WMA’s closed; turkey hunts halted

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This may not be the last of these announcements, folks:  The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has closed several wildlife management areas (WMAs) to all activities due to flooding, including Bayou Pierre, Big Lake, Boeuf, Loggy Bayou, and Russell Sage Wildlife Management Areas.

This closure includes the upcoming turkey hunting seasons on Boeuf, Big Lake, Grassy Lake and Loggy Bayou WMAs.

Screen Shot 2016-03-18 at 8.36.46 PMIncreasing water levels in associated river systems due to recent heavy rainfall has caused extensive backwater flooding on these wildlife management areas. These areas are almost completely inaccessible by vehicle and hazardous conditions exist due to high water. Once the water recedes, the areas will be assessed for reopening.

Big Lake WMA is located in Franklin, Madison and Tensas parishes and is approximately 12 miles east of Gilbert, north of La. Hwy. 4. Boeuf WMA is located in Caldwell and Catahoula parishes, north and south of La. Hwy. 4 approximately 10 miles southeast of Columbia.

Russell Sage WMA is located in Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, and Caldwell Parishes, approximately seven miles east of Monroe and ten miles west of Rayville. Bayou Pierre WMA is located in northwest Red River and east-central Desoto Parishes, 20 miles south of Shreveport. Loggy Bayou WMA is located in Bossier Parish approximately 20 miles southeast of Bossier City.