Sept. 29, 2016 – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) approved resolutions to add land to the Peason Ridge and Tunica Hills Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) during its monthly meeting in September in Baton Rouge.
Peason Ridge WMA will add 23,300 acres and Tunica Hills WMA 627 acres.
The Peason Ridge WMA acreage addition increases the WMA’s size to more than 74,000 acres. Peason Ridge WMA is located 18 miles north of Leesville and in Vernon, Sabine and Natchitoches parishes.
Tunica Hills WMA will grow to more than 6,500 acres with the added land, being provided by the Office of State Parks. Tunica Hills WMA is composed of two separate tracts lying northwest of St. Francisville in West Feliciana Parish.
Peason Ridge WMA is owned by the U.S. Army and maintained by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF). Hunting, fishing and trapping are permitted on the WMA. Camping is not permitted but is allowed on adjacent U.S. Forest Service lands.
Game species available for hunting include deer, squirrel, rabbit, quail, woodcock, dove and turkey. Bow hunting is allowed for deer. 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 and daily check-in is required.
Tunica Hills WMA, owned by LDWF and Department of Recreation and Tourism, Office of State Parks, is open to a variety of outdoor recreational activities, including hunting, trapping, birdwatching, hiking, horseback riding, bike riding, sightseeing and photography. Hunting is allowed at specified times for deer, turkey and small game. Trapping is allowed for coyote, fox, bobcat, raccoon and opossum. A tent-only camping area is located off of Parker Road on the South Tract.
For more information on Peason Ridge WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2792 or contact the LDWF Lake Charles field office at 337-491-2575.
For more information on Tunica Hills WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2752 or contact Forest Burks at firstname.lastname@example.org or 985-543-4781.