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Special 9-day season for deer hunts with dogs

From Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

-- A special 9-day period, Dec. 17 through 25, has been approved by the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission to allow for deer hunting with dogs in the Kisatchie National Forest.

The dates approved pertain to the Catahoula, Winn and Kisatchie Ranger Districts and the Evangeline Unit of the Calcasieu Ranger District.

Commission action, taken as a declaration of emergency, was necessary since the 2011-12 deer hunting dates recommended by the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries were finalized following the public comment from February through May. Deer hunting with dog dates had not been part of the proposed 2011-12 deer hunting.

US Forest Service officials reversed the regional decision to discontinue deer hunting with dogs and presented that information to the Commission Aug. 4. "Because the federal ban on deer hunting with dogs on Kisatchie has been reversed, the Commission felt the issue should be reconsidered in fairness to hunters who hunt deer with dogs," said Stephen Sagrera, LWFC chairman.

When deer hunting with dogs on KNF proceeds, the permitting process will again be required for all hunters during the Dec. 17 -- 25 portion of the deer season on KNF.

For more information, contact Bo Boehringer at (225)765-5115 or by email: bboehringer@wlf.la.gov.

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