Sept. 1, 2011 – With Teal season opening Saturday, Sept. 10, hunters are reminded that Wham Brake in northeast Louisiana is now a part of Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Wham Brake, as it is locally known, will provide an additional 4,955 acres for hunting and other outdoor activities through a lease agreement recently signed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and International Paper (IP).
The newly leased acreage, north of the existing WMA land owned by LDWF, includes prime waterfowl habitat. Russell Sage WMA, encompassing acreage in Morehouse, Ouachita and Richland Parishes, now totals 21,948 acres with IP leased acres included.
The Wham Brake area will be subject to all WMA rules and regulations including the 2 p.m. closure for waterfowl hunting and mandatory use of Self-Clearing Permits. The public must obtain and complete a Self-Clearing Permit from a kiosk located in the parking lot at the end of Buckley Hill Road. Buckley Hill Road is accessed via Stubbs Vinson Road which runs north from US Hwy. 80. Other WMA regulations can be found in the 2011-2012 Louisiana Hunting Regulations pamphlet or on the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/regulations  .
LDWF is allowing removal of duck blind structures or other private property within the Wham Brake acreage through Sept. 9, 2011. Hunters are reminded that hunting from any permanent structures will not be allowed. LDWF is interested in acquiring some existing blinds for possible use in youth waterfowl and Louisiana Hunting Heritage Program hunts, and will evaluate any structure offered for donation. The LDWF Monroe field office can be contacted for more information at 318-343-4044.
LDWF will be accepting public input on the future management of Wham Brake during a public meeting to be held locally in March of 2012. The public will be notified of the date and time for this public meeting.
For more information and directions to Russell Sage WMA, visit the LDWF web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma  or contact Jerald Owens or Charles Booth at 318-343-4044.
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