The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will close the majority of Fort Polk-Vernon and all of Peason Ridge Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) on October 31, 2020 and November 1, 2020 due to military training by the U.S. Army.

A portion of the archery-only area inside the installation gates on Fort Polk-Vernon will be open but no mandatory deer checks will be required, only self-clearing permits for the weekend.

For more information on these WMAs, go to, or the US army Joint Readiness Training website, or contact Wendell Smith at 337-491-2575 or

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