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WMA Methods of Taking Game

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  • For deer, season limits on WMAs are part of the deer area limit. Daily bag limits are the same as statewide daily bag limits UNLESS a Bucks Only Season is in progress on that WMA (reference individual WMA listings for seasons).
  • Moving deer or hogs on a WMA with organized drivers and standers, drivers or making use of noises or noise-making devices is prohibited. Deer hunting on WMAs is restricted to still hunting only.
  • Baiting, hunting over bait, or possession of bait is prohibited on all WMAs EXCEPT bait may be kept in a vehicle traversing a WMA road or parked on a WMA road. Bait is defined as any substance used to attract game via ingestion.
  • During Mandatory Deer Check hunts, deer may not be skinned nor have any external body parts removed, including but not limited to feet, legs, tail, head or ears before being checked out.
  • When Mandatory Deer Checks are specified on WMAs, hunters must check deer at weigh stations as designated on WMA maps.
  • Hunting from utility poles and structures, and oil and gas exploration facilities or platforms is prohibited.
  • Tree climbing spurs, spikes or screw-in steps are prohibited.
  • Construction of and/or hunting from permanent tree stands or permanent blinds on WMAs is prohibited. Any permanent stand or permanent blind will be removed and destroyed.
  • A permanent blind is any blind using non-natural materials or having a frame which is not dismantled within two hours after the end of legal shooting time each day. Blinds with frames of wood, plastic, metal poles, wire, mesh, webbing or other materials may be used but must be removed from the WMA within two hours after the end of legal shooting time each day. Blinds made solely of natural vegetation and not held together by nails or other metallic fasteners may be left in place but cannot be used to reserve hunting locations. Natural vegetation (including any material used as corner posts) is defined as natural branches that are two inches or less in diameter.
  • Permanent tree stands are any stands that use nails, screws, spikes, etc. to attach to trees.
  • Deer stands may not be left on WMAs unless the stands are:
  • Removed from trees.
  • Placed flat on the ground.
  • Left in a non-hunting position (a non-hunting position is one in which a hunter could not hunt from the stand in its present position).
  • Legibly tagged with the user’s name, address, phone number and LDWF ID number.
  • All portable stands, blinds, tripods, etc. found unattended in a hunting position, not placed flat on the ground, or untagged will be confiscated and disposed of by LDWF.
  • No stand may be left on any WMA prior to the day before deer season opens on that WMA and all stands must be removed from the WMA within one day after the close of deer hunting on that WMA.
  • Free standing blinds must be disassembled when not in use.
  • Unattended decoys prohibited. Decoys left unattended will be confiscated, forfeited to and disposed of by LDWF.
  • Spot-lighting (shining) from vehicles is prohibited.
  • Horses and mules may be ridden on WMAs EXCEPT where prohibited and EXCEPT during firearms seasons for deer and turkey. Riding is restricted to designated roads and trails depicted on WMA map. Organized Trail Rides prohibited, EXCEPT allowed by permit only on Camp Beauregard WMA (contact Pineville Field Office for details). Hunting and trapping from horses and mules is prohibited EXCEPT for quail hunting or as otherwise specified. Horse-drawn conveyances are prohibited.