Louisiana Deer News

Louisiana makes changes to hunting seasons, increases limits on small game April 4, 2014 BuckShank
... The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) approved the 2014-16 hunting season dates and the 2014-15 General and Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) rules and regulations at their April 3 meeting.... To view the full notices of intent and all proposed and approved hunting season dates and regulations changes for the upcoming hunting seasons, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.

Panel backs nighttime hunting of wild hogs March 27, 2014 Louisiana, The Advocate 
... Organized hunters oppose House Bill 353, fearing that it would put stress on deer ... “The deer just graze a little bit on the tops but they don’t do anywhere near the damage [as the wild hogs],” ...

Louisiana deer harvest up 10 percent over last season March 21, 2014 Louisiana, The Times-Picayune 
... The lack of acorns and other mast on the ground forced the deer to be less careful about where they found their food, and the cold weather ensured they had to eat more often.  "A lot of people who were hunting (food plots) did good because that's where the deer were going," ...  data ... is still raw ...

... A federal grand jury has indicted a Louisiana business and three associates on charges alleging they conspired to import white-tailed deer from other states into wildlife enclosures in Pearl River and Lamar counties for the breeding and killing of trophy bucks...

Was the 2013 deer season one of the best ever? February 11, 2014 Louisiana, Louisiana Sportsman
...  the Louisiana annual deer harvest has been on the decline for the past few years and the reported kill last year was low enough to make LDWF change the deer hunting areas ... Coyotes, hogs, hurricane damage, the drought of 2010 and 2011, low hunter reporting of harvested deer, along with commercial forestry activities have been suggested as possible reasons for this decline. ...

Sulphur man arrested, charged with deer hunting violations January 31, 2014 Louisiana, KPLC-TV 
... After equipping two of the minors with rifles, Clark ordered them to open the vehicle doors and fire at a deer.  The two minors shot the deer multiple times and killed it. Clark and the three minors then fled the scene when a vehicle approached from behind...

... state biologists are concerned that the lingering effects of Hurricane Isaac's high water in 2012 severely impacted deer herds throughout the southeastern parishes... Hunters who cannot attend ... meetings can make their comments to LDWF Wildlife Division manager Steve Smith. His mailing address is Steve Smith, LDWF Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000. Or you can send an email to: ssmith(at)wlf.la.gov.

...  state biologists are concerned that the lingering effects of Hurricane Isaac's high water in 2012 severely impacted deer herds throughout the southeastern parishes... make their comments to LDWF Wildlife Division manager Steve Smith ,,, send an email to: ssmith@wlf.la.gov.  He will accept public comment until 4:30 p.m. April 3...

Pick up your trash before you leave the woods January 20, 2014 Louisiana, Monroe News Star 
... With deer season winding down and hunters removing feeders and stands in the coming weeks, let me encourage you to do one more thing. It is almost embarrassing to see the amount of deer corn bags and bran sacks that litter our highways...

Few changes in store for hunting seasons January 12, 2014 Louisiana, The Advocate 
... establishing three new areas, new bucks-only and either-sex hunting dates for deer last February — a move that broke a 10-year string of consistent deer dates and areas ... “There were no major modifications to dates nor areas,” Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologist Tommy Tuma said ...

New deer areas sparked controversy in hunting camps January 7, 2014 Louisiana, The Republic 
... The southeastern and south-central parishes were remapped for deer hunting after state biologists studied the effects of Hurricane Isaac in 2012.... The move also brought back bucks-only seasons and reduced either-sex hunting dates. Biologists determined prolonged high water caused by Isaac was responsible for 90 percent fawn mortality...

WMAs either-sex deer hunts yield 2,651 January 1, 2013 Louisiana,  postsouth.com
... either-sex firearms deer hunts on many of the state Wildlife Management Areas... The total deer harvest for the 37 managed hunts was 2,651, which included 1,322 bucks and 1,329 does.

Man sentenced after setting snares for deer December 16, 2013 Louisiana, NOLA Local News
... will have to pay a $1,000 fine plus $122.50 in court costs. His hunting privileges were also revoked for two years...

LDWF Agents Cite Three Men For Deer Hunting Violations December 12, 2013 LDFW News
... for taking deer during illegal hours, hunting from a moving vehicle, hunting from a public road, possession of illegally taken deer, intentional litter, discharging a firearm from a public road and taking over the limit of deer.  Walker was also cited for intentional concealment or deposit of wildlife.  Agents received a complaint from a confidential source that the men had illegally killed two deer during illegal hours on Dec. 9... 

Want bigger bucks? Let them grow up December 10, 2013 Louisiana, Monroe News Star
... young bucks on fertile soils with small antlers because they were born late catch up later and can develop impressive racks with age. Unless there’s a problem, antlers usually grow larger each year up to 5 ½ or 6 ½ for any wary old bucks ... So here’s what your club can do if your club wants better antlered bucks: Don’t shoot them when they’re young ...

Mississippi River rut near peak December 8, 2013 Louisiana, The Advocate
...  The rut is a time when a doe comes into estrus and the scent a doe leaves throughout the woods, fields and swamps sends bucks into chase mode...  we should be in full swing by the middle to the end of the week. Usually the peak of the rut comes around Christmas ...

Armes speaks out regarding dog-deer hunting ban December 8, 2013 Louisiana, beauregarddailynews.net
... State Rep. James Armes wants hunters across the state to know the fight isn't over concerning the ban of dog-deer hunting on Kisatchie National Forest land. "Even if we have to fight it all the way to Washington ...

LDWF Agents Cite Four Men For Deer Hunting Violations Decmeber 6, 2013 Lousiana, Louisiana.gov
     Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited four Louisiana men for alleged deer hunting violations on Nov. 30 in Bienville Parish...  Agents received a night hunting complaint in the area of Liberty Hill Hunting Club near Cox's Crossing in Bienville Parish. On Nov. 30, agents stopped a vehicle that met the description from the complaint.Agents found the four men inside of the vehicle with three rifles, spotlight, flashlight and a freshly killed deer loaded into the bed of the truck.  Agents learned that Caskey had taken the deer after legal shooting hours from the truck and had not tagged the deer.  Hunting deer during illegal hours with an artificial light brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Possession of an illegally taken deer carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail....

Ban on dog-deer hunting puts damper on family tradition December 4, 2013 Louisiana, The Daily Advertiser 
... Kisatchie National Forest — the only public land in Louisiana that allowed dog-deer hunting ...  dog-deer hunters will now face paying for a private hunting lease if they want to continue hunting with dogs... According to court records, ... “some still deer hunters complained that dog-deer hunting is unsportsmanlike.” ...

District court rules against dog-deer hunting on KNF December 2, 2013 Louisiana, Leesville Daily Leader
... in a case concerning dog-deer hunting on Kisatchie National Forest land, with the decision upholding the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) decision to ban dog-deer hunting on KNF land...

White-tailed deer seminar scheduled for July 31 at LSU November 30, 2013 Louisiana, louisianasportsman.com 
... you might want to make plans to attend the free White-Tailed Deer Summer Seminar on July 31 at LSU...  at the 4-H Mini-Farm Facility on AgCenter Drive off of Highland Road near the south gates of LSU. Registration begins at 6 p.m., but attendees are encouraged to call Tammy Bosch at 225-291-7500 to reserve a seat...


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Louisiana Data: State wildlife officials estimate 500,000 to 750,000 deer in the state in 2011, drought and high temperatures reduced the herd that year and 2010. Coyotes and hogs have also reduced the herd.  Populations in the southeast were severely impacted by high water from Hurricane Isaac in 2012 with 90 percent fawn mortality in some areas.   Rain and a good acorn crop in 2013, but the population has been on the decline since about 2007, falling by about 20 percent. Hunting Statistics  LDFW has changed some deer hunting regulations to support herd growth.  Although the harvest was up in 2014, the increase may be attributable to a poor mast crop (acorns and other) that forced the deer out into the open more.

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Deer Management Objectives:
Each WMA (Wildlife Management Area in the state) has a federal-aid management plan developed by Region biologists and deer are important features of most of these plans. Managed deer hunts are held each year to allow the harvest of surplus deer and prevent habitat damage resulting from overbrowsing. Biological data collected from harvested deer provide a basis for assessment of population health. Seasons are generally shorter on public lands than on private lands because WMAs receive higher hunter use over a shorter period of time than private lands. The Forestry Section of the Wildlife Division has developed a forest management plan for each WMA to insure proper management of the forested habitat. These plans in combination with deer browse surveys are used to assess current and predict future deer habitat conditions.