NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGES OPEN TO PUBLIC WATERFOWL HUNTING

Release Date: 10/29/2007

Sabine and Lacassine National Wildlife Refuges (NWR) will be open to public waterfowl hunting throughout the Louisiana western zone duck and goose seasons, including the youth only waterfowl hunts. 


Duck and goose season is open Nov. 10 - Dec. 2 and Dec. 15 - Jan. 20.  Youth only hunts are November 3 and 4.  Hunting on each refuge may only occur on designated hunt days.


Sabine NWR is open for hunting Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.  Hunters can enter the refuge and launch at 3 a.m.  Shooting hours end at 12 p.m. each day.  Boats may enter the refuge hunt areas from West Cove Recreation Area or through Burton Canal via Black Bayou.  Walk-in hunters and hunters launching small boats may access Hunt Unit E by driving on Vastar Road.


Lacassine NWR is open for hunting Wednesday through Sunday.  Hunters may enter the refuge at 4 a.m.  Shooting hours end at 12 p.m. each day.  Hunters may hunt the portion of the refuge south of the Gulf Intercoastal Waterway and between the Mermentau River and the east bank of the Lacassine Bayou (excluding the Duck Pond area and Unit B).  There is a federal order prohibiting waterfowl hunting on that portion of Lacassine Bayou that flows through the refuge.


Youths, 15 and under, must have proof of successful completion of a Hunter Safety Course to hunt on the National Wildlife Refuges.  All youths attending the hunt must be under the supervision of an adult age 21 or over.  Each adult may supervise no more than two youths.


Hunters are encouraged to familiarize themselves with hunting areas prior to hunting.  Hunt unit conditions and access may change each year depending upon weather, growth and expansion of vegetation, and tidal flow.  Sabine is open for scouting Nov. 5 through 9 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.  Lacassine is open for scouting Nov. 5 through 9 from one hour before sunrise until one hour after sunset.  All firearms and blind material are prohibited while scouting.


Only portable blinds are allowed on the refuge.  All boats, blinds and decoys must be removed immediately following each days hunt.


All refuge hunters are required to possess a refuge-hunting permit.  The
Southwest Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge Complex Hunting Regulations
2007-2008 brochure will serve as the required permit when it has been signed and dated.  The brochure may be obtained at the refuge hunt kiosks located at each refuge or by stopping by the Cameron Prairie or Lacassine offices.


Each hunting party is required to fill out a Waterfowl Harvest Data Form after each hunt and drop it in one of the designated hunt drop boxes.  Every party, whether successful or not, needs to complete the data form.  This information provides us with a means to evaluate hunter effort on the refuge.


For additional information about waterfowl hunting on your Southwest Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges please call 337-598-2216.


For more information, contact Diane Borden-Billiot at 337-558-5574 or 912-2189.


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