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Over 2,000 Deer Taken on Louisiana W.M.A. Managed Hunts

From Louisiana Department of Wildlife Fisheries

-- Deer hunters have harvested over 2,000 deer on either-sex managed deer hunts on state owned Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) through Dec. 3.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife Fisheries (LDWF) has reported that a total of 21,224 hunter efforts were recorded on these managed hunts. Those efforts resulted in 2,298 deer being taken for an average of about one deer being taken for every nine hunter efforts.

"WMA managed hunts have been excellent across the state so far this year with several great deer harvested," said LDWF's Deer Study Leader Scott Durham. "Efforts per deer harvested have been in the four to five range on many daily hunts and this kind of success rate is good on any tract of land - public or private."

Last year LDWF collected harvest data on over 3,000 deer taken during the managed hunts on about 800,000 acres, and this is the primary method used by LDWF deer managers to monitor herd health conditions.

Durham points out that hunter turn out on the Sherburne WMA managed hunt this year may have been lower than usual due to the closure of Interstate 10, which created slow travel on Highway 190.

"Deer hunting on WMAs is one of the ways for families to spend vacations and holidays together by hunting and putting up their annual venison supply. These managed hunts are big tradition across the state," said Durham. "This low-cost hunting opportunity is important for many Louisianans."

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