Unseasonable Weather Impacts Early Deer Season Successes

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Weather conditions have had a major impact on hunter success during all of the managed hunts conducted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to date, according to LDWF Wildlife Division Administrator David Moreland. The warmer than normal temperatures during the months of October and November have slowed deer movement during the first part of this year’s hunting season. The numbers of hunters in the woods have also dropped this year, in part due to complaints about abundant mosquito populations.

The first managed hunt conducted on an LDWF wildlife management area was held the weekend of October 22 through 23. From that weekend through the Thanksgiving weekend, 2,362 deer have been taken on WMAs in managed hunts. These deer were taken as a result of 25,694 hunter efforts. That translates to one deer per 11 hunter efforts. Moreland said that the overall deer harvest for the season is projected to be lower than the 2003 numbers.

There is still time for numbers to rebound. Most areas will continue to have some type of deer hunting (bucks-only, muzzleloader and archery) during the months of December and January. Hunters are urged to check the department’s hunting regulations brochure for exact season dates.