Hunting

Senior Fish/Hunt

Fees
Resident: 
$5.00
Description: 

Senior Fish/Hunt License: Any resident who turned sixty (60) years of age on or after June 1, 2000 must obtain a senior fishing/hunting license to hunt or fish. This license does not include special gear such as trawls, crab traps, crawfish traps, hoop nets, etc.

Peason Ridge WMA

Acreage

74,309

Contact

wsmith@wlf.la.gov; 337-491-2575; 1213 North Lakeshore Dr, Lake Charles, LA 70601

Parish

Sabine, Natchitoches, Vernon

Owner/manager

U.S. Army

Description

The terrain on Peason Ridge WMA consists of gentle to high rolling hills interspersed with creeks. Longleaf pine is dominant on some of the hills while a mixture of loblolly and longleaf pine and red, blackjack, and post oak is found on other ridges. Some portions of the area support mixed pine stands of longleaf, loblolly, and shortleaf. Groves of sandjack oak are also present. Large areas with little or no timber are common. The understory of these upland areas is very sparse and contains wax myrtle, yaupon, sweetgum, dogwood, huckleberry, sumac, and seedlings of the overstory. The overstory on the creek bottoms includes water oak, beech, magnolia, sweetgum, red maple, and ash. Understory species include dogwood, buttonbush, French mulberry, wild azalea, hazel alder, hawthorn, red and white bay, black gum, viburnum, and seedlings of the overstory.

Activities and Amenities

Hunting and trapping: Available game species include deer, squirrel, rabbit, quail, woodcock, dove, and turkey. There is also a youth turkey lottery hunt. Trapping is allowed for raccoon, fox, bobcat, skunk, opossum, mink, and coyote. All hunters and trappers must obtain an annual permit from the U.S. Army. See regulations for details.

Camping: Camping is not permitted on Peason Ridge WMA but is allowed on adjacent U.S. Forest Service lands.

Directions

Peason Ridge WMA is located 14 miles north of Leesville. You must have a self-clearing permit to access the WMA. Click here for more details.

Maurepas Swamp WMA

Acreage

124,567

Contact

fburks@wlf.la.gov; 985-543-4781; 42371 Phyllis Ann Dr, Hammond, LA 70403

Parish

Ascension, Livingston, St. John the Baptist, St. James, Tangipahoa

Owner/manager

LDWF

Description

Maurepas Swamp WMA is mostly flooded cypress tupelo swamp. Water levels in this area are influenced by rain, wind, and tides. Heavy rains accompanied with east winds can cause extensive flooding in the area for days at a time. Other vegetation found on the WMA includes bulltongue, cattail, submerged aquatics, red maple, American elm, sugarberry, and nuttall, water, and obtusa oak. Invasive species include water hyacinth, Bidens sp. “fourchette”, and an aquatic fern known as common salvinia. The presence of this invasive vegetation has made much of the area unsuitable for the large numbers of waterfowl that historically overwintered in this vast swamp.

Future plans for the WMA include cooperative freshwater reintroduction projects designed to revive the swamp and improved control of invasive plant species that have overtaken much of this important and scenic area.

Maurepas Swamp WMA consists of two tracts totaling some 61,633 acres donated to LDWF by the Richard King Mellon Foundation in the summer of 2001, 12,000 acres of acquisitions and donations between 2002 and 2011, an additional 29,630 acres (M.C. Davis Tract) acquired from the Conservation fund in early 2012, and subsequent property acquisitions, including the Rathborne, Boyce, and Crusel tracts.

Activities and Amenities

Hunting and trapping: The most sought after game species on Maurepas Swamp WMA are white-tailed deer, squirrel, rabbit, and waterfowl. There are youth deer and squirrel seasons. While you may use ATVs to retrieve game on much of the WMA, you many not use motorized vehicles on the Crusel Tract. See regulations for details.

Fishing and boating: Common freshwater fish include largemouth bass, sunfish, and crappie. See regulations for details.

Camping: There are two tent-only camping areas; one is on the New River Canal and the other on Reserve Canal.

Birding and wildlife viewing: Bald eagles and osprey nest in and around the WMA. Numerous species of neotropical migrant birds use this coastal forest habitat during fall and spring migrations. Resident birds, including wood ducks, black-bellied whistling ducks, egrets, and herons can be found on the WMA year-round.

Hiking: A ½-mile long nature trail is located on the east side of U.S. Hwy 51, approximately ½ mile north of Peavine Road in LaPlace.

Directions

Maurepas Swamp WMA is located approximately 25 miles west of New Orleans, along the south shore of Lake Maurepas west of Sorrento. You can access the area by boat via the Blind River and the Reserve Flood Relief Canal. You can also access on foot; major highways crossing through the area include I-10, I-55, U.S. Hwy 51, and LA Hwy 641. There are 16 self-clearing permit stations located throughout the WMA.

Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA

Acreage

33,488

Contact

sgranier@wlf.la.gov; 504-284-5264

Parish

Terrebonne, Lafourche

Owner/manager

LDWF

Description

Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA is mostly marsh, varying from intermediate to brackish and interspersed with numerous ponds, bayous, and canals. The only timber stands are located on the Point Farm Unit of the area and on areas adjacent to natural bayous and older oil and gas canals.

LDWF manages the property through water control, mainly using variable crested weirs and levees, to increase productivity of the marshes for furbearers, waterfowl, alligators, and fish.

Activities and Amenities

Hunting and trapping: Available game species include waterfowl, deer, rabbit, squirrel, rails, gallinules, and snipe. There is also an annual youth deer lottery hunt on the WMA. See regulations for details.

Fishing and boating: Recreational fishing on Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA is excellent for inland saltwater fish species, crabs, and shrimp. Freshwater fish are available in the more northern portions of the WMA. See regulations for details.

Camping: There is a tent-only campground along Hwy 665, north of the headquarters area.

Directions

Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA is located about 15 miles southeast of Houma. Access to the interior is typically limited to boats due to the lack of roads. There are boat launches into the interior on Island Rd and Hwy 665, south of the headquarters area.

Pearl River WMA

Acreage

35,619

Contact

fburks@wlf.la.gov; 985-543-4781; 42371 Phyllis Ann Dr, Hammond, LA 70403

Parish

St. Tammany

Owner/manager

LDWF

Description

Pearl River WMA has flat terrain with poor drainage and is subject to annual flooding. The forest cover varies from an all age hardwood stand in the northern 45 percent, to cypress tupelo in the middle 35 percent, and intermediate marsh in the southern 20 percent. The mixed hardwoods are made up of water, nuttall, cow, obtusa, overcup, and live oak; bitter pecan; hickory; beech; magnolia; sweetgum; and elm. The overstory varies from moderately open to closed.

Activities and Amenities

Hunting and trapping: Available game species include white-tailed deer, squirrel, rabbit, waterfowl, snipe, and woodcock. There are youth deer and squirrel seasons as well as youth and general turkey lottery hunts. Trapping is available for furbearers, including beaver, nutria, mink, muskrat, opossum, raccoon, coyote, and bobcat. See regulations for details.

Shooting range: There is a shooting range on Pearl River WMA that is available for public use at specified times. Click here or call 985-643-3938 for details.

Fishing and boating: There are numerous streams and bayous on Pearl River WMA available for fishing, crawfishing, canoeing, and boating. There are also several ponds on the northern end of the WMA along I-59. See regulations for details.

Camping: Camping is available at Crawford Landing.

Other: hiking, photography, birding

Directions

Pearl River WMA is located about 6 miles east of Slidell and about 1 mile east of the town of Pearl River. You can access the WMA by vehicle from Old Hwy 11 and by boat. There are several boat ramps along U.S. Hwy 90 and concrete ramps at Davis and Crawford Landings, all of which have ample parking. There is also a commercial ramp at Old Indian Village.

When the river gauge at the town of Pearl River reaches 16.5 feet, Old Hwy 11 and all hunting, except waterfowl, are closed. Click here to monitor water levels.

Marsh Bayou WMA

Acreage

655

Contact

wsmith@wlf.la.gov; 337-491-2575; 1213 North Lakeshore Dr, Lake Charles, LA 70601

Parish

Evangeline

Owner/manager

LDWF

Description

Acquired from the Farmers Home Administration, Marsh Bayou WMA was primarily used as an agricultural rice farm for many years and is now being converted back to forestland. The WMA is flat and poorly drained. Most of the habitat consists of thick wax myrtle and sweet gum thickets with scattered pines and hardwoods. A small bayou cuts the property in half. LDWF has planted 200 acres of the northeast corner of the property with a variety of hardwood species.

Activities and Amenities

Hunting and trapping: Due to its small acreage and thick habitat, Marsh Bayou WMA offers limited rabbit, deer (archery only), and quail hunting opportunities. There is a small game emphasis area on this WMA. See regulations for details.

Other: hiking, photography, birding

Directions

Marsh Bayou WMA is located approximately 3 miles east of Oakdale, north of Hwy 10. You can only access the area off Cypress Creek Road, 3 miles north of Hwy 10 at the corner of Parish Road 4-20. Parking is limited, and there are no roads within the WMA.

Pomme de Terre WMA

Acreage

6,434

Contact

jhaynes@wlf.la.gov; 337-948-0255; 5652 Hwy 182, Opelousas, LA 70570

Parish

Avoyelles

Owner/manager

LDWF

Description

Pomme de Terre WMA is a bottomland hardwood forest. The terrain is primarily low and flat, but several ridges transect the property, primarily running from east to west. These ridges border and intersect Sutton Lake, a rain dependent wetland that is popular for wintering waterfowl and waterfowl hunters.

The overstory consists mostly of hackberry, locust, elm, ash, maple, and sweetgum. Nuttall and overcup oaks are scattered throughout the WMA. Willow is dominant in the low lying areas, and bald cypress is found toward the ridges. Box elder and sycamore are also common. The understory consists of haws, deciduous holly, dogwood, elderberry, and seedlings of the overstory. Other understory plants include poison ivy, peppervine, greenbrier, and blackberry. Open water and marshy areas, which comprise about 60 percent of the total WMA, contain water hyacinth, duckweed, lotus, cutgrass, and buttonbush.

Activities and Amenities

Hunting and trapping: Popular game species on Pomme de Terre WMA include white-tailed deer, turkey, squirrel, waterfowl, and rabbit. There is a youth deer season and a youth turkey lottery hunt. Wintering waterfowl populations vary annually. Trapping for furbearers is allowed. See regulations for details.

Fishing and boating: There is a boat launch into Sutton Lake (see map). There is limited recreational fishing on Pomme de Terre WMA; commercial fishing is allowed by permit. See regulations for details.

Camping: There is one primitive camping area.

Other: hiking, photography, birding

Directions

Pomme de Terre WMA is located off LA Hwy 451, 6 miles east of Moreauville. Vehicles can access the WMA by a gravel road at the southwest corner of the property. Interior access by water is limited; however, there are about 8 miles of ATV trails that provide access to the majority of the WMA.

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