The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is now accepting applications for the 2008 Bayou Pierre Wildlife Management Area (WMA) lottery dove hunts scheduled for the first Saturday of the September 2008 dove season. The deadline for returning the applications to the address listed on the application is July 8.

The opening day hunt will be limited to 75 hunters who will be selected by random drawing. Dove hunters wanting to apply for the drawing can obtain an application from any regional office of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries or the department Web site at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/regulations/wma/lotteryhunts.

A $5 nonrefundable administrative fee will be charged for each applicant, regardless of age. Applications must be accompanied by a check or money order made payable to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. 

Hunters may apply individually or as a group with no more than five applications per group. Group applications should be stapled together and will be drawn as a group. All successful applicants will be notified by mail. 

Bayou Pierre WMA is located in Red River and Desoto Parishes approximately 20 miles south of Shreveport. The WMA encompasses 2,212 acres with approximately 100 acres managed for doves. For additional information, contact Steve Hebert at 318-371-3050 or shebert@wlf.louisiana.gov.