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Revised deer hunting season dates for part of Atchafalaya Basin

From Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

-- Changes to the 2011-2012 deer hunting season dates for select areas within the Atchafalaya Basin because of spring flooding remain in effect.

The declaration of emergency approved in July, was recommended by the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries based on estimates of deer mortality caused by historic flooding along the Mississippi River and subsequent opening of the Morganza Spillway ion May.

Changes remaining in effect:

Sherburne Wildlife Management Area: Archery, either-sex: since Oct. 16 to Feb. 15; all other seasons closed. Youth Lottery, either-sex, Dec. 23, 26, 28 and 30. Firearms, either-sex, Nov. 25 and 26, mandatory deer check. Firearms, bucks only, Dec. 24 to Jan. 1. Primitive Firearms, either-sex, Jan. 7 and 8.

All lands within the Morganza floodway, from the Morganza control structure, south to I-10, and from I-10 south, within the protection levees of the Atchafalaya Basin:

Archery bucks only, Either-sex: from Oct. 16 to Feb. 15; Primitive Firearms, bucks only, Jan. 23 to 29. Still hunt, either-sex, Nov. 19 to 27. Still hunt, bucks only,  Nov. 28 to Dec. 9. With or without dogs, either sex, Dec. 10 and 11; and with or without dogs, bucks only, Dec. 12 to Jan. 15.

Attakapas WMA: Primitive firearms season will now be Bucks Only: Jan. 23 to 29.

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