The Ouachita Wildlife Management Area has expanded to 13,931 acres through a lease arrangement the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) now has in place with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission officially adopted the acreage as part of the WMA at their December meeting.
The 2,954-acre Kennedy Tract extends the southern boundary of the WMA to Bosco Lane with the eastern boundary of the new area following Bayou Lafourche. LDWF Wildlife Division staff will be posting perimeter signs through mid January, but the property is currently available for public hunting during hunting seasons that are currently open.
LDWF will not have a parking area in place for the Kennedy Tract until the 2014-15 hunting season and access to the new tract will be limited to boat access via Bayou Lafourche until that time.
For a map outlining the boundaries of the Kennedy Tract, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma and scroll down to Ouachita WMA.
The entire WMA lies within the Bayou LaFourche flood plain. Game species available for hunting during their respective seasons include deer, squirrel, rabbit, snipe, dove and waterfowl. Among the ducks wintering on the area are blue-winged teal, green-winged teal, mallard, shoveler, pintail and wood ducks. Trapping is permitted with available furbearers including raccoon, mink, nutria, muskrat, opossum, beaver, coyote, and bobcat.
For more information, contact the Wildlife Division’s Monroe field office at 318-343-4044.