LDWF Reopens Area for Hunting

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Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Dwight Landreneau issued a notice to reopen the portion of the state that had been closed to hunting activities due to high waters. The area, near Lake Maurepas, will be open for hunting beginning October 20. Flooding and high waters caused by Tropical Storm Matthew forced the closure.

The emergency rule issued by Secretary Landreneau reads as follows:

Upon the authority of R.S. 56:6.1 and the authority granted to the Secretary by the Commission to reopen hunting seasons, hunting in the following described portion of the state is hereby reopened effective October 20, 2004. This order shall apply to that portion of Louisiana north and west of US Hwy. 51 from US 61 to Frenier Road, north of Frenier Road to Lake Ponchartrain, west of Lake Ponchartrain to Tangipahoa River, west bank of Tangipahoa River to LA Hwy. 22, south of LA Hwy. 22 to LA Hwy. 70 in Sorrento, east of LA Hwy. 70 to LA Hwy. 3125, north of LA Hwy. 3125 to LA Hwy. 641, north and west of LA Hwy. 641 to US Hwy. 61, north of US Hwy. 61 to US Hwy. 51. The decision to reopen hunting was based upon flood waters receding and game species given time to disperse and resume their normal activities.

For more information, contact Thomas Gresham at 225/765-2923.