ONE FINAL SECTION ON WEST BANK OF PLAQUEMINES PARISH OPENS FOR DEER AND RABBIT HUNTING

Release Date: 01/19/2006

Survey work completed within the last week by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) biologists has prompted opening deer and rabbit season in another portion of Plaquemines Parish. This notice extends hunting on the south end of the Mississippi Rivers west bank within the parish.


Effective Jan. 12, 2006, deer and rabbit season will open under the normal date and time restrictions, as published in the 2005-06 LDWF Hunting Regulations booklet, in:


That portion of Plaquemines Parish on the west bank of the Mississippi River which lies north of the Pt. Celeste Road from the Citrus Lands South Pumping Station to Hwy. 23 and north of an extension of the Pt.  Celeste Road from Hwy. 23 to the Mississippi River.


Hunters should be aware that this area contains a population of pen-raised elk that escaped following Hurricane Katrina and it is not legal to shoot these animals.


The only remaining hunting season closures relative to storm damage caused by recent hurricanes still include all of St. Bernard Parish and those portions of Plaquemines Parish on the west bank of the Mississippi River that are south of the line delineated above; and on the east bank, those portions of the parish south of the area opened Dec. 23, as described below.


The Dec. 23 opening included the portion of Plaquemines, east of the Mississippi River, west of the Braithwaite Golf Course west levee, north and west of the Forty Arpent Canal to River Aux Chenes (Oak River), west of River Aux Chenes to Bayou Garelle, north and west of Bayou Garelle to Joe Graxolet Canal, north of Joe Gravolet Canal to Phoenix, and north of the levee at Phoenix.


The hunting season closures still in effect are limited to deer and rabbit hunting in those two specific areas and are effective for the remainder of the season. No additional areas, managed by LDWF and currently closed, will be open for deer and rabbit hunting during the 2005-06 hunting season.


Hunters should keep in mind that some U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service refuges continue to remain closed in the impacted areas and hunters should contact the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for information pertaining to these seasons.  For the latest information on USFWS hunting season status within Louisiana, call 1-800-344-9453.


The area opened by this notice had been closed due to habitat damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. Hunting will remove some of the surplus animals and will reduce over browsing, providing more food for deer during remaining winter days.  For more information concerning the opening of hunting seasons contact the Wildlife Division at 225-765-2346 or go to LDWFs Web site at www.wlf.louisiana.gov.


EDITORS: For more information, contact Dave Moreland at 225-765-2348 or dmoreland@wlf.louisiana.gov.