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Hunting halted in nine parishes

Monday, December 21, 2009 - 4:14pm

Many sportsmen across South Louisiana will have to find a new place to hunt until the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries lifts a ban they’ve placed across nine parishes on all hunting seasons, with the exception waterfowl.
Officials say recent heavy rain in St. Mary, Assumption, Ascension, St. Martin, Lafourche, Terrbonne, St. James, St. John and St. Charles parishes have left many hunting areas so wet deer and other game have no choice but to seek higher ground just so that they can survive.
The closure is meant to protect these animals, especially the deer population, from being over-stressed and over-harvested. Local hunters say the ban has put a damper on their plans for this holiday break but understand the agency’s decision.
“I’m fortunate enough to have killed a few before it happened and I do have another place to go so I’m luckier than most people” says life-long hunter Chris Decoteau.
Officials say the closure is only temporary.
They plan on reopening these grounds as soon as they decide water levels are safe.