Release Date: 10/11/2005

St. Bernard Parish and Part of Plaquemines Parish
Are Only Currently Closed Areas For Deer and Rabbit,
Waterfowl Season Has Not Been Closed
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced today that the only remaining hunting season closures -- relative to storm damage caused by recent hurricanes include all portions of Plaquemines Parish on the west bank of the Mississippi River that are south of the Ollie Canal and Ollie Road, as well as all portions of Plaquemines Parish on the east bank of the river, and all of St. Bernard Parish.  All other temporary parish hunting season closures, declared by LDWF following Hurricane Katrina or Rita, have been rescinded.

The hunting season closures are limited to deer and rabbit hunting in those two specific areas and are effective until further notice. There has been no closure order issued for the 2005-06 waterfowl season, contrary to misinformation circulating via the Internet.

Erroneous reports on closure of the duck season, circulating via the Internet, have a bogus web page design that resembles the LDWF Web site, said Dwight Landreneau, LDWF Secretary. The false report resembles an actual LDWF press release and should be disregarded.  Use of computer resources to falsify official documents can constitute a violation of both state and federal laws. LDWF is cooperating with law enforcement authorities in investigating this matter.

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.

As conditions improve and more surveys are conducted, areas that are presently closed may be opened for hunting at some point in the future.   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.