Louisiana Lottery Dove Hunt Applications Available

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Applications are now being accepted for a lottery dove hunt to be held on the Bayou Pierre Wildlife Management Area (WMA) the first day of the September 2007 dove season. The opening day hunt will be limited to 75 hunters who will be selected by a computerized, random drawing. Dove hunters wanting to apply for the drawing can obtain an application from any regional office of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) or the department Web site at www.wlf.louisiana.gov.

Hunters may apply individually or as a group with no more than five applications per group. Applications included in a group should be stapled together. A $5 administrative fee will be charged for each applicant regardless of age, whether submitted individually or as a member of a group. Applications must be accompanied by a check or money order made payable to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The administrative fee is non-refundable. The deadline for returning the applications to the address listed on the application is July 6, 2007. All successful applicants will be notified by mail.

Last year's lottery hunters enjoyed a pleasant but somewhat less successful hunt compared to previous years due to a very weak, late August cool front that caused a large number of the doves to move out of the area.

Out of the 75 hunters selected in the 2006 lottery, 70 participated. A total of 192 doves were harvested with one hunter bagging a limit on the opening day lottery hunt, which was down from the 2005 opening day harvest of 545 doves. During the first three days of last year's season, Bayou Pierre WMA hunters logged in 131 hunting efforts and bagged 253 doves, which again was less when compared to the first three days of the 2005 season that saw 135 hunting efforts resulting in 647 doves being bagged.

Following the opening day lottery hunt, Bayou Pierre WMA will be open to all hunters wanting to participate in the dove hunting tradition. The Bayou Pierre WMA dove season will then correspond to the outside season for the remainder of the 2007-08 dove season.

At the end of April, Bayou Pierre WMA Supervisor Don Carpenter reported that the fields planted this spring were showing promise even though germination had been spotty. The wheat fields were fair and should produce sufficient wheat to attract resident and early migrating doves. Resident doves were already frequenting the fields. Approximately 100 acres are managed for doves with 30 acres planted in winter wheat, 20 acres in upland mix and 50 acres in sunflowers.

Bayou Pierre WMA encompasses 2,212 acres and is located in Red River and Desoto Parishes approximately 20 miles south of Shreveport. On-line applications for printing can be obtained by going to www.wlf.louisiana.gov and looking under Hunting-WMAs/Refuges-Lottery Hunts and then clicking on Bayou Pierre Dove Lottery Hunt Application 2007. For additional information contact Steve Hebert at 318-371-3050 or [email protected].