The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) reminds anyone using coastal wildlife management areas (WMA) with designated limited access areas (LAAs) that operation of boats with internal combustion engines, within those LAAs, is restricted throughout the 2010-11 fall and winter waterfowl hunting season.
Limited access areas were created within Atchafalaya Delta WMA, Pass a Loutre WMA, Pointe aux Chenes WMA and Salvador WMA to provide a more primitive hunting experience for waterfowl hunters. Restrictions on the use of internal combustion engines provide for reduced noise in an effort to minimize disturbance of waterfowl within the LAA and improve hunter harvest success between September and January.
LAAs are posted with signage at access points around the perimeter. Any vessel with a movable outdrive system may enter a LAA as long as the boat’s internal combustion engine is trimmed up out of the water in an inoperable position. Vessels with fixed props must adhere to the no operation rule. Trolling motors may be used to access and navigate within a LAA while hunting or fishing.
|WMA||Acres||LAA (acres)||LAA% of Total WMA|
|Pass a Loutre||110,491||1,945||1.8|
|Pointe aux Chenes||35,226||4,689||13.3|
To view and download a map of any WMA with a LAA, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma
Anyone with questions on vessel operation within a LAA can call LDWF’s Enforcement Division Region 8 in New Orleans at 504-284-2023 or Region 6 in Thibodaux at 985-447-0821 during weekday business hours, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. To report violation of LAA rules, call 1-800-442-2511 toll free at any time.