Jan. 8, 2016 – Deer hunting season in areas of northeast and central Louisiana near the Mississippi River will resume Saturday (Jan. 9) 30 minutes before sunrise.
The closure, enacted Jan. 3 because of flooding of the Mississippi River, covered land from the Arkansas state line, east to U.S. 65 to Vidalia, La., and west of the Louisiana-Mississippi border. However, land from the levee to the Mississippi River in this area will remain closed until further notice.
Parishes affected by the closure include East Carroll, Madison, Tensas and Concordia.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us atwww.wlf.la.gov or www.FishLA.org. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.
Deer breeding periods are primarily determined by the genetics of the does, but many other factors can affect breeding timing. Deer health, density, sex ratios and habitat conditions are other important variables affecting deer breeding periods.
This map is a guide to general deer breeding periods in Louisiana. It was developed using GIS software and includes breeding dates calculated from fetal measurements taken across the state. These dates provide the best estimates of the average two-week peak breeding periods over time. The entire breeding range will usually be longer than what is shown on the map. In many locations, data was collected over multiple years, increasing the sample sizes and capturing any variation that might occur over a longer time period.
Since 2006, previously unsampled areas across the state have been targeted for sample collection, resulting in a greatly improved data base. Many of these areas are of lower deer density and more difficult for collection of sufficient data. Area sample sizes vary and the dates calculated from areas with small numbers of samples will not be as accurate as those with large numbers of samples. Areas nearest the actual collection points will be the most accurate. This map will continue to change slightly as more samples are added and area data gaps are filled.
Hunters should remember that there is annual variation in breeding timing, and that peak breeding times are not necessarily peak buck movement times. Bucks may be more active before or after peak breeding periods, but a great amount of research has shown that peak buck movement is one to two weeks before peak breeding.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is sponsoring two summer day camps for children 12 to 16 years old at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge this summer.
The camps will be held from June 23-27 and again from July 21-25. Each camp is completely free of charge and will allow participants to receive their official boater and hunter education certifications.
LDWF will also offer a fish identification class, fishing and canoeing in the ponds at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center, skeet shooting, and other outdoor related classes and activities. LDWF Environmental Education staff will also assist with the camps and provide workshops on non-consumptive educational programs.
"These camps provide a lot of time for learning classroom material that the children then get a chance to utilize with hands on activities immediately outside later that same day,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham. “For a week, parents have the chance to let their kids become sportsmen and women in a safe, supervised environment.”
LDWF and Podnuh’s Bar-B-Q of Baton Rouge is providing a daily lunch free of charge for the five-day summer camps. Cabela's in Gonzales also donated rod and reel combos for each child that they can take home at the end of the camp. The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation and the Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana are each providing two lifetime hunting and fishing combo licenses that will be given to four of the participants.
The camps are open to 25 children per camp who have not completed a boater or hunter education certificate.
To register for the camps, parents must fill out the online application by May 27. Parents must fill out a separate application for each child they wish to register and may only register their child for one of the camps. The online registration form is located at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/summerdaycamp.
Since the main goal of these camps is to introduce and teach kids about the outdoors, LDWF will choose the 25 kids for each camp based on the child’s lack of experience with fishing, boating and hunting. LDWF will notify parents by either email or phone if their child has been selected for the camps.
Parents with children that have been selected for either camp, must drop off their child at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center located at 4142 North Flannery Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70814 between 7 and 8 a.m., and then pick their child up between 4 and 5 p.m. each day. Attendance every day of the week is mandatory in order to receive the boating and hunting education certifications.
The boating education course is mandatory for anybody born after Jan. 1, 1984 and proof of completion of the course is necessary to operate a motorboat in excess of 10 horsepower. The course includes information on choosing a boat, classification, hulls, motors, legal requirements and equipment requirements. The course also covers many navigation rules and charts, trailering, sailboats, canoeing, personal watercraft and more. Completion of the course will result in the student being issued a vessel operators certification card.
The hunter education course is mandatory for anyone born on or after Sept. 1, 1969, who plans on purchasing a hunting license. The hunter education curriculum includes sections on ethics and responsibility, wildlife management, firearms and ammunition, safety in the field, wildlife identification and wildlife conservation. The major objectives of the hunter education programs are to reduce the number of hunting accidents, improve the image of hunting through ethical and responsible conduct and promote the shooting sports.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) would like to remind hunters that the 2013-14 dove hunting season starts on Sept. 7 in both the north and south zones.
LDWF is issuing this reminder because the 2013-14 Louisiana dove season falls at a later date than past seasons. Furthermore, the LDWF smart phone app may not be updated with the current hunting regulations in time for the start of the dove hunting season.
LDWF is currently working with the app provider to get it updated with hopes to have the update available shortly with the 2013-14 hunting regulations. The current LDWF smart phone app still contains last year’s hunting regulations that had the 2012-13 dove hunting season starting on Sept. 1.
The 2013-14 dove hunting season for the south zone runs from Sept. 7-15, Oct. 19-Dec. 1 and Dec. 21-Jan.6. The north zone runs from Sept. 7-22, Oct. 12-Nov. 10 and Dec. 14-Jan. 6. The daily bag limit is 15 in the aggregate with a possession limit of 45 in the aggregate.
For more information on the north and south zone boundaries for the dove hunting season, please refer to the 2013-14 hunting regulations pamphlet found at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/regulations.
Youth Hunter Registry Program / Youth Hunters of the Year
The Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Deer Program are encouraging youth hunters 15 years of age or younger to participate in the Youth Hunter Registry.
Youth hunters can also enter the Youth Hunter of the Year contest. The contest requires youth hunters to submit a story about their hunting experience along with photographs of the hunt. LOWA and LDWF will then select a male and female youth hunter of the year based upon the stories and photos that are received.
The Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association holds an annual Youth Journalism Contest.
Open to all youths, 18 and under, the contest is designed to stimulate an interest in outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, boating, camping, hiking, and most outdoor activities--and the ability to communicate this interest to the public.
This highly-popular contest attracts entrants from all over Louisiana and neighboring states, and is lauded by educators statewide as an effective youth literacy project.
The contest has three categories consisting of Senior Essay (14-18 YOA), Junior Essay (13 YOA and under), and Photography (18 YOA and under) and features cash prizes donated by the Louisiana Chapter of Safari Club International.
Awards are given in 1st through 4th place in each category, and the winning students will be recognized by LOWA at the annual conference banquet which is usually held yearly in August. Additionally, the winning entries will be published on the LOWA and LDWF websites, as well as in publications and on websites across the state.
Entries accepted from the beginning of each fall hunting season through May.