Excellent weather throughout the hunting season this year has provided favorable conditions for hunter success during the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Wildlife Division either-sex firearms deer hunts on public land.
The division schedules hunts on many state Wildlife Management Areas. This year 25,360 hunter efforts were tallied during these hunts on the 37 managed hunts that provided opportunities. Richard K. Yancey, Fort Polk, Dewey W. Wills, Sherburne and Boeuf WMAs attracted the greatest numbers of hunters with Richard K. Yancey drawing 5,128.
The total deer harvest for the 37 managed hunts was 2,651 which included 1,322 bucks and 1,329 does.
These opportunities are greatly anticipated by many hunters across the state, and out-of-state as well. It is a time when deer hunters and their families can enjoy the outdoors and have the opportunity to harvest deer of either-sex.
Wildlife Division personnel were able to collect valuable data during these hunts which help them manage each WMA’s deer herd. WMA hunter efforts were consistent with past years while having a slightly higher success rate. To view the full list of WMAs and data collected, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/deer/seasons and scroll down to the Documents section.
WMAs are distributed across the state and within a reasonable drive from any location. WMA habitats for these hunts range from upland hardwood and pine sites to bottomland hardwoods. To view a complete list of state WMAs, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma .