(Feb. 3, 2016) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is giving you the chance to win one of many outdoor prizes including ice chests, fishing rods, gift cards and more. If these sound like prizes youd be interested in winning, purchasing a recreational saltwater fishing license is the place to start.

As part of its first annual License to Win! promotion, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in partnership with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, awards five monthly prize winners among those who purchase a 2015-16 recreational saltwater fishing license.

Winners drawn on January 1 include Arnold Bochner, Mark Baudean, George Hagmann, Barbara Meaux and Justin Farge.

Donated prizes include a YETI Tundra 45 ice chest, Shimano Curado G-Loomis Combo or gift cards from Academy Sports and Outdoors, Texaco and Whole Foods Market.

The department will continue to select five winners each month, and one lucky angler will take home the grand prize, a 22 foot bay boat, trailer and motor donated by Venice Marina, Mercury Outboards and Mike Geralds Trailer Depot.

The License to Win! sweepstakes encourages anglers to provide accurate contact information to participate in a survey (LA Creel) that helps LDWF manage their fishery. LA Creel is the data-gathering survey that allows LDWF biologists to manage our fisheries at localized levels across the state. The success of LA Creel will not only allow the Department to better manage fisheries, but will ultimately maximize the amount of fishing opportunities for Louisiana anglers.

Visit your nearest license vendor or go online (www.wildlifelicense.com) to purchase your recreational saltwater license to be eligible for next months drawing.

Rules, photos and additional information can be found at http://www.fishla.org/license-win-sweepstakes.