You know the deer season is at hand when Ed Nixon sends along news the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office will open its range off U.S. 61 for its annual hunter sight-in days.

It’s Oct. 27-31 this year. Nixon said range instructors will be there from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. for those five days, and will sight-in modern rifles. All weapons must have bolts open and chambers empty when presenting the weapon at the range.

Nixon said no muzzleloaders nor reloads — only factory ammo can be used — and the instructors will do all the firing on the line.

The range is on West Irene Road, off U.S. 61 just south of Zachary between Old Scenic Highway and East Mount Pleasant Road.

If you need more info, call the range at (225) 389-6268.

Closed, opened

A week of east winds followed by the passage of Hurricane Nate brought water levels so high state Wildlife and Fisheries managers were forced to close the Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area to all deer hunting.

The WMA’s 122,098 is divided into two sections in Ascension, Livingston, St. John the Baptist, St. James and Tangipahoa parishes.

And the LDWF reopened Price Lake Road on the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge last week after Hurrcane Harvey damaged that roadway, which provides access to the marshes and waterways for recreational fishing, shrimping and crabbing off La. 82, the coast road stretching across Cameron and Vermilion parishes.

LOGT’s rewards

Louisiana Operation Game Thief, a private crime-stoppers program working hand-in-hand with the state Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division, announced it handed out $2,900 in reward money during LOGT’s quarterly meeting last Wednesday.

The rewards came from six cases started from public tips. Those cases resulted in apprehending 20 alleged violators and agents citing those 20 for 28 offenses.

The LOGT board said the cases involved a whooping crane, two alligators, deer, dove baiting and migratory waterfowl cases.

To report suspected wildlife or fisheries violations, call the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ 24-hour toll free Operation Game Thief hotline at (800) 442-2511. All reports remain anonymous.

To donate to LOGT, email Lt. Will Roberts: wroberts@wlf.la.gov.