Deer Hunting Season Closure East of U.S. 65 from Arkansas state line to Vidalia, La., Because of Flooding

News Release

For Immediate Release
December 28, 2015

Contact: Trey Iles

Public Information

(225) 765-5115

Dec. 28, 2015 – Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham will close deer hunting season in a portion of northeast and central Louisiana because of flooding from the Mississippi River.

Beginning Sunday January 3rd at official sunset*, deer hunting season will be closed from east of U.S. 65 from the Arkansas state line to Vidalia, La. The season will resume when flooding recedes and conditions allow.

Parishes affected by this include East Carroll, Madison, Tensas and Concordia.

Continued unrestricted hunting under these circumstances poses a potential risk of overharvest of the deer resource and may pose a significant risk to the hunting public because of the increased concentration of hunters in the areas where deer and other wildlife are located.

Barham is acting under authority granted by emergency provisions of R.S. 49:953 of the Administrative Procedure Act and under authority of R.S. 56:115.


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*Date was changed from Tuesday December 29.

6 replies
  1. Cliff
    Cliff says:

    Any and all hunting. This closure provides a sanctuary for the deer who are fleeing flood waters. If hunters await, it’s suicide for the deer.

  2. Michael Suggs
    Michael Suggs says:

    Would this closure include Louisiana land or islands east of the mississippi levee? specifically Australia Island? Our company has a two week hunt there starting January 4th. thx


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