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                   Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping
                    Regulations for 2009 – 2010
             National Red Dirt Wildlife Management Preserve
                                                GENERAL
These regulations are necessary for the proper management of the wildlife resources on the National
Red Dirt Wildlife Management Preserve located on the Kisatchie Ranger District, Kisatchie National
Forest.
A Non-Motorized hunting area exists in this Preserve. No motorized vehicles are allowed inside this
area. Walk-ins, bicycles, and horses are permissible. Check the reverse-side map for this area’s location
and look for signs along the roads.
Kisatchie Hills Wilderness exists in this Preserve. No motorized or mechanical means of transportation,
including bicycles, are allowed inside this area. Walk-ins and horses are permissible. Check the reverse
side map for this area’s location and look for signs along the roads and trails.
The Forest Supervisor can close this Preserve to the public during emergency situations.
                                                PERMITS
Hunting, fishing, and trapping are permitted in the Preserve in accordance with federal and state
regulations. Each person hunting, fishing, or trapping in the Preserve must have in his or her possession
this Season Permit, in addition to the required state licenses. Hunters that are not required to possess a
Louisiana hunting/fishing license must possess proof of such exception.
Each person, including bowhunters, desiring to engage in any deer hunt during the gun season in the
Preserve must first obtain a Weekend Deer Hunting Permit from the Forest Service check station. The
permit will be good for the entire weekend. Hunters must check out when finished hunting for the
weekend.
All permits are free. Season Hunting, Fishing and Trapping Permits (this permit) as well as Raccoon
Hunting Permits, are available at the Kisatchie Ranger District Office and the Forest Supervisor’s Office
(addresses listed in the panel at far right). Weekend Deer Hunting Permits will be available at the Forest
Service check station.
                               HUNTING SEASONS and BAG LIMITS
Coyotes and Unmarked Hogs
May be taken by properly licensed hunters during any of the hunting seasons listed below. The
appropriate legal weapon and ammunition for that season must be used. Dogs cannot be used. No bag
limit.
Deer
Please see L.D.W.F. Hunting Regulations for definition of legal firearms for deer hunting. Appropriate
state licenses are required. It is mandatory to take all deer killed in the Preserve during gun season to the
check station. Deer can be field dressed. Bag limit for deer: 1 per day, 6 per season (3 antlered bucks, 3
antlerless deer). L.D.W.F. Deer Harvest Report Card tag use is mandatory for all hunters, including
youth. All trapping, fishing, and small game hunting seasons are closed during the deer gun hunts listed
below.
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October 17-18, 2009. YOUTH HUNT — Either sex and still hunt only. Season Permit and Weekend
Permit required. Only youths between the ages of 8 - 17 years may hunt. Youths must possess their own
L.D.W.F. Deer Harvest Report Card tags and a Hunter Safety Certificate or proof of successful
completion of the Hunter Safety Course. Each youth must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age
or older, and the adult may not possess a firearm while accompanying the youth. If the accompanying
adult has a Hunter Safety Certification, valid hunting license, or proof of successful completion of a
hunter safety course, the requirement for the youth to have a Hunter Safety Certificate is waived;
however, the youth must have a proof-of-age document. The youth may possess only 1 firearm while
hunting. The supervising adult must maintain visual and voice contact with the youth at all times. An
adult may supervise only 1 youth while hunting. Legal firearms are the same as described for deer
hunting. The supervising adult may bowhunt provided he/she displays 400 sq. in. of hunter orange plus a
hunter orange cap and is properly licensed. Check station will be open Oct. 16 (2PM-7PM, for issuing
permits only) and 6AM-8PM on Oct. 17 and 18. Bag limit: 1 deer per day. Deer tags mandatory.

October 17–18, 2009. PHYSICALLY-CHALLENGED HUNT — Either sex and still hunt only.
Physically-Challenged Hunt Permit, Season Permit, and Weekend Permit required. Only persons with a
Physically-Challenged Hunter Permit issued by L.D.W.F. are eligible to hunt in the Physically-
Challenged Hunt. These permits are issued by L.D.W.F., not Kisatchie NF. Please contact any L.D.W.F.
District Office to obtain such a permit. (Administrative processing of this permit takes approximately 2
months.) Companions accompanying physically-challenged hunters may handle unloaded (no
ammunition in the chamber, breech, clip, or magazine) firearms only to assist the physically-challenged
hunter. No more than 1 firearm per party (companion and physically-challenged hunter) is allowed.
Check station will be open Oct. 16 (2PM-7PM, for issuing permits only) and 6AM-8PM on Oct. 17 and
18. Bag limit: 1 deer per day. Deer tags mandatory.

October 24–25, 2009. PRIMITIVE FIREARMS-ONLY HUNT — Either sex and still hunt only. Season
Permit and Weekend Permit required. L.D.W.F.-approved primitive firearms are legal. Check station
will be open Oct. 23 (2PM-7PM, for issuing permits only) and 6AM-8PM on Oct. 24 and 25. Bag limit:
1 deer per day. Deer tags mandatory.

October 31-November 1, 2009. Either sex and still hunt only. Season Permit and Weekend Permit
required. Check station will be open Oct. 30 (2PM-7PM, for issuing permits only), on Oct. 31 (6AM-
8PM) and Nov. 1 (5AM-7PM). Bag limit: 1 deer per day. Deer tags mandatory.

November 27, 2009. Either sex and still hunt only. Season Permit and Weekend Permit required. Check
station will be open Nov. 26 (2PM- 7PM, for issuing permits only) and Nov. 27 (5AM-7PM). Bag limit:
1 deer per day. Deer tag mandatory.

Nov. 28-29, 2009. Bucks only and still hunt only. Season Permit and Weekend Permit required. Check
station hours will be 5AM-7PM on these 2 days. Bag limit: 1 buck per day. Deer tags mandatory.
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Squirrel, Rabbit, Quail, Dove, Woodcock, and Waterfowl
The Preserve will be closed for hunting these animals during the deer gun hunts.
Squirrel: October 3, 2009 - February 28, 2010. No spring season.
Rabbit: October 3, 2009 - February 28, 2010.
Quail: November 21, 2009 - February 28, 2010.
Dove, woodcock and waterfowl: the season dates, legal hunting hours, bag limits, and other regulations
for these species are the same as outside unless stated otherwise in this brochure (such as restrictions on
types of dogs allowed); please consult appropriate L.D.W.F. hunting pamphlets. Use of hunting dogs for
squirrel, rabbit, quail, dove, woodcock, and waterfowl hunting is permissible only in accordance with
guidance presented in the “Hunting with Dogs” section below.
Raccoon
January 9-February 28, 2010. Each person hunting raccoons on the Preserve must possess a Raccoon
Hunting Permit from the Forest Service. Permits are available from Kisatchie District office and from
the Supervisor’s Office. Permittees are required to submit a post-hunt report. No bag limit. .22 cal
rimfire only (no magnums). 1 gun per hunting party.
Hunting with Dogs
Hunting with recognized bird-hunting dogs during quail and woodcock seasons, recognized raccoon-
hunting dogs during raccoon season from Jan. 9-Feb. 28, 2010, and recognized pointer/retriever dogs
during migratory bird seasons is permissible. Only beagles which do not exceed 15 inches at the front
shoulder may be used for rabbit hunting. Squirrel hunting with 1 dog/hunting party is permissible. All
dogs will be collared with owner’s name and phone number on collar. Restrictive seasons, where
applicable, are listed as follows. Dogs running at large are prohibited; owner/handler is liable. No
training of dogs in this Preserve outside of pertinent hunting season. Use of dogs to trail wounded deer is
prohibited.
Quail season with dogs: November 21, 2009 – February 28, 2010.
Squirrel season with a dog: January 9 – February 28, 2010.
Rabbit season with dogs: January 9 – February 28, 2010.
Raccoon season with dogs: January 9 - February 28, 2010.
Deer —– Archery Season
October 1 , 2009– January 31, 2010. The same hunting hours and other archery restrictions set forth in
the L.D.W.F. Hunting Regulations for Area 2 are in effect for this Preserve. Archers are required to
display 400 square inches of hunter orange plus a hunter orange cap during gun hunts for deer. Archers
also are required to check in at the check station when the station is open. Bag limit: 1 per day, 6 per
season (3 antlered bucks, 3 antlerless deer) — this is the combined total for gun and archery hunting.
Deer tags mandatory. Crossbows permissible.
Turkey

Please see the L.D.W.F. Turkey Hunting Regulations for the season dates, hunting hours, and other
restrictions for this Preserve. L.D.W.F. Turkey Harvest Report Card tag use is mandatory.
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                              FISHING SEASONS and CREEL LIMITS

The same seasons, restrictions, and creel limits set forth in the L.D.W.F. regulations are legally in effect
for this Preserve. There is no statewide closed season for freshwater game fish. However, the Preserve
will be closed for fishing during the deer gun hunts.

                                          TRAPPING SEASON

The same species, season (Nov. 20—March 31 each year), restrictions, and bag limits set forth in the
L.D.W.F. regulations are legally in effect for this Preserve. However, the Preserve will be closed for
trapping during deer gun hunts.

                                                   ATVs

All-terrain vehicles, or ATVs, are also known as low-PSI vehicles, 3-wheelers, 4-wheelers, etc. ATV
operation is prohibited on public roads, rights-of-way, and gravel roads. A road right-of-way extends
from the backslope of a roadside drainage ditch across the road to the backslope of the opposite roadside
drainage ditch. ATV use is allowed on Forest roads designated as open seasonally to ATV use — (see
map). Do not modify or remove ATV spark arrestors. Please consult the Motor Vehicle Use Map for
ATV travel restrictions. ATVs are prohibited in some camp sites and recreation areas — please read
bulletin boards in all such areas.

                                     SELECT PROHIBITED ACTS

The following acts are prohibited on this Preserve, under the authority of 36 CFR 261, Subparts A and
B. Violators are subject to punishment by a fine of not more than $5,000 or imprisonment of not more
than 6 months, or both. Please consult the regulations published by the Louisiana Department of
Wildlife and Fisheries for a more complete listing of prohibited acts.

1. Excluding the Youth Hunt, youth hunting restrictions shall be the same as those in the L.D.W.F.
    Hunting Regulations – General Provisions section.
2. Violating State or Federal laws.
3. Possessing a firearm and / or bow and arrows during nonhunting seasons and outside of legal
    shooting hours, unless the firearm is unloaded and cased or the bow is cased.
4. Hunting, fishing, or trapping without this Season Permit.
5. Hunting during deer gun hunts without a Weekend Permit.
6. Driving or parking motor vehicles on food or cover plots / strips.
7. Hunting, killing, or taking any animal, fish, or bird that is prohibited by state or federal law or
    outside the established seasons set forth in these regulations.
8. Using spotlights or other shining devices when in possession of a firearm, except when used in
    campsites or during the raccoon hunts.
9. Hunting, killing, or taking spotted fawns.
10. Removing deer from this Preserve without processing the deer through the check station when the
    check station is open.
11. Camping between October 1, 2009 and April 30, 2010, except at designated camping areas (see map
    for designated areas). These areas are marked with signs.
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12. Driving vehicles on closed roads, including the Non-Motorized Hunting Area (see map).
13. Not displaying at least 400 square inches of hunter orange plus a hunter orange cap during the gun
    deer season.
14. Hunting or discharging a firearm or any other implement capable of taking human or animal life,
    causing injury or damaging property:
        a. in or within 150 yards of a residence, building, campsite, developed recreation site or
            occupied area;
        b. across or on a forest development road or across a body of water where any person or
            property is exposed to injury or damage as a result of such discharge; or
        c. hunting within 50 feet of the center of any forest development road.
15. Hunting wild turkey with a rifle or pistol.
16. Carrying a firearm while hunting with a bow and arrow.
17. Raccoon hunting without a Forest Service Raccoon Hunting Permit
18. Using organized drives, noises, or noise-making devices.
19. Baiting or using live decoys or hunting over baited areas.
20. Hunting deer or turkey other than by still hunting.
21. Building, or hunting from, permanent tree stands or blinds. Using any temporary tree stand or blind
    that penetrates the bark or otherwise damages the tree.
22. Using tree-climbing spurs.
23. Leaving any stand set up after dark. Stands found after dark will be removed and confiscated.
24. Possessing a firearm with a loaded chamber, breech, clip or magazine while in or on a motor vehicle
    at any time of the year.
25. Shooting one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise.
26. Possessing firearms equipped with silencers or sound-suppressing devices.
27. Possessing an electronically-enhanced nightvision scope while in possession of a firearm.




                                             Michael L. Balboni
                                             Forest Supervisor
                                          Kisatchie National Forest




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basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or
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1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call 202-720-5694 (VOICE and
TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
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