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New deer-hunting season dates for the Atchafalaya Basin

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Hunters within the Morganza floodway and the Atchafalaya Basin will have a very limited number of days during which they can kill does beginning in the fall.

Go to http://louisianasportsman.com/details.php?id=3162 to read all the details, and then come back and let us know what you think.
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Changes
It's good to see they made some changes. I know Sherburne was hit hard with high water but so was the Attakapas. I hope they made some changes on it as well.
Thanks for using my comment!
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Sherburne
Est. of 30% deer mortality north of I-10 in basin is disturbing. I only hunt Sherburne, but would not mind if they closed Sherburne completely for 2011/12 season to let the deer rebound.
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I agree
I would have liked to seen the season closed on the attakapas and Sherburne for a season or two.
If the mortality rate was 30% north of I-10, what do you think it was farther south where there is less high land? Not good!
I spoke to a few crawfisherman that saw dead deer floating in the swamp. It will take a few years to rebound for sure.
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cajunkayak
Well its a about time. They should not shoot doe's for three years and never go back to every day doe's
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deerlover
I been telling the LDWF for ten years that too many does are being shot. They need to close the doe season all together for three years especially in the Morganza area.
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ok
Looks like still a good time this fall to me.
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season
Finaly they did the right thing, but of course for the wrong reason. That flood had no affect on deer, it never does unless it occurs when the fawns are already born, which it did two years ago. Last year it didnt rain for 65 days, killing a lot of last years fawns. Two bad years in a row together with every day doe day had decimated an already dwindling herd. I guess everyone forgets about the good old days, buck a day hunting, killing a dozen bucks before Christmas, then having plenty time to duck hunt.lol Then people started hollering for bigger bucks. How did they think this would happen? Ask any biologist, cut the herd in half, get bigger bucks. So they opened up doe days and 'primitive' weapons.lol Five years ago u could see deer in the fields and roads around us, now we can hardly find a track. And we are not in a flood zone, so whats our excuse. The problem is not with LWF, they just set the seasons we demand. The sad thing is a lot of experienced people could have told them this, but they get their info these days from people that dont hunt. Personaly, i think they should have liberal seasons and limits, its up to us to recognize a problem and fix it, be it shoot more deer or less. I'm getting tired of people blaming everything on the floods. Every state that has deer has floods, they're bottomland animals, for crying out loud. They can swim for miles, and stay in water as much as land, so why is La. the only state where a late rut is caused by flooding? Its nonsense thats why. So if this were true then did it happen after they built the levees or before? If it was before the flood spred out 100 miles wide but shallow so they didnt need to leave. After the levees were built there werent any deer anyway. Until the seventies tensaw parish was wooded with very few deer, except behind the levees. Then they cleared it up for soybeans and the deer exploded. When they replanted crp and wrp 10yrs. ago the horns plummeted, no fertilized crops and grass fields are foor fare for deer yearround. Only after we got a large population of deer and we got real guns, not 32-20 or single barrel shotgunlol did we begin to kill lots of bucks, while protected does. The more the pop. got out of whack the later the rut. By the time i knew enough to recognize this, we were seeing 10 does in a herd with one or two yearlings. Then they changed from 3in. spikes to any hard horn. The first year we killed twice as many bucks, but it declined drastically every year there after. After about 5yrs. you could see 300 does a day, but we would hunt for two weeks without killing a buck, running dogs with horses. Even wily bucks cannot survive this kind of pressure. This place is now Willow Pt., or was, and within 3 yrs. after they got it you could see more bucks than does. And guess what happened, not only did the deer begin to rut earlier, they begin to make scrapes, something i never saw in hunting that island for 30yrs.
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basin
The change was definately needed. Basinboy was right, the last few years have been very bad in the basin. With minimal deer sign and activity for the last few years it was obvious the deer numbers were down. There is additional changes needed in the basin and on the Attakapas, but this is a start.
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season
solution get ride of everyone at the lwdf but enforcement there the only ones who bring in revenue . The money saved from this should be used to restock the deer heard . Another solution cut the deer limit in half who needs six deer in the freezer. just my two cents tired of my tax dollars paying salaries to people who make wreckless decisions. If you want bigger racks killing the does off isnt the solution letting them grow to six years or better . Plant summer feed plots make sure the deer are fed until the grasses come back after a hard winter . I know i have hunted morganza for nine years now . It was great before they got rid of the six points or better and implimented the doe a day . I used to c three to five deer a hunt now your lucky if you see that all year . I wish they would close doe season all together for at least two years maybe more .
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