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Ouachita Parish wildlife area expands

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Hunters, birdwatchers and hikers in northeastern Louisiana have more public places to roam after a nearly 3,000-acre expansion of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' Ouachita Wildlife Management Area.

State officials have reached a lease agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to add the 2,954-acre tract to the Ouachita Wildlife Management Area's southern border.

Wildlife Secretary Robert Barham tells The News-Star the tract was formerly used for agriculture, but the corps acquired it as part of a wetlands mitigation project and replanted the land in indigenous hardwoods.

The entire wildlife management area lies within the Bayou LaFourche floodplain. Game species available for hunting when in season include deer, squirrel, rabbit, snipe, dove and waterfowl.

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