The Kisatchie National Forest and the Southern Region conducted an in-depth environmental analysis and reviewed more than 1,300 public comments before issuing the decision. Comments included concerns about this activity’s effects on public safety, impacts on adjacent private lands and the potential loss of this type of hunting opportunity.
“We continue to receive complaints about dog-deer hunters from adjacent landowners and other recreation users. This decision addresses the need to reduce safety concerns by eliminating conflicts between dog-deer hunters, other forest users and adjacent landowners,” said Liz Agpaoa, Regional Forester for the Southern Region. “Through the analysis we have determined that dog-deer hunting is no longer appropriate on the Kisatchie National Forest.”
Currently, the Kisatchie National Forest is the only public land within Louisiana with a wildlife management mandate where dog-deer hunting is allowed. Conflicts occur between users when deer-hunting dogs range beyond the control of hunters and trespass onto private land.