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Some parts of Atchafalaya Basin deer season dates revised

From the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

-- Changes to 2011-2012 deer hunting season dates for select areas within the Atchafalaya Basin because of spring flooding were revised July 7 by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.

The emergency action, which revises dates previously adopted, was recommended by the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries based on estimates of deer mortality caused by historic flooding along the Mississippi River and the subsequent opening of the Morganza Spillway May 14.

The deer hunting season revisions become effective Aug. 1:

Sherburne Wildlife Management Area:  

Archery, bucks only: Oct. 1-15
Archery, either-sex: Oct. 16 - Feb. 15
Youth & Physically Challenged, either-sex: Oct. 29-30;
ALL OTHER SEASONS CLOSED. Self-clearing permits.
Youth Lottery, either-sex: Oct. 29-30 and Dec. 23, 26, 28 & 30.
Firearms, either-sex: Nov. 25-26, mandatory deer check.
Firearms, bucks only: Dec. 24 - Jan. 1
Primitive Firearms, either-sex: Jan. 7-8
 
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- Oct. 1-15, Either-sex- Oct. 16 - Feb. 15
Primitive Firearms, Bucks Only- Jan. 23-29
Still Hunt, Either-sex- Nov. 19-27
Still Hunt, Bucks Only- Nov. 28 - Dec. 9
With or Without Dogs, Either-Sex-Dec. 10 -11
With or Without Dogs, Bucks Only-Dec. 10 - Jan. 15

There are no changes in the Attakapas WMA deer season dates previously approved.

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