Deer Changes 2012- 2013

US Forest Service Removes Ban on Hunting Deer with Dogs

Release Date: 12/05/2012

Permitting Details Announced for Deer Hunters on Kisatchie National Forest  Dec. 15-23, 2012

Dec. 5, 2012  -- The U.S. Forest Service announced Tuesday that the ban on deer hunting with dogs within Kisatchie National Forest (KNF) has been removed for the December dates previously approved by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC).

The “with or without dogs” portion of the 2012-2013 hunting season within the Catahoula, Winn and Kisatchie Ranger Districts and the Evangeline Unit of the Calcasieu Ranger District will take place from Saturday, Dec. 15 through Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012.

The Forest Service's decision to prohibit hunting deer with dogs on KNF property in Louisiana was issued Feb. 29, 2012. The Forest Service decision was affirmed by their Washington Office on Sept. 28, 2012. A lawsuit was filed on Nov. 16, 2012, by Louisiana Sportsmen Alliance, LLC, challenging the decision.  While the Forest Service intends to vigorously defend the lawsuit, the decision will not be implemented at this time and the 2012 “with or without dogs” deer season will proceed Dec. 15-23, 2012.

As required in 2010 and 2011, all deer hunters on KNF lands designated for “with or without dogs” hunting during this nine day period will be required to carry a KNF Deer Hunting Permit. The no-cost permit required during the “with or without dogs” portion of the hunting season is available on the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) website. To obtain a permit, go to www.wlf.la.govand click on the link to the KNF Deer Hunting Permit.

The special season requiring the KNF Deer Hunting Permit will be bucks only.  Every deer hunter in Kisatchie National Forest, except on the Caney Ranger District and the Vernon Unit of the Calcasieu Ranger District, during these dates, regardless of age, is required to have this permit.

Deer hunters using dogs must register an identifying mark with LDWF.  Each dog must wear a collar providing the owner’s name, address and phone number.  To obtain a permit, the hunter must provide their name and address and the identifying mark used on dogs engaged in the hunt.

For additional information on deer hunting on KNF or any rules regarding hunting on the KNF, contact Jim Caldwell at 318-473-7168 or 318-613-1048, or Mike Balboni at 318-473-7102.

If you have difficulty obtaining a KNF Deer Hunting Permit through the LDWF website at www.wlf.la.gov,call the LDWF Pineville Field Office at 318-487-5885 or the LDWF Wildlife Division Baton Rouge office at 225-765-2346 during weekday business hours.

 

US Forest Service Prohibiting Deer Hunting with Dogs on Kisatchie National Forest Effective with 2012-2013 Hunting Season

Release Date: 11/09/2012

Nov. 9, 2012 -- The US Forest Service has ruled that hunting deer with dogs will be prohibited in the Kisatchie National Forest (KNF) effective with the 2012-2013 hunting season.  The decision is a federal action and overrules the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission which previously approved deer season dates for the KNF that included nine days in December 2012 for deer hunting with dogs.

All deer season dates within the KNF for the 2012-2013 season are now still hunting only and no special federal or state deer hunting permit is required.

The remaining deer season dates, within the Catahoula (Grant and Rapides parishes), Winn (Winn, Grant and Natchitoches parishes), Kisatchie Ranger Districts (Natchitoches Parish), and the Evangeline Unit of the Calcasieu Ranger District (Rapides Parish), include the following:

  • Firearms, either sex: Nov. 23, still hunt only
  • Firearms, bucks only: Nov. 3-22 and 24-25, Dec. 15-30, still hunt only.

The public is advised that the deer hunting “with or without dogs” dates listed for the KNF in the printed 2012-2013 Louisiana Hunting Regulations booklet are no longer valid.  A revised version of the booklet is available on the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) website with all deer season changes included. To access that document, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/regulations.

For details, visit the Forest Service’s website at www.fs.usda.gov/kisatchieor the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries website at  http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov.

For additional information: KNF contacts are Jim Caldwell at 318-473-7168 or 318-613-1048, or Mike Balboni at 318-473-7102; LDWF contact is Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115.

2012-13 Bonnet Carré Spillway Deer Hunting Season Rules & Regulations

Release Date: 10/17/2012

Oct. 17, 2012 -- Following Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) deer herd assessments made to determine the impacts of Hurricane Isaac on the deer population, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in partnership with the LDWF has revised the 2012-2013 Bonnet Carré Spillway hunting season rules and regulations.

LDWF’s population assessments showed that parishes impacted by Hurricane Isaac, which have historically lower deer productivity, required revised harvest rules for 2012-13 based on storm-related deer mortality including high fawn mortality.  The changes to deer season at the Bonnet Carré Spillway follow the revisions approved Oct. 4 by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission for the Maurepas Basin, which includes St. Charles Parish, and are as follows:

All hunting shall be still-hunting only, EXCEPT as otherwise specified.

Deer*: Archery and Shotgun (buckshot) only.
Archery: Oct. 1-15 bucks only; Oct. 16 – Feb. 15 either sex
Shotgun: Nov. 23-25 bucks only; Dec. 15-30 bucks only
Youth: Oct. 27-28 bucks only

Additional permit required and posted restrictions apply for all persons regardless of age.  Permits must be signed prior to hunting any game and must be carried at all times while in the field.  For permits or more information, see bulletin boards on-site, visit the project website at www.mvn.usace.army.mil/recreation (then click on Bonnet Carré Spillway), or contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Bonnet Carré Spillway Project Office at (985) 764-7484.

For additional information on revisions to Louisiana’s deer hunting season, please visit the LDWF’s website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/news/35981.

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

LWFC Approves Revised Harvest for 2012-13 Deer Season Due to Hurricane Isaac Impacts

Release Date: 10/04/2012

Maurepas Basin Deer 2012-2013 Season Changes
Plaquemines/St. Bernard Parishes 2012-2013 Deer Season Changes


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St. Bernard and Plaquemines


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Oct. 4, 2012 –The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approved recommendations made today by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) to revise hunting rules/regulations for the 2012-13 deer season. LDWF’s Wildlife Division recommended the changes following deer herd assessments made to determine the impact of Hurricane Isaac on the deer populations in parishes flooded by the storm.

In a presentation to the Commission, Wildlife Division Administrator Kenny Ribbeck outlined major areas of concern that included the Lake Maurepas Basin, and Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes. He noted that those areas had historically lower deer densities and poorer habitat quality compared to other areas around the state.

Assessment methods utilized included biologists on the ground and in boats, as well as aerial reconnaissance. LDWF staff interviewed hunters, landowners, and LDWF Enforcement Division agents and included reports from the general public.

In the Lake Maurepas Basin, storm surge pushed water levels five to six feet above normal, major flooding lasted four days in some areas, encompassing an estimated 391,000 acres. The assessment noted light to moderate adult deer mortality, but high fawn mortality estimated at nearly 90 percent.

RECOMMENDATIONS / APPROVED for Maurepas Basin Defined Area: Portions of St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Livingston, Ascension, St. James, St. John and St. Charles parishes; beginning west of the Tchefuncte River from Lake Pontchartrain to LA 22; also south and east of LA 22 to LA 70, and east of LA 70 to LA 3125; and north and east of LA 3125 to LA 641; and west of LA 641 to US 61; then north of US 61 to the Jefferson Parish line.

·         Archery Season - no change

·         Youth, Bucks only, still: Oct. 27-28 (2 days)

·         Bucks only, still: Nov. 23 - Dec. 2 (10 days)

·         Bucks only, with or without dogs: Dec. 8 - 30 (23 days)

·         Bucks only, primitive: Jan. 19 - 27 (9 days)

 

RECOMMENDATIONS / APPROVED for Wildlife Management Areas:

*Biloxi WMA - Archery Season - no change

*Joyce WMA – same as Lake Maurepas Basin Defined Area, except still hunt only

*Manchac WMA - Archery Season - no change

*Maurepas Swamp WMA –

·         Archery Season - no change

·         Youth, Bucks only: Nov. 3-4 (2 days)

·         Bucks only, modern firearms, mandatory check: Nov. 23 (1 day)

·         Bucks only, modern firearms: Nov. 24 – 25 (2 days)

·         Bucks only, modern firearms: Dec. 22 – 28 (7 days)

·         Bucks only, primitive: Jan. 14 – 20 (7 days)

*Pass-a-Loutre WMA –

·         Archery Season - no change

·         Bucks only shotgun - no change

 

Severe flooding conditions in Plaquemines Parish, where protection levees were over-topped and the lower east bank was hit by a 14-foot storm surge, produced moderate adult deer mortality and high fawn mortality.  Severe habitat degradation was noted as the result of salt water shock and debris deposited by storm surge.

In those portions of St. Bernard, mainly areas outside the flood wall, lower marshlands that were severely flooded led to high fawn mortality and light adult deer mortality.

RECOMMENDATIONS / APPROVED for Plaquemines Parish and St. Bernard, outside the major flood wall.

·         Archery Season - no change

·         Youth, Bucks only, still: Oct. 27-28 (2 days)

·         Bucks only, still: Nov. 23 - 25 (3 days)

·         Bucks only, with or without dogs: Dec. 22 – Jan. 6 (16 days)

·         Bucks only, primitive: Jan. 19 - 27 (9 days)

 

For more information, contact Kenny Ribbeck 225-765-2942 or kribbeck@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 www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

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