Twenty youth hunters were selected through a pre-season lottery application process for four deer hunts on Red River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) during the 2012-13 hunting season.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) coordinated the lottery process which provided the young hunters the option of both morning and afternoon hunts, and the opportunity to harvest one antlered and one antlerless deer per day.
During hunts scheduled in December and January, box stands were placed in strategic locations within a limited access area on the WMA located in Concordia Parish and the youth were accompanied by an adult on each hunt. A drawing was held the morning of the hunt to determine which stand each hunter would occupy.
Hunters, ranging in age from eight to 17 years old, were also treated to a chicken and sausage gumbo prepared on site by LDWF staff and sponsored by the Quality Deer Management Association – Central Louisiana.
LDWF staff gave the youth hunters a brief safety lesson prior to each hunt, transported hunters to and from stands, and assisted in locating downed deer. The Red River youth hunters enjoyed very good success, with seven of the 20 harvesting a deer. Four antlerless and three antlered deer were harvested. In addition, six hunters had the opportunity to shoot, but missed their targets. Bears and hogs were also observed from stand locations by several youth hunters.
To apply for WMA youth hunts, visit the LDWF website – www.wlf.la.gov – each August for applications that will be posted prior to the opening of the hunting season or contact a Wildlife Division field office near you. For more information, contact Tony Vidrine or Johnathan Bordelon 337-948-0255.
Image courtesy Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries