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.
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?
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.