Hunting

Pass A Loutre WMA

Information
Owned: 
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Contact
Phone: 
504-284-5267

Pass-a-Loutre Wildlife Management Area is located in southern Plaquemines Parish at the mouth of the Mississippi River, approximately 10 miles south of Venice, and is accessible only by boat. The nearest public launches are in Venice. This area is owned by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and encompasses some 115,000 acres.

The area is characterized by river channels with attendant channel banks, natural bayous, and man-made canals which are interspersed with intermediate and fresh marshes. Hurricane damage and subsidence have contributed to a major demise of vegetated marsh areas resulting in formation of large ponds. Habitat development is primarily directed toward diverting sediment-laden waters into open bay systems (i.e., creating delta crevasses), which promotes delta growth.

Waterfowl and other migratory game bird hunting, rabbit hunting, and archery hunting for deer are permitted on Pass-a-Loutre.

A trapping program is conducted annually to control surplus furbearing animals and alligators.

There is excellent fishing in the freshwater areas as well as the more saline waters. Fish species present are typical inland saltwater varieties near the gulf and along river channels. Freshwater species including bass, bream, catfish, crappie, warmouth, drum, and garfish can be caught in the interior marsh ponds. Salt water species include redfish, speckled trout and flounder.

Other forms of recreation available include boating, picnicking, nature study, crabbing, and camping. There are multiple campgrounds on the WMA that are available for tent-camping and one designated area for the mooring of recreational houseboats (see maps for locations).  Prior to mooring, however, houseboats must receive a permit from the Department.  More information can be obtained by calling 337-373-0032.

 

 

Manchac

Information
Owned: 
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Acreage: 
8,328 Acres
Contact
Phone: 
(985) 543-4777

Manchac Wildlife Management Area, located in the uppermost portion of St. John the Baptist Parish about 17 miles NNE of LaPlace, was purchased from E.G. Schlieder in 1975. Entrance to the interior of the area is presently limited to various canals. The headquarters are located on the Galva Canal.
The topography is characterized by flat, low marshland subject to flooding, especially with easterly winds. Major vegetation in the past was originally bald cypress, but nearly all of this has been tagged from the area leaving an open freshwater marsh. There is a shallow freshwater pond, known as the Prairie, near the Lake Pontchartrain shoreline comprising approximately 500 acres. This is one of the better duck ponds within the Lake Pontchartrain system. Pirogues and mudboats are the major means of transportation in the Prairie.
Predominant vegetation includes bull tongue, smartweed, alligator weed, and spartina. Submerged aquatics are naiads, pondweeds, fanwort, and coontail. A strip of cypress tupelo is present along the Lake Pontchartrain boundary. The canopy is generally open and the understory consists of black willow, maple, palmetto, baccharis and assorted grasses.
The most sought after game species are waterfowl including scaup, mallard, teal, gadwall, widgeon, shoveler, coot and rail. Other species hunted include snipe, rails and rabbits. Permit trapping for alligator, nutria, muskrat and raccoon is normally allowed each year.
About 50 wood duck nesting boxes have been located at various locations to make up for the lack of mature trees with cavities in them. These man-made nesting sites have been eagerly accepted by the birds.
Other forms of recreation include fishing and birdwatching. Both bald eagles and ospreys have been sighted on the area.
Additional information may be obtained from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Wildlife Division: 42371 Phyllis Ann Rd. Hammond, LA  70403 985-543-4777

Loggy Bayou WMA

Information
Owned: 
LDWF, USACOE
Acreage: 
6,381 Acres
Contact
Phone: 
(318) 371-3050

Loggy Bayou Wildlife Management Area is located in the southern most part of Bossier Parish and consists of 6,381 acres. It is owned Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Louisiana State Land Office. The area lies approximately 20 miles southeast of Bossier City. Main access into the northern portion of the area if off of Louisiana Highway 154 just east of Lake Bistineau and into the southern portion from U. S. Highway 71. The Department maintains one all-weather road and a series of ATV trails through interior of the area.
Loggy Bayou WMA lies between Loggy and Red Chute Bayous and Lake Bistineau in the Red River Alluvial Valley of northwestern Louisiana. The area is one of the few remaining bottomland, hardwood areas remaining in northwest Louisiana. The terrain is flat with approximately 90 percent of the area being subject to annual flooding from backwaters of the Red River.
The original land purchased consisted of approximately half over-grazed cattle pasture and half severely over-grazed, poor quality, bottomland forest. Wildlife Division personnel recognized the need for improving the forest component of the area. In response to the need several hundred acres of agricultural fields were planted in the early 1970's and 1980's in preferred oak species. As a result of their foresight and efforts the seedlings planted over two decades ago are now producing quality hardwood mast and shelter for the expanding squirrel and turkey populations and other wildlife now utilizing the area.
Dominant tree species are hackberry, ash, elm, honey locust. native wild pecan, overcup, water, willow and Nuttall oak. The latter four species are not in abundance but are sparsely scattered throughout the forest area. Several hundred acres of the open fields have been planted in native pecan, Nuttall, water and cherrybark oak seedlings. Underplanting of the same seedlings has been done in the forested areas. The understory consists of red haws, rattan, trumpet vine and dewberry. In the field areas poison ivy, vetch and fescue predominate along with hardwood and honey locust spouts. Annually, approximately 50 acres are either fallow disked or planted in annual supplemental food plots.
White-tailed deer, squirrel, rabbits and raccoon hunting opportunities are available on the area. Archery hunting for white-tailed deer is the featured activity with a limited amount of modern firearm and muzzleloader hunting permitted. Pope and Young quality deer are common on the area. Waterfowl hunting is featured in the 110 acres greentree reservoir and on the numerous sloughs, beaver ponds and backwater areas. Hunting for eastern wild turkey is limited to lottery only. Trapping for raccoon, beaver, mink, coyote, and other furbears is allowed and encouraged.
 
Sport and commercial fishing is permitted on the area with fishermen concentrating their efforts on catfish, gar, buffalo and carp in Loggy and Red Chute Bayous. Bass and several species of bream can also be found in the bayous. One improved boat ramp is located on the southern portion of the area on Loggy Bayou.
The area is open to bird watchers and nature study groups. Overnight camping is allowed throughout the entire year on designated camping areas.
Additional information may be obtained from the LDWF, Wildlife Division, 1401 Talton St., Minden, LA 71055. Phone (318) 371-3050.

Little River WMA

Information
Owned: 
Resource Management Service, LLC and LDWF
Acreage: 
4,164 Acres
Contact
Phone: 
(318) 487-5885

This WMA is located in Grant and LaSalle parishes approximately 8 miles northeast of Pollock, Louisiana. It consists of department owned lands and a tract provided by International Paper Company for a total of 4,164 acres. The majority of Little River WMA normally floods seasonally from late Winter through Spring.
The area is primarily bottomland hardwoods. Common tree species include overcup oak, bitter pecan, willow oak. There are also several cypress-tupelo sloughs. Swamp privet, water elm, mayhaw, and overstory regeneration make up the midstory. Understory species growth varies greatly with elevation. The higher areas within the floodplain support green briar, blackberry, and pepper vine as well a variety of annual forbs and grasses. Areas of low elevation have very limited understory growth. The upland sites are forested in pine plantations and stands of mixed pine-hardwoods. A tremendous variety of tree and understory species are found in these areas.
Primary game species on the area are squirrel, wood ducks and turkey. There is also deer, rabbit and woodcock hunting available. Good fishing is available on the river.
Access to the area is via parish roads connecting to U.S. Highway 165. Primary interior roads are improved and provide all weather access unless flooded. Additional access is provided for ATVs on marked trails.
Two camping area are maintained on the WMA. Both provide primitive camping only. One is accessible year around while the other is subject to closure during high water periods. A stone covered boat ramp provides access to the river for smaller boats.
 
Additional information may be obtained from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 1995 Shreveport Highway, Pineville, Louisiana 71360. Phone(318)487-5885.

Lake Ramsey Savannah WMA

Information
Owned: 
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Acreage: 
796 Acres
Contact
Phone: 
(985) 543-4777

Recognizing the threatened status of high-quality longleaf pine flatwoods savannahs in Louisiana and the many unique native species the habitat supports, the Department acquired this 796 acres in 1992. The WMA is located in St. Tammany Parish about 7 miles northwest of Covington, and is accessible from Lake Ramsey Road west of LA HWY. 25. In recent years the Nature Conservancy has purchased additional lands along the Lake Ramsey and Horse Branch Roads that have enlarged the area now under conservation management.
The area is frequently burned to perpetuate the wide variety of ground cover plant species that occurs in a longleaf pine savannah. At least 18 rare plant species have been identified on the site which makes it one of the most significant savannahs remaining in eastern Louisiana. This unique open longleaf savannah has evolved historically only through the regular occurrence of fire. Prescribed fires will be critical in the continued future maintenance of his rare habitat.
In addition to the longleaf pine savannah, the area supports other valuable natural plant communities including: bayhead forest, small river floodplains forest, and an upland sandy stream (Tchefuncte River).
While a primary objective of the area is to conserve the unique habitats and native species, many consumptive and non-consumptive uses are permissible such as hiking, hunting (archery, small game, and waterfowl only), photography, fishing, trapping, wildlife viewing, research, and education. The area is walk-in-only. A Nature Trail is located on the south end of the WMA that originates on Nature Conservancy land. This trail is a favorite of bird watchers and school classes.
Additional information can be obtained from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Wildlife Division:
 

42371 Phyllis Ann Rd.

Hammond, LA  70403

985-543-4777

Lake Boeuf WMA

Information
Owned: 
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Acreage: 
800 Acres
Contact
Phone: 
(337) 373-0032
Map: 

The Lake Boeuf Wildlife Management Area is located east of Louisiana Highway 308, north of Raceland, Louisiana. The area includes approximately 800 acres of fresh marsh/swamp habitat and is accessible only by boat via Theriot Canal, Foret Canal, or Lake Boeuf.
Hunting opportunities include archery, small game, waterfowl, and unmarked hogs. The area also hosts annual youth lottery deer gun hunts. More information can be obtained by calling 337-373-0032.

Ouachita WMA

Information
Owned: 
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Acreage: 
10,989 Acres
Contact
Phone: 
(318) 343-4044

Ouachita Wildlife Management Area, 10,989 acres in size, is located in southeast Ouachita Parish, approximately six miles southeast of Monroe. It is bordered on the north by the Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area and on the east by Bayou LaFourche. Louisiana Highway 15 crosses the northern portion of the management area.
The original purchase of 3,124 acres of bottomland hardwood habitat was consummated in 1975. A large addition was made in 1984 when 5,621 acres of agricultural land was purchased. An additional 896 acres was added in 2002. Ouachita lies within the Bayou LaFourche flood plain and is subject to annual winter and spring flooding. Elevation of the area ranges from 55 to 62 feet mean sea level.
The forest canopy contains a mixture of bottomland hardwoods that are grouped into two major timber types: oak-elm-ash and overcup oak-bitter pecan (water hickory). Minor acreages of cypress-tupelo gum and pure black willow are also present. Individual species of trees present include Nuttall oak, honey locust, rock elm, sweetgum, hackberry, willow oak, and delta post oak. Common understory species are swamp privet, rattan, poison ivy, deciduous holly, grape, palmetto, trumpet creeper, persimmon, and hawthorn.
Department personnel planted almost 4,000 acres of hardwood seedlings in an attempt to restore the property to its former condition prior to being cleared for farming in the 1960?s. A series of waterfowl management impoundments totaling approximately 1,700 acres were constructed in cooperation with Ducks Unlimited. Levees were upgraded on another 455 acres of impoundments in 2001 utilizing Ducks Unlimited funds. The waterfowl impoundments are heavily utilized by waterfowl as well as numerous non-game birds. An observation tower has been constructed which provides for public viewing of waterfowl.
Game species available for hunting include deer, squirrel, rabbit, snipe, dove, and waterfowl. Among the ducks wintering on the area are blue-winged teal, green-winged teal, mallard, shoveler, pintail, and wood ducks. Trapping is permitted with available furbearers including raccoon, mink, nutria, muskrat, opossum, beaver, coyote, and bobcat. The river otter is present, but trapping for this species is not allowed.
Three reservoirs, 180 acres, 18 acres and 10 acres, are located on the reclaimed agricultural tract. Fishing opportunity exists for largemouth bass, bluegill, and crappie. Waterfowl impoundments are managed in a manner, which provides an excellent water regime for crawfish production.
One camping area, eight acres in size, is located on the WMA. Camping is primitive in nature except a source of drinking water is provided.
Additional information may be obtained from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 368 CenturyTel Drive, Monroe, Louisiana 71203. Phone (318) 343-4044.

Russell Sage WMA

Information
Owned: 
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Acreage: 
16,835 Acres
Contact
Phone: 
(318) 343-4044

Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area is located in Morehouse, Ouachita and Richland Parishes, approximately seven miles east of Monroe and ten miles west of Rayville. Access is provided by U.S. Highway 80 and Interstate 20, which bisect the area. Interior, all-weather roads are maintained by the department.
Russell Sage includes 16,993 acres owned by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Located within the Bayou LaFourche flood plain, this WMA is flat and poorly drained. Elevations range from 58 feet to 63 feet above mean sea level. Numerous sloughs and shallow bayous meander throughout and backwater flooding occurs annually.
In August 2011, an additional 4,955 acres was added to Russell Sage based on a lease agreement signed with International Paper, bringing the total WMA acreage to 21,948.
The newly leased acreage, north of the existing WMA land owned by LDWF, includes prime waterfowl habitat known locally as Wham Brake.
There are two major timber types on the WMA. The predominant type is overcup oak-bitter pecan (water hickory) and the other is oak-elm-ash. Much smaller acreage of other types is also present, including willow-cypress-ash and oak-gum. Timber overstory species include Nuttall oak, hackberry, overcup oak, bitter pecan, bald cypress, rock elm, green ash, honey locust, red maple, tupelo gum, and American elm. Cottonwood, water oak, and other higher ground species are located on canal spoil banks throughout the management area.
Understory species present include deciduous holly, roughleaf dogwood, dewberry, peppervine, greenbrier, poison ivy, rattan, swamp privet, persimmon, buttonbush, climbing dogbane, and palmetto.
There are two greentree waterfowl impoundments on Russell Sage totaling 2,400 acres. Excellent hunting is provided for mallards and wood ducks along with several other species. Wading birds and other non-game species utilize the impoundments.
Hunting is available for deer, squirrel, rabbit, and woodcock. Russell Sage is a consistent producer of quality deer. Squirrel hunting is particularly popular on the WMA and hunters experience good success.
Trapping is permitted for raccoon, beaver, coyote, nutria, mink, bobcat, fox, and opossum. The river otter and American alligator are present, but taking of these species is not allowed.
A primitive camping area is provided north of U.S. Highway 80.
Additional information may be obtained from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 368 CenturyLink Drive, Monroe, Louisiana 71203. Phone (318) 343-4044.
 

Old River Control

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Owned: 
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Acreage: 
2,699 Acres

Sabine Island WMA

Information
Owned: 
State of Louisiana and Calcasieu Parish Schools
Acreage: 
8,743 Acres
Contact
Phone: 
(337) 491-2576

Sabine Island Wildlife Management Area is located in west-central Calcasieu Parish between Vinton and Starks. Access to the area can be attained by taking Louisiana Highway 109 north from Vinton or south from Starks and then taking the Nibblets Bluff Park road west from Louisiana Highway 109. The area is completely surrounded by water and access to the area can only be gained by boat.
Sabine Island is 8,743 acres in size and ownership is divided between the State Land Office and the Calcasieu Parish School Board.
The area varies from low terrain subject to annual flooding for prolonged periods to winding ridges laced throughout the area. Access within is made possible by numerous bayous and sloughs. Sabine River forms the southern and western boundary; Old River and Big Bayou border the east and north.
The forest cover is composed of two major timber types, cypress-tupelo comprising approximately 85 percent with the remainder classed as pine hardwood. In the pine hardwood portions, white oaks, willow oak and sweetgum are found mixed with loblolly pine.
The major understory species found are smilax, rattan, arrowwood, Japanese honeysuckle, blackberries, dewberries and reproduction of the major hardwood species.
Annual prolonged flooding makes it impossible to have food plots. Due to the timber type composition burning can not be employed to help manipulate the habitat for wildlife.
Game species hunted are squirrel, rabbit, deer, woodcock and waterfowl. Trapping for furbearers is allowed. Major furbearing species are raccoon, opossum, mink, bobcat and nutria.
The area offers excellent fishing, both sport and commercial, year-round.
Due to its location and abundant waterways, much recreation is derived from water skiing and boating.
Self-clearing permits are required to access Sabine Island. Additional information and maps may be obtained from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 1213 North Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, Louisiana, 70601. Phone (337) 491-2575.

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