Wildlife Management Area Regulations
The following rules and regulations concerning the management, protection and harvest of wildlife have been officially approved and adopted by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in accordance with the authority provided in Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950, Section 109 of Title 56. Failure to comply with these regulations will subject the individual to citation and/or expulsion from the management area.
- Persons using WMAs or other LDWF administered lands for any purpose other than hunting must possess one of the following:
- a valid Wild Louisiana Stamp
- a valid Louisiana fishing license
- a valid Louisiana hunting license
- Persons younger than 16 or older than 60 years of age are exempt from this requirement.
- Citizens are cautioned that by entering a WMA managed by LDWF, they may be subjecting themselves and/or their vehicles to game and/or license checks, inspections and searches.
- WMA seasons may be altered or closed anytime by LDWF’s Secretary in emergency situations (floods, fire or other critical circumstances).
- Hunters may enter the WMA no earlier than 4 a.m. unless otherwise specified. Hunters must check out daily and exit the WMA no later than two hours after sunset, or as otherwise specified. Reference individual WMA listings for specific requirements.
- Lands within WMA boundaries will have the same seasons and regulations pertaining to baiting and use of dogs as the WMA within which the lands are enclosed; however, with respect to private lands enclosed within a WMA, the owner or lessee may elect to hunt according to the regular season dates and hunting regulations applicable to the geographic area in which the lands are located, provided that the lands are first enrolled in DMAP. Interested parties should contact the nearest LDWF field office for additional information.
- Dumping garbage or trash on WMAs is prohibited. Garbage and trash may be properly disposed of in designated locations if provided.
- Use of drones on WMAs is prohibited.
- Disorderly conduct or hunting under the influence of alcoholic beverages, chemicals and other similar substances is prohibited.
- Damage to or removal of trees, shrubs, hard mast (including but not limited to acorns and pecans), wild plants and non-game wildlife (including reptiles and amphibians) or any species of butterflies, skippers or moths is prohibited without a permit from LDWF.
- Burning of the marsh is prohibited. Hunting actively burning marsh is prohibited.
- Gathering and/or removal of soft fruits, mushrooms and berries shall be limited to five gallons per person per day.
- Nature Trails: Trails shall be limited to pedestrians only. No vehicles, ATVs/UTVs, horses, mules, bicycles, etc. allowed. Removal of vegetation (standing or down) or other natural material is prohibited.
- Deer seasons are for legal antlered deer unless otherwise specified.
- Small game, when listed under the WMA regulations, may include both resident game animals and game birds as well as migratory birds.
- Oysters may not be harvested from any WMA, EXCEPT that oysters may be harvested from private oyster leases and State Seed Grounds located within a WMA, when authorized by the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission and upon approval by the Department of Health and Hospitals.
- Unauthorized entry or unauthorized hunting in restricted areas, refuges or limited access areas, is prohibited unless otherwise specified.
- For your safety ALL oil and gas production facilities (wells, pumping stations and storage facilities) are restricted. Access is prohibited.
A WMA Hunting Permit is required for persons age 18-59 to hunt on WMAs. (See “Licensing” section for more information).
A Self-Clearing Permit is required for ALL ACTIVITIES on WMAs unless otherwise specified. Check individual WMA listings for EXCEPTIONS.
The Self-Clearing Permit consists of two portions: Check In and Check Out.
- On WMAs where Self-Clearing Permits are required, all persons must obtain a WMA Self-Clearing Permit from a Self-Clearing Permit Station. The check-in portion must be completed and put in a permit box before each day’s activity on the day of the activity EXCEPT if hunting from a private camp adjacent to the WMA being hunted or if camping on the WMA, users need only to check in once during any 72 hour period. Users may check in one day in advance of use.
- The check-out portion must be carried by each person while on the WMA and must be completed and put in a permit box immediately upon exiting the WMA or within 72 hours after checking in if hunting from a private camp adjacent to the WMA being hunted or if camping on the WMA.
- Self-Clearing Permits are not required of fishers and boaters who enter a WMA via watercraft from outside the WMA, provided they do not get out of the watercraft and onto WMA property.
- Self-Clearing Permits are not required for motorists traveling through the WMA provided that the most direct route is taken and no activities or stops take place.
Physically challenged Wheelchair Confined Deer And Waterfowl Hunting Areas
Special deer and waterfowl hunting areas, blinds and stands identified with LDWF logos, have been established for Physically Challenged Hunter Permit (PCHP) wheelchair confined hunters on WMAs. Hunters must obtain PCHP permits and are required to make reservations to use blinds and stands. PCHP wheelchair hunting areas are available on Alexander State Forest, Bayou Pierre, Big Colewa Bayou, Buckhorn, Clear Creek, Floy Ward McElroy, Fort Polk-Vernon, Maurepas Swamp, Russell Sage and Sherburne WMAs. Check WMA hunting schedules or call LDWF Field Offices for additional information.