For the third year the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will be providing youth waterfowl lottery hunts on the Sherburne Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The hunts will take place at the WMA's North Farm Waterfowl Area on Saturday, Dec. 1, and on Dec. 27 and Jan. 3, both Thursdays. Applications are due by Oct. 5.
Applicants for the youth lottery hunt must be between 10-15 years old. A $5 non-refundable check or money order made payable to LDWF is required with each application. Submitting more than one application will result in disqualification.
Applications can be mailed to Youth Lottery Waterfowl Hunt - Sherburne WMA, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898. Applications are available at LDWF region offices and on the Web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/regulations/wma/lotteryhunts.
Winners will be notified by mail with the lottery permit. Successful youth applicants must have an escort at least 18 years old. Only the youth will be allowed to shoot during these hunts. Hunts will be conducted from blinds with experienced hunters serving as guides. Decoys will be provided at each of the three blind locations. Each hunter will be assigned to a specific blind on the day of the hunt.
The Sherburne WMA hunt area has been intensively developed and managed for wintering waterfowl. Lottery hunts allow the department to manage hunting pressure, promote quality hunting experiences and still provide beneficial winter habitat for wetland dependent species. "This area usually attracts a large number of waterfowl and has been managed as a sanctuary during the past several years" said Robert Helm, LDWF waterfowl program manager. "We think this limited hunting will not disrupt this sanctuary effect and should also provide some exciting times for a few lucky young hunters."
Youth hunters must possess a hunter safety certification or proof of a successful completion of a hunter safety course. If the escort is in possession of a hunter safety certification, a valid hunting license or proof of completion of a hunter safety course, this requirement is waived for the youth.
For more information, contact Robert Helm at 225-765-2358 or firstname.lastname@example.org.