All five Kisatchie National Forest districts will be open for youth-only turkey lottery hunts on March 16 to provide more opportunities for young hunters, the U.S. Forest Service announced.

There are a limited number of hunting slots available: 20 youth hunters will be selected for four of the five districts, with the Caney District only accepting 15 young hunters, the Forest Service said.

The deadline for applying for these hunts is Feb. 1.

"Opening the 600,000 acres of forest land that make up the KNF will almost double the amount of land available, and more importantly double the opportunity, for youth turkey hunting in Louisiana," said Jonny Fryar, wildlife biologist on the national forest's Calcasieu Ranger District.

The hunts are open to youngsters who are 8 to 17 years old, and a participants will be chosen during a drawing held in early March, the Forest Service staed.

Download the lottery application for the youth hunt by clicking here.

All applications must be received by the LDWF office by 4:30 pm on Feb. 1, and a $5 non-refundable administrative fee is required with each application. Successful applicants will be notified by mail.
Call 318-473-7160 for more information.