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LDWF closes several WMAs due to flooding

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has closed several wildlife management areas to all activities because of flooding, including Bayou Pierre, Big Lake, Boeuf, Loggy Bayou and Russell Sage.

March 18 at 8:45am
Dusty Meyers, of Oak Grove, poses with the big 12-point he shot on Bayou Macon WMA on Dec. 31. The buck green-scored 181 7/8 inches at Simmons’ Sporting Goods in Bastrop.

2015-16 Deer of the Year

The 2015-16 deer hunting season has been one of ups and downs, with temperatures fluctuating on seemingly a daily basis. When it got hot, it stayed in the 80s for longer stretches than hunters wanted.

February 01 at 7:00am
Noah Mason, 15, of Beekman, poses with the big 15-point from Russell Sage WMA he shot on Dec. 19. The buck green-scored 183 1/8 inches in the non-typical category at Simmons' Sporting Goods in Bastrop.

Beekman youth kills 183-inch Russell Sage WMA buck

Noah Mason turned 14 on Dec. 15, but he received his best gift four days later when he dropped a 180-class Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area 15-point while hunting with his father.

January 12 at 2:54pm
Luke Jarrod Hust was convicted of two counts of attempted first degree murder last night in connection with the shooting of LDWF agent Sgt. Scott Bullitt on May 21. Hust will be sentenced on Feb. 11, 2016.

Hust convicted of attempted first degree murder in game warden shooting

A jury convicted the man accused of shooting a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agent during a traffic stop May 21 on the Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area.

December 04, 2015 at 10:45am
Daniel’s son, William, has developed a love for duck hunting around Hwy. 15, just like his dad did years ago.

Russell Sage, Boeuf WMAs provide great public duck hunting

The balance in your checking account isn’t large enough to cover an expensive duck blind right on Highway 15?

November 15, 2015 at 7:00am
This huge flight of ducks hit the rice fields of Hwy. 15 just a few weeks before the season started last year. From the air or the water, that’s enough to get any waterfowler’s heart pumping.

A bird’s eye view of Highway 15

Dr. Daniel Raymond and his Highway 15 hunting buddies aren’t the only ones who think the area is legendary.

November 15, 2015 at 7:00am
Daniel Raymond with a Hwy. 15 mallard hen and drake.

Highway to heaven — Keys to duck-hunting success in the legendary Highway 15

Ducks go where ducks go.

No experienced waterfowler will argue with that.

And that might well explain why the Northeast Louisiana hunting area known as “Highway 15” is what it is: a duck hunting mecca.

November 01, 2015 at 7:00am
Richard K. Yancey holds a great deer herd that produces some nice bucks, like this one taken by Ryan Williams.

2015-16 WMA Forecast

The outdoorsmen who know so much about deer, squirrels, rabbits and other wildlife and the environment in which they live are enthusiastic about the upcoming hunting seasons on wildlife management areas in Louisiana.

September 01, 2015 at 7:00am
A map pinpoints the newly acquired land in red, and shows what the entire footprint of Russell Sage WMA will be once the Kennedy Tract opens to the public during the 2016-17 hunting season.

Russell Sage WMA expands by almost 2,800 acres

Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area is expanding by almost 2,800 acres after the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries purchased land known as the Kennedy Tract on the southern tip of the existing property.

August 10, 2015 at 4:46pm
The booking photo of Luke Jarrod Hust, who is accused of shooting LDWF's Sgt. Scott Bullitt during a traffic stop near Wham Break on Russell Sage WMA May 21.

Bullitt's accused shooter: 'Heat of the moment' reaction

A preliminary hearing Monday in the case of a man accused of shooting a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agent at Wham Break in May included the alleged gunman’s statement to authorities the night he was captured, a newspaper has reported. 

August 04, 2015 at 10:30am
These LDWF agents were flagged down and asked to tow a vessel after heading in from a 10 hour day on the Tickfaw. Lt. Davis Madere (driving) and Sgt. Roy Reid helped tow the vessel back into Blind River without a moment of hesitation.

Cut our game wardens some slack

I hear regular complaints about supposed jerks wearing the uniform of Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries agents. You know the refrains.

“They picked on me today, and gave me a ticket for not having a life vest.”

July 01, 2015 at 7:00am
Print out this flyer, or just present it on your cellphone or tablet tomorrow, June 16, at Chili's restaurants statewide between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. to raise funds for the Sgt. Scott Bullitt Recovery Fund.

Chili's holds statewide benefit Tuesday for LDWF agent shot near Monroe

Chili’s restaurants across Louisiana will be hosting a fundraiser tomorrow, June 16, for the game warden shot in the back last month during a traffic stop on Russell Sage WMA.

June 15, 2015 at 2:32pm
Sgt. Scott Bullitt, 32, of Jonesboro, was shot in the back Thursday night on the Russell Sage WMA near the Wham Break boat launch and is in serious condition in a Monroe hospital. The suspected shooter, Luke Jarrod Hust, was apprehended about 11 p.m.

LDWF agent shot Thursday evening on Russell Sage WMA

A 32-year-old enforcement agent with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries was shot Thursday evening on the Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area in Ouachita Parish and is in serious condition at a Monroe hospital.

May 21, 2015 at 11:59pm
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will conduct a lottery to award alligator tags to the general public later this summer. Applications for the lottery must be postmarked by July 5, 2015, to be eligible for the random drawing.

LDWF announces 2015 alligator lottery hunts

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is conducting a lottery to award alligator tags to provide the general public with harvest opportunities.

According to a press release, a random computer drawing from eligible hunters submitting applications will determine who receives tags from five Coastal and Nongame Resources Division Wildlife Management Areas, 15 Division WMAs, one U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property and 25 public lakes for the 2015 harvest.

May 13, 2015 at 3:29pm

LWFC approves amendment making 25 hp mud motor maximum on Biloxi WMA

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission on Thursday approved an amendment allowing up to 25 hp straight shaft air-cooled mud motors on the Biloxi Wildlife Management Area, according to a press release.

April 02, 2015 at 5:00pm

Russell Sage and Ouachita WMAs to be consolidated, LDWF says

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission this month, citing more efficient use of resources and the elimination of duplication of services for two adjacent properties, approved consolidation of Russell Sage and Ouachita Wildlife Management Areas.

January 16, 2015 at 7:52am