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Acadiana Conservation Corridor

Owner: LDWF (2,285 acres, Lafayette Office)

No motorized vehicles allowed and no access via I-49 right-of way. Self-Clearing Permits required for all activities.

Deer Archery (bucks only): Oct. 1-15

Deer Archery (either-sex): Oct. 16 – Feb. 15

All other seasons CLOSED.

 

Alexander State Forest

Owner: LDWF (283 acres, Pineville Office); LDAF (7,875 acres)

From December through February all hunters must check daily with the Office of Forestry for scheduled burning activity. No hunting or other activity will be permitted in burn units the day of the burning. Call 318-487-5172 or 318-487-5058 for information on burning schedules. Self-Clearing Permits required for all activities. Vehicles restricted to paved and graveled roads. No parking on or fishing or swimming from bridges. No open fires EXCEPT in recreation areas.

Attaching stands to red-cockaded woodpecker cavity trees is prohibited. Cavity trees are marked with painted, double white bands.

Physically Challenged Wheelchair Confined Deer Hunting Area: Access restricted. Check WMA map for location and call Pineville Office for details and applications. Hunting PCHP blind hunting by reservation Class I, III and IV PCHP permittees only. See dates below.

Deer Archery (either-sex): Oct. 1 – Jan. 31

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 7-8, mandatory deer check.

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Nov. 27-29

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Oct. 10-11, mandatory deer check.

Physically Challenged Deer Hunting Area (either-sex): Oct. 24-25,

Nov. 7-8 & 27-29, and Dec. 12-13 & 19-20

Small Game: Same as outside EXCEPT CLOSED Oct. 10-11 and Nov. 7-8 and OPEN to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 1-9, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Dec. 19 – Feb. 28.
Waterfowl: Same as outside EXCEPT closed after 2 p.m. (Certain areas may be closed as posted).

 

Atchafalaya Delta

Owner: State of Louisiana (137,695 acres, Lafayette Office)

Self-Clearing Permit required for all activities. Self-clearing permits available from Main Delta campground, Wax Delta Campground, Cul-de-sac on Big Island, and Berwick Public Boat Launch (Jesse Fontenot Boat Launch) or through the LDWF Self-clearing Permit app or internet/web portal. Camping and houseboat mooring allowed ONLY in designated campgrounds. Houseboat mooring allowed by permit only (see Wildlife Management Areas for details).

Vessels/Vehicles: Mudboats or air-cooled propulsion vessels powered by more than 36 total horsepower are prohibited on the WMA. All ATVs/UTVs, motorcycles, horses and mules prohibited EXCEPT as permitted for authorized WMA trappers.

Big Island: CLOSED to all activities during the month of October, EXCEPT LDWF Lottery Hunts.

Deer Archery (either-sex): Oct. 1 – Jan. 31 on Main Delta only (Big Island CLOSED during October); no deer hunting on Wax Lake Delta. All harvested deer must be checked in at Atchafalaya Delta HQ.

Deer Youth Lottery (either-sex): Oct. 10-11 & 17-18, daily youth hunt permit required. Call Lafayette Office, Coastal WMAs 337-735-8667 for details. Visit www.wlf.la.gov/page/lottery-hunts to apply online.

Small Game: Same as outside EXCEPT Rabbit Only:

  • Wax Lake Delta: Oct. 3-31 and Feb. 1-28, with or without beagles. Nov. 1 – Jan. 31 without beagles only.
  • Main Delta: Feb. 1-28, with or without beagles. CLOSED October through January.
Waterfowl: Same as outside, EXCEPT shooting hours shall be 1/2 hour before sunrise to 2 p.m. during opening weekends of teal and duck season and 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset the remainder of the season, and EXCEPT shooting hours are the same as outside for the Youth Hunt weekend.
Feral Hogs: May be taken by properly licensed hunters Oct. 1 – Feb. 28. In addition, hunters may hunt feral hogs with archery equipment, shotguns loaded with buckshot or slugs or rimfire rifles no larger than .22 caliber from Feb. 16 – March 31. All harvested hogs must be checked in at the Atchafalaya Delta WMA headquarters.

 

Attakapas

Owner: State of Louisiana (25,730 acres); U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (2,232 acres, Lafayette Office)

Self-Clearing Permits required for all activities.

Area closed: Oct. 31 – Nov. 1 to all hunters EXCEPT Youth Deer Hunters.

Deer: Deer hunting will be CLOSED when the river stage of the Atchafalaya River reaches 15 feet at Butte La Rose, and will reopen when the river stage of the Atchafalaya River recedes to 14 feet at Butte La Rose.

Deer Archery (bucks only): Oct. 1-15

Deer Archery (either-sex): Oct. 16 – Feb. 15

Deer Youth (either-sex): Oct. 31 – Nov. 1

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 27-28

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Dec. 26 – Jan. 3

Deer Primitive Firearms (bucks only): Jan. 16-17

Turkey: Closed
Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside EXCEPT CLOSED Oct. 31 – Nov. 1 and Nov. 27-28. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Jan. 18 – Feb. 28 and open to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 1-9, with or without dogs.
Raccoon (nighttime): Sept. 12-27 and Jan. 18 – Feb. 28

 

Bayou Macon

Owner: LDWF (6,919 acres, Monroe Office)

Area closed: Closed to all activities EXCEPT youth deer hunters Oct. 31 – Nov. 1

All night activities prohibited EXCEPT as otherwise provided.

Deer Archery (either-sex): Oct. 1 – Jan. 31

Deer Youth (either-sex): Oct. 31 – Nov. 1

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 27-28, mandatory deer check. Nov. 29, self-clearing permit.

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Dec. 19-27

Turkey General Lottery: April 24-25. Hunting by pre-application lottery only. Contact Monroe Field Office for details. Visit www.wlf.la.gov/page/lottery-hunts to apply online.
Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside EXCEPT WATERFOWL CLOSED after 2 p.m. and EXCEPT CLOSED Oct. 31 – Nov. 1 and Nov. 27-29. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Dec. 28 – Feb. 28 and OPEN to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 1-9, with or without dogs. On that portion designated as Small Game Emphasis Area, beagles are allowed for rabbit and dogs are allowed for squirrel Oct. 17 – Nov. 22, and training of beagles for rabbit and dogs for squirrel allowed June 1 – Aug. 31.
Raccoon (nighttime): Sept. 1-16 and Jan. 2 – Feb. 28

 

Bayou Pierre

Owner: LDWF (2,799 acres, Minden Office)

Waterfowl Refuge is closed to all hunting, trapping and fishing EXCEPT for archery hunting for deer, which is allowed on the entire area. Refuge is marked with “Waterfowl Refuge” signs. Contact the Minden Field Office at 318-371-3050 for details on the lottery hunts listed below.

Deer Archery (either-sex): Oct. 1 – Jan. 31.
Dove: Same as outside.
Waterfowl Lottery Only EXCEPT PCHP Waterfowl Blind: (Designated Portion)

  • Lottery Youth Hunt: Same as outside youth waterfowl hunt.
  • General Lottery Hunt: Second weekend of first split and first and fourth weekend of second split.
  • Visit www.wlf.la.gov/page/lottery-hunts to apply online.PCHP Waterfowl Blind: Second weekend of first split and first and fourth weekend of second split.
Small Game: Same as outside. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Dec. 19 – Feb. 28 and OPEN to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 1-9, with or without dogs. On that portion designated as Small Game Emphasis Area, training of beagles for rabbit and dogs for squirrel allowed June 1 – Aug. 31.
Raccoon (nighttime): Dec. 19 – Feb. 28

 

Big Colewa Bayou

Owner: LDWF (899 acres, Monroe Office)

Self-Clearing Permit required for all activities. All nighttime activities prohibited.

Physically Challenged Wheelchair-confined Deer Hunting Area: Access restricted. Call Monroe field office for details and applications. Hunting by reservation for wheelchair confined PCHP permittees only. See dates below

Deer Archery (either-sex): Oct. 1 – Jan. 31

Physically Challenged Deer Hunting Area: Nov. 27-29, either-sex. Dec. 12-27, bucks only

Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside EXCEPT WATERFOWL CLOSED after 2 p.m. Beagles allowed for rabbit hunting Jan. 1 – Feb. 28 and OPEN to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 1-9 with or without dogs. On that portion designated as Small Game Emphasis Area, beagle area allowed for rabbit and dogs are allowed for squirrel Oct. 19 – Nov. 22, and training of beagles for rabbit and dogs for squirrel allowed June 1 – Aug. 31.

 

Big Lake

Owner: LDWF (19,231 acres, Monroe Office)

Area Closed (portion): Oct. 31 – Nov. 1 to all hunters EXCEPT Youth Deer Hunters ONLY that portion of the area South of Big Lake and Crystal Roads. That portion North of Big Lake and Crystal Roads open to all activities. See WMA map for details.

Deer Archery (either-sex): Oct. 1 – Jan. 31

Deer Youth (either-sex): Oct. 31 – Nov. 1 ONLY on that portion of the area South of Big Lake and Crystal Roads. See WMA map for details.

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 27-28, mandatory deer check. Nov. 29, self-clearing permit.

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Dec. 12-25

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Dec. 26 – Jan. 8

Turkey: April 2-11

Turkey Youth: March 27-28

Small Game: Same as outside EXCEPT CLOSED Oct. 31 – Nov. 1 (ONLY that portion of the area South of Big Lake and Crystal Roads. See WMA map for details) and Nov. 27-29. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Jan. 9 – Feb. 28 and open to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 1-9, with or without dogs.
Waterfowl: Same as outside except closed after 2 p.m. and EXCEPT CLOSED Nov. 27-29.
Raccoon (nighttime): Jan. 9 – Feb. 28
Fishing: Yoyos, limb lines and trotlines prohibited on Big and Chain lakes. Commercial fishing prohibited.

 

Biloxi

Owner: Biloxi Marsh Land Corporation (42,747 acres, Hammond Office)

Self-Clearing Permits required for all activities.

Vessels/Vehicles: All ATVs/UTVs, motorcycles, horses, and mules are prohibited. Mud boats or air cooled propulsion vessels can only be powered by straight shaft “long-tail” air-cooled mud motors that are 25 total horsepower or less. All other types of mud boats or air cooled propulsion vessels, including “surface-drive” boats, are prohibited. Overnight mooring of all vessels 50 feet in length or longer is prohibited.

Deer Archery (bucks only): Oct. 1-15

Deer Archery (either-sex): Oct. 16 – Jan. 31

Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside EXCEPT beagles allowed for rabbits when duck season is closed and EXCEPT CLOSED to squirrel hunting during the spring season.

 

Bodcau

Owner: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (33,766 acres, Minden Office)

Area Closed (portion): Closed to all hunters EXCEPT youth deer hunters Oct. 10-11, on designated portion. See WMA map for details. Towable watersports prohibited in Ivan Lake. Nets and traps prohibited in Ivan Lake.

Bird Dog Training Area: Open year-round EXCEPT CLOSED during WMA Turkey Season. Contact Minden Field Office for more information.

Deer Archery (either-sex): Oct. 1 – Jan. 31

Deer Youth (either-sex): Oct. 10-11. On designated portion only.

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Oct. 31 – Nov. 1, mandatory deer check. Nov. 2-29, self-clearing permit.

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 30 – Dec. 6

Turkey: April 2-18

Turkey Youth: March 27-28 and April 24-25

Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside except waterfowl closed after 2 p.m. and EXCEPT CLOSED ONLY during youth deer hunt on designated portion and entire area Oct. 31 – Nov. 1, and EXCEPT spring squirrel season will be open May 1-9, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Dec. 7 – Feb. 28.

  • Youth Squirrel Hunt: Sept. 26-27
Raccoon (nighttime): Dec. 7 – Feb. 28
Fishing: Nets and traps prohibited in Ivan Lake.

 

Boeuf

Owner: LDWF (51,110 acres, Monroe Office)

Internal combustion engines and craft limited to 10 Hp rating or less in the Greentree Reservoir.

Limited Access Areas: See WMA map for locations.

Area Closed: Closed to all south of LA 4 EXCEPT Youth Deer Hunters when youth deer season is open (Oct. 10-11). North of LA 4 open to all activities.

Deer Archery (either-sex): Oct. 1 – Jan. 31

Deer Youth (either-sex): Oct. 10-11

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 27-28, mandatory deer check. Nov. 29, self-clearing permit.

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Dec. 5-18

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 14-20 and Dec. 19 – Jan. 1

Turkey: April 2-11
Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside EXCEPT WATERFOWL CLOSED after 2 p.m. and EXCEPT CLOSED Oct. 10-11 (South of LA 4 ONLY), and Nov. 27-29 and EXCEPT spring squirrel season will be open May 1-9 only, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Jan. 2 – Feb. 28. On that portion designated as Small Game Emphasis Area, beagles are allowed for rabbit and dogs are allowed for squirrel Oct. 19 – Nov. 22, and training of beagles for rabbit and dogs for squirrel allowed June 1 – Aug. 31.

  • Youth Squirrel Hunt: Sept. 26-27
Raccoon (nighttime): Sept. 12-27 and Jan. 2 – Feb. 28

 

Buckhorn

Owner: LDWF (11,121 acres, Monroe Office)

Area Closed: Oct. 24-25 to all EXCEPT youth and physically challenged deer hunters.

Limited Use Area: Access prohibited Oct. 1 – Jan. 15. Hunting restricted to small game Jan. 16 – Feb. 28.

Deer Archery (either-sex): Oct. 1 – Jan. 31

Deer Youth and Physically Challenged (either-sex): Oct. 24-25

  • Youth Lottery: Dec. 12-13 & 26-27 and Jan. 2-3, Either-sex. Hunting by pre-application lottery only. Visit www.wlf.la.gov/page/lottery-hunts to apply online.
  • Physically Challenged: Dec. 12-13 & 26-27 and Jan. 2-3, Either-sex. Hunting by reservation; restricted to wheelchair-confined PCHP permittees only.Deer Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 27-28, mandatory deer check. Nov. 29 and Dec. 12-13, self-clearing permit.Deer Firearms (bucks only): Dec. 19 – Jan. 1Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Jan. 2-15
Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside EXCEPT WATERFOWL CLOSED after 2 p.m. and EXCEPT CLOSED Oct. 24-25, Nov. 27-29 and Dec. 12-13 and OPEN to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 1-9, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Jan. 16 – Feb. 28.
Raccoon (Nighttime): Jan. 16 – Feb. 28

 

Bussey Brake

Owner: LDWF (2,614 acres, Monroe Office)

AREA CLOSED TO ALL HUNTING AND TRAPPING ACTIVITY. Recreational fishing and all other allowed non-consumptive uses only. No personal watercraft or water skiing. No camping. No atvs/utvs or electric bicycles allowed. No motorized vehicles of any type allowed on reservoir levee except at boat launch for purpose of launching boat or to access fishing pier. Pulling boats over levees or any other activities that cause detriment to the levees is prohibited. Horseback riding and non-motorized bicycles are allowed only on the designated trail named levee trail (see map at boat launch kiosk). Access is granted at two marked locations, adjacent to the boat launch and just beyond the boat launch parking area. No tying boats to channel marker poles. A no-wake zone is in effect in the harbor inside the wave break. No boats allowed within 30 feet of fishing piers.

Fishing: Fish may be taken only by rod and reel or cane pole for recreational purposes. All types of nets, including but not limited to gill nets, trammel nets, hoop nets, wire nets, fyke nets and fish seines are prohibited. Trotlines, yo-yos, limb lines, stump lines, slat traps, jugs, cans, and pipes are prohibited. Shoreline (non-boat) fishing only allowed at designated locations. No fishing or lake access from rocks along interior of reservoir levee. Special harvest regulations apply at Bussey Brake; please refer to LDWF Recreational Fishing Regulations.

 

Camp Beauregard

Owner: Louisiana National Guard (12,500 acres, Pineville Office)

Daily military clearance is required for all recreational users. All or portions of the area may be closed daily due to military activities. Consult maps posted on Self-Clearing Permit Stations for closed areas. Should no maps be posted, call 318-641-3355 or 318-641-3365 for information on open areas before entering the WMA.

Retriever training allowed on selected portions of the WMA. Contact Range Central at 318-641-3365.

Area Closed: Nov. 7-8 to all EXCEPT Youth and Disabled Veterans Lottery Deer Hunters.

Deer Archery (either-sex): Oct. 1 – Jan. 31

Deer Youth (either-sex): Nov. 7-8, on designated portion of the WMA.

Disabled Veterans Lottery (either-sex): Nov. 7-8, on designated portion of the WMA. Contact Pineville Field Office for details and visit www.wlf.la.gov/page/lottery-hunts to apply online.

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Dec. 26 – Jan. 1

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 27-28, mandatory deer check. Dec. 12-13, self-clearing permit. All deer harvested must be brought to Rifle Range Road Weigh Station.

Turkey: April 2-11
Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside EXCEPT WATERFOWL CLOSED after 2 p.m. and EXCEPT CLOSED Nov. 7-8 & 27-28 and Dec. 12-13 and EXCEPT CLOSED to squirrel hunting during the spring season. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Jan. 2 – Feb. 28.
Raccoon (nighttime): Jan. 30 – Feb. 28
Fishing: Special regulations to be posted at Twin Lakes

 

Clear Creek

Owner: Hancock Timber and Roy O. Martin (52,559 acres. Lake Charles Office)

Area Closed: Oct. 24-25 to all EXCEPT Youth Deer Hunters.

Physically Challenged Wheelchair-confined Deer Hunting Area: Access restricted. Check WMA map for location and call Lake Charles or Baton Rouge offices for details and applications. Hunting by reservation for wheelchair confined PCHP permittees only. Same deer seasons listed below.

Deer Archery (either-sex): Sept. 19 – Jan. 15

Deer Youth (either-sex): Oct. 24-25

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Oct. 31 – Nov. 1, mandatory deer check. Nov. 27-29, self-clearing permit.

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Nov. 9-26 and Dec. 12 – Jan. 1

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 2-8

Turkey: April 12 – May 2

Turkey Youth Lottery: March 27. Visit www.wlf.la.gov/page/lottery-hunts to apply online.

Turkey General Lottery: April 2-3 & 10-11. Visit www.wlf.la.gov/page/lottery-hunts to apply online.

Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside EXCEPT WATERFOWL CLOSED after 2 p.m. and EXCEPT CLOSED Oct. 24-25, Oct. 31 – Nov. 1 and Nov. 27-29 and EXCEPT spring squirrel season will be open May 1-9 only, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Jan. 2 – Feb. 28.

  • Youth Squirrel Season: Sept. 26-27
Raccoon (nighttime): Jan. 2 – Feb. 28

 

Dewey W. Wills

Owner: LDWF (62,108 acres, Pineville Office); LaSalle Parish School Board (1,530 acres); U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (256 acres)

Area Closed: Oct. 24-25, to all EXCEPT Youth and Physically Challenged Deer hunters only that portion of the area north of the Diversion Canal.

Larto Tracts: All season dates on Larto Tracts (see WMA map) same as outside, EXCEPT still hunt only and archery only for deer. All vehicles, including ATVs/UTVs, prohibited.

High Water Benchmark Road Closures: Hunt Road (South of the Catahoula Lake Diversion Canal) and Muddy Bayou Road east of Nolan Bayou Road will be closed when water levels at the Larto Lake gauge reaches 45.0 ft. msl, and will reopen when water levels recede to 43.0 ft. msl, and Muddy Bayou Road west of the intersection of Nolan Bayou Road and Sandy Bayou Road will be closed when water levels at the Larto Lake gauge reaches 42.0 ft. msl and will reopen when water levels recede to 40 ft. msl.

  • Larto Lake Gage is available at rivergages.mvr.usace.army.mil/WaterControl/stationinfo2.cfm?sid=CE7F3AA4&fid=&dt=S
Deer Archery (either-sex): Oct. 1 – Jan. 31

Deer Youth and Physically Challenged (either-sex): Oct. 24-25. Only that portion of the area north of the Diversion Canal. The remainder of the area is open to other use.

  • Youth Lottery: Dec. 5-6 and Jan. 2-3, 9-10 & 16-17. Contact Pineville Field Office (318-487-5885) for details and visit www.wlf.la.gov/page/lottery-hunts to apply online.
Deer Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 27-29, mandatory deer check. Nov. 29, self-clearing permit. No hunting allowed in the greentree impoundment or within 100 feet of the greentree levee, if duck season is in progress.

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Dec. 26 – Jan. 10

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Dec. 12-13

Turkey: Closed
Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside EXCEPT WATERFOWL CLOSED after 2 p.m. and EXCEPT CLOSED on the entire area Nov. 27-29, EXCEPT waterfowl hunting will be allowed in the greentree impoundment Nov. 27-29, if duck season is in progress, and OPEN to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 1-9, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Jan. 11 – Feb. 28. On that portion designated as Small Game Emphasis Areas, beagles are allowed for rabbit and dogs are allowed for squirrel Oct. 3 – Nov. 15, and training of beagles for rabbit and dogs for squirrel allowed June 1 – Aug. 31.
Raccoon (nighttime): Jan. 11 – Feb. 28

  • Nighttime Chase Only: May 1 – Sept. 25, Tuesdays and Thursdays only. Raccoon hunters may use ATVs on designated trails during take season only.
Crawfish: Limited to 100 lbs per person per day.

 

Elbow Slough

Owner: LDWF (160 acres, Pineville Office)

All motorized vehicles prohibited. Non-toxic (maximum size #6) shot only for all hunting.

Mourning Dove: Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays only from Sept. 5-27 and Oct. 10 – Nov. 15 EXCEPT lottery only opening weekend of the 1st split. Contact Pineville Field office for details and visit www.wlf.la.gov/page/lottery-hunts to apply online.
Rabbit: Feb. 1-28. Beagles allowed.
Crawfish: March 1 – July 31. 100 pounds per person per day. Recreational crawfishing only, no traps or nets left overnight.
All other seasons CLOSED.

 

Elm Hall

Owner: LDWF (2,839 acres, Lafayette Office)

ATVs/UTVs prohibited. Self-clearing permits required for all activities.

Deer Archery (bucks only): Oct. 1-15

Deer Archery (either-sex): Oct. 16 – Feb. 15

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 27-28

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Nov. 29 and Dec. 26 – Jan. 3

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Jan. 16-17

Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside EXCEPT WATERFOWL CLOSED after 2 p.m. and EXCEPT CLOSED Nov. 27-28 and OPEN to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 1-9, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Jan. 18 – Feb. 28.

 

Floy Ward Mcelroy

Owner: LDWF (681 acres, Monroe Office)

Access restricted. Contact Monroe Field Office for information.

Deer Limit: Limit 1 deer per participant per weekend for all hunts.

Deer Youth Lottery: Dec. 12-13 & 26-27 and Jan. 11-12. Restricted to

those selected as a result of the pre-application lottery.

Deer Physically Challenged Wheelchair-confined Lottery: Nov. 7-8. Restricted to wheelchair-confined PCHP permittees only, selected as a result of a pre-application lottery.

Beyond Becoming an Outdoors Woman Lottery Deer Hunt: Dec. 5-6. Hunt restricted to those that have successfully completed the Becoming an Outdoors Woman Deer Management course. Must be hunter education certified. Contact LDWF Education Section at 318-345-3912 for more information.

Visit www.wlf.la.gov/page/lottery-hunts to apply online.

 

Fort Polk – Vernon

Owner: U.S. Army and U.S. Forest Service (105,545 acres, Lake Charles Office)

Self-clearing permit required daily for all activities. All or portions of the area may be closed daily due to military activities. Information on open areas and special ATV regulations can be accessed at the following website: https://home.army.mil/polk/index.php/my-Fort-Polk/fort-polk-huntin. Hunters are cautioned not to pick up any foreign material or objects while hunting on the WMA. Also, it is mandatory for hunters to check the open area maps, located at check stations, daily for sudden closures.

Experimental Hunting Area: Refer to Fort Polk WMA Hunting Map. Small game and squirrel hunting with dogs allowed Nov. 30 – Feb. 28 in Mill Creek 2 Alpha (MC2A) and Mill Creek 2 Bravo (MC2B) Mill Creek Unit. This area will be closed to deer and hog hunting during this time.

Deer Archery (either-sex): Sept. 19 – Jan. 15. Special Archery regulations apply to Archery Only Areas, check locally at Building 2396, 22nd Street, Fort Polk. On Archery Only Areas, either-sex deer are legal Sept. 19 – Jan. 15, with no bucks-only restrictions. Remainder of WMA restricted to bucks only when bucks only firearms season is in progress.

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Oct. 31 – Nov. 1 and Nov. 27-28, mandatory deer check. Nov. 29, self-clearing permit.

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Nov. 2-26 and Dec. 12 – Jan. 1

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Oct. 10-16, self-clearing permit.

Turkey: April 2 – May 2

Turkey Youth Lottery: March 27. Visit www.wlf.la.gov/page/lottery-hunts to apply online.

Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside EXCEPT WATERFOWL CLOSED after 2 p.m. and EXCEPT CLOSED Oct. 31 – Nov. 1 and Nov. 27-29 and EXCEPT CLOSED to squirrel hunting during the spring season. Hunter Orange or Blaze Pink must be worn when bucks only gun hunts for deer are in progress. Squirrel hunting with dogs allowed Nov. 30 – Dec. 11 and Jan. 2 – Feb. 28.
Feral Hogs: May be taken by properly licensed hunters from Sept. 19 – Jan. 1. Hunters may hunt feral hogs with shotguns loaded with buckshot or slugs from Jan. 2 – Feb. 28. Hunters must display 400 square inches of Hunter Orange or Blaze Pink and wear a Hunter Orange or Blaze Pink cap during special shotgun season for feral hogs.
Fishing: Special regulations pertaining to fishing are posted at specific lakes.

 

Grassy Lake

Owner: LDWF (12,983 acres, Lafayette Office)

Area Closed: Oct. 31 – Nov. 1, to all hunters EXCEPT Youth Hunters.

Deer Archery (bucks only): Oct. 1-15

Deer Archery (either-sex): Oct. 16 – Feb. 15

Deer Youth (either-sex): Oct. 31 – Nov. 1

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 27-28, mandatory deer check. Nov. 29, self-clearing permit.

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Dec. 26 – Jan. 3

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Dec. 12-13

Turkey: CLOSED

Turkey Youth Lottery: CLOSED

Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside EXCEPT WATERFOWL CLOSED after 2 p.m. and EXCEPT CLOSED Oct. 31 – Nov. 1 and Nov. 27-29 and open to squirrel hunting during the spring squirrel season, May 1-9, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Dec. 14-25 and Jan. 4 – Feb. 28.

  • Youth Squirrel Hunt: Sept. 26-27
Raccoon (nighttime): Sept. 12-27, Dec. 14-25 and Jan. 4 – Feb. 28.
Sport Fishing: Same as outside EXCEPT closed from 30 minutes before sunrise until 2 p.m. on Smith Bay, Red River Bay and Grassy Lake Proper during open waterfowl seasons.

  • Crawfish: March 15 – July 31. Recreational only. 100 lbs per person per day. No nets or traps may be left overnight.
Commercial Fishing: Prohibited on Smith Bay, Red River Bay and Grassy Lake Proper on Saturdays and Sundays and during open waterfowl seasons. Permit Required – permits available from area supervisor at Spring Bayou Headquarters or Lafayette Field Office.

 

Hutchinson Creek

Owner: LDWF (129 acres, Hammond Office)
Deer Archery (either-sex): Oct. 1 – Jan. 31
Turkey: Same as outside
Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside EXCEPT WATERFOWL CLOSED after 2 p.m. and OPEN to squirrel hunting during the spring squirrel season, May 1-9, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Jan. 2 – Feb. 28.
Raccoon (nighttime): Sept. 12-27 and Jan. 2 – Feb. 28

 

J.C. Sonny Gilbert (Formerly Sicily Island Hills)

Owner: LDWF (7,524 acres, Monroe Office)

Area Closed: Oct. 24-25 to all EXCEPT Youth Deer Hunters.

Deer Archery (either-sex): Oct. 1 – Jan. 31

Deer Youth (either-sex): Oct. 24-25

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 27-29, self-clearing permit.

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Dec. 5-18

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Dec. 19 – Jan. 1

Turkey Youth: March 27-28

Turkey General Lottery: April 2-4, 5-7 & 8-10. Hunting by pre-application lottery only. Contact the Monroe Field Office for details. Visit www.wlf.la.gov/page/lottery-hunts to apply online.

Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside except waterfowl closed after 2 p.m. and EXCEPT CLOSED Oct. 24-25 and Nov. 27-29 and Open to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 1-9, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Jan. 2 – Feb. 28.
Raccoon (nighttime): Jan. 2 – Feb. 28

 

Joyce

Owner: LDWF (35,562 acres); Joyce Foundation (851 acres); Tangipahoa School Board (484 acres, Hammond Office)

Limited Access Area: See WMA map for specific location.

Swamp Walk: No loaded firearms or hunting allowed within 100 yards of walkway. Closed between 30 minutes after sunset and 30 minutes before sunrise.

Area Closed: Nov. 7-8, to all hunters EXCEPT Youth Deer Hunters.

Deer Archery (bucks only): Oct. 1-15

Deer Archery (either-sex): Oct. 16 – Feb. 15

Deer Youth (either-sex): Nov. 7-8

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 27-29, self-clearing permit.

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Dec. 19 – Jan. 3

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Jan. 9-10 & 25-31

Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside EXCEPT WATERFOWL CLOSED after 2 p.m. and EXCEPT CLOSED Nov. 7-8 and Nov. 27-29 and OPEN to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 1-9, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Feb. 1-28.

  • Youth Squirrel Hunt: Sept. 26-27
Raccoon (nighttime): Feb. 1-28
Crawfish: 100 lbs per person per day.