The National Red Dirt and Catahoula Wildlife Management Preserves will be open for hunting this weekend as published in the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries hunting regulations pamphlet.

Hunters are advised that for the Oct. 19-20 deer primitive still hunt, the requirements for a self-clearing daily permit and mandatory deer checks have been suspended, according to a release from the USDA Forest Service. 

However, a Red Dirt or Catahoula Preserve hunting permit is required, along with a state hunting license.

Permits, which are free, can be obtained by clicking the respective links above, or by visiting the Kisatchie National Forest Web site.

In addition, permits are available at the Forest Supervisor’s office located at 2500 Shreveport Hwy. in Pineville, or any Forest Service District Ranger office in Alexandria, Bellwood, Bentley or Winnfield, according to the release.

The preserves are part of the Kisatchie National Forest and are managed in cooperation with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, according to the release.

The Red Dirt National Preserve is located in southern Natchitoches Parish between Gorum and Bellwood, while the Catahoula Preserve is located near Williana on the Grant/Winn parish line.