The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is now accepting applications for an opening day lottery dove hunt on the Bayou Pierre Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The hunt is scheduled for the first Saturday of the September 2009 dove season and the deadline for returning applications is July 17, 2009.

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.

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 LDWF regional office or the LDWF Web site at         
Hunters may apply individually or as a group with no more than five applications per group. Group applications should be stapled together. All successful applicants will be notified by mail. 

A $5 non-refundable 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.