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Ongoing controversy with deer dogs running on private land/Kisatche NF. One guy representing a sportsman's association from Cen. La. testified that the complaints were exaggerated based on his own investigation and that use of deer dogs has overwhelming public support. No word from Kisatche NF folks yet on their recommendations for the next hunting season.

Changes to WMA hunting seasons - a day of firearms will likely be added to Sicily Island, 3 Rivers and Red River and extended 11 days at Sherburne.

creation of limited access areas on Salvador, Pass a Loutre, and Atchafalaya Delta WMA's. No more than 15% of total area will be set aside as specific limited areas with no use of internal combustion engines, hunting still permitted by only by walk/wade or by pirogue or canoe.

A couple of biologists, a local representative, and several hunters spoke before the commission in an effort to persuade LDWF to shift season dates later for area 6 to take in the opportunity to better hunt the 2nd rut period. Based on the reaction, I think the LDWF will probably end up making some adjustments in the near future, allowing for gun/primitive weapons 9-15 days into Feb. for area 6. A couple of guys also expressed concern that the herd at Attakapas was seriously down.

Black bear population progress report. Maria Davidson feels confident that the black bear will be delisted and the management plan allows for a lottery hunt when that happens. It might happen as soon as 2013.

February 04, 2010 at 12:33pm

LDWF wants to increase hog and deer hunting at WMA's starting season after next. Does anyone know what WMA's they're talking about?

January 11, 2010 at 1:10pm

Is it any good? any quality deer? The area looks pretty popular for hunting. The habitat seems alright. Is it all leases and clubs? Is there a lot of pressure? I've driven through the area at different times and never actually seen a deer come out of the woods or anything.

November 19, 2009 at 2:35pm
A comment titled: Here's what you need to know in response to a report titled: Hiking Tunica Hills

I've done some hiking and a little bit of hunting at Tunica Hills. If you go without your dog... since the hiking trails in Tunica Hills WMA are not in a restricted (that means no-hunting) zone then people can use them for access to go hunting during the proper season. I've seen occasional shells on the hiking trails but this WMA is used mainly for bowhunting and most of the hunters stick to the ATV trails because the terrain is rugged. I've never actually met up with a hunter on the nature trails but I know where they tend to go so I avoid those areas if possible. You don't want to be in there for muzzleloader season, which is 17 days from Nov 26 to Dec 12. Even then most of the hunters stick to the same areas but its too risky. the rest of the time its bowhunting only. It wouldn't hurt to wear hunter orange anyway during those other times. As a side note, if its over 60 degrees, get ready for some ticks and redbugs.

November 10, 2010 at 3:13pm
A comment titled: surprised in response to a report titled: Hunting season changes amended

I really thought this was going to go through. I'm not so sure about buying into blaming the bowhunters though. That could be the case, I don't know, but if you look at the proposed schedule changes, the ones who might benefit the most are bowhunters and primitive weapons guys. Bowhunters would get to hunt all of October 1-Nov. 12 by themselves plus the last half of Feb. The so-said later rut would mean bowhunters alone could take bucks in late Feb. instead of the first 2 weeks of Feb. as it is now.

Anyway, like I said before, letting some bucks round around during the late rut to breed without hunting pressure is not such a bad thing (good parts of area 6 don't have too high of a deer density to begin with) but I can understand the disappointment some hunters might have not being as able to take advantage of the situation.

April 01, 2010 at 1:19pm
A comment titled: Looks okay but... in response to a report titled: Major deer-season changes

Don't mind if they shift to later dates for area 6 but it kinda looks like they're expanding the season - almost 5 months now with weapon of your choice - esp. with crossbows and more types of guns during primitive these days.

Wondering why area 1 wants in on this now. Next thing you know the rest of the state will want to hunt Feb. too because they feel deprived. At any rate, There might be more hunters in the woods in areas 1 and 6 in Feb. because other zones are closed.

Primitive comes out good on this deal. I'm more of a bowhunter but I think they should leave archery like it is. And maybe take 10-14 days off of all guns in Dec. not just a week.

March 07, 2010 at 10:47pm
A comment titled: I believe LDWF will make some adjustments in response to a report titled: Area 6 Deer Rut

Which may help some of y'all. Here's a few of my own thoughts:

If they split the season to give added days in Feb. you may see more poaching during the new off days in December. Some guys want their cake and eat it too.

LDWF should consider restructuring/simplifying the deer hunting zones, and set them according to the needs/rut dates by parish. Area 6 could be all of the upper basin parishes, with a new area of Lafourche/Terrebonne etc.

3 bucks/3 does is too basic - some parishes can easily support this allowed take, others can't. It may not be a popular idea but some parishes should be allowed only 2 bucks (like most other states) and with a few, maybe 4 does would be allowed.

Everybody wants to hunt the rut but allowing some bucks to run around and breed isn't always a bad thing - more deer for the future. Even so, the herd would probably do alright with added dates in Feb. if the total no of days in the season stays about the same.

February 19, 2010 at 10:41am
A comment titled: Seen the same thing between Jackson and Memphis in response to a report titled: dead deer

on I-55 around this time of year. That whole area's gotta alot of deer because its where the hills meet the bottomlands and there's lots of good agricultural land around.

Miss. and Alabama have almost 2 million deer apiece. About 2.5 times Louisiana's population.

January 31, 2010 at 6:41pm

looks like she got hit by a train the way the carcass was.

January 20, 2010 at 8:47pm
A comment titled: good question in response to a report titled: Where did all the deer go?

I know there's a good bit of pressure in that area - every patch of woods around there has an ATV trail within 150 yards. But that's nothing new. Could be more hunters around because the population's growing out that way. Or, maybe the high water forced the deer out of the river bottoms this year, and more got taken earlier in the season.

January 20, 2010 at 7:57am
A comment titled: Those are Deer feeder fairies in response to a report titled: trespassers

LOL

January 14, 2010 at 7:23pm
A comment titled: I see deer and hog tracks/sign a good bit in response to a report titled: Alexandria State Forest WMA

in the Indian Creek Recreation area but that's in a no hunting zone. I wouldn't mind giving the hunting area a try

January 06, 2010 at 3:32pm
A comment titled: this is the deal in response to a report titled: Hunting off of I-10

pretty much everything from Gonzales to about the St James Parish line off of I-10 is DMAP and/or private land and since its more bottomland hardwood, has the potential to hold more deer than just cypress swamp. I know that area gets hunted a good bit. You probably either gotta know somebody or join a club if you want to hunt that area. Just about all of I-10 and most of 641 (the road to Gramercy) in St James is in Maurepas Swamp WMA which John Q Public can hunt but that's all cypress-tupelo. Hunters are trying to take advantage of the high water in the swamp right now. A big part of the swamp north of I-10 in St John Parish is part of the WMA but most of it right off of 10 is private.
You can look at the WMA map on the LDWF website for eaxct boundaries.

January 04, 2010 at 8:38pm
A comment titled: Watch next season in response to a report titled: MAUREPAS SWAMP

The same ones will be complaining about the "mysterious" lack of deer.

January 02, 2010 at 7:10pm
A comment titled: I heard they reduced the quota in response to a report titled: Tensas NWR

Maybe that will increase your chances for success.

December 29, 2009 at 8:30pm
A comment titled: Not to make light of a serious situation but... in response to a report titled: Alleged poachers busted

I had to chuckle when I got to the part about the two guys' failure to maintain sex identification.

December 29, 2009 at 8:27pm
A comment titled: so much for all that Deer Sauce Piquante he was gonna make in response to a report titled: Outlaw

and all that backstrap, sausage and gumbo too..man I'm gettin hungry.

December 20, 2009 at 10:01pm
A comment titled: yeah I saw that in response to a report titled: Recent Outlaw Deer Kills

we know how to pass a good time

December 20, 2009 at 9:59pm
A comment titled: Tunica's a good place to bowhunt in response to a report titled: Sherburne WMA JERK!

Maybe not so good to go there during primitive (2 weeks long now)..kinda crowded - lots of 4 wheelers on the ATV trails and everybody else shoots off of old Tunica Trace Road - most weekend warriors don't know enough about the area to go into the ravines. You know when muzzleloader just passed when the road's all rutted up and there's bud light and Red Bull cans everywhere.

December 20, 2009 at 9:51pm
A comment titled: It also reflects badly on Louisiana in response to a report titled: Recent Outlaw Deer Kills

we already have a reputation for being uncivilized.

December 20, 2009 at 12:23am

It's beyond me why anyone would want to be so close to another hunter. Maybe some of 'em are leeches - too lazy or don't have time to scout and figure the other guy's done his homework. I hate to encourage anyone to go out of state but what I like about say, Mississippi, is that there's a lot less people and a lot more land.

December 13, 2009 at 8:00pm
A comment titled: just don't bring up the subject of college football in response to a report titled: Alamaba license ????

They might call you a corndog.

December 10, 2009 at 2:55pm
A comment titled: I've got a PN-30 in response to a report titled: gps

And overall I like it but if I had the money, I'd go with the Oregon or Colorado. I haven't uploaded any aerials on mine yet, just the DeLorme topos, which are rather basic. Still, I can find my way out of the thickest woods with the PN-30 if the battery holds out. That's my biggest complaint with the PN-30, its a nice mid-priced unit and it seems fairly accurate but it eats batteries up. Rechargeables lasts longer, though.

August 30, 2009 at 11:34pm
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