US Army Annual Permit No Longer Needed to Hunt on Fort Polk and Peason Ridge WMAs

Release Date: 10/28/2013

Oct. 28, 2013 -- Officials with the US Army have announced that the federal permit previously required to hunt on Fort Polk and Peason Ridge Wildlife Management Areas is no longer required. Archery and small game hunters using the Cantonment Area within the Army installation are advised that proper visitor passes will be required to enter the security gates, however.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) reminds all hunters that Louisiana hunting licenses are still required to hunt on these federal properties, including the $15 annual Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Hunting Permit. 

Also, all users of Fort Polk or Peason Ridge WMAs must still fill out a Self Clearing Permit for all activities (hunting, fishing, birdwatching, sightseeing, etc.).  Self Clearing Permits are available at information kiosks and are located at most WMA entrance roads.

Fort Polk and Peason Ridge WMAs provide over 138,000 acres for public outdoor recreation opportunities through a cooperative partnership between LDWF, the US Army and the US Forest Service.

Information on Fort Polk or Peason Ridge WMAs can be found on LDWF’s website,, or by contacting Wendell Smith at 337-491-2575 or, or the Fort Polk Public Affairs office at 337-531-7203.