Release Date: 10/04/2005

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has announced that select areas of the state affected by Hurricane Rita will have additional hunting season closures and that some areas expected to open this weekend will remain closed.

LDWF Secretary Dwight Landreneau signed the declaration of emergency on Oct. 6 with the authority granted by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.  The details of the directive are as follows:

Deer and rabbit hunting is closed effective Oct. 7 in that portion of Iberia Parish, south of LA Highway 14 and U.S. Highway 90, and in that portion of St. Mary Parish, south of U.S. Highway 90, except, this closure shall not apply to the Atchafalaya Delta Wildlife Management Area (however, the scheduled youth hunt on Oct. 8-9 has been cancelled).  This season closure will remain in effect until further surveys of the impact to these two species and their habitats can be conducted.

Deer, rabbit and squirrel hunting will remain closed in portions of Ascension, Livingston, St. John and St. James parishes north and west of U.S. Highway 51 from U.S. Highway 61 to Frenier Road, north of Frenier Road to Lake Pontchartrain, west of Lake Pontchartrain to Pass Manchac, south of Pass Manchac to Lake Maurepas, south of Lake Maurepas to the Blind River, south of Blind River to the Amite River Diversion Canal, south of Amite River Diversion Canal to LA Highway 22, south of LA Highway 22 to LA Highway 70 in Sorrento, east of LA Highway 70 to LA Highway 3125, north of LA Highway 3125 to LA Highway 641, north and west of LA Highway 641 to U.S. Highway 61, north of U.S. Highway 61 to U.S. Highway 51.  The decision to close hunting in this area is based upon the flooding that has continued in this area since Hurricane Rita and utilizing the water levels documented from past flooding activity.  Water is slowly receding in this area and this season closure will remain in effect until further notice.  This area will not be opened on Oct. 8, as previously stated in an earlier Declaration of Emergency.

LDWF has no plans to close or alter previously announced migratory bird seasons.  Hunters need to be aware that some migratory hunting areas may be inaccessible or difficult to access and that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has closed their coastal National Wildlife Refuges for all activities including hunting.

EDITORS: For more information, contact Dave Moreland at 225-765-2348 or