Floods. Most of deer-hunting closure to last just one week, the LDWF says December 29, 2015 Louisiana,

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  Most of deer-hunting closure to last just one week, the LDWF says December 29, 2015 Louisiana, Louisiana Sportsman
...  the week-long closure would provide protection for deer as the animals moved from inside the levees to adjacent land outside the batture... LDWF officials have said the closure was to prevent over-harvest of deer crossing the levees as the Mississippi River spilled out of its banks to flood the batture ...

... Deer hunting season in areas of northeast and central Louisiana near the Mississippi River resumes Saturday ...

Department proposes hunting regulation changes for 2016 January 8, 2016 Louisiana, The Times-Picayune 
...  the department would like to create a new deer-hunting zone contained within the levees of the Atchafalaya Basin...  having it as a unique zone would allow for more seamless closures during years like this one when rising waters force deer to herd up on high ground...

...  if the Morganza Spillway is opened to divert flood water from the swollen Mississippi River ... land in and around the Bonnet Carre Spillway also would close to deer hunting ...

Possible deer hunting closure due to high water in Basin January 6, 2016 Louisiana, Fox 8 WVUE-TV 
...  would close deer hunting in portions of Iberia, Iberville, St. Martin and St. Mary parishes ...

... because of the rising Mississippi River  ... “What you’re dealing with is a lot of big-money clubs, and they don’t want people running around shooting ‘their’ deer ... When (deer) leave their property and get on the other side of the levee, they don't want ‘their’ deer being shot.” ...

LDWF closes deer hunting in northeast December 28, 2015 Louisiana, Shreveport Time
... in a portion of northeast and central Louisiana because of flooding from the Mississippi River...



Most of deer-hunting closure to last just one week, the LDWF says January 1, 2016 Louisiana, Louisiana Sportsman
... will only last a week, with the exception of batture land that will remain closed until further notice ... would provide protection for deer as the animals moved from inside the levees to adjacent land outside the batture...

...  the deer's normal habitat is being displaced and which forces them to cross the levee and take refuge.  "The deer become more vulnerable ... potential over-harvest...

... "Even if the affected animals are fortunate to survive the initial flooding, all the vegetation they will need to survive is now underwater and destroyed," ... "If a deer sees a vehicle within 400 or 500 yards, it turns around and goes back to the water," ...

... When the Mississippi River gets as high as it has in recent weeks, white-tailed deer get forced out of the woods along the batture, and group up in large herds on any ridges they can find. When that occurs, they can become sitting ducks for poachers...


Parts of Area 9 in Atchafalaya Basin to reopen for deer hunters Saturday January 29, 2016 Louisiana, Louisiana Sportsman
... Deer season will reopen in parts of Deer Area 9 in the Atchafalaya Basin on Saturday (Jan. 30) when the Atchafalaya River gauge at Butte La Rose falls below 18 feet ...

... Deer in areas around Baton Rouge and in the Atchafalaya Basin ,,, breed much later in the rutting season than others... Long-retired Wildlife and Fisheries’ biologists reasoned years ago the deer along the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers adopted this timetable so their young-of-the-year would be born after the threats of spring floods from these two giant rivers...

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