Closure affects a portion of Northeast and Central Louisiana beginning Jan. 3
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced Tuesday the deer hunting season in a portion of northeast and central Louisiana will be closed one week beginning January 3, 30 minutes after sunset because of flooding from the Mississippi River.
The closure will be from the Arkansas state line, east of U.S. 65 to Vidalia, La., and west of the Louisiana-Mississippi border. The season will then reopen Jan. 11 30 minutes before sunrise unless further measures due to the flooding are necessary. However, land from the levee to the Mississippi River in this area will remain closed until further notice.
“This closure will give the deer a week to acclimate and adjust to their new temporary habitats,’’ Barham said. “We want to get hunters back as soon as possible but, at the same time, it’s important to let the deer get settled after being forced from their normal home ranges.’’
Parishes affected by this include East Carroll, Madison, Tensas, and Concordia.
Continued unrestricted hunting under these circumstances poses a potential risk of overharvest of the deer resource and may pose a significant risk to the hunting public because of the increased concentration of hunters in the areas where deer and other wildlife are located, according to LDWF.
Barham is acting under authority granted by emergency provisions of R.S. 49:953 of the Administrative Procedure Act and under authority of R.S. 56:115.
For more information, visit the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/
(Top Photo: Mya Gravois of Lakeland, La., was named the 2014 Female Youth Hunter of the Year in Louisiana. Photo courtesy of LDWF)