Louisiana Hunting News

Deer Hunting Season Reopened
Deer hunting in the following described portion of the state previously closed on October 12, 2002 (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 the Tangipahoa River, west bank of the 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 Hwy. 641 to US Hwy. 61, north of US Hwy. 61 to Hwy. 51.) will reopen 30 minutes before sunrise on October 26, 2002.
Black Bear Sighted
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has received reports of a black bear roaming the area around Abbeville and causing a nuisance. Biologists know the bear well, as they have captured it on two previous occasions. The 225-pound young male bear was originally captured in April near a garbage dump on Avery Island.
New Rules on Deer Importation
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission passed three resolutions regarding captive deer at their September 5 meeting in an attempt to prevent the introduction of chronic wasting disease (CWD) into Louisiana deer populations. The actions were taken on advice from Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists.
Farmer Cited For Possessing Wild Fawns
Enforcement agents from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited Marty A. Starks, 34, of Many, on July 27, in Sabine Parish for allegedly possessing spotted fawns illegally. Norman L. Hardy, 36, of Many, was also cited in the case for taking a spotted fawn.
Wild Alligator Season Set
The statewide wild alligator season has been set by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. The commission voted unanimously to accept a resolution and declaration of emergency that will officially set the season from Wednesday, August 28 through September 30. The resolution was presented by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at the commission's July 2 meeting.
Antler Restriction Proposed
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has included an experimental deer season with antler restrictions in their proposal for the 2002/03 Hunting Season Dates and Regulations. The experimental season will be in effect for the parishes of Iberville, Pointe Coupee and West Baton Rouge only. The restrictions will not apply to that portion of Iberville Parish east of the Mississippi River, the Sherburne Wildlife Management Area Complex, and those private lands owned by Adams and Summers, which are totally surrounded by the Sherburne complex.
Free WMA Maps Available
Free updated maps of Louisiana wildlife management areas (WMA) are now available to the public electronically by visiting the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries website. The maps, which can be downloaded in PDF format and printed, can be found by clicking here.
Abandoned Baby Deer
Each year, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries receives dozens of calls from concerned citizens who have found "abandoned" baby deer. With the best of intentions, these concerned citizens pick up the baby deer and take them home. They then call LDWF to retrieve them.
Report Black Bear Sightings
In March, four female Louisiana black bears and their cubs were relocated through a joint venture between the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Louisiana State University and, the Black Bear Conservation Committee (BBCC). The bears were relocated to the LDWF Red River Wildlife Management Area (WMA).