Hunting

LOUISIANA HUNTING HERITAGE PROGRAM

Experienced and beginning hunters needed to carry on the tradition of hunting and conservation.
The Louisiana Hunting Heritage Program (LHHP) is a new program that focuses on reducing the obstacles that prospective hunters in today’s society face.  In the past, people learned to hunt from their family or close friends, and access to land was readily available.  Today, a person who has an interest in hunting may not have the family or social network to help them get started.  As a result, many people with an interest in hunting never give it a try or simply give up when faced with the challenges of being a hunter in today’s world.  The LHHP is not limited to any age or demographic group, but welcomes anyone who wants to learn to hunt and anyone who has a desire to help others learn about hunting.  The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) sponsors the LHHP and works to create a network of hunting mentors that are willing to teach others about hunting and help their apprentices become skilled and independent hunters.
 
Getting Involved As a Mentor…
You will be matched with an apprentice hunter and asked to guide them along their journey to becoming an independent hunter.  Activities should include participation in a hunter education class, shooting range visits, scouting trips, game care experiences and others tailored to the skill level and interests of the apprentice hunter.  Of course, you will also take them hunting.  Hunting can occur on either public or private land and can include any game animals that you and the apprentice desire to hunt.
You will receive training, support, and liability insurance coverage from LDWF and its partners.    However, it is your experience and involvement that will help your apprentice become a self-sufficient and independent hunter.  This is an excellent opportunity for experienced hunters to share their passion for the outdoors and help secure the future of hunting.
 
Getting Involved as an Apprentice…
You will be paired with an experienced hunter who will serve as your hunting mentor.  You and your mentor will take part in a variety of activities that will prepare you to become an independent hunter.  You will learn about the various aspects of hunting including safety, woods skills, game care, equipment needs, and finding a place to hunt.  You and your mentor will put these skills to use on actual hunts so you will become familiar and comfortable with the total hunting experience.
Your mentor will be an experienced hunter who has volunteered their time and resources to help you learn to hunt.  You will be paired with a mentor based on your level of experience, location and game you desire to hunt.  Any person 10 years of age or older is welcome to be an apprentice – youth to senior citizens are encouraged to become involved and learn about a new way to experience the outdoors.
 
Getting Started…
Mentor applicants should complete and return the mentor application/questionnaire.
Apprentice applicants should complete and return the apprentice application.  Mentors will attend a brief training meeting and be paired with an apprentice in the spring or early summer.   Applications and answers to frequently asked questions can be downloaded from this web page.  For more information contact:
John Sturgis 
jsturgis@wlf.la.gov
337-948-0255

L.W.F.C. Finalizes 2012 Turkey Hunting Season Dates, Regulations

Release Date: 10/06/2011

Oct. 6, 2011 -- The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission today adopted the season dates and regulations for the 2012 turkey hunting season, as recommended by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF).

The change in the turkey season framework approved by the Commission provides for a uniform statewide opening  on the fourth Saturday in March.  In 2012, the season will open March 24 in three designated areas with varying end of season dates as follows:  Area A, March 24 to April 22; Area B, March 24 to April 15; and Area C, March 24 to April 8.

Special private land youth hunts for those 17 years of age and younger and hunts for wheelchair confined hunters would take place on March 17-18, 2012 in all areas. The daily bag limit would remain one gobbler, and the season limit would be two gobblers.

Details for the 2012 turkey season, including dates for LDWF Wildlife Management Areas and special lottery hunts, are available on line at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/turkey within the Sept. 2011 amended Notices of Intent presented to the Commission. Those details will be reflected in the printed 2012 Louisiana Turkey Regulations that will be available prior to the season. 

For more information, contact Jimmy Stafford at 225-765-2361 or jstafford@wlf.la.gov.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

 

Governor Jindal Announces Addition of 29,630 Acres to Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 09/30/2011

Maurepas Swamp WMA Sept. 2011

Sept. 30, 2011 -- Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced the availability of 29,630 new acres to the Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area (WMA) for hunting and other outdoor activities.

Governor Jindal said, “With this newly acquired land,hunters and fisherman in Southeast Louisiana will now have access to more than 100,000 acres to hunt, fish and enjoy Louisiana’s natural treasures, which are easily accessible from our major metropolitan areas.  The addition of tens of thousands of acres of hunting grounds is great news for our hunters who are gearing up for the start of big and small game hunting season on October 1st.”

A partnership with the Conservation Fund for 29,630 acres between the eastern and western tracts of the WMA will increase the combined total acreage of public recreation lands to more than 100,000 acres located within Ascension, Livingston, St. James and St. John parishes.

“We continue to look for opportunities to expand public outdoor recreation options through the wildlife management program,” said Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham. “We encourage hunters to utilize these new public hunting grounds during the 2011-12 season.”

The new acreage includes flooded cypress tupelo swamp. Prominent plant species include bulltongue, cattails, submerged aquatics, red maple, and limited oak species consisting mostly of live oak, striped (nuttall) oak, and water oak.

The perimeter boundary of the new acreage is being marked with LDWF signage to alert the public.

The primary access into the area is by boat but there are several portions that can be accessed by foot. Major highways crossing through the area are Interstate 10, Interstate 55, US 61, and LA 641. Major waterways in the area include the Blind River, Dutch Bayou, Mississippi Bayou, Petite Amite and the Reserve Flood Relief Canal. WMA users can acquire the self clearing permits required to enter the area from nine kiosks located throughout the WMA.

Game hunted within the WMA includes whitetail deer, squirrels, rabbits, waterfowl and raccoons. Freshwater fish, such as largemouth bass, perch, and crappie are favorites of anglers within the WMA. Trapping for alligators and nutria is allowed each year with proper permitting.

Bald eagles nest in and around the area along with many other species of birds. Bird watching, sightseeing and boating are additional activities that can be enjoyed on the WMA.

For more information, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma or contact Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF Celebrates National Hunting & Fishing Day Outdoor Festivals Sept. 24

Release Date: 09/22/2011

LDWF Celebrates National Hunting & Fishing Day Outdoor Festivals Sept. 24
LDWF Celebrates National Hunting & Fishing Day Outdoor Festivals Sept. 24
LDWF Celebrates National Hunting & Fishing Day Outdoor Festivals Sept. 24

Sept. 22, 2011 - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will host its annual celebrations of National Hunting and Fishing Day Outdoor Festivals on Saturday, Sept. 24.  LDWF invites citizens of all ages to attend these free events and enjoy time outside with family and friends. There are four events held across the state in Baton Rouge, Monroe, Minden and Woodworth.  Admission is free at all four locations with a wide variety of activities to enjoy.

“These events offer the best opportunities for our citizens to experience first hand what Louisiana offers in recreational outdoor sports,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham. "Hunting, fishing and other outdoor sports are fun, healthy activities for everyone, from the toddler to the grandparent.  We offer something for everyone at National Hunting and Fishing Day.”

Admission is free at all locations.  Some of the demonstrations include bow-hunting, fly-casting and tying, bait casting, Labrador retrieving, falconry and cannon nets (capturing wildlife.) The activities include skeet shooting, air rifles, canoeing, fishing, youth fishing contest and much more. Many of the education displays include live animals. The Baton Rouge event will include a 1400-gallon aquarium. 

There is great local food at all locations.  At the Baton Rouge event, local chefs are preparing seafood and wild game.  Chef Celeste Gill, Chef James Window and the Louisiana Culinary Institute will be on hand preparing shrimp, catfish, wild boar and venison for everyone to taste. 

To find out more about National Hunting and Fishing Day Outdoor Festival in your area, visit LDWF at www.wlf.louisiana.gov or contact one of the LDWF offices listed below.   To watch the 2011 National Hunting and Fishing Day Outdoor Festival video click here!

Baton Rouge

Waddill Outdoor Education Center

4142 N. Flannery Road

(225)765-2800


 

Minden

Bodcau Wildlife Management Area


1700 Bodcau Dam Rd.


Haughton, LA.  71037


(318) 371-3050

 

Monroe

LDWF District 2 Office


368 Centurylink Dr.


Monroe, LA.  71203


(318) 343-4044

 

Woodworth

Woodworth Outdoor Education Center


661 Robinson Bridge Rd.


Woodworth, LA.  71485


(318) 484-2212

 

Hunting Season Dates Revised for Camp Beauregard W.M.A.

Release Date: 09/20/2011

Sept. 20, 2011-- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is announcing revised hunting season dates on Camp Beauregard Wildlife Management Area (WMA).  The WMA will be closed to all hunting from January 7-13, 2012 due to recently scheduled military activities.  LDWF is announcing the closure now to minimize any inconvenience for the WMA users.

At this time, no other closures are scheduled.  WMA users are reminded that daily military clearance is required for all recreational use.  Additionally, all or portions of the area may be closed daily due to military activities.  Contact Range Control at 318-641-3365 for information on daily closures.

Camp Beauregard WMA, located in central Louisiana near Alexandria, contains 12,500 acres and is owned by the Louisiana National Guard. The primary use is as a troop training facility.  However, the WMA offers hunting for squirrel, turkey, deer, rabbits, quail, dove, ducks and woodcock.

For more information and directions to Camp Beauregard WMA, visit the LDWF web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma or contact Randy Myers, Biologist Program Manager, ph. 225-765-2359 or rmyers@wlf.la.gov .

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ldwffb<br />
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Support Clean Out Your Freezer Day

Release Date: 09/19/2011

Sept. 19, 2011The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries urges all hunters to support Hunters for the Hungry on Clean Out Your Freezer Day set for Sunday, Sept. 25.

As the 2011-12 hunting season gets underway, hunters can donate frozen game to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank in support of the needy within the community.  Between 1 and 4 p.m. on Sept. 25, frozen game and fish will be accepted at the following collection points:

Ascension Parish

Cabela’s – Interstate 10 at La. Hwy. 30, Gonzales

East Baton Rouge Parish

Old Alex Box Stadium (LSU) – Parking lot at corner of Nicholson and Skip Bertman Dr.

Baker Fire Department – 3701 Groom Road

Baton Rouge Fire Dept. – 545 Lobdell Drive and 835 Sharp Road

Bowie Outfitters – 8630 Perkins Road

CCA Louisiana – 12241 Industriplex Blvd.

Central Fire Dept. – 11646 Sullivan Road

St. George Fire Dept. – 7027 Antioch Road and 16415 George O’Neal Lane

Zachary Fire Dept. – 4525 Main Street

West Baton Rouge Parish

Spillway Sportsman – La. Hwy. 1, Brusly

West Feliciana Parish

Feliciana Seafood and Deli – 7555 Highway 61 North, St. Francisville

Iberville Parish

Basin River Electrical Supply – 24310 Railroad Avenue, Plaquemine

Livingston Parish

Bass Pro Shop – Interstate 12 at Range Avenue, Denham Springs

Pointe Coupee Parish

Soprano’s Supermarket – 8389 Hwy. 190, Livonia

For more information, contact the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank at 225-359-9940, ext. 206 or amy@brfoodbank.org.

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