the contact number listed for the chosen area.
Studies have shown that states with a mandatory boating education program have fewer boating incidents that result in fatalities than states that have no boating education program.
LDWF initiated the state's boating education program in 2003 and has certified over 50,000 boaters during that time.
Founded in 1982, Whitetails Unlimited is a national non-profit conservation organization that has remained true to its mission and has made great strides in the field of conservation. Their purpose is to raise funds in support of educational programs, habitat conservation, and preservation of the hunting tradition for the direct benefit of the white-tailed deer and its environment. One of their primary goals is a national educational campaign designed to address and instill in the general public, with emphasis on youth, a basic understanding of practical conservation measures.
For more information on boating education courses, please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating/courses.
Further information on Whitetails Unlimited can be accessed at www.whitetailsunlimited.com.