Hunting

Elbow Slough WMA

Acreage

160

Contact

adailey@wlf.la.gov; 318-487-5885; 1995 Shreveport Hwy, Pineville, LA 71360

Parish

Rapides

Owner/manager

LDWF

Description

Elbow Slough WMA is a small tract within the Red River floodplain. Formerly agricultural cropland, the WMA’s terrain is flat with heavy clay soils that are poorly drained. LDWF planted approximately 100 acres of native hardwood species on this WMA in the early 1990s. LDWF also constructed a 40-acre impoundment and manages it to provide seasonal shallow water habitat for migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, and wading birds. The remaining acreage is natural water and planted fields.

Activities and Amenities

Hunting: Hunting opportunities are limited due to the size of the tract. However, dove and rabbit hunting is usually good. Hunters must use nontoxic shot. See regulations for details.

Birding and wildlife viewing: Although small in size, Elbow Slough WMA provides quality habitat for numerous wildlife species. A wide variety of resident and migratory songbirds and many species of wading birds use the area. Mammals ranging from shrews to white-tailed deer make this area their home.

Other: hiking, photography

Directions

Elbow Slough WMA is located near the intersection of U.S. Hwy 1 and LA Hwy 3170.

Tangipahoa Parish School Board

Information
Owned: 
Tangipahoa Parish School Board
Acreage: 
1,643 Acres
Contact

In April of 2003 the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries entered into an agreement with the Tangipahoa Parish School Board to free-lease some of their "16" sections. The intent of both parties is to better manage wildlife and insure continued public access. The tracts leased are relatively small and scattered throughout the Parish but do offier the Public additional outdoor recreational opportunties. The first tract is located in the center of the Parish, south of La. Hwy. 16. It contains 347 acres of upland pine habitat actively managed for loblolly pine timber production. The site consists of timber stands of various ages with scattered hardwoods. Access is via Neal Road west of Briar Patch Road and La. Hwy. 445. Game species found on site include whitetail deer, turkey, squirrel, rabbit, mourning dove, bobwhite quail, and woodcock. The second site is also found south of La. Hwy. 16 and can be accessed by heading south on the Dummyline Road at the Sharon M.B. Church. This 649 acre tract is bordered on the east by the Hillcrest School Road. Longleaf pine, loblolly pine and mixed pine/hardwood habitats occur on this site. Again whitetail deer, turkey, squirrel, rabbit, mourning dove bobwhite quail, and woodcock occur on this site. The third site is located North of La. HWY. 38, near Lewiston. It can be accessed via Brumfield Lane. Whitetail deer, turkey, squirrel, rabbit, mourning dove, bobwhite quail and woodcock occur on the site. All sites require self-clearing permits. Hunting seasons on the three tracts are the same as outside except still hunt only for deer; beagles are only allowed for rabbits Jan. 24-Feb. 28; squirrel dogs are only permitted Jan. 24-Feb. 28 and Nightime raccoon hunting allowed Jan. 24-Feb. 28. No horseback riding during gun season for deer or turkey and no ATVs are allowed. 
 
Forest Burks
WMA Biologist Supervisor
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
East Gulf Coastal Plain Ecoregion
Office:  (985)543-4781
Fax:  (985) 543- 4787
fburks@wlf.la.gov

Thistlethwaite WMA

Acreage

11,100

Contact

jhaynes@wlf.la.gov; 337-948-0255; 5652 Hwy 182, Opelousas, LA 70570

Parish

St. Landry

Owner/manager

Thistlethwaite Heirs

Description

The terrain on Thistlethwaite WMA is generally flat bottomland, with a gentle north-to-south slope. Drainage is slow, with standing water after heavy rains. Forest cover is predominantly water, willow, overcup, white, cherrybark, nuttall, cow, and post oaks. Other species are bitter and sweet pecan, hickory, hackberry, sweetgum, ash, elm, and maple. The lower areas contain cypress and tupelo gum. There is a dense understory of palmetto in many areas of the WMA. Selective timber harvesting has enhanced browse species such as dogwood, redbud, elderberry, French Mulberry, greenbrier, rattan, and blackberry.

Activities and Amenities

Hunting and trapping: Available game species include deer, squirrel, rabbit, wood duck, and woodcock. The deer herd is high-quality—hunters take many trophy bucks on the WMA. There is a youth deer season. Trapping for furbearers is permitted; species include beaver, raccoon, mink, bobcat, otter, and opossum. See regulations for details.

Birding: Hawks, owls, woodpeckers, and neotropical migrant songbirds are common on Thistlethwaite WMA.

Hiking: LDWF maintians approximately 1 mile of wooded trails on the WMA.

Directions

Thistlethwaite WMA is located immediately northeast of Washington off LA Hwy 10. You can also access the WMA via I-49 at the Lebeau exit. LDWF maintains 17 miles of improved roads on the WMA. You must have a self-clearing permit for any activity on the WMA.

Dewey W. Wills

Acreage

63,984

Contact

adailey@wlf.la.gov; 318-487-5885; 1995 Shreveport Hwy, Pineville, LA 71360

Parish

LaSalle, Catahoula, Rapides

Owner/manager

LDWF, LaSalle Parish School Board, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Description

Dewey W. Wills WMA is managed to provide wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation. The area is flat, poorly drained land that is subject to annual overflow and interlaced with a number of bayous and lakes. The forest cover is a mixture of bottomland hardwoods. The major overstory species are overcup, nuttall, and willow oak; bitter pecan; ash; and elm. The understory of the lower elevations is composed mainly of swamp privet, native grasses and forbs, and seedlings of the overstory. On the higher elevations, the understory is composed of deciduous holly, hawthorn, smilax, swamp dogwood, peppervine, rattan vine, dewberry, blackberry, palmetto, and seedlings of the overstory.

Prior to establishing Dewey W. Wills as a WMA, the timber in this area was harvested, creating an open canopy. Through LDWF’s forest management program, livestock was removed from the area, stimulating understory production. The forest canopy has now closed, and browse plants have been reduced. In recent years, a combination of conditions known as oak decline has developed on the area, killing a significant portion of overstory trees. LDWF has modified its forest management program to fight oak decline.

Activities and Amenities

Hunting and trapping: Game species available on Dewey W. Wills WMA include deer, squirrel, rabbit, raccoon, turkey, waterfowl, and woodcock. There is a general turkey lottery hunt as well as a youth deer season and lottery hunt. There is also a small game emphasis area. Trapping is permitted for the following furbearers: raccoon, nutria, beaver, mink, bobcat, fox, and coyote. See regulations for details.

There is also a physically challenged deer season. Contact LDWF for a physically challenged hunter permit application and additional information.

Fishing and boating: LDWF maintains five concrete boat ramps on Dewey W. Wills WMA. There is excellent recreational and commercial fishing in this area. Common recreational species include largemouth bass, white bass, crappie, catfish, bluegill, and other species of sunfish. Common commercial species include buffalo, carp, drum, gar, and catfish. See regulations for details.

Camping: LDWF maintains four primitive camping areas on Dewey W. Wills WMA.

Birding: A variety of neotropical songbirds, shorebirds, wading birds, and various raptors are found on Dewey W. Wills WMA.

Directions

Dewey W. Wills WMA is located approximately 20 miles northeast of Alexandria. The area is easily accessible via LA Hwy 28 East. The interior of the WMA has a network of all-weather roads that provide vehicular access.

Tunica Hills WMA

Information
Owned: 
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Acreage: 
5,906 Acres
Contact

Tunica Hills Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is composed of two separate tracts lying northwest of St. Francisville in West Feliciana Parish.  The North Tract (2,346 acres) lies immediately adjacent to the Louisiana State Penitentiary. This tract is accessed from Farrah Davis Road off of LA 66, approximately 14.3 miles west of US 61.  A check station is located on the WMA approximately three miles down Farrah Davis Road from LA 66.  The South Tract (3,560 acres) has a few different access points, but is most commonly accessed by driving 17.3 miles west on LA 66 from US 61 to Old Tunica Road.  Continue on Old Tunica Road for about one mile to enter the WMA.  The Old Tunica Road is a portion of the scenic Natchez Trace System and has been used for travel since colonial times.  Three check stations are located on the South Tract.
Tunica Hills WMA encompasses 5,906 acres and is owned by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.  Terrain on the area is characterized by rugged hills, bluffs, and ravines. The area lies at the southern end of the “loess blufflands” escarpment that follows the east bank of the Mississippi River south from its confluence with the Ohio River. These blufflands offer a diverse and unique habitat that supports some species of plants and animals not found elsewhere in Louisiana.
The forest type on the area is classified as upland hardwood, with some loblolly pine and eastern red cedar mixed in on the ridge tops and creek terraces. Hardwoods consist of American beech, American holly, flowering magnolia, cherrybark oak, water oak, cow oak, hickory, sweetgum, Osage orange, hackberry, eastern hophornbeam, ironwood, yellow poplar, elm, maple, and other less predominant species. The understory varies from dense in younger areas of timber to fairly open in older areas. Common understory species are oak leaf hydrangia, two-winged silverbell, trifoliate orange, pawpaw, flowering dogwood, sweetleaf, spicebush, blackberry, and switchcane. At least 20 species of plants classified as rare in Louisiana are found on this area and two of these species have not been found to occur anywhere else in the state.
Tunica Hills WMA is open to a variety of outdoor recreational activities, including hunting, trapping, birdwatching, hiking, horseback riding, bike riding, sightseeing, and photography. A nature trail and three hiking trails are present. Hunting is allowed at specified times for deer, turkey, and small game. Trapping is allowed for coyote, fox, bobcat, raccoon and opossum. Eastern chipmunks are found on the area. Infrequently, black bear tracks are observed. Numerous snake species are common in the area, including canebrake rattlesnakes and copperheads.  Resident and migratory bird species are abundant on the area, including several that are rare elsewhere in the state, such as the worm-eating warbler and the Coopers hawk.  A tent-only camping area is located off of Parker Road on the South Tract.  Access to both tracts is provided by a series of trails. All-Terrain-Vehicles are only allowed on designated ATV trails from September through February.
Additional information can be obtained from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 
Forest Burks
WMA Biologist Supervisor
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
East Gulf Coastal Plain Ecoregion
Office:  (985)543-4781
Fax:  (985) 543- 4787
fburks@wlf.la.gov

Walnut Hill WMA

Information
Owned: 
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Acreage: 
595 Acres
Contact
Phone: 
(337) 491-2575

Walnut Hill Wildlife Management Area is a 595 acre tract of land acquired from the Farmers Home Administration. The property is located in Vernon Parish approximately 2 mile east of Slagle, La. on highway 121. The property is made up of several small tracts of land both north and south of highway 121.
This land was used primarily as pasture for dairy cattle and consists of slightly rolling hills. The habitat consists of thick under growth and mixed young hardwoods and pine trees.
The area offers limited rabbit, deer and quail hunting opportunities, due to the small acreage and thick habitat conditions presently found on the area.
Additional information and maps can be obtained from the Lake Charles Office at 1213 North Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, La. 70601 or phone 337/491-2575.

West Bay WMA

Information
Owned: 
Hancock Timber, Roy O. Martin, Forest Investment
Acreage: 
58,212 Acres
Contact
Phone: 
(337) 491-2575
Map: 

West Bay Wildlife Management Area is located in north-central Allen Parish near Elizabeth. State highways and parish roads leading to the area accompanied with timber company roads make West Bay very accessible. The majority of the area boundaries are as follows: south of Louisiana Highway 10, north of Louisiana Highway 26, east of Turner Road, and west of River Road. West Bay is 56,000 acres in size and is entirely privately owned. The lease, which is obtained from timber companies and private individuals without charge to the State, gives the Department the right only to manage wildlife. The terrain is generally flat. Approximately one-third of the area can be considered a baygall habitat and is poorly drained. The remaining area has fairly good drainage. The only major flowing stream is Mill Creek. The forest cover is composed of pine plantations with scattered hardwoods along streambeds. There are some pine-hardwood stands located on the edge of the baygall areas. The most common hardwood species are water oak, white oak, red oak, willow oak, cow oak, blackgum, beech, hickory. Flowering dogwood, redbay, sweetleaf, and sweetgum are important overstory species found on the area. The understory composition varies with the timber type. In the baygall portions, some of the more common and valuable species found are yaupon, rattan, arrowwood, smilax, and deciduous holly. The understory in the pine plantations is primarily blackberry, dewberry, huckleberry, smilax, and numerous annual legumes and grasses. Game species hunted on the area are squirrel, rabbit, deer, dove, woodcock, and turkey. The area offers excellent bow hunting opportunities for deer. Furbearer trapping is allowed during trapping season. Two primitive camping areas are maintained on the area. Self-clearing permits are required to access West Bay. Eight permit stations are located around the WMA. Additional information and maps may be obtained from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 1213 North Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, Louisiana, 70601. Phone (337) 491-2575.

L.W.F.C. ADOPTS AMENDMENTS TO 2010-12 HUNTING SEASONS, 2010-11 W.M.A. RULES, NOTICES OF INTENT

Release Date: 03/05/2010

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) adopted several amendments to the notices of intent for the 2010-12 hunting seasons and the 2010-11 Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) General Rules and Regulations at their March 4 meeting.

Those amendments include:

-- Alternative deer season hunting dates in Areas 1 and 6 for 2010-2011 Hunting Seasons. Proposed for:

Area 1
Archery:  Oct. 1 - Oct. 31 (Bucks Only) and Nov. 1 - Feb.15 (Either-Sex)
Primitive: Nov. 13 - Nov. 19
Still Hunt: Nov. 20 - Dec. 3
CLOSED: Dec. 4 - Dec. 10
With or Without Dogs: Dec. 11 - Jan. 2
Still Hunt: Jan. 3 - Jan. 31
Primitive: Feb. 1 - Feb. 7 and Feb. 11 - Feb. 13

 

Area 6

Archery:  Oct. 1 - Oct. 31 (Bucks Only) and Nov. 1 - Feb.15 (Either-Sex)
Primitive: Nov. 13 - Nov. 19
Still Hunt: Nov. 20 - Dec. 3
CLOSED: Dec. 4 - Dec. 10
With or Without Dogs: Dec.11 - Jan. 23
Still Hunt: Jan. 24 - Jan. 31
Primitive: Feb. 1 - Feb. 7 and Feb.11 - Feb.13

-- Changes to 2010 WMA Hunting Schedule for: Pointe-Aux-Chenes Point Farm Unit (non-toxic shot only to be used for dove season, south of the dove field gate); Sabine (feral hogs may be taken with dogs Feb. 1 to last day of Feb. only by permit available from a Region Office); and Red River Yakey Tract (recreational crawfishing allowed March 15 - July 31). 

-- Seasonal changes for Kisatchie National Forest for 2010-2011 (minor changes for small game, waterfowl and nuisance species harvest) and user rules; deer season dates to be presented separately at April LWFC meeting.

-- Changes to WMA Hunting Regulations relative to feral hogs (adds Attakapas and Pass-a-Loutre WMAs to list of WMAs allowing hunters to use dogs to hunt hogs; live hogs can only be transported with permit available at LDWF field offices); and blood tracking dogs (leashed dogs would be allowed by still hunters to trail and retrieve wounded or unrecovered deer).

To view the original notices of intent and amendments for proposed hunting season dates for the upcoming hunting season, please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/education/commissionactions.

Public comment can be submitted to Randy Myers, Wildlife Division, LDWF, PO Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000 until May 6.

The public meeting schedule for the proposed 2010-11 hunting season is as follows:

-- March 9 at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria of the Hammond High School located at 45168 River Road.
-- March 9 at 6 p.m. at the Ruston Civic Center located at N. Trenton St.
-- March 10 at 6 p.m. at the Alexandria Convention Hall located at 915 Third St.
-- March 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the LDWF Office in Minden located at 9961 Hwy. 80.
-- March 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the LSU AgCenter next to Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles.
-- March 18 at 6 p.m. in room 119 of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service building located at 646 Cajundome Blvd. in Lafayette.

For more information, contact Randy Myers at 225-765-2359 or rmyers@wlf.la.gov.    

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