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Hunting Regulations Icon Louisiana Hunting

2017-2018 Individual WMA Hunting Schedules

Acadiana Conservation Corridor

Owner: LDWF (2,285 acres, Opelousas 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 hunters only. 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 Deer Hunting Area: Access restricted. Check WMA map for location and call the Pineville office for details. Hunting by reservation for wheelchair confined PCHP permittees only. See dates below.

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

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Nov. 24-26

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Oct. 14-15 and Nov. 4-5, mandatory deer check.

Physically Challenged Deer Hunting Area (either-sex): Oct. 14-15 and Nov. 4-5 & 24-26

Small Game: Same as outside EXCEPT CLOSED Oct. 14-15 and Nov. 4-5 and OPEN to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 5-13, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Jan. 1 – 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, New Iberia Office)

Self-Clearing Permit required for deer hunting, feral hog hunting and tent camping only. 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). Camping and houseboat mooring allowed ONLY in designated campgrounds. Houseboat mooring allowed by permit only.

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

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 Headquarters.

Deer Youth Lottery (either-sex): Oct. 14-15 & 21-22, daily youth hunt permit required. Call New Iberia Office, Coastal & Nongame Resources Division 337-373-0032 for details.

Small Game: Same as outside EXCEPT Rabbit Only:

  • Wax Lake Delta: Oct. 7-31 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, Opelousas Office)

Self-Clearing Permits required for hunters only.

Area closed: Oct. 28-29 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 receeds 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. 28-29

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 24-26

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Dec. 23-31

Deer Primitive Firearms (bucks only): Jan. 22-28

Turkey: April 7-15
Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside EXCEPT CLOSED Oct. 28-29 and Nov. 24-26. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Feb. 1-28 and open to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 5-13, with or without dogs.
Raccoon (nighttime): Sept. 9-24 and Feb. 1-28

Bayou Macon

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

Area closed: Closed to all activities EXCEPT youth deer hunters Oct. 29-30

All night activities prohibited EXCEPT as otherwise provided.

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

Deer Youth (either-sex): Oct. 28-29

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 18-19, mandatory deer check.

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Dec. 16-24

Turkey General Lottery: April 28-29. Hunting by pre-application lottery only. Contact Monroe Field Office for details.
Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside EXCEPT WATERFOWL CLOSED after 2 p.m. and EXCEPT CLOSED Oct. 28-29 and Nov. 18-19. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Jan. 6- Feb. 28 and OPEN to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 5-13, 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. 23 – Nov. 12, and training of beagles for rabbit and dogs for squirrel allowed June 1 – Aug. 31.
Raccoon (nighttime): Sept. 1-16 and Jan. 6 – 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: (Designated Portion)

  • Lottery Youth Hunt: Same as outside youth waterfowl hunt.
  • General Lottery Hunt: Second weekend of 1st split and first and fourth weekend of second split.
Small Game: Same as outside. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Jan. 1 – Feb. 28 and OPEN to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 5-13, 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): Jan. 1 – Feb. 28

Big Colewa Bayou

Owner: LDWF (899 acres, Monroe Office)

Self-Clearing Permit not required. All nighttime activities prohibited.

Physically Challenged Wheelchair-confined Deer Hunting Area: Access restricted. Check WMA map for location and call Monroe or Baton Rouge offices 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. 24-26, either-sex. Dec. 9-24, 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 5-13 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. 23 – Nov. 19, 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. 28-29 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. 28-29 ONLY on that portion of the area South of Big Lake and Crystal Roads. See WMA map for details.

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 24-25, mandatory deer check. Nov. 26, self-clearing permit.

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Dec. 9-22

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Dec. 23 – Jan. 5

Turkey: April 7-22

Turkey Youth: March 30 – April 1

Small Game: Same as outside EXCEPT CLOSED Oct. 28-29, (ONLY that portion of the area South of Big Lake and Crystal Roads. See WMA map for details) and Nov. 24-26. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Jan. 6 – Feb. 28 and open to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 5-13, with or without dogs.
Waterfowl: Same as outside except closed after 2 p.m. and EXCEPT CLOSED Nov. 24-26.
Raccoon (nighttime): Jan. 6 – Feb. 28
Fishing: Nets, yoyos and trotlines prohibited on Big and Chain Lakes.

Biloxi

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

Self-Clearing Permits not required.

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.

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. 14-15, 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. 14-15. On designated portion only.

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Oct. 28-29, mandatory deer check. Oct. 30 – Nov. 26, self-clearing permit.

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 27 – Dec. 3

Turkey: April 7-22

Turkey Youth: March 30 – April 1 and April 28-29

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. 28-29, and EXCEPT spring squirrel season will be open May 5-13, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Dec. 4 – Feb. 28.

  • Youth Squirrel Hunt: Sept. 23-24 .
Raccoon (nighttime): Dec. 4 – Feb. 28
Fishing Nets: 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.

Area Closed: Closed to all south of LA 4 EXCEPT Youth Deer Hunters when youth deer season is open (Oct. 14-15). North of LA 4 open to all activities.

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

Deer Youth (either-sex): Oct. 14-15

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 24-25, mandatory deer check. Nov. 26, self-clearing permit.

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Dec. 2-15

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 11-17 and Dec. 16-29

Turkey: April 7-22
Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside EXCEPT WATERFOWL CLOSED after 2 p.m. and EXCEPT CLOSED Oct. 7-8 (South of LA 4 ONLY), and Nov. 24-26 and EXCEPT spring squirrel season will be open May 5-13 only, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Jan. 6 – Feb. 28. On that portion designated as Small Game Emphasis Area, beagles are allowed for rabbit and dogs are allowed for squirrel Oct. 21 – Nov. 19, and training of beagles for rabbit and dogs for squirrel allowed June 1 – Aug. 31.

  • Youth Squirrel Hunt: Sept. 23-24
Raccoon (nighttime): Sept. 9-24 and Jan. 6 – Feb. 28

Buckhorn

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

Area Closed: Oct. 28-29 to all EXCEPT youth and physically challenged deer hunters, only that portion designated on WMA map.

Limited Use Area: Access prohibited Oct. 1 – Jan. 12. Hunting restricted to small game Jan. 13 – Feb. 28.

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

Deer Youth and Physically Challenged (either-sex): Oct. 28-29. Only that portion designated on WMA map. Access restricted. Contact Monroe field office for details.

  • Youth Lottery: Oct. 28-29, Nov. 11-12 & 24-26, Dec. 9-10 & 30-31 and Jan. 6-7. Either-sex. Hunting by pre-application lottery only.
  • Physically Challenged: Oct. 28-29, Nov. 11-12 & 24-26, Dec. 9-10 & 30-31 and Jan. 6-7. Either-sex. Hunting by reservation for wheelchair confined, PCHP permittees only. Deer Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 24-25, mandatory deer check. Nov. 26 and Dec. 9-10, self-clearing permit.Deer Firearms (bucks only): Dec. 16-29Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Dec. 30 – Jan. 12
Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside EXCEPT WATERFOWL CLOSED after 2 p.m. and EXCEPT CLOSED Oct. 28-29, Nov. 24-26 and Dec. 9-10 and OPEN to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 5-13, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Jan. 13 – Feb. 28.
Raccoon (Nighttime): Jan. 13 – Feb. 28

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 the Pineville Field Office for specific details. Swimming in Twin Lakes prohibited.

Area Closed: Nov. 11-12 to all EXCEPT Youth and Disabled Veterans Lottery Deer Hunters.

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

Deer Youth (either-sex): Nov. 11-12, on designated portion of the WMA.

Disabled Veterans Lottery (either-sex): Nov. 11-12, on designated portion of the WMA. Contact Pineville Field Office for details and applications.

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

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 24-25 and Dec. 9-10, mandatory deer check. All deer harvested must be brought to Rifle Range Road Weigh Station.

Turkey: April 7-15
Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside EXCEPT WATERFOWL CLOSED after 2 p.m. and EXCEPT CLOSED Nov. 11-12 & 24-25 and Dec. 9-10 and EXCEPT CLOSED to squirrel hunting during the spring season. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Jan. 6 – Feb. 28.
Raccoon (nighttime): Jan. 27 – Feb. 28
Fishing: Special regulations to be posted at Twin Lakes

Clear Creek

Owner: Hancock Timber (52,559 acres. Lake Charles Office)

Area Closed: Oct. 21-22 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. 16 – Jan. 15

Deer Youth (either-sex): Oct. 21-22

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Oct. 28-29, mandatory deer check. Nov. 24-26, self-clearing permit.

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Oct. 30 – Nov. 23 and Dec. 16 – Jan. 1

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 27 – Dec. 3

Turkey: April 16 – May 6

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

Turkey General Lottery: April 7-8 & 14-15. 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. 21-22 & 28-29 and Nov. 24-26 and EXCEPT spring squirrel season will be open May 5-13 only, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Jan. 2 – Feb. 28.

  • Youth Squirrel Season: Sept. 23-24
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. 28-29, 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 EXCEPT deer hunting restricted to ARCHERY ONLY. All vehicles, including ATVs/UTVs, prohibited.

Limited Access Area: No motorized vessels or vehicles Nov. 1 – Jan. 31.

High Water Benchmark Road Closures: Hunt Road (South of the Catahoula Lake Diversion Canal) will be closed when water levels at the Larto Lake gage reach 45.0 ft msl, and will reopen when water levels recede to 43.0 ft. msl; and Muddy Bayou Road and Sandy Bayou Road will be closed when water levels at the Larto Lake gage reach 42.0 ft. msl and will reopen when water levels recede to 40.0 msl.

  • Larto Lake Gage is available at http://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. 28-29. Only that portion of the area north of the Diversion Canal. The remainder of the area is open to other use.

  • Youth Lottery: Dec. 2-3 and Jan. 6-7, 13-14 & 20-21. Contact Pineville Field Office (318-487-5885) for details and applications.Deer Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 24-25, mandatory deer check. Nov. 26, 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. 23 – Jan. 7Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Dec. 9-10
Turkey General Lottery: April 7-8 & 14-15. 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 on the entire area Nov. 24-26, EXCEPT waterfowl hunting will be allowed in the greentree impoundment Nov. 24-26, if duck season is in progress, and OPEN to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 5-13, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Jan. 8 – Feb. 28. On that portion designated as Small Game Emphasis Areas, beagles are allowed for rabbit and dogs are allowed for squirrel Oct. 7 – Nov. 19, and training of beagles for rabbit and dogs for squirrel allowed June 1 – Aug. 31.
Raccoon (nighttime): Jan. 8 – 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. 2-24 and Oct. 7 – Nov. 12 EXCEPT lottery only opening weekend of the 1st split. Contact Pineville Field office for details and applications.
Rabbit: Feb. 1-28. Beagles allowed.
All other seasons CLOSED.

Elm Hall

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

ATVs/UTVs prohibited. Self-clearing permits required for hunters only.

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

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

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 24-25

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Nov. 26 and Dec. 23-31

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Jan. 20-21

Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside EXCEPT WATERFOWL CLOSED after 2 p.m. and EXCEPT CLOSED Nov. 24-25 and OPEN to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 5-13, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Jan. 22 – Feb. 28.

Floy Ward Mcelroy

Owner: LDWF (681 acres, Monroe Office)

Access restricted. Contact Monroe Field Office for information.

Deer Youth Lottery: Oct. 28-29, Nov. 11-12 & 18-19, Dec. 16-17 and Jan. 6-7. Restricted to those selected as a result of the pre-application lottery.

Deer Physically Challenged Wheelchair-confined Lottery: Nov. 4-5. 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. 9-10. 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 318-343-1241 for more information.

Mourning Dove Youth: Second weekend of the Mourning Dove Season, Saturday and Sunday only beginning at 12 p.m. Gate will be open at 11 a.m..

Fort Polk – Vernon

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

Daily military clearance is required to hunt any game. All or portions of the area may be closed daily due to military activities. Call (337) 531-5715 to obtain information on areas open for hunting. In the event that no maps are posted at the check stations please call (337)531-5715 for information on open areas before entering the WMA. Either-sex deer season daily permits available at daily permit stations. Special regulations apply to ATV users. This information available at http://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.

Experimental Hunting Area: Refer to Fort Polk WMA Hunting Map. Small game and squirrel hunting with dogs allowed Nov. 27 – 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. 16 – Jan. 15. Special Archery regulations apply to Cantonment Areas, check locally at Building #8590 at Alligator Lake. On Cantonment Areas, either-sex deer are legal Sept. 16 – 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. 28-29 and Nov. 24-26, mandatory deer check.

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Oct. 30 – Nov. 23 and Dec. 9 – Jan. 1

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Oct. 14-20, self-clearing permit.

Turkey: April 7 – May 6

Turkey Youth Lottery: March 31. 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. 28-29 and Nov. 24-26 and EXCEPT CLOSED to squirrel hunting during the spring season. Hunter orange must be worn when bucks only gun hunts for deer are in progress. Squirrel hunting with dogs allowed Nov. 27 – Dec. 8 and Jan. 2 – Feb. 28.
Feral Hogs: May be taken by properly licensed hunters from Sept. 16 – 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, Opelousas Office)

Area Closed: Oct. 28-29, 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. 28-29

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 24-25, mandatory deer check. Nov. 26, self-clearing permit.

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Dec. 23-31

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Jan. 1-7

Turkey: April 7-15

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

Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside EXCEPT WATERFOWL CLOSED after 2 p.m. and EXCEPT CLOSED Oct. 28-29 and Nov. 24-26 and open to squirrel hunting during the spring squirrel season, May 5-13, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Jan. 8 – Feb. 28.

  • Youth Squirrel Hunt: Sept. 23-24.
Raccoon (nighttime): Sept. 9-24 and Jan. 8 – 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 Opelousas 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 5-13, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Jan. 6 – Feb. 28.
Raccoon (nighttime): Sept. 9-24 and Jan. 6 – Feb. 28

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

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

Area Closed: Oct. 28-29 to all EXCEPT Youth Deer Hunters.

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

Deer Youth (either-sex): Oct. 28-29

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 24, mandatory deer check. Nov. 25-26, self-clearing permit.

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Dec. 2-15

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Dec. 16-29

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

Turkey General Lottery: April 7-9, 10-12, 13-15, 16-18 & 19-22. Hunting by pre-application lottery only. Contact the Monroe Field Office for details.

Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside except waterfowl closed after 2 p.m. and EXCEPT CLOSED Oct. 28-29 and Nov. 24-26 and Open to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 5-13, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Jan. 15 – Feb. 28.
Raccoon (nighttime): Jan. 6 – Feb. 28

Joyce

Owner: LDWF (27,482 acres); Joyce Foundation (851 acres); Tangipahoa School Board (484 acres, Hammond Office)

Limited Access Area: Internal combustion engines prohibited year-round. 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.

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

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

Deer Youth: Same as outside, still hunt only.

Deer Firearms: Same as outside, still hunt only.

Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside EXCEPT WATERFOWL CLOSED after 2 p.m., still hunt only and OPEN to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 5-13, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Feb. 1-28.
Raccoon (nighttime): Feb. 1-28
Crawfish: 100 lbs per person per day.

Lake Boeuf

Owner: LDWF (802 acres, New Iberia 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 5-13, 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.

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 7-22
Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside except waterfowl closed after 2 p.m. and open to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 5-13, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Jan. 6 – Feb. 28.

Little River

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

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Oct. 28 – Nov. 12

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 24-26 and Dec. 9-10

Turkey: April 7-22
Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside EXCEPT WATERFOWL CLOSED after 2 p.m. and EXCEPT spring squirrel season will be open May 5-13 only, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Jan. 15 – Feb. 28.

  • Youth Squirrel Hunt: Sept. 23-24.
Raccoon (nighttime): Jan. 15 – 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)
Deer Archery (either-sex): Oct. 1 – Jan. 31

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 24-25, mandatory deer check. Nov. 26, self-clearing permit.

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 27 – Dec. 3

Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside except waterfowl closed after 2 p.m. and EXCEPT CLOSED Nov. 24-26 and open to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 5-13, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Jan. 1 – 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): Jan. 1 – 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 5-13, 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 5-13, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Jan. 6 – Feb. 28. On that portion designated as Small Game Emphasis Area, beagles are allowed for rabbit and dogs are allowed for squirrel Oct. 7 – Feb. 28, and training of beagles for rabbit and dogs for squirrel allowed June 1 – Aug. 31.
Raccoon (nighttime): Sept. 9-24 and Jan. 6 – Feb. 28

Maurepas Swamp

Owner: LDWF (124,568 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. 4-5, 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 http://waterdata.usgs.gov/la/nwis/rt.

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

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

Deer Youth (either-sex): Nov. 4-5

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 24-25, mandatory deer check. Nov. 26, self-clearing permit.

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Dec. 16-31

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Jan. 13-14 & 22-28

Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside EXCEPT WATERFOWL CLOSED after 2 p.m. and EXCEPT CLOSED Nov. 4-5 & 24-26 and OPEN to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 5-13, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Jan. 29 – Feb. 28.

  • Youth Squirrel Hunt: Sept. 23-24 .
Raccoon (nighttime): Jan. 29 – Feb. 28
Crawfish: 100 lbs per person per day.

Pass-A-Loutre

Owner: LDWF (115,596 acres, New Iberia 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. 1-15

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

Deer Youth Shotgun (either-sex): Oct. 21-22

Deer Shotgun: Bucks only and feral hogs 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. Permit for live transport available from the New Iberia office. 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. 4-5 to all hunters EXCEPT Youth Hunters.

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

Deer Youth (either-sex): Nov. 4-5

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 24-26, self-clearing permit.

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Dec. 2-17

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 11-17 and Dec. 18-31

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

Turkey General Lottery: April 7-8. 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. 4-5 and Nov. 24-26 north of US 90.
Small Game: Same as outside EXCEPT CLOSED Nov. 4-5 & 24-26, and open to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 5-13, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Jan. 1 – Feb. 28.

  • Youth Squirrel Hunt: Sept. 23-24
Raccoon (nighttime): Sept. 9-24 and Jan. 1 – Feb. 28
Crawfish: 100 lbs per person per day. Recreational crawfishing only.

Peason Ridge

Owner: U.S. Army (74,309 acres, Lake Charles Office)

Daily military clearance is required to hunt any game. All or portions of the area may be closed daily due to military activities. Call 337-531-5715 to obtain information on areas open for hunting. In the event that no maps are posted at the check stations please call (337) 531-5715 for information on open areas before entering the WMA. Either-sex deer season daily permits available at daily permit stations. Either-sex deer season daily permits available at daily permit stations. Special regulations apply to ATV users. This information available at http://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. 16 – Jan. 15

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Oct. 30 – Nov. 23 and Dec. 9 – Jan. 1

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Oct. 28-29 and Nov. 24-26, mandatory deer check.

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Oct. 14-20, self-clearing permit.

Turkey: April 7 – May 6

Turkey Youth Lottery: March 31. 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. 28-29 and Nov. 24-26 and EXCEPT CLOSED to squirrel hunting during the spring season. Squirrel hunting with dogs allowed Nov. 27 – Dec. 8 and Jan. 1 – Feb. 28. Hunter Orange must be worn when bucks only gun hunts for deer are in progress.
Feral Hogs: May be taken by properly licensed hunters from Sept. 16 – Jan. 1. In addition, hunters may hunt feral hogs with shotguns loaded with buckshot or slugs from Jan. 1 – 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, New Iberia 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” and wear a “hunter orange” 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. 24-26 and Dec. 9-15

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 5-13, 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. 7-8 & 14-15. Daily Youth Hunt Permit required. To apply or for more information call the New Iberia Field Office, Coastal and Nongame Resources Division, 337-373-0032.

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

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 5-13, 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, Opelousas Office)

Area Closed: Oct. 28-29 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. 28-29

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 24-25, mandatory deer check. Nov. 26, self-clearing permit.

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Dec. 23 – Jan. 7

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Jan. 8-14

Turkey: April 28 – May 6

Turkey Youth Lottery: April 21-22. Hunting by pre-application lottery only. Contact the Opelousas Field Office for details.

Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside except waterfowl closed after 2 p.m. and EXCEPT CLOSED Oct. 28-29 and Nov. 24-26 and open to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 5-13, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbit and squirrel hunting with dogs allowed Jan. 15 – Feb. 28. On that portion designated as Small Game Emphasis Area, beagles allowed for rabbit and dogs allowed for squirrel Oct. 7-31, and Nov. 27 – Dec. 17, and training of beagles for rabbit and dogs for squirrel allowed June 1 – Aug. 31.

  • Youth Squirrel Hunt: Sept. 23-24.
Raccoon (nighttime): Sept. 9-24 and Jan. 15 – 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, Opelousas 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, Opelousas 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. 28-29, 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. 16 & 23 and Jan. 6 & 13. Contact Opelousas Field Office (337-946-0255) for details and applications.

Deer Youth and Physically Challenged (either-sex): Oct. 28-29. 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. 24-25, mandatory deer check. Nov. 26, self-clearing permit.

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Dec. 30 – Jan. 7

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Jan. 8-14

Turkey: April 7-22

Turkey Youth Lottery: March 30 – April 1. Hunting by pre-application lottery only. Contact the Opelousas Field Office for details.

Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside EXCEPT WATERFOWL CLOSED after 2 p.m., EXCEPT CLOSED Nov. 24-26, and OPEN to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 5-13, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Jan. 15 – Feb. 28. On that portion designated as Small Game Emphasis Area, beagles are allowed for rabbit and dogs are allowed for squirrel Oct. 7-31 and Nov. 27 – Dec. 17, and training of beagles for rabbit and dogs for squirrel allowed June 1 – Aug. 31.
Raccoon (nighttime): Sept. 9-24 and Jan. 15 – 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. All nighttime activity prohibited on Wham Brake during open waterfowl seasons.

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. 28-29 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. 28-29, South of I-20 only.

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 24-25, mandatory deer check. Nov. 26, self-clearing permit.

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Dec. 9-22

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Dec. 2-3

Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside EXCEPT WATERFOWL CLOSED after 2 p.m., and EXCEPT CLOSED Nov. 24-26, EXCEPT Wham Brake Area and Pintail Alley Area will remain open, and EXCEPT spring squirrel season will be open May 5-13 only, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and squirrel hunting with dogs allowed Jan. 6 – Feb. 28. On that portion designated as Small Game Emphasis Are, beagles are allowed for rabbit and dogs are allowed for squirrel Oct. 23 – Nov. 19 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. 23-24.
  • Youth Waterfowl Lottery: Contact Monroe Field Office for details and applications.
Raccoon (nighttime): Sept. 2-17 and Jan. 6 – Feb. 28
Crawfish: 100 lbs per person per day.

Sabine

Owner: Hancock Timber, Red Oak Timber Company (7,554 acres, Pineville Office)

Area Closed: Oct. 13-15 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. 14-15

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Oct. 21-22, mandatory deer check. Nov. 24-26, self-clearing.

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Oct. 28 – Nov. 22

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Dec. 2-10

Turkey General Lottery: Apr. 13-15 & 28-30. 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. 13-15 & 21-22 and Nov. 24-26 and open to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 5-13, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and squirrel hunting with dogs allowed Jan. 6 – Feb. 28.
Raccoon (nighttime): Jan. 6 – 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. 23-24 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. 23-24 and open to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 5-13, with or without dogs. Squirrel and rabbit hunting with dogs allowed Jan. 8 – Feb. 28.
Raccoon (nighttime): Jan. 8 – Feb. 28

Salvador/Timken

Owner: LDWF (30,179 acres, New Iberia 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. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22 & 28-29

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 17-19

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Nov. 20 – Dec. 17

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Dec. 18-24

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. 4 – Nov. 12 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. 4-5 EXCEPT for youth and physically challenged hunters.
Deer Archery (either-sex): Oct. 1 – Jan. 31

Deer Youth and Physically Challenged (either-sex): Nov. 4-5. North tract only.

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 24-26 and Dec. 16-17

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Dec. 9-15 & 23-29 and Jan. 6-7

Turkey: April 7-22
Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside except waterfowl closed after 2 p.m. and EXCEPT CLOSED Nov. 4-5 (North Tract only) and Nov. 24-26 and open to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 5-13, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Jan. 8 – 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. 23-24.
Raccoon (nighttime): Jan. 8 – Feb. 28
Mourning Dove: Sept. 2 & 9 through the end of first split. Closed Sept. 3-8 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. 2). 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, Opelousas 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 Opelousas Field Office for specific details. Vehicular traffic prohibited on East Atchafalaya River levee within Sherburne WMA boundaries. Contact the Opelousas 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 Opelousas Field Office, 5652 Highway 182, LA. 70570, phone number, 337-948-0255.

Physically Challenged Deer Hunting Area: Access restricted. Check WMA map for location and call the Opelousas 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 Opelousas 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 Opelousas Field Office (337-948-0255) for more information.

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

Area Closed: Oct. 28-29 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. 28-29. ALL OTHER SEASONS CLOSED. Self-clearing permits.

Deer Youth Lottery (either-sex): Oct. 28-29, Dec. 27 and Jan. 7 & 14. Contact Opelousas Field Office (337-948-0255) for details and applications.

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 24-25 and Dec. 1-2. Mandatory deer check. Nov. 26 and Dec. 3-8, self-clearing.

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Dec. 23 – Jan. 7

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Jan. 8-14

Turkey: April 23-25

Turkey Youth Lottery: April 14. Hunting by pre-application lottery only. Contact the Opelousas Field Office for details.

Turkey General Lottery: April 21-22. Hunting by pre-application lottery only. Contact the Opelousas Field Office for details.

Waterfowl, Snipe, Rail and Gallinules: Same as outside except closed after 2 p.m. and EXCEPT CLOSED Oct. 28-29, Nov. 24-26 and Dec. 1-3, 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 Opelousas Field Office for details and description of “South Farm.”

  • Youth Waterfowl Lottery: Contact the Opelousas Field Office for details and applications.
  • Disabled Veterans Waterfowl Lottery: Contact the Opelousas Field Office for details and applications.
Small Game: Same as outside EXCEPT CLOSED Oct. 28-29, Nov. 24-26 and Dec. 1-3, and EXCEPT spring squirrel season will be open May 5-13 only, with or without dogs. Non-toxic shot only within waterfowl impoundments. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Jan. 15 – Feb. 28. On that portion designated as Small Game Emphasis Area, beagles are allowed for rabbit and dogs are allowed for squirrel Oct. 7-31 and Dec. 11-19, EXCEPT closed Oct. 28-29, and training of beagles for rabbit and dogs for squirrel allowed June 1 – Aug. 31.

  • Youth Squirrel Hunt: Sept. 23-24.
Quail: CLOSED
Raccoon (nighttime): Sept. 9-24 and Jan. 15 – Feb. 28
Crawfishing: March 15 – July 31. Crawfish harvest limited to 100 lbs 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 5-13.
  • Portion East of Twelve Mile Bayou: Same as outside for squirrel and rabbit, and OPEN to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 5-13, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Jan. 1 – Feb. 28. NO WATERFOWL HUNTING.

Spring Bayou

Owner: LDWF (12,506 acres, Opelousas 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. 28-29 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. 28-29

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 24-26, self-clearing permit.

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Dec. 23 – Jan. 7

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Jan. 8-14

Turkey Youth Lottery: April 28-29. Hunting by pre-application lottery only. Contact the Opelousas Field Office for details.
Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside except waterfowl closed after 2 p.m. and EXCEPT SMALL GAME CLOSED Oct. 28-29 and Nov. 24-26, and open to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 5-13, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Jan. 15 – Feb. 28. WATERFOWL to remain open during either sex firearms hunts for deer.

  • Youth Squirrel Hunt: Sept. 23-24.
Raccoon (nighttime): Sept. 9-24 and Jan. 15 – Feb. 28
Recreational Fishing: Same as outside EXCEPT only allowed after 2 p.m. during waterfowl season.

  • Crawfish: March 15 – July 31. Recreational only, 100 lbs per person per day.
Commercial Fishing: Permitted Monday through Friday EXCEPT slat traps and hoop nets permitted any day, and except gill or trammel nets or the take or possession of grass carp are prohibited. Permits available from the Opelousas Field Office. 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 5-13, 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, Opelousas 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. 28-29, Except to Youth Deer Hunters.

Mandatory deer check for all deer seasons EXCEPT Archery.

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

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

Deer Youth (either-sex): Oct. 28-29

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 24-26 and Dec. 2-3

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Dec. 4-10

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Dec. 11-17

Small Game and Waterfowl: Same as outside except waterfowl closed after 2 p.m. and EXCEPT CLOSED Oct. 28-29, Nov. 24-26 and Dec. 2-3 and open to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 5-13. 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. 4-5, 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. 4-5

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 24, mandatory deer check. Nov. 25 – Dec. 10, self-clearing permit.

Turkey: April 23-29

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

Turkey General Lottery: April 7-8, 14-15 & 21-22. 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. 4-5 and Nov. 24 – Dec. 10 and OPEN to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 5-13, with or without dogs, South Tract only. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Feb. 1-28 on South Tract only.
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 5-13, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and dogs allowed for squirrel hunting Jan. 6 – Feb. 28. On that portion designated as Small Game Emphasis Area, beagles are allowed for rabbit and dogs are allowed for squirrel Oct. 7 – Feb. 28, and training of beagles for rabbit and dogs for squirrel allowed June 1 – Aug. 31.
Raccoon (nighttime): Sept. 9-24 and Jan. 6 – 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. 21-22, to all EXCEPT youth and physically challenged deer hunters.

Deer Archery (either-sex): Sept. 16 – Jan. 15

Deer Youth and Physically Challenged (either-sex): Oct. 21-22, for youth and physically challenged hunters only.

Deer Firearms (either-sex): Oct. 28-29, mandatory deer check. Nov. 24-26, self-clearing permit.

Deer Firearms (bucks only): Oct. 30 – Nov. 23 and Dec. 16-31

Deer Primitive Firearms (either-sex): Nov. 27 – Dec. 3

Turkey:

  • Turkey Youth Lottery: March 31. Hunting by pre-application lottery only. Contact the Lake Charles Field Office for details.
  • Turkey General Lottery: April 7-8, 14-15 & 21-22. 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. 21-22 & 28-29 and Nov. 24-26, and open to squirrel hunting during the spring season, May 5-13, with or without dogs. Beagles allowed for rabbits and squirrel hunting with dogs allowed Jan. 1 – Feb. 28.

  • Youth Squirrel Hunt: Sept. 23-24
Raccoon (nighttime): Jan. 1 – Feb. 28