Concordia


Vermaelen, Harry

Name: 
Vermaelen, Harry
City: 
Alexandria
Phone: 
318-201-5632
Phone: 
318-443-5644
Species/Jobs Worked: 
Armadillo, beaver, opossum, raccoon, squirrel, skunk, fox, mink, bobcat, coyote, nutria, muskrat, feral hogs, snakes, bats, bees, turtles, otters and rock dove (pigeon)

Richard K. Yancey WMA

Acreage

70,872

Contact

tvidrine@wlf.la.gov; 337-948-0255; 5652 Hwy 182, Opelousas, LA 70570

Parish

Concordia

Owner/manager

LDWF, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisiana Office of State Lands

Description

Richard K. Yancey WMA lies between the Mississippi and Red rivers, beginning north of Lower Old River. The WMA’s terrain is typically flat to depressed; the only significant changes in relief are elevated roads, levees, and a large manmade sand ridge. Numerous small lakes and bayous are formed by the area’s relatively poor drainage pattern. A large portion of the land is subject to annual spring flooding by the Red and Mississippi rivers.

Timber on the property consists of mixed bottomland hardwoods. The primary overstory species are bitter and sweet pecan, overcup and nuttall oak, bald cypress, honey locust, hackberry, sycamore, and green ash. There are almost pure stands of cottonwood and willow along the manmade sand ridge.

LDWF has planted approximately 265,000 hardwood seedlings on about 800 acres of former agricultural lands and annually maintains abandoned oil well sites and rights-of-way as wildlife openings.

Activities and Amenities

Hunting and trapping: Popular game species are deer, turkey, squirrel, rabbit, waterfowl, woodcock, dove, and snipe. There is a small game emphasis area, youth deer and turkey lottery hunts, and a youth deer season. Furbearers available to trappers are raccoon, mink, nutria, beaver, bobcat, fox, otter, and coyote. See regulations for details.

In addition, there is a physically challenged deer season. Click here for a physically challenged hunter permit application and additional information.

Fishing and boating: Annual spring flooding from the Red and Mississippi rivers produces excellent recreational and some limited commercial fishing. Common recreational species include bass, bluegill, crappie, and catfish. Crawfishing and frogging are also very popular on this WMA. Common commercial species include buffalo, carp, drum, gar, bowfin, and catfish. See regulations for details.

Camping: LDWF maintains five primitive camping areas on Richard K. Yancey WMA. There are all-weather access roads as well as a source of potable water at the Shell Road camping area.

Directions

Richard K. Yancey WMA is located about 35 miles south of Ferriday on LA Hwy 15. LA Hwy 15 and 910 and a gravel levee provide all-weather access to the WMA. Gravel roads and numerous woods roads traverse the interior. You can also access the WMA by boat along the Red River and the numerous bayous that flow through the area.

Shepherd, Tara

Name: 
Shepherd, Tara
Address: 

525 Parklane Drive

City: 
Benton
State: 
LA
Cell Phone: 
(318)347-1322
Willing to Handle: 
All Mammals

Bottomland Hardwood Forest

GRANK: 
G4G5
SRANK: 
S4
Class: 
Palustrine

Ursus americanus luteolus

Scientific Name: 

Ursus americanus luteolus

Common Name: 
Louisiana Black Bear
GRANK: 
G5T2
SRANK: 
S3
State Status: 
T
Federal Status: 
T
Class: 
Mammals

Sternula antillarum athalassos

Scientific Name: 

Sternula antillarum athalassos

Common Name: 
Interior Least Tern
GRANK: 
G4T2Q
SRANK: 
S4BT1
State Status: 
E
Federal Status: 
E
Class: 
Birds

Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Scientific Name: 

Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Common Name: 
Bald Eagle
GRANK: 
G5
SRANK: 
S3
State Status: 
E
Federal Status: 
Delisted
Class: 
Birds

Lophodytes cucullatus

Scientific Name: 

Lophodytes cucullatus

Common Name: 
Hooded Merganser
GRANK: 
G5
SRANK: 
S2S3B,S4N
Class: 
Birds

Macrochelys temminckii

Scientific Name: 

Macrochelys temminckii

Common Name: 
Alligator Snapping Turtle
GRANK: 
G3G4
SRANK: 
S3
State Status: 
Restricted Harvest
Class: 
Reptiles

Syngnathus scovelli

Scientific Name: 

Syngnathus scovelli

Common Name: 
Gulf Pipefish
GRANK: 
G5
SRANK: 
S4
Class: 
Fish
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