The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is now accepting alligator lottery hunt applications for five Wildlife Management Area (WMA) lakes and seven public lakes located in Regions 3 and 4 of the state.
Region 3 alligator lottery hunts will include the selection of one hunter for Kincaid Lake, two hunters for Saline Lake and three hunters for Toledo Bend. The Region 4 alligator lottery hunts will select two hunters for Lake Bruin, three hunters for Lake Concordia, four hunters for Lake St. John, four hunters for Lake St. Joseph, two hunters for Big Lake WMA, four hunters for Boeuf WMA, one hunter for Buckhorn WMA, seven hunters for Red River WMA and nine hunters for Three Rivers WMA.
Each applicant can submit one application per region, but will only be chosen for one public or WMA lake hunt. All applications must be received by Aug. 1 for a computerized random drawing on Aug. 18. Each application must be accompanied by a non-refundable $5 check or money order made payable to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. All winners will be notified by mail.
Applications can be obtained from the Region 4 office in Ferriday, Region 3 office in Pineville or by downloading them from LDWF's Web site at www.wlf.louisiana.gov. To access the forms, drag the cursor over the "Hunting" dropdown menu and then highlight "WMAs/Refuges." Then select "Lottery Hunts." At the bottom of the page is a PDF version of the application.
Applicants must be a legal Louisiana resident and 16 years of age or older. Any applicant born on or after Sept. 1, 1969 must also provide a valid hunter safety certification number.
In Region 4, successful applicants must attend an instructional class in Ferriday on either Aug. 29 or 31. Region 4 WMA lake hunters must also agree to give LDWF 40 percent of all revenue gained from the commercial sale of alligator hides or meat or 40 percent of the fair market value of any alligator hide or meat kept for personal use or consumption. The Region 4 office is located at 261 Wildlife and Fishery Rd. in Ferriday and can be reached at 318-757-3072.
LDWF will provide an instructional class on an individual basis for Region 3 lottery hunt winners when they pick up their license and tags from the Region 3 office. The Region 3 office is located at 1995 Shreveport Hwy. in Pineville and can be reached at 318-487-5885.
For more information, contact David Moreland at 225-765-2348 or firstname.lastname@example.org.