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  • #544
    admin
    admin
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    Do you favor “Limited Access to WMA’s?”
    Do you favor “Limited Shooting Hours on WMA’s?”
    What changes would you like to see when it comes to WMA’s in Louisiana?

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    chazwill
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    Every WMA is different. I’m in favor of providing more refuge areas within WMAs as a method of keeping ducks in an area. At Boeuf WMA in northeast Louisiana, hunting has declined since the refuge area was opened to hunting. With the intense pressure we put on ducks there, with ATV trails going into every nook and cranny, and with boat ramps on every lake and bayou, we need so have a place where the ducks can escape the pressure, else they will leave for more hospitable areas.

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    Jay Huner
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    Ducks Unlimited Magazine Provides Positive Feedback about Rest Areas on Arkansas WMAs!

    March-April 2016 Page 43 – Sidebar to article by Scott C. Yaich

    Waterfowl Rest Area Improves Public Hunting – The Halowell Reservoir project in Arkansas is a prime example ot how waterfowl rest areas can improve the quality of duck hunting on surrounding public land. This 600-acre reservoir had long been an open-water refuge (closed to waterfowl hunting) on the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s (AGFC) 34,000 acre Bayou Meto Wildlife Management Area (WMA), a vast tract of flooded bottomland hardwoods that is among the most popular public waterfowl hunting areas in the nation. In 1995, the AGFC approached DU about improving waterfowl habitat quality on the reservoir. the two partners subsequently worked together to develop three highly productive moist-soil management units. The area was further subdivided into five units in 2006, and it now provides much improved habitat for waterfowl.

    The AGFC’s sole intent for enhancing waterfowl habitat on Halowell Reservoir was to improve public hunting opportunities on Bayou Meto and surrounding areas. Although the reservoir itself is closed to hunting, it now provides vital habitat for tens of thousands of ducks that trade back and forth between the rest area and the WMA’s flooded bottomland hardwoods. This has greatly improved the quality of duck hunting on up to 14,000 acres of public land visited by thousands of waterfowl each season.

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