OVER 3,000 DEER TAKEN ON W.M.A. MANAGED HUNTS DURING 2007-08 SEASON

Release Date: 02/06/2008

Deer hunters harvested over 3,000 deer on either-sex managed deer hunts on state owned Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) during the 2007-08 hunting season.


The Louisiana Department of Wildlife Fisheries (LDWF) reports a total of 28,813 hunter efforts recorded on managed hunts.  Those efforts resulted in 3,094 total deer taken for an average of about one deer for every 9.3 hunter efforts.


"WMA managed hunts were excellent across the state this hunting season with several great deer harvested," said LDWF's Deer Study Leader Scott Durham.  "We're happy with the results and the fact you can have a quality hunting experience on many of our WMAs."


The total number of harvested deer is on par with last year's total of over 3,000 deer taken during the managed hunts.  LDWF collects harvest data on deer taken during managed hunts on about 800,000 acres.  Collection of these data is the primary method used by LDWF deer managers to monitor herd health conditions on WMAs.


Durham points out that hunter turn out on the Sherburne WMA managed hunt this year may have been lower than usual due to the closure of Interstate 10, which created slow travel on Highway 190. 


"Deer hunting on WMAs is one of the ways for families to spend vacations and holidays together by hunting and putting up their annual venison supply.  These managed hunts are a big tradition across the state," said Durham.  "This low-cost hunting opportunity is important for many Louisianans."


The following shows the final managed WMA either-sex hunts data for the 2007-08 season:


WMA                                  Hunter efforts    Harvest       Efforts 
                                                                                  Per deer 


Loggy Bayou                             450*             67              6.7*
Jackson Bienville (17-18 Nov)     933             123              7.6
Tunica Hills (muzzleloader)         279               14            19.9
Ben's Creek                              369               22            16.8
Sandy Hollow                             105                2            52.5 
Maurepas Swamp(selfclearing)    512               66             7.8 
Pearl River                                318                 8           39.8
Attakapas                                 351                38            9.0 
Attakapas (30 Nov -2 Dec)         299                26           10.0 
Grassy Lake                           1,111                87           13
Pomme de Terre                       363                33            11
Sherburne 1                           1179               138           8.0
Sherburne (14-16 Dec)           1531               118           12.9 
Spring Bayou                            371               35            11.0
Thistlewaite (1-2 Dec)                867               51            17.0
Thistlewaite                              787                62            13.0
Peason Ridge                            600               37            16.0
Clear Creek(27-28 Oct)           1727                92            10.0
Clear Creek                              654               37            18.0
West Bay (27-28 Oct)               1155              119           10.0
West Bay                                  438                14           26.0
Peason Ridge 27-28 Oct)            147                14           10.0
Fort Polk                                 1337                79           17.0
Fort Polk (27-28 Oct)                 941               193             5.0
Union (18 days managed either sex)  1775      238             7.5 
Ouachita                                            355       80              4.4 
Bayou Macon (18-19 Nov)                    293      39              7.5 
Russel Sage                                        535      83              6.4
Red/Three Rivers                               1538    253              6.1
Buckhorn                                            534       89             6.0
Big Lake                                             720     122              5.9
Sicily Island                                        203       45              4.5 
Sabine                                                207       24             8.6
Alexander State Forest (20-21 Oct)       121        12           10.0
Alexander State Forest (3-4 Nov)          103          7          14.7
Dewey Wills (16-17 Dec)                    1695       168          10.1
Camp Beauregard (23-24 Nov)             433         90            4.8
Camp Beauregard (15-16 Dec)             265         23          11.5
    
TOTALS:                                         28813      3094            9.3


1=I-10 closed due to gas well fire
*=estimate 


For more information, contact Scott Durham at 225-765-2351 or sdurham@wlf.louisiana.gov.


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