Almost 3,000 acres added to Ouachita WMA, LDWF says

Kennedy Tract extends southern boundary of WMA, brings total acreage to 13,931

The Ouachita Wildlife Management Area has expanded to more than 13,000 acres through a lease agreement now in place between the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

According to a press release, the 2,954-acre Kennedy Tract extends the southern boundary of the WMA to Bosco Lane, with the eastern boundary of the new area following Bayou Lafourche.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission adopted the acreage as part of the WMA at their December meeting, according to the release.

LDWF staff will be posting new perimeter signs next month, but the additional property is available for public hunting during current open hunting season, the release states.

A parking area for the new tract will not be in place until the 2014-15 hunting season, and access to the new tract will be limited to boat access via Bayou Lafourche until that time, according to the release.

The entire WMA, which is about six miles southest of Monroe in southern Ouachita Parish, lies within the Bayou LaFourche flood plain. Game species available for hunting during their respective seasons include deer, squirrel, rabbit, snipe, dove and waterfowl.

Among the ducks wintering on the area are blue-winged teal, green-winged teal, mallard, shoveler, pintail and wood ducks. Trapping is permitted with available furbearers including raccoon, mink, nutria, muskrat, opossum, beaver, coyote, and bobcat.

For a map outlining the new boundaries with the existing Kennedy Tract, click here and scroll down to Ouachita WMA.

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