2011 Wildlife Management Area Turkey Hunting Regulations

General

The following rules and regulations concerning management, protec- tion 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 indi- vidual to citation and/or expulsion from the management area.

ATVs, ATCs and motorcycles cannot be left overnight on WMAs EXCEPT in designated camping areas. ATVs are prohibited from two hours after sunset to 3:00 a.m. All roads including trails and roads desig- nated as ATV only trails shall be closed to ATVs from March 1 - Aug. 31 unless otherwise specified. ATV off-road or off-trail travel is prohibited. Certain trails may be open during this time period to provide access for fishing or other purposes. These trails will be marked by signs at the entrance of the trail. Otherwise, only walk-in hunting is permitted (bicy- cles permitted). All ATV trails on Jackson-Bienville WMA will be open for use by holders of Physically Challenged Hunter Permits (wheelchair bound classification only) during the special physically challenged hunter (wheelchair bound classification) turkey season.

Bag limits on WMAs are part of the season bag limit. Only one turkey is allowed to be taken during special spring lottery hunts.

WMAs with youth lottery hunts are closed to all activities except turkey hunting by authorized youth hunt participants and fishing on the day(s) of the youth hunt.

 

Permits

Self-clearing Permits: All turkey hunts, including lottery hunts, are self-clearing. Hunters must check in daily by obtaining a permit from a self-clearing station prior to hunting. The self-clearing permit must be in the hunter’s possession while hunting. Upon completion of each day’s hunt, the hunter must check out by completing and depositing the hunter report portion of the permit in the check-out box at a self-clearing station before exiting the WMA.

Lottery Hunts: All or a portion of the turkey season on some WMAs are restricted to those persons selected as a result of the pre-application lottery. All WMA youth hunts, EXCEPT April 9-10 on Jackson-Bienville and Bodcau, are lottery hunts. Deadline for receiving complete applica- tions in the Baton Rouge office for all lottery hunts is 4:30 p.m. Feb. 3, 2011. An application fee of $5 must be sent with each application. Applicants for WMA youth lottery hunts must be at least 8 years old on the day of the hunt. Applicants may submit only one application and may be selected for one Spring WMA Turkey Lottery Hunt annually. Submitting more than one spring hunt application will result in disqualification. Contact any regional office for applications. Hunters must abide by self- clearing permit requirements. Hunters chosen for WMA lottery hunts may be accompanied by one person. The person accompanying a lottery hunter may not possess a firearm/bow or take a turkey and must remain within a distance that allows normal voice contact with the lottery hunter at all times. Youths chosen for special lottery youth-only hunts may be provided with a guide. One person may accompany the youth and guide, but may not hunt. Requests for information on WMA regulations, permits, lottery hunt applications and maps may be directed to any field office or visit our website at: www.wlf.louisiana.gov

Jackson-Bienville WMA will be open April 11-17  to physically challenged hunters. Hunters must possess a Physically Challenged Hunter Permit with wheelchair classification. During this special hunt, ATVs may be used by physically challenged hunters on all designated ATV trails in accordance with the Physically Challenged Hunter Permit. Hunters must abide by self-clearing permit requirements. Contact field offices for a Physically Challenged Hunter Permit application.