Hunting

Union WMA

Information
Owned: 
Plum Creek Timber Corp.
Acreage: 
10,117 Acres
Contact
Phone: 
(318) 371-3050
Map: 

Union Wildlife Management area is located in Union Parish, approximately four miles west of Marion. Access is by Louisiana Highways 549 and 551, plus Concord Road. Union is 11,192 acres in size and is leased from Plum Creek Timber Company. Topography of the area is primarily rolling hills interlaced with several creeks and intermittent streams. Major creeks are Big Cane, Tick, and Meridian. Elevations range from 110 to 240 feet above mean sea level.

The forest cover is dominated by loblolly pine mixed, in some stands, with southern red oak, white oak, hickory, post oak, sweetgum, shortleaf pine, elm, and blackgum. Cherrybark oak, Arkansas oak, cow oak, and red maple are present. Beech and water oak occur, especially along the streams.

Crown closure varies with the age of managed pine timber stands, much of the area having a brushy understory. Common woody understory plants include American beautyberry, Japanese honeysuckle, yellow jessamine, greenbrier, sumac, American holly, flowering dogwood, hawthorn, persimmon, grape, arrowwood, huckleberry, salt bush, black cherry, American elder, blackberry, and poison ivy.

Game species available for hunting include deer, squirrel, rabbit, quail, dove, woodcock, and to a limited extent, waterfowl. A liberal either-sex deer season has been conducted for the past 35 years with excellent results. A lottery hunt for wild turkey is held annually. Trapping is permitted for raccoon, opossum, fox, mink, beaver, coyote, and bobcat.

A primitive camping area is provided on the east side of the WMA.

Additional information may be obtained from the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Highway 80, Minden, LA 71055.  Phone (318) 371-3050.

Walnut Hill WMA

Information
Owned: 
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Acreage: 
595 Acres
Contact
Phone: 
(318) 491-2599

Walnut Hill Wildlife Management Area is a 595 acre tract of land acquired from the Farmers Home Administration. The property is located in Vernon Parish approximately 2 mile east of Slagle, La. on highway 121. The property is made up of several small tracts of land both north and south of highway 121.
This land was used primarily as pasture for dairy cattle and consists of slightly rolling hills. The habitat consists of thick under growth and mixed young hardwoods and pine trees.
The area offers limited rabbit, deer and quail hunting opportunities, due to the small acreage and thick habitat conditions presently found on the area.
Additional information and maps can be obtained from the Lake Charles Office at 1213 North Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, La. 70601 or phone 337/491-2575.

West Bay WMA

Information
Owned: 
Forest Capital Partners LLC., Roy O. Martin, FI
Acreage: 
56,000 Acres
Contact
Phone: 
(337) 491-2575
Map: 

West Bay Wildlife Management Area is located in north-central Allen Parish near Elizabeth. State highways and parish roads leading to the area accompanied with timber company roads make West Bay very accessible. The majority of the area boundaries are as follows: south of Louisiana Highway 10, north of Louisiana Highway 26, east of Turner Road, and west of River Road. West Bay is 56,000 acres in size and is entirely privately owned. The lease, which is obtained from timber companies and private individuals without charge to the State, gives the Department the right only to manage wildlife. The terrain is generally flat. Approximately one-third of the area can be considered a baygall habitat and is poorly drained. The remaining area has fairly good drainage. The only major flowing stream is Mill Creek. The forest cover is composed of pine plantations with scattered hardwoods along streambeds. There are some pine-hardwood stands located on the edge of the baygall areas. The most common hardwood species are water oak, white oak, red oak, willow oak, cow oak, blackgum, beech, hickory. Flowering dogwood, redbay, sweetleaf, and sweetgum are important overstory species found on the area. The understory composition varies with the timber type. In the baygall portions, some of the more common and valuable species found are yaupon, rattan, arrowwood, smilax, and deciduous holly. The understory in the pine plantations is primarily blackberry, dewberry, huckleberry, smilax, and numerous annual legumes and grasses. Game species hunted on the area are squirrel, rabbit, deer, dove, woodcock, and turkey. The area offers excellent bow hunting opportunities for deer. Furbearer trapping is allowed during trapping season. Two primitive camping areas are maintained on the area. Self-clearing permits are required to access West Bay. Eight permit stations are located around the WMA. 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.

L.W.F.C. ADOPTS AMENDMENTS TO 2010-12 HUNTING SEASONS, 2010-11 W.M.A. RULES, NOTICES OF INTENT

Release Date: 03/05/2010

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) adopted several amendments to the notices of intent for the 2010-12 hunting seasons and the 2010-11 Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) General Rules and Regulations at their March 4 meeting.

Those amendments include:

-- Alternative deer season hunting dates in Areas 1 and 6 for 2010-2011 Hunting Seasons. Proposed for:

Area 1
Archery:  Oct. 1 - Oct. 31 (Bucks Only) and Nov. 1 - Feb.15 (Either-Sex)
Primitive: Nov. 13 - Nov. 19
Still Hunt: Nov. 20 - Dec. 3
CLOSED: Dec. 4 - Dec. 10
With or Without Dogs: Dec. 11 - Jan. 2
Still Hunt: Jan. 3 - Jan. 31
Primitive: Feb. 1 - Feb. 7 and Feb. 11 - Feb. 13

 

Area 6

Archery:  Oct. 1 - Oct. 31 (Bucks Only) and Nov. 1 - Feb.15 (Either-Sex)
Primitive: Nov. 13 - Nov. 19
Still Hunt: Nov. 20 - Dec. 3
CLOSED: Dec. 4 - Dec. 10
With or Without Dogs: Dec.11 - Jan. 23
Still Hunt: Jan. 24 - Jan. 31
Primitive: Feb. 1 - Feb. 7 and Feb.11 - Feb.13

-- Changes to 2010 WMA Hunting Schedule for: Pointe-Aux-Chenes Point Farm Unit (non-toxic shot only to be used for dove season, south of the dove field gate); Sabine (feral hogs may be taken with dogs Feb. 1 to last day of Feb. only by permit available from a Region Office); and Red River Yakey Tract (recreational crawfishing allowed March 15 - July 31). 

-- Seasonal changes for Kisatchie National Forest for 2010-2011 (minor changes for small game, waterfowl and nuisance species harvest) and user rules; deer season dates to be presented separately at April LWFC meeting.

-- Changes to WMA Hunting Regulations relative to feral hogs (adds Attakapas and Pass-a-Loutre WMAs to list of WMAs allowing hunters to use dogs to hunt hogs; live hogs can only be transported with permit available at LDWF field offices); and blood tracking dogs (leashed dogs would be allowed by still hunters to trail and retrieve wounded or unrecovered deer).

To view the original notices of intent and amendments for proposed hunting season dates for the upcoming hunting season, please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/education/commissionactions.

Public comment can be submitted to Randy Myers, Wildlife Division, LDWF, PO Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000 until May 6.

The public meeting schedule for the proposed 2010-11 hunting season is as follows:

-- March 9 at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria of the Hammond High School located at 45168 River Road.
-- March 9 at 6 p.m. at the Ruston Civic Center located at N. Trenton St.
-- March 10 at 6 p.m. at the Alexandria Convention Hall located at 915 Third St.
-- March 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the LDWF Office in Minden located at 9961 Hwy. 80.
-- March 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the LSU AgCenter next to Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles.
-- March 18 at 6 p.m. in room 119 of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service building located at 646 Cajundome Blvd. in Lafayette.

For more information, contact Randy Myers at 225-765-2359 or rmyers@wlf.la.gov.    

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