2010 Alligator Lottery Hunts announced

The following is a news release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries:

In order to increase alligator harvest opportunities, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will conduct alligator lottery hunts on 4 Coastal and Nongame Resources (CNR) Division Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), 13 Wildlife Division WMAs and 20 public lakes for the 2010 alligator harvest season.

The CNR Division WMAs include: Atchafalaya Delta WMA, St. Mary Parish; Pass A Loutre WMA, Plaquemines Parish; Pointe Aux Chenes WMA, Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes; and Salvador/Timken WMAs, St. Charles Parish.

The Wildlife Division WMAs include: Big Lake WMA, Tensas Parish; Boeuf WMA, Caldwell Parish; Buckhorn WMA, Tensas Parish; Elm Hall WMA, Assumption Parish; Grassy Lake WMA, Avoyelles Parish; Joyce WMA, Tangipahoa Parish; Manchac WMA, St. John the Baptist Parish; Maurepas Swamp WMA, St. John the Baptist, St. James and Ascension parishes; Sherburne WMA - State, Pointe Coupee and St. Martin parishes; Spring Bayou WMA, Avoyelles Parish; Pearl River WMA, St. Tammany Parish; Red River WMA, Concordia Parish; and Three Rivers WMA, Concordia Parish.

The public lakes include: Lake Bistineau, Webster, Bossier and Bienville parishes; Lake Wallace, Caddo Parish; Black/Cypress Lake, Bossier Parish; Cross Lake, Caddo Parish; Kepler Lake, Bienville Parish; Bayou Desiard North, Ouachita Parish; Caney Lake, Jackson Parish; Bayou Bartholomew, Ouachita and Morehouse parishes; Kincaid Lake, Rapides Parish; Indian Creek, Rapides Parish; Lake Iatt, Grant Parish; Cotile Lake, Rapides Parish; Nantachie Lake, Grant Parish; Saline Lake, Winn Parish; Toledo Bend, Desoto and Sabine parishes; Lake Bruin, Tensas Parish; Lake Concordia, Concordia Parish; Lake St. John, Tensas Parish; Lake St. Joseph, Tensas Parish; and Anacoco Lake, Vernon Parish.

Interested participants may either request an application by phone or print out an application from LDWF's website.  Please review the following contact information concerning application requests.

CNR Division WMA application requests: call 337-373-0032 or go to www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/regulations/wma/lotteryhunts

Wildlife Division WMA application requests: call 225-765-2346 or go to www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/regulations/wma/lotteryhunts

Public Lake application requests:  call 225-765-2346 or go to www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/regulations/wma/lotteryhunts

Applications and application fees ($5) must be submitted to the address indicated on corresponding applications by July 9, 2010.  Only one application may be submitted per applicant.

The lottery harvests will be conducted between Aug. 25 and Sept. 30.  Exact harvest dates will vary by WMA/public lake and will be specified at the time selected hunters are notified.

Applicants must be a legal Louisiana resident and 16 years of age or older.  Any applicant born on or after Sept. 1, 1969 must also provide a valid hunter safety certification number.  All successful applicants will be required to purchase an alligator hunting license ($25).  Successful applicants for WMAs will be required to submit payments ($40) for each alligator tag allocated.

All applicants meeting the application requirements will be entered into a randomized computer drawing, which will take place by August, 2010.  Selected hunters will be notified by mail.