The 2008-09 hunting season marked the start of the mandatory deer tagging and reporting program. LDWF issued 227,001 sets of deer tags last year, which accounted for a reported deer harvest of 95,718. When the Deer Management and Assistance Program and WMA harvests are added, the total count comes to 116,571 deer harvested.
Union Parish led all parishes with 7,915 deer harvested last season. Rounding out the top 10 parishes are: Bienville (5,387 deer harvested), Claiborne (5,171), Vernon (4,311), Bossier (3,930), Jackson (3,689), Webster (3,652), Iberville (3,398), Natchitoches (3,384) and Tensas (3,376) parishes.
The reporting system count is substantially lower than the mail survey index (used to monitor long term trends) of 158,200. Since this was the first year of the mandatory deer tagging and reporting system, LDWF suspects there was less than 100 percent compliance with the new rules.
The 2008-09 managed deer harvest on WMAs was over 5,000. On the either-sex managed deer hunts there was an average hunter success rate of 11 hunting efforts per deer, which is better than the long-term average of 16 efforts per deer.
Jackson Bienville WMA located in Bienville and Lincoln parishes led all WMAs in deer harvested during managed deer hunts with 378 deer harvested. Red/Three Rivers WMA in Concordia Parish led all WMAs in bucks harvested during managed deer hunts with 376.