Deer season in the Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area (WMA), scheduled to open Thursday (Oct. 1), will be closed due to water levels exceeding the high water benchmark closure, enacted by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in Title 76.
The closure is enacted when the USGS water level gauge CRMS 5373 reaches 3.0 feet. The deer season will open once the water falls below 2.5 feet on the gauge. To see current water levels at the gauge, go to https://waterdata.usgs.gov/la/nwis/uv/?site_no=300602090375100&PARAmeter_cd=00065,72020,63160,00060.
Maurepas Swamp WMA, which consists of 112,615 acres, is located approximately 25 miles west of New Orleans and along the south shore of Lake Maurepas west to near Sorrento. The WMA includes property in Ascension, Livingston, St. John the Baptist and St. James parishes. For more information on the WMA, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/page/maurepas-swamp.
For additional information, contact the Hammond Field Office at 985-543-4777.