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Lake Boeuf

Owner: LDWF (802 acres, Lafayette Office)
Self-Clearing Permit required for all activities. Self-Clearing Permit available at Theriot Canal boat landing off LA 308. Hunting until 12 p.m. (noon) for all game, EXCEPT deer may be hunted until one-half hour after sunset. All nighttime activities prohibited. ATVs/UTVs, motorcycles, horses and mules are prohibited.
Deer Archery (bucks only): Oct. 1-15

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

Waterfowl: Same as outside.
Small Game: Nov. 1 – Feb. 28 and open to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 4-12, with or without dogs. Beagles prohibited November and December.

Lake Ramsay Savannah

Owner: LDWF (796 acres, Hammond Office)
Foot traffic only. All vehicles restricted to parish roads and designated parking areas, EXCEPT retrieval of game with ATVs allowed.

Bird Dog Training Area: Open year-round EXCEPT CLOSED during WMA Turkey Season. Contact Hammond Field Office, 985-543-4777, for more information.

Deer Archery (either-sex): Oct. 1 – Jan. 31
Turkey: April 6-21
Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside except waterfowl closed after 2 p.m. and open to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 4-12, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Jan. 5 – Feb. 28.

Little River

Owners: LDWF (4,936 acres, Pineville Office); U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (1,109 acres); Lasalle Parish School Board (441 acres)
Deer Archery (either-sex): Oct. 1 – Jan. 31

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Oct. 27 – Nov. 11

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 23-25 and Dec. 8-9

Turkey: April 6-21
Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside EXCEPT WATERFOWL CLOSED after 2 p.m. and EXCEPT spring squirrel season will be open May 4-12 only, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Dec. 22 – Feb. 28.

  • Youth Squirrel Hunt: Sept. 22-23.
Raccoon (nighttime): Jan. 14 – Feb. 28

  • Nighttime Chase Only: May 1 – Sept. 25, Tuesdays and Thursdays only. Raccoon hunters may use ATVs on designated trails during take seasons only.

Loggy Bayou

Owner: LDWF (4,262 acres); State Lands Office (159 acres); U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (2,138 acres, Minden Office)
Limited Use Area: Small game same as rest of WMA. Deer hunting archery only. See WMA map for specific location.
Deer Archery (either-sex): Oct. 1 – Jan. 31

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 23-24, mandatory deer check. Nov. 25, self-clearing permit.

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 26 – Dec. 2

Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside except waterfowl closed after 2 p.m. and EXCEPT CLOSED Nov. 23-25 and open to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 4-12, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Dec. 22 – Feb. 28. Dove hunting restricted to youth hunters on opening Saturday of the first split (following regulations for Youth Deer Hunts on WMAs).
Raccoon (nighttime): Dec. 22 – Feb. 28

Manchac

Owner: LDWF (8,328 acres, Hammond Office)
Limited Access Area: Internal combustion engines prohibited from September through January. See WMA map for specific location.
Deer Archery (bucks only): Oct. 1-15

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

Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside EXCEPT WATERFOWL CLOSED after 2 p.m. and OPEN to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 4-12, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Feb. 1-28.
Raccoon (nighttime): Feb. 1-28
Crabs: No crab traps allowed. Attended lift nets are allowed.

Marsh Bayou

Owner: LDWF (655 acres, Lake Charles Office)
Deer Archery (either-sex): Oct. 1 – Jan. 31
Small Game: Same as outside and OPEN to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 4-12, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Jan. 5 – Feb. 28. On that portion designated as Small Game Emphasis Area, beagles are allowed for rabbit and dogs are allowed for squirrel Oct. 6 – Feb. 28, and training of beagles for rabbit and dogs for squirrel allowed June 1 – Aug. 31.
Raccoon (nighttime): Sept. 8-23 and Jan. 5 – Feb. 28

Maurepas Swamp

Owner: LDWF (112,615 acres, Hammond Office)
No loaded firearms or hunting allowed within 100 yards of Nature Trail. Camping limited to tent only in designated areas (see WMA map for locations). Motorized vehicles prohibited on Crusel Tract.

Limited Use Area: Small game – shotgun only. Deer hunting – archery only. See WMA map for specific location.

Area Closed: Nov. 3-4, to all hunters EXCEPT Youth Deer Hunters.

Benchmark Closure: Area closed to all deer hunting when USGS water level gauge CRMS 5373 is at or above 3.0 msl feet, and reopens to deer hunting when water levels recede to 2.5 msl feet following a closure. Guage information and levels are available at waterdata.usgs.gov/la/nwis/rt.

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

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

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

Deer Youth (either-sex): Nov. 3-4

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 23-24, mandatory deer check. Nov. 25, self-clearing permit.

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Dec. 15-30

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Jan. 12-13 & 21-27

Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside EXCEPT WATERFOWL CLOSED after 2 p.m. and EXCEPT CLOSED Nov. 3-4 & 23-25 and OPEN to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 4-12, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Jan. 28 – Feb. 28.

  • Youth Squirrel Hunt: Sept. 22-23.
Raccoon (nighttime): Jan. 28 – Feb. 28
Crawfish: 100 lbs per person per day.

Pass-A-Loutre

Owner: LDWF (115,596 acres, Lafayette Office)
Self-Clearing Permit required for deer, feral hog hunting and camping only. Permits available at Pass-a-Loutre Headquarters, Camp Canal and all designated camping areas. Oyster harvesting is prohibited. Camping allowed ONLY in designated areas. See self-clearing permit stations at headquarters for designated camping areas.

Vessels/Vehicles: All ATVs/UTVs, motorcycles, horses and mules are prohibited. Mud boats or air-cooled propulsion vessels powered by more than 36 total horsepower prohibited. Operation of mud boats and air-cooled propulsion engines prohibited after 2:00 p.m. Sept. 1 – Jan. 31, EXCEPT allowed after 2:00 p.m. in South pass, Pass-a-Loutre, Southeast Pass, Loomis Pass, Dennis Pass, and Cadro Pass.

Limited Access Area: Operation of internal combustion engines prohibited from September through January. See WMA map for specific location.

Deer Archery (bucks only): Oct. 1 – Feb. 15

Deer Youth Shotgun (bucks only): Oct. 20-21

Deer Shotgun: Bucks only may be taken with shotguns with either slugs or buckshot from the day after the first split of the duck season closes for seven days.

Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside. Beagles prohibited October through the last day of waterfowl season.
Feral Hogs: May be taken by properly licensed hunters from 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. Hogs may be taken with the aid of dogs Feb. 16 – March 15. Hunters must also 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.
Commercial Fishing: Same as outside. Commercial mullet fishing open only in: South Pass, Pass-a-Loutre, North Pass, Southeast Pass, Northeast Pass, Dennis Pass, Johnson Pass, Loomis Pass, Cadro Pass, Wright Pass, Viveats Pass, Cognevich Pass, Blind Bay, Redfish Bay, Garden Island Bay, Northshore Bay, East Bay (west of barrier islands) and oil and gas canals as described on the LDWF Pass-a-Loutre WMA map.

Pearl River

Owner: LDWF (35,619 acres, Hammond Office)
All roads closed 8 p.m. – 4 a.m. to all vehicles. Old Hwy. 11 will be closed when river gauge at Pearl River, La., reaches 16.5 feet. All hunting, EXCEPT waterfowl, will be closed when the river stage at Pearl River reaches 16.5 feet. No hunting in the vicinity of the Nature Trail. Observe “No Hunting” signs. No loaded firearms or hunting within 100 yards of boardwalk.

Shooting Range: Self clearing permit not required, but all range users must obtain a daily check-in numbered ticket at the range upon sign-in at the range. For more information call 985-643-3938 or visit www.honeyisland.org.

Area Closed: Nov. 3-4 to all hunters EXCEPT Youth Hunters.

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

Deer Youth (either-sex): Nov. 3-4

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 23-25, self-clearing permit.

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Dec. 1-16

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 10-16 and Dec. 17-30

Turkey Youth Lottery: March 30. Hunting by pre-application lottery only. Contact the Hammond Field Office for details.

Turkey General Lottery: April 6-7. Hunting by pre-application lottery only. Contact the Hammond Field Office for details.

Waterfowl: Same as outside except closed after 2 p.m. and EXCEPT no hunting in Waterfowl Refuge Area and EXCEPT CLOSED Nov. 3-4 and Nov. 23-25 north of US 90.
Small Game: Same as outside EXCEPT CLOSED Nov. 3-4 & 23-25, and open to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 4-12, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Dec. 31 – Feb. 28.

  • Youth Squirrel Hunt: Sept. 22-23.
Raccoon (nighttime): Sept. 8-23 and Dec. 31 – Feb. 28
Crawfish: 100 lbs per person per day. Recreational crawfishing only.

Peason Ridge

Owner: U.S. Army (74,309 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: www.jrtc-polk.army.mil/hunt2/hunt/default.htm. 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.
Deer Archery (either-sex): Sept. 15 – Jan. 15

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Oct. 29 – Nov. 22 and Dec. 8 – Jan. 1

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Oct. 27-28 and Nov. 23-25, mandatory deer check.

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Oct. 13-19, self-clearing permit.

Turkey: April 6 – May 5

Turkey Youth Lottery: March 30. Hunting by pre-application lottery only. Contact the Lake Charles Field Office for details.

Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside except waterfowl closed after 2 p.m. and EXCEPT CLOSED Oct. 27-28 and Nov. 23-25 and EXCEPT CLOSED to squirrel hunting during the spring season. Squirrel hunting with dogs allowed Nov. 26 – Dec. 7 and Jan. 2 – Feb. 28. Hunter Orange or Blaze Pink must be worn when bucks only gun hunts for deer are in progress.
Feral Hogs: May be taken by properly licensed hunters from Sept. 15 – Jan. 1. In addition, 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.

Pointe-Aux-Chenes

Owner: LDWF (35,267 acres, Lafayette Office)
All nighttime activities prohibited EXCEPT fishing adjacent to the road side of Island Road. Possession of more than one daily limit of fish/crab/shrimp while on the WMA is prohibited. Nighttime use of vessels to access any other areas of the WMA, other than the immediate roadside of Island Road is prohibited. Self-Clearing Permit required for deer and feral hog hunting only EXCEPT required for all activities on Point Farm Unit. Self-clearing permits available at Grand Bayou Boat Launch and at Point Farm gate behind Montegut Middle School. Hunting until 12 p.m. (noon) on all game EXCEPT for youth lottery deer hunts. Trapping is allowed only by written agreement with LDWF, Coastal and Non-game Resources Division. Parking of vehicles on levees prohibited.
Feral Hogs: May be taken by properly licensed hunters from 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. Hunters must also 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.

All Point-aux-Chenes Property

EXCEPT Point Farm Unit and Restricted Areas

Vessels/Vehicles: Type A personal watercraft, model year 2003 and beyond, which are 8 or more feet in length, may be operated on Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA from April 1 until the Monday after Labor Day Weekend, from sunrise to sunset only. No person shall operate such watercraft at a speed greater than “slow/no wake” within 100 feet of an anchored or moored vessel, shoreline, dock, pier, persons engaged in angling or any other manually powered vessel.

All boats powered by internal combustion engines having total horsepower above 25 Hp are not allowed in the Grand Bayou, Montegut and Pointe-aux-Chenes water management units. Public is permitted to travel anytime through the WMA for access purposes only, in the waterways known as Grand Bayou, Humble Canal, Little Bayou Blue, Grand Bayou Blue, St. Louis Canal, and Bayou Pointe-aux-Chenes unless authorized by LDWF. All ATVs/UTVs, motorcycles, horses and mules are prohibited.

Limited Access Areas: Operation of internal combustion engines prohibited from September through January. See WMA map for specific location.

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

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

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Nov. 23-25 and Dec. 8-14

Waterfowl: Same as outside.
Small Game: Same as outside EXCEPT CLOSED during bucks only firearms season and open to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 4-12, with or without dogs. Beagles prohibited October through December.
Recreational Fishing: The harvest of all fish, shrimp, crabs and crawfish is for recreational purposes only and any commercial use is prohibited. All castnet contents shall be contained and bycatch returned to the water immediately.

  • Shrimp: may be taken by the use of cast nets only. During the inside open shrimp season, 25 lbs per boat or vehicle per day (heads on) maximum shall be permitted. Size count to conform with open season requirements. During the inside closed season, 10 lbs per boat or vehicle per day (heads on) may be taken for bait.
  • Oyster Harvesting: prohibited
  • Fish: may be taken only by rod and reel or hand lines for recreational purposes only.
  • Crabs: may be taken only through the use of hand lines or nets; however, none are to remain set overnight. Twelve dozen crabs maximum are allowed per boat or vehicle per day.
  • Crawfish: may be harvested in unrestricted portions of the WMA and shall be limited to 100 lbs per person per day. Gear used to catch crawfish shall not remain set overnight.

Point Farm Unit (Pointe-aux-Chenes)

Self-Clearing Permit Required for all activities on Point Farm Unit. An approximately 1,000-acre area inside the Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA which is generally bounded on the west by the double gates behind the Montegut Middle School and the WMA boundary, and on the north by the WMA boundary and Point Farm ridge levee, and is bounded on the east and south by the Point Farm ridge levee. The boundary of Point Farm is more accurately marked with signs. Point Farm gate will be open all Saturdays during the month of February, weather permitting. Parking in designated areas required for mourning dove hunting. No motorized vessels allowed in the drainage ditches. EXCEPT for mourning dove hunting, (provided for below) all other hunting activities closed until after the last day of youth deer hunts.
Deer Youth Lottery (either-sex): Oct. 6-7 & 13-14. Daily Youth Hunt Permit required. To apply or for more information call the Lafayette Field Office, Coastal and Nongame Resources Division, 337-262-2080.

Deer Archery (either-sex): Oct. 15 – Dec. 30

Waterfowl: CLOSED
Small Game: Same as outside, EXCEPT CLOSED until the day after the last youth deer hunt day and open to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 4-12, with or without dogs. Beagles prohibited October and November. Non-toxic shot only south of the dove field gate.
Mourning Dove: Hunting will be permitted each day during the September split and each day of the second and third splits (AFTER the last youth deer hunt day). Shooting hours will be from 1/2 hour before sunrise until 12:00 pm (noon), EXCEPT opening day of the first split, which will be 12:00 pm (noon) until sunset. Gates will be opened on Saturdays during the first and second segments, weather permitting, EXCEPT during waterfowl season and Youth Deer Hunt weekends. Parking will be allowed in designated areas only. Non-toxic shot only south of the dove field gate.

Pomme De Terre

Owner: LDWF (6,434 acres, Lafayette Office)
Area Closed: Oct. 27-28 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): Oct. 27-28

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 23-24, mandatory deer check. Nov. 25, self-clearing permit.

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Dec. 22 – Jan. 6

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Jan. 7-13

Turkey: April 27 – May 5

Turkey Youth Lottery: April 20-21. Hunting by pre-application lottery only. Contact the Lafayette Field Office for details.

Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside except waterfowl closed after 2 p.m. and EXCEPT CLOSED Oct. 27-28 and Nov. 23-25 and open to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 4-12, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbit and squirrel hunting with dogs allowed Jan. 14 – Feb. 28. On that portion designated as Small Game Emphasis Area, beagles allowed for rabbit and dogs allowed for squirrel Oct. 6-31 and Nov. 26 – Dec. 16, and training of beagles for rabbit and dogs for squirrel allowed June 1 – Aug. 31.

  • Youth Squirrel Hunt: Sept. 22-23.
Raccoon (nighttime): Sept. 8-23 and Jan. 14 – Feb. 28
Sport Fishing: Same as outside EXCEPT allowed only after 2 p.m. during waterfowl season.

  • Crawfish: March 15 – July 31. Recreational only. 100 lbs per person per day. No nets or traps may be left overnight.
Commercial Fishing: Permitted Monday through Friday EXCEPT CLOSED during duck season. Commercial fishing permits available from area supervisor, Lafayette Field Office or Spring Bayou Headquarters.

Richard K. Yancey

Owner: LDWF (57,235 acres); U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (12,802 acres); Office of State Lands (835 acres, Lafayette Office)
Area Closed: ONLY that portion of the area south of Black Hawk Acme Levee Road, west of LA Hwy. 15, southward to Old River Control Structure, thence south to Sugar Mill Chute, will be closed Oct. 27-28, to all hunters EXCEPT youth and physically challenged hunters. The remainder of the area is open to all other use.
Deer Archery (either-sex): Oct. 1 – Jan. 31

Deer Youth Lottery (either-sex): Dec. 15 & 22 and Jan. 5 & 12. Contact Lafayette Field Office (337-262-2080) for details and applications.

Deer Youth and Physically Challenged (either-sex): Oct. 27-28. ONLY that portion of the area south of Black Hawk Acme Levee Road, west of LA Hwy. 15, southward to Old River Control Structure, thence south to Sugar Mill Chute. The remainder of the area is open to all other use.

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 23-24, mandatory deer check. Nov. 25, self-clearing permit.

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Dec. 29 – Jan. 6

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Dec. 8-9

Turkey: April 6-21

Turkey Youth Lottery: March 30-31. Hunting by pre-application lottery only. Contact the Lafayette Field Office for details.

Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside EXCEPT WATERFOWL CLOSED after 2 p.m., EXCEPT CLOSED Nov. 23-25, and OPEN to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 4-12, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Jan. 7 – Feb. 28. On that portion designated as Small Game Emphasis Area, beagles are allowed for rabbit and dogs are allowed for squirrel Oct. 6-31 and Nov. 26 – Dec. 7, and training of beagles for rabbit and dogs for squirrel allowed June 1 – Aug. 31.
Raccoon (nighttime): Sept. 8-23 and Jan. 7 – Feb. 28
Crawfishing: That portion West of the Mississippi River Levee, March 15 – July 31, recreational crawfishing only. Crawfish harvest limited to 100 pounds per person per day. No nets or traps may be left overnight. No motorized watercraft allowed.

Russell Sage

Owner: LDWF (34,018 acres); Ouachita Parish School Board (1,240 acres); U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (2,955 acres, Monroe Field Office).
Transporting trash or garbage on WMA roads prohibited. All nighttime activities prohibited EXCEPT as otherwise provided. Internal combustion engines and craft limited to 10 Hp rating or less in greentree reservoirs. No Hp restrictions on Wham Brake.

Limited Access Areas: Motorized vessels and vehicles prohibited: Nov. 1 – Jan. 31. See WMA map for locations.

Wham Brake: Sept. 1 – Jan. 31, all motorized vessels prohibited 2 p.m. – 4 a.m., and all nighttime activities prohibited during open waterfowl season.

Chauvin Tract (US 165 North): All season dates on Chauvin Tract (US 165 North) same as outside, EXCEPT still hunt only and EXCEPT small game shotgun only and deer hunting restricted to archery only. All vehicles including ATVs/UTVs prohibited.

South Bosco Tract: Closed from March 1 – Oct. 15. Archery only for deer.

Waterfowl Refuge: North of LA Hwy 15 closed to all hunting, fishing, trapping, and ATV use during duck seasons including teal season, EXCEPT hunting allowed during Waterfowl Falconry Seasons.

Area Closed: Oct. 27-28 south of I-20 only to all EXCEPT youth and physically challenged deer hunters. North of I-20 will remain open for all other allowable activities.

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

Deer Youth and Physically Challenged (either-sex): Oct. 27-28, South of I-20 only.

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 23-24, mandatory deer check. Nov. 25, self-clearing permit.

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Dec. 8-21

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 26 – Dec. 2

Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside EXCEPT WATERFOWL CLOSED after 2 p.m., and EXCEPT CLOSED Nov. 23-25, EXCEPT Wham Brake Area and Pintail Alley Area will remain open, and EXCEPT spring squirrel season will be open May 4-12 only, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and squirrel hunting with dogs allowed Dec. 22 – Feb. 28. On that portion designated as Small Game Emphasis Are, beagles are allowed for rabbit and dogs are allowed for squirrel Oct. 22 – Nov. 18 and training of beagles for rabbit and dogs for squirrel allowed June 1 – Aug. 31. Snipe hunting after 2 p.m. prohibited during open waterfowl seasons.

  • Youth Squirrel Hunt: Sept. 22-23.
  • PCHP Wheelchair Confined Waterfowl Blind: Contact Monroe Field Office for details.
Raccoon (nighttime): Sept. 1-16 and Dec. 22 – Feb. 28
Crawfish: 100 lbs per person per day.

Sabine

Owner: Hancock Timber, Red Oak Timber Company and Roy O. Martin (7,554 acres, Pineville Office)
Area Closed: Oct. 19-21 to all EXCEPT Youth and Physically Challenged Deer Hunters. Physically Challenged Deer Hunt limited to those chosen by lottery. Contact the Pineville Field Office for details.
Deer Archery (either-sex): Oct. 1 – Jan. 31

Deer Youth and Physically Challenged (either-sex): Oct. 20-21

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Oct. 27-28, mandatory deer check. Nov. 23-25, self-clearing.

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Nov. 5-21 and Dec. 1-9

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Oct. 29 – Nov. 4

Turkey General Lottery: Apr. 12-14 & 26-28. Hunting by pre-application lottery only. Contact the Pineville Field Office for details.
Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside except waterfowl closed after 2 p.m. and EXCEPT CLOSED Oct. 20-21 & 27-28 and Nov. 23-25 and open to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 4-12, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and squirrel hunting with dogs allowed Dec. 22 – Feb. 28.
Raccoon (nighttime): Dec. 22 – Feb. 28

Sabine Island

Owner: State of Louisiana (7,143 acres, Lake Charles Office); Calcasieu Parish School Board (600 acres); Rayonier (600 acres)
Sabine Island boundaries are Sabine River on the west, Cut-Off Bayou on the north, and Old River and Big Bayou on the south and east. Self-clearing permits required for hunters only.

Area Closed: Sept. 22-23 to all EXCEPT youth deer hunters.

Deer: Same as outside, still hunt only.
Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside except waterfowl closed after 2 p.m. and EXCEPT CLOSED Sept. 22-23 and open to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 4-12, with or without dogs. Squirrel and rabbit hunting with dogs allowed Jan. 7 – Feb. 28.
Raccoon (nighttime): Jan. 7 – Feb. 28

Salvador/Timken

Owner: LDWF (31,956 acres, Lafayette Office); New Orleans City Park Improvement Association (2,867 acres)
Self-Clearing Permit required for deer, feral hog, and all activities permitted during the Experimental Nighttime Activity Season. Permits available at Pier 90, Bayou Gauche, Bayou Segnette State Park landings, and at Airboat Adventures in Lafitte. Hunting until 12 p.m. (noon) only for all game, EXCEPT deer and Experimental Nighttime Activity Season.

Vessels/Vehicles: All ATVs/UTVs, motorcycles, horses and mules prohibited. Use of mud boats powered by internal combustion engines with more than four cylinders is prohibited. Pulling boats over levees, dams or water control structures or any other activities which cause detriment to the integrity of levees, dams and water control structures is prohibited.

Area Closed: During the month of October to all activities EXCEPT fishing, Youth Deer Hunters and Youth Waterfowl Hunters, if the latter is provided for.

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

Deer Youth (either-sex): Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 & 27-28

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 16-18

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Nov. 19 – Dec. 16

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Dec. 17-23

Waterfowl: Same as outside.
Small Game: Same as outside EXCEPT CLOSED October through December. Beagles allowed for rabbits Jan. 1 – Feb. 28.
Feral Hogs: May be taken by properly licensed hunters from 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. Hunters must also 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.
Recreational Fishing: The harvest of all fish, shrimp, crabs and crawfish are for recreational purposes only and any commercial use is prohibited.

  • Shrimp: may be taken by the use of cast nets only. During the inside open shrimp season, 25 lbs per boat per day (heads on) maximum shall be permitted. Size count to conform with open season requirements. During the inside closed season, 10 lbs per boat per day (heads on) maximum may be taken for bait. All castnet contents shall be contained and bycatch returned to the water immediately.
  • Fish: may be taken only by rod and reel or hand lines for recreational purposes.
  • Crabs: may be taken only through the use of hand lines or nets; however, none are to remain set overnight. Twelve dozen crabs maximum are allowed per boat or vehicle per day.
  • Crawfish: may be harvested in unrestricted portions of the WMA and shall be limited to 100 lbs per person per day. Fishing gear used to catch crawfish shall not remain set overnight.
Experimental Nighttime Activity Season: 12 a.m., June 1 through official sunrise Aug. 15. Nighttime activities LIMITED to the take of frogs and fishing with a rod and reel. All other nighttime activities prohibited. Daily limit of 50 frogs per vessel in aggregate (bull frogs/pig frogs). If engaged in frogging on or while traversing the WMA, all frogs in possession will be deemed to have been taken from the WMA. At no time may anyone possess more than one daily limit of frogs while on the water.

Size Limit: (Measured from the tip of the muzzle to the posterior end of the body between the hind legs). Bull frogs harvested must be 5 inches or larger. Pig frogs harvested must be 3 inches or larger.

Check out portion of self-clearing permit must include boat registration number under the comments section. Possession of firearms while participation in any experimental nighttime activity is prohibited.

Sandy Hollow

Owners: LDWF (4,473 acres, Hammond Office); Tangipahoa Parish School Board (182 acres)
No hunting with firearms south of Jackson Road, EXCEPT school board tract, on days of scheduled field trials. Dates of field trials are listed on the check stations or can be obtained from the Hammond Field Office (985-543-4777).

Bird Dog Training: Sept. 3 – Nov. 11 and Feb. 1-28, EXCEPT restricted to that portion south of LA 10 only and EXCEPT blank pistols only. Wild birds only (use of pen-raised birds prohibited).

  • Bird Dog Training Area: An area has been designated to allow use of released birds for dog training purposes. Open year-round EXCEPT CLOSED during either-sex modern firearm hunts for deer, WMA turkey season and opening weekend of the first segment of dove season. Contact the Hammond Field Office (985-543-4777) for more information.
  • Bird Dog Field Trials: Permit required from the Hammond Field Office.Horseback Riding: Self-clearing permit required. Organized trail rides prohibited. Riding allowed only on designated roads and trails (See WMA Map). Horses and mules are specifically prohibited during turkey and gun season for deer EXCEPT as allowed for bird dog field trials. No horses or mules on green planted areas. Horse-drawn conveyances are prohibited.Turkey: No turkey hunting within 100 yards of food plots identified by two yellow paint rings around the nearest tree.Area Closed: North tract closed to all hunters Nov. 3-4 EXCEPT for youth and physically challenged hunters.
Deer Archery (either-sex): Oct. 1 – Jan. 31

Deer Youth and Physically Challenged (either-sex): Nov. 3-4. North tract only.

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 23-25 and Dec. 15-16

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Dec. 8-14 & 22-28 and Jan. 5-6

Turkey: April 6-21
Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside except waterfowl closed after 2 p.m. and EXCEPT CLOSED Nov. 3-4 (North Tract only) and Nov. 23-25 and open to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 4-12, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Jan. 7 – Feb. 28. On that portion designated as Small Game Emphasis Area, training of beagles for rabbit and dogs for squirrel allowed June 1 – Aug. 31.

  • Youth Squirrel Hunt: Sept. 22-23.
Raccoon (nighttime): Jan. 7 – Feb. 28
Mourning Dove: Sept. 1 & 8 through the end of first split. Closed Sept. 2-7 of first split. Second and third splits are same as outside EXCEPT youth hunt on Northern Tract during the opening day of the first split (Sept. 1). Hunt restricted to youths 17 or younger and supervising adult who must be 18 years of age or older. The supervising adult must maintain visual and voice contact with the youth at all times.

Sherburne

Owner: LDWF (11,800 acres, Lafayette Office); U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (15,220 acres); U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (16,618 acres)
South Farm: The area known as the South Farm is located on the East Side of Sherburne WMA. No hunting will be allowed EXCEPT specified lottery hunts within the levee system of the farm from the Friday before the Youth Lottery Deer Hunt until the day after the last waterfowl hunt on the South Farm. Waterfowl hunting by lottery only during the open regular duck hunting season (i.e., early teal season hunting allowed and goose hunting allowed after the close of Duck Season). Hunting will be allowed in the wooded portions east of the waterfowl impoundments. Consult the WMA maps for exact locations. Retriever training allowed on selected portions of the WMA. Contact the Lafayette Field Office for specific details. Vehicular traffic prohibited on East Atchafalaya River levee within Sherburne WMA boundaries. Contact the Lafayette Field Office for details and description of “South Farm.”

Rifle, Pistol, Archery & Skeet Range: Rifle, Pistol and Archery Ranges are open daily from official sunrise to official sunset. The Skeet/Trap Range has set days and hours of operation, for more information call the Range Complex at 337-556-2251. Additional information may be obtained from the Lafayette Field Office, 200 Dulles Dr., Lafayette, LA 70506, phone number, 337-262-2080.

Physically Challenged Deer Hunting Area: Access restricted. Check WMA map for location and call the Lafayette Field Office for details and applications. Hunting by reservation for wheelchair confined PCHP permittees only. Same hunting seasons listed below for deer.

Physically Challenged Waterfowl Hunting Area: Access restricted. Call Lafayette Field Office for further details. Hunting by reservation for wheelchair confined PCHP permittees only.

Bird Dog Training Area: Open to bird dog training year-round EXCEPT CLOSED during either-sex modern firearm hunts for deer, WMA turkey season, and opening weekend of first and second segments of dove season. Contact the Lafayette Field Office (337-262-2080) for more information.

Turkey: All turkeys harvested must be weighed and checked at WMA headquarters.

Area Closed: Oct. 27-28 EXCEPT to youth and physically challenged deer hunters.

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

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

Deer Youth and Physically Challenged (either-sex): Oct. 27-28. ALL OTHER SEASONS CLOSED. Self-clearing permits.

Deer Youth Lottery (either-sex): Oct. 27-28, Dec. 23 and Jan. 6 & 13. Contact Lafayette Field Office (337-948-0255) for details and applications.

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 23-24, mandatory deer check. Nov. 25 and Nov. 30 – Dec. 9, self-clearing permit.

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Dec. 22 – Jan. 6

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Jan. 7-13

Turkey: April 22-24

Turkey Youth Lottery: April 13. Hunting by pre-application lottery only. Contact the Lafayette Field Office for details.

Turkey General Lottery: April 20-21. Hunting by pre-application lottery only. Contact the Lafayette Field Office for details.

Waterfowl, Snipe, Rail and Gallinules: Same as outside except closed after 2 p.m. and EXCEPT CLOSED Oct. 27-28, Nov. 23-25 and Nov. 30 – Dec. 9, and EXCEPT hunting after 2 p.m. prohibited EXCEPT no hunting in Waterfowl Refuge. That portion of Sherburne WMA known as the South Farm restricted to Lottery hunts only. South Farm waterfowl hunting limited to one hunt per calendar week per person. All other hunting closed on South Farm complex from the Friday before Youth Lottery Deer Hunt until the day after the last waterfowl hunt on the South Farm. Contact the Lafayette Field Office for details and description of “South Farm.”

  • Youth Waterfowl Lottery: Contact the Lafayette Field Office for details and applications.
  • Disabled Veterans Waterfowl Lottery: Contact the Lafayette Field Office for details and applications.
Small Game: Same as outside EXCEPT CLOSED Oct. 27-28, Nov. 23-25 and Nov. 30 – Dec. 9, and EXCEPT spring squirrel season will be open May 4-12 only, with or without dogs. Non-toxic shot only within waterfowl impoundments. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Jan. 14 – Feb. 28. On that portion designated as Small Game Emphasis Area, beagles are allowed for rabbit and dogs are allowed for squirrel Oct. 6-31 and Dec. 10-18, EXCEPT closed Oct. 27-28, and training of beagles for rabbit and dogs for squirrel allowed June 1 – Aug. 31.

  • Youth Squirrel Hunt: Sept. 22-23.
Quail: CLOSED
Raccoon (nighttime): Sept. 8-23 and Jan. 14 – Feb. 28
Crawfishing: March 15 – July 31. Crawfish harvest limited to 100 pounds per person per day. No traps or nets left overnight. No motorized water craft allowed on farm complexes.

Soda Lake

Owner: Caddo Levee District (1,300 acres); U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (1,200 Acres, Minden Office)
Motorized vehicles allowed on designated trails. Bicycles allowed. Vehicle parking allowed only in designated parking areas. That portion west of Twelve Mile Bayou closed to fishing Oct. 1 – March 31.
Deer Archery (either-sex): Oct. 1 – Jan. 31
Small Game and Waterfowl:

  • Portion West of Twelve Mile Bayou: FALCONRY ONLY, same as outside, and open to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 4-12.
  • Portion East of Twelve Mile Bayou: Same as outside for squirrel and rabbit, and OPEN to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 4-12, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Dec. 22 – Feb. 28. NO WATERFOWL HUNTING.

Spring Bayou

Owner: LDWF (12,506 acres, Lafayette Office)
No hunting allowed in Headquarters area. Only overnight campers allowed in the improved Boggy Bayou Camping area. Rules and Regulations posted at campsite. A fee is assessed for use of this campsite. Water skiing prohibited EXCEPT allowed in Old River and Grand Lac.

Area Closed: Oct. 27-28 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. 27-28

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 23-25, self-clearing permit.

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Dec. 22 – Jan. 6

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Jan. 7-13

Turkey Youth Lottery: April 27-28. Hunting by pre-application lottery only. Contact the Lafayette Field Office for details.
Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside except waterfowl closed after 2 p.m. and EXCEPT SMALL GAME CLOSED Oct. 27-28 and Nov. 23-25, and open to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 4-12, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Jan. 14 – Feb. 28. WATERFOWL to remain open during either sex firearms hunts for deer.

  • Youth Squirrel Hunt: Sept. 22-23.
Raccoon (nighttime): Sept. 8-23 and Jan. 14 – Feb. 28
Recreational Fishing: Same as outside EXCEPT only allowed after 2 p.m. during waterfowl season, EXCEPT during early teal season, recreational fishing allowed after 10 a.m.

  • Crawfish: March 15 – July 31. Recreational only, 100 lbs per person per day.
Commercial Fishing: Gill and trammel nets 3.5 inches and greater, allowed from close of waterfowl seasons to last day of February, via permit only, issued from the Lafayette Field Office. Contact Lafayette Field office for details. CLOSED until after 2 p.m. during waterfowl season.

Tangipahoa Parish School Board

Owner: Tangipahoa Parish School Board (1,643 acres; Hammond Office)
Self-clearing permits required for all activities. No horseback riding during gun season for deer or turkey. ATVs/UTVs are prohibited except as otherwise specified.
Deer: Same as outside, still hunt only.
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 season, May 4-12, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Feb. 1-28.
Raccoon (nighttime): Feb. 1-28

Thistlethwaite

Owner: Thistlethwaite Heirs (11,100 acres, Lafayette Office)
All motorized vehicles restricted to improved roads only. All users must enter and leave through Main Gate only.

Restricted Area: Small game hunting allowed with shotgun only loaded with shot no larger than BB lead or F steel. Deer hunting allowed by archery only.

Area Closed: Oct. 27-28, Except to Youth Deer Hunters.

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

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

Deer Youth (either-sex): Oct. 27-28

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 23-24, mandatory deer check. Nov. 25 and Dec. 1-9 & 22-23, self-clearing permit.

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Dec. 24 – Jan. 6, self-clearing permit.

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 10-11 and Jan. 7-13

Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside except waterfowl closed after 2 p.m. and EXCEPT CLOSED Oct. 27-28, Nov. 23-25 and Dec. 1-9 & 22-23 and open to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 4-12. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Feb. 1-28.

Tunica Hills

Owner: LDWF (5,906 acres, Hammond Office); Office of State Parks (597 acres)
Camping limited to tents only in designated area. Refer to WMA map.

Area Closed: Nov. 3-4, to all hunters EXCEPT youth deer hunters.

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

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

Deer Youth (either-sex): Nov. 3-4

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 23, mandatory deer check. Nov. 24 – Dec. 9, self-clearing permit.

Turkey: April 22-28

Turkey Youth Lottery: March 30. Hunting by pre-application lottery only. Contact the Hammond Field Office for details.

Turkey General Lottery: April 6-7, 13-14 & 20-21. Hunting by pre-application lottery only. Contact the Hammond Field Office for details.

Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside EXCEPT WATERFOWL CLOSED after 2 p.m. and EXCEPT CLOSED Nov. 3-4 and Nov. 23 – Dec. 9 and OPEN to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 4-12, with or without dogs, South Tract only. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Oct. 20-27 and Feb. 1-28 on South Tract only. On that portion designated as Small Game Emphasis Area (South Tract Only), training of beagles for rabbit and dogs for squirrel allowed June 1 – Aug. 31.
Raccoon (nighttime): Feb. 1-28 on South Tract only.

Walnut Hill

Owner: LDWF (595 acres, Lake Charles Office)
Deer Archery (either-sex): Same as outside.
Turkey: Same as outside.
Small Game: Same as outside and OPEN to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 4-12, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Jan. 5 – Feb. 28. On that portion designated as Small Game Emphasis Area, beagles are allowed for rabbit and dogs are allowed for squirrel Oct. 6 – Feb. 28, and training of beagles for rabbit and dogs for squirrel allowed June 1 – Aug. 31.
Raccoon (nighttime): Sept. 8-23 and Jan. 5 – Feb. 28

West Bay

Owner: Hancock Timber, Roy O. Martin, Forest Investment, and Rayonier (59,189 acres, Lake Charles Office)
Limited Use Area: Small game same as outside EXCEPT shotgun only. Deer hunting restricted to archery ONLY. See WMA map for specific location.

Area Closed: Oct. 20-21, to all EXCEPT youth and physically challenged deer hunters.

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

Deer Youth and Physically Challenged (either-sex): Oct. 20-21, for youth and physically challenged hunters only.

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Oct. 27-28, mandatory deer check. Nov. 23-25, self-clearing permit.

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Nov. 5-22 and Dec. 8 – Jan. 1

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Oct. 29 – Nov. 4

Turkey:

  • Turkey Youth Lottery: March 30. Hunting by pre-application lottery only. Contact the Lake Charles Field Office for details.
  • Turkey General Lottery: April 6-7, 13-14 & 20-21. Hunting by pre-application lottery only. Contact the Lake Charles Field Office for details.
Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside except waterfowl closed after 2 p.m. and EXCEPT CLOSED Oct. 27 – Nov. 4 and Nov. 23-25, and OPEN to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 4-12, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and squirrel hunting with dogs allowed Jan. 2 – Feb. 28.

  • Youth Squirrel Hunt: Sept. 23-24
Raccoon (nighttime): Jan. 2 – Feb. 28