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Waterfowlers enjoyed one of their best seasons in a long time last year, and things are shaping up for more great hunts this fall.

Coastal WMAs offer prime duck, deer hotspots

A veritable duck-hunting gold mine is stretched out along Louisiana’s coast in the form of LDWF-managed wildlife management areas and refuges.

And waterfowlers enjoyed one of their best seasons in these public hunting areas in a long, long time last season, according to veteran biologist Cassidy Lejeune.

October 15, 2015 at 7:00am
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
The 2013-14 deer harvest on the state’s vast WMAs was a banner season with 3,230 bucks and 2,422 does killed by hunters flocking to the public areas.

2014-15 WMA forecast

For $15, a hunter can hunt a wonderland of public lands and waters featuring the most-appealing habitat for big game, small game, migratory birds and other species in the Sportsman’s Paradise.

September 01, 2014 at 7:00am

LWFC approves various upcoming hunting seasons, rules and regs

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approved both the 2014-16 hunting season dates and the 2014-15 general and Wildlife Management Area rules and regulations, including some modifications to deer area boundaries, according to a press release. 

April 07, 2014 at 2:40pm
This huge deer was killed by Winnsboro’s Eric Davis on Dec. 29 while he was hunting on Buckhorn WMA.

2013-14 WMA Forecast

Two of Louisiana’s many Wildlife Management Areas were thrust into the spotlight since the summer of 2012.

September 01, 2013 at 7:00am
During the rut, bucks will follow does for days and travel many miles until they are receptive.

2012-13 WMA Forecast

Did you know when mast-producing trees are stressed, as they are in a drought, they produce a bumper crop of acorns?

Or that a wildlife management area in Louisiana is devoted exclusively to youth hunting and youth hunting education only?

Did you know one 19,000-plus-acre WMA is bordered by a 100,000-plus-acre national wildlife refuge, which combined gives deer hunters optimum opportunities to hunt and kill deer — some large animals, at that — on the vast public bottomland hardwood region?
September 01, 2012 at 7:00am
Avid rabbit hunters should find success this season on Ben’s Creek WMA.

Things looking up for coastal WMAs

Louisiana’s southeasternmost wildlife management area became the ugly, oily poster child for manmade catastrophes after April 20, the day of the Deepwater Horizon explosion.
September 22, 2010 at 4:18pm