The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), in conjunction with Cabela’s, held a lottery deer hunt for the Louisiana Women in the Wild-Hunting BasicsWorkshop participants on October 27-28, 2012 at the Atchafalaya Delta Wildlife Management Area.
The five ladies selected arrived on the island on Saturday, made camp, and set out to experience their first hunt. LDWF Education Section staff members served as guides for each of the participants. Three of the five hunters were successful in harvesting a deer, which had been tracked by all of the hunters. The group then gained hands-on experience field dressing the deer. Cabela’s provided the mandatory hunter’s orange caps and vests for each participant, along with flashlights to help them find their way safely to their hunting location.
Prior to the hunt, participants attended an eight-hour workshop focused on conservation, safe hunting and firearm skills, game basics, scouting/blood trailing, rifle and shotgun shooting techniques, and archery. In addition, tree stand safety, duck hunting, and game cleaning demonstrations were provided.
During the 2012-13 hunting season, other workshop participants will participate in additional deer or duck hunts that will be conducted on Tensas National Wildlife Refuge and Pass-a-Loutre WMA. The goals of the program are to develop new hunters by providing women with limited hunting experience the basic skills and confidence they need to venture afield and become active hunters with their families and friends.
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb, or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
Image courtesy Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries