With opening day of duck season in the east zone slated for Nov. 23, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is advising hunters that waterfowl hunting will not be permitted on Bussey Brake Wildlife Management Area this season.

According to a press release, Bussey Brake was donated and incorporated into the WMA program after the 2013-14 hunting dates were already established.

However, the release states that future hunting opportunities on the WMA will be considered. 

Hunting is not allowed due to lake renovations being undertaken by the Office of Fisheries, according to the release.

Bussey Brake consists of 2,614 acres in Morehouse Parish, and is primarily a lake with waterfront acreage that was acquired by LDWF in July 2013 via donation from International Paper Company.

After the donation, the release states the department drained the lake to renovate the reservoir’s fish population, which will be replenished by stocking bass, bream, catfish and crappie.