Wildlife

Pearl River WMA

Information
Owned: 
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Acreage: 
35,032 Acres
Contact
Phone: 
(985) 543-4777

Pearl River Wildlife Management Area is located approximately six miles east of Slidell and approximately one mile east of the town of Pearl River. Access is available by vehicle from Old Highway 11 and by boat. Several ramps are located along US Highway 90, concrete ramps have been constructed at Davis and Crawford Landings, and a commercial ramp is located at Old Indian Village. The ramps along US Highway 90 and those at Davis and Crawford Landings have ample parking space.
 
Pearl River totals 35,618 acres and is owned by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The terrain is flat, drainage is poor, and the area is subject to annual flooding. The forest cover varies from an all age hardwood stand in the northern 45 percent, to cypress tupelo in the next 35 percent, and an intermediate type marsh in the southern 20 percent. The mixed hardwoods are made up of water oak, nuttall oak, cow oak, obtusa oak, overcup oak, live oak, bitter pecan, hickory, beech, magnolia, sweetgum, and elm. The overstory varies from moderately open to closed.

There are numerous streams and bayous on the area which provide fishing, canoeing, boating, crawfishing, and waterfowl hunting opportunities. These are generally accessed from the boat ramps previously mentioned. Several ponds are located on the northern end of the area along I-59.
Game species hunted include white-tailed deer, squirrels, rabbits, waterfowl, snipe, and woodcock. Trapping is allowed for furbearers, including beaver, nutria, mink, muskrat, opossum, raccoon, coyote, and bobcat.  An alligator season is available on a bid or lottery contract basis.

The bald eagle occurs along the streams and lakes in the fall and winter and the golden eagle can be seen occasionally. Swallowtail kites and ospreys are frequently seen.
 
Camping is available only at the Crawford Landing. A rifle range is located on the area and is available for public use at specified times (visit www.honeyisland.org or call 985-643-3938 for additional shooting range information). When the river gauge at Pearl River, LA, reaches 16.5 feet, Old Highway 11 and all hunting, except waterfowl, will be closed.  To monitor water levels, visit the National Weather Service link at http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=lix&gage=perl1.
 
Additional information may be obtained from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 42371 Phyllis Ann Drive, Hammond, LA, 70403, 985-543-4777.

Pomme de Terre WMA

Information
Owned: 
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Acreage: 
6,434 Acres
Contact
Phone: 
(337) 948-0255

Pomme de Terre Wildlife Management Area is located off Louisiana Highway 451, six miles east of Moreauville in East Central Avoyelles Parish. Louisiana Highway 451 connects to Louisiana Highway 1 at Moreauville or Hamburg. Vehicular access is by gravel road at the southwest corner. Interior access by water is limited, however approximately 8 miles of ATV trails provides access to the majority of the area.
Pomme de Terre is 6,434 acres in size. The initial tract was purchased by the Department in November 1975. An additional 1372 acres was purchased in 1985, along with other acquisitions, including 180 acres in 1988.
The area is low and flat. Accumulated rainwater is collected in Sutton Lake and released by a water control structure. There are several low ridges running mainly east and west.
The overstory consists mostly of hackberry, locust, elm, ash, maple, and sweetgum; nuttall oaks and overcup oaks are scattered. Willow is dominant in the low lying areas, with cypress occurring toward the ridges. There are some boxelder and sycamore.
The understory consists of haws, deciduous holly, dogwood, elderberry and saplings of the overstory. Some of the other plants are poison ivy, peppervine, greenbrier, and blackberry. Open water and marshy areas, which comprise about 60 percent of the total area, contain water hyacinth, duckweed, lotus, cutgrass, frog?s-bit and buttonbush.
Game species hunted are good populations of deer, wild turkey, squirrels and rabbits, with adequate seasonal populations of waterfowl. Trapping for furbearers is allowed by permit only.
Sport fishing on the area is poor. Commercial fishing is allowed by permit. One improved ramp for boat launching exists.
One primitive camping area is presently available.
Further information can be obtained from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 5652 Hwy 182, Opelousas, LA 70570. Phone 337-948-0255.

Pass A Loutre WMA

Information
Owned: 
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Contact
Phone: 
504-284-5267

Pass-a-Loutre Wildlife Management Area is located in southern Plaquemines Parish at the mouth of the Mississippi River, approximately 10 miles south of Venice, and is accessible only by boat. The nearest public launches are in Venice. This area is owned by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and encompasses some 115,000 acres.
The area is characterized by river channels with attendant channel banks, natural bayous, and man-made canals which are interspersed with intermediate and fresh marshes. Hurricane damage and subsidence have contributed to a major demise of vegetated marsh areas resulting in formation of large ponds. Habitat development is primarily directed toward diverting sediment-laden waters into open bay systems (i.e., creating delta crevasses), which promotes delta growth.
Waterfowl and other migratory game bird hunting, rabbit hunting, and archery hunting for deer are permitted on Pass-a-Loutre.
A trapping program is conducted annually to control surplus furbearing animals and alligators.
There is excellent fishing in the freshwater areas as well as the more saline waters. Fish species present are typical inland saltwater varieties near the gulf and along river channels. Freshwater species including bass, bream, catfish, crappie, warmouth, drum, and garfish can be caught in the interior marsh ponds. Salt water species include redfish, speckled trout and flounder.
Other forms of recreation available include boating, picnicking, nature study, crabbing, and camping. There are 5 designated tent-camping areas on the area and 3 areas which have been designated to allow the mooring of recreational houseboats. Prior to mooring; however, houseboats must receive a permit from the Department. More information can be obtained by calling 337-373-0032.

Ouachita WMA

Information
Owned: 
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Acreage: 
10,989 Acres
Contact
Phone: 
(318) 343-4044

Ouachita Wildlife Management Area, 10,989 acres in size, is located in southeast Ouachita Parish, approximately six miles southeast of Monroe. It is bordered on the north by the Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area and on the east by Bayou LaFourche. Louisiana Highway 15 crosses the northern portion of the management area.
The original purchase of 3,124 acres of bottomland hardwood habitat was consummated in 1975. A large addition was made in 1984 when 5,621 acres of agricultural land was purchased. An additional 896 acres was added in 2002. Ouachita lies within the Bayou LaFourche flood plain and is subject to annual winter and spring flooding. Elevation of the area ranges from 55 to 62 feet mean sea level.
The forest canopy contains a mixture of bottomland hardwoods that are grouped into two major timber types: oak-elm-ash and overcup oak-bitter pecan (water hickory). Minor acreages of cypress-tupelo gum and pure black willow are also present. Individual species of trees present include Nuttall oak, honey locust, rock elm, sweetgum, hackberry, willow oak, and delta post oak. Common understory species are swamp privet, rattan, poison ivy, deciduous holly, grape, palmetto, trumpet creeper, persimmon, and hawthorn.
Department personnel planted almost 4,000 acres of hardwood seedlings in an attempt to restore the property to its former condition prior to being cleared for farming in the 1960?s. A series of waterfowl management impoundments totaling approximately 1,700 acres were constructed in cooperation with Ducks Unlimited. Levees were upgraded on another 455 acres of impoundments in 2001 utilizing Ducks Unlimited funds. The waterfowl impoundments are heavily utilized by waterfowl as well as numerous non-game birds. An observation tower has been constructed which provides for public viewing of waterfowl.
Game species available for hunting 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. The river otter is present, but trapping for this species is not allowed.
Three reservoirs, 180 acres, 18 acres and 10 acres, are located on the reclaimed agricultural tract. Fishing opportunity exists for largemouth bass, bluegill, and crappie. Waterfowl impoundments are managed in a manner, which provides an excellent water regime for crawfish production.
One camping area, eight acres in size, is located on the WMA. Camping is primitive in nature except a source of drinking water is provided.
Additional information may be obtained from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 368 CenturyTel Drive, Monroe, Louisiana 71203. Phone (318) 343-4044.

Russell Sage WMA

Information
Owned: 
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Acreage: 
16,835 Acres
Contact
Phone: 
(318) 343-4044

Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area is located in Morehouse, Ouachita and Richland Parishes, approximately seven miles east of Monroe and ten miles west of Rayville. Access is provided by U.S. Highway 80 and Interstate 20, which bisect the area. Interior, all-weather roads are maintained by the department.
Russell Sage includes 16,993 acres owned by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Located within the Bayou LaFourche flood plain, this WMA is flat and poorly drained. Elevations range from 58 feet to 63 feet above mean sea level. Numerous sloughs and shallow bayous meander throughout and backwater flooding occurs annually.
In August 2011, an additional 4,955 acres was added to Russell Sage based on a lease agreement signed with International Paper, bringing the total WMA acreage to 21,948.
The newly leased acreage, north of the existing WMA land owned by LDWF, includes prime waterfowl habitat known locally as Wham Brake.
There are two major timber types on the WMA. The predominant type is overcup oak-bitter pecan (water hickory) and the other is oak-elm-ash. Much smaller acreage of other types is also present, including willow-cypress-ash and oak-gum. Timber overstory species include Nuttall oak, hackberry, overcup oak, bitter pecan, bald cypress, rock elm, green ash, honey locust, red maple, tupelo gum, and American elm. Cottonwood, water oak, and other higher ground species are located on canal spoil banks throughout the management area.
Understory species present include deciduous holly, roughleaf dogwood, dewberry, peppervine, greenbrier, poison ivy, rattan, swamp privet, persimmon, buttonbush, climbing dogbane, and palmetto.
There are two greentree waterfowl impoundments on Russell Sage totaling 2,400 acres. Excellent hunting is provided for mallards and wood ducks along with several other species. Wading birds and other non-game species utilize the impoundments.
Hunting is available for deer, squirrel, rabbit, and woodcock. Russell Sage is a consistent producer of quality deer. Squirrel hunting is particularly popular on the WMA and hunters experience good success.
Trapping is permitted for raccoon, beaver, coyote, nutria, mink, bobcat, fox, and opossum. The river otter and American alligator are present, but taking of these species is not allowed.
A primitive camping area is provided north of U.S. Highway 80.
Additional information may be obtained from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 368 CenturyLink Drive, Monroe, Louisiana 71203. Phone (318) 343-4044.
 

Old River Control

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Owned: 
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Acreage: 
2,699 Acres

Sabine Island WMA

Information
Owned: 
State of Louisiana and Calcasieu Parish Schools
Acreage: 
8,743 Acres
Contact
Phone: 
(337) 491-2576

Sabine Island Wildlife Management Area is located in west-central Calcasieu Parish between Vinton and Starks. Access to the area can be attained by taking Louisiana Highway 109 north from Vinton or south from Starks and then taking the Nibblets Bluff Park road west from Louisiana Highway 109. The area is completely surrounded by water and access to the area can only be gained by boat.
Sabine Island is 8,743 acres in size and ownership is divided between the State Land Office and the Calcasieu Parish School Board.
The area varies from low terrain subject to annual flooding for prolonged periods to winding ridges laced throughout the area. Access within is made possible by numerous bayous and sloughs. Sabine River forms the southern and western boundary; Old River and Big Bayou border the east and north.
The forest cover is composed of two major timber types, cypress-tupelo comprising approximately 85 percent with the remainder classed as pine hardwood. In the pine hardwood portions, white oaks, willow oak and sweetgum are found mixed with loblolly pine.
The major understory species found are smilax, rattan, arrowwood, Japanese honeysuckle, blackberries, dewberries and reproduction of the major hardwood species.
Annual prolonged flooding makes it impossible to have food plots. Due to the timber type composition burning can not be employed to help manipulate the habitat for wildlife.
Game species hunted are squirrel, rabbit, deer, woodcock and waterfowl. Trapping for furbearers is allowed. Major furbearing species are raccoon, opossum, mink, bobcat and nutria.
The area offers excellent fishing, both sport and commercial, year-round.
Due to its location and abundant waterways, much recreation is derived from water skiing and boating.
Self-clearing permits are required to access Sabine Island. Additional information and maps may be obtained from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 1213 North Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, Louisiana, 70601. Phone (337) 491-2575.

National Red Dirt WMA Preserve

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Owned: 
Kisatchie National Forest
Acreage: 
38,000 Acres

Sabine WMA

Information
Owned: 
Forest Capital Patners, LLC, etal
Acreage: 
7,554 Acres
Contact
Phone: 
(318) 371-3050
Map: 

Sabine Wildlife Management Area is located in central Sabine Parish approximately five miles south of Zwolle. Louisiana Highway 6 and U. S. Highway 171 are the major roads providing access to Sabine. This area is approximately 7554 acres and is owned by one major timber company (Forest Capital Partners, LLC).Some smaller tracts are provided by other timber companies and private individuals.
The terrain varies from rolling hills to creek bottoms. The major timber type is loblolly pine plantations. Overstory species include these pines along with red oak, post oak, white oak, hickory and sweetgum. Understory species include yaupon, French mulberry, hawthorn, sassafras, black cherry, wax myrtle, huckleberry and dogwood.
The creek bottoms have an overstory comprised of beech, willow oak, water oak, red maple, black gum, magnolia, southern red oak and sweetgum. Understory species include ironwood, dogwood, wild azalea, deciduous holly and overstory regeneration.
Game species available for hunting are deer, squirrels, rabbits, waterfowl, quail, doves, and woodcock. Turkey hunting is available by lottery only. Trapping is allowed and species available are mink, raccoon, opossum, skunk, fox, beaver and coyote.
There is a primitive camping area located in the northwest portion of the area.
Additional information may be obtained from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 1995 Shreveport Highway, Pineville, LA 71360. Phone (318) 487-5885.

National Catahoula Wildlife Management Preserve

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Owned: 
Kisatchie National Forest
Acreage: 
36,000 Acres
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