Wildlife

Main Road at Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area Closed Due to Flooding

Release Date: 01/04/2019

Jan. 4, 2019 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has closed the main road at Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area (WMA) from Millhaven exit to Ruby Road due to interior road flooding. 
 
Increasing water levels in Bayou Lafourche Canal have created backwater flooding on the road. This closure is deemed necessary to ensure safety and prevent road damage. Once the water recedes, LDWF will inspect, repair and reopen the road when deemed safe for travel.
 
Russell Sage WMA consists of 38,213 acres in Ouachita Parish and is located about seven miles east of Monroe and 10 miles west of Rayville. For more information, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2777 .

 
For more information, contact Mitch McGee at 318-343-4044 or mmcgee@wlf.la.gov .
 

Road Closures Set for Some Dewey W. Wills WMA Roads Due to Flooding

Release Date: 01/03/2019

Jan. 3, 2019 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has closed Sandy Bayou Road and Muddy Bayou Road at Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area (WMA) due to interior road flooding. 
 
In addition, the portion of Hunt Road south of the diversion canal will be closed to all traffic once the water level on Larto Lake reaches 45 mean sea level (msl), which is expected Monday (Jan. 7).  The public can monitor the Larto Lake gauge at http://rivergages.mvr.usace.army.mil/WaterControl/new/layout.cfm  by selecting the Vicksburg District and the Ouachita River Basin.
 
Increasing water levels in the Mississippi, Black and associated river systems will create backwater flooding on these roads. Road closures are implemented in the interest of public safety. Once the water recedes and conditions allow, the roads will be reopened.
 
Those using Dewey W. Wills WMA will be permitted to access these roads with ATV/UTVs.
  
Dewey W. Wills WMA is located in the southern portion of LaSalle and Catahoula parishes in central Louisiana approximately 20 miles northeast of Alexandria. For more information on the WMA, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2753 .
 
For more information, contact Cliff Dailey at 318-487-5885 or adailey@wlf.la.gov .
 
 

LDWF Announces Road and ATV Trail Closures in Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 01/03/2019

Jan. 3, 2019 – Several roads have been closed due to flooding at Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area (WMA), including Catfish Bayou Road, Blount Road, Dobbs Bay Road, Union Point Road, Lincecum Road, Blackhawk Road and Blackhawk Boat Launch.
 
In addition, several ATV trails have been closed, including Jacks Bayou Trail, Blackhawk Trail, Dobbs Bay Trail, Catfish Bayou Trail,  Twin Lakes Trail, Red Shirt Trail, Icebox Trail, Everett Lake Trail, Patton Lake Drain Trail, Chaney Lake Trail and the Catfish Bayou and Patton Lake Handicap Trails.
 
These closures are deemed necessary to ensure safety and prevent road damage. Once the water recedes, LDWF will inspect, repair and reopen those thoroughfares when deemed safe for travel. 
 
Richard K. Yancey WMA is located approximately 35 miles south of Ferriday on Louisiana Highway 15 in lower Concordia Parish.
 
For information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/36994 or contact Tony Vidrine at 337-735-8682 or tvidrine@wlf.la.gov or Steven David at 337-735-8683 or sdavid@wlf.la.gov .
 

Cas-cas Road in Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Area Closed Due to Flooding

Release Date: 01/02/2019

Jan. 2, 2019 – Cas-cas Road in Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) has been closed due to flooding, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced. Other roads in the WMA could be closed as water continues to rise.
 
These road closures are deemed necessary to ensure safety and prevent road damage. Once the water recedes, LDWF will inspect, repair and reopen those roads when deemed safe for travel. 
 
Grassy Lake WMA is located in northeastern Avoyelles Parish, approximately 12 miles from Bordelonville, Louisiana.
 
For information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2767 or contact Tony Vidrine at 337-735-8682 or tvidrine@wlf.la.gov or Steven David at 337-735-8683 or sdavid@wlf.la.gov .
 

Pearl River Wildlife Management Area Will Close When Flood Gauge Reaches 16.5 Feet

Release Date: 12/28/2018

Dec. 28, 2018 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will close the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in St. Tammany Parish to hunting when the Pearl River flood gauge reaches 16.5 feet, which is expected Sunday (Dec. 30). The closure is an automatic benchmark set by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.
 
The gate at the entrance to the WMA on Old Highway 11 will be closed and locked when the flood gauge reaches 16.5 feet. Once flood waters recede and roads are inspected and deemed safe for travel, LDWF will reopen the gate. Included in the closure is the Pearl River-Honey Island Shooting Range, located in the Pearl River WMA. 
 
The Pearl River WMA, which consists of 35,618 acres, is located approximately six miles east of Slidell and approximately one mile east of Pearl River.
 
For information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2789 or contact Jillian Day at 985-543-4777.
 

Feral Hog Management Advisory Task Force to Meet Jan. 10 in Baton Rouge

Release Date: 12/28/2018

Dec. 28, 2018 - The Louisiana Feral Hog Management Advisory Task Force will meet Jan. 10 at 9 a.m. at Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) headquarters in Baton Rouge (2000 Quail Drive) in the Joe L. Herring Room.
 
The task force was created by Louisiana House Concurrent Resolution No. 9 during the 2016 regular session of the state legislature to develop ideas and recommendations to deal with the state’s feral hog problem.
 
For more information on the task force, contact Dr. Jim LaCour, LDWF Wildlife Veterinarian, at jmlacour@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2346.
 

Camp Bayou Road at Dewey W. Wills WMA Closed Due to Flooding

Release Date: 12/27/2018

Dec. 27, 2018 – Camp Bayou Road at Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is closed to vehicular traffic due to flooding from the intermittent impoundment, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced.
 
The road may be accessed by ATV/UTV only. A parking area is located near the gate.  Once the water recedes after hunting season and road conditions allow, vehicular traffic will be permitted. 

Dewey W. Wills WMA is located in the southern portion of LaSalle and Catahoula parishes in central Louisiana approximately 20 miles northeast of Alexandria. For more information on the WMA, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2753 .
 
For more information, contact Cliff Dailey at 318-487-5885 or adailey@wlf.la.gov .
 
 

Bodcau, Woodworth, Sherburne Shooting Ranges Will Have Some Closures During Holidays

Release Date: 12/20/2018

Dec. 20, 2018 – The shooting ranges at the Woodworth Education facility and Bodcau Wildlife Management Area (WMA) will be closed Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 22-23) in observance of the Christmas holiday, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced.
 
The Sherburne WMA Skeet/Trap Range No. 2 will be closed Dec. 27-29. All other ranges on the Sherburne WMA will remain open.
 
The Woodworth shooting range is located at 661 Robinson Bridge Road in Woodworth. For more information on the Woodworth shooting range, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/shooting-range/woodworth-shooting-range or call 318-484-2212.
 
The Bodcau shooting range is located at 168 Ben Durden Road in Benton. For more information on the Bodcau shooting range, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/bodcau-wma or call 318-326-3225.
 
The Sherburne WMA shooting range is located at 1132 Sherburne Road in Lottie. For more information on the Sherburne shooting range, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/shooting-range/sherburne-shooting-range or call 337-566-2251.
 
Information on all LDWF shooting ranges can be found at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/shooting-ranges .
 

LDWF WMA Self Clearing Permit App Allows Users to Check In With Mobile Device

Release Date: 12/17/2018

LDWF WMA Self Clearing Permit App Allows Users to Check In With Mobile Device

Dec. 17, 2018 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) would like to remind wildlife management area users of the new app which is now available that allows those visiting WMAs to check in and out of WMAs via their mobile device or through an online web portal.
 
While physical WMA self-clearing permit stations are still available, this convenient mobile option allows easy compliance with the mandatory process. This application features a convenient organized drop down interface to use when visiting WMAs.
 
To see a video demonstration of how to use the app, go to https://youtu.be/D9W9xeWG6jM
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To download, users may:
 
Visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/apps  
 
It is available on both Android and Apple platforms.
 
For more information, contact Steve Smith at ssmith@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2359 or 318-487-5885 or David Hayden at dhayden@wlf.la.gov or 318-487-5885.
 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Taxidermy Exhibition Contest 2019

Introduction

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is presenting an opportunity for Louisiana taxidermists to showcase their work. The conservation of wildlife and fisheries natural resources involves many facets of engagement, including education of Louisiana’s citizens on threats that may imperil the many species we enjoy in The Sportsman’s Paradise. Lifelike displays of wildlife and fisheries species enables people to get a close-up look at animals that many may never get to experience, as not all Louisianans are active in the great outdoors. LDWF would like to display more of our natural resources at its Headquarters in Baton Rouge and at several LDWF Field Offices. We invite taxidermists across our great state to submit entries for viewing and recognition by the public coming into LDWF offices.

Taxidermy work has been present in the LDWF Headquarters Lobby since the building was established on Quail Drive in 1988. These pieces of wildlife and fisheries artwork, developed by Emile LeBlanc, Jeff Deblieux, David Sturgis, Jerry Bourg, Tommy’s Taxidermy, Bill’s Taxidermy, and Murphy’s Taxidermy, have provided that close glimpse of these fine specimens to many visitors over the years, perhaps enticing some to get their own ‘hands on’ experience with these critters.

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