With the upcoming fall hunting season right around the corner and the spring turkey season following, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to remind hunters about the numerous youth hunting opportunities in Louisiana for deer, turkey, squirrel and duck seasons.
The 2007-08 hunting season schedule includes hunts for many game species on both private and public lands. The public areas include the state's Wildlife Management Areas (WMA), Kisatchie National Forest Preserves, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refuges.
Parents should begin making plans now for the upcoming youth seasons. Youth hunt information along with hunter education class information can be obtained from the department's Web site at www.wlf.louisiana.gov or by contacting the Hunter Education Staff at the regional wildlife offices.
Because LDWF wants to encourage young people to enjoy hunting and to develop a lifelong love of outdoor sports, the department does not require Louisiana or non-resident hunters under the age of 16 to purchase a hunting license when hunting in Louisiana.
For most of the Louisiana youth lottery and special season hunts, anyone under the age of 16 is eligible to participate.
Some of the youth hunts available during the 2007-08 season are:
- Youth squirrel hunting weekend on several WMAs
- Youth deer hunting weekend on private lands
- Youth deer hunting weekend(s) on many WMAs
- Special youth lottery deer hunts on Sherburne, Buckhorn, Dewey Wills, Floy Ward McElroy, Lake Boeuf, Pointe-Aux-Chenes WMAs
- Special youth dove hunt on Floy Ward McElroy and Sandy Hollow WMAs
- Youth statewide waterfowl hunting weekend in both hunting zones
- Special youth lottery duck hunts on Sherburne, Bayou Pierre, Elbow Slough, and Ouachita WMAs
- Youth turkey hunt weekend on private lands
- Special youth turkey hunts on many WMAs
- During the statewide muzzleloader deer season in each area, youth hunters may use a 20-gauge shotgun using slugs only for hunting deer
The 2006-07 youth hunts were very successful. During the special three days of youth lottery duck hunting on Sherburne WMA, 18 youth hunters killed 107 ducks, which was just one duck shy of the possible limit of 108 ducks.
An 11-point buck was killed by Dakota Stevens while he was deer hunting with his mom during the youth deer hunt weekend in Area 1, Tangipahoa Parish. The buck scored a 131 6/8 on the Boone and Crockett scoring system and qualifies for listing in the 2004-06 Big Game Recognition Program.
During the spring 2007 youth turkey hunt weekend, 10-year-old Tyler Woodard killed his first eastern wild turkey on private lands in Madison Parish.
For more information, contact Scott Longman at 225-765-2347 or firstname.lastname@example.org.