The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is reopening portions of the hunting areas and seasons that were previously closed due to the catastrophic impacts of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
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.
Areas that are being opened are as follows:
* Deer and rabbit hunting is hereby open effective Oct. 12, 2005 in all portions of Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis and Vermilion parishes in southwest Louisiana previously closed because of Hurricane Rita.
* Deer, rabbit and squirrel hunting is hereby open effective Oct. 12, 2005 in portions of Ascension, Livingston, St. John and St. James parishes north and west of U.S. Hwy 51 from U.S. 61 to Frenier Road, north of Frenier Road to Lake Pontchartrain, west of Lake Pontchartrain to Pass Manchac, south of Pass Manchac to Lake Maurepas, south of Lake Maurepas to the Blind River, south of Blind River to the Amite River Diversion Canal, south of Amite River Diversion Canal to LA Hwy 22, south of LA Hwy 22 to LA Hwy. 70 in Sorrento, east of LA Hwy. 70 to LA Hwy. 3125, north of LA Hwy. 3125 to LA Hwy. 641, north and west of LA Hwy. 641 to U.S. Hwy. 61, north of U.S. Hwy. 61 to U.S. Hwy. 51.
* Deer and rabbit hunting is hereby open effective Oct. 12, 2005 in those portions of Terrebonne, Lafourche, and Jefferson parishes south of the Intracoastal Waterway.
* Deer and rabbit hunting is hereby open effective Oct. 12,2005 in those portions of Iberia and St. Mary parishes previously closed because of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
* Deer and rabbit hunting is hereby open effective Oct. 12, 2005 in that portion of Plaquemines Parish west of the Mississippi River from Ollie northward. All other portions of Plaquemines Parish shall remain closed to deer and rabbit hunting until further notice.
In addition to the closed area in Plaquemines Parish, deer and rabbit hunting will continue to remain closed in St. Bernard Parish.
Note: As conditions improve and more surveys are conducted these areas that are presently closed may be opened for hunting at some point in the future. The availability of good escape cover and the regeneration of habitat vegetation are two factors evaluated by LDWF biologists when surveying habitat. Surveys have been conducted by biologists in Wildlife Regions 5, 6 and 7 in coordination with Scott Durham, the Deer Program manager, and Emile LeBlanc, the Deer Management Assistance Program Coordinator. Another consideration concerning deer is the need to reduce the fall population so that there is sufficient winter forage for the deer. This is especially important since the fall habitat was severely impacted by the storms. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.