Tensas


McKay, Logan-Wildlife Abatement

Name: 
McKay, Logan-Wildlife Abatement
City: 
Bossier City
Phone: 
318-553-3006
Species/Jobs Worked: 
BATS SQUIRRELS ARMADILLOS RACCOONS SKUNKS OPOSSUM GOPHERS MOLES HONEY BEES

HICKS, LUKE-Wildlife Abatement

Name: 
HICKS, LUKE-Wildlife Abatement
City: 
BOSSIER CITY
Phone: 
318-553-3006
Species/Jobs Worked: 
BATS, SQUIRRELS, ARMADILLOS, RACCOONS, SKUNKS, OPOSSUM, GOPHERS, MOLES AND HONEY BEES

Price IV, Richard G.

Name: 
Price IV, Richard G.
City: 
Sicily Island
Phone: 
318-278-0620
Phone: 
318-389-5562
Species/Jobs Worked: 
All, except snakes

McKay, Robert-Wildlife Abatement

Name: 
McKay, Robert-Wildlife Abatement
City: 
Bossier City
Phone: 
318-553-3006
Species/Jobs Worked: 
Bats, Squirrels, Armadillos, Raccoons, Skunks, Opossum, Gophers, Moles, and Honey Bees

Buckhorn

Information
Owned: 
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Acreage: 
11,262 Acres
Contact
Email: 
lmoak@wlf.la.gov
Phone: 
318-343-4044
Map: 

Overview:

Size, Location and History

Buckhorn Wildlife Management Area consists of 11,262 acres located 14 miles west of St. Joseph, La. Major access routes to Buckhorn WMA are Louisiana Highways 4, and 128, and parish roads such as Clydesdale Road and Honeysuckle Lane provide additional access. The majority of the area, approximately 8,900 acres, was purchased by the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries around 1995. Between 2001 and 2003, approximately 2,362 acres of cultivated farmland were added to the WMA. The majority of this acquisition has been reforested with a portion managed as wetlands.  

Description of Landscape:

The topography is characterized by undulating ridges and swales, with elevations ranging from 50 to 70 feet M.S.L. Six small bayous flow through the area, providing approximately 13 miles of waterways. Six small lakes, approximately 200 acres, are located on Buckhorn WMA and all are subject to backwater flooding from the Tensas River. All of these lakes and bayous receive turbid runoff from the surrounding agricultural areas.

The predominant tree species are willow oak, Nuttall oak, water oak, sweetgum, green ash, persimmon, sugarberry, honey locust, overcup oak, sweet and bitter pecan, elm, cypress, and tupelo gum. The understory is extremely dense in nearly all locations, species include palmetto, switchcane, rattan, Rubus sp., Crataegus sp., buttonbush, swamp dogwood, Vitis sp., deciduous holly, Smilax sp., baccharis, poison ivy, and many herbaceous species. Invasive species include trifoliate orange, cattail, water hyacinth, and several other nuisance aquatics.

The most popular game species is white-tailed deer, squirrels/rabbits, with some waterfowl hunting available.  Woodcock, snipe, and raccoon hunting opportunities are also available. Freshwater fish including largemouth bass, crappie, sunfish, and catfish are popular with area users, but fishing opportunity is limited by lack of available aquatic habitat.

The Louisiana Black Bear frequents this area and reported sightings and nuisance complaints received from adjacent private landowners are on the increase. Black Bear research is ongoing at Buckhorn WMA.

Bald Eagles are observed frequently on this area and nesting is documented in the surrounding area.

Buckhorn WMA is visited by many neo-tropical and shorebird bird species annually and home to large numbers of passerine and wading birds. The areas managed for waterfowl, wading birds, and shorebirds along with the sloughs and waterways offer excellent waterfowl hunting and viewing opportunity. The American Bird Conservancy has recognized Buckhorn WMA in its Important Birding Areas Program.

Public Use:

The largest user group of this area is deer hunters. The Department maintains a system of all-weather gravel roads and several ATV trails that provide access to area users. Several walking trails follow pipelines rights-of-way. Boat launches are available on most area lakes. Four permit stations located at major entrances to the area are provided to meet self-clearance requirements. No camping areas are available on Buckhorn WMA. The one and one-half mile Brushy Lake Nature Trail located adjacent to the Clydesdale Road provides a unique opportunity for nature lovers to enjoy both aquatic and terrestrial aspects of the bottomland hardwoods ecosystem.

Other Public Use:

Please refer to the WMA rules and regulations for permitted activities. In addition to hunting, trapping, and fishing other common activities include boating, commercial fishing, hiking, birding/sightseeing, horseback riding, berry picking, frogging, raccoon field trials, and crayfishing. A recreational lottery for alligators is allowed each year also.

Additional information may be obtained from LDWF, 368 CenturyLink Drive, Monroe, LA 71203. Phone (318) 343-4044.

Regulations:

Buckhorn (Department Owned – 11,262 Acres, Monroe Office)

 

Big Lake

Information
Owned: 
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Acreage: 
19,231 Acres
Contact
Email: 
lmoak@wlf.la.gov
Phone: 
318-343-4044
Map: 

Overview:

Size, Location and History

Big Lake Wildlife Management Area consists of 19,231 acres located 12 miles east of Gilbert, La. The eastern boundary of Big Lake WMA is contiguous with a portion of the western boundary of Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge, together these areas form one of the largest remaining tracts of the vast bottomland hardwood forests that historically composed the lower Mississippi River floodplain from lower Illinois to the Gulf of Mexico. Major access routes to Big Lake WMA are Louisiana Highways 4 and 610. The area was purchased by the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries through the Rockefeller Fund in three components between 1983 and 1985; 9,833 acres 1983, 4,888 acres 1984, and 4,510 acres 1985.

Description of Landscape:

The topography is flat with some ridges and generally poorly drained, terrain varies from 55-65 feet M.S.L. Seasonal flooding occurs dependent on water levels within the Tensas River, but periodic flooding may occur anytime after periods of heavy rainfall. Abandoned and active mineral exploration and production sites, roadways, pipelines, and open-water lakes, sloughs, and bayous provide diversity throughout the area. Seven small lakes and six small bayous, approximately 200 acres and 25 miles of waterways, respectively, can be found on the area.

Most of the forested component of the area consists of relatively closed overstory canopy with a fairly dense understory. Major timber species are Nuttall oak, water oak, willow oak, overcup oak, American elm, sweetgum, bitter pecan, honey locust, sugarberry, willow, sycamore, persimmon, cedar elm, red maple, box elder, and cypress. Understory species include rattan, Rubus sp., Crataegus sp., swamp dogwood, Vitis sp., deciduous holly, elderberry, Smilax sp., baccharis, switchcane, poison ivy, and many herbaceous species. Invasive species include trifoliate orange, water hyacinth, and several other nuisance aquatics.

The most popular game species are white-tailed deer, squirrels/rabbits, and turkey. Limited waterfowl and woodcock hunting opportunities are also available. Freshwater fish including largemouth bass, crappie, sunfish, and catfish are popular with area users.

Big Lake WMA along with Tensas National Wildlife Refuge is home to a thriving population of Louisiana Black Bear. Reported sightings, nuisance complaints of adjacent landowners, and vehicle collisions are steadily increasing and Black Bear research on this entire area is ongoing.

Big Lake WMA is visited by many neo-tropical bird species annually and home to large numbers of passerine birds. This area is recognized by the American Bird Conservancy as an important site. Bald eagles and osprey are observed regularly.

Public Use:

The largest user group of this area is deer hunters. The Department maintains a system of all-weather gravel roads and numerous ATV trails that provide access to area users. Several walking trails follow pipelines rights-of-way. Boat launches are available on most area lakes. Four permit stations located at major entrances to the area are provided to meet self-clearance requirements. No public camping areas are available on Big Lake WMA, campsites are available to the public for a fee on adjacent private property. The one mile Trusler Lake Hiking Trail is located in the interior of the area.

Other Public Use:

Please refer to the WMA rules and regulations for permitted activities. In addition to hunting, trapping, and fishing other common activities include boating, commercial fishing, hiking, birdwatching/sightseeing, horseback riding, berry picking, frogging, raccoon field trials, and crayfishing. A recreational lottery for alligators is allowed each year also.

Additional information may be obtained from LDWF, 368 CenturyLink Drive, Monroe, LA 71203. Phone (318) 343-4044.

Regulations:

BIG LAKE (Department Owned - 19,231 Acres, Monroe Office)

 

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
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