WMA Access Permit and Self-Clearing Permits required on Elmer’s Island and Rockefeller Wildlife Refuges

Starting June 1, all visitors to Elmer’s Island and Rockefeller Wildlife Refuges must possess one of the following:

  • WMA access permit
  • Sportsman’s Paradise license
  • Lifetime hunting or fishing license
  • Any license that confers the equivalent of a WMA Access permit

Anyone 17 years old and younger are exempt from this requirement. WMA Access permits can be purchased at LouisianaOutdoors.com.

Self-Clearing Permit

Elmer’s Island and Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge visitors will be required to comply with self-clearing permit guidelines beginning July 1. There are 3 methods for checking in and out of Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) administered lands. The most convenient methods are via the Self-Clearing app and Web Portal.

  • Self-Clearing Permit app via mobile device

To download the app, go to https://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/page/wmas-refuges-and-conservation-areas. The app is available on both Android and Apple platforms. This application features a conveniently organized drop-down interface for use when visiting the refuge. You can see a video demonstration below.

  • Web Portal: via computer or mobile device:

To use the web portal, go to http://wmacheckincheckout.wlf.la.gov/

If you don’t have an account, click ‘Need to Create an Account’, complete the form, and login. Once logged in, click ‘Create New Check-In.’ When leaving the refuge, don’t forget to revisit this page, click ‘Check Out’, and add any activities you engaged in during your visit.

  • Physical self-clearing permit station

A self-clearing permit station with physical paper permits will be available at the refuge.

The LDWF would like to remind all WMA, refuge, and conservation area users that WMA Access permits and self-clearing permits are required.

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