BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Hurricane Isaac killed so many fawns in parts of southeast Louisiana that Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission is shortening the fall deer season in Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes and the Lake Maurepas Basin. The archery season remains the same, but others are shortened and limited to bucks.
Dates also were changed in several wildlife management areas.
The areas worst hit by Hurricane Isaac have long had poorer habitat and fewer deer per acre than other parts of the state, Wildlife Division Administrator Kenny Ribbeck told the fisheries commission.
In Plaquemines Parish, wildlife biologists reported high fawn mortality, moderate adult deer mortality and severe damage to habitat from salt water shock and storm surge debris, a news release said. Plaquemines was hit by a 14-foot storm surge and protection levees were over-topped.
There was light adult deer mortality but high fawn mortality in lower marshlands in St. Bernard Parish, mostly outside the floodwall.
Biologists said adult deer mortality was light to moderate in the Lake Maurepas Basin, but nearly 90 percent of the fawns were killed. Floodwaters covered about 391,000 acres for up to four days.
The basin includes parts of St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Livingston, Ascension, St. James, St. John and St. Charles parishes. Instead of a week in November and 11 days in January, the primitive season will be nine days, from Jan. 19-27. Still hunting is down from 22 days to 10, from Nov. 23-Dec. 2. Hunting with or without dogs, still begins Dec. 8, but will end Dec. 30 instead of Jan. 20.
In Plaquemines Parish and St. Bernard Parish outside the major floodwall, the still hunting season will be Nov. 23-25; the season with or without dogs will be 16 days, from Dec. 22-Jan. 6, and primitive hunting will last nine days, from Jan. 19-27.
In both areas, the youth hunt will be two days: Oct. 27-28.
Details are available at the department’s website, www.wlf.louisiana.gov .